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

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

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.

El Volcán de Cumbre Vieja, La Palma

First time that I was able to fly over the volcano at La Palma after a long time. 🌋

Even if the volcano is not active anymore, it still looks pretty hot.

Difficult to find the words to describe this… 🙏🏻🙏🏻😁

Something we really don’t see every day. Let’s hope it’ll sleep again for a long long time…

El Volcán de Cumbre Vieja, La Palma

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!

My best aerial shot (ever)

Looks like this is the best image I’ve ever made…

More than 1.050 shares in 4 days on Facebook, and still sharing… 😀 The strange thing is even when you don’t expect the image is going to be liked, and the audience loves it!

I didn’t get any richer with this, but it’s simply nice that the image had such a huge success 😀

So, I think this would be the best shot ever taken by myself, at least it’s what the audience thinks 😉

Tazacorte, La Palma

Tazacorte, La Palma