From Hilversum to Lelystad
On Monday we made a short round trip from Hilversum to Lelystad airport. In November 2019, Lelystad airport became a controlled (towered) airport, and we had not been there since. Lelystad airport is only 21nm north-east of Hilversum airfield. It was nice to visit the airport again for a change during the COVID-19 era. It had been three years since our last visit to Lelystad.
We checked the NOTAM's and filed the flightplans to and from Lelystad at home. The standard VFR arrival and departure routes were changed recently by notam. The arrival route was via Mike in the north-west, and the departure route was to Bravo in the south-east (chart).
ENTER CTR VIA MIKE ARR.
BRAVO ARR NOT AVBL (SPECIAL VFR EXEMPTED).
REF AIP EHLE AD 2.22 PARA 4.2 AND 4.3 AND AD 2.EHLE-VAC.1.
EXIT CTR VIA BRAVO DEP.
MIKE DEP NOT AVBL.
AIP EHLE AD 2.22 PARA 4.2 AND 4.3 AND AD 2.EHLE-VAC.1.
When we arrived at Hilversum airfield, we walked directly to the airplane. Since March non-airfield staff were not to enter the airfield office anymore because of the coronavirus. Before departure we contact the airfield office to inform about intentions, people on board and pilot-in-command. The landing fees were then billed to the registered owner of the aircraft. After landing we asked for the landing fees, such that we could add it the aircraft charges. Apparantly, the local modus to not enter the airfield office and to report by radio had been changed the week before.
Runway 31 was in use. After departure we made the short turn to the south-west in order to avoid the built-up area west of the airfield. Over the Loosdrechtse plassen we turned to the north in the direction of Almere. Then along the west coast of Flevoland and clear of the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve to Lelystad. There we passed the Batavialand museum, with the replica ship Batavia at the pier. When we had passed the Batavia, we contacted Lelystad Tower for landing via the Mike-Arrival. After landing runway 23 we were directed to the apron in front of the tower.
René inspecting the aircraft
Charlotte with the Cessna Skyhawk
Charlotte and René
View from the rear
Right base runway 23 Lelystad
Charlotte at Lelystad airport
From Lelystad to Hilversum
At the airport office we had a coffee, and René had to make a call for work. Prior the call we called the FIO to delay the return flightplan with 35 minutes. When René was ready, we paid the landing charges and went back to the plane for the return flight.
When we were ready we contacted Lelystad Delivery for start-up, and after start-up to tower for taxi. Departure was from runway 23, following the standard VFR route to Bravo. We first flew to Amersfoort, where we made an orbit over the old town. Then we flew further to the south-west, passing the Pyramid of Austerlitz.
The Pyramid of Austerlitz is a 36-metre-high pyramid of earth, built in 1804 by Napoleon's soldiers on one of the highest points of the Utrecht hill ridge. The French General Marmont had his soldiers build an earth and turf monument inspired by the Great Pyramid of Giza. Louis Bonaparte renamed the hill later the Pyramid of Austerlitz.
East of Utrecht we set course to Leerdam, and from there to the north to Hilversum, passing the Railway Museum in Utrecht. At Hilversum we first made a touch-and-go before the full stop. René filled-in the paperwork, and meanwhile Charlotte cleaned the windows and the wing edges. We stopped by the airfield office, and then we went home.
Writing the ATIS metar report
Departure runway 23 Lelystad airport
Charlotte at the controls
Old City Hall Amersfoort
Railway museum Utrecht
Final runway 31 Hilversum airfield
René at Hilversum airfield