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Cessna 182E as a novelty in Očová

On Thursday evening, for the first time in the airspace of Slovakia appeared another airborne Cessna 182 E. The needs of “paragans” will serve mainly at the home airport under Poľana, in Očová . The parachute group Padaj.sk is expanding its squadron with the second Cessna aircraft of the same type from the proven and most famous American manufacturer of small sports aircraft in the world. The flight of the aircraft for the Oč parachute group was provided by our joint partner flight school Sky Story ATO with its pilot and instructor in one person, Andrej Zelem. The Cessna took off from its previous location at Lezignan-Corbieres Airport (LFMZ) in the department of Aude in the south of France on Thursday morning. After two stopovers along the flight route in Albenga Riviera, Italy (LIMG) and Maribor (LJMB) in Slovenia for refueling and necessary servicing, it landed after seven hours and twenty minutes flight at Očová Airport (LZOC) on Thursday May 19, shortly after 6 p.m. “Stoosemdvojka” as a family we speak of this type so far bears the original matriculation brands F-BKRA after its previous operation. According to available information, the aircraft was manufactured in 1962 in the United States of America under serial number c / n 18254163. The flight Andrej Zelem briefly evaluated the flight and experiences directly from the deck for letectvosr.sk. “We traveled to France one and a half days ahead of the flight, because the trip was quite lengthy and I had work duties between operating in Egypt and Sudan did not allow to devote more time alone organizations flight. I prepared the flight until the last moment, which is not for me We flew from Budapest to Ryanair, we used a train in France for transfers. transport and on the last stage of our trip to the airport of departure we traveled in a small two-seater car. And since there were three of us with the driver, I was placed on the final part of the trip to the trunk. Among other things, I used the wrong ICAO departure airport code to prepare the first flight route, which I only found out during the transfer, so the whole preparation was unusable for me and I had to plan We intended to plan a flight along the French coast via Montpellier, Marseille, Saint Tropez, Cannes, Nice and fly through those most exposed areas where there are really no routes for VFR flights at a level that would suit us . The question arose how to put it in the flight plan so that they could approve it. The first problem after our arrival at the airport was that we did not have a refueled plane, we did not have fuel available until eight in the morning, and the whole intention to leave with the sunrise was therefore unrealistic. The second problem occurred when we learned in a note about the current unavailability of AVGAS fuel at the airport of our first stopover. The promise of fuel was, but in reality none of the competent ones could confirm or refute whether or not fuel would be available. This information did not allow us to plan another flight to Slovakia until after landing on Albenga Riviera airport . Our first flight was approved according to plan, in good weather we climbed level 095 after takeoff and along the coast we continued to the French border. We flew into the airspace of Italy and for the first stopover we used a small but very interesting airport in the valley between the high hills with a charming scenery that accompanied us through the entire approach to landing. There we learned that AVGAS fuel is available, but only in limited quantities 100 liters, which theoretically, after recalculation, should be enough for us to fly to Maribor, Slovenia, which was our next planned stop. The flight was calculated to take three hours, we had fuel in the tanks with a reserve At the same time, we submitted a flight plan for a flight from Maribor via Hungary to Nitra, which was our original intention, with the proviso that we could cancel it during the flight and head directly home to Očová Airport, which we did. We flew Italy at 7,500 feet and later had to drop to 4,500 feet in terms of airspace. -converted-space “> in agreement with the flight controllers shorten, to the north of Italy, where they strictly requested to comply with VFR points outside the approved flight plan. hoping to show the correct amounts of fuel in the tanks’. “Of such interest, during the flight in France we had to verify via the telephone line before the release of the flight plan its correctness submission, define the take-off time and confirm that we will activate the flight plan after take-off on the Montpellier info frequency. Italy. The weather during the for the entire journey was luxurious. CAVOK, sunny with minimal clouds around, just beautiful. In Maribor it was an express train, in thirty minutes we were equipped, refueled. After landing, a tanker with ordered fuel was waiting for us, we refueled , filled in the necessary documents and rolled for takeoff. The last part of the route was already a reward. When we managed the most demanding and busy airspaces in France and Italy, on the flight across Hungary, we already felt like a prospect. At the Xomba point on the Slovak border, we canceled the flight plan, re-evaluated the information and continued through the Sierra Lima Charlie point to Očová. For me as an IFR pilot looking at the world from a Boeing cabin, flying all day across the Europe under VFR conditions through the busiest airspace was more than interesting. Whether with regard to the organization of the flight, local specifics, monitoring of space and weather, but also the flight itself. I admire the pilots who fly like this normally. ” Photo, Text: Juraj Uhliar and Andrej Zelem