The End

Five years of flying fun is documented. I will continue flying, but this blog is no longer being updated. Follow me on Wingly.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Top 5 Aircrafts

LN-NAG (Photo: Lisbeth Klastrup)
[Updated July 2019]: There are 127 airports and 86 aircrafts in my logbook. This is the five I have flown the most:

1LN-NAGP28A164My first airplane (I was co-owner)
A favorite for years

3LN-AEGC172 Sea65The $100 Hamburger machine


I learned to fly in this one
The mountain flyer

At the bottom of the list are LN-TSW (C150, 0.3 hrs), VH-DMP (C172, 0.6 hrs), and N5432G (C172, 0.7 hrs).

The listing is made possible by my electronic logbook. Generating statistics and browsing my pilot history in other ways than page by page in the paper edition is great fun on a rainy day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Flight Review Down Under

Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne (Photo: Andrew J. Cosgriff)
Francesco (left) gave me a hard time on my first Australian Flight Review in 11 years, challenging me on vintage navigation techniques. Last time I visited Melbourne, my base was Point Cook across the bay - and I remember the thrill of doing a touch-and-go at Moorabbin, the main airport for light GA traffic in the area, with no less than five runways.

This time Moorabbin Flying Services were my host, and the instructor sent me this task on e-mail to plan the night before:


That is Moorabbin (MB), Essendon (EN) for a landing, then out via Doncaster Shopping Town (DSN), Leongatha (YLEG) for a landing, Wonthaggi (WON) as a way point, then back into Moorabbin (MB) via the approach point GMH.

To solve the puzzle I used the tools listed below, with some assistance from the Melbourne Visual Pilot Guide and AirNav Pro on my iPad.

We departed YMMB in beautiful summer weather and went directly to YLEG for two landings before a diversion and return to base. I celebrated my review with a burger at the beach and a visit to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook before heading to the northern hemisphere.

The basics you need to fly in Australia:
  • SPECPL (Special Pilot License, intended to allow pilots holidaying in Australia to validate their overseas license and fly short term. Issued by CASA)
  • AVID (Aviation Identification, show that the holder has a current security check, valid for up to 5 years. To fly solo from security controlled airports you need an ASIC issued by CASA)
  • ERSA (The En-route Supplement Australia, a joint Military/Airservices publication that contains information vital for planning a flight and for the pilot in flight. It contains pictorial presentations of all licensed airports. The ERSA is updated four times a year)  
  • Visual Terminal Chart (1:250.000)
  • VNC (Visual Navigation Chart, 1:500.000)
  • AUS PCA (Planning Chart Australia)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy B-day, Emil!

Jostein gave Emil a flight for his 9th birthday. It was Emil's 2nd flight in LN-NAG. 18 months ago we only spent 30 minutes in the air due to lightning in vicinity. This time the flying time was 1:25 in CAVOK, including three touch-and-go landings at Rygge and sight seeing over Drammen and the Holmenkollen ski jump.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

APPsolutely fabulous

Something old, something new, might be an appropriate headline for my first flight in months. The good old 1976 P28A and my portable glass cockpit (iPad & iPhone) took me to Rygge for touch & go landings, and I am current to bring passengers again.

Fun and useful pilot apps on today's flight:
After landing an e-mail from Sporty's tempted me to buy the brand new Study Buddy App. I'll be extremely well prepared for the next Flight Review...

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Atlanta, New York, Copenhagen, and finally Oslo

Landing at Kjeller after sight seeing over Oslo is documented by Lisbeth's colleagues Torill and Terje at the IT University of Copenhagen. What is more appropriate than taking a meta picture of media and communication researchers taking pictures?

Lisbeth and I was visiting scholars at Georgia Tech a few years ago, and we have flown together over Atlanta, New York and Copenhagen, before Oslo. The event was celebrated with tea at the Seaplane Base.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Skyhawk over Manhattan

I gave my cousin Kjetil a flight over Manhattan for his 50th birthday, and I hope it was as much fun for him as it was for me. My first flight up the Hudson River was six years ago, but this magnificant route gives me the same thrill every time.

Kjetil lives in New York this fall with his wife Astrid and their son Magnus
They joined me at Linden Airport, just south of Newark International, for the flight over New York City. The Hudson River Corridor (Hudson River Class B Exclusion) northbound starts at the Verizano Bridge and ends at the Alpine Tower, with the Statue of Liberty as one of the mandatory reporting points. [Slideshow]

I'll do it again. Any day!