Sun, Jun 05, 2005 - Mountain flight (16952 visits, last updated on Wed, Sep 28, 2005)
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Originally we wanted to make this flight to Gruyere (LSGT), which is beatifully situated in the pre-Alps. This is a PPR type airfield, so I called them on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately they did not speak English, only French and German (well, after all it is Switzerland). I cannot say even a single word in French and my German is VERY limited. So in the end we decided to chnage plans and fly to Sion, which is towered airport with English being the official communication language (although it is allowed to talk to tower in French and some pilots do that).

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We took off from Grenchen (LSZG) at around 10:00 and arrived at Sion (LSGS) 1 hour later. After a short brake in the airport restaurant we ready to go back. We did not want to stay there very long because strong gusty winds were forecasted for the afternoon. On the way back we overflew Payerne (LSMP) military airport which is inactive on weekends. We were back in Grenchen shortly before 13:00.
Logbook entries
Date Aircraft make & model Aircraft ident. Route of flight Remarks, Procedures, Maneuvers No. ldg. Total duration of flight
From Via To
06/05/05 C-172 HB-CGB LSZG LSGS x-country 1 0.9
06/05/05 C-172 HB-CGB LSGS LSZG x-country 1 1.0
Total: 2 1.9
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