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268 Individual Flights

PART FIVE


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  FLIGHT 128: June 9, 2003 - 06:00
Asmara Intl.(HHAS), Eritrea
Khartoum (HSSS), Sudan
It's just coming up on 6:00 in Asmara and we're on the road again! Today was my wife's birthday, so I sent her some flowers via the Internet and told her we were about to tour Africa. It's about a 3:40 flight to Khartoum, Sudan and we'll be tracking the Nile on approach. We'll be flying at 16,000 feet so we can obtain a reasonable ground speed. We ought to arrive about 9:40 where we will grab some coffee, gas-up and double back to Djibouti.


FLIGHT 129: June 9, 2003 - 10:30
Khartoum (HSSS), Sudan
Ambouli (HDAM), Djibouti
It's 10:30, we've dropped in to Khartoum, and now we're on a 720 nm trip back eastward to Djibouti. We'll be flying at 17,000 feet. We should arrive in Djibouti around 15:00. We will be spending the night at the Sheraton Djibouti Airport Hotel, located approximately 6.5km from the airport.


FLIGHT 130: June 10, 2003 - 07:20
Ambouli (HDAM), Djibouti
Bole Intl. Addis Ababa (HAAB), Ethiopia
It's 7:20 and we're on our way to Bole Intl airport in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Okay, we're going balistic on this flight. We'll be flying at 20,000 feet on this 300 nm trip. The runway is 7624 feet above sea level. On approach to the area, we can expect light turbulence as we climb up over the 9,000 + mountains surrounding Addis Abeba. We'll top-off-the-tanks, grab a late breakfast, and head onwards to Mogadishu, Somalia – about an 800 nm trip.


FLIGHT 131: June 10, 2003 - 11:15
Bole Intl, Addis Ababa (HAAB), Ethiopia
Moi Intl, Mombasa (HKMO), Keyna
We've topped-off-the-tanks, grabbed a late breakfast, and we're now heading onwards to Mombasa, Keyna – about an 930 nm trip. It's currently 11:15 as we depart on our trip and we should arrive about in Mombasa early evening. We'll be passing over Lake Turkana in the North-Western part of Kenya as we turn southwards towards our destination. We have made reservations to stay at the Exelsior Hotel in Mombasa – about 45 km from the airport. This is another LONG trip – so ensure the mixture, manifold pressure and prop-pitch are set right-on-the-nose! All things being equal, the unnerving "Low Fuel" indicators will not appear as we approach Mombasa.


FLIGHT 132: June 11, 2003 - 08:30
Moi Intl, Mombasa (HKMO), Kenya
Moroni Hahaia (FMCH), Comoros
It’s June 11, 2003, about 8:30 in the morning and we’re on our way to the tiny island country of Comoros. We’ll be flying at 11,000 all of the way and our “customized” flight plan will take us over Chake Chake airport in Pemba, Tanzania, over Zanzibar (and I simply could not resist flying over “Mafia” Tanzania) en route to Prince Said Ibrahim airport in Moroni, Comoros. Our flying time will be about 4 hours.


FLIGHT 133: June 11, 2003 - 15:30
Moroni Hahaia (FMCH), Comoros
Seychelles Intl (FSIA), Seychelles
It's June 11, 2003, about 15:30 in the afternoon and we really want to get to the Seychelles Island – a place we have been looking forward to visiting for quite a while. So, we're going to press onwards into the evening. We'll be cruising at 13,000 feet and should arrive mid-evening in some light thunderstorms and choppy air.


FLIGHT 134: June 15, 2003 - 07:20
Seychelles Intl (FSIA), Seychelles
Mauritius Intl. (FIMP)
Paradise on Earth is what they call the Seychelles. Seemingly forgotten, out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a thousand miles from Africa, this archipelago of more than a hundred islands stretches for hundreds of miles. We had a ball. Mauritius is another of those select place names that conjure the exotic…a place that you may not be able to find immediately on the map, but that you just know that when you do, it will have been worth your while. So – we're heading that way today! It's going to be another one of those marathon trips, so pack our lunches with lots of stuff! We will be flying at 9,000.


FLIGHT 135: June 18, 2003 - 06:45
Mauritius Intl. (FIMP)
St. Denis (FMEE), Reunion
We had a marvelous stay at the Merville Beach hotel in Mauritius – walking distance from Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius. Albeit we'd love to stay in paradise, it's time to move on. It's Wednesday, June 18, 2003 about 6:45 and we'll be flying to Gillot airport in St. Denis, Reunion. Regrettably, we'll spend just a few hours in Reunion, then we'll press onwards to Ivato airport in Antananarivo, Madagascar. We'll be flying this leg at 8,000 feet on this 120 nm trip and we should arrive in St. Denis around 8:15.


FLIGHT 136: June 18, 2003 - 12:00
St. Denis (FMEE), Reunion
Ivato Intl(FMMI), Antananarivo, Madagascar
We can now say we visited Reunion – albeit only for about 3 hours. It’s now just past noon and we’re on our way to Ivato International airport in Antananarivo, Madagascar. We’ll be flying at 14,000 and we should arrive late afternoon. We’ve made reservations to stay at the Hilton Madagascar – only about 4 miles from the airport. It’s been a long day (in fact a long few days) of flying, so we’ll get a good sleep and head out early tomorrow morning for the mainland. PS. Do NOT trust the glideslope on this approach! I would suggest that you turn off the auto-pilot and land the aircraft yourself.


FLIGHT 137: June 19, 2003 - 06:15
Ivato Intl(FMMI), Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lilongwe (FWKI), Malawi
We had a great meal at the Hilton Madagascar hotel last evening and rested-up well. It's early dawn and we have another long day ahead of us. We'll be flying at 14,000 feet to Lilongwe International airport in Lilongwe Malawi. Our trip will take us over Angoche Mozambique (just south of Nampula), over Cuamba and then into Malawi. As we pass over Club Makokola, the massive Lake Nyasa will come into view. It's about an 875 nm trip. The runway surface at Lilongwe is at an altitude of 4,035 feet.


FLIGHT 138: June 23, 2003 - 06:45
Lilongwe (FWKI), Malawi
Johannesburg Intl.(FAJS), Johannesburg, South Africa
Malawi rightly deserves the title 'The Warm Heart Of Africa' – for this is a nation whose people thrive on smiles and friendliness. We stayed at Le Meridien Capital hotel - the largest in Malawi and had a wonderful time over the past few days. It's now Monday, June 23, 2003 and we're on our way to Johannesburg, South Africa. It's about 06:45 and we'll be flying over Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana en route. We'd really like to stop in all of these nations, but time is marching on. So, maybe on our next trip around the world! We'll be flying at 14,000 and this will be another very long flight - so, get the mixture set just right and be sure to close the cowl to keep the engine toasty warm. As I figure it, the Low Fuel indicators will illuminate as we approach the destination airport.


FLIGHT 139: June 25, 2003 - 06:15
Johannesburg Intl.(FAJS), Johannesburg, South Africa
Matsapha (FDMS), Manzini, Swaziland
We spent a couple of wonderful days in Johannesburg. We stayed close by the airport at the Emperor Hotel at Caesars; an appropriate place to stay since my last name is Cezar. We spent the first evening at one of the oldest bars in Johannesburg – the Radium Beer Hall. This establishment seems to attract an interesting mix of locals and visitors like us, which proved to be an interesting evening out to say the least. We're now heading to Swaziland, Lesotho and then on to our final destination for today - Cape Town, South Africa. We'll be flying at 15,000 feet.


FLIGHT 140: June 25, 2003 - 13:20
Matsapha (FDMS), Manzini, Swaziland
Moshoeshoe Intl (FXMM), Maseru, Lesotho
Swaziland is a small, beautiful country. It's surrounded by the Republic of South Africa on three sides and by Mozambique on the east. We've landed in Manzini - the major commercial center. It's a pity we cannot spend more time here exploring, however, it's off to Lesotho and then on to Cape Town, South Africa. It's now 13:20 local time and we'll be flying at 14,000 feet!

NOTE: The ILS Approach into FXMM is inaccurate. Once you're locked on the Localizer, I would suggest you ask me... "Prepare to make a short visual approach on runway two two".


FLIGHT 141: June 25, 2003 - 16:15
Moshoeshoe Intl (FXMM), Maseru, Lesotho
Cape Town (FACT), South Africa
We will simply touch down, top-off-the-tanks, and head on down the road! It's coming up on 16:15 and we're on the last leg of this trip today… another long day. We'll be flying to Cape Town at 16,000 feet and we should arrive around 21:00. So, bring lots of snacks please! It should be smooth sailing most of the way, although we have received reports of strong easterly headwinds (30-40 kts) and some choppy air as we approach Cape Town.


FLIGHT 142: June 30, 2003
Cape Town (FACT), South Africa
Hosea Kutako Intl (FYWH), Windhoek, Namibia
The past 5 days in Cape Town were indescribable. The high spot was our evening out at the Café Riteve, Hatfield St, Gardens where comedienne Tracy Klass had us rolling on the floor! The food was great, the evenings delightful – could have spent a year! But, alas, all good things must come to an end. It's early Monday morning (just before 6:00) June 30, 2003 and we're on our way to Hosea Kutako Intl, Windhoek in Namibia. The weather looks great and it should be as smooth as a baby's behind at 15,000 feet. Let's rock!


FLIGHT 143: June 30, 2003 - 10:45
Hosea Kutako Intl (FYWH), Windhoek, Namibia
Lusaka Intl (FLLS), Lusaka, Zambia
Well, I believe this is turning into the longest day of continuous flying since we left California. We got here about 30 minutes ago, we've made the necessary "pit stops", filled our stomachs and we're on our way to Zambia. We'll be flying at 11,000 over mostly expansive savannah grassland, dominated in parts by tall elephant grass. In fact, not very interesting from the air. We will be flying over this kind of terrain until mid-afternoon. We will be passing over Botswana en route.


FLIGHT 144: July 10, 2003 - 06:00
Lusaka Intl (FLLS), Lusaka, Zambia
Bujumbura Intl (HBBA), Bujumbura, Burundi
We spent the last 10 days at the Protea Hotel Lusaka Safari LD in Zambia. It was a very pleasant stay and the rate was only $30 per night. We needed the rest after all of that traveling. We just learned that President Bush is going to be visiting Entebbe, Uganda tomorrow. As it works out, we're going to be there at the same time. So, let's get in our wild mustang and get an early start. It's just coming up on 6:00 and we'll be heading north to Burundi, Rwanda and then on into Entebbe, Uganda. We'll be cruising at 15,000 and flying along Lake Tanganyika for a good part of the way.


FLIGHT 145: July 10, 2003 - 14:00
Bujumbura Intl (HBBA), Bujumbura, Burundi
Gregoire Kayibanda Intl (HRYR), Kigali, Rwanda
We've stopped here in Burundi just long enough to grab a bite to eat at the airport café, top off the tanks and press onwards to Rwanda. We'll be cruising at 11,000 feet on this rather short trip (by our standards). There'll be a one hour time shift.


FLIGHT 146: July 10, 2003 - 17:30
Gregoire Kayibanda Intl (HRYR), Kigali, Rwanda
Entebbe Intl (HUEN), Uganda
Once again we've stopped just long enough to say "we were there" and proceed down the line to our destination for today – Entenne, Uganda. Flying altitude – 11,000 once again. It's now 17:30 here in Kigali and we should arrive in Entebbe about 19:00. There are reports of thunder showers in the Entebbe area. We have reservations at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, about 22 miles from the airport.


FLIGHT 147: July 12, 2003 - 05:45
Entebbe Intl (HUEN), Uganda
Bangoka Intl (FZIC), Kisangani, Congo (DRC)
Well, we got to see the US President's Air Force One (a little bigger than our plane) and spent a couple of evenings at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. It's very early Saturday morning, July 12, 2003 and we're on our way to M'vengue airport in Franceville, Gabon, with a fuel-stop in Kinangani, Congo. We'll be cruising at 16,000 feet.


FLIGHT 148: July 12, 2003 - 11:30
Bangoka Intl (FZIC), Kisangani, Congo (DRC)
Nsimalen Intl (FKYS), Yaounde, Cameroon
We’ve topped off the tanks, and we’ve topped off our tummies, and it’s onwards we go to Yaounde, Cameroon. We'll be cruising at 12,000 feet. Our flight will take us over the city of Banqui in the Central African Republic. This is another of those VERY long trips… so keep a close eye on fuel consumption and ensure the cowls are closed to keep her nice an toasty warm - after all, even with a logged flight plan, the last thing we need is a 3-point landing in front of a 3,000 pound tiger! We’ve confirmed reservations to stay at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel in the center of town. We’ll stay there until Monday.


FLIGHT 149: July 14, 2003 - 08:30
Nsimalen Intl (FKYS), Yaounde, Cameroon
Douala Intl (FKKD), Douala, Cameroon
We enjoyed a well-deserved rest this weekend at the lovely Hilton Hotel – Africa is a BIG continent. Today, we're going from Cameroon to Cameroon. That is to say, we're going to fly southwest towards Libreville, Gabon, thereby passing over Equatorial Guinea, turn westwards and head towards Sao Tome International, then north to fly over Principe, continuing north towards Malabo and then east to our destination for today – Douala, Cameroon. We'll be flying at 8,000 so we can get a better view of the islands and we should arrive in Douala around 09:30 with thunderstorms in the area. We have made reservations to stay at the Meridien Hotel in Douala. It looks like another beautiful "equatorial" day for flying. It's about 8:30 and it's +69F outside!


FLIGHT 150: July 15, 2003 - 06:15
Douala Intl (FKKD), Douala, Cameroon
N'djamena (FTTJ), Chad
It's a pleasant +75F at 6:15 in the morning and we're on our way to Chad. Chad is a developing country in north central Africa with one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world and the country faces challenges in the areas of political stability and economic development. We contacted the Embassy of the Republic of Chad in Washington and were told we do not need an entry visa if we're dropping in for fuel. It's going to be about a 7-hour trip. As we're flying east, we'll be battling 20kts+ headwinds, so our ground speed will be pretty much the same as our airspeed. As we turn north, we'll gain a little momentum. Except for some reported electrical storms and some choppy air in northern Cameroon and in the N'djamena area, it should be pretty smooth sailing most of the way. We should arrive in N'djamena about 11:15 local time. We'll grab some food and fuel and press onwards to Abuja, Nigeria.


FLIGHT 151: July 15, 2003 - 16:00
N'djamena (FTTJ), Chad
Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl (DNAA), Abuja, Nigeria
We've filled the tanks and our tummies and we're on our way to Abuja, Nigeria where we have made reservations to stay at the Nicon Hilton, Abuja. We'll be flying over the southern part of Niger en route. In addition to our passports, we needed (and acquired) our visas (for $100 bucks each) in advance from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Washington before leaving the US. We'll spend the night in Abuja and head onwards to Liberia tomorrow. It's just coming up on 16:00. We'll be flying at 16,000 feet. The outside temperature at 10,000 feet will be a pleasant +50F, so let's keep the windows open and enjoy the flight. Incidentally, we'll have about a 15kt tailwind so we'll be getting a good ground speed.


FLIGHT 152: July 16, 2003 - 06:30
Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl (DNAA), Abuja, Nigeria
Ouagadougou (DFFD), Burkina Faso
It's just coming up on 6:30 AM and we're on our way to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. We'll be flying at 6,000 feet today so as to get a better look at the terrain and passing over three other countries en route – Benin, Togo and Ghana. The cockpit temperature will be pleasantly in the mid-sixties most of the way and it should be a pretty smooth flight until we head northwards towards Burkina Faso as run into the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Collision Zone) again, where it we will get really bounced around for a while. We have reports of thunder showers in Ouagadougou.


FLIGHT 153: July 16, 2003 - 14:30
Ouagadougou (DFFD), Burkina Faso
Lungi Intl (GFLL), Freetown, Sierra Leone
It’s just coming up on 14:30, it's raining like mad, and we’re on our way to Lungi Intl, Freeport, Sierra Leone. This is another one of those marathon days of travel. We’ll be flying at 8,000 feet. We’re still battling the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Collision Zone), however, we’ll escape it en route and things ought to settle down for a very pleasant (but long) flight. We’ll actually be in 5 different countries as part of this trip – Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast (Cote dIvoire), Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. We have made reservations at the Cape Sierra Hotel in Freeport. There is no direct commercial air service by local carriers in this developing country that has gone through years of civil unrest – although, peaceful, successful, nationwide elections were held in May 2002. We’ll be heading out tomorrow for Cape Verde.


FLIGHT 154: July 17, 2003 - 15:30
Lungi Intl (GFLL), Freetown, Sierra Leone
Amilcar Cabral (GVAC), Cape Verde
WE SLEPT IN - it's about 15:30 and we're about to embark on a trip to a place we have been really looking forward to visiting – Cape Verde. We'll be leaving Sierra Leone and flying over Guinea and Senegal en route to Cape Verde. We'll be flying at 10,000 feet. As we approach Cape Verde, we will be flying headlong into a pacific-Atlantic sunset – ought to be beautiful. The weather has cleared, and except for some expected coastal fog and strato- clouds, it looks like a great day for flying – so let's fly the friendly skies!


FLIGHT 155: July 21, 2003 - 06:30
Amilcar Cabral (GVAC), Cape Verde
Dakar (GOOY), Senegal
We arrived in Cape Verde last Thursday evening and spent a wonderful time on thi beautiful island. It's now Monday, July 21, 2003 about 6:30 in the morning and it's already +75F. We're about to embark upon another marathon day – Cape Verde to Dakar, Senegal, top off the tanks, grab some lunch and press onwards to the north to the Canary Islands. Our trip to Dakar will be at 9,000 and except for low-level marine cloud cover, we ain't goin'a see much! We will be fighting headwinds of 20-30 kts most of the way. We have a report of a less than 1,500 foot ceiling on approach!

NOTE: The ILS Approach into GOOY is inaccurate. Once you're locked on the Localizer, I would suggest you say to Michelle, "Prepare to make a short visual approach on runway three six".


FLIGHT 156: July 21, 2003 - 14:00
Dakar (GOOY), Senegal
Gran Cararia (GCLP), Canary Islands
We arrived in Dakar about 09:15 (as expected), filled up the tanks and our tummies and we're on our way to Gran Carania in the Canary Islands. We'll be flying at 7,000 feet over Mauritania and Dakhla and Laayoune (formerly Western Sahara). We're going to see if 7,000 feet is a little less choppy than 9,000. This is going to be a LONG flight. And, at 7,000, it'll be a comfortable +60F, so we can have an open-window flight and sniff the ocean air along the way. This will be one of the longest flights in this trip around the world. The LEFT FUEL and RIGHT FUEL warning lights will likely appear on final approach as we drop below 70 pounds of fuel.


FLIGHT 157: July 23, 2003 - 06:00
Gran Cararia (GCLP), Canary Islands
Casablanca (GMMN), Morocco
We arrived in the Canary Islands on Monday and spent a great day yesterday taking in the scenery. It would be great to spend a month here, however we need to get on to Europe as soon as possible – there's much to see there as well. It's Wednesday morning just after 6:00 and we're on our way to Casablanca – like in the movie! However, we're going to take the long way there by cruising over Madeira, Portugal en route. We will spend the afternoon and evening in Casablanca.


FLIGHT 158: July 24, 2003 - 06:00
Casablanca (GMMN), Morocco
Tunis (DTTA), Tunisia
We arrived in the Casablanca yesterday afternoon after a very long flight. As a result, we got to the hotel and crashed! We simply stayed at the Sheraton at the airport and got a good rest. It's now just after 6:00 in the morning and we have an exceptionally long day ahead of us – Casablanca to Tunis, then on to Malta. We'll be flying at 11,000 feet on this 900 km trip to Tunis, flying over Algeria en route. We'll follow to Morocco Mountains all the way – i.e., stay north of the sand! Except for a 9-10 kt wind from the NE and some low-level Mediterranean marine clouds, it looks like a great day for flying. So --- let's rock!


FLIGHT 159: July 24, 2003 - 17:30
Tunis (DTTA), Tunisia
Malta (LMML)
We arrived in the Tunis a few hours ago, and now we're on the final leg of our trip today – Malta! This will complete our tour of Africa, albeit we did not get to go everywhere we wanted – like Egypt - maybe next time! It's about 17:30 and our flying time should be about 1 hour at 7,000 feet and we'll arrive at about the same time we took-off because of a one hour shift as though going west, even though we are going east – go figure! It's going to be nice to get airborne and get to room temperature – it's a sweltering +98F in the shade! En route, we'll be passing about 15 km south of the island of Pantelleria, Italy, where there's a military airbase.


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