Approach into Tenerife North Airport

A short clip of my approach into Tenerife North Airport (TFN/GCXO). Descent from 7.500 feet until the feed in less than 60 seconds.

Enjoy!
Approach into Tenerife North

Approach into Tenerife North

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Flight to Al Aaiun, Morocco

Recently one of my dream came thruth; and I´ve done my long planned flight from Tenerife to Al Aaiun, Western Sahara.

I was planning this for more than 1,5 years; but there was always something that it didn´t allow me to do the flight. Either the weather, then the passport was expired, then the passengers couldn´t come with.

Finally, this August it was so far, and actually until 1-2 before the planned departure we has an unusual weather with a lot of storms here in Tenerife.

On saturday, the 15th of August, we finally took off direction Africa on a Piper PA-28. Such a great plane!

Shortly after takeoff in Tenerife

Shortly after takeoff in Tenerife


Into the sun...

Into the sun…


Our route to Al Aaiun

Our route to Al Aaiun

After our departure we have climbed to FL085 and got some nice tailwinds up to 25-30 kts, helpings us to cross the sea even faster, just in 2 hours we were there. The journey took approxiamtely 200NM.

Love tailwinds! Got an groundspeed up to 137 kts

Love tailwinds! Got an groundspeed up to 137 kts


The happy crew ready for the adventure

The happy crew ready for the adventure


On board service: Donut for breakfast

On board service: Donut for breakfast


Amazing views from FL85

Amazing views from FL85


Reaching the Morocco's coast

Reaching the Morocco’s coast


Reaching the Morocco's coast

Reaching the Morocco’s coast


On final RWY 04 at Al Aaiun (GMML)

On final RWY 04 at Al Aaiun (GMML)


Seconds before touchdown at Al Aaiun (GMML)

Seconds before touchdown at Al Aaiun (GMML)

After 2 hours we have landed safely on the african continent. I´ve visited Africa twice, and twice flying a private plane.

1st selfie at Al Aaiun Airport after our arrival

1st selfie at Al Aaiun Airport after our arrival

After all the paperwork and refueling (which was pretty expensive) we were ready to start our “sahara experience”. Our driver was expecting us at the airport, and our first stop was at “Cafe Omaima” which had a slow wifi connection, but better than no connection (since there is no wifi at the Al Aaiun airport)… We were sending whatsapp for almost one hour, and have tasted some typical food like camel meat, etc. It was nice.

On the road to our"desert shelter", This road continues to Senegal

On the road to our”desert shelter”, This road continues to Senegal

Following the road which ends in Senegal, after some 30 minutes we have arrived at a fisherman´s village “Marsa”. Strange the way how they “park” the boats next to each other. It was also a bit dirty and smelled there…

Entering the fisher village "Marsa"

Entering the fisherman´s village “Marsa”


Fisherman's village "Marsa"

Fisherman’s village “Marsa”


Selfie somewhere in the desert

Selfie somewhere in the desert

After 1,5 hour ride we have arrived at “our place” somwhere middle in nowhere. We should have sleep in a jaima, but there was a lot wind, so we have decided to sleep in the “small castle” on the left side.

Our shelter in the desert

Our shelter in the desert


Freshly arrived at our shelter

Freshly arrived at our shelter

Next attraction was the jeep safari in the desert. Well, it´s actually only som 15 kms from the coast, but it´s nice to get an impression how the dessert is.

The sundown

The sundown


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In the desert

In the desert


In the (Western) Sahara Desert

In the (Western) Sahara Desert

We were driving for almost 2 hours over the dunes and after this we have finished back in our shelter, having tea and dinner. The night skyline is great as well, since there is no light.

Our dinner was really delicious

Our dinner was really delicious


Having tea under the stars...

Having tea under the stars…


Our "Hotel"

Our “Hotel”

Next day in the morning we have stopped on the “Al Aaiun beach”, it was very empty despite of sunday.

Al Aaiun Beach

Al Aaiun Beach


Al Aaiun Beach

Al Aaiun Beach


Al Aaiun Beach

Al Aaiun Beach

After a good lunch (and almost a day without internet connection!!!) we have cheked in at our Hotel Salwan in Al Aaiun. A nice 3 star hotel, with a very good breakfast, airconditioning and wifi!!!

Hotel Salwan, Al Aaiun

Hotel Salwan, Al Aaiun

Before going to the market, we have visited the city of Al Aaiun.

The entrance of Al Aaiun

The entrance of Al Aaiun


With some kids

With some kids

The market was a great experience, everything is cheap and you can buy almost anything. The rare thing is to see how they sell the meat… Fresh, in the heat… Probably we have eaten something like that at some of the places or restaurants??? 😉

On the market

On the market


On the market

On the market


Butcher

Butcher


Fancy glass of refreshing Coca Cola?

Fancy glass of refreshing Coca Cola?

Time to go to have some dinner, go to bed and wake up on the last day to go back home to Tenerife…

After departure from Al Aaiun

After departure from Al Aaiun


Leaving the Morocco's coast behind us

Leaving the Morocco’s coast behind us


On our way back home

On our way back home

On our way home we have pasted over Gran Canaria, to enjoy the views over the island from the air.

Over Grana Canaria

Over Gran Canaria, Tenerife in sight

It was a great experience, to have the contact to this different culture in such a short time. We only have been away for 3 days, but it felt like I was gone for almost 1 month…

I loved the tea, and probably I´ll be back soon 😉

Enjoy the timelapse of the flight to and from Al Aaiun.

How to mount the GoPro on the tail of the Piper P28A Archer part.2

In the previous post about how to install the gopro on the P-28A’s vertical stab, the best option seemed to install the curved gopro adhesive mount on the tail. The maintanance guy of our flying club took care of this; polished the surface and pasted the original GoPro curved adhesive mount on the tail. He did a very good job, because from this position you will have a very nice position over the plane with the wings as well (pictures further in this post).

Gopro curved adhesive mount

Gopro curved adhesive mount on a Piper Archer2

You need this 2 spare parts to install the camera into the position to get a nice view.

Gopro spare mounts

Gopro spare mounts

This is how you have to put the parts together:

Gopro

Gopro

The big advantage of the adhesive is that you don’t loose time installing the mount suction cup, you don’t have to clean the surface, etc. And also, on the stabilizator there is no place to install it due to its structure. I’ve choosen the original “Grab Bag of Mounts” from the Gopro brand.

This is how it looks like installed on the plane:

Gopro mounted on the vertica stab of Piper P-28A Archer

Gopro mounted on the vertica stab of Piper P-28A Archer

And these are the images you can make with:

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

The only thing I have noticed are vibrations during the takeoff roll and the climb. During the flight it maintains the position very well. In some of my posts I’ll describe how we have mounted the camera on the Cessna’s tail.

Safe landings!