Here it goes, the final solitary flight of our journey!
Naturally, out of the many ordeals undergone through the extraordinary days rounding the world, I would qualify this last leg certainly on the top 3, and maybe even the most challenging.
After departing Wien in winds of 22G30, i had planned a Z flightplan (VFR-IFR) direct to the RASTA intersection where I should arrive on marginal VFR @ FL150 and switch to IFR into LOWI.
The thing is, long before that, I was already totally envelopped by clouds. Thad wouldn't have been a problem on itself since that altitude would keep me safe from the mountains in the Arlberg, but those clouds, they were really nasty buggers, full of cold moist and ice. As a result, my Baron 58 started accumulating too much of it to the point it would stop flying and its protection mechanisms were not enough.
I had to descend and ask for rerouting.
At about FL100 things improved a lot, so I got cleared to proceed direct to Salzburg, from where I could avoid the most mountainous areas and fly at 9.500ft direct to the IAF at Rattenburg. From there, you know the drill, offset ILS to decision height which for me on this flight was 850AGL because I needed to be able to turn off the ILS and switch FSFS to approach mode before the 500ft. Otherwise the scoring would have been even more miserable...
The near zero visibility gave away at 1.000ft, from where I could see the approach lights, and managed to land sucessfully, but of course with 35kts gusts and one that had to come right on the flare to get me a "balooning" penalty...
Anyway, it was a nice (part) finale to this adventure.
Congratulations to all of those who made it back home! What a feat!
Gonçalo Moreira piloting Carenado BARON B58 METAL BLUE ended 17 December 2011 at 00:55
Aircraft: BEECH ID: VH-HMU Airline: Flight:
Flight plan: TO LOWI Innsbruck:Innsbruck NAV1: SRN
Failure(s): None at landing
Failure Event(s) (Zulu Time): None
Failure Bonus:0% Flight Duration:01 Hours 34 Mins 48 Secs
Landing was successful in the following areas: Good glideslope on visual approach. [80%] Good alignment with runway on visual approach. [100%] Gentle touchdown. [121 FPM] Good landing speed - not too fast. [70 KIAS] Wings were level. Distance from runway threshold (visual approach): [1361 feet] Landed on runway surface. Glideslope held until flare. Good pitch control after touchdown. Good pitch at landing. With flaps - good job. Heading aligned with runway. Throttle(s) idle. Good steering after landing. Landing included the following problems:Ballooning during landing - needs practice.
Definite room for improvement...
Flight commended in the following areas:
[*]Correct matching of flaps to speeds.
[*]Gear deployment at safe speed.
[*]Comfortable G forces.
[*]Smooth pitch control.
[*]Flown within aircraft's maximum speed limit.
[*]Gentle taxi turns.
[*]Good take off steering.
[*]Rotation was not late.
[*]Appropriate position of flaps during taxi.
[*]Safe taxi speed.
[*]Smooth braking during taxi.
[*]Smooth climb during takeoff.
[*]Wings level near ground.
[*]Well coordinated turns.
[*]No flying dangerously close to stall speed.
[*]Smooth comfortable descent rate.
[*]Pitch not too high.
[*]Pitch not too low.
[*]Flaps down on time.
[*]Approach speed not too fast.
[*]Low altitude speeds not too fast.
[*]Good clearance of obstacles.
A smooth flight!