3 Texel round trips (2x)
From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Hilversum
On Saturday morning, 14 October 2017, Fernando and René drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport to fly to Hilversum. The plan was to make a round trip from Hilversum to Texel on Sunday, with one or two local flights from Texel, and then fly back to Paderborn-Lippstadt on Sunday afternoon. However, with the weather outlook exceptionally good for Monday, René was able to take the Monday off and to return the plane to Paderborn-Lippstadt on Monday.
Upon arriving at Paderborn-Lippstadt we checked and fueled the plane, and we took-off early in the afternoon from runway 24 (). We first flew to the Möhnesee and the Möhne dam, then further along the River Ruhr to the Ruhr District and to Duisburg, and from there to Hilversum. After landing on runway 25 of Hilversum airfield, Fernando dropped me off at home. We saw Fernando again in the evening when we visited Carla.
René and Fernando at EDLP airport
Passing the Möhne dam
Port of Duisburg
Arrived at Hilversum airfield
From Hilversum to Texel
On Sunday morning René and Erna flew to Texel airfield to visit Sander and his family.
Erna at Hilversum airfield
Fueling at Texel airfield
Round trips from Texel
René made two sight-seeing flights from Texel airfield. The first one with Sander and Quinton, and the second one with Myrte, Thijmen and Erna. In between we also had lunch. Afterwards Erna and René flew back to Hilversum.
Erna and Sander at Texel airfield
Quinton and Rene before the flight
From Hilversum to Dinslaken
On Monday morning Charlotte and Bart joined René to fly back the plane to Paderborn-Lippstadt. We first flew to Dinslaken so we could fuel in Germany. Along the Rhine, south-east of Emmerich, we past Wunderland Kalkar. It was a completed nuclear reactor but never taken online. The nuclear reactor plant has since been turned into Kern-Wasser Wunderland, an amusement park with a rollercoaster and several other rides and restaurants.
Near Wesel we passed the remains of the Wesel-Venlo railway. On 10 March 1945 the railway bridge was blown up by the retreating Wehrmacht. It was the last Rhine bridge remaining in German hands.
When we called Dinslaken, the radio responded with an automated message indicating the wind and the runway in use. We landed on runway 26, and then taxied to the fuel station for fueling. René first intended to visit Soest airfield after Dinslaken, but could not reach Soest airfield by telephone to ask for permission. As an alternative, we were going to make a stop at Essen/Mülheim airport.
Bart and Charlotte at Hilversum
Remains of the Wesel-Venlo railway
Final runway 26 Dinslaken
From Dinslaken to Essen/Mülheim
We took-off from runway 26 of Dinslaken airport, and then headed south for the short flight to Essen/Müheim. On the way we crossed the small River Emscher (an open wastewater canal since the end of the 19th century) and the Rhine-Herne canal at Schloss Oberhausen.
Essen/Mülheim airport had runway 25 in use. We joined the right-hand traffic pattern for landing. On the ground was the landmark airship operating from Essen/Mülheim that we saw flying on Saturday in the area.
After landing we visited the tower, and then we had a coffee at the restaurant.
Bart at Dinslaken airport
Landing at Essen/Mülheim
Airport beacon light
Schloss Oberhausen probably harks back to the knight's seat of Overhus from the late 12th or early 13th century. In the year 1443 the moated castle controlling an Emscher River passage fell to the von der Hoven clan based in the fiefdom of Kleve. The castle was often plundered and seized due to its advantageous position at the important Emscher transition, as took place in the Eighty Years' War for example.
Maximilian Friedrich Graf von Westerholt-Gysenberg commissioned the architect August Reinking in 1803 to draw up plans for a neoclassical manor house. Schloss Oberhausen was constructed and fitted out according to these plans between approximately 1804 and 1820/1821. From 1808 the landscape architect and Dusseldorf court gardener Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe designed the manor house park and gardens.
In 1896 the city of Oberhausen purchased the castle grounds and redesigned them as a public domain. The castle itself became the property of the Emschergenossenschaft cooperative in 1908 who then sold it to the city in 1911. During the Second World War parts of the main building as well as the roof of the Small Castle were destroyed. In 1947 the Municipal Gallery was inaugurated.
In 1996 the collecting couple Peter and Irene Ludwig initiated a new concept for the location in the form of the Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen.
Schloss Oberhausen 1858
From Essen/Mülheim to Paderborn-Lippstadt
After departure from Essen/Mülheim runway 25 we flew south of the River Ruhr to the west. Just west of Essen/Mülheim airfield is lake Baldeney and the Villa Hügel, the former residence of the Krupp family. Further on the route we passed the Harkortsee, the city of Hagen, and the Sorpesee with the Sorpe dam.
After the Sorpe dam we flew to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport where we approached the airport via the southern Whiskey arrival route. We landed on runway 24 and taxied to the hangars. We cleaned the plane and finished the paperwork, and then we drove home.
Landing runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt