Trips / Locarno
From Lelystad to Hausen am Albis via Birrfeld On Thursday, March 8 2007, Carsten and Rene departed from Lelystad with end destination Hausen am Albis, Switzerland. For Thursday evening a diner with colleague's from Zug was scheduled, and for Friday maybe a side trip over the Alps, pending the weather. Birrfeld, close to Hausen am Albis, could be used to clear customs. After clearing customs in Birrfeld and paying the landing fee, another 15 minutes of flying time remained to Hausen am Albis. In the evening we had dinner with the colleague's from Zug.
Round trip to Locarno The next day, Friday March 9 2007, Carsten -- who is currently in training for his PPL in Switzerland -- took the afternoon off from office so we could make a round trip to Locarno, over the Gotthard. While running on autogas the engine performed well, and we climbed easily to 10,000 feet, with a better performance than the charts indicated (the charts are based on an engine running on AVGAS 100LL). After clearing the Gotthard we descended slowly to Locarno (650 feet ASL). The weather forecast stopped us from going into town. The restaurant at the airport had not much to offer. After a simple salad and a drink we departed again for our return flight. After taking off from RWY 26R we climbed in a left turn over Lake Maggiore to reporting point Arbedo.
From Hausen am Albis to Lelystad via Birrfeld and Mainz On Saturday, March 10 2007, I made the return flight to Lelystad, with a stop in Birrfeld to clear customs, and in Mainz to drop Carsten and Maria.