From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Soest
Sunday 18 April 2018 promised to be a day with nice weather. Laurence joined for a little flying trip from Paderborn-Lippstadt airport. We were going to visit Soest and Oerlinghausen. The airfields are nearby Paderborn-Lippstadt, but we never visited these airfields before. We had visited the town of Soest sometimes before to have dinner there, returning from previous flying trips, as Soest is on the way home along the Autobahn.
The plane we used was a Cessna Skylane; turbocharged, constant speed propeller and with retractable gear. The plane is a bit overdone for such a small trip, but it is good to remain sufficiently proficient on the type, although René also flew a C182T two weeks before.
Upon arrival at Paderborn-Lippstadt, we checked and fueled the plane. Runway 06 was in use, and upon departure we left the CTR in the north. From there we flew to nearby Soest, where we joined the left-hand downwind for runway 25. After landing we had a coffee at the restaurant.
René checking the plane
Take-off runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Final runway 25 Soest airfield
Laurence at Soest airfield
From Soest to Oerlinghausen
Next after Soest we first flew to the south over the Sauerland region. We passed the Möhne reservoir and the Möhne dam, and the Sorpe dam with the Sorpe reservoir. The dams are well known in the UK, as they were attacked by a British air raid during World War II that was given extensive media attention, and an adventure movie was made about the raid after the war.
After the Sorpe reservoir we headed to Oerlinghausen. Oerlinghausen airfield is one of the world's biggest gliding centres and is also home to motor planes, microlights and hot air balloons. As Europe's biggest gliding field, the glider plane was included in Oerlinghausen's Coat of arms. Oerlinghausen sometimes calls itself "Stadt der Segelflieger" which means "city of glider pilots".
On 17 May 1931 the Oerlinghausen glider airfield was officially inaugurated. In early 1932, the first tow launch took place. Numerous competitions have been held in Oerlinghausen, including German championships.
We approached Oerlinghausen airfield from the west, and joined the left-hand circuit to runway 04. After landing we went up to the office in the tower to settle the landing fee, and then had another coffee in the restaurant.
Departure from Soest airfield
Final runway 04 Oerlinghausen aerodrome
From Oerlinghausen to Paderborn-Lippstadt
After we finished our coffee, we went back to the plane for the short flight back to Paderborn-Lippstadt. We took-off from runway 04, and then headed to November point of Paderborn-Lippstadt airport. We were directed to left base runway 06 for landing, and after landing we taxied to the hangar. We put the plane back in the hangar, finished the paperwork, and then we returned home.
Laurence at Oerlinghausen aerodrome
Take-off from Oerlinghausen runway 04
Final runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Laurence and René at Paderborn-Lippstadt