BoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4352 times:
I don't see many pilot reports in here, and I categorize this part of the forum as reports for people who are interested in learning which airlines to choose, as well as being up to date on which airlines that provides the best service.
But still I find it fascinating to see reports from pilots as well, at least from my point of view as an aviation "geek" that likes to be in the nose section of an aircraft.
Although I have only started my journey in this career, I still feel that I can contribute with showing some photos of my beautiful country.
My local airport is TRF, Torp. It is located east in Norway, on the south coast. We are blessed with beautiful weather, each fitting with very distinctive seasons. Lots of snow in the winter, lots of sun in the summer.
And this day was no different. I was about to go on with my solo cross-country navigation, which should include two airports (one unknown airport that I haven't visited earlier), and should exceed 150 NM. This trip was 270 NM long.
My trip legs was the following: Torp - Notodden - Fagernes - Torp. The VFR map and routing was the following (1:250 000):
My "Of Block Time" from Torp was 07:00 UTC. "Of Block Time" at Fagernes was 09:30 UTC. Weather forecasted at 12 UTC was as following:
There was some TCU and CB forcasted around Fagernes area after 12 UTC, so I'm well within limits.
My Operational Plan from Torp - Notodden - Fagernes can be seen here, and may I say that I am very proud of my ETO estimations:
The Reims Cessna 172P has been fueled, walk-around has been done thoroughly as it always should be, and preparation is done to me and my instructors satisfactory.
I'm on my way, and my first stop is Notodden:
After a Stop-and-Go at Notodden, I carry on. And this is the view I found at 6500 feet after climbing out of Notodden:
After cruising at 6500 feet for some time, I got a lovely view of Gaustadtoppen:
A couple of photos overhead Gol (populare area around here for skiing in the winter):
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere (no need to worry, I knew exactly where I was):
Arrival at Fagernes, on long final:
That concluded my first two legs. Fagernes is a beautiful airport, with Coast Air as a regular visitor, as well as the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
My third leg is the following:
Torp, with Ryanair about to take off:
That concludes my 3 hour and 30 minutes long trip. Hope you enjoy the pictures, and editing advises will be gratefully accepted
Saleya22R From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4206 times:
Excellent report with beautiful sceneries, did you stop at Notodden and Fagernes or did you just make touch and go landings? I am familiar with many of the places shown, have even climbed the Gaustatoppen! What does "P" in Cessna 172P stand for? I found my old manual for the C150 from the 70s. It's F150L where F probably stands for made in France(Reims) but can't remember what L means.
BoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4151 times:
Quoting Thepilot (Reply 1): I have heard that aviation in Norway is quite expensive. Have you found that to be the case?
I don't really know, cause I have nothing to compare it to. But I will probably end up paying about 80,000 NOK, which is about $13,000. But for me who still lives at home, it will still be cheaper than travel somewhere and pay alot for a place to stay, car and food.
For just the rental, it's 886 NOK an hour, or $150.
Quoting Saleya22R (Reply 2): did you stop at Notodden and Fagernes or did you just make touch and go landings?
I did stop at Fagernes, had a coup of coffee and a muffin.
At Notodden I did a stop and go. I could not do a touch and go, because then I could not log Torp - Notodden as one leg.
I actually don't know. Maybe just to distingt it from the other aircrafts in the series? It was produced between 1981 and 1985. And Reims are, as you say, assembled in France. But it is basically the same aircraft as far as I know.
There are many letters I don't know the meaning of, but some of them are:
"T" = Turbo?
"RG" = Retractable Gear
Quoting Saleya22R (Reply 2): I am familiar with many of the places shown, have even climbed the Gaustatoppen!
I have done that as well, when I was very young. I can't remember if I went all the way to the top though.
9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2102 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4088 times:
A one of a kind trip report! Simple and precise. The map, weather forecast and log books make this report outstanding. I love all the photos as all were amazingly stunning and were snapped from the cockpit.
The 172 has been in production a very long time. The first ones were simply 172's. As upgrades came along and modifications made the letter at the end has changed. There are 172A's, B's, C's, D's, F's, G's, ect, ect. I believe right now they have made it through the alphabet to S. IIRC the R and S models are the ones currently in production.
So to answer your question the P is simply the model number and after looking it up it seems production of the P model ended in 1985. So today it simply means it is an ooooold plane.
BoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3989 times:
Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 4): What stage of your training are you up to?
I am almost finished with the required parts of the programme. I have 34 hours, of which 9 are PIC. So I need one more solo flight (to get PIC up to 10, which is the required), and I have some basic instrument training left. Then I am just going to fly until I have 45 hours, which makes me ready for a Skill Test.
Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1357 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3922 times:
Awesome report. I really enjoy these pilot reports, especially ones made by PP(L)s. VFR flight offers better scenery (therefore photos) so in a way I can say they make better trip reports . Norway is a fantastic country and your pictures prove just that. Mountain flying is something else, isn't it? Flying out of Calgary International, I have the opportunity to do just that. Keep it up and good luck with your training. Please write more reports if you have the time.
P.S. I've written a few Pilot Reports, so you can check it out here (in case you haven't seen it yet)
EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1163 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3818 times:
Amazing report. We need more GA reports on here I think.
I have been to most places in Southern Norway but your flight when to bits I've never seen before so it was extra nice to see some new places, especially from the air.
I'm at the very beginning of my PPL here in England, I only have one hour so far. If only flying in the UK was as spectacular as Norway.
Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Thread starter): I don't see many pilot reports in here, and I categorize this part of the forum as reports for people who are interested in learning which airlines to choose, as well as being up to date on which airlines that provides the best service.
I agree. Another thing is a lot of reports are of first class and I for one won't be able to afford to fly frist class for a very long time.
Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Giving up and refusing to try again does!
Yes, it is really exciting, especially when you are on a solo flight. But I really enjoyed it, so beautiful!
Quoting Vio (Reply 8): P.S. I've written a few Pilot Reports, so you can check it out here (in case you haven't seen it yet)
I actually have seen them before, and I really enjoyed them! I hope you post more trip reports like that, and I will do my part to post as much as I can.
Quoting EMA747 (Reply 9): I'm at the very beginning of my PPL here in England, I only have one hour so far.
The first hour is dangerous, cause then you get hooked Good luck, and I hope to see some pictures when you get the time to take them. England is a beautiful country as well. And even if the scenery isn't spectacular, it is nice to get to know places and learn some geography as well.
BoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2936 times:
Hey KaiGywer, I have deleted them from the database in my A.net account, but I found the pictures in my Photobucket account so I'll post them here now, although I don't have time to post comments on each picture. But it's fairly the same arrangement as the comments above: