Changing from sailing by the wind to flying by lift

June 4, 2013

After an easy flight from Budel to Locarno (the a/c was flown by Stefano von Boletzky and by Urs Frischknecht, so that I could prepare my last E replies), we started preparing the a/c for our trip. However we had no chance to empty the entire a/c until the next day, today Tuesday 4 June. Just lack of time after our arrival. What’s new.

Today we started to empty the a/c and weigh every piece which got on board. It was 280 kilos. Fully topped off with fuel , we are close to our maximum take-off weight.

We did a good stowage, nearly military (Urs) whilst I acted like a stevedore on a cargo ship. It was a great success so we are happy with the result. We finished loading at 1454.

Then we only had to do some shopping. Urs chose all the chocolates and I am afraid we will return like pigs, if at least we will eat all the chocolates now on board. Anyhow we need to have finished the chololates before Sophie comes on board in Minnesota USA (..).

We have planned to take off at 0900 tomorrow 5 June. Knowing Commander Frischknecht we will take off indeed exactly at 0900 or perhaps two minutes earlier.

Our first destination is Istanbul. I will be very carefull with payment to the taxi drivers after my bad experience with those banditos two years ago.

Will be continued.

Post by Harry Heijst | June 4, 2013 |


  1. Got the message! Shall join with fresh chocolates

    by Sophie | 04 Jun 2013 | 22:04
  2. Succes! Geniet! Veel geluk! Atie

    by Atie | 05 Jun 2013 | 09:43
  3. Dear crew,

    Have a good and safe flight!

    Have fun,take care!


    by Mieke | 05 Jun 2013 | 11:19
  4. Wishing you fair weather, good times and great coffee 😉

    by Angela | 05 Jun 2013 | 11:44
  5. Is this a bicycle??? What a great idea! And Harry, don’t worry about the chocolate – just dance it “off” after eating 🙂

    by Fabienne | 05 Jun 2013 | 14:15
  6. whow, harry, what a trip.

    Is it really so easy to travel around like it seems to be?
    I like shiraz wines so much,
    deep red, makes you relax and friendly.

    have a good time and come to berlin for your next trip
    gaby from unterkirnach

    by gaby | 08 Jun 2013 | 16:07
  7. amazing car…this mercedes of beheshti. robert means that it is a mercedes w 108…built in the middle of the sixties

    by gaby | 08 Jun 2013 | 16:24