Yesterday I tried my hand at Vatsim; although this post isn’t necessarily about that.
I was flying from Rotterdam in the Netherlands back to Newquay airport in Cornwall in my trusty Bonanza; it was late afternoon and the sun was starting its dip to the horizon.
On taxying out I noticed another pilot on the ramp in a 737; the airport was un-controlled at that point and I was making announcements on Unicom.
The other pilot was also making announcements as to their intensions and we both were on the way out following the same departure procedure, the other pilot called me to check which departure I was flying, amazing!! He courteously waited a few minutes for me to clear before he took off.
I was climbing out to around 9000’ and heading down the Dutch / French coast before crossing IFR to Dover VOR. I was flying direct into a weather front off Calais and around Oostende in I went.
After about 15mins of flying in the soup and turning cross channel to Dover I popped out of the weather and wow…
Off to my right I could see the dark patch of the front with the amazing highlights of the sun setting and out in front of me a few 1000’ lower, patchy cloud base interspersed the city lights of Dover and the stars above!!!
I had the radio tuned into London Centre but wasn’t in their area of operation so it was a joy to hear all the traffic and not have the stress of needing to talk.
The weather, scenery, lighting, and depth of immersion was just unbelievable!
A fantastic experience!
Thanks so much Asobo!