BankGiro Loterij / Aviodrome Airtour 2009
@ Schiphol
Scenic flight with Catalina PH-PBY

© Ruud Leeuw


BankGiro Loterij Airtour 2009
The BankGiro / Aviodrome Airtour 2009 visits Amsterdam IAP 'Schiphol', 15Aug09


Formation break, for landing
Saab Safir breaks formation

The BankGiro Loterij Airtour has been organized to celebrate the anniversary of 100 years motorized aviation in the Netherlands. In a series of weekends this circus of vintage aircraft visited various airports in Holland.


Catalina, formation break
Catalina PH-PBY was restored to flight 5 years ago, see MY REPORT

The name Canso versus Catalina explained:
In accordance with contemporary the British practice of naming seaplanes after coastal port towns, Royal Canadian Air Force examples were named Canso, for the town of that name in Nova Scotia. The Royal Air Force used the name Catalina and the U.S. Navy adopted this name in 1942. The United States Army Air Forces, and later the United States Air Force, used the United States Army Air Forces designation OA-10.

Something about construction numbers (c/n or msn) of Catalina's or Canso's:
Some Manufacturer's Serial Number have a CV-prefix, while others don't.
CV-... was for those built by Canadian-Vickers, but no Consolidated manufacturing numbers started with CV. One could mistake the c/n's of those manufactured by Consolidated-Vultee but their numbers were never prefixed CV-.
So you know.


de Uiver
Douglas DC-2 'PH-AJU' is a unique flying vintage aircraft, always a welcome sight


Saab Safir
Saab Safir PH-RLA (c/n 91367) also joins the festivities


Catalina shows large wing
While landing the Catalina shows its large parasol wing.

Catalina PH-PBY
PBY-5A Catalina c/n 300, on finals for runway 22 at Schiphol


PH-AJU landing on Rw22


PH-PBA landing at Schiphol
As yet DDA Airlines has its homebase at Amsterdam IAP and it played host to the Airtour.
DC-3 PH-PBA also flew sightseeing flights on this beautiful day


Old Crow
There was a remarkable collection of other vintage planes
Terry Fletcher provided the details of this classic: a Stearman 308, supposedly the same one as THIS ONE..


Piper Cub
Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub, D-EAEB (c/n: 18-3085)


Piper Cub
Aviodrome director Arno van der Holst flew in this Piper J3 Cub.

This Piper Cub was built in 1940 and delivered on July 09th, was mainly used as a trainer. Its last flight before preservation was made in march 1988, in CaliforniŽ. Its present tailnumber is N16623.
I had come across this Cub on a visit to the Aviodrome, CLICK HERE..


Warbird I did not have a clue what type of aircraft this was, but I got help! Paul H Eikelenboom identified it for me: "Yak-3U ( replica) '48' RA3482K with Dakata engine."


Piper Super Cub
This Piper L-21B Super Cub was built under the USAF s/n 52-6222 and delivered to the French Army as 182540.
In June 1969 it was registered in Germany as D-ELKG. On March 9, 2004 it was registered in the Netherlands as PH-ENJ. In 2005 it was painted in the markings of the Royal Netherlands Air Force 'R-170'. [Source: ]


Easy does it
It became a little more difficult to park all the visiting aircraft


Booked for a flight!
It was such a beautiful day I decided to make use of seats being sold on the Catalina. It had been my intention for years now but the opportunity slipped away many times. Today it all came together!
Prepared for departure
Dipsticking.. the Catalina is being checked for departure


Fokker S.11
The Fokker S.11 was another plane which offered scenic flights. Tempting, but for another time.


DC-2 draws a crowd
The DC-2 was drawing a crowd to have a look inside. See my Aviodrome webpages for more details.


Ester Jacobs for the cabin
Esther Jacobs took care of us in the cabin. Note the little hatch we had to crawl through..


Airborne, wow! The Catalina used very little runway to get airborne.


View from above
Heading for 'Pampus' (I think), we flew over parts of Amsterdam
Where is this..?


View from the blister
The blisters offer a tremendous view. At a price: bumpy ride on a hot day, so I bumped my head several times

Cockpit of the Catalina
Bert Huizinga and Chris Goezinne in the driving seats
Chris Goezinne in the right seat
Hey Chris, bet this is more fun than flying a 747, eh?

Don McDonald, former Catalina 'driver' wrote me: "Those photos brought back lots of memories of the 'pig-boat'...  If you get a chance like that again, ask the crew about the emergency gear-lowering procedure... Just for fun, on a long boring flight, we used to do time trials on how long it would take; best time was just under 10 minutes if I recall correctly and it took a lot of practice to be that fast!"



Splash and go!
When they tell you they are going to do a 'Splash and Go', you have no idea... Well, it is a thrill !!


On the water..
Only a flying boat can offer this view.. Actually we are rotating out of the water. Esther has seen it all before, but she later told me there are so many varieties of water (waves) conditions and wind that each landing & take off is a little different.


Out of the water
Banking left, another view from the blister (but tied to our seats)


Lakes and canals
View from above


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An overshoot and circling, looking at Schiphol-East (maintenance area), to line up for runway 22 again


Remarkable lines
On Terra Firma again.. Admiring the sleek lines of this superb flying boat (actually an amphibian, because the early Catalina had no fixed gear which made it a flying boat).
Small entry / exit
I have to watch my figure for any future flights..


Catalina PBY-5 PH-PBY
It's been a blast!


Sad to note that the flight season for 2010 was cancelled by the 'Stichting Exploitatie Catalina PH-PBY', for failing to obtain in time the required certificates and permits.
The Dutch civil air authority in The Hague didn't even allow the ferry flight from Weeze, Germany (the winter storage base) to Lelystad, Netherlands.

In 2017 a landing incident also grounded the Catalina for almost a year and brought expensive repairs.
See my page dedicated to the PH-PBY, an overall view since 2004.

On 28Jul2018 the sad news became known: The Dutch Catalina, Stichting Exploitatie Catalina, will cease operations at the end of this season and PH-PBY will be offered for sale...
The incident last year brought costly repairs and took a long time to complete, grounding the Catalina for almost a year. While the airworthiness was fully restored, it showed that the margins were small and a sound utilization cannot be met in the present conditions.
A factor in the evaluation was the shortage of qualified engineers plus the fact that the Dutch Government never was enthusiastic about vintage aircraft flying and have put in place new rulings, considering operations with paying passengers a commercial operation with all that it may entail (reducing tax benefits).
Hence the decision to cease the activities and sell the PBY-5A; it is not likely they will find a buyer in the Netherlands, probably not even in Europe.


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Created: 15-8-09
Last updated 15.8.2009