From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Neustadt-Glewe
It was high time to go flying again. Because Hilversum Airfield had been suffering from a wet grass surface for months and did not allow flying except sometimes for the local two-seaters, we had no choice but to drive all the way to Paderborn for a short trip. There are no other general aviation airfields in the Randstad region except Hilversum, and at the airfields outside the Randstad I have no possibility to rent. The flying clubs there are too small to facilitate our flying needs.
We checked the Notams. We could visit Germany for 24 hours without the otherwise mandatory registration and the Corona test within 48 hours because of the Corona measures. So we planned a trip that would just fit within these margins and to stay current for flying.
In the morning we called Neustadt-Glewe to ask if we could land there. The airfield was PPR because of the snow, but we would have also called if it wasn't.
AD PPR DUE TO SNOW CONDITIONS.
When we arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport we did the usual checks on the plane, and then we left for Neustadt-Glewe. We flew north first to avoid the low cloud cover over the hills in the north-east.
Rene with the C182
Take-off runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Because of the low cloud cover, we flew over the Porta Westfalica gorge, past the Emperor William Monument.
The Porta Westfalica is the gorge of the river Weser between the Wiehengebirge and Weser Mountains in the northeastern part of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Emperor William Monument is a colossal monument above the Weser gorge of Porta Westfalica. It was erected by the then Prussian Province of Westphalia between 1892 and 1896. The monument, which is around 88 metres high, is classified as one of Germany's national monuments. It is the most important landmark of the town of Porta Westfalica. Today's Porta Westfalica city was formed in the course of the municipal area reform in 1973 by merging 15 municipalities.
Porta Westfalica gorge
Emperor William Monument
North of Porta Westfalica is Minden.
There the Mittelland Canal crosses the Weser River with an Aqueduct.
We flew around the CTR of Wunstorf and Hannover to the east.
On the way, we passed Continental Tires' tire testing center
Contidrom near Jeversen.
Contidron at Jeversen
Meanwhile, the low clouds had disappeared north of Hannover. We passed the Elbe-Seiten Canal (Elbe Lateral Canal) that runs from the Mittelland Canal near Gifhorn to the Elbe in Artlenburg. Later we also passed the river Elbe.
Crossing the Elbe-Seiten canal
As we approached Neustadt-Glewe, we called the airfield to ask which runway was in use.
Runway 09 was in use, although
in use might have been a bit of an exaggeration.
We were the only ones visiting the airfield from elsewhere that day, and judging by the tracks in the snow on the runway, there hadn't been too much local traffic either.
Final runway 09 Neustadt-Glewe
Veleda at Neustadt-Glewe airfield
After securing our plane, we went by cab to our overnight destination. It turned out to be a great accommodation. Because restaurants were closed, if they were there at all, we could bake a pizza in the kitchen, and there was a supermarket on the corner. We took a good bottle of wine with it.
The next morning we took a morning walk through the town before taking a cab back to the airfield.
From Neustadt-Glewe to Neubrandenburg
After we had taken our morning walk we went back to the airfield. It had been cold at night. On the top of the plane's wings was a thin layer of ice crystals that were easily wiped away. On the front and bottom of the wings was a thin layer of ice that we had to put more effort into removing. It took us an hour to get the plane sufficiently de-iced.
The plan was to first make a stop at Neubrandenburg, and then at Kyritz. But because we left later than we originally wanted we had to leave Kyritz until another time to get back to Paderborn-Lippstadt in time. We made a backtrack over runway 27, and then we took off to fly to Neubrandenburg.
Removing snow and ice from the plane
Take-off runway 27 Neustadt-Glewe
We flew direct from Neustadt-Glewe to Neubrandenburg. Along the way, we passed a number of lakes that are widespread in north-eastern Germany and northern Poland. South of the Müritzsee is Rechlin. At the time of the Third Reich, the Luftwaffe's main testing center was located there. See also this trip report and this page about Rechlin-Lärz.
Petersdorf and Adamshoffnung
Kölpinsee and Müritzsee
After the short flight we approached Neumunster airport. We made a right-hand circuit to land on runway 27. Then left the runway near the apron. The platform was slippery in places, and we had to be very careful as we walked to the reporting office. Upstairs we paid the bill, and René took some more pictures on the outside gallery of the tower.
Right-base runway 27 Neubrandenbrug
Arrived at Neubrandenburg
From Neubrandenburg to Paderborn-Lippstadt
After a short stop at Neubrandenburg, we departed again from runway 27 in the direction of Paderborn-Lippstadt.
Veleda at Neubrandenburg airport
View of Neubrandenburg airport
We passed the small town of Trollenhagen which is next to the airport at the end of runway 27. South of the airport is the city of Neubrandenburg. The city was founded in 1248 city and is famous for its medieval heritage of Brick Gothic architecture. Although its medieval fortifications are well-preserved, most of its medieval buildings were destroyed near the end of World War II. Since then, most buildings of historical relevance have been rebuilt.
We crossed the river Elbe at Wittenberge. North-east of Wolfsburg we had a rare good view of the Harz mountains in the distance. We made a small turn to fly via the Brocken, the highest mountain of the Harz mountains, to Paderborn-Lippstadt.
Along the way we passed Helmstedt, formerly an important border crossing between the Federal Republic and the DDR for the transit route to Berlin. See also this trip report from 2015.
Wittenberge on the river Elbe
Buschhaus Power Station near Helmstedt
At the foot of the Harz mountains lies Wernigerode. Most of the Central Harz was, for a time, part of the DDR and Wernigerode was the major hub in this neck of the woods. The steam-powered narrow-gauge Harzquerbahn to the summit of the Brocken, the highest peak of the Harz Mountains, originates here.
From 1945 to 1989 the Harz region was a frontline in the Cold War, and the Brocken was used by the Soviets as a military base. From August 1961 the Brocken, which lay in East Germany's border zone, was declared a military exclusion zone and was therefore no longer open to public access. On the summit were two large and powerful listening stations, and since 1976, a television tower for the state television. The Brocken is now a popular tourist destination for visitors to the Harz.
The Brocken in the Harz mountain range
There are a large number of reservoirs in the Harz mountains. The Harz is one of the regions with the heaviest rainfall in Germany. The first dams were built to drive water-powered pumps and stamp mills used in the mines.
We continued on our way to Paderborn-Lippstadt. We received permission from the tower to fly into the CTR via Sierra, directly to base runway 06.
To runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
After landing we taxied to the hangar to conclude a nice weekend flying trip, but not before we had cleaned the plane, filled out the journal, and put the plane in the hangar.
Veleda cleaning the plane
Veleda and René