From Lelystad to Stadtlohn
On Sunday, René first wanted to fly with three other people from Lelystad to Texel. In the past, there was one 180hp Piper (PH-EAH) available at the rental company at Lelystad, but after it was rented out to an (in the mean time ceased to exist) aeroclub in Grongingen for a number of years, it was sold soon thereafter. We used the 200hp Piper Arrow (PH-WCU) intensively for a few years, also for holidays, but the rental price for that plane became such over time that we only rented it occasionally. Further there are only very light planes available, with 160hp or less. We became a member of a German aeroclub, and started to fly our long distance trips out of Germany. But we still made flights out of Lelystad to nearby destinations.
Just before the weekend, when we wanted to book the Arrow, we were informed that the Arrow was no longer available for hire, except with instructors for CPL training and checks, in order to save insurance cost. Because we would have visitors on Sunday afternoon, there would also not be sufficient time to return a 235hp retractable turbo Skylane to the aeroclub in Germany following a trip to Texel on Sunday morning. The 160hp planes are insufficient to carry the load, even for such a short flight to Texel that only requires a little fuel. After a few calls, it became clear that there are no heavier planes available for rent at Lelystad, Teuge and Hilversum. So the trip to Texel had to be postponed. If we cannot find an alternative, it will mean that we will be exclusively flying out of Germany in the future.
Maurits and René decided to make a little trip on Sunday morning anyway with a 160hp PA28 (G-WARH). On Saturday we called Borken airfield, where we had never been before, to ask permission to go there on Sunday morning. The person on the phone asked someone else. It was probably in the clubhouse of the aeroclub at the airfield, given the background noise. The permission was given, and we would fly there on Sunday morning.
On Sunday morning the weather was good, and no peculiarities in the NOTAM. We filed the still (in the Netherlands) mandatory flightplan for the barely over the border destination. When we arrived at Lelystad, we fueled the plane, and we took off from runway 05 for the direct flight to Borken. When we approached Borken, we called the airfield on the radio, but there was no response. We overflew the airfield, and the signal area showed that the airfield was not open. We diverted to nearby Stadtlohn, that was already filed as the alternate aerodrome in the flightplan. After making an approach from the south, we landed on runway 11.
We called Frankfurt AIS to close the flightplan and to inform that we diverted to Stadtlohn, but the flightplan was already closed by the airport operator. We called Schiphol AIS to file the flightplan for the way back, as all the details were already in their system because of the outward flight.
Maurits and René at Lelystad airport
Winterland east of Holland
Final runway 11 Stadtlohn airport
René at Stadtlohn
From Stadtlohn to Lelystad
After a coffee at the airport restaurant, we walked back to the plane for the return flight. After take-off from runway 11, we made a right-turn out to avoid the residential areas east and north of the airport. At Lelystad we landed on runway 05. We finished the paperwork, and had a chat with the person on duty, who we know for many years, before we went home.
Maurits at Stadtlohn
Taxi-out to runway 11
View of Stadtlohn airport
Twenthe Canal (Zutphen-Enschede)
Final runway 05 Lelystadt airport