2018 season start with check-out on Mooney M20J

March 26, 2018

In my Belgian flying club, we have got a Mooney of the type M20J. A beautiful plane, with nice specs. The club upgraded the avioanics recently, making this complex plane even more interesting to fly with. I’m currently proceeding with the checkout, it is harder to fly and less forgiving than the Cessna’s 172 and…


Back to Georgia

February 19, 2018

I was back in Georgia last week, it is a great place for skiing and unknown by most Europeans. No long cues on the ski slopes (they haven’t got carnaval holidays), lots of fresh snow. The Gudauri station where we went for the second year is at 2200 meter and goes to 3300 meter altitude.…


AOPA in Luxembourg

February 19, 2018

My role in general aviation is changing in 2018 as I have been elected to preside the board of AOPA in Luxembourg.  We have a gret new board team, I think as it is a match of experience and new talent. The challenges are high as general aviation in Luxembourg is facing an existential threat…


running as President for UPL-AOPA Luxembourg

February 1, 2018

I’m active since a couple of years in the board of the Luxembourg AOPA, which is called UPL-AOPA. The first year, I have been mainly a listener and organized some fly-outs , even long distance ones. I contributed to get AOPA Belgium on the fly again and am working on themes as digitalisation within UPL-AOPA…


Genk to Oostende with the Mooney

January 28, 2018

The online club reservation system in Genk Zwartberg indicated that the pilot who booked the Mooney M20P this Sunday, opened his flight for other pilots. So I contacted Sven Kuil. Although the indication on the website was made unintentionally, he and his fellow pilot nevertheless invited me to join them for an flight to Oostende.…


Luxembourg party in Fayence

July 11, 2017

I received in my inbox an inviation of Luxembourger Arny Weber and his spouse Carine who are preparing to leave for Fayence as school holidays are starting in Luxembourg. What a nice initiative. Sounds so good, reason that I emailed Arny that we’ll join the kick off party for the summer of 2017 between pilots…


Report on the “Going Dutch” fly-out

July 7, 2017

5 pilot crews confirmed their participation at this new fly out we organized for UPL-AOPA. In order to coordinate activities, a whatsapp group was set up. The weather outlook was reasonably good for most of the traject bringing us from Luxembourg and Trier to Texel on Friday 7th. Only the last part north of Amsterdam…


Mon professeur préféré Eric Buyens not in Tienen anymore

June 26, 2017

My first flying instructor was Eric Buyens in the late 80’s at the Hasselt, Belgium airfield. I only have good memories of Eric and his lessons. His was very exam focused in teaching me the theory of flying and practicing radio lessons with him. He was as well my flying instructor. I got very well…


technical problem in Cessna 172SP whilst flying to Teuge

June 17, 2017

Last weekend, I went flying with my lovely sister-in-law, Micheline Bodson. It was her first time in a small plane, so we selected to go flying a Sunday with nice sunny weather conditions. The plan was to fly to the Netherlands and have lunch at their airfield of Teuge. However, something happened on our flight…


dining in Trier

June 15, 2017

Summertime is the season by excellence for making cosy evening flight with friends. This year it is not different. Together with my my pilot pal Maurice and Céline Flammang we decided to try out the nearby airfield of Trier on June 14th, 2017. It is indeed only a short flight, but I realized I never…