Information and Idle Thoughts

Track Whole Route with stops

Trip Figures

So, just under 2000 nautical miles and 20 hours flying. These are GPS flying times, ie. lift off to touch down, excluding warm up and taxy out/in.

A wise and well-worn pilots’ saying, this time in French, spotted at Abbeville just before we set off on the final leg and the weather turned . . . Motto for the last leg
With memories of the first eighteen flying hours of the trip rather than the last couple, we wish we were still up there!

Airfields Visited:
Calais LFAC: Better choice if crossing Channel and going east; quieter than Le Touquet, efficient
Saarlouis EDRJ: Excellent location just over border from France; great welcome and great facilities;
Kempten-Durach EDMK: A real gem; unbeatable location; well maintained; two grass runways E/W and N/S (but remember, elevation is 2340′ AMSL!); excellent restaurant; good value hotel within 500m; Mogas or Avgas available;
Padova LIPU: Very run down, unwelcoming, expensive; the city itself is worth a visit
Venice Lido (Aeroporto Venezia S.Nicolo Nicelli) LIPV: Brilliant location; fabulous approaches; fascinating history; easy transfer into Venice by water bus or airport water taxi; good facilities; reasonable value; runway a little bumpy; local hotels cheaper than Venice itself;
Marina di Campo (Elba) LIRJ: Brilliant location; great approaches; mega expensive fuel; gives AOPA discount; informative website;
Calvi LFKC: typically huge but very quiet; don’t like microlights; good for fuel; reasonable value otherwise, good choice for north of the island (try Figari if going south)
Carpentras LFNH: Typically well maintained French airfield; UL91 at reasonable cost; no café; great for fuel stop-over
Mâcon LFLM: As above really; good stop-over; Mâcon town worth a visit
Troyes LFQB: Bigger, more airport style, but quiet; AFIS not easy to understand (possibly our problem though); great coffee!
Abbeville LFOI: Good welcome; good facilities, hotel on the airfield convenient but not that cheap and much in need of make-over
Headcorn EGKH: Always a good welcome if diverting (no fees, very helpful re flightplans, weather etc.); Good cafe

Airfields on the list but not visited:
Il Ranch (airstrip near Padova): This place looked great. The owner promised a good welcome with fuel and a lift to B&B accommodation. We decided on Padova due to the ease of flight plan closure at a licensed airfield. Wrong decision. (
Roma Urbe LIRU: Brilliant location. Complex airspace but very well set out with clear procedures. This will remain on our list for a future visit. (
Propriano LFKO: This was one of our most eagerly anticipated stops but we found very little up to date information about the airfield. Just before departure we tried to ring and got a fairly terse reply that there was no fuel available so we decided against visiting this time. A real shame. We did consider Figari as an alternate having heard some good things about it but in the end it was easier to go to Calvi.
Cannes-Mandelieu LFMD: Again, we were looking forward to visiting Cannes and mixing with the (literally?) jet set. It looked a good bet for incoming aircraft from Corsica and didn’t sound too pricey. In the end we chose the wrong day. There was a big air show taking place and visitors were unwelcome. (

Accommodation: We used to find rooms each evening for the following night. This worked very well.

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