Flying above Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

A short video o how Playa de las Américas looks like from the air.

Enjoy it!

Flying over Playa de las Américas from The Piper Pilot on Vimeo.

 

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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!

 

Tenerife island trip in a plane

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.

Gopro White placed on the left wing

Gopro White placed on the left wing

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.

Cleared for take off Runway 12

Cleared for take off Runway 12 at Tenerife Norte Airport

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.

Heading south of Tenerife, with views on Teide

Heading south of Tenerife

Heading South of Tenerife

Heading South of Tenerife with views of Teide

Over Playa de las Américas, crusing at 4.500 feet.

Cruising at 4.500 feet with views over Playa de las Américas

Cruising at 4.500 feet with views over Playa de las Américas

Reaching cliffs COsta Los Gigantes

Costa Los Gigantes Cliffs

Over Teno

Over Punta de Teno

Holding over Puerto de la Cruz, Pico del Teide is on the left

Holding over Puerto de la Cruz, Pico del Teide is on the left

The crew

The crew

Today’s route we have made as recorded by Airnav Pro.

Island trip

Today’s route of the island trip

Turning on final Rwy 12 at Tenerife Norte Airport

Turning on final Rwy 12 at Tenerife Norte Airport

Seconds or milimeters before touchdown at Tenerife Norte

Seconds or milimeters before touchdown at Tenerife Norte

Here is the video of the trip…

Safe landings!

Flight to Fuerteventura

My last flight was to Fuerteventura. I like to fly there, because I spent living for 2 years on the island, love the beaches, the nature, it is very quite, and I enjoy the views from the bird’s perspective while flying.

Our route: Tenerife-Fuerteventura-Tenerife

Our route: Tenerife-Fuerteventura-Tenerife

My friend Daldo flew the first leg: Tenerife Norte to Fuerteventura. We have departed via visual E point (above Tenerife’s Las Teresitas beach), and have requested 5.500 feet. As there was calima (winds blowing from Sahara, normally with very poor visibility and hot air), by the temperatures of around 30 degrees we have been keeping an eye on the engine’s temperature to be sure everything is working fine. The problem by calima is, that there is inversion, so the temperature increases with the increasing altitude, so we have to take into consideration so the air cools the engine as it should.

Established on 5.500″ with practically no wind, the engine parameters were fine and we were able to continue on course.

Lining up on runway 12 at Tenerife North Airport

Lining up on runway 12 at Tenerife North Airport

After approximately 1 hour we have reached the south of Fuerteventura and have requested to maintain below 1.000 feet, as well notified to make a low approach over the Punta de Jandia’s airfield, which I believe was used in the II. World war.

Punta de Jandia's airfield at the south of Fuerteventura

Punta de Jandia’s airfield at the south of Fuerteventura

Here is a short video of the low pass, in the video you can see that it was a little bumpy.

After the low pass we have continued along the coastline direction Morro Jable/Jandía.

Punta de Jandía

Punta de Jandía

As you can see, arriving at Jandía, the white beaches are giving us a very warm welcome; with their longitude of 15 kilometers they stay on our left until Costa Calma.

Beach and Lighthouse Jandía

Beach and Lighthouse Jandía

Continuing the coast line, we have reached lightouse La Entallada, one of my favourite places on the island…

Lighthouse "Faro La Entallada"

Lighthouse “Faro La Entallada”

After another 15 minutes flight we have reached the Fuerteventura airfield, and Daldo have managed to land smoothly with some crosswind on the runway 01R.

Seconds before touchdown at Fuerteventura airport

Seconds before touchdown at Fuerteventura airport, RWY 01R

On the stand we have checked, whether our Gopro was still attached to the airplane, and luckily it was!!!

Gopro Hero placed on the wing

Gopro Hero placed on the wing

We have walked to the operations (it is nice that you may walk without having to pay expensive handling costs as for example in Lanzarote) and after that to the terminal to pick up our car we have hired previously. We have decided to go to a place called Casillas del Ángel, some 15-20 minutes from the airport, to taste the local speciality which is goat’s meat at the Restaurante el Labrador. Unfortunately they had no more goat’s meat (which would cost around 15€/plate), so we took as alternative escalope (for around 7-8€/ plate) with french fries (home made) and some home made tortilla, which was really tasty. The portion was huge, so in our stomach there was no more space left for dinner :-).

Short stay on a beach called “Playa Blanca” near Puerto del Rosario and back to the airport, return the car, pay the landing fees at the operations and walk to our Piper to make a outside check and all preparations necessary for the flight (including switching on our Gopro, should be a part of the plane’s checklist as well, lol).

I was flying today the second leg; Fuertevetura – Tenerife North. We have be cleard to taxi to the holding point of runway 01R, where we made the engine run-up and waited for the departure clearence.

Holding short of RWY 01R

Holding short of RWY 01R at E10

After departure we have continued on the runway heading below 1.000 feet until Corralejo in the north part of the island, to see the beaches and the volcanos as well.

Playa de Corralejo

Playa de Corralejo

Leaving the island Isla de Lobos on the right side we have continued our climb to 4.500 feet heading Tenerife North airport.

Isla de Lobos

Isla de Lobos

After some 50 minutes we have reached Tenerife.

Heading to Tenerife or to the sun?

Heading to Tenerife or to the sun?

Descending over capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Descending over capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Descending over capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Landing on the runway 30.

Landing on the runway 30.

Landing on the runway 30.

Now our Piper can rest to be ready for our next adventure trip 🙂

Piper P-28A Cherokee Archer II, reg. EC-JMT

Piper P-28A Cherokee Archer II, reg. EC-JMT

Safe landings!

Cloud surfing over Isla de Lobos

What is cloud surfing? I would define it just as “surfing in the clouds”…

What do you need to do this? An airplane (because we do not have wings and we can’t fly, lol), good weather conditions and some nice fluffy clouds as well…

On our last trip with my friend Daldo a couple of monts ago we took the Piper and we went to Fuerteventura. It is really impressive to overfly the north part of the island and to see the beautiful white beaches of Corralejo from the air.

On this day the weather was perfect and while descending to see the beaches, we have found some nice clouds and just played a little with them.

You can watch this in this short video. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

Happy landings!

Canaries from bird’s eye view…

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…

Pico del Teide

Pico del Teide, Tenerife

volcano, la restinga, el hierro

Smudge of the underwater vulcano @El Hierro, november 2011

airport, el revolcadero, la gomera,

El Revolcadero, former La Gomera’s Airport

lighthouse, punta teno, tenerife, canaries, spain

Lighthouse Punta Teno, Tenerife

faro, lighthouse la orchilla, el hierro, canaries

Lighthouse “Faro de Punta Orchilla”, El Hierro

volcano, fuerteventura, canaries

Volcano, North Fuerteventura

lighthouse, faro de anaga, tenerife

Lighthouse “Faro de Anaga”, Tenerife

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

beach, corralejo, volcano, isla de lobos, fuerteventura, canaries

Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, Corralejo

Of course there are much more pictures I could publish and also there are still a lot of new places to see…

Happy landings…