From Hilversum to Texel
Monday 16 March 2020 was the first day that all schools, and most offices of larger companies were closed – with staff to work from home – due to the Covid-19 or Corona virus. It was a nice, sunny day, and René took the afternoon off for some flying. Boris and Maksim had not yet received instructions for following classes from home, and joined for a little trip to the island of Texel.
We departed from Hilversum airfield runway 31, and after leaving the circuit we flew over the Loosdrechtse Plassen to Loenersloot, and from there to Muiden. We rounded the Fort Island Pampus, and then flew to the Zaanse Schans north of Amsterdam. Then we past Fort Pampus and Alkmaar, and then further along the coast to Den Helder, crossing the De Kooy CTR. At Texel we landed on runway 22.
At the reporting office we had a chat with Mike, the airfield operations manager. It was quiet at Texel airfield. Mike told us that we were only the 12th plane to arrive that day. As the restaurant was closed, we had something to drink at the reporting office before we went back to the plane.
Boris and Maksim
Navy port Den Helder
Ferry Den Helder-Texel
At Texel airfield
From Texel to Hilversum
After we had finished our drinks, and chatted a little with Ed who just came back from the supermarket, we went back to the plane for our return flight to Hilversum. After take-off from runway 22, we flew through the corridor to Den Oever, and then further along the coast to Medemblik and Wervershoof. Then we flew to Hoorn, and further along the IJsselmeer coast to Volendam.
We crossed the Markermeer, and then to Naarden, Blaricum and Amersfoort. We made an orbit over Rustenburg at Amersfoort, and then past the old town in the direction of Hilversum. We landed on runway 31, and finished our trip.
Maksim and Boris switched places
Gymnasium in Amersfoort
Final runway 31 Hilversum airfield