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This is the story of owning and operating a 1993 Beech Bonanza A36 in the UK and some of its adventures and flights. I have owned this plane for over six years now.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


By Bonanza A36 to the TT

Ok we made it in the Bonanza to the Isle of Man TT. Then again it wasn't much of a challenge being a whole 20 minutes away from Blackpool but we still had to cross all that cold water and evade the huge amounts of low cloud that was hanging around the Isle of Man threatening to spoil our day.

(All these pictures were taken on the way home when the cloud had cleared so no prizes for pointing this one out)

Fortunately we had a prior arrangement with a friend to leave us a car at the GA handling place otherwise we could have been stuck like the other visitors by small plane who were forced to walk the four (yes 4!) miles around the perimeter fence because they couldn't get a taxi apart from at the terminal and the airport wouldn't allow them to taxi their planes to the main terminal and park there.

Personally I only went to the TT because having lived across the water from it all my life and having seen literally thousands of motorbikes crossing from Heysham near where I live for years I wondered what I was missing but I soon found out it wasn't that much.

Now I am not dismissing the incredible bravery (READS: lunacy) of the competitors but I didn't get that much of a thrill from it. The bikes were going at simply staggering speeds past that made me feel uncomfortable having had a motorbike accident three years ago that resulted in two broken legs and two broken arms and quite a few other problems resulting in two operations but in addition I just didn't get the thing of them starting 10 seconds apart as it was hard to tell who was winning or losing.

None the less it was an experience that I would recommend because it requires a flight from wherever you are based and like most pilots I don't suppose many people need too many excuses to go flying. The TT is not really very practical by car but it is certainly very practical by air so get yourself there next year.

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