The strip nestles into the woodlands around Castle Douglas. It is 350m long orientated 03/21, with a pronounced up slope from the 03 threshold and some rather solid trees at the 21 end. Landing is therefore always on 03 and take off is from 21, regardless of what the wind might think. The runway is rolled gravel, which was a new experience for me.
Peter, the owner, helpfully provides 2 mile and 0.5 mile GPS coordinates to 03 and that is just as well: I am sure I would not have found the strip without them. The approach is over undulating ground, with plenty of higher ground around to keep the pilot on his toes.
My first approach was too high. By the time I saw the runway I was about 100ft above it and with no way to get down in time but at least I had found the strip! The go-around required full power and a fairly steep climbing turn due to high ground all around but it wasn't really any problem, other than the GPS continually bleating with terrain warnings.
|Proof that I was there!|
|The 21 end is "interesting"|
In an e-mail exchange, afterwards, Peter said:
|Looking NE from half way|
along the runway
...yes, you are definitely our first visitor and JONL is the first low-wing and first G-registered aeroplane to land. You are also the first to have successfully executed a missed approach - comforting to know it can be done!
|The view from the 03 threshold|
He didn't elaborate on whether there had been any unsuccessful missed approaches but I am content that I didn't add that as another first!
Peter has a nice little strip in Glenswinton but it's not for novices! I look forward to flying in there again some time.
Update, 17-Mar: Peter has uploaded a video of his landing at Glenswinton on YouTube.