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Re-starting the RTW Tour :

Friday, December 16th, 2011

After issues and repairs to PC’s etc,  I’m taking some time out to enjoy my self with the CIX VFR Club by flying their Christmas Caper around The Bahamas.

It’s really enjoyable.  The scenery from titled Caribbean Seaplane Tours is really top notch.

I seem to be getting crosswinds from 040 – 060 @ 16-20 kts,  and as many runway’s are east/west it makes for some interesting flying, but that’s half the fun..     I’m trying not to be the last to to finish,  but some people are on the way back to the US mainland while I’m only about 1/4 of the way around.

No matter though, I’m doing it for the fun.


Anyway, onto the reason for the post.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat yada yada, you know the drill.   What with Christmas commitments I’m probabally not gonna start flying the RTW trip until the new year.  That way I can enjoy what I’m doing now with out rushing around the place.

Watch this space.


Horizon GEN X Ireland.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Keith D at the CIX VFR CLUB sent me a few pictures of the new Horizon GEN X Scenery.  While I live in Ireland it’s something I’ve yet to buy.

The night after we flew in the same aircraft (shared cockpit) From Shannon (EINN) Coonagh (EICN) Via Buree, Kilmallock and up the Shannon beyond Ardnacrusha on the Shannon. Here are some of those pictures.  Keith sent me around 160 Pictures…… Thanks Keith 🙂


Here we go with a selection :


Random Ireland Image No.1

Random Ireland Image No.2

Random Ireland image No.3

N20 in Limerick. Patrickswell Junction. Limerick Race course top left.

O’Rourkes Cross (down and left of centre) N20 R543 cross. Buree is at the end of the road leaving the image top left.

Buree, Co. limerick.  The road coming into the map bottom right comes from O’Rourkes Cross. Shows the Bridge across the Road, with the mill weir just below that.

Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

My house (Just left of centre and down)


Limerick city Dock and main road bridge.

Ardnacrusha Hydroelectric Power station Built 1920’s.  This is the only way from the tidal shannon to the lough’s of Ireland.  You can get to Dublin and into Northern ireland from here. There are miles of Rivers and Lough’s to explore.   The only way to get a boat up the Shannon from the tidal Shannon is to travel up the Headrace to Ardnacrusha.  There there are two lock’s to traditional guillotine design build into the side of the power station.  While the charge is neglible the two locks’ travel over 100 feet vertically (30, and 70 respectively).  I’ve not travelled through these locks, but going down is said to be quite harrowing for the un-experanced.  Some say it’s like being dropped into a grave.

The 1st Lough (Derg).  The headrace from Ardnacrusha wanders up from the bottom left.  the un-navigable river shannon follows to the right.

What I’d say is the start of the navigable section.  Kilaloo on the lower side, and Ballina on the upperside.  People who have rented Boats are not allowed any further south (Right)

Keith pointed this out.  The place in the center is (I think a specalist hospital), the strange building at the top middle is Limerick Prison, And the Dog track (shutdown) is to the top right.

Another view of Limerick port with Coonagh Airfield (400m*9m) in the distance.