Friday, 21 November 2008

2008/09 Sander to Norderney and Eelde

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We had been to Norderney before but this time Sander was in the right seat. Sander was able to practise the RT he learned the weeks before at school; and some other things :-). Ideal weather to fly with nice clouds, I like that a lot better than a totally blue sky. If you are leaving the islands later in the afternoon the lower sun over the Waddenzee and its sand plates offers a very special sight. Afterwards we dropped Sander off at KLM flight academy in Eelde where we were able to practise an ILS approach with a circling for 05. I have picked up IFR training again, with Eelco via Wings over Holland. I really like Eelco's approach to make maximum use of all the equipment available in the Diamond. His training is very complementary to the one I already received before; and it seems to me that this approach is very practical. Especially in difficult situations maximum use of the navigation and autopilot features gives you a lot less workload. I learned a lot of new possibilities of which I did not even know that the DA40 was capable of.

As I write this both Sander and Marijke managed to pass all their ATPL exams this week with an average around 90%. Good start for Sander and Marijke now only has 3 to go. Marijke will also finish her IR rating with Eelco.

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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