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All quiet at Luton & Dunstable

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All quiet at Luton & Dunstable

Post by LondonEye » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:43 pm

Saturday 12-9-20
With the wife, decided to make the most of a bit of sunshine and go to Dunstable Downs, briefly stopping at Luton.
I know it’s the weekend, but Luton was a bit sparse. A lot of UK registered biz parked up, but generally thinly parked up.

If you want to knock off some UK biz there was –
2-KSFR BD700, M-AAAL G650, M-AGIK F900LX, M-DADA BD700, M-INNI L60, M-ONEY BD700, M-YNNS G650, G-CGOA C550, G-ESNA EMB550, G-FOMO BD700, G-GAAL C560, G-IPAX C560, G-LEGC E135, G-SHUI C680A, G-SMSM F2000, G-THFC E135, G-XXRS BD700.

Foreign wise – logged 16, of which the most interesting were VT-CDP BD700 and VT CPA G550 both of Poonawalla Aviation.
For the record, a shot of VT-CDP.


ImageBD700 VT-CDP Luton



So, then on to Dunstable Downs. Again, a bit disappointing. There was a lot of paraglider / hanglider activity, but little on the glider side. Still, it was nice to be out.
The café and toilets are open if that helps anyone visiting. Pete.


One of the regular based gliders -


ImageSchleicher ASK 23 G-DEVW Dunstable


One of the vintage gliders still only BGA registered.


ImageSlingsby T30B Prefect BQP BGA1152 Dunstable



Spot the reg ! All in their protective covers.


Image3 Dunstable


Image1 Dunstable


Image4 Dunstable


Image2 Dunstable

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Re: All quiet at Luton & Dunstable

Post by andygolfer » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:52 pm

very nice and interesting as well Pete. I'm out and about all this week and this mirror's my plan for Thursday, Luton first then Dunstable

was there very much glider activity, I saw 3 at one point on FR24 this morning one of which appeared to be having an aerotow. Those paragliders must cause problems for the gliders soaring along the ridge!

Re Luton, is the long stay still free for 30 minutes for a pop in to see the biz please?

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Re: All quiet at Luton & Dunstable

Post by LondonEye » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:30 pm

Hi Andy,
we did not use the car park on this occasion, but according to the Luton Airport website - the first 60 min are free.
Dunstable did only have about three or four active gliders while we were there. I wonder whether they limit use while hangliders busy on the Downs.
Two of the DR400 tugs were out.
Bustling with people as you would expect on a sunny Saturday. Cafe very slow with social distancing. Car park free to NT members.
Don't forget to take your kite ! Enjoy your day.
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Re: All quiet at Luton & Dunstable

Post by andygolfer » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:05 am

thanks Pete, sorry one more question, does the parking machine take cards or do I need coins (hardly ever have coins in my pocket these days so need to be prepared!).

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Re: All quiet at Luton & Dunstable

Post by LondonEye » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:46 am

Have not used long term parking for a while (partly cv-19 but also because train is easier than driving across London). But, looking at website I don't think anything has changed.
Got ticket on entry, and if inside free duration, just stick ticket in barrier on way out. If need to pay, several stations around that accepted cash and card. Probably now, they prefer card only.

see https://www.london-luton.co.uk/parking/ ... y-car-park

and http://ltnmovements.blogspot.com/ is useful for movements.

There must be more regular Luton visitors reading this. Come on - help us out if info has changed.

cheers, Pete.

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