A new destination for 4Aviation in 2013 was the Fliegerschiessen at the Fliegerschiessplatz Axalp Ebenfluh near Brienz in Switzerland. During this annual event, the pilots of the Swiss Air Force have a week to refresh their live shooting skills. For two days, extra attention is given to this during which several aircraft of the air force (and of course the Patrouille Suisse) give a fine demonstration between the mountains.
The shooting range is located high in the mountains, the Axalp, at 2,300 meters altitude. As a result, the weather conditions, especially in October, are very variable. Before we left the Netherlands it was clear that the weather conditions would not be ideal. However, for the first day it looked good in the afternoon, but for the second day, snow and other moisture was predicted.
On Tuesday morning 8 October seventeen 4Aviation travellers and the tour guide boarded the coach in good spirits on the way to Switzerland. Half-way in Karlsruhe another participant was picked up and in the nice hotel in Interlaken we welcomed guest nineteen, joining us from Hong Kong. In Interlaken we enjoyed a meal together and went to bed early.