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19 April to River Severn

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A fabulous flight on 19th of April, conditions were superb.

Wondered whether to go for a morning or evening flight, really glad I went for morning. Had to set the wing out twice as once the sun had come up enough the wind stabilised in a northerly direction.

Took off and overflew the next field quite low on climb out, there were 5 horses chewing the grass but they didn't take a blind bit of notice of me, so that was good to know for the future.

Quite a lot of traffic about as it was just after 8am, poor sods all having to go to work on such a lovely morning.

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Climbed up to about 800 feet, the breeze was a bit fresher than on the ground so my forward speed was only 10 knots, but I though what the heck I'm up here to enjoy it so it doesn't matter. Flew towards Kinver, passing over a couple of fishing lakes and saw there were a couple of fishermen already set up.

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Turned right just before Kinver and flew close to a large forest know locally as 'The Million', if I am to the north of this I know I am very close to Halfpenny Green ATZ.

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Continued flying over towards the river Severn, over some pretty big properties just outside Kinver.

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Continued over wonderfully open countryside and started feeling the onset of thermal activity so climbed up to 1600 feet, the air was super smooth at this level. I thought to myself 'does it get better than this?'

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Got over to the river and saw that I wasn't too far from Pound Green microlight strip so flew over to see what it looked like and exactly where it was.

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Turned around and then flew north following the river and enjoying the view.

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When I got to Chelmarsh Reservoir I called up the now open ATC at Halfpenny Green to let them know I was about and where I was.

Had another 50 minutes tootling around to make it my longest flight so far, at 1 hour 47 minutes. Just superb!

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Great to see Alan... superb pics.

I suspect we were all up on Thursday. The conditions were truly perfect. I did a morning, afternoon and evening flight, bagging 4.5 hours in the saddle... just such amazing flying weather!

Look forward to catching up at a flyin mate :o)

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