Aerokurier magazine no longer working in Ipad

There was an issue with loading the Aerokurier magazine on my Ipad. I have a quite recent Ipad (Air version), but after upgrading to IOS8, the app was no longer functioning. I tried many things, nothing worked…and thus I had no longer access to my Aerokurier magazines.

Chatting with the helpdesk providing the solution, which I like to copy here as there are many non Germans which have may  have the same issue

Nathalie Lehn (Motorpresse) learned me I had to change the following settings on my iPad:
  • Open “Settings”
  • Select “General”
  • Scroll right side down to “Language & Region”
  • Section “Preferred Language Order”
    • Add Language and select “Deutsch (German)”
Yes, now I have gotten all my magazines back online

Buying or renting a plane

The President of my Belgian flying club, Michel Notelaers, who was also my flight instructor many years ago, often told me that buying a plane as a private pilot flying only in the weekends goes as follows. The first year, the fresh owner flies more than 100 hours taking all his friends with him. The number of flown hours rapidly diminishes over time and after 3 years, most of them fly less than 30 hours a year …then approaching the club if they are not willing to rent out the plane. According to him, there’s little interest to own a plane if you are a Sunday afternoon pilot. My Belgian club has a couple of Cessna 152 and  Cessna 172 for training purposes. Further, one glass cockpit C172SP with state of the art modern cockpit and one fast complex aircraft Mooney 205. They are both IFR and autopilot equipped and can be used for IFR training as part of a modular training. You can easily online book a plane. It makes sense from a logical point of view.

Here’s a youtube movie showing claiming what it is like when one buys a plane.

It is sure that it is time consuming, because you need to take care of setting up maintenance and taking care of so called red tape. If your plane is located at the back of a hangar, you first need to spent your time to put others planes outside and back inside the hangar in order to get access to your plane.

It seems to me the big difference between flying in Europe and the US. In Europe, you have strong flying clubs with plenty of planes for rental, whereas in the US, clubs tend to have a smaller fleet as pilots prefer more to own a plane themselves. It has to do with a difference in mentality but also with a related price tag.

Fuel costs are lower in the US and the size of the country makes buying a plane more interesting. I have been flying a couple of times in The US and having CAVOK weather by default is more inspiring than the often cloudy weather we have got over here due to our sea climate.
You can easily find a Cessna out of the 70’s for less than 40.000 euro in Europe. Owning a plane give you the absolute freedom to put in equipment you like and to go flying when you like.
If one flies some 40 to 50 hours a year like me, it seems better for the moment to continue to rent a plane…..and keep on dreaming about buying a plane and maybe do a crazy thing one day….

Hurry up, autumn is arriving…litteraly

Today, I planned a flight from Luxembourg to my Belgian club of Zwartberg, with a C172. I had another pilot joining as a passenger, called Mike. He has an american license and is going to convert it to a EASA license as he lives as well in Luxembourg these days.

We arrived early at the morning at the Aerosport clubhouse. Impossible to take off however, the airport was IFR , but fog is disappearing rapidly. I called the MET office and a friendly lady learned that within 60 minutes weather is becoming VFR. Jippie !

I showed Mike, who’s joining our club, what are the procedures. We picked up the plane in the reservation system and filed a flight plan via Belgocontrol. I called the navigation office in Brussels to check, and yes, everything is ok.

Than we got the plane of of the hangar and taxied to the fuel station. All of this is perfectly organized at our Luxembourg airfield. We had the key to open the locker, where the credit card is to be found and could fill up our plan with Avgas.

Suddenly Mikes notifies me that the airport is VFR ! Great, let’s take off at once. After a ground roll, we took off on the 06 and headed towards Charlie exit.


Luxembourg landscape

Luxembourg’s energy production

everything runs smoothly

Brussels info 126,9

Mike and Pete

The flight took an hour, we passed via the Diekirch VOR and from there to Liège, where we got a crossing clearance at no time.

Because our take off in the morning was delayed, we had to expedite whilst lunch and fly back home via the same route.

Also this flight went smoothly, but we had to expedite as a warm front wass rapidly arriving from the southwest.

This this we flew over Luxembourg’s most famous lake. Here are the pics. Splendid Indian summer views, that’s what pilots like about Luxembourg.

flying over my house
The new motorway of Luxembourg to the north of the country is almost read

Luxembourg city

5 Minutes after landing, it started raining 🙁

It was a secret. At the airfield of Goch (EDLG) a drink cost only 1 euro !

From Hilversum, we took off after lunch and I flew to Goch in Germany (EDLG). It is a grass airfield with glider activities as well.

From Holland (EHHV) via Goch (EDLG) to Zwartberg (EBZW)

After landing, we were instructed to park next to the tower. We were searching and passed next to it without noticing it was the tower 🙂

Time for a coke. When walking to the clubhouse, all the people we met spoke…dutch. Strange, but these dutch speaking persons explained us that flying at Goch is so much easier than in Holland, that’s why all these dutch pilots come and spend their weekends over here.

the “Tower”  of  EDLG


with Rotax engine

The clubhouse is quite nice. It was quite warm, but it is nicely decorated with all kind of planes. There are even some plane seats where one can sit for a drink.

We were quite surprised to find out that a drink only costed 1€. Amazing for 2014. This are prices of three decades ago. As we still have to fly home today, we can’t taste a fresh pint of beer. Too bad.

After having a drink at the Goch airfield, we head a seamless flight back to Belgium. We were a bit embarrassed that we landed 5 minutes too late, meaning after our slot has ended. But we learned that the pilot who booked the plane after us, canceled his flight…no worries

All by all, this was one of the better flights we’ve been making since a while. It was a truly memorable day and I returned happy and satisfied back home. 

Arrival at Hilversum: time for typical dutch bitterballen

Being in the Netherlands, I always eat bitterballen. When I was a kid and going with my parents to Maastricht dfor shopping on Saturdays, my father learned me to enjoy these dutch “specialties”. It tastes very well with some mustard. This is exactly whet we have been doing in Hilversum.

One of the best flying days

My Belgian club has an online reservation system where you book a plane for a number of hours. I booked some hours on Saturday, Sep 27th , 2014 – with the option that I was open to take another pilot with me. 

Shortly after, my Belgian pilot friend Ludo called me and asked if the offer was still available. 
Yes. I told Ludo about my plan to fly out from Genk Zwartberg to Hilversum (EHHV), nearby Amsterdam. From there, the plan is head south east to Goch in Germany and than we’re fliyng back to Genk Zwartberg. 

Ludo liked the plan and we agreed that he flies the first leg and I the second and third one.

Ludo and Pete

On Saturday Sep 27th, 2014, absolutely perfect CAVOK weather was announced  with temperatures going easily above 20 de grees celcius.


We took off and avoided to come to close over the militairy airfield of Kleine Brogel (even although not active in the weekend). That’s why we plotted to fly via the Leopoldsbburg airfield, slightly at the west of Kleine Brogel.

Afterwards we contacted Eindhoven and received a crossing clearance directly over the airfield

We have been flying many times together and team up quite well. Both of us are gliding pilots and private pilots.

Pete and Ludo



Flying over the Netherlands means no hills or mountains, but plenty of rivers. Here are some pictures of the places we have been flying over

land van Maas en Waal

First flight with my 4 year old son as co-pilot

Today was a very special day for our family. My son ( 4 years old)  has accompagnied me for the first time sitting on the co-pilot seat. He joined us at many occasions at the back seat since the time he was just a baby (here are the pics) but this time we went just the two of us in the air, with him sitting on the co-pilot’s seat. The last couple of days, I have been gently briefing him about our upcoming flight.

He seemed very keen to go flying with his dad. I had to install a child seat for his security and so that he had a nice view from the cockpit. The weather was CAVOK with only a couple of knots of wind. A perfect day. We took off in Zwartberg, EBZW and headed for Hasselt to fly over the house of his grandmother. He found the house himself as we flew over the neighbourhood, what I found quite amazing. But his grandmother was not there …

I showed one needs to pull to climb. He helped me making a gentle turn to the right and one to the left !

After a short flight, we landed in Genk Zwartberg. Surprise, surprise…his 84 year old grandmother Mija was waiting him up. He could not have been happier than at that moment when he saw her and explaining enthusiastically that he has been flying a plane.

I sincerely hope we are going to fly often together and that he keeps enjoying it.