Approach and landing into La Gomera with ATC audio

Sharing with you a short video of the approach into La Gomera airport (GMZ/GCGM), RWY 27 with ATC audio in spanish.

Like to fly to La Gomera, you always get a friendly “Welcome to La Gomera” by ATC over the radio. 🙂

Hope you’ll enjoy the views! 🙂

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Flying around Anaga and Taganana

I´ll share with you some pictures from my last flight. It was a short one, flying around the Anaga and Taganana mountains in west Tenerife.

At the end 4 touch and goes to make fun and to practice a bit with the Piper.

Hopefully I´ll be able to do some night flying in the near future and some images as well.

Enjoy the images and safe flights!

Iberias A320 on final

Iberia A320 on final

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Las Teresitas

Above Las Teresitas

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

On final RWY 12

On final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

Let´s park this beauty ;-)

Let´s park this beauty ;-)rap

Flying Cessna 172 around Tenerife

In the past I used to fly more Piper, but in the last time I am starting to like to fly more and more the Cessna 172. Why? It’s because I like to take pictures (actually my GoPro’s are doing this job for me), and I like how the images look like. I try to use the suction mount on different places of the fuselage to ensure that I am definitely the first one in taking an image of Tenerife from this angle from an airplane… And I like to edit them. Even in such a short one hour flight around the island it is always a different story, a new experience, new views… And the Cessna is pretty photogenic :-). What do you think? Let me share with you some of images from my last flight with Cessna… Safe landings!

Peek a boo... During the outside check

Peek a boo… During the outside check

Starting a new adventure

Starting a new adventure: Ready for departure

Descending towards Puerto de la Cruz

Descending towards Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Let us shoot some images

Let us shoot some images

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Obligatory cloudsurfing. This is heaven!!!

Obligatory cloudsurfing. This is heaven!!!

Over Playa de las Américas

Over Playa de las Américas

On final RYW 30 at Los Rodeos Airport

On final RYW 30 at Los Rodeos Airport

About to land...

About to land…

And a short video is a must! 😉

Stalling Cessna 172

We were flying with my friend around the island, he is a commercial pilot and instructor as well; and it seems that the flight was a bit “boring” for him without making any manouvers, stall recoveries, etc.

So he just asked me during the flight: “Can you make at least some stall or something to make it a bit more entertaining”?

My response was pulling back the throttle maintaining the altitude with the yoke and centering the plane with the pedals until the Cessna stalled, followed by the recovery. It is pretty amazing, how difficult it is to stall a Cessna, it stays simply hanging in the air… If I compare it to the P28A which I use to fly more often, the Piper would be a piece of a brick falling from the sky 😀😀😀 comparing to the Cessna. Somehowe after this couple of flights I am starting to like the Cessna as well.

I have recorded the stall recovery with the Gopro mounted in the cockpit; unfortunately forgot to delete the files from the Gopro hanging outside on the wing, so I was only able to take 2-3 pictures (grrr) with it. It was hanging outside for nothing (creating more drag). I will have to create my personal “gopro checklist” haha before going out for flying to avoid bad surprises like this one. However, I like those 2 pictures i’ve taken… Quality before quantity (a good excuse), haha.

 

Somewhere over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Somewhere over La Victoria, North Tenerife

It seemed that stalling Cessna was not enough so we have said: “engine failure”!  Why not? First set the best gliding speed (around 70 kts) and searched for a field to land. Pretty difficult on a hilly volcanic island like Tenerife…

 

Searching for a field to land

Searching for a field to land

The first and probably best option to avoid ditching in the sea was a golf course. We were gliding from 4’500 feet for a while and were trying to calculate the approach taking in consideration the weather conditions, etc. (we had a tailwind, so after the final turn we could be short of the field and…. do not think about the worse…).

When on the final of the golf field (almost with the golf players in sight), we have performed a go around and continued with the island tour. It was a very good excersise; sometimes it is necessary to go back to the basics and train the emergency procedures.

The funny thing is that a couple of days later a friend of mine who was playing on the course that day asked me: “Were you flying on saturday?” I answered, yes, it was me 😀😀😀. “I was thinking to hit you with the ball”, he said… I thought probably he recognized my flying technique ;-).

Enjoy the 20 sec short video…

Safe landings!

 

200 Euro Paella

The most of us are flying to enjoy the 100$ hamburgers. In Spain we could speak about something similar, as for example “100$ paella”.

My last flight went to La Palma, together with my friend Daldo and his wife Virginia as passenger.

Today's crew

Today’s crew

I was flying the inbound leg and we were cruising at 8,500-9,000 feet. Pretty nice views over the Atlantic Ocean, the sea was very calm, but we were having some headwinds of 20 kts which made this flight a bit longer and of course a bit more expensive ;-), that is why I speak about 200€ paella ;-).

Some different views of Tenerife

Some different views of Tenerife

Actually I enjoy flying high(er), as there is normaly less turbulence and you can enjoy better views. Also, in the case of an engine failure, the range of possibities of gliding or trying to restart it, are better, as you gain time. And also, you feel like you are flying a real arliner ;-). So there are only a advantages of flying at higher altitudes.

Cruising at 8,600 feet

Cruising at 8,600 feet (Sorry for the bad quality)

The icing was forecasted for this day at 9,000 feetm the OAT was around 2 degrees, but no ice was forming on the wings. We were cheching it constantly, for just in case, however we were not flying in the clouds and the day was pretty sunny as well.

Passing La Gomera island

Passing La Gomera island

Cruising over the ocean at 9,500"

Cruising over the  Atlantic ocean at 9,500″

Reaching La Palma island we have maintained 9,000 feet and made some cloudsurfing. The weather forecast for today was some rain and also a front was comming from NW. We have decided to do this flight anyway, as the visibility was ok, no clouds were in sight, and in the case the weather would starting to change, we would return back to our base airport.

Flying our the clouds

Flying over the clouds, reaching La Palma island

Cloudsurfing over La Palma and the rainbow

Cloudsurfing over La Palma and the rainbow

After this short cloudsurfing, we have started our descent to the visual point Sierra, in the south of the island. Being so high took as a while to descent and make some nice manouvers between the clouds.

Descending through the clouds

Descending through the clouds

Finaly after 1,30 hour long flight we have landed at the La Palma’s “El Mazo Airport”. This airport is considered one of the world’s most complicated approaches, however with its 2,2 km long runway it is nothing special for our Piper ;-).

Seconds before landing at La Palma

Seconds before landing at La Palma

Our Piper was parked as it should on a nice place, where even an Airbus 330/340 could be parked. A realy big honor for this plane ;-).

Just a quick selfie to prove that it was parked there and I was there as well ;-)

Just a quick selfie to prove that the Piper was parked on the A330 stand and that I was there as well 😉

We knew, that we had not much time, as the storm was comming sooner or later, so we have decided to go quickly to the restaurant Casa Goyo, situated under the extended centerline of the runway, just between the extended centerline´s lights. They have a lot of specialities, good quality-price relationship and also very good seafood. This restaurant is situated in a walking distance from the airport, some 10 minutes.

Restaurante Casa Goyo La Palma

Restaurante Casa Goyo La Palma

It consists of small wooden houses, where you can sit, or small rooms, where you can enjoy some privacy as well. We had some paella, which was already ready and we didn’t had to wait, as we had to be pretty quick. So to come over to La Palma to eat this small plate of paella costs around 200€ ;-); not to shabby 😉

Inside the restuarant

Inside the restuarant (bad qualiry foto, grrr)

This one is better ;-)

This one is better 😉 Waiting for the paella.

After the lunch we took a taxi (6€) and we hurried up back to the airport to pay the taxes (18€), made our new flight plane and departed direction Tenerife. There were pretty much clouds than earlier this day, so Daldo had to climb up to 10,000 feet and fly around the clouds to avoid them. The views were even more spectacular.

Cruising at 9,700"

Cruising at 9,700″ Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Flying between the clouds

Flying between the clouds

Flying over clouds at 9,700"

Flying over clouds at 9,700″

The north coast of Tenerife can be seen through the clouds

The north coast of Tenerife can be seen through the clouds

Anaga

Anaga

On final RWY 30 at Tenerife North Airport

On final RWY 30 at Tenerife North Airport

Only a couple of minutes later after our landing, when the plane was parked outside the hangar, it started to rain and the visibility dropped down significantly. This was a perfect planning, in the other case we would have had diverted to the alternative Tenerife south airport.

The Piper is parked outside the hangar and the rain is comming

The Piper is parked outside the hangar and the rain is comming

A short video of the descent, cloudsurfing, approach and landing at the La Palma Airport. The Gopro has been mounted on tail of the plane.

We have returned a washed and clean airplane 😉

Safe landings!

No more flying without Gopro ;-)

In my last post I have explained how to install the Gopro on a Piper P28A’s tail using the 3M adhesive. It works perfectly; the same we have done on the Reims 172 (Eurpoean version of Cessna 172). Somehow I am getting obsessed taking pictures and videos of the fantastic view.

Today's route

Today’s route

Actually to be honest, the first model I’ve bought (hero3 white) freezes to much, you have to pull out the battery to restart it, I would prohibit to sell it. The hero3 black+ is much better, but you loose the wifi signal to often in the plane, so best option to not to drain the battery is to use the app to find the best view, turn off wifi, and just let it run, because otherwise after one hour the battery is gone. Not the best result for a 449€ expensive camera… So I make the video and take the pictures at home; saving as a still image using the gopro editor.

Back to our theme. This is how it looks like when you install the camera on the 172’s tail. The views are fantastic, the only thing that is not nice is the antenna hanging in the image. But, nothing is perfect.

Gopro mount on the tail of Cessna 172

Gopro mount on the tail of Cessna 172

As there is again snow on the Mt. Teide, we wanted to see it closer and wanted to climb to 6,500 feet. Mt. Teide is almost 14,000 feet high, but it is nice to see it from this altitude.

There were to many clouds, so I had to search for a “hole” in the clouds to get over them (how should we get down later??? 😉 ). It was there, just at not far away from the runway end. The RWY in service was 12, but it would mean we would have to turn back, join the right downwind, etc. to get back to get through this “blue hole” ;-).

Since there was not so much wind, we have decided to use for departure the opposite RWY 30, and finally took off wind some 7kts tailwind with 1 point flaps selected. Strange feeling anyway to take off not against the wind…

Taking off from RWY 30 with 7kts tailwind

Taking off from RWY 30 with 7kts tailwind

After take off, the target was the “blue hole”.

The "blue hole" in the clouds

The “blue hole” in the clouds

Trying to climb as fast as possible, after some manouvers, this was the first sight: Mt. Teide comming out from behind the clouds…

Mt. Teide looking out from behind the clouds

Mt. Teide looking out from behind the clouds

Mt. Teide in sight

Mt. Teide in sight

By these views you can only say “Woooow!!!!” 😉

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

After completing the island trip, we have started our approach to Tenerife North airport.

Starting our descent for approach

Starting our descent for approach

The same gap was waiting there for us for almost one hour, so we have descent through it.

Passing through the gap again ;-)

Passing through the gap again 😉

After we passed the clouds descending at a rate of 1.000ft/minute, the airport was directly in the sight…

Turning on final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

Approaching TFN RWY 12

Approaching TFN RWY 12

And finaly the landing….

Landing at TFN

Landing at TFN

It was a very good flight, no turbulences and we have enjoyed the sun above the clouds 😉 and nice views as well!!

Safe landings!

How to mount the GoPro on the tail of the Piper P28A Archer part.2

In the previous post about how to install the gopro on the P-28A’s vertical stab, the best option seemed to install the curved gopro adhesive mount on the tail. The maintanance guy of our flying club took care of this; polished the surface and pasted the original GoPro curved adhesive mount on the tail. He did a very good job, because from this position you will have a very nice position over the plane with the wings as well (pictures further in this post).

Gopro curved adhesive mount

Gopro curved adhesive mount on a Piper Archer2

You need this 2 spare parts to install the camera into the position to get a nice view.

Gopro spare mounts

Gopro spare mounts

This is how you have to put the parts together:

Gopro

Gopro

The big advantage of the adhesive is that you don’t loose time installing the mount suction cup, you don’t have to clean the surface, etc. And also, on the stabilizator there is no place to install it due to its structure. I’ve choosen the original “Grab Bag of Mounts” from the Gopro brand.

This is how it looks like installed on the plane:

Gopro mounted on the vertica stab of Piper P-28A Archer

Gopro mounted on the vertica stab of Piper P-28A Archer

And these are the images you can make with:

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

The only thing I have noticed are vibrations during the takeoff roll and the climb. During the flight it maintains the position very well. In some of my posts I’ll describe how we have mounted the camera on the Cessna’s tail.

Safe landings!