Refreshing night VFR flying

Enjoying having a moment to write a short post being on vacations about my last flight. 

Since I’ve finished my night flying training some 1,5 years ago, due to the restrictions at our local airports I was not able to fly in the night.  Seems the thimgs will chamge soon, giving us more fredom, being able to return from a flight from other island even after sunset.

I flew to Gran Canaria where I made my 1 hour flight on a 1 year old Diamond DA40 with Garmin 1000 cockpit.

First time that I was flying this plane and I have to say it’s awesome. The Garmin does everything for you… Set mixture, propeller pitch angle, autopilot, run-up check and much more… I think that if I’ve learned flying on this plane, I wouldn’t be able to fly the old Pipers or Cessnas… I would simply miss the basis concepts.

Well, back to the night VFR. We took off from the Rwy 03L at Gran Canaria’s airport to the November point for some manouvers. After we took off into the dark, I actually monitored the PFD, al,ost without looking outside. Which is good, but being VFr, I should look outside as well. Arrived over November we have performed some left and right turns at 30 and 45 degrees and a slow flight. 

The plane is very well controlled, like the stick performance much more than the DA20’s. The tu na have been actually executed only by looking on the PFD’s artificial horizon, because outside above the sea it was pitch dark and no visual references at all. Lost som altitude, but I’d say lss than 100 feet which I’d personally consider not too bad after so long period without flying in the night. The most important thing is to realise it and to make the necessary corrections. 

After our return to the field we have made 1 touch and go and a final landing. Wouldn’t mind to own this plane; flying it is fun and it’s a good preparation for the next step- flying a big airliner. 

Safe landings! 😎🛬

Over Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Over Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


After the landing with the CFI and other FI

After the landing with the CFI and other FI

Flight to La Gomera

It’s been a while since my last post… So it’s time to write some lines and share some images with the world…

Today from our trip to La Gomera. It was a great day to fly, nice for taking images, and enjoy the views.

Here are some of the images from my flight. At the end you can find a 10 minute long video from the visual approach to La Gomera airport; which was a big fun.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I did!

Safe landings🙂

Selfie with Tenerife on our way to La Gomera

Selfie with Tenerife on our way to La Gomera

Tenerife from 6.500"

Tenerife from 6.500″

Reaching La Gomera

Reaching La Gomera

View of La Gomera airport from 5.000"

View of La Gomera airport from 5.000″

Old landing strip (El Revolcadero) and the new airport at La Gomera

Old landing strip (El Revolcadero) and the new airport at La Gomera

Left downwind RWY 27

Left downwind RWY 27

 

Final RWY 27 at La Gomera

Final RWY 27 at La Gomera

And as promissed, here comes the video of the approach into La Gomera…

 

Stani Klajban – #WHYIFLY

This is my “Why I fly” story, hope you’ll enjoy it!🙂

Pilot To Pilot

Stani Klajban is a Slovak pilot currently aviating in Spain. Below is his #whyifly story. Stani goes into detail on his decision of why to become a pilot and the harships he encountered a long the way.

Stani has an instagram page @stani320 where he posts some amazing photos of himself and his friends flying around Spain.

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When I was 16-17 I discovered how much I was impressed by everything that was flying. Later, when I was finishing the secondary school, I decided to apply to a military school, so I could follow my dream. Just at that point, the whole system changed in Slovakia and all of Eastern Europe, the future of our Mig’s were uncertain, and so were the studies.

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I was going to start to study as an aeronautical engineer, but the situation didn’t look promising. I decided to study at the University of Economics in Bratislava…

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Flight La Palma – Tenerife South

Just a normal sunday flying. We went for a “100€ airport sandwiches” from Tenerife North airport to La Palma island. The weather was OK, bit cloudy on the departure at the origin airport, but nice, smooth during the flight and a bumpy landing.

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Ready for departure at the airport of origin (TFN)

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Selfie with Mt. Teide

On arrival it was a bit windy, with a it crosswind, but all good managable😉.

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We had our sandwiches, checked the meteorology (which was fine: Broken clouds at 1400 feet) and we headed back home. The weather on our route was nice, and we were flying over the clouds.

The flight takes normally 1 hour, and we wanted to proceed via the south of the Tenerife, when we got the message that the meteorology determinated at our destination, and there was rain, fog, visibility 500 meters, with which makes us imposible to land there. Our not favourite alternative was to land at Tenerife South airport. I love this airport, as I have it just 10 minutes from my house, and I learned fly there.

Not favourite, because the landing taxes there for a PA28 are 170€ and you have to pay extra handling. But safety goes first.

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It was a quite different flight, we loved it. Here is a short timelapse video; just in 2:30 minutes you can get from La Palma to Tenerife South.

Safe landings!

 

Flying around snowy Mt. Teide

It is February, and finaly the winter has started in Tenerife… After one week of rain, the highest mountain of Spain has been covered with snow.

Today it was a privilege to enjoy good flying weather to enjoy this beautiful scenery.

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy Mt. Teide from Los Gigantes

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Snow Mt. Teide 2016

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy Cañadas del Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

Enjoy the snowy Teide 2016!🙂

Cessna 172N at dusk

Just went out on a sunday evening to practice a little bit with my camera’s, and here is the result….

Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Nikon 3200D)

Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Nikon 3200D)

Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Gopro Hero 4 Silver)

Reims 172 at dusk (Gopro Hero 4 Silver)

Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Nikon 3200D)

Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Nikon 3200D), at Los Rodeos Airport

The next one is not the best one, taken with the Gopro Hero4 Silver. But I like the lights and colors anyway…🙂

Cessna Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk

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Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Nikon 3200D)

Reims 172 (EC-JGP) at dusk (Nikon 3200D)

During this 2 hours we were watching the planes taking off and landing and I made a short timelapse of the sunrise as well.

Safe landings!🙂