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PPL SEP licenced since December 2017, and now up for lots of adventures.

Dutch coast from above (EHMZ – EHHV)

By |2019-04-06T11:49:26+02:00April 4th, 2019|Categories: Cross Country|

It was one of those days that I was in between contracts and the sky was completely clear of clouds and visibility was perfect. It was a perfect day for an overland flight from Hilversum to Midden-Zeeland to have some lunch. The flight back took a bit longer because I decided to follow the coast to [...]

First flight of 2019

By |2019-01-21T13:15:33+01:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Local|

I try to keep myself current to fly every type of plane I'm checked out for at least once every 90 days. The weather was excellent, so I took the F-GCJD out for a flight counterclockwise the Schiphol CTR.

Sightseeing over Amsterdam

By |2018-08-24T15:49:44+02:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Local|

It was a very gray day when I went up in the air for a local flight to keep my currency up-to-date. I tuned into the tower frequency of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and noticed that it wasn't too busy. A typical case of fingers crossed, asked for permission to enter the Amsterdam sector, and got it! [...]

Local flight in a Tecnam Sierra

By |2018-07-18T14:14:27+02:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Local|

To keep myself current, every now and then I rent an airplane for a local flight. Sometimes I do some Touch & Go's to practice my landing skills, and sometimes I just fly around for a bit of sight seeing. The last thing is what I did on the 5th of July 2018. From Hilversum via [...]

Standard overhead join

By |2019-04-15T09:57:47+02:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Huddersfield 2018|

When I’m flying here in the Netherlands, I download the approach charts of the airfields that I’m landing at, plus some alternates in case I have to divert. On all the fields I’ve been I have to fly a certain traffic pattern called the circuit, and these need to be entered from a certain location with [...]

Fly day minus 2, flight plan taking shape

By |2018-06-27T14:35:26+02:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Huddersfield 2018|

Today I've spent time gathering all the information together for our flight. Think about approach plates, alternates, landing info, and highlighting the track on the map so I could see my drawn line a little bit better during the flight. All bits and pieces are really coming together now.  The printer is making over time, and [...]

Fly day minus 5

By |2018-06-25T21:24:42+02:00June 24th, 2018|Categories: Huddersfield 2018|

I'm getting more and more excited about this flight. Especially whilst doing the preparation. I have a bunch of maps, of which one is a very detailed map with a 1:250,000 scale. On this map I've been drawing out the route so I can have this on standby whilst flying, to recognise as much as possible. [...]

Preparation Huddersfield trip 2018 started

By |2018-06-20T11:16:06+02:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Huddersfield 2018|

My wife is from Huddersfield, and in 2016, during my flying lessons, I've picked her up once from her hometown together with my FI. It was a legendary trip that I intended to do again as soon as I was licenced. Now it's the time, and scheduled this flight for the 29th of June 2018, coming [...]