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Easter VFR trip to Rotterdam/Bruges

Originally, I was planing Scotland tour but (0/ UK is still in the EU ) and 1/ aircraft did not have much remaining hours to reach Barra and 2/ wife moved to Paris for work, so change in plans !

The plan was to visit Ostend/Rotterdam airports but the weather turns out “super VFR” to try some nice alternatives than passengers terminals and handler slots, so we went to Breda (EHSE) and Ursel(EBUL) then on the way back via a night stop in Paris, I cleared customs in Calais both ways.

Calais new restaurant on first opening day, very nice and enough to get approval from “food select pax”

Passing Ostend on 2000 VFR squawk and as always excellent service from Ostend zone ATC for fun VFR
On way back Dutch FIS were not in a mood to answer anyone on freq, I did set 7600 and got some attention to activate my FP, then tuned next Freq miles away

Breda “International” (VFR only) and known by many other names (e.g. Hoeven, Seppe, Roosendal…) so enough to get everybody confused, the reception team were really helpful and it turns out it has 1h PNR customs so that Calais stop was unnecessary

Apparently I was not the only G-aircraft in town

Ursel airport has an interesting topography, I had 10kts crosswind and I felt the sink rate from turbulences was beyond what full power could overcome for a go around but the runway is long with 1/3 unused bands on each side that are used to taxi, I don’t think pax were comfortable to take pictures

Cycling in Belgium/Netherlands is done with proper cycling lanes between villages and on flat land (qnh = qfe )
We cycled 60km on two folding bikes but one can get 20min taxis+30min trains to go to Bruges/Rotterdam/Anwerp
For comparison, I recall it took me 1h last time to get out and 1h30 to get in to Ostend airport in busy seasons

Rotterdam Erasmus bridge is open, literally !

Rotterdam NY Central Park

Bruges in Easter with last minute booking was not a good plan (I think we got one room left on a 2 star hotel at 200Euros) and full of tourists (including us)

The rest of the trip was Paris and then back to the UK via Calais, I spotted a big airliner flying at 4500ft in class E airspace west of Amiens and he was not talking to the usual FIS (probably with Beauvais?)

Last Edited by Ibra at 23 Apr 21:14
ESSEX, United Kingdom

Nice report! Thanks for sharing.
Somebody painted G-WILI (?) to look like a new Cirrus.

EASA CB IR Training

It is always nice to read about VFR trip. Thanks for sharing.

Günzburg EDMG

Great report – thanks for posting. Rotterdam looks a lot nicer than many people have reported in the past

Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

I was in Rotterdam last year and was surprised by how nice the city was. Absolutely recommend it for a weekend trip.

Sweden, Sweden

Thanks Ibra

LFAC resto looks good

Ibra wrote:

I did set 7600 and got some attention

EGHP-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

Snoopy wrote:

Somebody painted G-WILI (?) to look like a new Cirrus.

Yes, it is G-WILI on a Cirrus paint
Rotterdam was really worth it for day & night activities !

ESSEX, United Kingdom

Ibra wrote:

Yes, it is G-WILI on a Cirrus paint

It’s a Cessna TTx paint scheme:

Last Edited by mmgreve at 24 Apr 19:08

mmgreve wrote:

It’s a Cessna TTx paint scheme:

Ok, but still that look like Cessna TTX paint scheme on a Cirrus airframe?
Cessna aircrafts have high wings anyway

I did looked at Bread International Airport, I find the name a bit surprising: I can’t find a scheduled or chartered flight, day VFR only and no ATC, so customs? Regional Airport would have been a more appropriate name

Last Edited by Ibra at 25 Apr 22:28
ESSEX, United Kingdom
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