Trips overview Michaël Noël 4 years ago


Charleroi - Dusseldorf - Charleroi

A work meeting in Brussels in the morning, gave the fog the time to dissolve by which I could (hope to) fly in the afternoon / evening.

Weather was ok around noon, so I drove with the moto from Brussels to Charleroi.

After preparing the papers (flight plan, etc) and the aircraft I was ready to leave for Düsseldorf via Maastricht - Beek and Geilenkirchen.

RWY 07 was in use, so a long taxi before departure.

I left the CTR via November to fly in an almost straight line to Maastricht. I requested a crossing of the CTR via Papa and Hotel. This was no problem. I had to squawk 4420 (transponder code - radar control). To avoid traffic I had to descend to 1000ft. After some minutes I could climb again to 1500ft.

The limit of Maastricht CTR follows the Holland-German border, so leaving Maastricht CTR is entering German airpace.

I entered Germany via Geilenkirchen CTR, the NATO base where some AWACS airplanes are stationed.

Geilenkirchen was not active, so I switched to Langen Info to cross the class E airspace where I flew in at that time.

I had to squawk 3704. I could here on the radio (Germand and English) that they called this code also “squawk VFR”.

5 minutes before Sierra, my entering point for Düsseldorf I got the ATIS and contacted the TWR to fly the approach. They let me enter via the Rhine and the city. Fantastic view!

Quickly I received a direct to final for RWY 05R.

The TWR fitted me nicely between the commercial traffic. They asked me to remain my speed into final. In final I reduced from 90 (170km/h) to 70kts - more then half slower than the big aircrafts, very good to understand that they ask to wait to reduce speed as long as possible.

A good landing, as soon as possible vacating the runway (via L5) and directly switching radio channel for Düsseldorf Ground.

I had to taxi to the end of the terminal, where the General Aviation terminal is. So I had to cross a lot of taxiways. At checkpoint 1 had to wait to let one move in front of me.

I was happy to have the terminal map on my kneeboard. With the instruction of ground control, the long taxiing was nice.

At the GAT I had to follow the “Follow me”-car. Car… It was a Smart, is that a car? :-)

JetAviation is the mandatory handler for the general aviation traffic. They have a nice office with a crew room where pilots can drink, rest and use 2 PC’s. It has a nice view over the terminal.

An hour later and nearly 60 euros poorer, I returned.

To get the start-up clearance on the apron, Düsseldorf-delivery must be contacted. When ok, they give you directly over to Düsseldorf-ground.

I had to taxi via G1 and hold position at the intersection with L9. After passing some commercial traffic, I could taxi via M to L8. At L8 2 big ones had to wait for me. After about five airplanes landed and took off, it was my turn.

I left the Düsseldorf CTR via Echo.

The flight back was almost an exact copy of the flight on.

After some small diversions in the Maastricht CTR - for incoming traffic - I could go on with my navigation.

A 360 and a very long final later and I were back on the ground in Charleroi.

My longest solo flight so far and also my nicest.

And again, learned a lot.

 


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Charleroi - Dusseldorf - Charleroi

A work meeting in Brussels in the morning, gave the fog the time to dissolve by which I could (hope to) fly in the afternoon / evening.

Weather was ok around noon, so I drove with the moto from Brussels to Charleroi.

After preparing the papers (flight plan, etc) and the aircraft I was ready to leave for Düsseldorf via Maastricht - Beek and Geilenkirchen.

RWY 07 was in use, so a long taxi before departure.

I left the CTR via November to fly in an almost straight line to Maastricht. I requested a crossing of the CTR via Papa and Hotel. This was no problem. I had to squawk 4420 (transponder code - radar control). To avoid traffic I had to descend to 1000ft. After some minutes I could climb again to 1500ft.

The limit of Maastricht CTR follows the Holland-German border, so leaving Maastricht CTR is entering German airpace.

I entered Germany via Geilenkirchen CTR, the NATO base where some AWACS airplanes are stationed.

Geilenkirchen was not active, so I switched to Langen Info to cross the class E airspace where I flew in at that time.

I had to squawk 3704. I could here on the radio (Germand and English) that they called this code also “squawk VFR”.

5 minutes before Sierra, my entering point for Düsseldorf I got the ATIS and contacted the TWR to fly the approach. They let me enter via the Rhine and the city. Fantastic view!

Quickly I received a direct to final for RWY 05R.

The TWR fitted me nicely between the commercial traffic. They asked me to remain my speed into final. In final I reduced from 90 (170km/h) to 70kts - more then half slower than the big aircrafts, very good to understand that they ask to wait to reduce speed as long as possible.

A good landing, as soon as possible vacating the runway (via L5) and directly switching radio channel for Düsseldorf Ground.

I had to taxi to the end of the terminal, where the General Aviation terminal is. So I had to cross a lot of taxiways. At checkpoint 1 had to wait to let one move in front of me.

I was happy to have the terminal map on my kneeboard. With the instruction of ground control, the long taxiing was nice.

At the GAT I had to follow the “Follow me”-car. Car… It was a Smart, is that a car? :-)

JetAviation is the mandatory handler for the general aviation traffic. They have a nice office with a crew room where pilots can drink, rest and use 2 PC’s. It has a nice view over the terminal.

An hour later and nearly 60 euros poorer, I returned.

To get the start-up clearance on the apron, Düsseldorf-delivery must be contacted. When ok, they give you directly over to Düsseldorf-ground.

I had to taxi via G1 and hold position at the intersection with L9. After passing some commercial traffic, I could taxi via M to L8. At L8 2 big ones had to wait for me. After about five airplanes landed and took off, it was my turn.

I left the Düsseldorf CTR via Echo.

The flight back was almost an exact copy of the flight on.

After some small diversions in the Maastricht CTR - for incoming traffic - I could go on with my navigation.

A 360 and a very long final later and I were back on the ground in Charleroi.

My longest solo flight so far and also my nicest.

And again, learned a lot.

 


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