Q: What does one do when you have nothing to do on a Wednesday afternoon?
A: Round up two friends, drive 45 km and fly a Cessna to Arlanda and enjoy a hamburger at MAX.
I decided that it was time to do something about it and suggested to Patrik and Fredrik that we could take a trip to Arlanda. Said and done, I contacted the slot coordinator and obtained a slot time at 1605Z and outbound again at 1715Z. Together with P, we drove up to Sundbro where we checked the aircraft to verify that she was in flying condition and filled in the last figures on the operational flight plan.
When Fredrik arrived we took a coffee and chatted a bit before wandering out to IBX and starting the engine. Rolled out towards rwy 03 and did the final checks before taking off towards the north east. At 500 ft I turned the aircraft towards Uppsala-Näs contacting Stockholm control to activate our flight plan and almost instantly obtained a clearance to 2500ft. A few moments later we were handed off to Arlanda arrival and now things started to become hectic on the radio, something that was confirmed with the words “S-BX you’re number 7 for 19L, make 360″. A few vectors later we were finally told to “turn right heading 130 and cleared for approach runway 19L”. When passing the outer marker we were handed over to Arlanda tower and were cleared to land.
Am I really flying again!?
“S-BX make left 360”
Field in sight!
Shortly before touchdown
Upon rolling on the runway ground asks us to hurry off the runway as an SAS Boeing 737 was coming in fast behind us and would prefer not to do the second go around of the day. We continued up taxiway U to UE where the marshaller met up with us guiding us in to stand S77 where a big yellow bus was waiting to take us in to terminal 4.
While we left the parking attendants confused as to how to charge us the landing fee while we took an elevator 87m up to the top of the tower where we were given a guided tour of the top.
Back to the parking attendants, I paid the fees and signed the papers and decided to enjoy a nice big juicy Max burger.
Now to the pictures of the return journey which started from gate 30D at terminal 4 with yet another big yellow bus back to S77:
To conclude, a very enjoyable journey as usual with Mr. Nilsson & Hjortberg!