“Mr. Wanzeck, you are the Chairman of the Aviators Club Hannover. So what does one do in this particular role?
“Just over a year ago we got together to set up an aviators' club under the friendly conditions offered at Hannover Airport. And of course to do something like this you require a contact person for members, aircraft owners, the airport and potentially interested people, am I only too happy to be that person."
“What function does an aviators’ club like this have?”
“Well in the club we have people who seldom fly, and people who fly a lot, and we have private flyers and professional flyers of every age and description. The constantly growing air traffic volume brings a huge amount of regularly changing flight-relevant information with it. The club provides a good platform for gathering this together and exchanging it quickly and directly. This consequently allows us to seamlessly integrate into the other air traffic.”
“What do you have to do to become a member?”
“The basic requirement is simply to be interested in flying.”
“What specific benefits does this bring?”
“We offer our members experience exchanges with “”birds of a feather”, professional help with flight preparation and the flight itself, and further training. Special rent conditions for parking spaces in the hangar are also possible as part of club membership. All members have access to very good flight planning software, flight maps and weather reports, which means significant savings for the individual member and only first enables the use of this assistance. As our members also include flight instructors and examiners, the necessary regular certificate renewals and instructions are available at club prices.”
“So let’s say someone wanted to charter a Cessna to fly to Erfurt. Would it be worth their while?”
“Yes it would. The trip by car from Hannover to Erfurt at 340 km takes about 3 hours and at 60 cents per kilometerit costs EUR 205 one-way. The flight with the Cessna 172 takes 1 hour and costs EUR 180, landing charges included.”
“From the private pilot’s point of view – how would you rate the conditions at Hannover Airport?”
“For about the last two years now they just couldn’t be better. We can take off and land in almost every weather and around the clock. The controllers are friendly and the flight procedures are uncomplicated. At this point I really should say a big thank you to the Airport’s CEO, Dr. Hille for his handling of general aviation.”