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My first Ferry Flight Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part, you can read it here.

So the journey continues. Reaching some 3.000 feet I’ve turned on the autopilot and became (what I was learning about) a “pilot monitoring”. Monitoring the Garmin 1000, which is absolutely great. At the beginning it looked so complicated to me as I was used to fly the old steam gauges PA28 and now on every flight I’m discovering more and more about this fantastic tool. And if 2 screens are not enough, you can mount as me the Ipad as well. I had all my Jeppesen charts on it and also as mentioned the Foreflight app just to double check that we were on track :-D.

Views shortly after take off from Jerez de La Frontera

Views shortly after take off from Jerez de La Frontera

First leg took us in total 3:40 hours; flying IFR route. Good visibility and weather made us company down to Essaouira, where it was a bit windy (surface wind 010/26 G30), so landing on a RWY34 we had 13kts crosswind from the right.

Here are some imagines from the first leg of the journey:

 

It’s difficult to chose from so many images I’ve made on this trip. The staff at the airport was very friendly, we have ordered something to eat and also delicious moroccan tea!

The good news was that there is free Wifi available at Essaouira Airport :-D.

Free Wifi at Essaouira airport

Free Wifi at Essaouira airport

Our late lunch:

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After a quick “pit stop”, emptying our “tanks” after almost 4 hours, refueling the plane, filing a new flight plan, paying the taxes (around 15€), we were ready to go as number too. It could have taken less, but just after us a Transavia’s 737 landed and was serviced first. So we had to wait again… πŸ˜€

Transavia's Boeing 737

Transavia’s Boeing 737

The fuel track is finally here!!!

The fuel track is finally here!!!

Ready to go

Ready to go

Next almost 2 hours were just above the sea. Sometimes when you think it’s a strange feeling if you see on the Garmin that the nearest airport is either 100NM ahead of behind you…

Somewhere between Essaouira and the Canaries

Above Lanzarote

Above Lanzarote

Canaries were covered by clouds. Later we were flying more into sunset.

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Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

After flight the approach for RWY 03L we were welcomed by the usual “northwind” (360/20G30).

Fighting some crosswind on final RWY 03L into Gran Canaria (W 360/20 G30)

Fighting some crosswind on final RWY 03L into Gran Canaria (W 360/20 G30)

Mission completed

Mission completed

Mission completed. Happy with the experience and with the flight. Could take off again for another ferry flight! Searching a ferry pilot anyone? πŸ˜€

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4 thoughts on “My first Ferry Flight Part 2

  1. I enjoyed the story! Happy for you that you found yourself a student job during the upcoming vacation periods. (see your badge πŸ˜‰ )
    I was wondering where the stewardesses are in the pictures. Only a male crew? That is soo year 2000.
    Keep up the good work and see you (very) soon. We’re about to fire up the BBQ for you and your crew!

    • You know… A “student” job is better than no job… πŸ˜€

      I’m looking forward to land in your yard just next to the BBQ… πŸ˜‰

  2. Hi Stan,

    Some great shots there, esp on finals to 34 with the gusting wind and you all cocked off ….. great fun. Also like your comment re 100nm to go and 100nm back to the last airport.

    When I see you again, remind me to tell you about my ferry flight from Oklahoma to Bournemouth (UK) in a Commander 114B. Including leaving Gander in the freezing February darkness beneath 20ft snowbanks on either side of the taxi and runways. Then landing at Shannon 10 hours later (had to go to the loo) in the darkness and really heavy rain lashing on the canopy. Will not be doing that again!!

    Also did two round the world delivery flights on Shackletons in the 60s (just realised that is a LONG time ago).

    Also liked the shot of the three crew.

    Now I bet that you’re looking forward to the next ferry trip.

    All the best, John.

    On Fri, 14 Jun 2019 at 19:12, Stan’s blog – Sharing (not only) my flying experiences… wrote:

    > Stan posted: “If you haven’t read the first part, you can read it here. So > the journey continues. Reaching some 3.000 feet I’ve turned on the > autopilot and became (what I was learning about) a “pilot monitoring”. > Monitoring the Garmin 1000, which is absolutely great. ” >

    • Thank you John,

      Yeah, I also like the image where you clearly see that the plane is pointing with its nose towards the crosswind. It was definitely a bit challenging, but it worked well!

      I really look forward to hear your story ferrying the Commander. I think the ferry pilot could have a lots of them.

      So I hope for another ferry flight, however I don’t when yet.

      All the best,

      Stan

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