In the August edition of Suffolk Magazine, is the illustrated feature of my time spent at the quirky & lovely rural airfield in Beccles. A wonderful example of passion and hard-work in running a CAA approved airfield in this corner of Suffolk.
“The light warm breeze carries the unmistakable smell of the countryside while the wind sock at the far end of the airfield flutters and the unmistakable hum of an airplane engine carries on above my head.
Eyes darting through the cloud and across rich blue sky, I scan the area for a sign of the approaching plane, suddenly it sounds as though an engine is cut and within what seems like seconds the clouds above me are lit up magically. Brightly coloured canopy’s scatter themselves at varying stages of descent. A few years ago, that would have been me. Watching the skydivers land across the runway and fields I wonder if I still have it in me.
The Cessna Caravan having emptied the load breaks through the cloud, suddenly swinging down onto the runway, practically brushing the tops of the trees, it comes to almost an immediate stop. A handful of eager looking skydivers are ready and waiting for their flight to the drop zone. It sure is a busy day for the pilot”.