Trip Start Jun 27, 2011
35Trip End Dec 08, 2011
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I did have a chance to meet with some new friends, Patrick and Linda, who just last month completed a year-long flight around the world in a homebuilt Long EZ aircraft, a plane of novel design that has shorter range than mine and is limited to daytime flight with visual flight rules (VFR). Taking shorter hops between airports, they ended up seeing a lot more places along the way than I will. Their route paralleled mine through the middle east and SE Asia so they've been a great source of recent information on what they encountered.
Anxious to be on my way, I left Gloucester (EGBJ) for Cannes, France (LFMD) the next morning (Oct. 8) at 9:00 am. The people I dealt with at Gloucester where very helpful and friendly, particularly Steve Williams, who owns the Skypark hangar where I parked my plane, and his wife Kathryn who is the chief flight instructor at the Staverton Flying School. I can also say that EGBJ is a great GA-friendly airport with relatively low fees and businesses on the field that cater to small aircraft; for example, RGV Aviation - an FAA certified repair station that had a lot of Cirrus's in their shop and filled my O2 bottle (something Bristol couldn't do). I had N788W's oil changed by Aerotech, another good resource based near EGBJ. Overall, if you're flying into UK and want a place to leave your plane for awhile, EGBJ is a good choice. Good hotels in Cheltenham and a little over 2 hour train ride to London, so a good base to explore some of the UK.