Guernsey exempted flight for Horse Chiropractor

Having gone through all the permission and exemption paperwork to allow an inter island flight during Covid … we eventually got approval late in the Saturday evening for the flight. Paperwork and flight plans done whilst eating a meal at the local Indian restaurant ! We lined up at just before 8am Sunday morning

Jersey was using runway 08 but 26 favours a more direct flight to Guernsey and ATC kindly let me hold at 26 threshold as they cleared a small exec jet off 08

Having been cleared and the stop bar lights went out I taxied forward and then the lights illuminated again before I crossed .. slammed brakes on and stopped but it was ok and he tower apologised and said ok to go .. turning lights off again … good to keep on your toes .. always

I usually get the option for nice tight circuits at Jersey .. but they know me and we have grown together .. so they know how the aircraft behaves and how it can handle much tighter base turns … Guernsey cleared me to join right base 09 and so took the opportunity to do a ‘normal’ Sherwood approach …

Having landed and taxied up the short taxiway we were followed by the crash vehicle .. maybe some form of additional security .. with heightened local restrictions … we were probably the first landing that day at just after 0830…

Taxied up to ASG handling agent to be batted in by local guy and then met by 2 customers officials with entry forms … gendecs were already posted the previous day. The customs guy ended up taking a photo of the aircraft as they weren’t expecting such a ‘plane !!

This video also shows Jo expertly getting out of the close front cockpit with great dexterity ! … standard HUG for all new passengers

Long overdue washdown

Managed to get a long overdue Washford today… lots of fresh water and leathered down.

Even went as far as to slot the leather between the aileron leading edge and its frise fitting …

Also lying on your back is a good time to really check all hinges and joints very closely

It’s a bit like a wind tunnel ….

Another by product of having a smoke system is you get to see, first hand, exactly where your exhaust goes ….

Turns out .. my 2 small slits around the undercarriage legs let wind, exhaust etc into the cockpit areas … ok it’s open topped and whizzes straight through BUT .. not great ….

When smoking … and pulling up in a stall .. like most flights …! The cockpit gets smoke coming through ..

Solution … two small leather patches glued around the gap to make a seal and also look traditional with pinked edges

Brake blocks

After 3 years plus of flying in various forms of footwear … i try to use soft soled shoes so you can feel the rudders better … but have sometimes flown in boots ..ive managed to loosen the wooden block that supports the left rudder bar and lets it slide smoothly over the alloy footplate.

Its glued in and I wasn’t convinced it would last but it has stood up to some hefty footwork well …

May get a new fresh softwood block made up and glue and screw fix into position


I was putting the aircraft registration into Google the other evening and found a load of random shots .. some mine but many weren’t… really nice photos that people had taken

A bit of maintenance

Whilst awaiting the return of my leg with a new rubber bungee it’s good to take the time to get the bugs out from inside the wing and grease up parts.

The wing inspection panels come off in about 2 mins and you can then get to the lower aileron bell crank (the bit of metal that turns the latitudinal push pull into a longitudinal push pull and makes the ailerons bank the aircraft so smoothly)

Also .. to get all the old grease removed from the wing and rudder hinges .. cleaned down and fresh grease applied

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