From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Trento
On Wednesday morning, 16 July 2014, Rene, Veleda and Maurits took-off from Paderborn-Lippstadt airport to fly to Mensanello. We were going to visit Marcel and Angela, for their wedding anniversary in Castellina in Chianti. We first flew to Trento.
Turning to Siera after take-off runway 24
Alps west of Innsbruck
Final runway 36 Trento airport
From Trento to Mensanello
After fueling at Trento airport, we continued to Mensanello airfield. Marcel was picking us up, as Marcel and Angela arrived already earlier on Wednesday.
René fueling the Skylane at Trento airport
South side of Lago di Garda
Passing Florence (Firenze)
Approaching Mensanello airfield
Antica Trattoria La Torre
On Wednesday evening we all had dinner at the Antica Trattoria La Torre restaurant in Castellina in Chianti. Around the table are, from left to right; Paula, Maurits, Ronald, Elvira, Renee, Jesko, Marcel, Angela, Armand, René, Lotte and Thomas.
Relaxing by the pool
After breakfast on Thursday, we first went to the place where Armand, Paula, Lotte, Thomas, Jesko and Renee were staying. In the afternoon they came to Residenzia del Sogno, joining Marcel, Angela, Ronald, Elvira, René, Veleda and Maurits, where we all spent the day relaxing at the pool.
Antica Macelleria Cecchini
On Thursday evening we all went to Panzano in Chianti, where we had dinner at the Antica Macelleria Ceochini restaurant.
Local flights from Mensanello
On Friday we made two sight-seeing flights from Mensanello. After take-off, we first made a low pass, and then we flew around Monteriggioni, Siena and San Gimignano. The first flight was with Angela and Thomas. The second flight was with Lotte and Renee.
Lotte, Thomas, René, Angela, Renee
Lotte at the controls
After the two sight-seeing flights, we all went to San Gimignano. We all had a drink or two, and something to eat. Some of us then took a walk around the town, and some preferred to stay on the terrace for another beer.
On Friday evening we celebrated the wedding anniversary of Marcel and Angela.
From Mensanello to Reggio Emilia
With the weather outlook not too good for Sunday, we had to leave on Saturday morning to avoid to get stuck on Sunday. Marcel and Angela took us to Mensanello airfield. We first flew to Reggio Emilia to fuel and to file the flight plan to Paderborn-Lippstadt. We flew the same route as on the way up, and the flight was further uneventful.
Veleda, René and Maurits
Turning final runway 11 Reggio Emilia airport
Biplano Club Italia, Barnstormers
On Saturday, July 19 2014, the Biplane Club Italy had organised its annual "Meeting of the Barnstormers" at the airfield of Mensanello. When we did the sight-seeing trips on Friday, a number of planes already had arrived. On Saturday the field was packed with planes, and we departed in between still arriving airplanes.
The festival was born as an event for Biplane Pilots, who want to fly
with old, uncomfortable, slow but hopelessly romantic retro airplanes,
with open or closed cab, originals or replicas, it does not matter.
From Reggio Emilia to Paderborn-Lippstadt
Maurits fueling at Reggio Emilia
Departure from Reggio Emilia
Near the Brenner pass
Descending to Paderborn-Lippstadt
To final runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Maurits and Veleda with the C182