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No more flying without Gopro ;-)

In my last post I have explained how to install the Gopro on a Piper P28A’s tail using the 3M adhesive. It works perfectly; the same we have done on the Reims 172 (Eurpoean version of Cessna 172). Somehow I am getting obsessed taking pictures and videos of the fantastic view.

Today's route

Today’s route

Actually to be honest, the first model I’ve bought (hero3 white) freezes to much, you have to pull out the battery to restart it, I would prohibit to sell it. The hero3 black+ is much better, but you loose the wifi signal to often in the plane, so best option to not to drain the battery is to use the app to find the best view, turn off wifi, and just let it run, because otherwise after one hour the battery is gone. Not the best result for a 449€ expensive camera… So I make the video and take the pictures at home; saving as a still image using the gopro editor.

Back to our theme. This is how it looks like when you install the camera on the 172’s tail. The views are fantastic, the only thing that is not nice is the antenna hanging in the image. But, nothing is perfect.

Gopro mount on the tail of Cessna 172

Gopro mount on the tail of Cessna 172

As there is again snow on the Mt. Teide, we wanted to see it closer and wanted to climb to 6,500 feet. Mt. Teide is almost 14,000 feet high, but it is nice to see it from this altitude.

There were to many clouds, so I had to search for a “hole” in the clouds to get over them (how should we get down later??? 😉 ). It was there, just at not far away from the runway end. The RWY in service was 12, but it would mean we would have to turn back, join the right downwind, etc. to get back to get through this “blue hole” ;-).

Since there was not so much wind, we have decided to use for departure the opposite RWY 30, and finally took off wind some 7kts tailwind with 1 point flaps selected. Strange feeling anyway to take off not against the wind…

Taking off from RWY 30 with 7kts tailwind

Taking off from RWY 30 with 7kts tailwind

After take off, the target was the “blue hole”.

The "blue hole" in the clouds

The “blue hole” in the clouds

Trying to climb as fast as possible, after some manouvers, this was the first sight: Mt. Teide comming out from behind the clouds…

Mt. Teide looking out from behind the clouds

Mt. Teide looking out from behind the clouds

Mt. Teide in sight

Mt. Teide in sight

By these views you can only say “Woooow!!!!” 😉

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

After completing the island trip, we have started our approach to Tenerife North airport.

Starting our descent for approach

Starting our descent for approach

The same gap was waiting there for us for almost one hour, so we have descent through it.

Passing through the gap again ;-)

Passing through the gap again 😉

After we passed the clouds descending at a rate of 1.000ft/minute, the airport was directly in the sight…

Turning on final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

Approaching TFN RWY 12

Approaching TFN RWY 12

And finaly the landing….

Landing at TFN

Landing at TFN

It was a very good flight, no turbulences and we have enjoyed the sun above the clouds 😉 and nice views as well!!

Safe landings!

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