Saturday, May 26, 2012

Honolulu's adventures, the european part...

Now I am starting in Vienna (LOWW) and the first leg leads me to Rijeka (LDRI).

Here I am flying over the "Wechsel"..

in the vicinity of Graz...

we have a look to Klagenfurt...

approaching Ljubljana, we are in Slowenia..

In the background we can see the adriatic sea and the island Krk with the airport of Rijeka..

In the base leg of the rijeka-approach.

the final...

The next flight goes from Rijeka to Tirana(Albania).

 Takeoff from Rijeka (LDRI)

Climbing over the eastern adriatic coast with the Islands...

We are looking to Zadar

here we see an artificial lake in the province of Knin...

in the background we see the islands of Brac and Hvar

we fly in the vicinity of Dubrovnik

approaching Tirana (LATI), our todays destination.

The next leg leads us from Tirana to Athens (LGAV).
 taxiing to takeoff in Tirana

To the left we see Lake Ioannina and far in the background Greece is appearing.

Overflight of LGPZ (Preveza), we are in Greece.

Trihonida Lake and the airports LGAG and GX01 (Agrinion). In the background under the clouds we see the Peloponnes.

We are flying towards Corinthos, in the background to the left one can see Athens.

Overflight of the Isthmus of Corinthos

Approaching Athens ....

going in the downwindleg of LGAV

and the final.....

landed in Athens

With the next leg we are leaving Europe...
LGAV - LTAI (Antalya)

Takeoff from LGAV. But before we are going enroute, I make something, what is strictly forbidden in real live: I make a low-level-flight around the Acropolis!

They are watching me!

Ok, enough played around, sharp left turn and climbing to cruising altitude...

Overflying the aegean sea, to the left is Chios.

We are leaving Europe, approaching Izmir..

flying over Turkey, in the background we see Antalya.

In the downwindleg of LTAI and.....

landed in Antalya.
We are now in Middle East.

to be continued


The longer way home for HW-001 (now "Honolulu")

The way home for the King Air "Honolulu" (the former HW-001), leads us about the southern route.
Croatia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, ....., Himalaya, ...., Indonesia, .. and over the Pacific to Honolulu.
This is a route with over 15000 nautical miles and 40 legs.
Therefore I think, that I am three months minimum underway.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The long return of HW-001, Part 12, EPWA - LOWW

Now, today is the day: we are flocking home!
The last leg from Warszawa to Vienna (EPWA - LOWW).

In front of us, there are some clouds, but we will climb over their tops.

The flight is going from Poland , via Czech Republic to Austria.

There, I was flying over Ostrava into the north-easterly corner of the Czech Republic, we continue via Zlin and Breclav to Austria (Lower Austria).

Here we are in the area of Poysdorf, Mistelbach, Staatz. In the distance we see the Wienerwald, Vienna and left in the background one can see the Neusiedler See. I am at the way to VOR Stockerau, because ATIS from LOWW says, the actual landing runway is the 11. So I have to fly over NDB Steinhof and the town of Vienna. At Stockerau I make a turn to the south and let me catch from the ILS of the 11.

The look to Vienna and the river Danube with the "new Danube"...

We are looking to the "Tullner Feld" and see the floodplain forests of the Danube. Just above the instruments we see a piece of the motorway A22.

Here we are above Vienna, in the distance we see the refinery Schwechat and the Airport.

At the righthand side of the propeller spinner we see the motorway A23 and the Porr-Building at the "Laaer Berg".

Again the refinery and the airport, we are in final to the RWY 11, ILS is established.

just before the landing...

and ..... AT  HOME!!!!
After about 8000 nautical miles landed in Schwechat (LOWW).

At this long flight I have learned quite a lot in geography, and I have learned, how beautiful it is, to see and to identify the cities, rivers and mountains at home.


The long return of HW-001, Part 11, ULLI - EPWA

Now I am going to takeoff for the last but one leg of my journey. From St. Petersburg to Warszawa.

Weather is showerly, temperature 0°C, autopilot is set to 26000ft, GPS is activated, ready for takeoff.

Going inside the shower clouds and up ....

slowly I am coming out of the clouds, flying now the turn towards Warszawa.

At right-hand outside a beautiful thunderstorm-cloud can be seen.

The clouds out there are looking drastic, but I am flying away :-)

There I can see out to the baltic sea, I am flying over a Europe in springtime....

Meanwhile I am flying in the downwind leg for the landing in Warszawa.

As one can see at the EFIS (red arrow), I have no glideslope indicator, so once again the ILS is not working. The Approach I have to make by handsteering.

In the final !

landed !

Welcome to Warszawa, in the middle of Europe (measured on the mastered way till now)

So its looking, when the ILS is not working properly (the stairs in the approach)

The next leg is the final way home.

to be continued...