On extended wings to the Black Sea

It has been a long time since the last flight in our Franklin powered 1959 Cessna 175. It is currently getting hair wing extensions from Air Research Technology Inc. for a gross weight increase, mad take-off and overall performance. Plus, a Garmin GTN 650, a DME and in-flight weather will make it a real IFR…

Back in the Air

Finally, finally my father’s Cessna 175 is back in the air! The airplane was in maintenance for 3 months due to an issue with the avionics. It is now equipped with a new Garmin radio and GPS. The weather was at VFR minimums so we decided to remain in the pattern. We both had to…

What’s that burning smell?

My father and I were returning from an interesting day of flying. We flew into small grass strips with mountainous obstacle approaches. We had a lot of fun until, on downwind to our homebase, my father asked: “What’s that burning smell? Is it from the outside or inside?” In this instant I realized there was…

Schmerlat Fly-in

Just returned from a great ‘airfield-gardenparty’ in the north of Switzerland. ๐Ÿ™‚ Normally the sailplane field of Schaffhausen is closed to visitors. This weekend they have organised a small airshow and every arriving oldtimer received 20 litres of aviation gasoline as a welcome gift! My dad, my girlfriend and I spent the day having pic-nic…

Oldtimer Fly-Out Greece

Back from 11 days of flying: From Switzerland to Greece. The journey is 20.4 hours in my logbook and I have many stories to tell. Coming soon…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Approach to Losinj Croatia

163.8h – Aviation Sunday

This was no lazy sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚ After an incredible Muse concert on saturday…my father had the brilliant idea to go flying! We flew to a small grass field, called Sitterdorf (LSZV). It had a short runway of just 1570 feet and both threshold were to be overflown at 60 feet. I looked up the take…

156.7h – Alps Crossing

The Franklin engine roared to live and accompanied us with its distinctive galloping sound, while taxiing to runway two five. I gave the girls a quick passenger briefing and took off into the blue skies. Crossing the alps will always amaze me. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first time without my dad – but with a superb crew…

152.3h – Conversion FAA-EASA Complete

I have passed the practical test – the final piece to complete my conversion! =) =) =) My grin will not disappear for the next days. I am so happy now… All the hassle is over. I finally hold two stand-alone pilot certificates. Winter went on into the first week of April. We had low…

50nm Cross-Country

One of the easy-to-accomplish tasks toward my commercial pilot licence is the cross-country flight time as pilot in command. I need 50hrs and I think I almost got it. Since I work toward a licence the flights have to cover at least 50 nautical miles in a straight line. Funny thing though – Switzerland is…

Blue Skies

During the grey fall days it is hard to believe that there’s blue skies – anywhere above. One lucky Saturday the clouds opened up a bit to let us catch a bit of sunlight. Knowing there weren’t any clouds in the alps, we headed toward them for a $100 fondue. The alps holding back the…

A Wind Called Joran

“At times Joran south of Jura Mountains”, do you know what this means? I did not and that’s why I made a note on my weather briefing to find out after the flight. On descent into the aerodrome of Neuchรขtel nature answered my question – by simply turning my stomach upside down. Flight Planning For…

Flying Like a Skylark

A letter from the Swiss aviation administration stated that I, a young pilot with 110h total time and 444 landings, indeed am a pilot. I told them before but they would not listen. What they were looking for were four solo circuits – done in Switzerland – and a bill in excess of 200$. The…