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Glasgow, Scoland to Dublin, Ireland
Date Aircraft ID Color Crew Passengers
7/1/2005 Pilatus PC-12 N317G White/Red 2 0
Departing Airport Departure Time Arriving Airport Arrival Time Total Time Aloft Cruising Altitude
EGPF 2015 EIDW 2205 1:50 5,000 FT

Flight PLan: VFR (low altitude routes)



After realizing we missed the Haggis Hunt by a few months, we did what any self respecting male in Scotland would do: Head out into the country in search of some pubs, waste yourself and have incoherent conversations with the locals. A blast indeed, oh, and it’s a beautiful country too.

But alas, we are only in town for so long as we must press on as new destinations and beers beckon. We roused ourselves in the late day and headed to the Glasgow airport. The Hopper was outside on the tarmac awaiting us, with a mini-cooler of Skullsplitter. The Scots, who are always quite clever, somehow placed the beer on board snug in the cooler without us even noticing. Nice. Perhaps as an ode to the potent concoction (or our frail American constitutions), there was only a 4-pack in there. Probably not a bad idea.

As we pushed back from the Glasgow parking ramp, we simultaneously popped open the first round of Skulls, did our preflight (a bit haphazard as always), called up Glasgow Ground, and got our taxi clearance. Thank god for progressive taxi, I still don’t quite have this whole airport navigation thing down. Get me airborne, and I'm fine, but on the ground - watch out!

There was some traffic in the area, but we were quickly cleared for takeoff on RWY 5 on a hazy Thursday evening. It was a bit cloudy at 5,000 feet as we climbed through to our cruising altitude for the flight. Further away from the city the landscapes below slowly melded back into that fabulous Euro farmland texture that makes any flight in Europe a welcome change from the boring landscapes of our native Florida.

We headed south to fly over the Isle of Man, I took us low and slow around the perimeter so GZ could check out some of the roads that they race motorcycles on each year (The Isle of Man TT). The south east corner of the isle was most populated with the majority of the isle’s residents appearing to live on the coast closest to the England in Douglas. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to land on the southeast corner at the main airport, rent some motorcycles and ride around the island a bit. In these higher latitudes the sun doesn’t set until much later in the evening, and we had some time to kill. Although the winds were mild (226 at 1), I still managed to botch the approach a bit, but brought her in smooth nonetheless. I’ve never been one to follow a line to close, and this time the centerline was no exception.

Small world. Small island. Small airport. And who would have thought we would have run into Stickman (an old friend from our days with Lynx Airways) and BO in these parts of the FSimcafe world. Upon returning our motorcycle rentals and cleaning the bugs out of our teeth, Stickman and Bo greeted us on the tarmac, ready to head off into the wild blue wonder that is the online multiplayer flight simulator environment. After a quick Teamspeak sync, we were aloft and flew circles around the airport awaiting Stickman and Bo as they received clearance in their Beechcraft King Air 350’s.

We headed across the Irish Sea to Belfast in Northern Ireland just to check things out. We flew a few circles around the Belfast airport at 3,300 ft. Around 9:30pm local, we then headed due south towards Dublin. As the sun dipped lower towards the horizon, the weather got cloudier and we had some difficulty getting a visual on the Dublin airport. Thank God for ILS! We flew out into the Irish Sea in order to lineup on our approach for RWY 28. Once below 2,000ft we had some gentle winds from 334 at 6. Closer to the airport on approach some fog rolled in. The Hopper descended nice and easy, and we proceeded towards the end of the runway to rendezvous with BO and Stickman. At the opposite end of the runway, the rain picked up a bit. We banged out a quick souvenir picture and then proceeded to the parking ramp.

We’ve got a week’s stay here in Ireland, with plenty of sights to see. I’m hoping to get up early one morning to wake up Ned Devine. If I can only get a decent map of what part of the countryside in which he lives.

Next Hop: Bastille Day at Le Bourget, Paris, France!


Beer Consumption Report
Beer: Skullsplitter Origin: Orkney, OKI, Scotland, UK
Type: Strong, Dark Ale Rating
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Beer # Pilot Navigator Other
1 0:00 0:00  
2 0:40 0:30  

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