Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Humanitarian Aid, Lynx over Madeira sky




The Portuguese Navy has sent the frigate N.R.P. Corte Real with one Lynx helicopter to Funchal, Madeira in order to assist local authorities to recover from the heavy storms that affected the portuguese island on the 20th. February.


After the arrival, the mission to the Lynx was recogning, transporting people and equipment to isolated places.


It's with an improved moral that all man and women a board N.R.P. Corte Real work all day and night here in Funchal, in order to assist those who need and to bring relief to the population of the affected areas.




Board N.R.P. Corte Real, Funchal

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Just another day... without flying!


All around the world you can see pictures of Portugal, inviting you to a very pleasant and sunny country. But... Where the hell is the Sun? Well one thing I'm sure, the Sun isn't here in Portugal.

How I miss does Sunny days!

Monday, February 8, 2010

... and it flies!



Bad weather on both sides of the Atlantic II!

The bad weather isn't just a thing that is affecting only Portuguese student pilots, he he.
For today was scheduled the very first flight of the very new Boeing 747-800F, F of Freighter version, the first version to be delivered. The first One will be delivered to Cargolux. As I was saying it was intended to be the day of this first flight but once more due to bad weather, that was impossible.

So, as we wait to see this new bird in the skies, we can enjoy it's beauty by seeing these videos from Boeing about the construction and the taxi tests. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Boeing

Bad weather on both sides of the Atlantic!

On this side I could not fly one more day due to bad weather, fortunately today's flight instructor was qualified on de ALSim 200 simulator and my flight was once more the practice of instrument approaches. So in the simulator I was able to practice various ILS and VOR DME aproaches. First, ILS Approach to RWY 03 of Lisbon Airport, LPPT, then I performed a missed approach procedure to after that begin with an ILS approach to RWY 21, this time with a full stop land.

Next stop, Faro Airport, LPFR, another ILS, this time to RWY 28 and another approach trainning, after that and to finish the flight I performed the classical VOR-DME approach to Cascais, LPCS.

The bad thing of today's mission is the fact that wasn't on a plane, but on the other hand in a normal flight it is impossible to perform all these approaches in such time window, and of course without other traffic.