My last flight was to Fuerteventura. I like to fly there, because I spent living for 2 years on the island, love the beaches, the nature, it is very quite, and I enjoy the views from the bird’s perspective while flying.
My friend Daldo flew the first leg: Tenerife Norte to Fuerteventura. We have departed via visual E point (above Tenerife’s Las Teresitas beach), and have requested 5.500 feet. As there was calima (winds blowing from Sahara, normally with very poor visibility and hot air), by the temperatures of around 30 degrees we have been keeping an eye on the engine’s temperature to be sure everything is working fine. The problem by calima is, that there is inversion, so the temperature increases with the increasing altitude, so we have to take into consideration so the air cools the engine as it should.
Established on 5.500″ with practically no wind, the engine parameters were fine and we were able to continue on course.
After approximately 1 hour we have reached the south of Fuerteventura and have requested to maintain below 1.000 feet, as well notified to make a low approach over the Punta de Jandia’s airfield, which I believe was used in the II. World war.
Here is a short video of the low pass, in the video you can see that it was a little bumpy.
After the low pass we have continued along the coastline direction Morro Jable/Jandía.
As you can see, arriving at Jandía, the white beaches are giving us a very warm welcome; with their longitude of 15 kilometers they stay on our left until Costa Calma.
Continuing the coast line, we have reached lightouse La Entallada, one of my favourite places on the island…
After another 15 minutes flight we have reached the Fuerteventura airfield, and Daldo have managed to land smoothly with some crosswind on the runway 01R.
On the stand we have checked, whether our Gopro was still attached to the airplane, and luckily it was!!!
We have walked to the operations (it is nice that you may walk without having to pay expensive handling costs as for example in Lanzarote) and after that to the terminal to pick up our car we have hired previously. We have decided to go to a place called Casillas del Ángel, some 15-20 minutes from the airport, to taste the local speciality which is goat’s meat at the Restaurante el Labrador. Unfortunately they had no more goat’s meat (which would cost around 15€/plate), so we took as alternative escalope (for around 7-8€/ plate) with french fries (home made) and some home made tortilla, which was really tasty. The portion was huge, so in our stomach there was no more space left for dinner :-).
Short stay on a beach called “Playa Blanca” near Puerto del Rosario and back to the airport, return the car, pay the landing fees at the operations and walk to our Piper to make a outside check and all preparations necessary for the flight (including switching on our Gopro, should be a part of the plane’s checklist as well, lol).
I was flying today the second leg; Fuertevetura – Tenerife North. We have be cleard to taxi to the holding point of runway 01R, where we made the engine run-up and waited for the departure clearence.
After departure we have continued on the runway heading below 1.000 feet until Corralejo in the north part of the island, to see the beaches and the volcanos as well.
Leaving the island Isla de Lobos on the right side we have continued our climb to 4.500 feet heading Tenerife North airport.
After some 50 minutes we have reached Tenerife.
Descending over capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Landing on the runway 30.
Now our Piper can rest to be ready for our next adventure trip 🙂
Nice … When do you take me along ?
And poor Mrs. S. had to work that day to pay the bills ? 🙂
Whenever you wish, Mr. T. 🙂 You would have to come by, or should I pick you up in B.?
Is there a place to hire a PA28 in Fuertventure, would love to fly around the island