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  1. Hi guyz! From a very very hot Toulouse (we have a beautiful 95°F today and a hundred is forecasted for tomorrow and on thursday too !!! At home it's mode "air-conditioning" ON!) Leg 119 completed: LPFR-LERE To Spain! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday June 17th, 2 PM at gate 6, Faro international airport. We’re ready for a new flight, to Valencia suburb, more precisely to Requena airfield. A minute in flight, and we are at 12,000 feet climbing to FL230. On our right is the large Gulf of Cádiz, and the river seen just ahead is the Guadiana River that marks the border between Portugal and Spain in this area. We are over the Algarve province of Portugal and, on the other side of the river, this is the Spanish province of Andalucia. The city, on the Portuguese bank, is Villa Real de Santon Antonio, the corresponding city on the Spanish bank is Ayamonte. Heading east, we are at our cruise altitude (FL350). On our right is the large Spanish city and harbor of Seville on the Guadalquivir River. This is the only river harbor in Spain. The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus profited Seville, as all goods imported from the New World had to pass through Seville before being distributed throughout the rest of Spain. A 'golden age of development' commenced, due to its being the only port awarded the royal monopoly for trade with the growing Spanish colonies in the Americas and the influx of riches from them. All merchants from needed to go to Seville to acquire New World trade goods. The city's population grew to more than a hundred thousand people in the 1500s. Ten minutes later, we fly over Córdoba, also on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Funded by Romans, it was the capital of the Spanish Emirates after Muslims conquered the area. We have begun our descent to our destination. We are at FL190, descending to 11,000 feet. We fly over the hills of the Meseta Central … with a funny looking single cloud. This is the Spanish province of Mancha below, Madrid is just 200 km away. On our left, we see, in the distance, the city of Albacete and its airport (LEAB). This airport is shared with air force and named Los Llanos Air Base, an important hub for NATO air forces. On 26 January 2015, a Hellenic Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft at the base, causing an explosion which killed 10 people, including both pilots. At 5,400 feet, we begin our approach to Requena airfield. We fly over the city of Buňol and its large windmill park. Finale for runway 30, visual approach with a strong side wind. The runway is really short! Parked on a densely packed apron at Requena airfield, after a 1-hour flight from Faro. The room for maneuvering aircrafts is not that huge and, the Learjet looks like some giant plane. That's all folks! Enjoy and have great flights. Philippe
  2. Hi guyz, Next leg of that series ... Leg 118b completed: LXGB-LPFR To Portugal Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Sunday June 11th, 2 PM, after a night and the morning for visiting the tunnels inside the Gibraltar Rock built by the British Army, we are ready for this new flight, to Faro in Portugal. The panorama behind us, including the Rock, nicely reflects onto the huge glass wall of the Terminal building. Holding at runway 27 entrance while a RAF C-130 Hercules takes off bound to Lakenheath RAF Base (EGUL). Takingoff, we pass the famous Gibraltar – La Linea road, this time with a view over the Gibraltar side. it’s very british, the stadium is named Victoria Stadium and, if you look closely, you see a monument (just in front of the red CEPSA gas station. This statue is called The Cradle of History, erected on 1997. This monument presents an historical snapshot of Gibraltar, beginning with prehistoric man, the Phoenicians, the Romans, and finish with ... a British Grenadier, of course! The Gibraltar Cradle of History monument Takingoff from runway 27, with a nice view on Gibraltar West Side, its marina, and the huge Rock. Above Algeciras, a last view over Africa on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Heading northwest, we climb to 16,000 feet. The surroundings are of high meanings for naval history. We are flying just ver a small sapnish city, Medina-Sidonia. In the 16th century, the Duke of Medina-Sidonia, Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, who led the Spanish Armada against England in 1588. And, in the distance, a cape can be clearly seen on the coastline. This is the infamous Cape Trafalgar … sorry, guys, I’m French so it’s a infamous landmark! LOL. While at FL210, climbing to FL240, we have a view over Cádiz and its Bay, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain. It was founded by the Phoenicians, and is sometimes counted as the most ancient city still standing in Western Europe. The combined Spanish-French fleet that confronted Nelson’s Royal Navy departed from this harbor. Five minutes later, we have begun our descent to Faro airport. At FL220, we are descending fast to 12,000 feet. We see on our right, the huge delta of the Guadalquivir River that flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the Gulf of Cádiz. On the east bank of the main arm of the river, we see the city of Sanlucar, and, on the west bank the Doñana National Park which is a natural reserve that covers 543 km2, one of the biggest in Europe. The park is an area of marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes in the delta of the Guadalquivir. Finale for runway 28, with the city of Faro on our right. The whole area is a national park, the Nature Park of Rio Formosa (the beautiful river). The Nature Park was created on 8 December 1987, and is considered one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. It includes the river and a lagoon system, interspersed with dunes, forming a series of small islands, islets, marshes and channels. Parked at gate 6 at Faro – Algarve international airport, after a very short 30-min flight from Gibraltar. We leaved Gibraltar at 2 PM and, since Portugal is one hour ahead of Spain, it is only 1:50 PM local time. As can be seen from the birds at gates, this airport is an important touristic destination for the most common European low-cost airlines: Easyjet, Ryanair … That's all folks! Have great flights. Philippe
  3. Hi guyz, Next legs .... Leg 118a completed: LEMH-LXGB To the Rock! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday June 10th, 2 PM, we are taxiing to the runway at Menorca airport. Heading north, at 7,000 feet we climb to FL180. On our right, we see the city of Port-Mahon, the capital City of Minorca Island and its natural harbor, one of the largest in Mediterranean Sea. View of Barcelona and its airport El Prat from FL360, as we are heading northwest and we will soon turn left. On our right, in the background, the Pyrenees mountains that form the natural between Spain and France. The name of these mountains stems from Pyrene, the daughter of Bebrix, a king of ancient Greece, and she became the girlfriend of Hercules. Later, she came to die here in these mountains, hence their name. It is told that Hercules came back in these mountains to build a magnificent grave to her; some old people even say that the whole Pyrenees mountains were erected by Hercules… While heading southwest, we fly by the huge Delta of the Ebro River. This delta is intensively sued for agricultural purposes: rice and fruit (mostly lemon and orange) culture. The name, Ebro comes from the Roman name of the river: the Iber, from which derives the name of the whole Iberic Peninsula. In ancient times, the Ebro River was, for a while, the natural border between the Roman republic (on its north bank) and the Carthaginian Empire (on the south bank). View of Valencia from FL360 and its Manises airport. The Turia River that flows through the city can be seen as the Garden of the Turia, the green line that crosses the city and that were edificated in an old bed of the Turia River. We are also crossing the Prime meridian and entering in the Western hemisphere. We are descending, at FL170, to 12,000 feet over the Baetic Range, not very far from Marbella on the coast. On the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, we see the African coast. And we also see the Gibraltar Rock, can you spot it? Maintaining 2,800 feet hading due south, we are flying over the mountains of Los Alacornocales national park. Most of the industry down here is devoted to making corks from the very common cork oaks covering the whole area. Can you spot the Gibraltar Rock? Long finale for a visual approach to runway 09. We are flying over the port city of Algeciras. Gibraltar is on the other side of a huge bay, the Bay of Algeciras for the Spaniards or the Bay of Gibraltar for the British. Short finale and the weather turned a bit hazy. A view over the huge Gibraltar harbor and many big moored ships, and the tall buildings of West Side Gibraltar. Rolling down the runway, we cross the road that links Gibraltar to Spain, with the border just on our right and the Spanish city of La Linea. This unique road is the only link between Gibraltar and the continent and is in permanent use, except when a plane is landing (as we are doing) or takingoff. Parked at gate 2, Gibraltar international airport, after a flight of nearly one hour and a half from Minorca. The Rock stands right there, and, on the left, we see the British army buildings of the devil Tower Camp. That's all folks! Have great flights and happy landings. Philippe
  4. Hi guyz, Leg 117 completed : DTMB-LEMH To Balearic Islands! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday June 3rd, 2 PM at gate Papa-7 at Monastir – Habib Bourguiba international airport, Tunisia. We are ready for our new flight, this time to Balearic Islands, Spain. We will cross longitudinally the western part of the Mediterranean Sea from Sardinia to Menorca. At 5,000 feet climbing to 8,000 feet, we have a last look at the small peninsula on which Monastir city is built, and on the right, the airport and its runway lying close to the Monastir Lake, which is known for its salt marsh. Twelve minutes later, we fly over Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia, at FL340, climbing at FL360. The view shows the large city, its airport (DTTA), its harbor, the water bodies, from left to right, of the Bay of Tunis, the Lake of Tunis and , at right, the Lake Sijoumi. Heading northwest, we fly by the southwestern tip of Sardinia Island, Cape Teulada. The beach that can be seen is called White Sands beach, perfectly understandable. At FL360, heading west over the Mediterranean Sea, somewhere between Sardinia and Balearic islands, a cloudy sky even at this altitude. After descending to 1,600 feet, we enter the finale for an ILS approach to runway 01. View of the south shore of the rather flat Menorca Island. Finale for runway 01. Some ships and the small harbor of Binisafua is just ahead. Parked at gate 19 at the international airport of Menorca – Mahón after a flight of about 1h10 from Monastir. With the time lag, and despite we flew westward, it’s 4:30 PM here. We have a full week to visit this preserved island of the Balearic Archipelago. That's all folks! Enjoy great flights. Philippe
  5. Hi friends! Leg 116 completed: LIEO-DTMB Back to Africa! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday May 27th, 2 PM at gate 1 at Olbia-Costa Smeralda airport, we are ready for our today destination: Africa again! Our destination is Tunisia, thus crossing the Mediterranean Sea, and more precisely, Monastir, a major city resort. This will be a flight from a tourist resort to another one. At 5,300 feet climbing to 8,000 feet, with a view on Olbia, its bay and, in the background, the heights of Corsica. At our cruise altitude (FL350), heading southeast, we pass by Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia, that is located at the extreme south of the island. In the background, we can already see the African coastline. As said by dcda, a harbor funded before the Roman Empire by the Phenicians. Fifteen minutes later, we fly over the Gulf of Tunis, the city can be seen on our right in the distance. On the other side of the Cap Bon Peninsula, ahead of us, is the Gulf of Hammamet. Our destination is on the other side of this last gulf. The Cap Bon Peninsula is a bit famous in history because, there in 468, a huge land and sea battle took place between the Roman Empire and the Vandals, that ended with a huge defeat for the Roman Army (about a hundred ships sunk and 10 000 killed). This defeat is said to be the beginning of the decline of the Western Roman Empire. Heading south and maintaining 6,000 feet we fly over the lagoon of Sebkhet Assa-Jiriba that lies along the coast north of Monastir. In long finale for runway 07 at Monastir airport, we fly over the city of M’Saken. The city of Monastir is on the other side of the airport, close to the Sea. Parked at gate Papa-7 after a 1-h flight from Olbia. We have now a full week to spend here … enjoying beaches and sun! Greetings! Philippe
  6. Hi again, Now the following leg of that week, to Olbia. Leg 115b : LFKC-LIEO From Corsica to Sardinia Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Sunday May 21st, 2 PM at Calvi airport. It’s time for the second leg of that week. We’re going to Olbia in Sardinia Island, the second largest island in Mediterranean Sea. At 3,800 feet climbing to 6,000 feet and turning south, we fly over the Gulf of Calvi, with the Monte Cinto range t background and the city of Calvi, its citadel and the famous Calvi beach on the right. From 17,000 feet (we will soon begin our descent without reaching the expected cruising altitude, so short is this flight), view over Ajaccio and its airport, Ajaccio-Napoleon Bonaparte (LFKJ). The city of Ajaccio is the capital city of Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte was born there on 1769, August 15. The Bay of Ajaccio is delimited by a huge beach of white sand, the Beach of Ricanto. At 9,000 feet descending to 7,000 feet over the Strait of Bonifacio that separates Corsica from Sardinia and which is a border between France and Italy. The southernmost part of Corsica is Punta de Sperona (the Cape of the Ramming), and the northernmost part of Sardinia is Punta Marmorata (the Cape Made of Marble). Still at 5,000 feet, we are soon taking the LOC for runway 05. A nice view on the Gulf of Olbia on the Tyrrhenian Sea in the background, and with a wide valley linking Olbia to Sassari, on the west coast of the island. The highway seen below is the European Route E840 that links Roma surburb (Civitavecchia) to Sassari via Olbia. Between Civitavecchia and Olbia, the route uses a ferry line. Turning to align for the finale to runway 05 very very close to the mountains on our right, higher than us. As already stressed by dcda, this is not a very comforting approach. The runway 05 approach at Olbia is quite scenic. Parked at gate 1 at Olbia – Costa Smeralda airport after a very short flight of about half an hour from Calvi. It’s time to visit Olbia, a city of about 3 000 years! That's all for this week guyz! Have gret flights. Philippe
  7. Hi all! Back to flights ... Leg 115a completed : LSZA-LFKC To Corsica! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday May 20th, 2 PM at gate 14, Lugano airport, we are parked close to an Austrian bird and ready to go to Calvi in North Corsica, back to my country after two years and a half wandering around the globe. At 5,000 feet climbing at 9,000 feet, viewing the U-shaped Lake of Lugano. Heading south, with on our right the Italian city of Varese, and further right, the small Lake of Varese and, behind it, the Lake Maggiore and, in the background, the huge snow-capped Mont-Blanc, which is, with its 4,808 m, the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia's Caucasus peaks. Twelve minutes later, we cross the Mediterranean coast near Genoa and its airport, Genoa-Sestri. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Christopher Columbus, the Discoverer of the Americas, was born here. Our flight at cruise altitude lasted merely four minutes only, and , after having begun our descent, we are at 12,000 feet descending to 8,900 feet, heading south, we approach the north coast of Corsica. Ahead is the Ligurian Coast of Corsica with the famous (and believe me it’s a gorgeous place!) Gulf of Saint-Florent on our left, we are approaching the isolated beach of Plage de Ghignu, well seen on the coast as a single thick white line. This part of the Corsican coast is uninhabited and called the Desert of Agriates. Maintaining 8,900 feet, heading south, we pass over the northern part of Corsica which is highly mountainous. On our right is the Monte Cinto Range. Maintaining 8,900 feet and heading north-west-north, we have the tooth-looking Monte Cinto with its 2,706 m it’s the highest point of Corsica. It’s better to follow strictly what ATC asks you to do in this high terrain surrounding us. Monte Cinto (viewed from the opposite side relative to the pic) And soon after, we arrive at the coastal plain, if I may say so, and we have to descend fast from 8,900 feet to almost zero just a few miles from the threshold of runway 36. Parked at Calvi-Sainte Catherine airport, at gate 5, after a short flight from Lugano. Its’ a beautiful afternoon. A French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) Hercules C-130 is parked, visiting Calvi airport. In the background, are the mountains that we just overflew a few minutes ago. That's all for today. have great flights Philippe
  8. Re-hi, Here is the report for the second leg of that week, from Bari to Lugano... Leg 114b completed: LIBD-LSZA To Switzerland! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Sunday May 14th, 2 PM at gate 111 at Bari international airport with some interesting old buildings here and there… We are ready for our flight to Lugano remaining in Italian-speaking area since Lugano is in the Canton of Ticino in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Heading west-north-west, we fly over the harbor of Barletta at 17,000 feet climbing to FL260. Seven minutes later, at our cruise altitude (FL340), we have a view on mountainous Gargano Promontory projecting into the Adriatic Sea, this is the spur on the Italian Boot. On its north shore, there is the Varano Lake. At FL340, overflying the city of Pescara on the Adriatic Coast. On our left, the Italian Peninsula which is here about only a hundred miles wide. On the opposite side of the Apennine Range, we see a coastal plain on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. We can just slightly see the Italian capital city, Rome, there. Twenty minutes later, heading northwest, we fly at FL340 over the famous city of Bologna, the largest city of Emilia-Romagna … No time to land there and enjoy a good meal of noodles with Bolognese sauce… not speaking of wines! Seven minutes later, we have begun our descent to Lugano. We are at FL290, descending to FL280, and we crossed the Po River. At FL200, descending to 16,000 feet and heading due north, we arrive at the foot of the Alps. We fly over the Italian city of Brescia. In the distance at the foot of the mountains and meandering a bit among the steep slopes, we see the Lake Garda, the largest in Italy with almost 400 km2. Fifteen minutes later, maintaining 11,000 feet while overflying huge mountains with a lot of clouds around, we exit from clouds over the Valley of the Ticino River that flows in the Lake Maggiore, seen in the distance ahead of us. The large city below is the Swiss city of Bellinzona, the capital city of the Canton Ticino. Lugano, our destination, is on the left, quite close and we are still at 11,000 feet… Arriving at 11,000 feet a few miles from the runway, Lugano airport is at 915 feet, so we have to quickly descend about 10,000 feet in a few minutes to land visually on runway 19. That’s why we have “all out” and aerobrakes on. The runway is on sight, the Lugano Lake just south of the airport and, on our left, the southwest branch of the Lake of Como. Parked at gate 2 of Lugano airport after one hour fifteen minutes flight from Bari that makes us cross the Italian Boot almost from south to north. A whole week to spend in this pleasant south alpine area of Switzerland. A very nice Aerosoft addon! That's all for today! Have great flights guys. Philippe
  9. Hi guyz, Here are some news about the new legs ... Leg 114a completed (or is it FlyingAxx"s leg 121?) LGKR-LIBD To Italy! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday May 13th, 2 PM at Corfu airport gate 2. After a full week spent in the Paradise Island of Corfu, we’re ready to fly to Bari on the other side of the Strait of Otranto, a short flight. At 13,000 feet heading northwest, we see the Ormos Ypsou Bay and, on the opposite side, the continent and Albania at north, and Greece at south of the main cape seen on the coast. Ten minutes later, at our cruise altitude (FL200) we have crossed the Strait of Otranto that closes the Adriatic Sea at south. On our left, the Salentina Peninsula that forms the heel of the Italina Boot, and, behind it, the Gulf of Taranto and the Ionian Sea. The extreme south tip of the Peninsula is the Santa Maria di Leuca Cape. View from FL190 of Brindisi and its airport (LIBR). We have just begun our descent to Bari. Maintaining 3,600 feet in the approach circuit to Bari, we fly over the charming city of Gravina in Puglia. In the distance, the heights of the South Appenine range, what the locals call Apennino Lucano. Taxiing to the gate, most birds here are Ryanair 737s and almost lost among them an Alitalia A320 ready to its flight back to either Rome or Milan. Parked at gate 111, Bari - Palese Macchie airport after a short flight of slightly more than 45 min from Kerkira. We have all the afternoon and evening to spend at Bari, before resuming our journey tomorrow. That's all for this saturday afternoon. Have great flights! Philippe
  10. hey Dale! This reminds me of Airplane movie .... "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines..."
  11. HI there! Going back to the Tour for the last batch of flights ... sigh!!!! Leg 113 completed : LDSP-LGKR Back to Greece! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday May 6th, it’s 2 PM and we’re ready for this first flight of the last batch of Aerosoft World Tour. These two years and a half were gone so fast! At Split-Kastela international airport, gate 1, we prepare a flight to Corfu, a small flight today. On our way to enter the active runway. Climbing to 9,000 feet and turning for going southward. A last sight of Split airport and of Trogir and its dual harbor, one for sailboats and one for bigger ships. In the background, the long parallel ranges of the Dinaric Alps. One minute later and heading southeast, we can see on our left the city of Split on Marjan Peninsula. At out cruise altitude (FL290) over Adriatic Sea, we cross a traffic that is 1,000 feet below. This is an Airbus A321 of the Aegean Airlines. Four minutes later, we cross another traffic on the same heading which is 1,000 feet below. This is a Boeing 767-300 of British Airways, flight 633 heavy from Athens to Heathrow. Heading south, with the coast of Albania on our left. We see the large Karavasta Lagoon. This is the largest lagoon in Albania and one of the largest in the Adriatic Sea. The lagoon is cut off from the Adriatic Sea by a long sandy bar. We have begun our descent to Corfu that can be seen in the distance, at FL190 descending to 17,000 feet over the large and recessed Bay of Vlorë, with, at its end, the Pahsaliman Lagoon. We see the houses of Pashaliman, its harbor houses the main Albanian Naval base that was, during the Cold war, the main Soviet naval base in Mediterranean Sea. Maintaining 4,400 feet, we are in long finale for a visual approach to runway 17. Below are the houses of Acharavi on the northern shore of Corfu Island. In the distance, on our left, is the Albanian coast. The approach to runway 17 makes us fly over a 3,000-feet high mountainous terrain called Mounts Pantocreator. This approach is quite scenic! Short finale for runway 17 over the Gouvia Bay. This visual approach makes us fly over Kerkira harbor with nice moored cruising ships. Parked at Corfu international airport Ioánnis-Kapodístrias at gate 2 after a short 45-min flight from Split. We had strong tailwinds so, most of the time, our cruise speed was about 580 knots. We have a week to spend in this splendid Greek island that, including its small satellite islands, forms the most northwestern part of Greece. That's all folks, have great flights! Philippe
  12. Hello guyz! Thanks Dale and Gernot. Well, now we have a banker at the ehad of our country but together with Netherlands we stopped clearly the rise of the populisms in Europe for a while. And now we have to work out the future parliament (elected on next June) hoping that our Presdient elect will get his majority there, again something which is not done... Gernot, I fly the DH104 dove and yes it's a remarkable bird to gly indeed. i'm enjoying it a lot... And, if, as suggested by sideout and you, we will begin a second Tour, Ill fly it with the Dove. Well ... flying the Dove will let me see the outside much longer and better than with the Learjet, for sure! Have a great day and great flights Philippe
  13. Hello Tobus, Thanks for this nice piece of work! Well done. I already begun to buy some aerosoft addons for tis batch ... a quite nice one. Philippe
  14. Hi everybody, Dale, I got the same problems with the Budapest scenery layer, so I turned to FTX. Besides, I got almost-OOM ... the computer screen becoming suddenly full dark ... and a few seconds later, the view reappaering etc. Very strange and annoying. Gernot, this Dove bird is a nice 'girl' indeed and you convinced me ... I got the addon ! I also noticed a strange coincidence ... here's one of your screenshot: a german guy parked next to a german bird ... Naturlich! And, here one of my post!: A french guy parkend next to .... a french bird ... Naturellement! Would the AI that controls the automatic trafic knows in some way that this user is from that country and put a bird of the same country just besides ??? LOL Sorry guyz, my mind is getting a bit hectic these days ... facing that France could become ruled by a woman from extreme-right makes me very very at unease. Best and have great flights, Philippe
  15. Hi guyz Last leg of this series ... Leg 112 completed: LHBP-LDSP To Split! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday April 29th, at gate G26 at Budapest-Ferihegy international aiport, it’s 2PM and we’re ready for the last leg of this batch of flights. Our today destination is Split, the famous resort city on Dalmatian Coast. Taxiing to runway 31L, we pass along two nice birds, a Turkish Airlines cargo Airbus A300F and, a rather unusual sight, a Boeing 707 of the Royal Canadian air Force. Heading south, at 5,600 feet climbing at 8,000 feet, we fly over the southern suburbs of Budapest. We have a nice view on the Danube River, Budpaest old city, and the Maragret Island and the Lagimanyosi Bay, in form a triangle on the right bank of the River. We also see the Rákóczi Bridge that connects Buda and Pest across the Danube. At FL210 climbing to FL320 and heading southwest, we have a view on Lake Velence (26 km2). This lake, just 15 miles of Budapest, is a popular holiday destination among Hungarians. Because of the sunny climate of the area and the shallowness of the lake, it is one of the warmest lakes in Europe. Four minutes later, at our cruise altitude (FL320) we fly by the Lake Balaton, the German Plattensee. This freshwater lake of about 600 km2 is the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of the most famous tourist destination in all Europe. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalised Sió is the only outflow. A nice view of the biggest city on its eastern shore, Siófok. Six minutes later, we pass over the Drava River that marks the border between Hungary (behind us) and Croatia (ahead of us). The Hungarian city of Barcs can be seen on the left bank of the river. At 15,000 feet descending to 10,000 feet, we fly over the northern parallel valleys of Bosnia. On our right, the Buško Lake that is formed on the largest karst field in the world: the Livenjsko Fields. At 8,600 feet descending to 2,800 feet heading south in the downwind leg of the approach to runway 05, we cross the Adriatic coast over the Croatian city of Šibenik. Our destination is on the other side of this peninsula. The coast is extremely indented here. Finale for runway 05, we fly over the Croatian city of Trogir. Split is on the other side of the airport. Trogir has 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of the ancient Greeks, and then the Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We can see the historic city of Trogir situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland (on left) and the island of Čiovo (on right). An old bridge links the two … and there are a lot of sailboats. A nice resort, obviously! At parking 1 of Split-Kastela international airport after a flight from alsmot one hour from Budapest. We are here for two weeks of holidays … yeeha! Nobody can dream better than two weeks in Split area at the beginning of May! Again, a very nice Aerosoft addon … look at the quality of the apron. That's all folks! Enjoy your stay at Split ... Philippe