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.
Today we had to complete the compass swing on G-FOZZ. The cost was £180.00
The cost of the insurance had gone down this year to £3380 from around £3800. I didn't shop around but in past experience this insurance company has been best value.
We recently undertook a quick trip to Honfleur in northern France from Blackpool.
Honfleur is a beautiful town and has loads of lovely hotels. We stayed at La Closerie as when we booked most were sold out. It was apartments but to a high standard and had a lovely outdoor pool area.
We flew into Deauville which is big with a runway nearly twice the length of Blackpool and full customs etc but hugely friendly. Deauville control cover all of the coast if you cross at Cherbourg seemingly so you only speak to them and they are really helpful and speak great English. I think all airfields in France are ga friendly unlike our country! Even the big ones are happy to welcome you. Deauville has international flights coming in although it seemed pretty quiet.
Apart from the really bad weather we had that day going in it was a really easy flight. We flew down on top of the cloud base at 5000ft all the way down over Wales etc and only had to descend mid channel because of an airway with a base at 3000ft which dropped us into cloud which we didn't come out of until we descended to 1000ft to divert into Guernsey for a two hour wait to get good enough weather to continue to Deauville. Landing fees and parking was 60 euros which is expensive for France but not terrible. A taxi into town was about £25.
Northern France is an easy flight even for us northerners and made us appreciate our plane as we had a precious 36 hours in a lovely country, eating lovely food and felt like we had been on holiday.
It's a great flight and really doable for a short weekend which makes you feel great about having a plane and the flexibility it offers you. In a Bonanza A36 it was about two hours twenty minutes at a slow economy cruise which used 102 litres one way at an average of about 145knots. We could have done it in about 1 hour 50 I think but for a lot more fuel so we took the leisurely option.