From Hilversum to Midden-Zeeland
We hadn't flown for exactly a month, and Monday was good weather for a flight. René had worked the previous day so there was some time on Monday to fly. Charlotte had vacation and she was coming along.
Initially, the idea was to fly to Paderborn-Lippstadt to get an introduction to the new avionics in the Cessna 182 D-EJNG, but no one was available at that time. But we are in no hurry to do so, so it can wait until another time. Instead, we made a plan to fly to Midden-Zeeland and Seppe.
Around eleven o'clock we drove to Hilversum Airfield, where the C172 was already waiting outside. After refueling we headed out.
South of Hilversum, a prohibited area had been established over Utrecht, centered on a marshalling yard in Utrecht, which we had to take into account.
18 20 1000-2159
TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA 'UTRECHT' ACTIVATED.
AREA: PSN 520554N 0050525E RADIUS 3,24NM BTN GND/2500FT AMSL.
AREA PROHIBITED. SAR, POLICE, HELICOPTER MEDICAL EMERGENCY SERVICE
FLIGHTS AND COORDINATED FLIGHTS ARE EXEMPTED AFTER PRIOR PERMISSION
FROM MILATCC SCHIPHOL OR AMSTERDAM FIC.
GND up to 2500FT AMSL
Charlotte with the C172 at Hilversum
Charlotte and René
We first flew in the direction of The Hague, where we flew just east of the prohibited area to the south-west. We were in contact with Rotterdam Tower, and they warned us about the prohibited area just to be sure. We confirmed that we would remain clear.
South of The Hague we crossed the Westland region. Westland is well known for its horticulture in glasshouses, hence its nickname the glass city.
South of the Westland region we approached the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway), the ship canal that was opened in 1872 to keep the city and port of Rotterdam accessible to seafaring vessels as the natural Meuse-Rhine branches silted up. At the entrance to the sea, a flood protection system called Maeslantkering has been installed (completed in 1997).
Maeslantkering storm surge barrier
We passed Brielle, the historic and fortified sea side town west of Rotterdam and south of Europoort. Brielle is best known for the Capture of Brielle by the Watergeuzen (Dutch rebels) from the Spaniards on April 1, 1572 during the Eighty Years War.
South of Brielle lies Hellevoetsluis. During the 17th and 18th century Hellevoetsluis was the naval port of the Admiralty of Rotterdam and could accommodate an entire fleet within a special land-enclosed fortress with harbour and dockyard facilities, accessible through a canal.
Further along the route we passed the Haringvlietdam, the Brouwersdam and the Oosterscheldekering which were all built as a result of the storm surge in 1953, and a number of other points of interest already described in previous trip reports. After one hour of flying with a headwind, we landed on runway 27 at Midden-Zeeland.
Final runway 27 Midden-Zeeland
From Midden-Zeeland to Seppe
After lunch at the airport restaurant, we headed for Seppe. Woensdrecht was active, and we asked for and received permission to cross the CTR. We made another small detour to fly past Tholen.
Take-off runway 27 Midden-Zeeland
Above Roosendaal, Charlotte was taking pictures of the soccer stadium of RBC, a former professional football club and now an amateur football club. Charlotte knew musicians who rent space in the complex. Shortly thereafter, we arrived at Seppe. After landing on runway 24, we parked in front of the Vliegend Museum Seppe (Flying Museum Seppe).
Former RBC Roosendaal footbal stadium
Final runway 24 Seppe airport
The museum has a collection of historical aircraft and static exhibits related to aviation. All aircraft are airworthy and are used on a regular basis, hence the name Flying Museum. We were allowed to look around the hangar and take the necessary pictures. Noteworthy was the Bf 109 in the museum which has been worked on for many years to refurbish it.
Charlotte at Seppe airport
René with a Bf 109 at Seppe airport
From Seppe to Hilversum
We wanted to have a drink in the restaurant at Seppe airport, but Charlotte had left her phone with the QR code on the plane. The QR code is used to show that someone has either been vaccinated against Covid19 or has recently been tested. Because it would only be a short flight back to Hilversum, we skipped the coffee and went back to the plane to fly back to Hilversum.
After we took off and left the circuit we set course in the direction of Hilversum. Just north of Seppe, Charlotte noticed the basilica in Oudenbosch of which she took photos.
Take-off runway 24 Seppe airport
The Oudenbosch Basilica is a replica of St. Peters Basilica in Rome on a scale of 1:16. It is named after Agatha of Sicily and Barbara of Nicomedia, two Christian martyrs from the third century. It was built at the initiative of Willem Hellemons who was parish priest between 1842 and 1884. The old St. Agathachurch became too small for the growing amount of parishioners, and Hellemons started developing the plans for this new-to-build church. He came in touch with famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, known for building the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Station, and many churches in the Netherlands. Hellemons gave Cuypers the order to design a church just like St. Peters and with a façade of St. John Lateran. Construction began in 1865 and was fully completed in 1892.
We passed the The Moerdijk bridges that connect the Island of Dordrecht with the province of North Brabant (Noord-Brabant) across the Hollands Diep. At the beginning of the Battle of Holland, on 10 May 1940, the bridges were captured by German paratroopers. In 1944, both the road and railway bridge were destroyed by the Germans to prevent the Allied Forces from advancing further north.
Then we continued on to Dordrecht to fly past the old town. Dordrecht is considered to be the oldest city in Holland (the provinces of North-Holland and South-Holland).
After a short flight of 25 minutes, helped by the tail wind, we arrived in Hilversum. After landing on runway 18, we parked back in the same spot. Then we cleaned the windows and leading edges of the wings, filled in the journal, and returned home.
Final runway 18 Hilversum airfield
Charlotte with the C172 at Hilversum airfield