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I'm grounded this morning. Airads did have an appointment with BBC Scotland on a farm-strip somewhere near Edinburgh but the weather is too bad to risk flying up there with a cloud base as low as 200 feet in places.

Some clouds can have hard centres when one's flying over hills and the Met Office is showing that airframe icing in cloud will start at 1000 feet, so I don't really fancy trying to follow a GPS through the Scottish valleys, in cloud and with ice growing on the aircraft. Even Newcastle, our refuelling stop, is giving 500 feet and as the minimum descent height is 700 feet for my IMC rating on the instrument approach without a visual reference, that's out too.

People complain when flights are occasionally delayed or cancelled out of Manston but very few understand how "interesting" some conditions can be for the pilot, in freezing low cloud, even with all today's electronic toys.


Near Broadstairs
Originally uploaded by les2001.

An unusual photo of the seafront near Broastairs, entitled "Not the Circus Maximus."

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