Browse Author: Karsten

Karsten Reichart engages in General Aviation as Private Pilot and Aircraft Mechanic in his free time since nealry 25 years. As graduate from TU Braunschweig (Dipl.-Ing.), his professional background is mechanical engineering.

LSZH 250450Z 29003KT 260V350 CAVOK 13/11 Q1022 NOSIG

This was the current weather for Zurich Airport this morning: METAR. The forecast for the day was the TAF.



After completing flight preparation

and fueling the Katana,

we took off from Birrfeld LSZF and headed south-southeast towards Tun.

At 7000 feet above mean sea level we took some pictures from the surrounding clouds 

and the Pilot:

After flying over the lake of Thun, the Swiss Alps became visible. We identified Mönch and Jungfrau. At nearly 10’000 feet altitude we had the Eiger north-face directly in front of us:

Leaving this Monument behind us, we continued to fly on the right side of the valley. 

We crossed the Sustenen Pass (min. safe altitude 8’200 feet) and continued north leaving the Vierwaldstätter lake left of us:

We flew near Mythen

and onwards to Einsiedeln 

Last object in my Camera roll was Walensee:

After a total flying time of two hours and ffteen minutes (2:15), we landed safely and very happy at our homebase Birrfeld. It was time for a break.

After lunch we concluded the flying  with some touch-and-go’s resulting in a total of 2:45 flying time and 6 landings for the day.

Karsten Reichart

Fly something new…

Today I continued to fly something new this season: a Diamond Katana DV20. It’s called ‘familiarization’, because handling this aircraft is slightly different compared to those I have flown in the past 25 years.

The weather was brilliant:

LSZH 271450Z VRB03KT CAVOK 17/04 Q1021 NOSIG

Welcome on board:

Pilot in Command: Karsten Reichart

This is the cockpit:

And here you see everything wing-to-wing:

More things to come… stay tuned!

Greetings from my Homebase LSZF

Hi There!

Snowy Greetings from my current homebase Birrfeld (LSZF) and I wish all of you Happy New Year – and many Happy Landings to the Pilots and Passangers too.

Following images are a view from the runway East to West and the area north of the aiport.

View to the east / south east of the airport.


View to the west / north west of the airport


View to the north.

Best Regards

– Karsten

Fascination of Aviation

Before I started to learn to fly, sitting in airplanes was already common for me. One of many hundred passengers in the economy class of commercial aircraft, flying long distances between Europe and Afrika. Sometimes the flights were smooth, other times they were more bumpy – please fasten your seatbelts! I always like to sit at the window and look outside. There are so many things to see during the different phases of flight. When on ground the fuel truck, people loading and unloading luggage and the catering services moving the food trolleys into the airplane. During taxi and takeoff other planes and during climb often flying through clouds. At cruising altitude, below me clouds, landscapes and oceans, varying during day light and cities shining in different sizes during night. Flying was never boring for me, no matter how long the trip was. Already as child I loved to ask a cabin crew member to allow me into the cockpit. Wow, so many switches, gauges, displays, knobs and indicators! Yes, I wanted to become a pilot too. But there still was a long way to go.

Hello world!

Welcome to my WordPress site. Here I share my experience as Private Pilot and Aircraft Mechanic. I fly since I am 22 years old and have international flight experience in America, Europe, Afrika and Australia.