Mid-Summer’s Day

June 20th, 2012

Just back from a quick flight on the longest day of the year (today being 1 second longer than tomorrow). I’ve been trying to do this since 2009, but the weather has never been great. Today: Result!

I landed at 20:30, still 1h 25 minutes before sunset, meaning legally I had another 1h 55m of flight allowed. G-AHAU is limited to day flight only, but “day” ends a half hour after sunset. However, Andreas has no runway lights, and Ronaldsway closes at 21:00 so 20:30 is the latest sensible arrival just in case a diversion to Ronaldsway is required.

  • Snaefell, 19:40 and a tram is still running up to the summit. Laxey, Douglas and the Ben-My-Chree just visible.
  • Snaefell
  • Douglas Bay
  • Douglas and Onchan. Ochan Raceway visible between the struts.
  • Douglas harbour and Connister Rock. The blue green colours are fantastic on a sunny afternoon.
  • Onchan with Laxey and Maughold in the distance.
  • Laxey
  • Ramsey and the Northern Plain, Scotland just visible.
  • Ramsey, (shining by the sea!)
  • The Point of Ayre and Burrow Head beyond. Between the two is the shortest sea crossing to the UK, 17 miles. Usually 11 minutes for G-AHAU.
  • Scotland: Luce Bay and the Mull of Galloway.
  • Final shot to the west, still 1h 40m to sunset. The freighter "Silver River" cuts a lonely wake.
  • It's fun to play with friends too - The Rans S6 out enjoying the longest day.
  • Andreas from the final approach to runway 06.