November 17, 2019

They’re having a laugh

The weather gods, that is. From the weather forecasts over the past few days, I expected there to be an excellent 2-day window, today and tomorrow, for my flight in 24ZN from the UK to France. And there was, today being possibly the finest that I can remember in the whole of the last 6 weeks while I’ve been waiting for such an opportunity.

But yet again I was stuck on the ground. The reason was that I dropped into Headcorn yesterday and they confirmed that the airfield is closed due to the runway being waterlogged. Although the field where 24ZN is currently parked is muddy but still just about firm enough to take off from, I can’t depart for France from there as it would be too risky to try to take off from there fully loaded let alone then head straight off to undertake the Channel crossing.

So that was it for the next couple of days at least because there’s a high probability of high winds arriving tomorrow which would totally preclude starting off on my intended flight. And because of the possibility of the wind getting up, I had to ensure today that 24ZN will remain safe parked as it is in the open, so today I went over to its field and tied its wings down.

Here are some shots that I took afterwards.

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I’ve now got to play it by ear again. There’s a possibility that another new window will open on Tuesday of this coming week but I’m now becoming very fatalistic and although I’ll obviously plan for it, I’ll believe it when I see it and not before 🙁