The View From Above – Zagreb From The Air

By Boran Pivčić
Photos by myself and Šime Lisica (where stated)

After the smogarsbord of aircraft and their various bits I’ve posted here, I thought it’d be a nice change to post some scenery instead, swapping details of 40+ year old aircraft for some soothing airborne shots. For the first subject I’ve decided on the city of Zagreb – not on any sentimental grounds, but because I fly over it often and have the time – or copilots – to snap a few shots here and there :).

Most of the photos shown have been taken from 1,500-2,000 feet AMSL, which is about 1,000-1,500 feet AGL –  (usually) the minimum altitude at which we can fly above town – following the standard panorama flight route which takes about 25 minutes from startup to shutdown. Zagreb isn’t all that big a place – 750,000 inhabitants – so everything is over pretty quickly (to the great fortune of some of my passengers 🙂 ). But on a summer’s afternoon, when the air is calm, the traffic light and the sun just dipping below the horizon, it’s majestic…

Climbing through about 1,500 feet toward the district of Črnomerec in the western part of town, with the sun just about to set

Climbing through about 1,500 feet toward the district of Črnomerec in the western part of town, with the sun just about to set (Šime Lisica)

This is what it's all about!

This is what it's all about! (Šime Lisica)

An architectural detail of the city centre. The main city square - Trg Bana Jelačića - can be seen to the right of shot, while the Cathedral - one of the city's landmarks - dominates the shot to the left

An architectural detail of the city centre. The main city square - Trg Bana Jelačića - can be seen to the right of shot, while the Cathedral - one of the city's landmarks - dominates the shot to the left (Šime Lisica)

Stretching up along the foothills of Medvednica, the northernmost part of town is home to the well-off slash elite districts

Stretching up along the foothills of Medvednica, the northernmost part of town is home to the well-off slash elite districts (Šime Lisica)

The main city stadium at Maksimir park. The main venue for large and/or important football matches and numerous concerts, it is seen here about 10 minutes before a Croatia-England match on October 11th, 2006

The main city stadium at Maksimir park. The main venue for large and/or important football matches and numerous concerts, it is seen here about 20 minutes before a Croatia-England match on October 11th, 2006 (Šime Lisica)

A wide view of the city centre from above the western districts. The nose belongs to 9A-DDD, our favourite ship for panorama flights (myself)

A wide view of the city centre from above the western districts. The nose belongs to 9A-DDD, our favourite ship for panorama flights (myself)

Strafing the railbridge :). Though DMM is no WW2 fighter, the bridge was indeed a valid target during WW2, here recrated in a dramatic (irony) dive on a dull afternoon (myself)

Strafing the railbridge :). Though DMM is no WW2 fighter, the bridge was indeed a valid target during WW2, here recrated in a dramatic (sarcasm) dive on a dull afternoon (myself)

Chasing DDD during a formation panorama (!) flight (a turning dogfight) above Zagreb. Though DMM was not up to the task speed-wise, this was by far the most interesting panorama I've ever flown :) (Šime Lisica)

Chasing DDD during a formation panorama (!) flight (a turning dogfight) above Zagreb. Though DMM was not up to the task speed-wise, this was by far the most interesting panorama I've ever flown 🙂 (Šime Lisica)

Another wide view from a climb to altitude. The Jarun lake - a major sports centre and the favorite exercise ground for the citizens of town - an be seen not far away

Another wide view from a climb to altitude. The Jarun lake - a major sports centre and the favorite exercise ground for the citizens of town - an be seen not far away (Šime Lisica)

Something a little different :). A motion-blurred Zagreb from 3,000 feet during Night VFR training

Something a little different :). A motion-blurred Zagreb from 3,000 feet during Night VFR training (myself)

The southernmost edge of town - as well as nearby Velika Gorica - seen over the tail of DMJ during a climbout from Zagreb Intl.

The southernmost edge of town - as well as nearby Velika Gorica - seen over the tail of DMJ during a climbout from Zagreb Intl. (myself)

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