The “Death Grip”

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.

Happy Halloween everyone!

The Death Grip
The “Death Grip”
Happy Halloween, Tenerife!
Happy Halloween, Tenerife!

Flying above calima

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…

You can see it in the next photographs.

All the best, and stay safe!

Sunset flying around Tenerife

Flying at sunset is magic. The almost setting sun illuminates the landscape at a different angle, and makes it unique.

Here are some images of Tenerife made just couple of moments before sunset.

I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed the views when they were taken.

Safe flights and happy landings!


In the right place at the right time…

Yes. When you are in the right place at the right time… Even if you pass along the same place 2 or 3 times, the view will never be the same.

Once you’ll find clear blue skies, the other time a bunch of clouds…

Evening the sun illuminates the countryside on a different way and so was it in this case.

When just passing ‘around the corner’ above the most westerly situated point of the island called ‘Punta de Teno’ I was lucky enough to capture and immortalize this moment with my iPhone…

A bit of editing and voilà… Now I can share it with the whole world, instead of trying to explain by words what I’ve seen on that particular moment… One image is worth a thousand words, isn’t it?😍😍😅🙏🏻

Aerial view of Punta de Teno

Because I was inverted…

Most of you know the scene from the movie “Top Gun“, where Lt. Mawerick explains a manouver with an enemy MIG-29: Because I was inverted… 😀

Top Gun: Because I was inverted…

Well, recently I’ve done my Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), which made me feel a bit like a “Top Gun Pilot”…

The UPRT is mandatory from December 2019 and is a requirement in order to obtain the first type rating on a multipilot airplane. Be my guest; there in no other profession in the world, where you need to stay current (and healthy) at all times, and to maintain the currency you need to keep spending a lot of money…

Even though the things are pretty messy (and of course not only in the world of aviation), but generally, despite this I’ve decided to go through the training.

Before this course I’ve only once experienced how it feels like to fly “upside down” during a looping in a ultralight plane when I wasn’t even a pilot yet. So it’s been a loong time ago…

Because I was inverted…

On a recommendation by a friend of mine I’ve travelled to Merzbrück, Germany (EDKA), to do my course at the Westflug.

Freshly asphalted runway 07/25 at EDKA, Merzbrück

It consisted of 1 day theory and 4 flights of 45 minutes divided in 2 days. During the theory session we have discussed a lot of important topics from human factors, how our body reacts to different kind of manouvers, and a have refreshed airplane general knowledge as well. Our instructor Rob really surprised me with his technical and physics knowledges, and I cosider him one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. So even the day in the class was not boring at all.

The practical part should be more fun they said…. Well yes, it was, but after pulling the G’s for 30-35 minutes you are simply exhausted… And don’t mention the stomach… That’s why there is a pause of couple of hour, so the body can recover before the next flight.

Extra 330LX
Extra 330LX

For the training they use the Extra 330LX, 2 years old, which is a kind of plane you can find in the Red Bull competitions. 🙂

Extra 330LX cockpit

The instrumentation is very simple; altimeter and airspeed indicator (and my legs lol). The instructor sits behind me, and his panel consists of more instruments, including the acceleromenter to measure the G-forces.

Extra 330 LX
Extra 330 LX

Extra 330LX is a german two seat low wing aerobatic monoplane with a taildragger landing gear, powered by a a Lycoming 6-cylinder with more than 300hp, which made my feel to fly a rocket rather than a GA plane I was used to… 🙂

Over Altdorf, over training site

Unfortunately all my images were spoiled by the stupid mask. It is everything but comfortable flying like this and on the top of that all the images look a bit weird… But there were other choice, we had to comply with the regulations…

The idea was to learn how it feels to recover from the manouvers with +3G’s; but I’ve pulled up to +4.5G’s. While flying inverted, -1G was experienced.

At least here no mask can be seen…
On our first flight we’ve landed at Bonn/Hangelar airport

There we are a lot’s of “for the first time” during this training:

  1. My very first D- registrated airplane in my logbook
  2. My very first time at controls in Germany
  3. My very first acrobatics flight
  4. First flight in a taildragger
  5. First spin recovery
  6. First time flying inverted
  7. My very first stall flying inverted
  8. Experienced first time +4.5G’s and -1G
  9. And much mucho more… 😀

And of course my GoPro was on board with me; here comes a short resume of my UPRT training.

I’d definitely like to repeat this experience and just to have more fun (as far as the stomach this allows) :-D.

Safe flights!

Fuerteventura’s old “Airport Los Estancos”

This time from the ground and not from the air… 😀

Not many know about the old (former) airport of Fuerteventura situated at Los Estancos, not far away from the capital city of the island Puerto del Rosario.

Fuerteventura's old Airport Los Estancos
Fuerteventura’s old Airport Los Estancos, Terminal Building

I’ve done some research on Google, but there is not much information to be found, and actually nor are there many signs of the old airport left, except this old terminal. This was the second airport on the island, after La Tefía (which I’ll need to search on my next visit :-D) and it was in service between the years 1951 and 1969.

Fuerteventura's old Airport Los Estancos
Fuerteventura’s old Airport Los Estancos, Terminal Building

The runway 03/21 was 1.350m long.

Fuerteventura's old Airport Los Estancos
Fuerteventura’s old Airport Los Estancos, The Runway

This aerodrome was replaced by the new airport situated at El Matoral, which is still in service.

Iberia’s DC-3 Douglas at Los Estancos.
Foto: Colección ABG / Vicente Barbero García

I have the impression, that this 2.200km2 big island has many aerodromes we do not know much about. The Jandía strip, another one situated not far away from this one as well, El Jarde, La Tefía, etc…

Aerial views of Fuerteventura

This is my 4th compilation of aerial images of flying around the Canary Islands; in this post I’ll share with you some images of Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands.

If you have missed my previous compilations, you can see them here: Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma.

Hope you’ll enjoy the views as I did enjoyed them when flying around Fuerteventura!

Stay safe and safe landings!