Popular Time Building destinations

Experience Europe like no one else! See our list of popular destinations which time builders have flown to with photos, videos and descriptions. 

Prievidza

State: Slovakia
Airport: Prievidza Airport
ICAO: LZPE

Description of the place:
Prievidza is the beautiful historical medieval city of Slovakia. It is one of the biggest cities of the Trenčín Region with a small astonishing city centre.

Why to fly there: 
Close to the airport you can visit the Bojnice castle, which is completely built on travertine rock with a natural cave. In addition, the airport provides many services, restaurants and an open pool.

Notes for planning the flight: 
Since the airport is in Slovakia, you will not need the flight plan even if this is recommended. The flight would take approximately 1.5 hours with the Cessna 152.

Poprad

State: Slovakia
Airport: Poprad - Tatry Airport
ICAO: LZTT

Description of the place: 
Poprad is situated at the foot of Tatra mountains, it is the tenth largest city in Slovakia, surrounded by mountain ranges.

Why to fly there: 
The flight is challenging, you are crossing countries and flying around beautiful mountains.

Notes for planning the flight: 
Flying to Slovakia does not require a flight plan. The flight would take approximately 2 hours with the Cessna 152.

Hosin

State: Czech Republic
Airport: Hosin
ICAO: LKHS

Description of the place: 
Hosin is a small city in the south west of the Czech Republic. The whole city is built following the baroque style.

Why to fly there: 
If you want to do a quick navigation to the east, Hosin is the perfect place to visit.

Notes for planning the flight: 
The airport has 2 grass runways and 1 concrete runway. It has also a noise abatement procedure, look at the AIP for more information. The flight would take approximately 1 hour with the Cessna 152.

Mariazell

State: Austria
Airport: Mariazell
ICAO: LOGM

Description of the place: 
130 Km from Vienna is a small city called Mariazell in the Saza Valley, mostly known for winter sports.

Why to fly there: 
You can expect spectacular landscape during the flight and a beautiful baroque city centre to visit once on the ground, including the Mariazell Basilica.

Notes for planning the flight: 
The airport is situated in a valley, surrounded by high terrain. Make sure that you plan for a right level, accordingly to the high terrain. Do not forget that since you are flying to Austria, you will need a flight plan. Be aware of gliders activity. The flight would take approximately 1.5 hours with the Cessna 152.

Kyjov

State: Czech Republic
Airport: Kyjov
ICAO: LKKY

Description of the place:
In the south east of Brno, Kyjov airport is one of the most common destinations for pilots. A grass airport, 1000 m long is a good opportunity to improve soft field landing and soft field take-off.

Why to fly there:
If you want to go somewhere close to Brno, definitely go to Kyjov. It is easy to find and approaching the final RWY 33 there is a beautiful castle that deserves to be seen.

Notes to planning the flight:
From Brno airport, proceed to exit point SIERRA and with a magnetic course of 91 you will end up onto your destination. It takes 20 minutes with a Cessna 152 and 15 minutes with a Cessna 172, easy and fast to reach. Consider to maintain 2500 ft until reaching SIERRA point and if you intend to fly higher, don't forget to contact Brno radar on 127.350.

For any other info consult with an instructor and read through the AIP instruction.

Balaton

State: Hungary
Airport: Siofok- Kiliti Airport
ICAO: LHSK

Description of the place: 
Lake Balaton is also called the "Hungarian Sea" and it extends approximately for 80 Km. Siofok is the largest town in the southern part of the lake and is know as the party city of Balaton.

Why to fly here: 
Siofok- Kiliti Airport has a 1250 m grass runway, situated at only 5 Km from the centre of Siofok. On request they provide also lighting facilities for night VFR operations. Lake of Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe. During winter the lake is covered with a layer of ice about 10 cm thick.

Notes for planning the flight: 
Before the flight you should get familiar with the AIP and regulations of the countries that you are going to cross plus you should call and book your parking slot and arrange the refueling in Siofok Airport. The flight would take approximately two hours with the Cessna 152.

Graz

State: Austria
Airport: Graz Airport
ICAO: LOWG

Description of the place: 
Graz is the Austria's second largest city, after Vienna. Graz is situated next to the Alps, giving you a spectacular view.

Why to fly here: 
You will experience breathtaking landscape during the flight and once you land, you can choose from many activities. The Old Town and the Burg castle complex are a must. In 1999, Graz was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage. It is also the birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Notes for planning the flight: 
Before the flight you should get familiar with the Austrian AIP and regulations. The flight must be planned accordingly to the high terrain and the complexity of airspaces near Vienna International Airport. You should consult with your instructor before filed the flight plan. The flight would take approximately two hours with the Cessna 152.

 

Prague - Letnany

Stare: Czech Republic
Airport: Letnany Airport
ICAO: LKLT

Description of the place: 
In the north-east of Prague is Flying Academy’s primary base of Letnany. It is a grass airport where some of you have started your training, and for those of you who haven’t, this is the perfect opportunity for you to visit the base and one of the capital cities of Europe.

Why to fly there? As Letnany is located close to the city, you can catch the underground and visit the beauty of Prague, like S. Charles bridge, Prague Castle (which is the largest ancient castle in the world), St. Vitus Cathedral and many other monuments and museums.

Notes for planning the flight: This airport is located close to the main airport of Prague, and surrounded by different airspaces such as:

Caslav MTMA located on the east side of the airport, this airspace is class D from 1,000ft AGL to FL125 and in order to fly higher than 1,000ft AGL a clearance is required by Caslav APP on the following frequency 130.275.

In case you intended to reach the airport from the north, be careful with the airport of Vodochody, LKVO, where the TMA11 starts from 2,000ft AMSL up to 3,500ft AMSL, while getting closer to the airport, on the map is depicted the CTR border of LKVO.

- In order to cross these class D airspaces, a clearance is required from the TMA11, Vodochody Radar 127.475 and to cross the CTR the following frequency must be contacted: 133.075.

The TMA of Prague is surrounding all of the area of Letnany, regarding the east side, TMA111 of Prague starting from 4,500ft AMSL up to FL165, the frequency to be contacted is: Praha Radar 127.575.

- South and south-east, the frequency of PRAHA RADAR must be informed on 127.575 for the following airspaces:

TMA 11 of Prague starting from 3,500ft AMSL up to FL165.
TMA1V of Prague starting from FL65 up to FL165.
TMA V11 of Prague starting from FL75 up to FL165.

THESE TMA'S ARE CLASS C, SO IT IS A MUST TO HAVE A FLIGHT PLAN IN ORDER TO ENTER THE AIRPACE.

Remember, Letnany airport is located inside the military CTR of Kbely, so before approaching the different entry point ROMEO (south), UNIFORM (south-east), LIMA (east) and MIKE (north-east), the tower of Kbely must be informed about your position and your intention to proceed to Letnany, as you are getting closer to the destination (Letnany ATZ), the Kbely tower will pass you on the frequency of Letnany Info on 120.325.

NOTE: To conduct a safe flight then always consult with an instructor and the office before commencing the flight.

Karlovy Vary

State: Czech Republic
Airport: Karlovy Vary Airport
ICAO: LKKV
Description of the place: 
In the north-west part of Czech Republic the airport of Karlovy Vary is one of the most beautiful destinations for pilots, located in a hilly area, with an elevation of 2,000 feet. When approaching the final for runway 11, the view is astonishing for the overhanging placed just before the threshold.

Why to fly here?
The airport is served by public transport, taxi and private carrier, and in 10 to 15 minutes you can reach the cities center and visit the beautiful Churches called the “Mill Colonnade”, the museum, and breathe some fresh air from high altitude.

Notes for flight planning:
For those of you who are interested to go, please keep in mind that because of the high elevation and the mountains around, to receive a good radio signal it is preferred to maintain at least 3,500 ft (above sea level), which is the lower limit of the TMA of Karlovy Vary. For any more information, you can consult the AIP.

Estimated average flight time:
From Brno Airport, this journey takes about 2 hours with a Cessna 152, while the Cessna 172 may take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. So why not catch this opportunity to fly there and get to know a bit more about the Czech culture.

Pula

State: Croatia

Airport: Pula Airport

ICAO: LDPL

Description of the place:

Pula Airport is situated in the North-West part of Croatia. Pula is an historical city famous for wine, fishing and shipyards. A must see is the Pula Arena, which is local amphitheatre.

Why to fly here?

Flying to Pula is an amazing experience. You would cross three different countries in one day, this is something that only few schools can offer you during the training.

Interesting info:

If you have the opportunity to rent a car from the airport you cannot miss the opportunity to drive to Rovinj which is only at 40 minutes from Pula. If you decide to plan your trip in May, you cannot miss the Red Bull Air Race competition. But of course there are plenty of activities that you can do during the year as well. Pula is a beautiful seafront city with a huge harbour.

Notes for planning the flight:

The flight presents few challenges. First of all, since you will fly across states you should read the AIP and study the regulations of each country. If you are flying with the Cessna 152 you would need an airport where to do the re-fuelling. Also, since you will cross the water, you should not forget to carry special equipment like the life jackets.

Estimated average flight time:

The flight would take approximately five hours with the Cessna 152 including the re-fuelling. If you will decide to rent the Cessna 172, because of the better performance, you would not need to refuel.

Rovinj

State: Croatia

Airport: we advise to fly to Pula Airport

ICAO: LDPL

Description of the place:

Rovinj is a beautiful seaside city where Red Bull Air Race 2015 took place. The city has its own airport, but the runway is short and without any customs officers, therefore the closest suitable airport is in Pula, located only 36 kilometers away from Rovinj.

 

Why to fly there:

“It is a great destination to fly to in summer for a weekend. It is ideal to stop near Balaton, refuel and go through the customs officers. I recommend to rent a car in Pula and go around the place a bit, swim in the sea, go sightseeing and enjoy the good food and friendly inhabitants,” comments the place flight training instructor from Flying Academy Charlie Marinc.

Notes for planning the flight:

The flight takes about 3 - 4 hours. The fuel can be bought without the tax, and the charges are about 20 euros - in Pula, as well as at Balaton. The flight is not difficult for planning, so it is the perfect destination for time building flights. You can use Rocket Route and appropriated maps, which will be lent to our students at Flying Academy training base.

 

Trencin

State: Slovakia

Airport: Trencin airport

ICAO: LZTN

Description of the place:

Trencin is a city with one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia. There are plenty of medieval ruins around the area. It is the biggest city of the region with a small astonishing city centre.

Why to fly there:

The runway of the airport is two kilometers (2km) long and it is accessible during the winter time. The airport is a non-public domestic airport (no NOTAMS available), therefore, it is highly recommended to contact the airport authorities prior every flight. At the airport you will find a restaurant and a hostel.

Notes for planning the flight:

Since the airport is in Slovakia, you will not need to do a flight plan, although, it is recommended. The flight would take approximately one hour with the Cessna 152.

Zilina

State: Slovakia

Airport: Zilina airport

ICAO: LZZI

Description of the place:

Zilina is situated in a valley between the mountains of Slovakia.

Why to fly here:

"I take my students over there firstly to give them the experience of flying over the mountains, and secondly so they really understand why we teach them to fly very precisely, since this airport is surrounded with many hills and mountains. The student must perform the ILS approach with the perfect precision. On the go-around they fly Vx to clear the obstacles and that gives them the chance to understand the importance of calculating the performance. Zilina is a great destination to fly to, every student enjoys it," says Flying Academy instructor Ben-Ameur.

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