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Red Arrows About

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Not a great Bank Holiday weekend. Two days work in Skegness postponed until July and a Saturday wedding at Quex park, 'Blown away' by the strong winds. It's always annoying when the 'Great British Summer' starts playing its tricks but let's hope that June wll live up to expectations and that July won't be an unhappy repeat of 2007, with its constant rain and flooding in the South West.

With no scheduled flights on for Airads today, the youngest member of our team, thirteen-year old Charlotte, managed to persuade the Red Arrows to sign her logbook at Manston today. As she's been flying with me since the tender age of seven, she's planning on her own career in aviation and from the photograph, she's obviously making the right friends!

Cannes 2008

No flying today, far too windy and lucky that nothing was booked in the flying departments I have one aircraft out for its annual service until at least Saturday and the second rapidly running out of working hours until it's own 'Annual' in two weeks.

As these are working aircraft, they are subject to 50 hour servicing and a complete annual maintenance regime every twelve months. Very expensive and they never work out to suit the schedule. Once you reach 50 hours, that's it. Everything stops until the full maintenance check has been done at an authorised engineering facility; and you can't just roll-up like QuickFit!

Seriously though, we were asked by a client if we could fly the event but French 'Red Tape' stood in the way, which is ironic, in a way, as both my grandparents were big 'Stars' of the pre-war French cinema and one is buried there.

A Big Weekend

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Worn out with flying today! I had two aircraft up simultaneously for several hours above the Radio One 'Big Weekend' today at Mote Park in Maidstone, both promoting different music events for a client.

We are back again on Sunday morning and lunchtime and I hope to be able to put together a short, 'YouTube' video at some point.

In the meantime, here's a link to all today's aerial photos of the event, taken as we circled it. The weather was great!



Meanwhile, I hear that all the free photos I took of the Isle of Thanet, which I placed in a Flickr library under a creative commons, non-commercial license, for people to share, appear to have found their way on to eBay, sold on CD's. I can't say that I'm happy with the idea.

Easy Tallinn in Estonia

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I've been too busy to 'Blog' of late but at least I'm now home, after a very pleasant business trip to the lovely city of Tallinn, capital of Estonia.

It's a very easy trip to Tallinn. £43 each way with Easyjet out of Stansted airport and then, arriving at the other end, it took about thrity minutes, to work through immigration, find a taxi and arrive at the city's splendid Radisson SAS hotel.

I was chairing the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Europe conference and with two hundred delegates from banks and businesses across the Baltic states, there's a visible thirst for knowledge.

The old town of Tallinn is delightful, packed with bars and restaurants and massage parlours too, should such a thing take your fancy. I highly recommend 'Troika' the Russian restaurant in the main square. Expensive but great service and wonderful food helped along with ice cold local vodka and Russian beer.

English is spoken fluently. So well in fact that it puts the cast of BBC…

Backing Boris

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A frantic rush to an airfield on the Eastern edge of London this morning in time to fly a banner supporting Boris Johnson's campaign for Mayor, today being the big day of the London and local elections.

The thunderstorms presented a bit of a problem, very unusual so early in the day but we got there, flew the banner and hopefully had the photos back in time to meet the Eveing Standard's deadline.