The Heubacher Falke SF 25 on skis
For the snowy airfield the plane has to be on skis and the landing strip has to be prepared for your snow trips.
Like on every flight, the plane has to be checked carefully. On the inside...
... and the outside. In case of an emergency there aren't many airfields you can use as alternative landing places, since most runways are not prepared for your skiing adventure.
The cockpit and windshield check
The cockpit has to be free of humidity and ice on the windshield. In low temperatures the ice would really be dangerous for your navigation.
Getting out of the deep snow
While maneuvering on the ground you have to use your rudders and thrust really careful. Deep snow and too much thrust could get you into trouble. Taxiing to the runway is different as on wheels. The snow track is a bit bumpy, so be careful. Taking off requires quite some practice and you don't really have a center line for orientation.
Leaving and climbing heading south
From the first moments in the air, you can really feel that these winter flights are special. The landscape is in an amazing light.
The rocky mountains seem pretty close and add a perfect aura to the landscapes.
Entering the valley to the Watzmann
The Watzmann is 2713 meters above sealevel, located in the very southeastern part of germany. The wind is blowing snow over its edges.
The steep edges
It seems almost impossible to walk this mountain. The edges are steep and full of snow. But we were observing it from the air and pretty close.