A short video o how Playa de las Américas looks like from the air.
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.
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 ;-).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ;-).
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 ;-).
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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 😉
Just a quick post over my landing at El Berriel aerodrome in Gran Canarias a couple of weeks ago… It has been a time ago that I have landed at this aerodrome, and it is famous for windshear, so my first attempt for landing was not succesfull and I had to made a go around for the second attempt.
On this day the gopro was mounted on the belly of the plane, so it offers a nice views of what is happening under us… On the following picture, you can see the views over the El Berriel aerodrome.
During the second attempt I stayed sligtly to the right from the centerline, had to make some corrections, and finaly was a little faster than I should have been. As the field has only 800 mtrs., I didn’t wanted to spend more time flaring the plane and wanted to come down faster; so the result was a bounced landing: 3 landings at price of 1 ;-). As the gopro was mounted on the belly, you can count the number of landings by yourself 🙂
Safe landings! 🙂
For this saturday we have planned a trip around Tenerife with our Piper.
We have had for several days temperatures up to 35-40 degrees (due to the calima winds comming from Sahara), and once checked the winds before the flight this morning there was also a pretty much wind expected during the whole day.
I have checked both METARs for the airports in Tenerife, and the weather forecast showed in the south winds up to 30 kts with gustings up to 42 kts, so actually a bumpy flight conditions could have been expected when flying in the area. (METAR GCTS 170830Z 07029G39KT CAVOK 36/01 Q1014 NOSIG, TAF GCTS 170500Z 1706/1806 08027KT CAVOK TX33/1713Z TN22/1806Z TEMPO 1706/1724 09030G42KT TEMPO 1720/1806 07016KT).
I use to request to make a low pass when flying in the south of the island, the ATC gets us kindly the clearance when possible, but today I have stopped even thinking about doing it, as there were very stronge winds.
The north aiport was actually in very good conditions, some slight crosswind with component of 10 knots. (GCXO 170830Z 15010KT 110V200 CAVOK 29/02 Q1021 NOSIG).
To avoid a turbulent flight, we have decided to make the trip at 4.500 feet instead of usual 3.000 (or over some areas below 1.000 feet as well). Flying at this altitude was actually comfortable, so I think it was the right choice.
Today we have placed the Gopro on the left wing, so we could see us, the plane, and the island as well. Taking pictures with the “GOPRO WHITE” version and its 5MB resolution is nothing spectacular, any mobile phone takes images in a better quality (it is only difficult to be sitted with your mobile on the wing during the flight 🙂 ). I will use them anyway in this post, at the end you will find a short video of the flight as well.
After the taxi clearance, we have taxied to the holding bay for the engine run-up, etc., and once completed we have been cleared for takeoff on runway 12. The air was hot (around 30º), so the take off roll was longer, the climb was at a lower rate than usual, and the air was a bit more shaky than expected as well.
After departure we have turned to the south and over the sea the air was smoother, so we have continued our climb to 4.500 feet.
Over Playa de las Américas, crusing at 4.500 feet.
Today’s route we have made as recorded by Airnav Pro.
Here is the video of the trip…
Beeing a privat pilot gives you the wings to move free in the sky and see the earth and its beauties from a bird’s eye view… Here are some images taken during my flights in the Canaries…
Of course there are much more pictures I could publish and also there are still a lot of new places to see…