After three days enjoying France it wass time to fly home again to Luxembourg. My fellow pilot Maurice would act as pilot for this leg. Heavy winds were announced in Luxembourg as of noon (gusts to 45 Kts), reason to leave very early in the morning.
So by 6.30am we took off in Fayence and headed north. However, not having having a proper breakfast caused troubles for Maurice and myself. I did not feel very well and needed to go to the toilet 🙁 This is not a passenger plane with a toilet on board, so we decided to land at a small airfield in the Rhone valley. After 5 minutes, we took of again hurrying up to get home in time. We had the wind in our back and our ground speed were on average 30 kts higher than our true air speed. The problem was that Luxembourg was still IFR with low clouds over the airfield. We had hoped that the announced wind would clean up the low clouds…but apparently there was virtually no wind in Luxembourg.
So we had no other choice as to land in northern France. We waited for half an hour and took of again. Luxembourg was no longer IFR but marginal VFR but with clouds at 700 ft. Maurice wanted to land in Luxembourg, I didn’t. Anyway, Maurice was not allow to file a new flight plan in the air by traffic control and so we went down again…landing at Metz-Nancy lorraine. Maurice absolutely wanted to head to Luxembourg but the weather map looked to frighting to me, with heavy thunderstorms around.
He’s IFR rated, I’m not…I wanted to leave the plane in Metz Nancy and wait until evening hours or next morning. Maurice wanted to continue. So he continued all by himself, whilst I got off the plane in Metz Nancy. I was worried a lot that he wouldn’t make it to Luxembourg. I called him several times and he did not pick up the phone
End good, that’s all good. I was happy when he finally picked up his phone and learned me he landed well in Luxembourg. Wow, I was lucky enough to find someone willing to pick me up by car in Metz Nancy and drive me home. It was a long ride, but I preferred that than getting in an uncomfortable situation with CB’s everywhere around