Above and be­yond

Pilot - - PILOT -

I wanted to put in a word prais­ing Hen­stridge aero­drome. Re­turn­ing from Au­bigny-sur-nère on 15 July this year, we had to di­vert into Hen­stridge due to in­clement weather. Ge­off, the owner, fed and wa­tered us, put ev­ery­thing at our dis­posal, and fixed ac­com­mo­da­tion for us. Bill, a res­i­dent pilot fer­ried us to it, and in the morn­ing we were col­lected by an­other res­i­dent pilot. This was all done with no fuss, and pay­ment was re­fused.

On the Sun­day, we were un­able to reach our moun­tain strip ob­jec­tive in South Wales

due to low cloud and we di­verted into Cardiff/rhoose, who again were fan­tas­tic, the con­troller even of­fer­ing me a lift to Hay-on-wye, if I could wait un­til his shift fin­ished.

It re­ally doesn’t get much bet­ter than that! Hats off to both aero­dromes and a big thank-you for your ter­rific ser­vice. Gil­bert Davies

Good to hear, Gil­bert. Sadly, in stark con­trast, Pilot’s As­sis­tant Edi­tor was charged a full land­ing fee at Lydd for a re­cent weather di­ver­sion and not even of­fered a cup of tea! - Ed

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