For this saturday we have planned a trip around Tenerife with our Piper.
We have had for several days temperatures up to 35-40 degrees (due to the calima winds comming from Sahara), and once checked the winds before the flight this morning there was also a pretty much wind expected during the whole day.
I have checked both METARs for the airports in Tenerife, and the weather forecast showed in the south winds up to 30 kts with gustings up to 42 kts, so actually a bumpy flight conditions could have been expected when flying in the area. (METAR GCTS 170830Z 07029G39KT CAVOK 36/01 Q1014 NOSIG, TAF GCTS 170500Z 1706/1806 08027KT CAVOK TX33/1713Z TN22/1806Z TEMPO 1706/1724 09030G42KT TEMPO 1720/1806 07016KT).
I use to request to make a low pass when flying in the south of the island, the ATC gets us kindly the clearance when possible, but today I have stopped even thinking about doing it, as there were very stronge winds.
The north aiport was actually in very good conditions, some slight crosswind with component of 10 knots. (GCXO 170830Z 15010KT 110V200 CAVOK 29/02 Q1021 NOSIG).
To avoid a turbulent flight, we have decided to make the trip at 4.500 feet instead of usual 3.000 (or over some areas below 1.000 feet as well). Flying at this altitude was actually comfortable, so I think it was the right choice.
Today we have placed the Gopro on the left wing, so we could see us, the plane, and the island as well. Taking pictures with the “GOPRO WHITE” version and its 5MB resolution is nothing spectacular, any mobile phone takes images in a better quality (it is only difficult to be sitted with your mobile on the wing during the flight 🙂 ). I will use them anyway in this post, at the end you will find a short video of the flight as well.
After the taxi clearance, we have taxied to the holding bay for the engine run-up, etc., and once completed we have been cleared for takeoff on runway 12. The air was hot (around 30º), so the take off roll was longer, the climb was at a lower rate than usual, and the air was a bit more shaky than expected as well.
After departure we have turned to the south and over the sea the air was smoother, so we have continued our climb to 4.500 feet.
Over Playa de las Américas, crusing at 4.500 feet.
Today’s route we have made as recorded by Airnav Pro.
Here is the video of the trip…