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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Around La Palma in 2:48 minutes

On my last flight I went to visit the island La Palma; and we did a round flight as well.

I took the opportunity to make a timelapse, so everybody can see the coast of the island in less than 3 minutes.

Enjoy it!

And also some images as well…

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

Short flight around Tenerife

Short flight around Tenerife.

I´ll just share with you some images taken during my short flight around Tenerife last week… Tried to mount the gopro on a different place of the plane (horizontal stabilizer) and I simply love the images!!!

At the end you can find a short video of the flight with my friend Dirk as co-pilot as well! He did a great job and we had a great time up in the air!

Come and enjoy the views with me!

Preflight selfie

Preflight selfie

The Vulcano at Güimar valley

The Vulcano at Güimar valley

Somewhere over the mountains between Güimar and Arico

Somewhere over the mountains between Güimar and Arico

Flying along the coast

Flying along the coast

Chasing the shadow...

Chasing the shadow…

Playa de las Américas

Playa de las Américas

Costa los Gigantes from the air

Costa los Gigantes from the air

Punta Teno

Punta Teno

Punta de Teno & Pico del Teide

Punta de Teno & Pico del Teide

Sunshine above the clouds...

Sunshine above the clouds…

Enjoying the views.

Enjoying the views.

Flying along the north coast of Tenerife

Flying along the north coast of Tenerife

Moments before the landing at Tenerife North (TFN)

Moments before the landing at Tenerife North (TFN)

Seconds before touchdown

Seconds before touchdown

Seconds before touchdown

Seconds before touchdown

Flying in Istria

I was just on holidays in Croatia with my family on the part called Istria. Istria formed eaerlier a part of Italy and you can clearly see the ‘touch’ of the italian architecture on the buildings, cities and villages.
The nature is very green, the sea blue (as it should be 🙂 ) and there are also some nice small islands not far away from the coast which would be nice to see from the air.
Before we went down I made a small investigation on internet about the flying clubs, possibilities, etc. The information found on internet about flying in istria was equal O, or very poor information in croatian, which doesn’t help a lot. If you are not on internet, you doesn’t exist!
It is also a good experience to fly in a different regio than you are normally used to fly to gain more experience and to see how is the world of aviation in other countries.
Cessna/Reims 172 ready for the next flight

Let’s get some fresh air inside! 🙂

After arrival we spoke to the owner of the place we were staying at, and he gave me some information about a field from where some local company offers touristic flights… There was some hope that I would be able to fly around and log my first flight with a plane with croatian registration and croatian airports into my logbook.
The field is called Medulin Aerodrome (LDPM) and has a grass strip (RWY 12/30)  and a concrete taxiway.
It was very easy to find it, as they have exposed 2 written off planes on the hill, Piper Aztec and Cessna 150. They were from the local flying club which went bancrupcy. So at least somehow they are still serving for aviation purposes as a “decoration”.
Medulin Airport (LDPM)

Medulin Airport (LDPM)

After we spoke to the owner of the company we were able to make a flight on our discrection. As the hour costs 220€ in a Reims 172, I decided to fly only one hour only.
Our flight path

Our flight path

The one hour was sufficient and really worth of it. Could have been flying for longer, but it was simply to expensive. The owner flew with us as a security pilot and he gave us a lot of interesting information about the area and helped with the communications and navigation as well. The weather conditions and visibilty were outstanding with almost no wind.
I know, that if somebody flies for more than 20 years, that he probably (thinks that he) wouldn’t need a checklist, but I am used to read it and make a engine run-up before the departure and outside check as well. Makes me feel more comfortable and safe. This was not the case. And I know know a guy who had a similar problem on a plane because of ignoring the checklist…
The plane was refueled for approximately 01:20 hours and my question was: where is the reserve? He said, we have 3 airports near by and we are going to fly for one hour only, so it should be sufficient. (Checked the 2 tanks, and the right one was almost empty).
This is probably how they are flying the touristic flights as well… Hm, have my doubts about the correct procedures and the safety of the flight. Was not sure whether to abort the flight or not. Finally I decided to fly anyway and to hope that everything goes fine. (I did fine, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing now this post, lol).
The taxiway was from concrete and exactly as bright as the the Cessna’s landing gear, so I had to look good to stay on it and to not to taxi on the grass. Finally I thought we were going to depart from the grass strip, but following the owner’s instructions, after pulling the throttle to maximum, we were able to take of from the resting taxiway on the 160 meters… Wow! Airborne pretty fast!
Following the coastline we made the approach and low pass to the first field (LDPV), which was pretty impressive as it was situated behind a river on a small cliff. Unfortunately I have discovered that my Gopro turned off ( I had the videos from the previous flight during my holidays), so the most interesting part of the flight is missing…
Pula - sorry for the dirt windshield :-)

Pula – sorry for the dirt windshield 🙂

Rovinj from the air

Rovinj from the air

Next we crossed Istria to the west coast, than to the southeast and continued with our 2nd low pass on Pula Airport (LDPL).
Crossing Istria to the East

Crossing Istria to the East

Somewhere near Hrboki

Somewhere near Hrboki

Flying along the Eastern Coast of Istria

Flying along the Eastern Coast of Istria

Low pass at Pula Airport (LDPL)

Low pass at Pula Airport (LDPL)

After the low approach we have returned back to the Medulin aerodrome (LPDM) for landing. Approaching at 65 kts with flap 10′ we have landed on the grass strip (RWY 12). Pretty nice experience to land on a grass strip (I am used to land on a concrete runways between 1.800-3.400 mtrs long).
Final RWY 30 at Medulin Airport (LDPM)

Final RWY 30 at Medulin Airport (LDPM)

I have enjoyed the flight a lot, also the coutryside and the experience. I am sure I would repeat it again and fly over to some othe parts of Croatia. I have to admit that the owner knows very well his plane and the area, and it was a nice flight and experience.
With my brother in law after the flight

With my brother in law after the flight

Here I share with you a short video from my short field take off at Medulin Aerodrome using the remaining 170 mtrs of concrete taxiway 🙂 Enjoy it!