As we drove nearer to Tatenhill, the weather started misbehaving, the cloud base lowered and it started raining . . . Great Start!!!
I arrived at the airfield and my Craig (My instructor) and I went into the briefing room to have a peek at the Met to see if the there was likely to be any improvements to what was happening out of the window. The report had it that the rain and low cloud-base was only temporary and that we were sitting in the middle of a cold front, Craig and I decided to hold of until the front moved away, It did and I was raring to go.
Just as I was ready to head out to G-TALH, I heard the distinct sound of a Eurocopter 135 approaching. It could only be G-EMAA, the Midlands Air Ambulance returning from an emmergenc. A photo opportunity that I've been waiting for now for some time!
The cloud base around tatenhill wasn't favourable to do any circuit practice, (not was the rain for that matter) however I was ok with that as I was also keen on doing some more local familiarity.
Normally If I'm going out of the circuit I'll head off out East of the airfield after take-off, over Rugeley Power station and up towards Tanworth. I've not done much flying West of the airfield so rather than turning towards the power station after overflying Blithfield Reservoir, I headed over towards Hixon Disused airfield, and then in the direction of Otherton Microlight Airfield before turning back towards Rugeley Power Station .
I couldn't resist having a look at the power station again, I do it nearly every time I fly and still haven't got used to the thrill of looking down the barrels of the cooling towers whilst executing a steep turn. After Playing over the power station it was time to go back to Tatenhill for a couple of circuits.
I'm well pleased that my article was printed in this month's issue of our local village magazine!! 'The Rothwell Records' (Thanks to the folk at Steven Wards for printing that for me), and if you have come here from the link printed there, then a huge Thank You for visiting.
I do hope that the events of the past year or so of my life has inspired you to, never give in and always follow your dreams no matter what other people may tell you, because dreams CAN and DO become real!! and that door of opportunity may just be waiting ajar for YOU!!
I just want to say too, that I could not have got where I am now today in my journey to 'reach for the skies' without the support of so many amazing people. of whom there are way too many to name, but include:-
The staff and volunteers at Aerobility who taught me all I know about flying a 'real' airplane. The people involved with FSD (Flying Scholarship Disabled) who funded some of my flying. My friends who believed in every single step along the way, My friends from Rothwell Baptist, who also believed in me every step of the way and and helped me stay grounded when things got crazy and the dream started to take off, and last but certainly not least, Mum who has offered all the love and support she possibly could throughout everything!