Enroute IFR from Switzerland to Carcassonne

Being one of a handful EASA Enroute IR (EIR) holders in Europe, I feel slightly obligated to share my experiences with it. Soon, the EIR will be replaced by the Basic IR (with enroute module) and thus, this enroute IFR rating will live on. Instrument flights consist of three phases: Departure*, enroute and arrival/approach**. The…

Making Peace with European Air Law

Europe’s Air law is transforming at such a fast pace, it challenges even experienced pilots. As a result, there is insecurity among pilots about which rules apply. EASA tackles this issue with the new Easy Access Rules for Air Operations, a document similar to the FAR/AIM in America. The new Air Operations Regulation is applicable law for all non-commercial non-complex…

344.5h – Routine and Night Flying

Flying every day this month really got me in the routine of making decisions, and decisions is all flying is about. Especially interesting were the flights during night time. Night flying is so smooth – much smoother than driving a car – that it gives me a very comforting feeling in an environment that seems…

45h IR – Instrument Rating, done!

So there it was, finally in my hands, the temporary airman certificate. I am an instrument pilot now, it says. But as always, it is just a license to learn and I stand at the very beginning. This spring was quite eventful, as I tried to get the flight training done before I got married….

19.6h IR – Trust in Instruments

Can I trust an instrument that is filled with schnaps*? I admit, until now I believed the magnetic compass and turn coordinator were instruments that randomly tumbled around. The magnetic compass has so many errors, I rather only used it in cruise to reset the directional gyro every 15 minutes. During the last flights I…

16.4h IR – When Everything Fails

This double lesson showed clearly what I am capable of and of what I am not. The full panel approach into Aspen went smooth and precise but as soon as I lost my directional gyro on a simple approach I got into trouble. Today’s approaches into six airports were exhausting – on the last approach…

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…. 😉 Approach to Losinj Croatia

A Never Attempted Flight

Private Pilot Checkflights are very thoroughly planned by the students. A day before mine my examiner told me to plan a flight from Seattle over the mountains to Wenatchee. I spent a half day on this flight plan. I would follow a river and a highway towards the east. Passing Skykomish Airfield I would find…

Fun Flight to Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores – the name looked pretty on the map and I wanted to see the pacific coast. Today the sky was blue and I went on the trip. 🙂 It was the first flight as a certified pilot and it was a real adventure! My flight planning was thorough as I learned it. Well…

42.6h – Passed The Exam! =)

“Okay. Well, you passed but let’s talk about some things.”, sagte Neil. Und so kam es zu dem Spruch: Mir war bewusst, dass ich heute Pilot in Command war. Deshalb habe ich Neil etwas für mich arbeiten lassen. Er solle mir die IFR-Brille reichen, das Fenster vor dem Start schliessen und so weiter. Ich habe…

41.2h – Learning Plateau

Heute war ich solo unterwegs. Ich musste mich besser an das Flugzeug gewöhnen. N67991 ist in der Werkstatt und jetzt fliege ich N805W, welches einen anderen Propeller hat. Der Prop ist für Steigflüge ausgelegt. Der Schub beim Start ist viel grösser und ebenso die Nebenwirkungen. Propellerflugzeuge wollen beim Start immer nach links drehen. Bei 805W…