This time I got the chance to relax in the back-seat and observe on the way to Granada, and enjoy the view.Â My flying partner flew us out via the Martin 2K SID initially and we were soon given an instruction to route direct to the Malaga beacon and then to the Granada VOR.Â This was most likely to avoid the dense traffic area around the Martin VOR, where aircraft bound for runway 13 into Malaga were approaching.Â The trip took around an hour, and we had enough time to take a quick break and then it was my turn to fly the leg back.
Views on the way:
Just before touch-down at LEGR, with the displaced threshold of runway 09 in sight:
After a quick break I set the avionics up on the ground for the flight back:
Once we were in the cruise and settled, I put the screens up to simulate IMC conditions or “entry into cloud”:
Initially we were cleared on the Martin 1V SID out of Granada however, as soon as we were on the Malaga approach frequency, we were instructed to route direct to the GM NDB and then direct to the JRZ VOR – again to possibly avoid the dense area of traffic coming into Malaga.Â I was planning on practicing an ILS approach followed by an engine failure after take-off (EFATO) drill and the an asymmetric NDB approach to land, however, the controller advised us that only one approach to land was possible.Â So, I opted to do the NDB approach since I’ve had plenty of practice with ILS approaches recently, and so requested to route direct to the JER NDB.Â We were given permission to proceed and so completed the procedure to land.
I thought this trip was good practice for unexpected ATC routing, especially to beacons that are nowhere to be found on the relevant approach plates that I had to hand!Â When requested to route direct to GM, which is a beacon on the Malaga approach plates, I promptly requested an initial vector from ATC to start heading in the correct direction.