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A Dental Nurse, a Boyfriend a Bear and a Plane

Kim and Balsall Bar take flight (air trip to France)


Our Dental Nurse Kimberley Millington took a flight of fancy, as she took an eye-opening trip to France, when she hired a plane with her boyfriend, with the pair of them stowing our good friend Balsall Bear away on board too!

Kim and her boyfriend – who is currently in the process of qualifying as a commercial airline pilot – used his requirement to rack up qualifying air miles to dream-up a slick and sneaky sightseeing daytrip to France:

“He’s been learning to fly since June 2014.” says Kim.

Kim’s boyfriend achieved his Private Pilots Licence (PPL) within about a year, before embarking on his longer term aim of acquiring a commercial license.

Interestingly, we discovered that whilst PPL requires the physical presence of a tutor, the majority of flights in qualifying for a commercial license are completed without the presence of a tutor.

“Dealing with Air Traffic Control can be interesting.” says Kim alluding to some interesting experiences, with a knowing nod, although we didn’t dare press for incriminating details!

“We hire our own plane and have to file our flight plan with the Civil Aviation Authority”, a task which Kim enjoys, as well as assisting with flight navigation.

“We fly out of Coventry normally and we always have to get there half an hour before we do anything.”

“We flew into Le Touquet, a forest town in the Northwest of France”, explains Kim as she described the resort town, famous for its architecture and described by some as the playground of rich Parisians.

“We landed in France and the people were really nice.”

“About 80% of the town is in forest’ reckons Kim,

“It was absolutely lovely.  I was chatting to the staff on the desk at the Airport, in French whilst they replied in English!”

Well, at least this proved they understood what she was saying!

When Kim is on terra ferma, she can often be found here at Balsall Common Dental Practice, looking after our wonderful customers.

Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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