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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2 islands on 1 image

What else can we ask than calm winds and a good visibility? Maybe a full fuel tank, file the flight plan and get airborne to enjoy these views…

An image says more than 1000 words, so enjoy some of the views from my last 1 hour 40 minute long flight along Tenerife´s and La Gomera´s coast. 🙂

Safe landings!

Our flight track

Our flight track

Tenerife North and its Mt. Teide

Tenerife North and its Mt. Teide

The crew :-)

The crew 🙂

Copilot at the controls

Copilot at the controls

Over Punta Teno

Over Punta Teno

La Gomera

La Gomera

La Gomera and Tenerife's Mt.Teide

La Gomera and Tenerife’s Mt.Teide

2 islands on one image: Tenerife & La Gomera

2 islands on one image: Tenerife & La Gomera

Mt. Teide

Mt. Teide

Having small talk above the clouds

Having small talk above the clouds

Mt. Teide above the clouds

Mt. Teide above the clouds

Laguneando

Laguneando

Landing at Tenerife North Airport

Landing at Tenerife North Airport

Landing at Tenerife North

Landing at Tenerife North

Flight to Al Aaiun, Morocco

Recently one of my dreams 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 approximately 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.

Flying around Anaga and Taganana

I´ll share with you some pictures from my last flight. It was a short one, flying around the Anaga and Taganana mountains in west Tenerife.

At the end 4 touch and goes to make fun and to practice a bit with the Piper.

Hopefully I´ll be able to do some night flying in the near future and some images as well.

Enjoy the images and safe flights!

Iberias A320 on final

Iberia A320 on final

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Las Teresitas

Above Las Teresitas

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

On final RWY 12

On final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

Turning on final RWY 12

Let´s park this beauty ;-)

Let´s park this beauty ;-)rap

Flight to La Palma

Recently I’ve made a flight with 2 friends spotters on the Piper from Tenerife North to La Palma and back.

As this was the first time for them on a small plane like this one, they were really enjoying the views from the cockpit and also from the co-pilot seat.

The weather was actually pretty good, almost no wind, no turbulence. Only some cloud layers between 3.000 – 8.000 feet. We were able to climb to get about them and wnjoy the views of the sea of clouds. It feels like to fly a big airliner…

The basic instrument training I´ve done was a great help to maintain the plane on the desired track when descending through the cloud layer. The basic thing is to look inside the cockpit on the instruments and trust your instruments and don’t look outside.

We did one touch and go at La Palma Mazo Airport (GCLA) and returned back to Tenerife North (GCXO). It was a great trip with great views  in a great company!

Here I share with you some of the views and of course a short video as well.

Safe landings!

Above the sea of clouds cockpit view

Above the sea of clouds cockpit view

Above the sea of clouds

Above the sea of clouds

North of La Palma

North of La Palma

Los Llanos

Los Llanos

About to touch and go at La Palma airport (GCLA)

About to touch and go at La Palma airport (GCLA)

Over the sea of clouds at 8.500 feet

Over the sea of clouds at 8.500 feet

About to land at my home airport GCXO (Tenerife North)

About to land at my home airport GCXO (Tenerife North)

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…