[jhb_airlines] Re: Job Satisfaction

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 21:55:37 +0100

Funnily I was just talking to Mike about this on FPI tonight. As he flew
over Jurby and Andreas he rightly asked why they aren't in the flight

This is the rub of course - airfields only get in the guides if the owners
wish them to be notified. I'm sure there are a lot of flying sites that
aren't listed. Jurby will never be because the IoM Government don't want it
advertised. Andreas isn't listed because the owner hasn't done anything
about it. Oddly enough she phoned me to complain that I'd listed the
airfield as inactive in my UK airfield listing but I replied that if she
would sent details to Pooleys etc then maybe it would get a bit more
recognition. I even went so far as to make up a good diagram suitable for
Pooleys to use but I never heard anything more from her!

Martin Baker's own two large airfields at Langford Lodge and Chalgrove but
it has only been in the last few years that the latter has appeared in the
AIP. Langford Lodge is still, to most people, a non existent airfield..


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 08 September 2005 20:10
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Job Satisfaction

Although I can't remember precisely, I've a feeling I got into throwing
together farm strips, out of a sense of frustration, triggered off by
knowing they were present in the VFRGM but unuseable. It's certainly one
of the smartest moves I've made.

I've just finished number eighteen, out of the next batch of twenty.
It's a strip of which I was blissfully ignorant; Alcester. It's also one
of many where the web fails to produce any photographic evidence, not
even reports from visiting pilots. I digress.

 The starting point is the descriptive page in Lockyears, with its
fairly basic field diagram. Really, it's comparable to the recipe for a
previously untried dish.
Next is to locate the strip on the VFRGM. Looking out of the aircraft
gives only a Gobi Desert type impression; could be anywhere, provided
Anywhere was totally devoid of features.

Having put in markers to define the runway, plus a hangar, if indicated,
though probably nothing like the real thing, it's time to plant a wind
sock. Next comes selecting the least improbable bits of available
hardware to sit in VFRGM's gaps and comply with the buildings in
Lockyears' drawing.

Finally, though it can take hours to achieve, Treeplanter makes it
possible to progressively fill the wooded areas apparent in VFRGM.

Last job is to fly a couple of circuits, just to check I haven't totally
blocked the thresholds with summat not there in real lfe.

That's where the surprise comes in. Suddenly it's no longer the Gobi
Desert. Although not an accurate depiction of the real place, at last
it's  possible to get an idea of what it might look like. Alcester is a
good example, since it turns out to be a well wooded, almost parkland
setting, despite having three industrial estates in its area. Even with
no added trees, VFRGM shows it to be in a very attractive area.  I've moved
from looking at the recipe to tasting the dish. Better
still, it's cost me nothing.

 Amazing that such attractive airstrips exist, unknown to all but a
handful of real life pilots. They're never mentioned in the GA
magazines; perhaps the owners find it safer to stay below the parapet,
out of sight of the control freeks who's hobby is to get airfields shut

If I lived "across" I'm sure I could develop a super hobby, of seeking
out and photographing these gems. Meanwhile I'm happy just to see them
emerge on my PC. Would it be more normal, I wonder, to get my kicks from
watching East Enders?

Gerry Winskill


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