From Hilversum to Texel
Earlier in the week, between all the bad weather areas, the weather forecast for Saturday did look nice. Already earlier it could not be flown, partly also due to the poor condition of the grass airfield. When we called the airfield on Saturday morning it was indicated that the field could not be used, but maybe in the afternoon, although it did not look like it. However, when we called again after noon it turned out that the field had opened after all.
AD PPR DUE TO SOFT GROUND.
Veleda didn't have time and therefore couldn't join, but the boy next door wanted to come along. We went by car to the airport, and when we arrived there, we refueled the plane to get on our way to Texel.
Runway 31 was in use. Immediately at the end of the runway, the short circuit turns south-west to avoid flying over Nieuw-Loosdrecht. After we left the circuit we set course for the north.
North of Muiden we passed Fort island Pampus. Together with the lighthouse island near Durgerdam and the artillery battery at the Diemer seawall, it was meant to protect the entrance of the IJ Lake and the harbour of Amsterdam.
Cessna at Hilversum airfield
Fort Island Pampus was built between 1887 and 1897 to defend Amsterdam against an attack from the River IJ.
The Fortress was built on an artificial island on the sand bank
The Fort Island is now open to the public daily throughout the season.
De Kooy CTR was closed until 3pm local time, and we crossed the CTR. At the northern end of North Holland we passed De Kooy Airport and Maritime Aviation Site, and then the naval base at Den Helder.
Den Helder was a fishing village until strongly fortified by Napoleon in 1811. It later served as foreport for Amsterdam, a position it had to cede to IJmuiden after the opening of the North Sea Canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea (1876). Den Helder is now the main Dutch naval base and site of the Royal Naval College and the Admiralty Palace.
After passing Den Helder we crossed the Marsdiep, the channel between Den Helder and opposite Texel Island linking the North Sea and Waddenzee. Soon after, Mike told us over the radio that runway 21 was in use. After landing, we went to the office to checkout, and Ed prepared coffee, tea, apple pie and a sandwich for us.
Naval ships at Den Helder
From Texel to Hilversum
During the visit, a North Sea helicopter left the field that had landed there because De Kooy was still closed. Soon after that we also left to fly back to Hilversum. The Kooy CTR was open again, and this time we flew through the corridor of Texel to the head of the Afsluitdijk. We flew through North Holland to Hoorn, and further along the Markermeer coast towards Volendam.
We made a little detour for a few orbits over Amersfoort before returning to the airfield. East of Amersfoort it was already, or still, misty due to cooling at the end of the day. At Hilversum runway 25 was in use. The soft field had made the plane quite dirty, which had to be cleaned after landing. After filling out the journal, we took a drink in the airfield restaurant, just fifteen minutes before everything had to close because of the corona lockdown. Then we left to return home.
Joris at Texel airfield
Fort near Edam
Low sun at Edam