Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sad day for the Portuguese Aviation

Past evening during a night instruction flight a Cessna 152 from Leávia Air School wit the register CS-AUR crashed near Cascais Airfield, LPCS to the families of João Leal, student (in this photo) and Rogério Telles, instructor, My most sincere condolences.

This accident will be investigated by the Portuguese Air Disaster Investigation Office and that will explain the reasons of this terrible accident who claimed the lives of these to Pilots.

The CS-AUR was an aircraft very special to Me this was the aircraft witch I've flown My first Solo. Leávia was the Flight School where I've made my ATPL and MCC courses.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Coming up next!

Things to do in the next days.

Fly again, probably the Cessna 152 or the 172 from Aeropiloto

Photo: Ricardo Gomes APEA

Photo: Rafael Vieira

And after that I still have to renew my Multi-Engine and Instrument rating whitch will be in a brand new Tecnam P2006T from Leávia.


Wait for news!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Almost in the Air

The Portuguese Air Force Museum now with a ANA, National Airports Museum and TAP, Portuguese flag company rooms will open on the 29 of this month.

The rooms have been refurbished to be more comfortable and to take the visitor into the historic aviation spirit. New aircraft models will be in exposition along with the ones already exposed.

This is a great mark to the Portuguese aviation and to the Portuguese Air Force who is investing not to make this museum just a place where the old things are kept but a space that has the potential to become one of the great aviation museums of Europe. To get to his achievement the PoAF besides of the military is also working alongside with volunteers and Aero Fénix Museum in the recovery of new aircraft models to expose There is also a project to volunteers who with the necessary formation can take the visitors into a guided tour to the museum. 

I am already with the camera on charge cleaning the lenses and preparing to pay a visit as soon as I can. Please do the same because it will worth I'm sure.

Well done PoAF.

The PoAF Museum website is:

Dark days of the Portuguese general aviation

Since my return that I've been trying to get updated with everything related to aviation. The internet access wasn't the best and very complicated to share 3 lines with more than 120 other mates.

So at home I started to check the regular aviation news airplane sales clubs and associations and it seems that around here things have been quite calm to calm I should say but the thing that frightened me more was the huge number of small aircraft based in Portugal on sale.

Some of them are private but a huge part are from companies who gain their living with banner towing, private pilots rentals and air tours. And it isn't just one or two aircraft but the entire fleet of some companies.

Keeping this tendency and adding the airfield closure I think that the general aviation in Portugal it's entering it's darker period and with this Economical crisis in Europe better days aren't going to be so soon as would like to.

Photo credits: Shark_tt -

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cessna 152, CS-AZB flight

A few months ago I decided that it was time to get "the girl" to the sky and as a retribution she made this amazing video of that flight.

Hope you enjoy much as I did.

Always Coming and Going...

Will it stop one day?

First of all my apologies to all due the lack of posts in this blog. Once more I've been called to embark to Somalia and integrate the EUNavfor mission fighting piracy and protecting the navigation in the Aden Gulf.

Those were three long months but here I am again, ready to update the blog with fresh news and most all ready to fly!

So thank you all for your attention to this modest blog and thank you for your help keeping it "flying".

Stay tuned.

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