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An afternoon of flying with Fernando
20 December 2021
EHHV; Hilversum EHTE; Teuge EHTW; Twente EDWN; Nordhorn EHHO; Hoogeveen

From Hilversum to Teuge

The weather for flying had not been good the past few days, but the outlook for Monday, 20 December 2021 was good for a fun trip. René had been extremely busy the past few weeks, as well as the previous Sunday, and it was time to take a moment to relax.

The trip was similar to the one René had also taken last month. Only this time Stadtlohn had been replaced by Hoogeveen, and Teuge was the first stop instead of the second to last stop.

Fernando had time to join, and we made the trip to the east. We had agreed to meet on the airfield at just after eleven o'clock. After preflight inspection and refueling, we took off flying.

Rene before departure from Hilversum
René before departure from Hilversum
Fernando at the controls
Fernando at the controls

No More Blah, Blah, Blah is a quote from climate activist Greta Thunberg. It can be read life-size on a 70-meter-long canvas attached to the scaffolding of a construction project in Amersfoort. With the text, the construction company, which is working on the project in Amersfoort, is calling for action.

After a short flight, we made our first stop at Teuge airport between Apeldoorn and Deventer. At Teuge we saw the Piper Warrior PH-UGS with which René has made a number of flights in the past, including one with Charlotte and Maurits to Switzerland in 2010. We spoke briefly with the Warrior's pilot, and then returned to the plane to continue to Twente.

Canvas on a scaffolding in Amersfoort
Canvas on a scaffolding in Amersfoort
Right base runway 08 Teuge airport
Right base runway 08 Teuge airport

From Teuge to Twente

We departed from runway 08, the same one that we had landed on. Between the river Gelderse IJssel and Twente, lies the Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park. Located on the Holterberg is the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the Netherlands.

Holten Canadian War Cemetery
Holten Canadian War Cemetery
Final runway 23 Twente airport
Final runway 23 Twente airport

Holten Canadian War Cemetery or Canadian Cemetery Holterberg is one of the largest military cemeteries in the Netherlands. The great majority of those buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery died during the last stages of the war in Holland, during the advance of the Canadian 2nd Corps into northern Germany, and across the Ems in April and the first days of May 1945. After the end of hostilities their remains were brought together into this cemetery. Holten Canadian War Cemetery contains 1,393 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

We approached Twente via the VFR route north of the airport. Runway 23 was in use, and after landing we taxied to the C-Apron. This 2018 trip report includes a brief history of the airport.

Parked across from the C-Platform was an Airbus A220 that was in storage there. Someone from the maintenance company told us that the plane received maintenance every week, and was moved somewhat.

Fernando at Twente airport
Fernando at Twente airport
New Airbus A220 stored at Twente airport
New Airbus A220 stored at Twente airport

From Twente to Nordhorn

After a short stop with coffee we continued on to Nordhorn. It was a flight of a few minutes, but because it crosses the border with Germany, the Netherlands wants a flight plan to be submitted for it that we already submitted before departure from Hilversum.

Parked at the end of runway 23 were five Embraer E175 regional transport aircraft belonging to the Danish leasing company Nordic Aviation Captial. The aircraft previously flew with Alitalia Cityliner and are stored at Twente due to Alitalia ceasing operations.

After the short hop we approached the Nordhorn aerodrome. A little further along the river Ems, the Emsland gas-fired power plant and the Emsland nuclear power plant were in full operation, as evidenced by the clouds of steam above the cooling towers.

Alitalia aircraft parked at Twente
Alitalia aircraft parked at Twente
Gas Power and Nuclear Power Plants
Gas Power and Nuclear Power Plants

The Emsland gas-fired power plant consists of three natural gas-fired units. The three blocks consist of two gas turbines and a downstream steam turbine each. The gas turbines of the combined natural gas units B and C are modified aircraft turbines and reach full load from zero within just a few minutes.

The 1,400-megawatt unit at Emsland nuclear power plant was commissioned in 1988. The site operates its own vocational training workshop together with nearby Emsland gas-fired power plant. The nuclear power plant is scheduled for shutdown at the end of 2022.

On approach to the left hand circuit for runway 23 we passed the Nordhorn air/ground shooting range. After landing we parked near the tower. While paying the landing fee we were offered coffee which we gratefully took advantage of.

Nordhorn air/ground shooting range
Nordhorn air/ground shooting range
Fernando at Nordhorn airport
Fernando at Nordhorn airport
Nordhorn air/ground shooting range

The Nordhorn air/ground shooting range is the largest training area used by the Air Force in Germany. The actual training room for the pilots is much larger than the Nordhorn Range. It is a special restricted flight area, marked on the flight maps as ED-R37 Alpha and Bravo. The Nordhorn Range itself represents the target area for dropping the exercise bombs and for the use of the on-board cannon.

A-10 Thunderbolt practicing at Nordhorn
A-10 Thunderbolt practicing at Nordhorn
Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado
Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado

From Nordhorn to Hoogeveen

After about half an hour at Nordhorn, we headed for Hoogeveen, to the north-west. We passed the Vecht River, which flows into the Zwarte Water at Hasselt, north of Zwolle. Emlichheim is located in western Lower Saxony near the Dutch border, close to Coevorden. Through Emlichheim flows the Vecht. In Emlichheim live many Dutch.

Just across the border with Netherlands we passed the former NATO ammunition depot Coevorden, where large quantities of unusable ammunition are stored which should have been disposed long ago.

Emlichheim
Emlichheim
Former NATO ammunition depot Coevorden
Former NATO ammunition depot Coevorden

Just south of Coevorden in the Netherlands on the border with Germany is an ammunition depot where large quantities of unusable ammunition are stored. Already many years ago Military Controllers found that these munitions, including heavy grenades, had to be destroyed to comply with regulations. The controllers warned for the uncontrolled security risks of the storage with improperly packaged explosives lying around. The size of the ammunition pile in Coevorden that needs to be removed would be 5,000 tons. Tenders are said to be underway for the removal and destruction, but the operation would still take at least five to seven years.

We flew over Coevorden, and then further to Hoogeveen. At Hoogeveen, runway 09 was in use. After we parked the plane, we walked to the tower to settle the financials. We were offered coffee, just like at the previous month when Fernando and René also happened to go to Hoogeveen. This time we had the coffee with a slice of a Christmas bread.

Coevorden
Coevorden
Fernando at Hoogeveen airfield
Fernando at Hoogeveen airfield

Coevorden is the oldest city in the province of Drenthe. It received city rights in 1408. The city was captured from the Spanish in 1592 by a Dutch and English force under the command of Maurits, Prince of Orange. The following year it was besieged by a Spanish force, but the city held out until its relief in May 1594. Coevorden was then reconstructed in the early seventeenth century with streets laid out in a radial pattern with polygonal fortifications and extensive outer earthworks.

From Hoogeveen to Hilversum

After we visited Hoogeveen, we flew back to Hilversum. The low sun made it difficult to see forward, and the many scratches on the old Cessna's windshield that still needs to be replaced didn't really help either. After just over half an hour we arrived at Hilversum. We had a coffee at the coffee stand opposite the airfield entrance, and then we went home. It had been a fun Monday afternoon.

Departure from Hoogeveen
Departure from Hoogeveen
Staphorst
Staphorst
IJssel east of Kampen
IJssel east of Kampen
Cessna back at Hilversum airfield
Cessna back at Hilversum airfield

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