Thursday, 20 November 2008

2008/05 IFR training Annecy - Meribel - Lausanne

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It is easy to get to Annecy center from Meythet airport by taking the bus which stops just in front of the airport. Annecy center is a lovely place to stay the night. There are a couple of hotels very close to the lake with some nice restaurants just around the corner. Even in May you can enjoy your dinner outside on the terrace. Perfect.

In front of the hotel there is a big park. The sun was shining brightly, not to high in the sky yet to render a sparkling glow on the lake. Ideal place to plan the route to follow for the next leg. After take off you use the length of Lake Annecy to gain enough height to be able to cross the mountain passes on the south end of the lake. Best time to fly in the mountains is normally in the morning where the air is the most stable.
No worries that day, although its still impressive to monitor the red area's on the MFD which indicate the mountains that are still higher than your actual flight altitude.

After the first row of hills you enter the valley of Albertville and Moutiers. Albertville airport (LFKA) can be used as our final destination when we want to go into the Trois Vallees. You have to fill in a form to the regional ACC and you can even phone Jerome at Meribel Altiport to pick you up (just 15 minutes flight in the Mousquetaire).

We overflew Albertville airport and followed the vallee towards Moutiers and then into the Trois Vallees. With respect for the mountains and the possible wind effects we carefully maneuvered to circle over the Meribel golf course and Meribel Village before heading toward Lake Geneva again.

Our first stop that day was going to be Lausanne airport. Flying over the lake with calm sunny weather gives a beautiful view and corresponding colors. We got a straight in approach over the water towards the runway which has a strange down slope followed by an up slope with a number of high-tension masts not to far behind the runway. Marijke made a perfect landing (as usual) before enjoying our lunch on the terrace outside. The restaurant has a bit of an upper class atmosphere, but the food is good and the service as well.

We did not think about passports, but as Suisse is no part of the Schengen area this might have lead to problems because not everybody in the plane bought it along. A little bit of creative bookkeeping prevented further consequences but keep in mind to bring the documents when making a full stop in Switzerland.

The way back to Holland was pretty regular. We past overhead the very long runway at Luxembourg and we saw a military jet cross below us when passing Beek. No peculiar things anymore, but no need for them since we encountered enough during the last 2 days of flying.

Pancake Airlines Crew is trained by Dwarf Powered Gliders ( and Wings over Holland ( Information on the PH-PCA Diamond DA40 can be found on You can click on the title link to see the HD video on DailyMotion.

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