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!

Tips for recordings with the gopro in the aviation

Here are my tips for recordings with gopro in aviation:

I was using the Gopro during my flights for more than since one year, and I have personally noticed the improvment in the quality of the pictures I take.

First, I have started with the Gopro Hero3 white edition, with a lot of problems (freezing while using, you had to take the battery out to restart it, etc.). Some of the problems were fixed with the time, but the resolution, and video quality are bit limited in comparation to the newer models.

The images were good only if there was enough of light and to be honest, the quality of the images with it’s 5mb is worse than pic taken with an average mobile phone. Like a friend of mine said: a couple of years ago 5mb was something extraordinary, well, in the case of Gopro it isn’t.

After I’ve purchased the Gopro Hero3 Back+, I went over night from “zero to hero”, literaly. The quality with it’s 12mb is much better, better sensibility in lower light, so you can use it much better. The images doesn’t have to be edited necesarily, because the quality is really good (the white version images do have to be edited to get some desired effect).

If I would have bought at the beginning the black model, it would have been a pretty difference from the beginning. Now I am really happy even habing both of them; one can be placed during the flight on the wing, second one in the cockpit form ATC recordings and for selfies in the cabine 🙂 🙂 :-).

I have learned a couple of things in the past year I’d like to share with you, how to make some nice images with the gopro.

1. The most important thing is to not forget your camera at home! Imagine my face arriving at the airport searching the camera in my bag where I usualy put it in, and it is not there!!! I took it out to make some selfies and forgot it somewhere at home!! Should I abbort the flight? Of course not, but it is a pitty…

2. Always charge the battery full before you go out for flight. The battery life is very poor, if you have used it a bit in the last days, the battery drains quickly, so probably after the engine start-up it will be dead… I always charge the batteries before the flight.

3. The battery holds up to around 1 hour if you keep the wifi turned on, recording and connected to the App on your mobile. You can either use the remote, which I’ve discovered is consuming a bit less battery tham the App, or purchase and pack pac, which I’ll try out on my next flight. This should give you double battery life, so it should hold up to 2 hours recording aproximately.

Gopro Battery BacPac

Gopro Battery BacPac

4. You can adjust the position of the camera on the plane using the app on your device to see the desired position you’d like to record. After this, turn the recording on, and turn the wifi off. On this way the battery will last longer.

5. The wifi itself is not that problem; I saw a video on youtube, where the battery holds up to 24 hours with the wifi on and the camera off. So eventually, if you use the remote control, you can record the part of the flight you wish and turn it off. The only problem is, if it responds correctly once you wosh to turn it back on; it happened to me, that the camera stayed frozen ( not because of the temperature) and you can’t get out to reset it. That is why I chose to let it turned on during the entire flight.

6. The Gopro Black+ has a nice option to record and take pictures simoultanously. You can set it for example to take a pic each 5,10, 30 seconds… The bad thing is, that the pictures are not taken in the best resolution of 12 mb, but I believe at only 7mb. So you loose quality. If you really wish to take a sharp image, let the camera on, change the mode to photogtaphy and take the picture. You have of course fly the plane and handle the navigation and ATC as well. 😉

7. Editing. The app is a great invention; you may export the movies or images into your phone or ipad and edit them. However, there are better programs for editing, and it is better to edit them on the comouter, and adjust a bit the colors, etc. The videos are pretty heavy ( I only use the 1920×1080 resolution), tried the 4k as well, but the 32gb card gets to small for this. Actually, the 32gb card is sufficient for a couple of hours recording.

8. Exporting of a still image using the gopro editor programme. Maybe you haven’t catched the right moment to take the picture, but you have recorded the whole flight. It is possible to find the best capture of your flight and simply export it as a still image using the editor. You have the desired shot, but the quality is lower, so it is better to make a burst of pictures with your gopro and use one of these…

9. Get some inspiration on internet. Search and follw some nice aviation accounts to get inspired so you can try to make images like that. Every time you will learn some new things and your images will get better. You will even feel totaly comfortable having the camera installed outside the plane. I remember my first flights, I was pretty scared! 😉

10. Try to not to use ‘long arm’ when installing the camera outside the plane. Try to keep it as close as possible to the fuselage to avoid the vibrations and you will obtain more stable image as well.

GoPro mounted on the wingtip

GoPro mounted on the wingtip

I think these are probably one of my best shots I made, but it takes patience and good luck!

Hope you have enjoyed this post and it will help you to take better pictures or movies. Do you have some other advise worth sharing?

 

Landing at El Gando Airport (GCLP)

Landing at El Gando Airport (GCLP)

Flying along the coast of Tenerife (used from Instagram in lower resolution)

Flying along the coast of Tenerife (used from Instagram in lower resolution)

 

Over Las Palmas harbour

Over Las Palmas harbour

Over Real Golf Club Tenerife

Over Real Golf Club Tenerife

Soaring in the Blanik (taken with Gopro white)

Soaring in the Blanik (taken with Gopro white)

En route to Gran Canaria with my pilot friend Daldo

En route to Gran Canaria with my pilot friend Daldo

Why to fly to Gran Canyon? Gran Canaria is nice as well!

Why to fly to Gran Canyon? Gran Canaria is nice as well!

 

Over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Descending through the clouds

Descending through the clouds

 

Turning on final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

 

Which one is your favourite? 🙂