Isle of Wight!
16th July 2022. The Isle of Wight is always a good destination for a sunny Saturday, and this Saturday was no different. On the flight down, the Take Flight team had the excitement of flying past the temporary Restricted Airspace for the Royal International Air Tattoo, at one point flying parallel to an inbound Beluga.
Arriving at Bembridge around midday, the crew had an enjoyable if somewhat rambling walk from the airfield along the coast path to the Beach Hut, which they found had grown considerably since their last visit there in 2019. They enjoyed assorted seafood followed by ice creams at a table right by the sea, before heading back to the airfield.
The next leg of the trip saw them flying down to Newquay, with an impressive final approach over the sea and a somewhat bigger runway than the one they’d just taken off from. Their mission was to collect G-BNVE, stranded there earlier in the week, but it was not to be: a dead battery and no jump-starting equipment left them with no choice but to fly back and leave it there for a second time. It was a lovely evening flight back to Enstone, initially across Bodmin Moor and then transiting via the Fairford overhead for a great view of the parked airshow traffic (the restricted airspace having been lifted for the evening!).