I flew 800NM just in one day and logged 7 hours of flight!
With our technical stop in Essaouira, for me this was the 3rd time to visit Morocco and the african continent; and the 3rd visit by a plane and flown by myself.
Here is the story. To not to make it too long, I’ll split in 2.
We have arrived on Sunday at Jerez de la Frontera, and we had practically the whole afternoon available to do “something”. So we went to see Moto GP at Circuito de Jerez. I’m not a huge fan of motorcycles, but the circuit is famous, so if we are there, why not to experience it?
After Moto GP was finished, we went to Jerez de la Frontera city, walked a bit around and ate something. Most of the bars and restaurants were closed on Sunday; maybe we should have went to the beach instead :-).
In the evening we have visited Gibraltar, I simply had to cross the runway be feet.
On Monday morning we were ready to start the adventure. Well, at least for me it was the first time to do such a long flight and I was really looking forward to it…
The route was divided in 2 legs; Jerez de la Frontera – Essaouira and
Essaouira – Gran Canaria.
Recently I’ve purchased a new app for navigation called Foreflight; I’m still discovering all its functionalities but it was a great help with the planning of the route.
Literally by selecting the departure and arrival airport I was able to get the IFR route for our flight with the complete briefing (MET, TAF, NOTAM, METEO, WINDS, etc…). Of course I did my planning in advance and printed all the necessary Jeppesen charts needed for the route.
Our plane was stored in a hangar, so the expectation was to find a clean and shiny plane, but not surprisingly the reality was different; there were a lot of birds inside the hangar, so our plane literally looked like a piece of s**t…
We got the plane out and had to wash the wings, canopy and windshield before starting the journey. On the other side I was happy to have a clean windshield… 😀
Then we needed to refuel… After waiting a little bit, finally the fuel track appeared on our place. Happy! He takes the fuel cap off, starts (almost) to pump the fuel and then suddenly receives a call from his office to not to refuel… Despite of asking him to wait, to call the office, and ask what’s wrong, he says: I’m gone… And he was gone…
Seems there was some misunderstanding in the office and they were not sure how to charge the fuel so they just called him and cancelled on this strange manner the refueling process.
Phoned the office and cleared the misunderstanding. After the phone call, 10 minutes later the fuel track appeared again… Lucky enough it didn’t take too long. And this time filling our wing tanks with JET-A1.
Preflight done, jumped in, got the taxi authorization and let’s go…
After the departure, we were cleared to fly direct to VJF and the finally the journey had began.
In the second part I’ll share some images from the flight.
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As you say, a ferry flight is a mission! To prepare everything in advance will help a lot to success and avoid delays!
For example, always refuel the day before, take a look to AIP to check handling or customs requirements at the airport (a must in most AENA airports) and prepare the airplane and confirm FPL.
Then, if still have time, why not visiting the city or even the Moto GP….?
Thank you for your tips Mario!
Indeed, there is nothing better than a good preparation of the flight.
I’ve even practiced the departures and approaches in the simulator to feel more familiar with the procedures.
I’m quite satisfied with the result; it worked well and confirmed to myself that the way I planned the flight was correct.
However, I’m still analyzing it to learn from it to to it even better next time. 😎
Tip: set your timezone to Baku (Azerbeidzjan). So when your ETD is 10:00 hrs and you’re delayed by 2 hrs you’ll still be on time to leave at 10:00 hrs local time. That is for Spain mainland of course. Works like a charm.
So your next project will be like taking off at GCLP heading for EBGB? Send me your ETA and I’ll pick you up … Cheers mate!
Hey Mr. T.! Your theory sounds very good! However despite of this fact, the regional flight company didn’t reset their clock and they wer gone, without me… 😀
EBGB sounds great, would love to do the trip as well! If you know someone that needs to ferry his plane, just let me know, I’m on! 😉