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Black Isle Fly / Drive
Sun 1st Jul 2012
organised by Highland Scotland

Car Count : 11
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First of all, thank you to all who made today fantastic!

Drivers for the run, Hi-5s, Grampian and Taysliders!  And a special thanks to the pilots for their flying skills!

Despite being a wet start we took to the Black Isle roads (first run started with the hoods up) and ran the south side roads to Cromarty. A wee stroll for some and a cuppa for others set us up for the hood down stretch along the north side of the Black Isle to the Culbokie airfield...I believe there were some pre-flight nerves at this point.

Flying thrills started before we even reached Culbokie as we had a 3 plane escort along the latter parts of the run.

I have to admit I do wish I could have been in two places at once, getting a picture of all the cars on the long straight to the village would have been brilliant!

Arriving at the field the first 3 passengers suited up and took to the skies almost before the handbrakes had been pulled on in the 5s.  Beaming faces told the tale of the flight as they returned to the hangar in time for the rain to halt proceedings for a bit.

And really that was how the afternoon continued. Take-offs, landings and showers mixed with nervous/excited chatter, pre and post flight...oh yes and a mercy run for a replacement kettle for the one that gave up the ghost before the first cup of coffee!

Once again an absolutely brilliant day out , thank you all.

Frankie and in his absence Brian
Hi-5s really ARE always on top!

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1st Jul 2012 22:33 :: Douglas & Muriel
I don't think you should be thanking us Frankie. That was a superb day out and many thanks to FAB , Steve and Jimmy for our 'reach for the skies' experience. Hi 5's all round.

1st Jul 2012 22:50 :: Tom & Jen, Tay5liders
Hi to all the Hi 5's and others to attended todays run,many thanks for the warm welcome by all there.
  Many thanks to our pilots, Brian,Steve and Jimmy for our wonderfull flights too.
  Another big thanks to Brian and Frankie for organising this great day out, jen and i talked about having such a fab time.
  Hope to see you all at the Gathering in Knockhill on the 22nd

2nd Jul 2012 08:12 :: Davie
And a big thank you from me also, a great day out (apart from he rain)..

And another box ticked in the things to do list..

Look forward to meeting up sometime in the future..


2nd Jul 2012 12:55 :: Richard & Maureen (Grampian)
Big thanks to Frankie & Brian for organising with special thanks to the pilots Brian, Jim & Steve for the flying on the day. A warm welcome from the Hi 5's who certainly know how to put the "Hi" in fives. Hope to meet up again soon.

2nd Jul 2012 21:58 :: Graham K (gra)
Thankyou for the scenic drive Frankie, the Black Isle experience a first for me. Great to see everyone enjoying the flying experience. Well done to pilots Brain, Jim and Steve. Great event. 

3rd Jul 2012 09:53 :: The ALs
What a fantastic day. Thanks to those involved in organising it and to our fearless aviators.

Might we possibly consider making this an annual event???

3rd Jul 2012 20:45 :: treeny
What can we add!!!! What a fantastic day! It has already been said but many, many thanks to Brian, Steve and Jimmy for making the day so memorable despite the bad weather and Brian can we do it again....As usual we got a little lost and along with Dougie and Muriel were last to report in ( I`m afraid I was looking out for signs to `Culbokie International Airport` and a nice bright orange windsock but thanks to Dougie who managed to navigate us back from the A9 in good time. Many thanks also to Frankie and Sheila who managed to find a kettle.But.....we have just watched the brilliant video Dougie gave us last night! I thought the flying helmet was good but the film.......I think we have found our movie buff for Als `MX5 Singalong`I`m not sure about the guy in the bright suit however.Many thanks Dougie and by the way the MX5 Manual on CD you gave me some time ago is also excellent. Looking forward to Knockhill, I am sure we will all have a brilliant time together.

Dave and Val

5th Jul 2012 18:05 :: Frankie
We've watched the DVD of the footage you took on Sunday Doug, absolutely superb! Looks like you may have found a new position...cameraman for the Hi-5s!!! :-)

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