Trips / Sauerland
Planning a day trip We wanted to make a last day trip in 2016 in the final week of the year. With the rental company at Lelystad closed between Christmas until the second of January, we looked for a plane from the aeroclub at Paderborn. On Monday the weather outlook for the week indicated that Thursday and Friday would be the best days to aim for, and we booked a plane for Thursday. However, on Wednesday the weather outlook for the next day at Paderborn indicated that it would take some time during the morning for the good flying weather to arrive. This is the TAF from Wednesday for Paderborn: Fog and low clouds at Paderborn-Lippstadt in the morning are quite common. We decided to drive to Paderborn at our convenience on Thursday morning, rather than the night before, and just make a little trip in the region in the afternoon after the weather would have cleared up. Sunset was at 1522 UTC, and we have no appetite to fly at night. On Wednesday afternoon we went to Rotterdam, where we visited relatives. We returned home late in the evening.
From Paderborn to Kassel airport René had visited Kassel airport once before, twelf years earlier. At that time it was a different airport just south of a completely new regional airport that was opened in April 2013. After departure from Paderborn-Lippstadt airport runway 24, we made a left turn out to reporting point Sierra. When we approached the Kassel CTR, we were directed directly to the left base leg of runway 09. There we had to make one orbit over right because of other traffic before we were cleared to land on runway 09. On the ground we talked to the owners of a beautiful 1958 Cessna 172. We payed the landing fee at the GA office, had a coffee, and then went back to the plane for the next leg.
René in the Cessna 182
View of Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
North-west of Kassel
René and Veleda at Kassel airport
From Kassel to Arnsberg-Menden We took-off from runway 09 again and made a right turn out direct to reporting point Whiskey 1. We overflew the old airport Kassel-Calden, as it was named at that time. From Whiskey point we headed to Brilon. From there we turned south to pass the ski-area Willingen. There was no snow in the Saurerland region. Only some artificial snow at the pistes and the ski jumping hill. We further followed the Ruhr valley, overflying the Henne reservoir, passing the town of Meschede, in the direction of Arnsberg-Menden airport. There we landed on runway 23. The airport restaurant was closed. So we just payed the landing fee and then walked back to the plane to return to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport.
Former Kassel airport
Henne reservoir, Meschede
Veleda at Arnsberg-Menden airport
From Arnsberg-Menden to Paderborn-Lippstadt After take-off from runway 23, we turned north while avoiding the villages near the airport. We overflew the Möhne dam and reservoir, and then turned into the direction of reporting point November of Paderborn-Lippstadt. However, when we contacted Paderborn tower, we received the option to follow the highway directly to right downwind runway 24. After landing, we taxied to the apron of the aeroclub.
Wickede, River Ruhr
Günne, Möhne reservoir
Cement factory at Erwitte
Approaching Paderborn-Lippstadt airport