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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: QXC - Check Reply with quote

Well, despite the poor vis, a lot of phoning round and grabbing the landing fixed wing guys on landing for WX reports, I managed my QXC today Very Happy .

Took 2.3 hours flying time to complete, and has left me exhausted. I hope JTL wasn't listening out at Nottingham - fluffed it there a bit Embarassed.

A little murky in places, but it gently improved as the afternoon wore on. There did seem to a good number of people about, I don't think I have heard the RT so busy.

I find myself tired, but very Bounncy !


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations rjc!

Not the best of days for nav - you clearly did well! Very Happy

Doubt JTL heard you - he's in Nottingham.

I'm in Northampton but blew my scanner up a couple of years ago, so you probably got away with it Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops, I edited my post - was meant to say Nottingham. Told you I was tired!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:54 pm    Post subject: Re: QXC - Check Reply with quote

Well done rjc!

rjc wrote:
Took 2.3 hours flying time to complete, and has left me exhausted.


Does anyone else find that it goes really quickly when you're doing a long flight? Last week I did I 2.2 hour leg, and it really did not seem like 2.2 hours. Probably felt shorter with all the workload - nav and radio, and the enjoyment of being up in the air...

Next question... does it appear go really slowly when you're an instructor sitting next to a student for 2.2 hours? Or does it go equally fast for the instructors?

When I did my dual XC the wx was surprisingly kind, and so I decided to do my QXC straight afterwards (after a half hour lunch break!) - it was over 4 hours flying but I came home with a big smile on my face. Smile

Well done again. A big achievement.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: QXC - Check Reply with quote

rjc wrote:
Well, despite the poor vis, a lot of phoning round and grabbing the landing fixed wing guys on landing for WX reports, I managed my QXC today Very Happy .

Took 2.3 hours flying time to complete, and has left me exhausted. I hope JTL wasn't listening out at Nottingham - fluffed it there a bit Embarassed.


NIce one, rjc, congratulations. One fairly large milestone out of the way!

As for the RT, it was fine - what did you fluff, as I didn't notice?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, in which case I will admit nothing!

well, I had a bit of a memory block after my initial call, but blurted it out eventually. Did you hear my parking discussion? The guys on the fire appliance had a giggle, but said I was in the right place.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Actually, the only thing I noticed, and this is being horribly horribly critical, you omitted the POB information on your initial call... although I'm sure I'm guilty of that! If the controller/radio operator want that information, they'll ask.

As for the parking discussion - don't worry, I've been there before too. At Filton, first time I'd ever visited the airfield. Something along the lines of "Park on the H". "Err, where's that." "To your left". "Roger"........ "Where?" "Underneath you", "Ah yes, Roger. Thank you" Embarassed Embarassed

For what it's worth, I can only just about make out the radio from the field - too many houses between here and there - so it was crackly at best.

How was the lovely Vera, by the way?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, well, bad reception - that explains everything Very Happy

Vera, would that be person who takes the landing fees? I didn't see anyone else...I had instant memories of Roz from Monsters Inc.. Rolling Eyes Are we talking about the same person?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure where you pay in Nottingham these days, but Vera was the lady who you were talking to on the radio.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vera took it from me, up in the tower. She runs the whole shoot it seems or maybe when she is in, everyone just lets her! When I did my QXC via Tollerton, Seanhump of this parish, was doing circuits and having just gone solo, she was being very nice to him saying the t/o looked good and that approach was nice (dear) so I felt a warm sense of camaraderie in the flying world.

Then I went to Humberside.

No-one had told me it was an International Airport!
I coped with three different talk downs, got the papers signed and left for Sheffield, over-flying the northern end of Finningley (Robin-Hood-John-Lennon-Bugs-Bunny Airport or whatever it's called) and came home on the dead side and landed (after about 4.5 hours away). WHAT an experience. Loved it.

I think Vera must have been in control there in WW2, she's very good at it.

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