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Flying the PBY-5A Catalina

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Blog | Leave a comment
Flying the PBY-5A Catalina

The day after the Texel airshow, I had to drive past Lelystad airport again on my way home, with a stopover at said airport. Earlier that week, I booked another flight, this time with a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina from 1941!

The foundation does scenic flights with this beautiful aircraft, and if the weather is good enough, they go out to the Ijsselmeer to do splash & go’s. A splash and go is basically the same as a normal touch & go – but on water. A unique experience and having wanted to do this for a year or so, I decided now was the time.

Texel Airshow ’15

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Blog | Leave a comment
Texel Airshow ’15

A week before the show, I spoke with a friend about the possibility of flying to the airshow. When checking, there was still an aircraft available at his former flight school, we had the time and there were still slots at Texel.

Within a day or 2, the plan materialized and everything was arranged. Just in time too, because the next day Texel stated that it wasn’t accepting any more visiting aircraft. With some 250 aircraft already planned, the airport had reached its capacity for the weekend.

Diversions at Eelde

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Blog | Leave a comment
Diversions at Eelde

On Friday, the Dutch meteorological office already issued warnings (code orange/red) for several parts of the country. There was a cold front moving over the country and as a result it would become very windy, paired with heavy showers of rain.
When driving to work in the afternoon, the city of Groningen was still getting lots of sun and I didn’t think much of any storm yet. But soon after I started my shift, I received a call from KLM operations, asking us about our capabilities of receiving diversions. That was when the fun started!

Oostwold Airshow ’15

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Blog | Leave a comment
Oostwold Airshow ’15

Last weekend, the bi-annual Oostwold Airshow took place again in the Northern part of the Netherlands. Just like the previous 3 editions, I was on the marshalling team. I enjoy the atmosphere of these shows and since I love working with planes, it’s a no-brainer for me to volunteer. Luckily the weather played ball, which helped make it a great weekend!

Photowalls and contests

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Blog | Leave a comment
Photowalls and contests

Recently I’ve had a first in terms of photo use and also entered a photo competition (something I don’t usually do, but when I do…). In this blog entry, I will explain the kind of photo request I received aswell as how I did in the competition.

What a week!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog | Leave a comment
What a week!

It’s been a while, but it’s time for another blog post. With the quality of the (air)traffic that I’ve been seeing the past week, I just had to write something. As you probably gathered by now I have a strong passion for aviation and whenever something cool/interesting/special is in the neighborhood, I will want to check it out. And recently I can’t complain at all! A breakdown (with photos at the end):

GAE runway extension: 1 year later!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | Leave a comment
GAE runway extension: 1 year later!

On April 24 2013, the runway extension and new platform of Groningen Airport Eelde were completed. The airport re-opened at 06:30 in the morning following a 2 week closure, during which a large workforce worked around the clock to meet the above mentioned deadline. On the page linked below, I’m sharing my photos, videos and other media that was shot during the entire process. For many images, this will be the first time that they’re posted in public. Enjoy!

Groningen Airport Eelde runway extension: photos/videos (click!)

A reminder about why I love my job

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Blog | Leave a comment

Todays Global Express crew reminded me again why I love my job so much.

Initially, I went over to ask if they were OK with my photographing the aircraft from the outside. The captain met me at the top of the stairs and told me it was no problem at all and that I was welcome to take a look inside aswell.

And so I did, chatted with him for a good while, before going outside to take my photos. I asked if it was ok if I were to get my flash and then come back to take some photos of the cockpit, and that was fine too. They even offered me drinks and cookies.

Talking to a very laid back and social crew is always good and it’s the perfect way to interact with people from all over the world. It doesn’t matter whether someone is flying a smaller General Aviation aircraft or the biggest aircraft in the world, they’ll always have a story to tell. In this case, the added bonus was a look inside this beautiful aircraft, such a nice experience. It definately made my day! It’s not always so much about the photos (although I’m happy with them of course), but the whole experience of interacting with such a cool crew is just so enjoyable.

Going around at London Heathrow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog | Leave a comment

I recently had my first go-around on a commercial aircraft. Due to the pilots’ announcements on the PA before and during the flight I decided to film the last 2 minutes of our approach. This resulted in getting our go-around on video.

My take on the View Heathrow Observation Deck

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog | Leave a comment

On 23 December 2013, Heathrow Airport opened the ViewHeathrow observation deck, which is located between gates 15 and 16 in Terminal 4. I knew about the existence of the observation deck via airliners.net, where the yourHeathrow team had posted a heads-up. I already had a flight booked from T4, so it was only a matter of time before I would experience this newly refurbished area. In this post, I will be writing my observations and thoughts about the facility.