Flying above calima

First, what is actually calima. Calima is (mostly) hot, dust and sand laden wind blowing from Sahara from easterly direction. This wind causes a lot of respiratory problems, brings dust, the visibility drops and sometimes this causes problems in the aviation (like in the year 2020, when the airports around the islands had to be closed during several days).

I was flying today (again) around Tenerife and as we wanted to stay above this calima layer and get some better visibility, we have climbed up to 6.500 feet where we broke out of the sand and were flying above it in the nice, clean air…

You can see it in the next photographs.

All the best, and stay safe!

Sunset flying around Tenerife

Flying at sunset is magic. The almost setting sun illuminates the landscape at a different angle, and makes it unique.

Here are some images of Tenerife made just couple of moments before sunset.

I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed the views when they were taken.

Safe flights and happy landings!

Stan

In the right place at the right time…

Yes. When you are in the right place at the right time… Even if you pass along the same place 2 or 3 times, the view will never be the same.

Once you’ll find clear blue skies, the other time a bunch of clouds…

Evening the sun illuminates the countryside on a different way and so was it in this case.

When just passing ‘around the corner’ above the most westerly situated point of the island called ‘Punta de Teno’ I was lucky enough to capture and immortalize this moment with my iPhone…

A bit of editing and voilà… Now I can share it with the whole world, instead of trying to explain by words what I’ve seen on that particular moment… One image is worth a thousand words, isn’t it?😍😍😅🙏🏻

Aerial view of Punta de Teno

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

 

 

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.

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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.

On the 22nd of march 2019 the plane was transported by a helicopter to a scrap yard, where it will be scrapped by a company Rimetal. This was her final flight after 10 years on the mountain.

Safe flying everyone!

My favorite aerial views of Tenerife

I have made lots of aerial images of Tenerife. Now I made  a small selection of some of my favorites and share them with you. Which one is your favorite? 🙂

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No caption needed

Playa de las Teresitas

Playa de las Teresitas

El Médano

El Médano

Playa de las vistas

Playa de las vistas

Roque Tierra, Anaga

Roque Tierra, Anaga

Pico del Teide & The sea of clouds

Pico del Teide & The sea of clouds

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Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Gopro Mounted on the vertical stab

Snowed Mt. Teide

Snowed Mt. Teide

 

Somewhere over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Somewhere over La Victoria, North Tenerife

Tenerife North (GCXO/TFN) airport from the air

Tenerife North (GCXO/TFN) airport from the air

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The Vulcano at Güimar valley

The Vulcano at Güimar valley

Punta Teno

Costa los Gigantes from the air

Costa los Gigantes from the air

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Pico del Teide & Costa Los Gigantes

Anaga

Anaga

Montaña El Pulpito

Montaña El Pulpito

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Above Anaga

Mt. Teide

Mt. Teide

Mt. Teide above the clouds

Mt. Teide above the clouds

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DCIM102GOPROG0238762.

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Snowy MT. Teide

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Snowy MT. Teide

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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