Bah, humbug!

October 31, 2008

Went grocery shopping last Thursday and I was quite sad to see the following

Too early for my taste and I think it may even put people off from the true Christmas spirit!


RIP Sterling

October 29, 2008

Makes you relaize how vunerable the industry you work in is!

Celebrating one year of PPL

October 26, 2008

Time does pass quickly when you are having fun and today at 1439 it exactly one year since I passed my PPL checkride. It has been a year with many fun flights together with friends, but no family yet. Just over 21 hours have been entered into the logbook and destinations such as Mariehamn, Göteborg, Oslo, Arlanda etc. have been visited. Every flight has had a special component to it and it just adds to the joy of having this piece of paper in hand.  However, instead of me writing about all the flights, that you can read about in earlier entries, I will use images as my rear mirror.


First trip to Mariehamn


First flight over Arlanda

Tour de Mälaren December 2008


Visiting Arlanda for the first time


To Norway with Anders


Yet another visit to Mariehamn

Barkarby with the boys

And there will be many more trips to come in the future!



Next stop

October 14, 2008

December 14-16

Perhaps the last visit to Barkarby

October 12, 2008

After having to cancel this trip three times, the weather was finally with me and I would be able to take my three course colleagues Alex, Crisitan and Jakob flying. Met outside Ekonomikum just before 10am before catching the 844 bus towards Sundbro (boy do I miss having access to a car).  At Sundbro, the morning fog was still present but I anticipated that it would clear up soon, and so it did. However as Västerås was still covered in thick fog and there would be no chance of clearing up, I decided to take us to Barkarby instead.

   Sun in my eyes

Taxied out towards runway 03 with the excitement of the three “boys” hard not to notice. We were cleared by Uppsala tower to leave via Uppsala Näs and passed out via Flogsta (the student gheto in Uppsala).  Approaching Vassunda I made the usual request to Arlanda tower for a routing via Sigtuna and then the waterway to Stäket which was approved with the info that R16 (Kungsängen) was active and the words “there are new and trigger happy recruits there, so watch out”.  At Stäket we said good bye to Arlanda and contacted Barkarby where traffic was quite calm.  A very stressless approach towards runway 24 followed by what I would call the best asphalt landing to date. This feeling was supported by the comment “have we landed!?” Parked the aircraft and headed in for a cup of coffee and a muffin. 

Looking good!

After relaxing a bit we walked around the parked aircraft for a bit and while the others played around with the Cessna I prepared a little surprise for them.

   Departed runway 24 and climbed as fast as I could to the required 1200ft towards Masten in order to avoid inbound traffic. At Stäket I called up Arlanda tower again and we were cleard to join a long final to runway 01L. At Arlandastad GC, I broke off and set course towards the tower. At this point the passengers cheered and the cameras were clicking constantly. From the tower I left via the F-pier and terminal 5 to Vassunda again.

    Back in touch with Uppsala tower I asked for sightseeing over Uppsala to allow the passengers an areal view of our hometown with the cathedral, castle, Ekonomikum etc. Before heading back to Sundbro. To round off the trip (and keep myself current with passengers for another 3 months) we mae one touch and go and one power-off landing before calling it a day.

Arlandastad GC

Jumbo Hostel

Ekonomikum – The Business/Economics faculty at UU 



Power off landing or bush flying?

It was a great day to fly with almost no wind and the content of my mates just added to the pleasure.



I said: “Let there be flying”….

October 9, 2008

… and there was flying. Yesterday with 3 course colleagues from Sundbro to Barkarby. A report will follow as soon as I get the photos. Boy, it was nice to be airborne again!

Recovering an old project

October 6, 2008

When you live in student town like Uppsala, why not take the chance and recover an old project of clarinett playing. As of next Wednesday I will most likely be playing with Wijkmanska Blecket, one of the many student orchestras here in town.

  Took up the instrument for the first time in a looong while and the fingers managed to find their way around without too many errors. Stay “tuned”!