Day One - April 30th Wick,
3 hrs 7 mins
WF2003, it has begun (finally!) Due to rather harsh looking weather
we had to decide to make an early departure from the green isle.
We departed Shannon a day early and after a brief stop at Kilrush
airfield in Kildare, where we had some light maintenance we proceeded
onwards to Wick in Scotland. Altough not part of our original
routing we had to collect some equipment and it made more sense
to fly to Wick and collect it ourselves.
from Kilrush was via Dublin- Turnberry- Aberdeen to Wick. The
weather on route was pleasant to begin with and we had some great
views of the Mourne mountains as we flew following day. About
3 minutes into our decent we made contact East of Belfast. The
good weather didn't stay with us as we ventured north. Descent
from flight level 070 (7000 feet) to FL 050 was required to prevent
ice building up on the wings and propellor. Further decent was
not available due to high terrain below and we had to accept some
ice on the wings for the remainder of the flight.
then informed us that Wick was closed for the evening and that
they were unable to contact anyone by landline to have someone
meet us on arrival. We had been in touch with ground handling
before we left Ireland but we were unable to contact them in the
air. As we were routing via Aberdeen we decided to start an approach
to land at Aberdeen. At the last moment we made contact with Andrew
Bruce at Wick Airport and continued to Wick climbing back to 5000
feet. Cloud masked our view most of the way. We didn't become
visual with the surface until 10 miles out. We carried out a VOR/DME
approach to runway 31 (6,000 ft runway) and had the airport to
ourselves on arrival with everyone gone home for the day. An interesting
airport left over from World War II.
PH-SMD is now
in a hanger at Far North East Aviation. A special word of thanks
to: Aiden and Kevin (Irish parachute Club- Clonnbullogue) for
a free fill of fuel and Dave, Tony, Larry and Tom (SAMS) at Kilrush
for helping us out yesterday. Larry the decals are still there!
Spending the day here in Wick (chilly and cloudy), tomorrow it
is off to Bordeaux.
Bye for now,
Paul and Alan.