Flying in Europe during the winter is proving to be very challenging mostly because I would like to see the cities and the landscape but the days are just too shot. The 8 hour difference (7 while in the U.K.) is really making it very hard for me to find time to fly. It should be somewhat better when I get to Africa, especially on the East side of the continent. Until then I will have to fly only one or two legs a week.
After taking off from Inverness airport I flew over the Loch Ness. Even though I flew the entire length of the lake only few feet above the water I could not see the elusive monster Nessie. One of the shots I have taken though does have some (out of focus of course) dark spot on the water. The mystery continues.
After the completely irresponsible very low flight over the lake, I climbed to 11,000 ft. searching for an altitude with the most favorable winds and, then finally settled down at 5,000 ft. From Inverness to Dublin I followed the heading of 205. Due to very strong head wind I used much more fuel than I anticipated so, I've decided to land and refuel in Dublin (even though originally I planned just a flyover). I am sure I would have had enough fuel to London anyway, but as they say, better safe than sorry. The approach and landing were without any problems. As soon as I was on the ground, I started looking for a refueling station, topped off my tanks, and was on my way to London. All in all, I spent about 20 minutes in Ireland. Pity.
Flight to London was much faster as I had tail wind now. I was following the heading of 128 at 7,000 ft. over the Wales and southern England. By the time I got to London though, it was dark, so I did not see much. I guess now I have to wait till next Saturday to continue my trip so that I can tour the London by daylight.
Pre flight check at the Inverness airport
Ready for a takeoff, runway 24
Leaving Inverness airport
West coast of Scotland
Final approach to Dublin international
Refueling at the Dublin airport
Patiently waiting in line for a takeoff
Off to London
Taxing to parking
Parked at the Gatwick airport
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