Agile Cologne 2014

This morning I went to Cologne for the open space conference Agile Cologne. I took off from Aschaffenburg (EDFC) a few minutes before 09:00LT and arrived 50 minutes later at Cologne airport (EDDK).

From 10,000ft (FL100) I was able to enjoy a beautiful view with some nice white fluffy clouds below me.

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ATC offered me runway 24 and I had the choice between the NDB or the RNAV approach. I opted for RNAV. Unfortunately, RNAV 24 is an old-style LNAV approach. That means it is a non-precision approach without vertical guidance. I do miss the RNAV LPV approaches that are basically virtual ILS and to which I grew so accustomed to during my training in USA.

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After very pleasant conversations with old and new friends it was time to head home. The weather in the Cologne area had changed a little bit and on my initial climb I passed through a very thin cloud layer.

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This time I had a tailwind at FL100 and after just 35 minutes I touched down at Aschaffenburg.

On my way from the airfield back home I was smiling quite a lot while I remembered all those times last year when I was stuck in stop and go traffic on the Autobahn from Cologne to Frankfurt. On a really bad day the drive took me 5 hours.