Over the Balearic and Canary islands to Madeira

Over the Balearic and Canary islands to Madeira



I set off for this first official part of the expedition "European Islands from the Skies" on 22 April 2014. The flight took me over the islands of Elba, Corsica, Sardinia, Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Palma, Tenerife, Madeira, Porto Santo and Ile During this trip I also landed in the Spanish enclave of Mellila in northern Africa and flew over the Strait of Gibraltar as well as the Landing Beaches of Normandy.

In addition to the many photos and video hours we had, we made a special video entitled "70th Anniversary of D-Day" which can be seen on this website in the History section.



22.4.2014 Photos - Day 1 OK-LEX at the airport of Příbram LKPM

April 22, 2014

The first flight on the first day of the first part of the expedition "European Islands from the Skies" took me over the Alps to Venice. The trips took about 2,5 hours. From Venice I next flew to Pisa where I spent my first night of the trip. more

24.4.2014 Photos - Day 2 Fog at Pisa airport, Italy

April 23, 2014

The second day I departed from Pisa and flew to the scene of Napoleon´s first exile, the island of Elba, where I refuelled. Then I flew via the western coast of Corsica to the airport of Figari. I soon left for Menorca flying over the beautiful town of Bonifacio and then Sardinia. After some three hours of flight over the sea I landed at the airport of Mahon on Menorca. more

25.4.2014 Photos - Day 3 Morning at Mahon airport

April 24, 2014

From the airport of Mahon I continued via the northern coast of Menorca and then Mallorca to the airport of St Bonet near Palma de Mallorca. After some bureaucratic problems and refuelling I departed for Melilla - a Spanish enclave in the north of Africa. I had to struggle with headwinds of about 60 km/s. more

26.4.2014 Photos - Day 4 Melilla airport, terminal building, Spanish territory in northern Africa

April 25, 2014

From Melilla I wanted to fly to Gibraltar. The problem was Melilla had no fuel and neither did the airport of Gibraltar. As a result I changed my flight plan to Jerez in Spain. I landed at Jerez with barely the legal minimum of fuel since the headwinds were again very strong. After about two hours of paperwork and refuelling I set off for Lanzarote - about 5,5 hours of flight over the sea. I landed there at about 8 p.m. into a very strong gusting wind. more

27.4.2014 Photos - Day 5 OK LEX at Lanzarote airport, Canary Islands

April 26, 2014

I spent one night at Lanzarotte and continued on via the island of Fuerteventura, passing by La Palma to the airport of Tenerife Norte - where the worst aviation disaster in history happened in 1977. The airport looks very peaceful and it is difficult to imagine what happened here... more

28.4.2014 Photos - Day 6 GA parking bay at Tenerife Norte airport

April 27, 2014

I did a sight-seeing flight from Tenerife Norte - Teide Volcano, Gomera island, La Palma and then on to Madeira. The flight from La Palma to Madeira took some 2,5 hours. Landing at Madeira was quite difficult because of the wild cross-wind. more

29.4.2014 Photos - Day 7 Nossa Senhora church, Madeira, Portugal

April 28, 2014

Day 7 of my trip was a resting day which I spent on the beautiful island of Madeira. more

30.4.2014 Photos - Day 8 Funchal Airport

April 29, 2014

The morning after my rest I departed for a sightseeing trip around Madeira. I flew with Dinarte, a young friendly man working at the airport of Madeira. It was a good idea - he did the photography and guiding and I flew and enjoyed the sight-seeing. Next, I departed for another 5,5 hour flight over the sea to a little airport of Benavente in mainland Portugal. more

18.11.2014 Photos - Day 9 Alongside the Portugeese coast

April 30, 2014

From the airport of Benavente I flew to Maia at Oporto. Here, a crowd of plane spotters was waiting for me. They asked to come over when they found my flight on the internet. We spent a pleasant afternoon and then I set off to continue to Santiago de Compostella. Half way there I had to turn back because of bad weather - storm, fog, wind, rain. more

18.11.2014 Photos - Day 10 At Maia airport with the taxi driver who took me there

May 1, 2014

After a night spent at Oporto I set off again from Maia airport. This time the destination was Biarritz rather than Santiago de Compostella which I had failed to reach the day before. From Biarritz I continued north to the historical city of La Rochelle. more

18.11.2014 Photos - Day 11 The bridge across river Loire at St Nazaire

May 2, 2014

From La Rochelle I flew over St Nazaire - during WWII a German submarine base - to the airport of Quiberon. From there, after a thorough police check of all my on-board equipment I continued north to the airport of Dinard - St Malo. more

18.11.2014 Photos - Day 12 Romantic beaches next to St Malo

May 3, 2014

From Dinard airport I continued via the famous monastery of Mont St Michel to the Landing Beaches at Caen in Normandy and then bypassing Paris to the north landed at Haugeanau after about five hours of a very bumpy flight. A special video documenting the D-Day beaches is available at the History section of prusa.org website. more

4.5.2014 Photos - Day 13 OK LEX at Haugenau airport, Alsace, France

May 4, 2014

The flight from Haugenau to Příbram took only about 2,5 hours. There were several aircraft waiting for me over Pilsen and they joined me on the last stretch of my flight to Příbram. About 20 friends awaited me at the airport. more

18.11.2014 All Photos


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