My 2nd helicopter flight

Yes! This was my second helicopter flight ever… The first one was back in 2001 in Fuerteventura, the second one (and hopefully not the last one 🙂 ) now in Tenerife.

I was wishing to repeat this experience since a long time and finaly, now in the summer time, the right moment came to take off up into the skies as a passenger and to enjoy the views and the ride.

The only company offering helicopter scenic flights in Tenerife is Helidream, from their heliport in Costa Adeje (ICAO code GCAD), operating a Bell 206 Ranger (reg. EC-LYP). There are different routes available; from 15 minutes local flight up to 1 hour island trip,  or charter flights and much more…

I chose the longest option; to do it right, sit back, not to fly, look around, enjoy the views and to take pictures.

After a short passenger safety briefing we were ready to go.

Helidream's Bell 206 Ranger

Helidream’s Bell 206 Ranger

We had again (as on all my helicopter flights till now, lol) good weather conditions and the wind was calm, so we had a very nice ride with no turbulence.

I’ve flown a lots of times around Tenerife, but none of those flight were identical, and so was it also in this case.

Pilot's views from the helicopter

Pilot’s views from the helicopter

The helicopter was maintaining lower altitude, which offers a closer look on what’s going under us. I’ve seen places that I haven’t seen before. Just because my PA28 has wings and you can’t look under the plane. When I was flying the Cessna, I could also see much better below us.

I definitely enjoyed the heli experience and I think at some point I should try to take a flight lesson in the future to taste how it flies….

Enjoy some of the pictures taken during the flight; as always it’s hard to choose only a few of them.

Safe flights! 🙂

Los Cristianos as seen from the helicopter

Los Cristianos as seen from the helicopter

Flying above the north part of the island

Flying above the north part of the island

Selfie with Pico del Teide :-)

Selfie with Pico del Teide 🙂

Pico del Teide & the sea of clouds

Pico del Teide & the sea of clouds

Playa del Duque, Costa Adeje

Playa del Duque, Costa Adeje

Pico del Teide...

Pico del Teide…

Flying westbound

Flying westbound

Playa de Fañabé, Tenerife

Playa de Fañabé, Tenerife

Santiago del Teide

Santiago del Teide

 

 

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Flying Cessna 172 around Tenerife

In the past I used to fly more Piper, but in the last time I am starting to like to fly more and more the Cessna 172. Why? It’s because I like to take pictures (actually my GoPro’s are doing this job for me), and I like how the images look like. I try to use the suction mount on different places of the fuselage to ensure that I am definitely the first one in taking an image of Tenerife from this angle from an airplane… And I like to edit them. Even in such a short one hour flight around the island it is always a different story, a new experience, new views… And the Cessna is pretty photogenic :-). What do you think? Let me share with you some of images from my last flight with Cessna… Safe landings!

Peek a boo... During the outside check

Peek a boo… During the outside check

Starting a new adventure

Starting a new adventure: Ready for departure

Descending towards Puerto de la Cruz

Descending towards Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Over Puerto de la Cruz

Let us shoot some images

Let us shoot some images

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Obligatory cloudsurfing. This is heaven!!!

Obligatory cloudsurfing. This is heaven!!!

Over Playa de las Américas

Over Playa de las Américas

On final RYW 30 at Los Rodeos Airport

On final RYW 30 at Los Rodeos Airport

About to land...

About to land…

And a short video is a must! 😉

Mt. Teide from bird’s eye view

Pico del Teide, or Mt. Teide is Spain’s highest Mountain. It is 3.718 mtrs high (= 12.198 feet). It was always my dream to climb with a plane to this altitude to see it from above. As the most dreams come truth ;-), we have decided on the way home from the island El Hierro to climb to 12.500 feet to see some snow left on Teide. With 3 people on board it took almost 50 minutes to climb so high, but it was worth it.

12.500 feet

12.500 feet

It was for the first time in my life to fly at FL125 on board of a general aviation plane (Piper Archer2) and to be the pilot in command. We took some awesome pictures, hope you will like them as well! I’ll get definitely back to take some more pics in the future ;-). Enjoy Mt. Teide from bird’s eye view and safe flights!

Great views at Mt. Teide

Great views at Mt. Teide

Mt. Teide 3.718 mtrs.

Mt. Teide 3.718 mtrs.

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Over the clouds

Over the clouds

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…