From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Hamburg
A high pressure area over Germany would bring nice flying weather on Friday, January 6, 2017. We decided to make a trip to kick-off the new flying year. We still had a visit to Hamburg on the bucket list. It had to be a day trip. The weather outlook for the weekend was bad, so we could not plan for a trip with an overnight stay in Hamburg. We booked the Cessna 182 D-EJNG for the trip. We also flew that plane the week before at our last flight of 2016.
We drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt on Thursday evening. We had a drink at the bar, and watched some TV before going to bed. On Friday morning we woke up at around 8am. We had breakfast, checked the NOTAM's and the weather, filed a flight plan, and then we went to the hangar to get the plane. The plane had not been used since our flight the week before. After fueling the plane, it took a few tries to get the plane started. the temperature was minus 9°C (16 °F).
René at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
The engine has started
We called Operations to open the gate to the taxiway, and after passing the gate we called Ground to taxi to the runway in use. After the run-up checks at holding point runway 24, we switched to Tower for take-off. We left the CTR via reporting point November, and from there our route was direct to Hamburg.
Our route passed Porta Westfalica, at the Gorge in the Wiehen Hills. The Wiehen Hills are a popular place with glider pilots. Maurits and René had driven to Porta Westfalica airport in October with a glider plane from Hilversum for Maurits to go flying there. At the Gorge is the colossal Emperor William Monument, erected at the end of the 19th century.
Further to the north we passed the Minden Aqueduct that lead the Mittelland Canal over the River Weser. It is the second biggest aqueduct in Europe, after the Magdeburg Water Bridge that spans the river Elbe to connect the Mittellandkanal with the Elbe-Havel Canal.
Intersection Mittelland Canal / River Weser
Near the town of Petershagen we passed the Heyden Power Plant. This coal-fired power plant has the highest net output capacity in Europe, namely 865 MW. Coal bound for Heyden arrives by rail and by ship. Before it is burned in the boiler unit, the raw coal is crushed to a fine powder in pulverizing mills to optimize the burning. The flue gas is cleaned before it is released to the outside air.
We also passed Lake Steinhude north-west of Hanover. This shallow lake, the largest lake of northwestern Germany, was formed after the recession of the glaciers of the latest Ice Age.
When we approached Hamburg, we were directed to enter the CTR via reporting points Sierra 1 and Sierra 2. At Hamburg the temperature was minus 5°C. We landed on runway 05, and after vacating via D6, we taxied via D1 to Y4, and further followed the marshaller to our parking position.
Final runway 05 Hamburg airport
René at Hamburg airport
The marshaller took us to the GA terminal. From there we walked to the nearby busstop of the airport shuttle bus, that took us to the main passenger terminals. From there we took the S-bahn to Hamburg.
Travelling from the GA terminal to Hamburg
Outside the GA terminal there is a free airport shuttle bus to the main passenger terminals. the S-Bahn S1 line connects Hamburg Airport directly to Hamburg central station (Hauptbahnhof). Returning to Hamburg airport, board the front section of the S1 train, as the train is split at Ohlsdorf. A one-way ticket is €3.20 (2017).
Hamburg, officially Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), is the second largest city in Germany. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Hamburg is the 2nd largest port in Europe. Plants and facilities belonging to Airbus and Blohm + Voss are also located in Hamburg.
The impressive Rathaus or City Hall is Hamburg's seat of government. Construction started in 1886 with 4000 wooden poles that had to be drilled into the muddy shores of the Alster Lake, in order to carry the weight of the 133 m wide, 70 m deep and 112 m tall building. After 11 years of labour, the City Hall with its 647 rooms was opened in 1897. It is one of the few completely preserved buildings of historicism in Hamburg
Speicherstadt (warehouse city) is the world's largest complex of warehouses. It is recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage site. It was built into the Elbe river between 1883 and the late 1920s, on thousands of oak poles, as a free economic zone in Hamburg's port. There are several museums like the Deutsches Zollmuseum (German Customs Museum), Miniatur Wunderland (a model railway) and the Hamburg Dungeon.
The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg on the Elbe River. The new construction sits on top of an old warehouse building and is designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. It is the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg, with a final height of 110 metres (360 ft). It is popularly nicknamed Elphi. Way over budget, it was going to be opened on January 11th, 2017, after our visit to Hamburg.
Sights of Hamburg
From Hamburg to Paderborn-Lippstadt
After a brief visit of Hamburg, we travelled back to the airport with the S-bahn, and from there with the shuttle bus to the GA-terminal. In the shuttle bus we filed the flightplan back to Paderborn-Lippstadt by phone. At the GA terminal we went through the security, and then to the desk to pay for the landing and parking charges. The marshaller took us to the plane with the van.
After start-up, we were directed via taxiway Golf to the holding point runway 33. There was already another Cessna in front of us at the holding point. We did the run-up checks, and after waiting for a while we told Ground that we were ready for departure behind the other Cessna in front of us. Ground asked the other Cessna how much more time they needed, and they told Ground it would take a couple of minutes more because the fuel-lines were to warm-up. After a while, Ground asked us if we would like to depart from another position, which we confirmed. We made a 180, and then taxied via Y1 to D1, to depart from that position. After one or two aircraft taking-off from runway 33 and landing on runway 23 in between, we took-off from runway 33. We made a left turn out to reporting point Whiskey 2, and already before reaching Whiskey 2 we could make a turn to Sierra 2 and Sierra 1.
We followed the same route as on the way-up. When we approached Paderborn-Lippstadt, we were directed to base-leg runway 24. Poor vision due to the low sun ahead caused that we made a bit of a bumpy landing. We taxied the plane back to the hangar. After filling-in the paperwork, we drove back home. It was a nice trip, and definitely something to repeat with an overnight stay.
View of Hamburg airport
Final runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Veleda and René at Paderborn-Lippstadt