Sunday, November 30, 2008

First flight to France

As I had little to do today, I asked to Pierre, another French pilot, if I could fly with him today. He wanted to fly to France :) We couldn't start before 13 o'clock, which made the France travel particularly short, but it was so beautiful! That was my first fly to France in a small plane - and as a copilot.
We got to fly over the black forest, then Freiburg, Mulhouse and Belfort. Our goal was Gray. It was a really nice weather, but became windy toward Gray. Pierre was surprised by the high cross wind, and the landing was not easy,but he mastered that well. His family was here to see him, but we just had 20 min to stay there. After that it would be too late to come back to Poltringen before sunset. So we had to hurry. The French air controllers were extremely nice, it was funny to communicate with them in French :)
On our way back, we flew another area of the black forest, which was even more beautiful. Over Freiburg there were some aircraft traffic, but overall there were almost no one in the sky today. Arrived on Poltringen 15 min before sunsets, other pilots were worrying that we'd come too late, their first question was "where are you?". They were relieved as we said we were 5 min from the airfield. Landing on 16:20, what a great experience!

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