Charlie calls up one day and says: “how about flying down to Angoulême for a bistro lunch in the terminal restaurant?”. Most definitely!
Here’s a pictorial log of our lunchtime out – a great way to spend a memorable day at a modest cost. Thanks to Charlie’s good-hearted nature he is happy to pilot our guests staying with us at Gites in Charente for similar pleasure flights, subject to his availability and the weather, of course. A great idea for a gift flight or just a fun flight.
Departure from Couhé Flying Club:
Charlie Dalgleish – retired BA captain, member of Couhé Flying Club
Drew Rule – former Army Air Corp Blue Eagles display pilot
Pre-flight checks ….. and there are plenty of them:
Arrival at Angoulême Airport:
With lunch finished we were cleared for take off for the return to Couhé, passing from Limoges air traffic control and into Poitiers air traffic control. The headsets and microphones that we all wore made this like listening to the team radio in F1 and communication with air traffic control temporarily silenced the chatter in the plane from the rest of us.
We were cleared to descend to take photos of landmarks, in this case our gîtes and house below:
Touch down back at Couhé Flying Club:
Facts and Figures:
- Available to parties staying at Gites in Charente. Space for three passengers.
- You need to take your passport, since the destination airport/landing strip may ask to see it.
- Costs are only fuel …… this is about 150€ per hour ….. and lunch, about €15 each, depending on what you have!
- How far can you go on a flight out? Couhé to Angoulême is actually only 16 minutes of flying time, but we made the most of it, overflying our respective houses and doing some aerial sightseeing. Niort is about 20 minutes, La Rochelle is about 40 minutes and Ile d’Oleron is about 50 minutes, just to give you an idea.
- Charlie does this because he loves flying and would prefer to fly with others for company and who enjoy it with him. We bought him lunch on the day, by way of thanks.
To find out more about staying with us at here at La Ferme de l’Eglise and activities for the summer and winter visit our web site Gîtes in Charente and have a look at our blog posts. You can make an enquiry using the form below.
Thanks to Drew Rule and Brett Taylor for some great photography.