19 Feb 2012 Granville (2)
20 Feb 2012 Bretagne (5)
21 Feb 2012 Rouen (3)
22 Feb 2012 Hilversum (1)
25 Feb 2012 Paderborn (2)
From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Granville
After postponing with one day because of weather, we flew on Sunday 19 February 2012 to Granville in France. We circumnavigated the bad weather over the Ardennes and we made the planned stop at Maubeuge aerodrome, just across the Belgium border with France and approximately half-way between Paderborn and Granville. After fueling at Maubeuge, we continued to Granville, where we arrived at 4 PM. We first refueled the plane, and then took a taxi to Granville, where the carnaval was going on.
To the fuel station at Paderborn-Lippstadt
Rene at Maubeuge, Elesmes aerodrome
Jake and Elwood, Granville Carnaval
Rene and Maurits in Granville
Trip to Bretagne
The next day, on Monday, we made a flight over Brittany (Bretagne). We first flew to the famous Mont Saint Michel, and from there to Dinan airport. From Dinan we flew to Quiberon, on the south side of Brittany. On the way we passed the famous Carnac megaliths, which we were able to see from the plane. Following Quiberon, we made a short hop to Belle-Ile en Mer, the island south of Bretagne, and from there to Rennes. At Rennes, we fueled and had a snack, and then we returned to Granville.
Maurits and Rene at Granville airport
Mont Saint Michel
Le Palais at Belle-Ile en Mer
Veleda at Rennes airport
From Granville to Rouen
On Tuesday we saw that the weather forecast for Holland and Germany was not good for the second half of the week, and we decided to fly to Hilversum on Wednesday to avoid the risk of getting stuck in France. We flew to Bagnoles, and then to Rouen, where we spent the night.
Maurits and Veleda at Bagnoles aerodrome
Veleda with the Rouen Cathedral
Veleda and Rene at Caen airport
Maurits and Rene with the Gros Horloge
Church of Saint Joan of Arc' in Rouen
From Rouen to Hilversum
On Wednesday morning we flew to Hilversum. We first had to remove frost from the plane. A tailwind shortened the actual flight time from Rouen to Hilversum to one hour and forty-five minutes.
Veleda and Maurits removing the frost
Rotterdam, Erasmus bridge
Rene and Veleda at Hilversum airfield
From Hilversum to Paderborn
Thursday and Friday were non-flying days. On Saturday we returned the plane to Paderborn, and hoped that the weather would allow us to do some flying over the Sauerland. The weather in Germany was only improving slowly, and at a stop at Munster, Telgte airport, we canceled the Sauerland tour. We arrived at Paderborn under special VFR.
Take-off runway 31 Hilversum
Rene at Munster, Telgte airport
Final rwy 24 Paderborn, marginal weather
Arrived at Paderborn
|Statistics February 19/25 2012|
|Number of Flights||:||13|
|Distance flown||:||1,244 NM|
|Average speed||:||104 knots|