A deterioration in the weather has forced the boys to rethink their plans so rather than heading South West to Villefranche we’re heading North. This should give us more options should the weather really close in.
Ian and Patrick recuperating after another exhilarating Altiport landing.
What a a fantastic day.
Morning flight over the lake at Chambery with Ian and Patrick before joining up with Les and David and heading for Alpe d’heuz.
This was unbelievably exciting. This is me stood at the top of the Alpe d’heuz runway which is lot steeper than it looks from this photo.
From here we went to Grenoble Le Versoud were it took more than an hour to get fuel and we actually had to pay a landing fee… the cheek of it!
From Grenoble we had a short 20 odd minute flight back to Chambery were we joined up with the lady bird squadron!!
First stop of the day was Sezanne which looked better this year than it did when we fell out of the sky last year. Once we had fuelled up with coffee and 91ul we set off in beautiful sunshine. From here we headed south for a further 2.5 hours till we reached Bourg Ceyzeriat LFHS.
We met up with a group of guys from Holton in 4 eurostars and an RV6 heading down to Gap.
From there we headed east down the valley following the train tracks to the head of the lake north of Chambery Charles Les Eaux via Lac du Bourget.
The boys prepare for the start of day 2. 1st leg Chateau Thierry to Sezanne to get fuel. 2nd leg to Bourg and then the biggie to Chambery.
See u all on the other side……of the mountains that is.
G-CCWP all tucked up for the night.
One hour flight this morning gets us to Calais. Weather in the UK was very good but as we coasted out the clouds came down and we were forced to start the crossing at 2000ft. Shortly after the clouds lifted and we were able to climb to a much more sensible altitude.
Next stop after Calais was Chateau Thierry which was reached in a little under 2 hours. Unfortunately Ian lost radio contact with Les and I shortly after take off. We could hear him clearly but not the other way round. Fine for us but Ian was sure that we were messing him about.
The trip south was uneventful apart from the occasional rain shower and a bit of cloud dodging.
Chateau T is a wonderful little grass strip and the natives are pretty friendly although for some strange reason we weren’t allowed to purchase fuel so we will need to pop into another local airfield in the morning.