Just Andy

Life is the greatest challenge of all

London by Aztec

The day actually started as a trip out with a friend Timothy in his Aztec after it had been fitted with new bladder tanks. He wanted to check the fuel capacity against a myriad of electronic equipment and his Garmin GNS530 which also measures fuel flow, before his epic trip to the Artic Circle and Svalbard.

The day started from Biggin Hill and the first leg was a quick dash to Calais. We then flew up the east coast past Southend to carry out various tests above East Anglia at various levels, starting off at 2000' and then every 2000' to 10000'.

After munching peanut butter and marmite sandwiches at 10000' above Norwich we descended to low level again before following the Thames up to the QE2 Bridge and getting a transit into the City Zone as far as Vauxhall Bridge and back. The photos below are those taken at this stage of the trip.

Now running low on fuel after 4.5 hours airborne we bimbled around Kent until the main tanks ran dry. Incredibly after all that time, the electronics were a couple of litres out in their guess-timation of capacity. Switching to reserve we then landed back at Biggin to fill up with 456 litres of fuel and put the aeroplane away for the night.



London City Airport


London City Airport ; One on!


QE2 Bridge as we orbited awaiting clearance into the zone


Birds Eye View of Canary Wharf


HMS Belfast


The bridges of London


Canary Wharf


The London Eye


The London Eye as most don't see it


The Thames looking west


The Thames Barrier


Over Central London


The City


Looking back east


London Town


The Millenium Dome


Another view down the Thames


More views of the city


Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast