From Lelystad to Texel
We had taken the Friday off to make a flying trip to Versailles from Friday to Sunday. There appeared to be a high chance of IMC weather in the weekend, so we decided to postpone Versailles to another time, and make a flying trip to Budel and Seppe on Friday.
After fueling the plane, the starter motor did not connect to the main engine anymore. We called a mechanic, who taxied to the fuel station with an alternative plane. The mechanic also could not start the engine, and the first plane was towed back to the hangar.
As we lost an hour at the fuel station due to the issue, we decided to make a shorter trip to Texel. For Veleda it had already been 20 years ago that we visited Texel. We took-off at 12:15 with the second plane, and we flew direct to Texel where we landed 30 minutes later.
Take-off runway 05 Lelystad airport
Zuiderkerk in Enkhuizen
Approaching Texel island
Landed on Texel airfield
From Texel to Lelystad
After we landed on runway 04 and parked the place on Texel airfield, we first went to Mike in the airport office to pay the landing fee, before we walked to the restaurant. We had a lunch, and briefly chatted with Ed and Leo about the upcoming Volkel Airshow on 14 and 15 June 2013. For many years already, Ed and Leo take part in organising, and as commentators, of fly-in's and airshows.
After take off from runway 04, we flew via the corridor between Texel and the west-end of De Afsluitdijk in the direction of Amsterdam. With permission of Schiphol Tower, we made two orbits over the centre of Amsterdam, and then over the island of Pampus in the direction of Hilversum airfield.
Near Naarden, the CM-170 Fouga Magister from the Dutch Historic Jet Association passed us port in opposite direction (the picture below is from the internet, as the plane was already gone before we could make a picture). We had some time left with the plane, and we called Hilversum airfield to ask for a stop at Hilversum. Hilversum was Prior Permission Required, which we did not have, and thus we then flew back to Lelystad where we landed on runway 05.
Veleda and Rene before departure
Over Amsterdam centre
CM-170 Fouga Magister
Veleda with the Piper back in Lelystad