Friday, December 21, 2012

Rejected take off to TAP Portugal privatization

The Portuguese Government by the Treasure Secretary of the State Luís Albuquerque announced yesterday that the single proposal to alienate the Portuguese Airline TAP Portugal from the group Synergy of the millionaire Germán Efromovich was refused.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso


The Portuguese Government pointed to the rejection of this proposal the lack of financial warranties as prescribed in the specifications referred as primordial do the sale of the Airline. This proposal rounded 1.5 thousand million euros from witch 316 million euros to recapitalize the Airline and the rest to cover TAP's deficit and the Portuguese Government would gain about 35 million euros.
The Portuguese Government stated that this proposal was positive and aligned with the Government intentions and strategy to the company. Also said that the interest in selling the Portuguese Flag Airline is to take action in a near future but will now need a revaluation of the market conditions and sale strategy to take place.
The Synergy Group was the only buy proposal that was still in table at this final phase of the whole process and it seems that the most probable action will be the opening of a entirely new privatization process with, who knows, new specifications and requirements to the interested groups.
Germán Efromovich after the Portuguese Government announcement said being surprised with this decision and admits to make a new proposal if the timing of the business is adequate to the Synergy Group as it's his intention to buy an European Airline in order to expand air business to Europe.

EC-KEX the Spanish plane

With the EC-KEX it is time to end the list of Cessnas 152 that I've flown until now, actually this one was the very last 152 registered in my logbook.

 Credits: Daniela Ferreira

 Credits: Daniela Ferreira

The KEX was built by Reims aviation company, in France, licensed by Cessna.

 Credits: Daniela Ferreira

 Credits: Daniela Ferreira

Until now I have flown the KEX for only one time in a round trip that took from Cascais, LPCS overflying land to Vila Nova de Milfontes and return to Cascais, LPCS by shore line showing the amazing beaches almost desert that our beautiful Portugal has.

 Credits: Daniela Ferreira

Not much to say about the KEX as it is a very capable aircraft in good shape to it's age.

 Credits: Daniela Ferreira

As far as I could obtain information the EC-KEX has the construction number 15281796 and I found the previous registration N67380 but not confirmed.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CS-AZB The Blue Angel

The Cessna CS-AZB is from Aeropiloto fleet and I flew it for the first time after completing my ATPL integrated course in a hour building flight to keep up to date. If you pay attention this aircraft figures in this blog as the wallpaper photograph.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso - Me and my friend Tiago Silva

Credits: Filipe Cardoso - My friend Tiago with the controls 

Credits: Filipe Cardoso - Walkaround

The reason for calling it Blue Angel is simple it is because this aircraft at this time is completely painted in Sky Blue with white rims and registration.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

In this little fellow I've went to Portimão, LPPM nad Évora, LPEV and also was the aircraft on witch I took my father and girlfriend to fly for the first time with me at the controls.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

The Cessna 152 CS-AZB has the construction number 15281900 and a previous American registration N67538 and the English G-HOSE nad G-SACA.

Credits: Daniela Ferreira - Preparing for the next flight

Credits: Daniela Ferreira

Credits: Daniela Ferreira - Daniela one of my first passengers

Credits: Filipe Cardoso - My Dad and my very first passenger

CS-AVC Trustful machine

In Portuguese AVC is the abbreviation to cerebral vascular accident in correct english cerebrovascular accident or a stroke although flying the Cessna 152 CS-AVC couldn't be farther of that kind of stuff.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso 

Right a few weeks since I started flying at the flight school the "AVC" had a landing accident that resulted a a considerable amount of damage a brought the aircraft to a long period of repairs in Aerotécnica Leávia's associated company specialized in aircraft maintenance.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

After several months of repairs and then after passing an extensive period of inspections and test flights to guarantee the airworthiness certificate to the aircraft, I was already in a more advanced level of the ATPL and so I was now flying normally more complex aircraft and flying the Cessna 150 and 152 only in cross country solo missions so it even took longer time for me to fly this bird.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

When finally I got the opportunity to fly the "AVC" I was great! The aircraft revealed very good comparing with all other Cessna aircraft that I have flown until then probably result of the intensive repairs post accident but the machine was in great shape and even the small details were quite good.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

The Cessna  152 CS-ACV has the construction number 15279621 and a previous american registration N757BY.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Portuguese Navy 19th Helicopter Detachment Fénix Flight wishes you All a Merry Christmas ans a Happy 2013.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso, Nose Art and Patch Styling Miguel Garrana Amaral

Sunday, December 16, 2012

CS-DAT Leávia's Ferrari of the 152s

If was one thing that was general opinion of all those who fly in Leávia's aircraft is about the CS-DAT, it was fast! No not a rocket plane or whatsoever but to a 152 it really was fast.

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Credits: Ricardo Jorge Figueiredo - Jetphotos.net

The "DAT" had a propeller better developed to cruise flights so it wasn't the best climber but at cruise it passes all other Cessnas of the school, I founded that in a cross country flight to Portimão, LPPM in a mere 200nm flight the 10 minute difference between Me on the "DAT" and the Cessna 150 CS-APA, see: cs-apa-that-charismatic-noise transformed at Portimão in about 45 minutes. Not Bad!

Credits: Miguel Grilo - Jetphotos.net

It was on this particular aircraft that I made the first mission relative to abnormal attitudes, regaining control vrilles, stall turns, etc. always without problems at all, nice machine!
The "DAT" was also the last aircraft witch I have flew to finish my Integrated ATPL course in a checkride flight.

Cessna 152 II CS-DAT 15283914 Cascais - LPCS
Credits: Carlos Moreira - Jetphotos.net and PortugalSpotters - my cousin Luis Almeida as Flight Instructor

This aircraft as all the other Cessna 150 and 152 suffered the treatment that student pilots imposed to them but always able to keep their posture and bringing the inexperienced pilots back to ground again.

Cessna 152 II CS-DAT 15283914 Cascais - LPCS
Credtis: Ricardo Jorge Figueiredo - Jetphotos.net

The CS-DAT has the construction number 15283914 and a known previous american registration that is N6258B

Saturday, December 15, 2012

CS-AUR First Solo Flight!

The Cessna 152 CS-AUR starts the presentation of all 152's that I have flown until now. This particular aircraft is very significant to Me as it was the one of my first Solo. After that I flew the "UR" for several times in cross country solo flights to be able to get the CPL.

 Credits: Filipe Cardoso 

On the CS-AUR I flew for about 10 hours total time and went on it to Évora, LPEV and Portimão, LPPM, it was also the aircraft of my 300nm plus cross country flight.

 Credits: Filipe Cardoso 

The "UR" was a regular Cessna 152 made by Cessna itself not Reims Company in France.
Unfortunately this aircraft is also remembered for the worst reasons. See: sad-day-for-portuguese-aviation post. In June the 26th this year during a night training flight in Cascais Airfield, LPCS the aircraft crashed in the surroundings of the field and took the life of the instructor Rogério Teles and the student João Leal who by coincidence is son of the Flight School owner. The accident is still under investigation to find causes for it and if possible state directives to prevent similar hapenings.

 Credits: Filipe Cardoso 

The "UR" had the construction number 15283659 and a previous american registration that was N4826B

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CS-ADF Old School

The Cessna 150A CS-ADF was so different from the rest of the Cessna fleet in the flight school that the Leávia required that students should fly that particular aircraft with instructor before going solo with it. And wasn't for less than that. The so called "ADF" due to it's registration was built in a time that instrument arrange and cockpit organization was not important so the cockpit is a bit messy to nowadays standards.

 Credits: Filipe Cardoso


My first flight in this piece of history was a small vfr flight of about 1 hour from Cascais, LPCS to Cascais, LPCS and after that was always solo. Besides its exterior aspect the "ADF" had quite differences inside to, such as the flaps lever that remember the lever of  a Beechraft with that "Handbrake" style. The position of the pilot in flight was also different but I didn't found it to be uncomfortable.

Credits Filipe Cardoso

Unfortunately the "ADF" suffered a crash landing in November 2011 and was considered as unrecoverable due to the extension of the damage fortunately however was the fact that none got injured badly.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

The Number of the CS-ADF was 15059232 and the only previous registration that I know about is an American one N7132X.

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

Here is the link to the preliminary report of the accident (in Portuguese) http://www.gpiaa.gov.pt/ look for previous years reports and go to 2011 reports.

CS-APA That charismatic noise

When I first flew the Reims/Cessna F150L CS-APA it was just a few flight hours since a complete overhaul that consisted in all normal procedures regarding the inspections to mechanical parts and structural parts. But the major difference was... the new interior all in white and blue with a small red line as contour as the very own Leávia Flight School colors. Oh and I almost forgot that this was in leather imitation. Nice!

Credtis: Filipe Cardoso

But the most distinctive thing in this particular aircraft wasn't the interior it as the way it sounded when passing by. This four cylinder Lycoming engine had installed two exhausts one on each side of the engine to a pair of cylinders, this configuration made the exhaust to be so small that it was as if there was no exhaust at all. Great sound, I liked it!

Credits: Filipe Cardoso

Since the first day of its life CS-APA passed through several owners and registrations and its manufacturer number is 1068. I could not confirm the first registration but if someone has more information is completely free to leave a comment for me to correct if necessary. Before coming to Portugal CS-APA had two registrations in France witch were F-BVBD and F-BSGQ.

Credits: Paulo Santos

CS-AYJ "Old Donkey"

The Reims/Cessna F150L CS-AYJ was the aircraft of my first instruction flight. Even to a 150 the YJ was slow and not a great fan of flying to high the Achilles´heel of it was it's low rate of climb and during summer with student and flight instructor aboard was very very slow indeed. The nickname "Old Donkey" was named by a college of the ATPL class regarding it's slow rate of... moving but always fit to the job of leading the inexperienced student pilots back to ground again.
Credits: Filipe Cardoso

As far as I could find the CS-AYJ has the manufacturer number 0916 and a previous registration in Germany as D-ECWL.

Reims-Cessna F150L CS-AYJ 0916 Cascais - LPCS
Credits: José Jorge - Jetphotos.net

The fabulous 20

Today when I was looking at my logbook I thought that not being a pilot with thousands of flying hours I've already flew a considerable number of aircraft. After counting I've reached to the beautiful number 20 witch is a considerable number counting that I'm still under 300h total flying time.

Some of these aircraft are more relevant to my as a pilot for several reasons than others but at the end all of them brought back to the ground safely.

The next posts I will try to present them to You and I might have a good story to share related to some of them.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

FAA orders Boeing 787 inspections, cites fuel leak risk

US FAA has issued an airworthiness directive ordering Boeing 787 operators to inspect the aircraft for “improperly assembled” engine fuel feed manifold couplings.


There are currently 38 787s in service. In a notice published this week in the US government’s federal register, FAA said it has “received reports of fuel leaks on two different in-service [787s] and the subsequent discovery of several improperly assembled engine fuel feed manifold couplings on in-service and production airplanes.”

FAA did not mention which operators reported the fuel leaks, but Ethiopian Airlines has told ATW that it experienced a fuel leak on a 787 during initial operations, adding that the problem is now “resolved.”

FAA said the improper coupling installations “occurred during production” and include “couplings with missing or improperly installed lockwire, parts within the couplings installed in the wrong locations, incorrect parts installed in the couplings, and couplings that have extra parts installed.”

The agency added, “These conditions, if not corrected, could result in fuel leaks, which could lead to fuel exhaustion, engine power loss or shutdown, or leaks on hot engine parts that could lead to a fire … An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule.”

ATW has requested a comment from Boeing. The manufacturer told The Seattle Times that about 19 in-service 787s have already been inspected and the company is making the necessary changes in its 787 production process.

Portugal Airshow might come back!

The biannual most popular Portuguese airshow might return in 2013. According to a local newspaper the Mayor of Évora is looking for supporters and partnerships to be able to make the event in it's traditional location the Évora Airdrome, LPEV. Évora airfield seen in this last year the best and the worst happenings in Portuguese aviation.


On the worst side the death of a student pilot in a solo flight in the surroundings of the field with an investigation undergoing at this time. Also the shutdown of CAE-AAE flight academy due to a reorganization of the CAE group after a fusion with the Oxford Aviation Group.


On the bright side Embraer's facilities started to labor witch contributed to the creation of aviation jobs and lead to the creation of an aviation cluster idealized by the Mayor of this small town. When Embraer factories reach it's top in production it's expected to create plus 400 direct jobs and about 1500 jobs indirectly. Let's hope for the best to Embraer and wish them a happy and pleasant stay in Portugal for many years as possible.


AVweb's iPad Mini Flight Trial

I think that it starts to convince me by it's size but I don't know how much the size also affects readability of the information, let's wait for more tests to see that.

Chinese Airlines contract in Spain

According with Presstur magazine some Chinese Airlines are looking for pilots in Spain. Just about a month later Spanair ceased operations the director of Spring Airlines came to Spain to hire some experienced pilots to it's airline. According to the same source Spring Airlines offered jobs to 30 captains after interviewed them and stated that the airline as a predicted growth for the time being  and new aircraft will come to reinforce the fleet and experienced pilots are a plus.

One question: When will low time pilots have their chance? Waiting to see...

China lands high-tech J-15 jet on new carrier

China made the first carrier landing with the J-15 fighter, the Liaoning is a ex-Russian refurbished aircraft carrier delivered to the People's Liberation Army and it's the first aircraft carrier operated by China. Here is a footage courtesy of Russia Today television.

20th Airline Black List review in Europe

As you all might know the European Union created a Black List of Airlines that for the most different reasons are forbidden to fly to/in/out of Europe, basically all reasons are related with safety issues as bad maintenance practices lack of procedures or training, aircraft models banned from the European airspace, politics, security problems in the operation airports outside EU and so on.

Some companies continue to have permission to fly to Europe but under specific conditions like TAAG that is still allowed to fly to Lisboa and Porto, Portugal but under restrict rules. In order to achieve that TAAG invested several million dollars in new aircraft all Boeing 777 models 200 and 300 and started a rigorous training program to flying and non flying staff that operate in Luanda do achieve acceptable quality levels to satisfy EASA.

For now the list complies in 287 Airlines from about 20 nations worldwide.

Top Gear Style!

As the BBC's Top Gear chaps usually say: «Let's do the News»

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

After 11 years in Évora AAE closes operations in Portugal




After 11 years operating in the skies of Évora the Aeronautical Academy of Europe operations come to an end. The Academy was part of the CAE group that now has joined the Oxford Aviation group and the shut down of Évora facility is the result of the new strategy to the new formed group.

Earlier this year AAE already reduced the number of employees to the minimum and since last November that the AFIS of the airfield ceased operation due to the reduction of the AAE workers and this service was provided by the flight academy this service was a very good aid to pilots in an airfield that had a considerable amount of traffic specially student pilots. One thing I am sure is that CAE/Oxford won't get in Brussels Oxford or Amsterdam the same meteorological conditions to fly all year.



Airbus A350 MSN 001 rolled out of the Main Assembly Hall

That's right the Airbus XWB projetc rolled out of the Main Assembly Hall yesterday and will continue it's assembly and production tests and certifications in the next months. For now the newly aircraft went to Station 30 - indoor ground test facility.

Is it of my eyes or the A350 isn't quite pretty?

Photographs cortesy of Airbus

Airbus A350 XWB MSN1 Main Assembly

Airbus A350 XWB MSN1 Photo Main Assembly

Airbus A350 XWB MSN1 Main Assembly

What a great flying day!

Past Sunday the meteorology finally gave some space to fly after several days of intense rains and even a tornado in Algarve that created a considerable amount of damage.

This was time to take the Ferreira family to the sky. All of them have already flew and Daniela has been already my passenger and photo reporter in 2 other flights but her parents were going to fly for the first time in a proper aircraft. Not that Airbus or Boeing aircraft aren't proper but they can take you from A to B without almost looking throughout the window to enjoy the views. The Cessna 172 is so different in that and that's why people o usually don't fly in general aviation aircraft always get amazed with the view and want more.

Here is a small footage of that flight that took us from Cascais, LPCS, to the south through Setubal, Alcacer do Sal and Grandola and the return via shore line to admire the beaches almost unknown and desert that extend from Troia all the way south until Sines.

Photographs were taken by Daniela Ferreira and if you're curious about her work check her Photoblog: http://life-in-technicolor-pics.tumblr.com/