Approach and landing into La Gomera with ATC audio

Sharing with you a short video of the approach into La Gomera airport (GMZ/GCGM), RWY 27 with ATC audio in spanish.

Like to fly to La Gomera, you always get a friendly “Welcome to La Gomera” by ATC over the radio. 🙂

Hope you’ll enjoy the views! 🙂

Advertisements

Accident of the Piper PA28 EC-DSD in Tenerife (January 2009)

Sad end for the Piper, but a lucky end for the occupants. 

This plane (Piper PA28, EC-DSD)  crashed in January 2009 while attempting to cross the mountain “Montaña de la Crucita” (6.761ft high) during VFR flight into IMC conditions resulting in an impact in the mountain at 5.700 feet, just 1.000 feet bellow its top.

Plane's route

Plane’s route

The 3 occupants were injured and were rescued by the helicopter of the Guardia Civil. There were no fatalities.

Wreckage of the EC-DSD.

Wreckage of the EC-DSD.

The slop of the mountain.

The slop of the mountain.

APC_0055

Wreckage of the EC-DSD.

Wreckage of the EC-DSD.

Wreckage of the EC-DSD.

Wreckage of the EC-DSD.

The plane seems to be moved from its initial position and most of the parts are already missing.

The plane seems to be moved from its initial position

The plane seems to be moved from its initial position

The crash site is only 1 km from the road, but the access is difficult. On the images you can see the slope of the mountain and the surroundings; I´ve attached the plane´s route as well.

You can park your car at the Mirador de la Crucita and start walking from there:

montaña de la crucita

Source: Ministerio de Fomento/Spanish Ministry of Development.

Safe flying everyone!

GoPro in General Aviation

I thought, that I would get the best views fom the cockpit; but I think the best views has the Gopro camera situated outsite the plane on the vertical stab, or on the wing. I am really happy with the use of the Gopro in general aviation; it helps me to remember my flights better and to reproduce my flights to make things even better.

Last saturday we went out for triangle flight; the weather was fun-tastic, with almost no wind. We did a flight between 3 islands (Tenerife – Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria – La Gomera and La Gomera – Tenerife). Under 3 pilots, each of us was flying one leg.

Here are some impressive pictures I took during this flight. I hope you will like them as much as I do 🙂

Today the BacPac did it’s job; the battery lasted to record the whole flight 🙂

Safe landings!

Stan

Flying along the Gran Canaria's coast

Flying along the Gran Canaria’s coast

Over Maspalomas, Granc Canaria

Over Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Landing at El Berriel aerodrome (GCLB)

Landing at El Berriel aerodrome (GCLB)

Entering runway 07 at El Berriel (GCLB) for departure

Entering runway 07 at El Berriel (GCLB) for departure

Turning left after departure from El Berriel (GCLB)

Turning left after departure from El Berriel (GCLB)

Maspalomas beach in the background

Maspalomas beach in the background

Tenerife and its Pico del Teide as seen from FL105

Tenerife and its Pico del Teide as seen from FL105

La Gomera from the air

La Gomera from the air

Approaching La Gomera

Approaching La Gomera

Low pass over El Revolcadero field (former La Gomera airport)

Low pass over El Revolcadero field (former La Gomera airport)

Low pass over El Revolcadero field (former La Gomera airport)

Low pass over El Revolcadero field (former La Gomera airport)

Landing at La Gomera (GCGM/GMZ)

Landing at La Gomera (GCGM/GMZ)

 

 

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!