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September 28, 2007

At last, after having to postpone a few times due to the lack of time to stud, it was a relief to finally read the following message on the screen at Lidair this morning:


This was the last obstacle before the big day that most likely is going to be October 26 at 11Z.

One person who must be credited for getting me here is Mr. Nap (Tupplur) a.k.a Anders who guided me through the last MET studies over a large number of coffees and motivational boosts. THANK YOU!


“Rote” and TGL

September 23, 2007

0830, Anders arrived to pick me up and in duo, we headed to Vasslanda International where SE-ESD was waiting to fly us north to Sundbro. After a smooth ride, Anders started to refuel SD while I went to take care of the preparations of SE-IYD, my ride for the day.

Taxied out after Anders and while he made a loop of honor over the field, I headed towards Västerås soon to be caught up, and passed, by A following his “6” towards Västerås and Johannisberg. I smiled at some of the clearances that involved both aircraft, “S-SD and S-YD switch to Västerås tower 130,6”.

“Cooooooomeeeee flyyyyyyy wiiiiith meeeeee”

After one touch and go landing I decided to land in order to avoid the parachute jumpers that were falling from the sky. Taxied in and parked next to ESD. Together we bounced in to the club house and paid 10:- for two cups of coffee, not to bad. While Anders discussed matters with his mother who had arrived by land bound means of transportation, I surfed the net and checked the weather for the return.


Just before noon we returned to our aircraft and set course back to Sundbro and after a mediocre TGL i decided I’d had enough for today and watched A. “tame” his plane (or perhaps it was the other way around) while doing my paperwork.


With Anders back on ground I gathered my belongings and took the right hand seat for the return to Vassunda and onwards home where my meteorology studies awaited me.

Back to basics

September 22, 2007

Tomorrow the plan is:


-N0100A015 DCT


TGL training at Johannisberg



-N0100A015 DCT

Totally unlike anything you have seen on this blog

September 18, 2007


Just for the sake of brightening up your day!

Windy as……

September 15, 2007

As I mentioned last night, I was sure something would stop me from getting up in the air today. However, much to my surprise this “something” did not strike.

At 0915 Mr. Kraal picked me up at Statoil and together we set course towards Sundbro for what was said to be x-wind training and I think this is called the understatement of the year with the TAF showing:

ESSA 150530Z 150615 25007KT CAVOK TEMPO 0611 SHRA BKN014
BKN020CB BECMG 0709 29015G27KT=

Well well, at the field, we sat down to wait for M. to land with his first student for the day. As soon as the plane was back I performed my PFC and connected my new headset to the intercom.

With M. and Ben on board I taxied out and took of on runway 03 proceeding directly in to the traffic circuit. First 2-3 landings were nothing but PURE C-R-A-P, a combination of lack of routine and STRONG winds (close to maximum allowance for the C172). However, slowly but steadily, I started to get used to the conditions and the last 3 landings were close to satisfactory.

After landing, we took a short break and decided that we would now take a trip to Västerås Johannisberg with Ben as PIC and me in the back seat and then swap on the return sector. Said and done, Ben did a smooth crossing, but allowed M. to perform the landing as the winds were now at the maximum allowance and with only 2 hours in the luggage I found this to be a wise choice indeed. A hard landing later and taxi in to the guest parking we headed in to the club house for lunch before it was time to steer home again and this time with me behind the controls.

Took of of on runway 23 and bounced out over the Västerås Bay and the city center towards Björksta looking at Jacob Holländer doing some advanced aerobatics in his Pits. Left the control zone and headed towards Skogs-Tibble before overflying the field and landing on rwy. 21. This time a fully satisfactory landing.

After landing the day could have been over but no! The first student of the day needed people to practice flying with a maximum load and after various exercises we returned and the day was now over.

As to my verdict of the headset: WONDERFUL!!!!

Status at the moment is:


Dual: 29,3


Inst: 0,8

Ldgs: 142

X-wind landings pre-script

September 14, 2007

If all parameters fall in to place tomorrows lesson is, apart from the first in almost 1 month, a x-wind landing session. More will follow tomorrow:


Joke of the day

September 12, 2007

Courtesy of Anders

– What do you call a Q400 that does a precision approach in to a potato field?

– No idea!?

– A Dashed potato