By Rick Maclure
My thanks to Darren Hill on Approach and Dave Etheridge on Tower for their professionalism in getting me safely in to Manchester today.
Earlier in the day I departed Alicante on a beautiful clear day inbound to Leeds-Bradford. On my first approach to Leeds, I noticed I had developed flap asymmetry and to make matters worse it was gusting beyond crosswind limits right across RWY 32.
After holding (for too long) at LBA pondering options, I determined that a diversion was needed.
EGCC had runways pointing in the necessary direction 😀 AND was fully staffed! Unfortunately. my first approach to 23R was a go-around due to traffic on the active. Fuel was now very critical and I communicated this to both Approach and Tower who gave me priority for the second approach.
As it turned out, the landing was uneventful although I think my brakes may need to be inspected at a local Kwikfit outlet.
Shaking slightly, I took this screenshot as I shut down at Stand 22. On fumes...
Darren's and Dave's professionalism made the flight on Vatsim such an immersive experience. Many thanks gents.
Rick Maclure (Channex 327)