Trips / Rotterdam
Why to Rotterdam (1)? My flying started in 1989 at the Flight School Zestienhoven (Vliegschool 16Hoven, named after the name of Rotterdam airport at that time). It was in 1990 that I received my first license there, and it had been ten years since my last visit to Rotterdam airport. So it was about time to make a visit again. In 1989, there were three clubs at Rotterdam airport Zestienhoven; the Rotterdam Aero-Club (RAC), the Flying Club Rotterdam (Vliegclub Rotterdam), and the first mentioned Vliegschool 16Hoven. In the mean time, Vliegschool 16Hoven does not exist anymore. It merged with the Vliegclub Rotterdam in 2007. The flight training that I received at that time was not really optimal. Flight instructors switched frequently, with one instructor having different views than the other on certain flying aspects. Sometimes, if there was no instructor available, I even deviated to the Aero-Club or the Flying Club to keep my training going, then also having to deal with different types of aircraft. Nevertheless, after a year I got my first license. During the training, sometimes we made use of the grass runway 06/24, south of the apron. That runway does not exist anymore. In its place, the south side of the airport has also been developed with new roads, hangars, a jet center and industrial buildings.
Rotterdam airport nowadays
Rotterdam airport 25 years ago
Flight school 16Hoven's cabin and planes at the time of my training
René overhead Ridderkerk in July 1990
René in April 1991 near the Grote Hangar
From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Rotterdam The rental company at Lelystad airport was closed from Christmas until the new year, so we drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt to take a plane from the aeroclub there. It was a bit of a far drive for such a short flight, but as we had set our mind to the visit, we just took the effort. The day before we sent a handling request to Vliegclub Rotterdam. The club is allowed to handle recreational flying visits. In the evening we drove to Paderborn, where we stayed the night. The next morning we took-off for a round trip to Rotterdam.
René with the Piper Archer
René fueling the Piper Archer
René and Veleda at Rotterdam airport
Why to Rotterdam (2)?
Rotterdam centre 1946
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. The city lies on both banks of the Nieuwe Maas, the tidal southern arm of the Rhine, where it's joined by the little River Rotte. Its history goes back to 1270 when a dam was constructed in the Rotte river. The heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe on 14 May 1940. Central Rotterdam was energetically rebuilt after the war and re-planned with modern shopping streets, residential districts, and high-rises, making it one of the most modern and architecturally interesting cities in Europe.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. Its collection is built on the legacy of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans, who left his personal collection to the city of Rotterdam in 1849. The museum has a permanent collection spanning all eras of Dutch and European art, including superb old masters. There's also a good cafe and a pleasant sculpture garden.
The Market Hall (Markthal) is a residential- and office building with a market hall underneath. The apartments are draped over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. There's a tantalising array of produce, prepared food and drinks; shops continue downstairs. The Markthal also includes an exhibition of archaeological finds from mediaeval Rotterdam excavated during the building's construction.
The old district of Delfshaven, which survived the war, is consequently one of the most popular spots in Rotterdam. It was once the official seaport for the nearby city of Delft. It is famous as the birthplace of Admiral Piet Hein, a 16th-century hero of the country's long war against Spain. The Oude Kerk on Voorhaven is where the Pilgrims prayed for the last time before leaving for America on 22 July 1620.
The Cube Houses
Designed by Piet Blom and built from 1978 to 1984, this daring architectural development near the Old Harbour is marked by its pencil-shaped tower, De Kolk, and 'forest' of 45-degree-tilted, cube-shaped apartments on hexagonal pylons. One apartment, the Show Cube, is open to the public and contains displays regarding the design and history of the buildings.
Rotterdam, Unilver Bestfoods HQ (bottom-left), Noordereiland
Rotterdam centre, Coolsingel
From Rotterdam to Paderborn-Lippstadt After we had lunch at the Vliegclub Rotterdam, we went back to the plane to fly back to Paderborn-Lippstadt. After passing reporting point Papa, we requested an orbit over the city. The request was granted, and we flew around the Island in the river and the city centre, before continuing to Paderborn-Lippstadt. Click here for the pictures of the flight over the city and to Paderborn-Lippstadt.
Hangars of Vliegclub Rotterdam
View of Rotterdam airport
Dortmund–Ems Canal / river Lippe crossing
René at Paderborn-Lippstadt