So just how TOUGH is it then?
Here's what Sandra has to say about it
"Another brilliant Fly UK.
A lot of people we spoke to prior to departing, particularly some of our
local club members, were under the impression that Fly UK is only for the
gung-ho hard nuts. The truth couldn't be further from this!
Fly UK is as soft, or as gung ho as you want it to be. Despite the fact that Tom puts a
huge amount of effort into organising the route and the pilots in advance
(for which we are eternally grateful, thanks Tom), weather and other
factors always see pilots scattered all over the place. That's part of the
fun of it though. We naturally migrate into groups of like minded (and
similar speed) groups, and we look after each other when the inevitable
Don't think this is limited to just aircraft and flying
either. The biggest mess several of us got into this year was getting lost
in the sunken lanes walking back from the pub in deepest Cornwall - not
because we were sloshed, we just hadn't paid enough attention on the way
there. Thank goodness we still had phone reception!
It's also a tour that you can dip in and out of quite easily if you can't
make, or don't fancy the whole week. Also, if you're not going with anyone
you know particularly well, it only seems to take a matter of minutes for
everyone to start jabbering away together, and before you know it, you're
swapping stories and have great friendships established. Despite the fact
that we get scattered around the country, there are still several nights
where loads of us end up at the same airfield, and Tom's mission 'to fly by
day and socialise by night' really comes into its own.
If you can't get your mind around a huge trip around the UK, just think of
it as two or three navs a day - sling them together for a few days and
you've got yourself a bit of a tour. If you want to go all out and
'capture' as many airfields as you can, that's fine. Equally, if you get
to a beautiful place that you've never been to before, stop for a day and
Fly UK can be all things to all people, and that's the fantastic thing
about it for me. We ended up flying to Spamfield with three generations of
one family in our group (couldn't quite fit them into one trike though!).
We're all supposed to be flying for fun, and Fly UK is one of the best ways
I know of doing this. It's not so good being back to work today though!
Pilot on Fly-UK 2004/5/6/7/8/9/10