Air-to-Air with Flightschool „Hans-Grade“
Back in september a good friend of mine and me started to a short weekendtrip with an ultra light aircraft. The trip started at very small but historical airfield wich is calles „Ithwiesen“. Our destination was the airfield Bienenfarm near Berlin where little airshow was organized by the Quax club. Quax is the biggest club for historical aircrafts in germany and owns an operates many various classical and vintage planes with the help of volunteers and some employee.
After a nice smooth flight with great weather, selfmade applecake and the traffic jams on the roads below us, we arrived very relaxed at Bienenfarm. We have to park our little plane a little bit offside, because it doesn´t really fits into the front row with the oldtimer aircrafts with the big and mighty radial engines.
Now it was time to climbing out of the plane and walk to the main building of the small airfield for burgers an cold drinks. Planes with a great sound constantly flying all around while you relaxing on
your lounger, there are worse places to spend the weekend. During the afternoon a pair of two Robin Dr-200´s parked next to our plane. They also doesn´t fit into the front flightline with the old flying machines.
Those two planes came from another airfield near berlin and were operated by „Flugschule Hans-Grade“. Flugschule Hans Grade is a flightschool where you can fulfil your dream of flying and your private pilots license or ultra light pilot license.If you already have a license you can do there your rating for aerobatic flying or for taildraggers.They´re operating 10 aircrafts out of airfield Schönhagen and have around 20 employee. The flightschool was founded in 1990 and is a family business.
My friend had the brilliant idea to do an air-to-air photoflight during sunset with the two Robin´s. For the success of an air-to-air flight there are many different factors important. One of these is the time and weather. The weather this day looked really good so we wait just before sunset to get the best light. The time of sunset was coming closer so we prepared the flight. Now another important factor comes into play, the briefing.
The briefing is one of the most important things for the executation of a good air-to-air flight. At around 1900 local time we took off with the formation into an beautiful evening sky. But no time to enjoy this stunning sunset and the atmosphere. The next factors coming together. The pilots and photographer skills. The pilots must fly a good, close and safe formation and do exactly the things that were briefed before. Both of them had done a great job. For the photographer the challenge is to find the best settings and angles for the photos. Especially photographing propeller planes is much more difficult than photographing jets because you have to choose slow shutter speeds to have a nice propellerdisk. After only 10 minutes the whole spectacle ended with happy faces everywhere. We returned to the airfield with a big smile and some good photos. All factors of the shooting worked well together and it was again a big pleasure to live out our passion for aviation in this way.
The day ended with beer and steaks. That´s how i like my weekends.