Finally the day came for the long solo navigation flight to Odense (EKOD) and Aarhus (EKAH). A total distance of 228 NM (422 km) and a total airborne time of 2h40m.
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It felt really good to fill the fuel tanks almost to the maximum knowing that I was going to burn almost all of it during this day (when not thinking of the cost of course).
The weather had been teasing me a bit, and originally the flight was planned for Wednesday but I had to postpone it to Friday because of bad weather. Even Friday there were a couple of weather concerns so I had actually made two flight plans; a safe one with minimum altitude to allow flying under low clouds and an optimal plan in case I was able to fly high. Fortunately the weather turned out fine. Near Vejle I did however pass some quite heavy comulus clouds with rain and turbulence, but the weather was moving slow, so on my way home I could go high in FL75 over the Kattegat sea home to Roskilde.
- Driftsflyveplan – Lektion 27 – EKRK-EKOD
- Driftsflyveplan – Lektion 27 – EKOD-EKAH
- Driftsflyveplan – Lektion 27 – EKAH-EKRK
For some reason I did not perform very well with the landings during this flight. Maybe because there was a thousand other things to think about. I discussed the landings with my instructor and I actually had extra training in cross wind landing and use of rudder. Not that I didn’t know how to do it, but to get the procedures into my bones.
Nevertheless this was a brilliant day – a great experience – that fulfilled all my expectations. I really hope and look forward to being able to fly cross country again when I am done with the school flights.
Enjoy the video. I hope you sense the great feeling of flying cross country.
Finally just a couple of pictures from the day: