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.
Approach into Tenerife North
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. 🙂
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!
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.
After 2 hours we have landed safely on the african continent. I´ve visited Africa twice, and twice flying a private plane.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Next day in the morning we have stopped on the “Al Aaiun beach”, it was very empty despite of sunday.
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!!!
Before going to the market, we have visited the city of Al Aaiun.
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??? 😉
Time to go to have some dinner, go to bed and wake up on the last day to go back home to Tenerife…
On our way home we have pasted over Gran Canaria, to enjoy the views over the island from the air.
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.
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!
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.
For this saturday we have planned a trip around Tenerife with our Piper.
We have had for several days temperatures up to 35-40 degrees (due to the calima winds comming from Sahara), and once checked the winds before the flight this morning there was also a pretty much wind expected during the whole day.
I have checked both METARs for the airports in Tenerife, and the weather forecast showed in the south winds up to 30 kts with gustings up to 42 kts, so actually a bumpy flight conditions could have been expected when flying in the area. (METAR GCTS 170830Z 07029G39KT CAVOK 36/01 Q1014 NOSIG, TAF GCTS 170500Z 1706/1806 08027KT CAVOK TX33/1713Z TN22/1806Z TEMPO 1706/1724 09030G42KT TEMPO 1720/1806 07016KT).
I use to request to make a low pass when flying in the south of the island, the ATC gets us kindly the clearance when possible, but today I have stopped even thinking about doing it, as there were very stronge winds.
The north aiport was actually in very good conditions, some slight crosswind with component of 10 knots. (GCXO 170830Z 15010KT 110V200 CAVOK 29/02 Q1021 NOSIG).
To avoid a turbulent flight, we have decided to make the trip at 4.500 feet instead of usual 3.000 (or over some areas below 1.000 feet as well). Flying at this altitude was actually comfortable, so I think it was the right choice.
Today we have placed the Gopro on the left wing, so we could see us, the plane, and the island as well. Taking pictures with the “GOPRO WHITE” version and its 5MB resolution is nothing spectacular, any mobile phone takes images in a better quality (it is only difficult to be sitted with your mobile on the wing during the flight 🙂 ). I will use them anyway in this post, at the end you will find a short video of the flight as well.
After the taxi clearance, we have taxied to the holding bay for the engine run-up, etc., and once completed we have been cleared for takeoff on runway 12. The air was hot (around 30º), so the take off roll was longer, the climb was at a lower rate than usual, and the air was a bit more shaky than expected as well.
After departure we have turned to the south and over the sea the air was smoother, so we have continued our climb to 4.500 feet.
Over Playa de las Américas, crusing at 4.500 feet.
Today’s route we have made as recorded by Airnav Pro.
Here is the video of the trip…
Since I haven’t lost my GoPro Camara during my first flights, I have decided to mount it on my Piper P-28A to see how it will work…
Before I have mounted it on the belly I have cleaned the airplane’s surface, and I have used a car polisher as well to avoid any dust or anything else on the the paint. Using the suction mount I have attached the camara to the plane, and just to be sure that I wouldn’t lose it, I have used a piece of duct tape as well.
I have considered to mount it on the plane’s belly, because I thought it would be a nice idea to see the wheels taking off, and using the application I could see the taxiway, runway, exactly like a big airliner, lol.
Unfortunately, the gopro’s wifi signal wasn’t strong enough, so after take off I got a little scarred, when the Ipad said: “no devices found”…. My friend sitted on the back seat tried to connect to the App using my phone and it worked, so the camara was still there!!! I was so happy, that I haven’t lost it… 🙂
When mounting the camara, I was considering to place it somewhere where it wouldn’t cause any damage to the plane’s structure in the event it would just drop off and fly away impacting against the body.
The only thing is, that the escape gases after a one hour flight left the camara a little dirty, so the recorded image at the end was not clear enough. In the video you can notice some vibrations, probably caused by the engine, and I don’t know whether it is on every plane like ours, or only on this one. Anyway, on my next flight I have planned to place the camera on the lower side of the wing facing forward.
After 2 hours of flying the camara was still attached to the body, and I think that the duct tape was not really necessary, but you never know… I saw a video on youtube where one guy lost his camara during the flight.
During the flight I haven’t noticed any difference in the aerodynamics, or controlling the aircraft. The suction mount seems to be strong enough, but I would recommend to turn the wifi on once you have the desired position and just leave the camara record the whole flight, otherwise the battery will die after something like one hour…
And this video is the result: