30 July 2009 Orleans (1)
31 July 2009 Brive (3)
01 Aug 2009 Figeac (1)
02 Aug 2009 Agen/Bergerac (6)
03 Aug 2009 Montpellier (3)
04 Aug 2009 Cahors/Rodez (3)
06 Aug 2009 Albi/Cassagnes (3)
08 Aug 2009 Aborted trip (1)
10 Aug 2009 Toulouse (4)
11 Aug 2009 Carcassonne (3)
12 Aug 2009 Villefranche (5)
14 Aug 2009 Orleans (6)
15 Aug 2009 Lelystad (5)
Holiday to France
The first two weeks of August in 2009 we enjoyed holiday in Cajarc, in the Lot region of France. The small town of Cajarc is in the heart of the Lot Valley, a very scenic stretch of river between Figeac and Cahors as it passes through the Regional Natural Parc of the Causses de Quercy. It was the first time that we visited the area.
From Lelystad to Orleans
From Lelystad to Orleans, 30 July 2009
On Thursday, July 30 2009, we left home for a two week holiday in the south of France. Veleda and Maurits left by car in the morning to Orleans, where we would stay over the next day. Laurence and Annika brought Rene and Charlotte to Lelystad airport in the afternoon. We left at about 4pm, after a low pressure area had sufficiently moved away to the north of the Northsea, and winds were calming. To the French border we had a significant headwind, but afterwards we had calm winds for the remainder of the flight to Orleans. After 2:45 hours of flying we landed. We enjoyed a nice Asian dinner in Jargeau.
Arrived in Orleans, St. Denis de l'Hotel
The terminal at St. Denis de l'Hotel
From Orleans to Le Blanc, Limoges and Brive
From Orleans to Brive, 31 July 2009
The next morning, Friday July 31, we travelled further to Brive, where we would stay one night. This Time Charlotte went with Veleda by car, and Maurits joined Rene by plane. It was good flying weather. We first flew to Le Blanc, then to Limoges and then to Brive. Veleda and Charlotte had already arrived at Brive airport when Rene and Maurits got there.
Maurits at St. Denis de l'Hotel
Approaching Le Blanc airfield
Maurits at Limoges airport
Final RWY 32 Brive, La Roche
Rene at Brive, La Roche
From Brive to Figeac
From Brive to Figeac, 1 August 2009
On Saturday, August 1, we could enter our holiday home at Cajarc. The nearest airfields to Cajarc are Villefranche-de-Rouergue and Figeac. Villefranche is grass only, and can not be used after heavy rain. Figeac has a concrete runway, which was the better option for the two weeks period. It was a short drive and flight from Brive to Figeac. Veleda and Maurits arrived before Rene and Charlotte. Flying is not efficient compared to driving for short distances. If it is less than 2.5 hours of driving, the car will win.
Charlotte at Brive airport
Right crosswind RWY 32 Brive, La Roche
Maurits and Veleda at Figeac airfield
Rene at Figeac, Livernon airfield
Roundtrip via Agen and Bergerac
Round trip via Agen and Bergerac, 2 August 2009
Sunday, August 2, was a cloudy day. Rene made a flying trip through the area.
Rene at Montauban airport
Moissac, Castelsarrasin airport
The Piper Arrow at Agen, La Garenne airport
Rene at Marmande, Virazeil airport
Bergerac, Roumaniere airport
To Montpellier, 3 August 2009
On Monday, August 3 2009, we were going to meet Roy, Wanda and their children Ezio, Mauro and Kelso in Montpellier. It was a cloudy day, and we had some light rain on the way to Montpellier and when we arrived in Montpellier. On the way to Montpellier we also passed the Millau bridge. Roy picked us up at Montpellier, Candillargues airport, which was not far from their home in Baillargues. After visiting their home, we all had lunch at a beach restaurant. Before returning to Figeac, Wanda, Ezio and Kelso made a local flight with Rene (view).
At Montpellier, Candillargues airport
Kelso and Ezio
Lunch at La Paillote Bambou
To Cahors and Rodez
To Cahors and Rodez, 4 August 2009
On Tuesday, August 4, Maurits wanted to stay at the holiday home to go swimming. Rene and Charlotte made a flying trip to nearby Cahors and Rodez.
Rene and Charlotte at Cahors airport
Final RWY 31 Rodez
Arriving passengers from a Ryanair flight
To Albi and Cassagnes-Begohnes
To Albi and Cassagnes-Begohnes, 6 August 2009
For Thursday, August 6 2009, thunderstorms were forecasted for the end of the afternoon. Rene and Maurits made a flying trip to nearby Albi and Cassagnes-Begohnes.
Turning final RWY 27 Albi airport
Maurits at Albi, Le Sequestre airport
Maurits and Rene at Cassagnes-Begonhes
Approaching Cassagnes-Begonhes airport
Cloudy and rainy southern France
IMC on Friday
Friday was plain IMC weather. On Saturday morning we tried to fly south to Carcassonne. After ten minutes in the air, the low scattered clouds we were overflying became low overcast. Though it may be legal to fly VFR without sight on the ground above a certain altitude, it is not wise if the cloud layer touches terrain. To be forced going through a cloud layer hiding cumulus granitus in case of engine failure is something to be avoided, and we returned to Figeac. On Sunday it was raining all day.
Too low clouds to continue on Saturday
Raining all day on Sunday
To Toulouse, 10 August 2009
Monday, August 10 2009, started with low overcast. The meteo forecasted few at 1600 ft, and scattered at 5000 ft in the afternoon. At 12:00 LT we departed Figeac to Castres. While we were flying south the broken clouds became overcast, and therefore the last part of the flight was flown below the clouds. The mountain tops south of Castres were in clouds. We cancelled Carcassonne, and flew to Toulouse instead. After visiting Toulouse we stopped-by at the Graulhet aeroclub before returning to Figeac.
Veleda, Maurits and Rene at Figeac
Maurits, Charlotte and Veleda at Castres airport
Rene at Toulouse, Lasbordes airport
At the Place du Capitole in Toulouse
Charlotte, Rene and Maurits in Toulouse
Rene at Graulhet airport
To Carcassonne, 11 August 2009
On Tuesday, August 11, we succeeded in reaching Carcassonne. The day started with a thick fog, that lasted until about 10:30. We went to Figeac airport, where preparations for the flightshow the coming weekend were already in progress. We made a stop-over at Lezignan-Corbieres before moving on to Carcassonne. After spending the afternoon in the medieval city, we went back to Salvaza airport to fly back to Figeac.
At Lezignan-Corbieres airport
Passing the medieval city of Carcassonne
Rene fueling at Carcassonne
Maurits, Charlotte and Veleda in Carcassonne
Rene in Carcassonne
At Carcassonne, Salvaza airport
To Villefranche-de-Rouergue, 12 August 2009
Figeac airport was closed from August 13 to August 17 for an airshow. On Wednesday, August 12, Rene flew the Arrow to nearby Villefranche-de-Rouergue. Veleda first brought Rene to Figeac, and then picked him up again at Villefranche-de-Rouergue later that day. Charlotte and Maurits wanted to stay at the holiday house to go swimming. Rene took the opportunity to visit some nearby fields.
Flightshow preparations at Figeac
At Aurillac airport
From Aurillac to Saint Flour
Left base RWY 31 Mende
Fueled at Millau airport
Arriving at Villefranche-de-Rouergue airfield
From Villefranche-de-Rouergue to Orleans
To Orleans, 14 August 2009
On Friday, August 14 we travelled to Orleans, where we stayed for the night. Veleda and Charlotte were driving, and Rene and Maurits flew. A few stops where inserted on the way to Orleans, and we arrived at Orleans at about the same time.
Take-off RWY 31 Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Maurits and Rene at Vichy, Charmeil
Maurits at Moulins, Montbeugny
Rene at Nevers, Fourchambault
Approaching Aubigny-sur-Nere airport
From Orleans to Lelystad
From Orleans to Lelystad, 15 August 2009
Saturday, August 15, was the last day of our holiday. This time Charlotte joined Rene by plane, and Maurits by car with Veleda. We again inserted a few stops to arrive at Lelystad at approximately the same time as Veleda. When we arrived at Lelystad, we received a warning by radio that another plane, that flew from outside the circuit area directly to final RWY 23, came out below us on final. We broke away from final for another round.
Charlotte and Rene at St. Denis de l'Hotel
Charlotte at Auxerre, Branches airport
Tiny Piper at big Chalons, Vatry airport
At Verdun, Le Rozelier airport
Approaching Charleville, Mezieres airport
Turning away from final RWY 23 Lelystad
|Statistics July 30/August 15 2009|
|Number of Flights||:||44|
|Distance flown||:||2,500 NM|
|Average speed||:||130 knots|