Kevin Crumplin sold me one of his Tigers. It was because he believed she would be in good hands even though I raised a question whether I could fly her home across Europe in January. I kind of hoped he would discourage me from doing that but he said “I don’t see any reason why not in January”. At that time, I expected a mild winter as usual.
The Journey started in Henstridge on Thursday 19th of January 2017. Outside temperature that morning was just about 0°C. Sunny, wind calm. I sneaked between Bournemouth and Southampton airspace at 1000’ and then followed the coastline towards Dover. The plane was gurgling cheerfully while the human inside was feeling colder than anticipated. My GPS showed low battery 40 minutes before estimated landing. It was cold too. I was keeping it in the breast pocket of my Sidcot for the rest of the whole trip to preserve the battery. No wonder I was oscillating around my track a little.