Jump to content

MEBAR 2014 Leg 1: Inverness to Scatsca (Shetlands)


Recommended Posts

MEBAR 2014 Leg 01:

Well, better late than never! After 3 weeks of painting the house, I finally dragged the Old Girl (sorry, not you, Pam!) out of the hangar and cleared out the worst of the sheep droppings. Stuck some new letters on the fuselage, and we were ready. Tim kindly gave me the latest version of Plan-G and, 48 hours later, we had decoded Andrew's briefing and the flight plan was finished:

Leg01_PlanG_zps6d45903c.jpg

As you can see from the flight plan, it's one of Andrew's masterpieces. Looks like we'll be visiting every rocky island between Inverness and the Shetlands. As always, there's method in his madness, so we'd better get on with it and find out...

Oh, yes - the screenshots are not pretty! The flight was VFR, with the aid of Tim's plan and so all the shots are external so that you get an idea of where we went. The weather at Inverness was unusually fine as we took off:

MEBAR01_01_Take_Off_Inverness_zps8255ec4

First turn at Chanonry Point on Rosemarkie Bay:

MEBAR01_02_Chanonry_Point_zps4b5d17cd.jp

We couldn't find Castle Hill (default scenery - Aarghh!), but did see Fearn airfield:

MEBAR01_03_Fearn_Airport_zps43d59a7b.jpg

Next turn was at Tarbat Ness:

MEBAR01_04_Tarbat_Ness_zps9b3e506f.jpg

Then, on to Wick airport:

MEBAR01_05_Turn_At_Wick_zpsf79d9aa8.jpg

Ah Ha! John o' Groats with Cape Wrath in the far west:

MEBAR01_06_Turn_At_JoG_zps00559bce.jpg

A sharp turn at Stroma:

MEBAR01_07_Turn_At_Stroma_zpse459d30c.jp

And another over Muckle Skerry (also missing from the bl**dy default scenery):

MEBAR01_08_Turn_At_Muckle_Skerry_zps59a8

Next up is Copinsay:

MEBAR01_09_Turn_At_Copinsay_zps0e73ff6d.

Then Auskerry:

MEBAR01_10_Turn_At_Auskerry_zps0ccb4ea8.

Here we turn at Start Point:

MEBAR01_11_Turn_At_Start_Point_Sandhay_z

And approach the Fair Isle:

MEBAR01_12_Fair_Isle_Approach_zps70ad43c

Long final to EGEF:

MEBAR01_13_Fair_Isle_Long_Final_zpsfbccd

And our first Touch-and-Go:

MEBAR01_14_Fair_Isle_TandG_zps4fefe22a.j

Turning again after a circuit of Fair Isle:

MEBAR01_15_Turn_After_Fair_Isle_zps62146

That's Sumburgh airport:

MEBAR01_16_Sumburgh_Airport_zps5d94fc0b.

After which we turn towards Tingwall:

MEBAR01_17_Turn_To_Tingwall_zps72bfbcd8.

Where we turn again:

MEBAR01_18_Turn_At_Tingwall_zpse1d6db9b.

This is Bound Skerry, Bruray (note spelling):

MEBAR01_19_Turn_At_Bound_Skerry_Bruray_z

The second Touch-and-Go at Unst:

MEBAR01_20_TandG_At_Unst_zps8076a0bc.jpg

Turning at Muckle Flugga (sic) and the most northerly point of this year's MEBAR, I think:

MEBAR01_21_Turn_At_MuckleFlugga_zpseaf4f

Last turn (Hurrah! - Ed) at Eshaness:

MEBAR01_22_Turn_At_Eshaness_zps40c24f1f.

That's Scatsta airfield ahead:

MEBAR01_23_Scatsta_zps1710c0f7.jpg

Base leg at Scatsta:

MEBAR01_24_Base_Leg_Scatsta_zps78b962a3.

And Short Final:

MEBAR01_25_Short_Final_Scatsta_zps7cc88d

So, my friends, that's Leg 1 in the bag. I was 20 minutes early, for my sins, so I won't get the bottle of champagne this time! But I do hope you enjoyed the flight and all the splendid (Not! - Ed) screenshots. Join me again...

Cheers - Dai. :cool:

Link to post
Share on other sites

So that was the names of all those islands :D  thanks for the flight recap Dai, I learned something today. :)

 

Your lucky you are not running FTX, you should have seen my hair raising landing at Fair Isle. :yikes:

Link to post
Share on other sites

... Sorry Dai, I see your not keen on FSG  :th_blush:

 

Apologies - just a personal view on global, but I love PNW and am saving up for NorCal!

 

And Thanks for your kind comments on a rather drab set of screenshots. The background research was very interesting for me - typical bl**dy anorak!?! :thum:

 

Cheers - Dai. :cool:

Link to post
Share on other sites

or ES's new 30cm photoscenery with full autogen (screenshots available on the ES website now):

https://earthsimulations.com/shop/showcase/nggallery/product-screenshots/in-the-works-for-2014/

kinda wish I'd signed up now for the MEBAR :P Just haven't the time though :( Arrgh!

(Thanks for the note over on the LM forum as well Dai! ;) )

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...