Yes did my first solo XC (Cross Country) today.
Basically means you leave the airport where you are based and go somewhere else and navigate a bit 🙂
So yes, arrived just after 0700 I think it was and there she was :
I did all my checks, filled up the petrol tanks and rang Terry. We were talking about the wind conditions and he gave me the OK. It was nice and calm, with a bit of a NE wind, not a lot. But I know it would get stronger.
This is the map I was using for my trip:
So basically starting in Rangiora, going anti clockwise.
First point to fly to was the Sefton Chipmill. Easy to spot as it always has lots of white smoke coming from the chimney, but not today. Just a little bit:
Flying North just past Amberley, my next turning point was Dave’s property. He has his own private “SHORT” runway. I spotted it from a distance (can you ?). So yes all good :
That’s the way to Oxford. A nice day, but a bit of fog ahead of me !! I noticed it driving away from home this morning:
Next turning point was Loburn Abbey. I’ve seen it many times before, but never approached it from the East. But again I didn’t have any problems finding it:
And yes getting closer to Oxford with more and more fog! Beautiful views towards the North, looking at Mt Thomas:
As the fog was to thick, I decided not to go all the way to Oxford, but stay on the edge of the fog, and turn at Harewood Rd. Easy to recognize as I have driven there lots of times. Here you see the little single lane bridge across the Eyre river:
And yes I wanted to circle around our house. Its a bit to the right from the centre, with the drive way loop and the white looking shed 🙂 :
Everything was going fine, until I got closer to Forrest Field, my next turning point, the air strip not far from us. I spotted it straight away.
I saw a plane not far from me, but quite a bit higher. So I radio-ed him that I could see him. A few seconds later I saw another plane coming towards me, at the same altitude, so I started turning right, that’s one of the “right of way” rules in aviation, internationally. He descended and went under me. All looking safe, didn’t feel in danger at all at any time. Next someone called me on the radio saying that I was on the wrong frequency ! OOOOOPS
I apologized and quickly changed frequency, and reported my position, altitude and my intentions.
I completely forgot to change frequency. I blame the fog, as it changed my plans,
So important to use the right channel !!!!!!!!!!
Won’t do that again. So no photo of Forest Field.
Next turning point was Cust. Yes looking good, almost home:
I found Rangiora no problem and had a really good landing, considering there was a lot of wind now, a lot more then when I left.
If you click on THIS LINK a new tab opens with the map you see below. And if you zoom in, you can see the turning points that I photographed, GREAT :
So yes had a really good time. Seen fog from above, had beautifully views, made a mistake with my frequency (hopefully learned from it) and had a really good landing. So yes happy !!!
Oh yes rang Terry when I landed to “terminate” my SAR time ( Search And Rescue ). If I wouldn’t have arrived on time they would start looking for me 🙂