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PART SEVEN


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  FLIGHT 201: September 1, 2003 - 06:15
Dorval Airport, Montreal, Quebec, (CYUL) Canada
Taunton, Massachusetts, (KTAN) USA
We will get an early start on our trip to Taunton, Massachusetts, by departing Montreal’s Dorval airport at 6:15 on Labor Day in the US. We’re heading to Taunton because that’s where my wife was born and we’ll drop in to see the “fam”. Incidentally, Dorval airport, is another one of these brilliantly designed facilities, that mandates almost as much time to get from the General Aviation area to the take-off staging area, as it does to fly to your destination (well it seems like it) – it’s a dumb design! Except for some gusty winds here and there, it’s a relatively nice morning for flying and the temperature is already +66F. We’ll be flying at 7,000 feet.


FLIGHT 202: September 1, 2003 - 19:15
Taunton, Massachusetts, (KTAN) USA
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, (KMVY) USA
We spent a great time with the “fam” over lunch and made the afternoon round-trip visit. We’re going to head on to Martha’s Vineyard where we have made reservations to stay at the Surfside Hotel – just 15 minutes from the airport. The weather is fine and our late evening meal should be enjoyable. We’ll get an early start in the morning for the Bahamas with a couple of stops along the way.


FLIGHT 203: September 2, 2003 - 06:45
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, (KMVY) USA
First Flight, North Carolina, (KFFA) USA
Indeed, the meal was great at the Surfside Hotel Captains Table Restaurant. Today we’re going to do something “special”. We’re going to fly down the coastline to North Carolina – IFR destination “First Flight Airstrip”. That’s right, where the Wright Brothers made their first flight. We’ll fuel up and rest our legs then head over to Bermuda.


FLIGHT 204: September 2, 2003 - 14:20
First Flight, North Carolina, (KFFA) USA
Bermuda (TXKF)
Here we are where the Wright Brothers did their thing! We’ve had some lunch and topped of the tanks. It’s about 14:20, and we’re pressing onwards to Bermuda at 11,000 feet. We’ll be receiving favorable tailwinds of about 20 knots, so we should make good time to Bermuda. Bermuda is reporting low cloud cover in the 2,000 to 4,000 foot range. We’ve made reservations to stay at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel, about 30 minutes from the airport.


FLIGHT 205: September 3, 2003 - 07:00
Bermuda (TXKF)
Nassau International, (MYNN) Bahamas
Well, best laid plans! We were going to spend a few days in Bermuda. However, there’s news of Hurricane Fabian gaining strength off the coast of the Virgin Islands, and it’s heading due north. So, it’s time to get out of here! The prudent thing would be to fly back to North Carolina, however, we can make the Bahamas with an estimated 100 pounds of fuel in reserve. It’s about an 7 hour 30 minute flight – meaning we’ll arrive about 12:30 with the one hour time shift. We’ll be cruising at 11,000. We’ll be fighting 15-20 knot winds to start, then, we should garner some favorable tailwinds towards the end of our trip. We have reports of thunderstorm activity near Nassau. So, let’s get going.


FLIGHT 206: September 5, 2003 - 07:00
Nassau International, (MYNN) Bahamas
Turks and Caicos (MBPV)
Once again, we were planning on spending a nice relaxing few days in the Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton of Nassau the Bahamas, in lieu of Bermuda. However, now we are looking at the weather forecast and there’s another hurricane named “Henri” that’s building up force on the west side of the Florida peninsula, so, here we go again. Let’s get out’ta here! We’ll continue our journey around the world ahead of schedule and call ahead to the Royal West Indies Resort in the Turks and Caicos and see if we can get in 3 days earlier than expected. We’ll fly on down to the Turks at 7,000 feet. The weather in the Turks and Caicos is reported as being fair with temperatures in the low 70s. We’ll stay on the islands until Friday– September 12.


FLIGHT 207: September 9, 2003 - 07:10
Turks and Caicos (MBPV)
Norman Manley Intl, (MKJP) Jamaica
There’s little doubt that we could have picked a better time of the year to traverse the Caribbean from the standpoint of weather – this is hurricane season. We had planned on staying in the Turks until Friday, however, there’s yet another “monster” building in the Leeward Islands – “Isabel”. Therefore, we’re going to move on – quickly. It’s a beautiful day in the Turks and it’s painful to depart. Nonetheless, it’s flying time! We’ll need to top off the tanks since we have been island hopping the past few days around the Turks and Caicos. We’ll be cruising at 12,000 feet en route to Jamaica. We should arrive at the Norman Manley International airport in Kingston mid-morrning, where we will fill our tummies and tanks and press on to the Caymans.

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


FLIGHT 208: September 9, 2003 - 13:45
Norman Manley Intl, (MKJP) Jamaica
Owen Roberts Intl, (MWCR) Grand Cayman
It’s now 13:45 on September 9, 2003 and we’re on our way to the Cayman Islands – Robert’s International airport on Grand Cayman to be exact. We’ll be flying at 10,000 on this leg. Our flying time will be about 2:45 in nice weather conditions, meaning we should arrive about 16:00. We’ve moved ahead our reservations at the Victoria House Hotel located on 350 feet of Cayman’s famous seven-mile beach. Regrettably, we’ll only be spending the night here – we need to get ahead of “Isabel”.


FLIGHT 209: September 10, 2003 - 06:30
Owen Roberts Intl, (MWCR) Grand Cayman
Port Au Prince, (MTPP) Haiti
San Juan, (TJSJ) Puerto Rico
Weather forecasters said it is possible that Isabel could reach near 145 mph (232 km/h) winds today. At 16:00 ADT yesterday, the Hurricane Center said Isabel was 930 miles (800 nm) east of the northern Leeward Islands, moving west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). So, the way I have it figured, in 3 days we could be in a heap of trouble! We can either tie down the Bravo and hope the storm turns more northward, or make a run for Venezuela - I vote for the latter. This means we will need to simply do “fly-bys” over some of our intended destinations and cancel our hotel reservations. So, let’s fly directly to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now this is a LONG flight – about 8 hours. And, despite the forecasted 10-15 knot headwinds, we should be able to make it without a fuel-stop along the way. If I’ve got it calculated correctly, we’ll still have about 90 pounds of fuel remaining when we reach San Juan. We’ll have thunderstorms to keep us entertained during the trip! We should arrive in San Juan a little past 15:00 local time – considering the one-hour time shift.


FLIGHT 210: September 10, 2003
Port Au Prince, (MTPP) Haiti
Santo Domingo, (MDSD) Dominican Republic
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FLIGHT 211: September 10, 2003
Santo Domingo, (MDSD) Dominican Republic
San Juan, (TJSJ) Puerto Rico
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FLIGHT 212: September 10, 2003 - 18:45
San Juan, (TJSJ) Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, (TIST) US Virgin Islands
We were unable to orchestrate a change in our reservations in San Juan and everything is booked-up. However, we were able to book rooms at the Anchorage Hotel in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. So, despite the fact that we have just completed an arduous eight-hour flight from the Cayman Islands, we needed to hop on our horse and make another sixty-mile trip to St. Thomas. We have grabbed a very late lunch and we’re now ready to head over to St. Thomas at 7,000 feet. We'll be staring at a wonderful moonrise en route!


FLIGHT 213: September 11, 2003 - 11:40
St. Thomas, (TIST) US Virgin Islands
Beef Island, (TUPJ) British Virgin Islands
Despite the news that Isabel is heading towards the upper Caribbean islands, I still think it would be prudent to get out of the area completely as soon as possible. So, I have been on the phone all morning changing our hotel reservations for our continuing trip. It’s now 11:40 and we’re on our way to Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands where we will grab some lunch. It’ll only take about 15 minutes to get there at 3,000 feet. And, it’s a lovely +85F outside!


FLIGHT 214: September 11, 2003 - 15:00
Beef Island, (TUPJ) British Virgin Islands
Wallblake, (TQPF) Anguilla
We had a very enjoyable lunch, we’ve topped off the tanks and now we’re on our way to Wallblake, Anguilla. Our flying time will be about one hour at 3,000 feet. It ought to be a very pleasant flight. We should arrive just in time for tea.


FLIGHT 215: September 11, 2003 - 18:30
Wallblake, (TQPF) Anguilla
St. Maarten, Princess Juliana Intl (TNCM) Netherlands Antilles
We had an opportunity to do some site seeing and visited the Wallblake House. Built in 1787, it is the oldest and only surviving plantation house on Anguilla. It is one of the few plantation houses in the Caribbean where the entire complex of buildings including the kitchen, stable and workers quarters have survived virtually intact. We’re now on our way at 2,000 feet to St. Maarten Island in the Netherlands Antilles, a 10 mile trip, where we will spend the evening. We have confirmed reservations at the Summit Resort. It’s just coming up on 18:30 and we should arrive in St. Maarten in about 25 minutes.


FLIGHT 216: September 12, 2003 - 06:45
St. Maarten, Princess Juliana Intl (TNCM) Netherlands Antilles
St. Kitts Island, (TKPK) St. Kitts and Nevis
We had a short but pleasant stay at the Summit Resort. We learned that the island’s name, St. Maarten was pronounced by the locals as Soualiga, or "Salt Island" after its main mineral deposit and we could see the remains of the Great Salt Pond near Philipsburg. We’re getting an early start. Our flying time to the Robert L. Bradshaw airport on St. Kitts, will be about 45 minutes. The weather looks good – so here we go!


FLIGHT 217: September 12, 2003 - 10:15
St. Kitts Island, (TKPK) St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Johns, (TAPA) Antigua and Barbuda
We had an interesting chat with the local aviators about island-hopping. And, we had this conversation over too many cups of coffee. Now - it’s flying-time. It’s about 10:15 and we’re on our way to V.C. Bird International airport in St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda. We’ll be flying at 3,000 feet on the 50-mile trip.


FLIGHT 218: September 12, 2003 - 14:45
St. Johns, (TAPA) Antigua and Barbuda
Pointe-A-Pitre, (TFFR) Guadeloupe
We had a fantastic lunch at the Big Banana 17° 61° restaurant. The name 17° 61° comes from the longitude and latitude of Antigua & Barbuda. It’s now 14:45, and we’re on our way to Le Raizet airport in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Our flying time will be about 45 minutes at 3,000 feet on a beautiful Caribbean day for flying. We have confirmed reservations at the Marigot hotel where we will spend the next few days and press onwards early Monday morning.


FLIGHT 219: September 15, 2003 - 06:00
Pointe-A-Pitre, (TFFR) Guadeloupe
Roseau, (TDCF) Dominica
We spent a very pleasant weekend at the Marigot hotel in Guadeloupe. It’s just coming up on 6:00 and we’re getting an early start on some serious island-hopping today. On this leg, we’ll be flying at 7,000 feet to Canefield International airport in Roseau, Dominica. It’s only about a 60 mile flight, so we should arrive about 6:45.


FLIGHT 220: September 15, 2003 - 07:30
Roseau, (TDCF) Dominica
Ft. De France, (TFFF) Martinique
We’ve had a chance to rap with the guys in the tower, share some stories and fill up on coffee. It’s about 7:30, and we’re continuing our trip to Martinique – about the same distance as the previous flight (50 miles). So, we should arrive about 8:45. We’ll climb up to 7,000 feet to see if we can avoid some of the low-level turbulence.


FLIGHT 221: September 15, 2003 - 11:15
Ft. De France, (TFFF) Martinique
Hewanorra Intl, St. Lucia (TLPL)
We enjoyed a fantastic Creole breakfast at the airport restaurant. In fact, it was exceptional. It’s about 11:15 and we’re continuing our trip to Hewanorra International airport in St. Lucia. Once again, this is about a 50-mile flight so we should arrive about noon. We’ll be flying at 6,000 feet. NOTE: Take care when taxiing to the strip – its pretty rough!


FLIGHT 222: September 15, 2003 - 14:50
Hewanorra Intl, St. Lucia (TLPL)
St. Georges, (TGPY) Grenada
We took a spin around the island and now we’re on our way to Port Salines airport in St. Georges, Grenada. We’ll be passing over the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Union Island en route. It’s now 14:50 and we’ll be cruising at 8,000 feet.


FLIGHT 223: September 15, 2003 - 18:00
St. Georges, (TGPY) Grenada
Barbados (TBPB)
It’s now 18:00 and we’re about to embark on the final leg for today. Destination – Barbados, where we will spend the next few days. We’ll be cruising at 7,000 on this flight and we should arrive in Barbados about 20:20. There are reports of scattered thunderstorms in the Barbados area, but no precipitation. We ought to see a beautiful twilight at our 8 o'clock.


FLIGHT 224: September 18, 2003 - 09:30
Barbados (TBPB)
Trinidad and Tobago (TTCP)
It’s 9:30 Thursday September 18, 2003 and we’ve just spent a couple of fantastic days in Barbados – this is a “real” paradise! Alas, we’re on our way again. We’ll be flying to Trinidad and Tobago at 6,000 feet on this 190-mile trip. The weather looks good – a hell’uva a lot better than North Carolina! We should arrive about 10:15. On approach, we’ll see our next destination – the tip of Venezuela.


FLIGHT 225: September 22, 2003 - 08:30
Trinidad and Tobago (TTCP)
Maturin, (SVMT) Venezeula
We spend a fantastic long weekend at the Crown Point Beach Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s just coming up on 8:30 on Monday September 22, 2003 and we are continuing our trip around the world – heading for Maturin, Venezuela. We’ll be cruising at 8,000 feet on a pleasant day. The current temperature is about 90F degrees.


FLIGHT 226: September 22, 2003 - 11:00
Maturin, (SVMT) Venezeula
Cheddi Jagan Intl, (SYCJ) Guyana
We're going to stop just long enough to top off the fuel, enjoy some Venezuelan coffee and hit the friendly skies en route to Guyana. We’ll be flying at 11,000 feet on this 350-mile trip. But for bucking 10-15 knot headwinds, this ought to be a very smooth flight. We’ll grab some lunch, then head off late afternoon for Suriname.


FLIGHT 227: September 22, 2003 - 17:50
Cheddi Jagan Intl, (SYCJ) Guyana
Zandery, (SMJP) Suriname
We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Woodbine Hotel where we met a group of travelers from Canada. It’s now just approaching 18:00 and we’re on our last leg for the day – the J. A. Pengel International airport in Zandery, Suriname. Our flying time will be about 1:25 minutes at 5,000 feet. We’ll arrive just after dusk. We have confirmed reservations at the Hotel Torarica - located in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.


FLIGHT 228: September 23, 2003 - 07:30
Zandery, (SMJP) Suriname
Cayenne, (SOCA) French Guiana
It’s about 7:30 and we’re on our way to French Guiana – about a one hour thirty minute flight. We’ll be flying at 3,000 feet to get a better view of the area. It should be a pretty smooth flight, although there are reports of thunderstorms in the area of the Rochambeau airport in Cayenne, French Guiana.


FLIGHT 229: September 23, 2003 - 11:30
Cayenne, (SOCA) French Guiana
Val de Caes, (SOCA) Brazil
Since all private aircraft over-flying or landing for noncommercial purposes in Brazil must give 24-hour prior notice (to both the Department of Civil Aviation and to the airports of landing), we have indeed been given prior approval and we have the acknowledgements on board the aircraft during our flights into or across Brazilian territory. We’ve filled our tummies and the aircraft’s tanks and we’re off to Brazil – Val de Caes airport to be exact. It’s 11:30 and there is still thunderstorm activity in the area. We’ll be flying at 7,000 feet on this leg. We have confirmed our reservations at the Hotel Vila Rica Belem – about 15 minutes from the airport.


FLIGHT 230: September 24, 2003 - 10:00
Val de Caes, (SOCA) Brazil
Fortaleza, (SBFZ) Brazil
It’s 10:00 on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 and we’re on our way to the Pinto Martins airport in Fortaleza, Brazil – another long flight. We’ll be cruising at 7,000 feet and it looks like another great day for flying. The current temperature is about 85F degrees and at our cruising altitude it ought to be a comfortable 60F. We should arrive mid-afternoon. We will be spending the next couple of evenings at the Meliá Confort Fortaleza hotel - strategically located at the 'Volta da Jurema', a sophisticated area in Fortaleza, only minutes away from the city's gastronomical and leisure centers and close to the Pinto Martins International Airport.


FLIGHT 231: September 26, 2003 - 06:45
Fortaleza, (SBFZ) Brazil
Recife, (SBRF) Brazil
It’s just after dawn on Friday September 26, 2003 and we’re on our way to Recife – my most favorite city in the world. I cannot even begin to tell people how much I have enjoyed my various trips to this area. This is going to be a pleasant flight – just over 330 nautical miles. We’ll be flying at 5,000 feet on this leg. We have confirmed our reservations at the lovely Recife Palace Lucsim Hotel.

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


FLIGHT 232: September 29, 2003 - 09:15
Recife, (SBRF) Brazil
Salvador, (SBSV) Brazil
It’s just coming up on 9:15 on Monday, September 29, 2003 and we’re about to embark on our trip to Salvador, Brazil. We’ll be cruising at a comfortable 6,000 feet and the weather looks to be great. I am sad to leave Recife, since it is (as I have pointed out earlier) the one place in the world I really love. The people are great – the food is great – the music is great – the entire place is great. But, it’s time to leave paradise! We'll be following the Atlantic coastline for the entire flight to Salvador, so there air will be periodically unstable.


FLIGHT 233: September 29, 2003 - 15:00
Salvador, (SBSV) Brazil
Brasilia, (SBBR) Brazil
We had a great lunch and we’re now on our way to Brasilia – the capital of Brazil. It’s just coming up on 15:00 and our three-hour, forty-five minute flight should have us arriving about 18:00. There are reports of light rain in the capital. We have confirmed our reservations at the Kubitschek Plaza hotel – named after the founder of Brasilia, Juscelino Kubitschek.


FLIGHT 234: September 30, 2003 - 09:00
Brasilia, (SBBR) Brazil
Campo Grande, (SBCG) Brazil
It’s just coming up on 9:00 and we’re on our way to Campo Grande. We’ll be flying at 8,000 feet on this leg and we should arrive a lttle after noon – just in time for lunch.


FLIGHT 235: September 30, 2003 - 15:00
Campo Grande, (SBCG) Brazil
Campo Fontenelle, (SBYS) Brazil
We had a great lunch! We’ll be cruising at 9,000 feet en route to Campo Fontenelle in Piracununga. The weather looks fantastic and we should have a great flight. The forecast for Piracununga is 68F degrees! We’ll grab some dinner, then head on to our final destination – Rio!


FLIGHT 236: September 30, 2003 - 22:00
Campo Fontenelle, (SBYS) Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, (SBGL) Brazil
Well, it’s been a long day and we’ve traveled a great distance, but we’re anxious to get to Rio! It’s only another 230 miles the way the crows fly, so we’re going to press onwards. We’ll be staying at a friend’s place, so a late arrival is not a problem. We’ll be cruising at 13,000 on this beautiful evening. We'll arrive in Rio approaching midnight.


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