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MEBAR 2014 Leg 04: Glenforsa to Baldoon


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Finish that coffee – we're off! Leg 4 of MEBAR 2014 takes us from Glenforsa, on the Isle of Mull, to Baldoon, which is on the Scottish mainland, south of Wigtown. Getting inside Andrew's mind hasn't been easy, but a few hours with Tim's Plan-G resulted in the following flight plan:

 

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It's 09:30 and the sun is shining as we take off:

 

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Gaining altitude along the Sound of Mull (Bag-pipes? - Ed):

 

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A steep turn to the south west at Eilean Musdile:

 

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And we bag our second light-house of MEBAR 2014 at Dubh Artach:

 

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This is Rhuba a Mhail, the north easterly tip of Islay, where we turn south west, again:

 

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Turning east at the Rhinns of Islay:

 

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And that's Islay airfield (EGPI) ahead, where we'll try a Touch and Go:

 

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Turning onto Final at EGPI:

 

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Shee-yit! That's some cross-wind – will we make it?

 

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Apparently, we did! Here we're resuming our flight south east, with Islay's T&G behind:

 

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Turning at Cambeltown (EGEC):

 

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Ah! The Mull of Kintyre! (More bl**dy bag-pipes? - Ed), turning east:

 

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Out to sea and turning northwards at Sanda:

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This is another island, Du-Bharr, where we turn towards Prestwick:

 

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The islands get smaller – this is Pladda, turning south:

 

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Passing the home of Scottish potatoes – Eilsa Craig:

 

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Labdfall on the mainland, yet again, where we turn at Corsewall:

 

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Our second Touch and Go is at West Freugh (Pardon? - Ed):

 

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Base turn at EGOY:

 

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Touchdown...

 

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… and climb out from West er, EGOY:

 

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Our last turn at Carrickcarlin Point:

 

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That's (ex RAF) Baldoon ahead:

 

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Turning onto Final at UK09:

 

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Yes, I know, we're a bit low, but we're almost out of gas (Who forgot to re-fuel at Islay? - Ed):

 

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But we do hit the numbers:

 

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So, 4 down and 1 to go – hope you enjoyed the island hopping and see you next time for the last leg.

 

Cheers – Dai. :cool:

 

 

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Great flying Dai. :thum:  You have that tin twin can down pat, I say. :D Loved the crosswing landing shot at EGPI. :thum:

 

I didn't count them but I saw at least 40-50 lighthouses on my five flights using FTXScotland. I have no idea how Andrew found them all, amazing. :huh:

 

 

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Thanks, loyal fans! :thum:

@ Joe - Leg 05 started, will probably finish this evening. Ta 4 keeping PIREP open.

@ Brett - my love affair with Ms D continues. Please don't tell Sharon...

Cheers - Dai. :cool:

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