Caldera Blanca, Lanzarote

Usually don’t fly very often to Lanzarote, but on this occasion also the weather was playing with and when we flew around the National Parc and around the volcanoes, I simply couldn’t resist to take some shots of this amazing volcanic landscape.

This one is called Caldera Blanca, and it feel like we are about to land on the Moon or Mars…

Enjoy it with me! 🙂

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Trip to La Palma

Yesterday the weather was fantastic and we took of early from Tenerife south airport on our training flight toward the island La Palma. As there was not much traffic, we decided to practice with the student the SID (standard instrumental departure) and the arrival into La Palma.

Even though that we operate under visual flight rules, we can request simulated instrument departure or arrival and simulate it under VMC. We briefed the procedures with my student and requested the simulation.

We did the Araco 4E departure followed by the NDB36 into La Palma airport as you can see on the image from Flightradar24. It was a very good practice. After we took off from La Palma again, we flew around the island and enjoyed some spectacular views of the landscape.

Enjoy some more images from the journey.

Tenerife during our early morning departure
Tenerife during our early morning departure from Tenerife South airport
Tenerife during our early morning departure
Tenerife during our early morning departure
Araco 4E departure
Araco 4E departure
Our flown track
Our flown track
NDB Approach into La Palma
NDB Approach into La Palma

Flying simulated NDB approach into La Palma
Flying simulated NDB approach into La Palma
Final RWY 36 with almost calm winds
Final RWY 36 with almost calm winds
Jet blast warning sign
Jet blast warning sign
Santa Cruz de La Palma
Santa Cruz de La Palma
Los Tilos, La Palma
Los Tilos, La Palma
Faro de Punta Cumplida
Imagine to live here...
Imagine to live here…
Volcán Tajogaite is still smoking... 🌋
Volcán Tajogaite is still smoking… 🌋
Aerial view of La Palma
Aerial view of La Palma

Rainbow over Tenerife south airport

Not every day we get the chance to pass under the rainbow arc just on the final approach. Looks like the autumn is starting here as well, some precipitations will be coming, which is good after all those dry months. Look at this amazing cloud formation (cumulus congestus) and the squalls and rain down there…

Cumulus congestus above the TFS airport

It’s not the usual view we are used to here at the south of Tenerife… But we can’t make the weather :-D.

Cumulus congestus above the TFS airport
Cumulus congestus above the TFS airport

Our turn to pass under the rainbow

But it was still better visible from the ground…

Rainbow over Tenerife south airport
Rainbow over Tenerife south airport

Flying around Cologne (Köln) 🇩🇪

Time flies so fast that I almost did not get the chance (or find a moment) to write a quick post about a flight with a friend of mine in Germany a couple of weeks ago.

We meet met at Bonn-Hangelar airport (EDKB), not far away from Bonn on a very warm August day.

Bonn-Hangelar airport

We flew the C172, it’s a great aircraft, and I always liked to fly it.

Definitely one of the highlights was the flight around Cologne and to see the Cathedral from above. 👇Exactly 2 years ago I’ve visited the city and stood just next to it. Now also the view from above…

Cologne Cathedral
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Another highlight was the low pass at Köln-Bonn airport (EDDK). After the initial request, we got vectors (even though that we were flying under VFR rules) to perform the low pass not bellow 1.000 feet on the RWY 14L.

After the low pass we continued to Düsseldorf. Beautiful and green countryside, however it was a bit dry because of the heat.

Düsseldorf City
Düsseldorf City

On our way back to Hangelar we saw also this nice castle (Schloss Drachenburg).

Schloss Drachenburg
Approach into Bonn-Hangelar airport
Final RWY 11 into Bonn Hangelar

Here is a short clip/reel from the flight: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiI4EuoK8J9/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

This is what flying is about! 😀

Today’s office views

September started with pretty good views; almost blue skies and good visibility.

Here comes one shot from today’s flight around La Gomera with Tenerife’s Teide in the background.

Quite impressive today, when 5 islands could have been seen: Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and on our way back Gran Canaria as well.

By the way. This is the post number 100 on my blog :-D.

Safe flying!

La Gomera & Tenerife
La Gomera & Tenerife

Flying in Slovakia 🇸🇰

We like to fly and see the world from up there…

Got the opportunity to fly in Slovakia, country where I was born. Our trip took us from Bratislava to the High Taras and back on a shiny DA40 😀 on a warm and sunny summer morning.

Our route from Bratislava to High Tatras and back

Flying out from Bratislava Stefanik airport was on my bucket list, so one thing less to do…

Bratislava airport BTS/LZIB
Bratislava airport BTS/LZIB
Tower at Bratislava Airport

And now just enjoy some nice views of the green countryside and the mountains.

Safe flying!

How to get to El Revolcadero aerodrome

Unfortunately the access road is pretty damaged and partially non existing, but to walk down for approximately 2 hours along the valley is absolutely amazing. The landscape is absolutely fantastic; like in the western movie.

The aerodrome is not accesible by car, nor 4×4. Just by feet, helicopter (maybe) or apparently from the beach by feet, if you get transferred there by a boat.

17 kms to get there and back (actually a bit less, but if you walk up and down the 500m long runway, this counts as well)… If you are on Strava, you can see the cute here.

You can leave your car at La Roseta and start to walk from here: https://goo.gl/maps/FMxEUGcmCWDXcUHS6

The route to El Revolcadero aerodrome at Strava
The route to El Revolcadero aerodrome at Strava

And now simply enjoy some of the pictures taken during the walk to the aerodrome El Revolcadero.

La Gomera’s former airfield El Revolcadero

La Gomera’s former aerodrome El Revolcadero was closed so far for more than 25 years.
The visit of this place has been on my bucket for more than 7 years, and now I finally decided to move on and make it happen. Just wanted to travel back in time and see how it looked liked there some 30 years ago.

The aerodrome was officially opened on the 24th of April 1959 and the first plane landed on the aerodrome was a Piper PA23-160 Apache (EC-ALQ), which landed at El Revolcadero on the 15th of July 1959.

El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera

The runway was 500m long and at both ends it counts with up-sloping “stopways” helping the planes to slow down after the landing and most probably to help to gain speed during the initial take off run as well.

El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera

The runway designation was 27/09, same as the new airport which can be seen on the next cliff behind the old aerodrome.

El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera

The aerodrome (still) counts with a small hangar, tower and a small power plant building.

The old tower at El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
The old tower at El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
The old tower at El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
The old tower at El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera

The old tower at El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
Views from the old tower at El Revolcadero aerodrome, La Gomera
Threshold Runway 27 at El Revolcadero aerodrome
Threshold Runway 27 at El Revolcadero aerodrome

It’s just a fascinating piece of history, you just need to imagine that people were passing during years through the airport.

Hangar at El Revolcadero airfield, La Gomera
Hangar at El Revolcadero airfield, La Gomera
Inside the hangar at El Revolcadero airfield, La Gomera
Inside the hangar at El Revolcadero airfield, La Gomera

During the last years I flew a lot of times by, and need to admit that I’d love to land at the aerodrome or to see again some signs of “life” there.

The place, where the time stands still… Quiet… Visited by some curious tourists now and then, and by the goats.

Goats seem to be the only passengers...
Goats seem to be the only passengers…

Unfortunately, there is not much information to be found about this aerodrome on internet, nor images of the planes at the aerodrome, nor the date when it was closed. But definitely at least some 25 years ago, as the new airport started their operations back in 1999.

So enjoy some more images and the video of this experience, and for those who’d like to know how to get to El Revolcadero, you can find it here.