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.
I checked the weather this morning and it looked possible to complete my planned journey for the day to Glasgow (Cumbernauld). Looking outside the window the sun was shining so I set off for the 45 minute drive to the airfield to jump in G-Fozz, my Bonanza A36 with a couple of colleagues and we launched off from Blackpool.
Immediately after taking off I looked towards the Lake District and thought that we may be able to outclimb the lump of cloud that regualarly hangs over the mountains so we shot up to flight level 50 and headed north.
Once we reached Barrow In Furness it became apparent that my lump of cloud went a great deal higher than I first thought so I called Walney and advised them I was going to descend around their field and head north hopefully below the cloud
Descent complete, it became apparent that as I was flying north again the visibility was vanishing fast and we soon became IMC at lowl level and with big hard hills to the right of us.
I quickly turned around and headed south again back into glorious sunshine. I landed at Blackpool, called the people I was due to meet and cancelled our meeting and arranged to hold it via a tele-conference call later. The meeting went well but its not the same as flying to a meeting. It makes aviation seem more fun and useful.
Anyway what all this told me is that I need to work harder and save up for a de-iced, TBM700 or something similar. A while ago when I bought my shiny Bonanza A36 I told myself I needed the licences to go with it so I could get really mobile so I did my night rating and my IMC but actually I realise that even if I was the best pilot in the world (which I dont claim to be) I would still be limited by mother nature.
Tomorrow I have the opportunity to go to Glasgow again for a different meeting but at this meeting the weather doesnt look like it will be kind to me again!