A couple of days ago just the perfect combination of weather and time of the flying met to take this picture.
Most time of the year at Tenerife South Airport, runway 07 is in use. It’s also the preferential runway at the airport.
Sometimes, when the wind is blowing from the westerly direction (caused by weather systems above the Atlantic Ocean), the runway in use changes to 25.
So mostly if you land just before the sunset on the westerly direction, the sun blindes you during the approach and the landing. It makes no sense to take a picture because you would only see something overexposed on it.
On this landing I was thinking the same. It makes no sense to take a picture. However, I’ve noticed that the sun was already a bit under the horizon so I took out my mobile and just took some shots.
And I’m pretty happy with the result, even though it’s not 100% sharp and we were still lining up with the runway’s extended centerline…
Yeah, definitely like sunsets and also the golden hour! 🙂
So, my very first flight in 2022 was on a glider Let-23 Super Blaník, reg. OM-7182.
We had to move by -5 degrees all the gliders to get ours out… But the glider was washed a couple of days ago and it’s main landing wheel froze and it didn’t wanted to move… Fortunately the were able to arrange a heater and “de-freeze” the wheel, so we could get the Blaník out.
Towed the glider to it’s position on the runway and went up for 2 circuits.
No heating, only my ski clothes to warm up…
We did 2 short circuits…
Usually don’t fly with so cold conditions, but it was nice. Something different. A new experience. I’ll be back, but most probably in the summer…
It’s been a while since my last post… In the coming weeks I’ll post some updates about the news from the last months… 🙂
If you ever wondered what the expression “Death Grip” means, here is the visual answer for this :-). When I took this image, this expression just came through my mind, so here it comes!
However, in aviation this means that the pilot is squeezing the yoke very hard while flying the airplane. This happens to a lots of pilots, especially when you fly a plane for the first time, or you don’t feel very comfortable.
First, what is actually calima. Calima is (mostly) hot, dust and sand laden wind blowing from Sahara from easterly direction. This wind causes a lot of respiratory problems, brings dust, the visibility drops and sometimes this causes problems in the aviation (like in the year 2020, when the airports around the islands had to be closed during several days).
I was flying today (again) around Tenerife and as we wanted to stay above this calima layer and get some better visibility, we have climbed up to 6.500 feet where we broke out of the sand and were flying above it in the nice, clean air…