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!

Stan

Got my MCC certificate

MCC stands for multiple crew cooperation. This additional training is required to fly in a multipilot aircraft with crew consisting of at least 2 members.

And as the initial idea is to fly a plane consisting of 2 pilots, I had to go through this training as well… So let’s get back to school.

Starting my MCC course at GTA Madrid

Starting my MCC course at GTA Madrid

I did my training at Global Aviation Training in Madrid, and my colleague and me, we were very satisfied with the high level of the training. Our instructors were highly experienced and active pilots with more than 15 years of flying experience.

In total we spent 10 days at GTA; 5 days of theoretical classes and 5 days simulator sessions in the ATR72-500. During the first 5 days we learned a lot about the ATR72-500 systems and procedures, and started to learn to work not as a single pilot, but in a team of two.

At the beginning a bit challenging, because we faced a new plane, procedures and new way of dividing tasks as a team, but it was improving with the time.

This is where it all started... ATR72-500 cockpit mock-up

This is where it all started… ATR72-500 cockpit mock-up

Finally, after 5 days of classes, there was this “magical” moment of getting into “the pleasure room” that we were so much looking for. For the most pilots are these “dancing boxes” a real headache, because they stand there not for having fun in them, but to prove that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and you will have to face it.

The pleasure room

The pleasure room

And this one was ours… ATR72-500 (Pitty that it wouldn’t fix in my garage lol)

ATR72-500 FFS at GTA Madrid

ATR72-500 FFS at GTA Madrid

The cockpit is identical with a real plane:

500 FFS

One of the highlights was a simulation of an emergency descent after a cabin decompression, using oxygen masks. I have to say, something I haven’t done before; and definitely very interesting.

After an emergency descent drill...

After an emergency descent drill…

After 10 days of hard work and studying, we are done! 😀

MCC Course done!

MCC Course done!

In the free time, we have also visited the other 2 simulators; which are new and have a far better visual graphics (however it doesn’ matter, because most of the time we were flying in IMC conditions with no views…). In addition to the FFS ATR72-600 and Boeing 737NG, there is another FNPT II simulator of an Airbus A320. Of course, I had to capture these moments:

And it was a pitty that it didn’t work out to try the slide of the A320. Maybe for the next time!

Safe landings! 😀

Emergency slide A320

Emergency slide A320

My favorite aerial views of Tenerife

I have made lots of aerial images of Tenerife. Now I made  a small selection of some of my favorites and share them with you. Which one is your favorite? 🙂

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Playa de las Teresitas

Playa de las Teresitas

El Médano

El Médano

Playa de las vistas

Playa de las vistas

Roque Tierra, Anaga

Roque Tierra, Anaga

Pico del Teide & The sea of clouds

Pico del Teide & The sea of clouds

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Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

 

Somewhere over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Somewhere over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Tenerife North (GCXO/TFN) airport from the air

Tenerife North (GCXO/TFN) airport from the air

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The Vulcano at Güimar valley

The Vulcano at Güimar valley

Punta Teno

Costa los Gigantes from the air

Costa los Gigantes from the air

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Anaga

Anaga

Montaña El Pulpito

Montaña El Pulpito

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Mt. Teide

Mt. Teide

Mt. Teide above the clouds

Mt. Teide above the clouds

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Up in the air

Well. I have decided to my make my second compilation of my flights. As I’ve found music that I loved, and thought it would be great in the video, I started to edit it, and here it is: my second compilation: Up in the air.

I hope you’ll enjoy it! I would be thankful for any good ideas (or send me a link of yours if you have one…).

Safe flying!

 

Feels like heaven

I went out for some touch and goes with the Cessna. It was fun. Practicing engine failures in the cirquit, full flap, flap zero…

And after a short flight above Anaga mountains, above the clouds, feeling like in the heaven…

The Cessna is pretty photogenic, so my Gopro’s have taken louds of great pictures which I am happy to share with you now.

There was even a Nikon camera on board, so even more nice pictures could have been taken…

Safe landings!

Feels like heaven

Feels like heaven

Feels like heaven

Feels like heaven

Cloudsurfing.

Cloudsurfing.

Cloudsurfing.

Cloudsurfing.

Flying makes happy.

Flying makes happy.

Just hanging around...

Just hanging around…

Anaga

Anaga

Montaña El Pulpito

Montaña El Pulpito

Montaña El Pulpito

Montaña El Pulpito

Final RWY 12

Final RWY 12

On final RWY 12

On final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12.

Turning on final RWY 12.

Best place to watch the Piper parking is from the wing of Cessna

Best place to watch the Piper parking is from the wing of Cessna

Chilling on the wing after the flight

Chilling on the wing after the flight

Why to become a private pilot

Why to become a private pilot? Or why I fly…

I enjoy the views from above, I enjoy to play with the clouds, to surf between the clouds, to feel free, to follow procedures and so on.

The list would be very long.

That’s why I’ve tried to make a compilation of my flights to share with you some of my flying adventures and tell you why I fly and whye it’s worth it to become a private pilot.

I hopy you will enjoy it!

Safe flights!

Stan

Touch and goes

Sometimes I have the impression that if I am doing only cross country flights, navigate and do one landing, I am a little loosing the practice of stall recovery, emergency procedures, side slips, short traffic pattern landings, etc… Flying for a hour or two above the sea is sometimes boring, it is mucho more fun to make approaches, take offs, or landings…

So on my last flight last week with Piper P-28A Cherokee Archer ii (reg. EC-JMT),  I have decided to practice stalls, touch and goes and some other manouvers and to have fun.  The weather was perfect, wind calm and it was a very nice experience.  And I feel safer again. I have made a lot of stalls, recovery with or without engine, steep turns and also a zero gravity flight.

One of the landings I wanted to practice was with short traffic pattern, and actually I was lucky, because after take-off there was some traffic that should be departing in the next moments, so I have been cleared for touch and go with short pattern. Descending to the field without flap I have passed a centerline a bit, but finally I have lined up with the runway centerline and touched down. This is the result:


After this take off the ATC has notified 3 planes arriving, so I have proceeded to the visual point November for manouvers. After some manouvers I came back to the airport for more touch and goes. In total I have made 5. My second landing was just a normal approach on the glideslope with 1 point flap.

The third one was planed with side slip. So I have stayed simply to hight on the downwind when turning on base and on final. Side slip consists of crossing the controls, yoke into the wing and the opposite rudder; this causes you drop faster without accelerating the plane. It is not my favourite manouver, since you approach the runway from the side, like with heavy crosswinds. The altimeter was showing a rate of descent of 1.000 feet/minute. Not bad 🙂 Here is the video:

The 4th touch and go was with full flap; I have decided to stay to high again in the pattern, and have performed a full flap landing. You can see it in the video, that I was to high. But with 3.400 meter long runway, there is enough of space to practice 🙂 This is the result:

Of course, normally nobody does this kind of landings with passengers 🙂 Safe landings!