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One of the first cross country trips by ourselves was to the local dutch airfield of Hoogeveen. Hoogeveen (EHHO) has a pretty long grass strip, and it is rather bumpy (you can't compare it to the billiard table like grass of Texel airport). Some people find the approach over some office buildings a bit scary, but there is room enough on the runway for both landing and take-off.
There is a restaurant directly besides the airstrip and you can regularly watch some glider towing and other small aircraft activities.
On this trip to Hoogeveen we were able to practise a bit with the basic G1000 functions including the horizontal and vertical navigation functions in combination with the autopilot. The video shows some images of these basic settings. I personally like that our instruction at Dwarf and with Patrick at Wings was a lot focused on manual flying. Later on, during IFR training, Eelco has emphasized on making maximum use of all of the rich features of the Diamond and its glass cockpit. In more difficult situations you will always want to use this to the max because it can limit your workload enormously.
Weather was good, not to blue (which is boring in the air), some layers of clouds, and plenty of cross wind during take-off and landing (90deg square, gusts just over 15 knots). Demonstrated cross wind capability of the DA40 is 20 knots and even with our limited experience 15 knots cross wind component does not create any problem.
Pancake Airlines Crew is trained by Dwarf Powered Gliders (www.dwarf.nl) and Wings over Holland (www.wingsoverholland.nl). Information on the PH-PCA Diamond DA40 can be found on www.diamond-aircraft.at. You can click on the title link to see the video on DailyMotion.