From Lelystad to Texel
It was nice weather on Saturday morning, 1st November 2014. For Maurits, the glider flying season had ended the weekend before, and René asked Maurits if he felt something to fly to Texel. Maurits had not been there since February 2003, when we made a trip from Teuge with Laurence and Ingeborg (23 Feb 2003). René called Singles and Twins at Lelystad airport to ask if a plane was available. Only the Piper Arrow PH-WCU was available from 2pm onwards, and René booked the plane.
Weather analysis mid-day Saturday
Later we drove to Lelystad airport where we arrived well before 2pm, and waited for the Arrow to arrive. The renters before us also had gone to Texel, and it took until 2:25pm for them to return to Lelystad. After they finished the paperwork, we took over the plane to leave to Texel. After the run-up checks were completed at the entry of runway 25, we had to wait for two planes to depart, and for five or so planes to land. The good weather had attracted more people to fly.
After take-off and leaving the traffic zone, we headed direct to Texel. Near the Waddenzee (the sea between the islands north of The Netherlands and the main land), we came near the edge of the cold front that was moving from the south-west to the north-east, and the temperature dropped immediately a few degrees. Texel radio informed us runway 22 was in use with a left-hand circuit at 1,000 ft, where we landed a few minutes later. We paid the landing fee, and then we had a drink at the restaurant.
At holding point runway 23 Lelystad airport
To the north-west outside the traffic zone
Maurits keeping track on the track
Maurits at the controls
Final runway 22 Texel airfield
Maurits having a drink at Texel airfield
From Texel over Amsterdam to Lelystad
We did not stay long at Texel. It was chilly, and after finishing the drink we walked back to the Arrow. We taxied to runway 22, where we took off. When we approached the main land through the corridor from Texel, the cold-front on our right appeared to cause poor visibility.
Satellite images Saturday afternoon
We continued to fly to the south-east, but near Medemblik the visibility to the south appeared to be better. We informed Amsterdam Information that we were going to head south for a flight over Amsterdam before returning to Lelystad.
Near Purmerend we contacted Schiphol Tower and asked permission to enter the CTR for some sight-seeing over the city. Permission was granted. We made two orbits over Amsterdam and then headed to Lelystad. We passed the Oostvaardersplassen, and then via Bravo we entered the circuit to land on runway 23 of Lelystad airport. After landing and finishing the paperwork, we drove to a restaurant on the airport where we had something to eat and to drink before we went home. It was a nice spending of the Saturday afternoon.
View on Volendam
Oranjesluizen (locks) east of Amsterdam
River Amstel in Amsterdam
Landing runway 23 Lelystad airport