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Disorganisation

What chaos. Isle of Wight is happening as planned, but when it came to Isles of Scilly, we found a definite reluctance to let rooms for 2 nights during high season, when they could get people staying for a week. So we gave that up and looked at Anglesey instead. Seems there’s a sailing festival…

Read more… 27 Jul 06

Working Practice

The first stage of this has been quite a learning process. As I’ve worked through the Channel Islands, I’ve realised that I’m trying to do a final draft which is effectively doubling the time spent per section. Now there are big benefits to this, including being able to show people the work in progress, but…

Read more… 26 Jul 06

Things to do on the Isle of Wight

I’m quietly ignoring the fact that I stupidly have not booked a hotel and as it’s Cowes week the entire trip may get a rapid cancellation. Wish me luck whilst phoning around frantically this afternoon! Assuming it goes ahead, I’m planning on doing the following: Whitecliff Bay Dimbola Lodge Osborne House The Needles (chair lift?)…

Read more… 24 Jul 06

After a bit of a delay…

…plans are afoot for the Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles for the first week of August. Time to dive into those guide books again. As always, any must-see recommendations are greatly appreciated.

Read more… 12 Jul 06

A Long Shot – Alderney info

I’ve failed utterly to find out anything about the history of the Madonna Stone. Ditto La Roc

Read more… 20 Jun 06

Guernsey notes

My favourite photographs from Guernsey and relevant notes are now on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sylvia/tags/guernsey/ I have sooo much information and I’ve not yet read about my shipwrecks nor the book I picked up at the occupation museum. And that’s just one little island! I still have 37 to go…

Read more… 22 May 06

Accident Reports

The Reckless Final Approach of US Bangla Flight 211

The crash of US Bangla flight 211 made international headlines when it occurred on the 12th of March 2018; however, it wasn’t until a month ago that the true sequence…

ATC and the Pilot Who Turned Back

Last week we looked at a general aviation crash in which the pilot reported a Mayday as a result of an engine failure. Eight minutes later, the pilot crashed into…

Demystifying

What Is Going On With The Boeing 737 Max 8?

The news is dominated right now with the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 after a second fatal crash of a passenger jet which could be related to the…

Thirty Years Since Air France Flight 296

Thirty years ago, on the 26th of June 1988, a brand new Airbus A320 crashed during a demonstration of its fly-by-wire capabilities, killing three passengers and demolishing the plane as…

History

Building a B-29 Piece by Piece

I’m in Austria this week, giving a presentation about the representation of old women in science fiction. So it seemed only right to celebrate a woman in aviation who might…

The Odd Story of Richard Floyd McCoy Jr

I’ve been working hard on volume two of Without a Trace and, of course, I can’t resist a chapter on Dan Cooper, who successfully hijacked a Northwest Orient aircraft and…

Fun Stuff

For your amusement: weird and interesting NOTAMS

I was browsing around looking for interesting news when I saw that Reddit user justachamelion had posted a great question for /r/AskReddit: Pilots of Reddit, what are the weirdest or…

In case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas

There are lots of private jets up for sale but this one is special… It is a 1962 Lockheed JetStar 1329. The JetStar was a private project at Lockheed, originally…