John and I went to Portugal...with our families
on a running holiday (I don't run yet) with the Thrift Green Trotters
Before departing we contacted Aeroclub de Algarve at Faro about renting their TB9
No problem!...they said....Call when you arrive.
We called...and called ...and called....No answer!
So hearing that there was an AD in Portmao, I decided to investigate.
Eureka...There was an AD in Alvor called Portmao (LPPM)
Aero VIP is the local flying school at Portmao, but no-one was around.
Just as I was leaving I heard an English voice...turns out this chap (Roy) was the English Instructor for Aero VIP.
So I arranged a check-ride for the next day.
CS-AHX...A Reims Rocket similar to our very own G-YB was for hire.
After a couple of circuits and some orientation I was signed off and booked C-HX for the following morning.
Carlos (Owner and CFI of Aero VIP) and Roy (English Instructor) complete the Tech logs for C-HX
Next morning we set off for Sagres....South Western most point of Portugal.
Its me...P1 in the Rocket....what a machine!
Tracking West along the coast at 700ft
The panel was basic but fine for VFR flight.....Prettier than G-YB's but less equipped!
The Lighthouse at 'The end of the World'
Back at Aero VIP
Carlos and Roy made us feel very welcome and Portmao is a GA friendly AD
Next time i'm in Portugal I will definitely visit.
If you are interested in flying in Portugal then contact Roy directly by e-mail
You can call him on Tel: +351 282 084 936 or Mobile: +351 917 274 077
Roy can even sort out local accomodation for you!