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  1. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    And the following leg the same day ... Leg 122b completed: LSZR-LOWI To Innsbruck Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday July 8th, 3:30 PM, we are taxiing to the active runway at Altenrhein for what will be a short flight to Innsbruck. Five minutes later, we are at 5,000 feet climbing to 7,000 feet over the Austrian city of Hard with a view southward over the Rhine valley where the Rhine River marks the border between Austria and Switzerland. In the distance, the Principality of Liechtenstein can be seen. We fly over the Austrian city of Lochau, on the northeast shore of the Lake Constance. Six minutes later, we have begun our descent. We are at 17,000 feet descending to 15,000 right over Klempten, the city of Bavraian Swabia. We are defueling tip tanks. At 12,000 feet heading southeast, we approach the Forggensee artificial lake in South Bavaria, Germany. Austria is just 5 km on our right. The River Lech flows through this lake. Forggensee is known primarily as a tourist destination for aquatic sports and recreation. The lake provides ideal conditions for surfing, sailing, fishing and boating. Maintaining 11,000 feet heading due south, we approach the Tyrolean part of the Inn Valley, just ahead in the distance. We overfly the Marienberg Pass that links Germany to the Inn Valley in Austria. On our left, the high peak of the Wamperter Schrofen (2,520 m) and further ahead the Marienberg (2,187 m). We also see the Drachensee, a high-altitude alpine lake. Arriving over the Inn Valley, with the city of Telfs down below. Innsbruck is on our left at some 15 nautical miles. Short finale for runway 08 at Innsbruck airport. Parked at gate 9 at Innsbruck-Kranebitten airport after a very short 22-min flight from Altenrhein. Some nice birds around and a full summer to spend here in Tyrolean Alps. Great! That'sall for today! see you on next september. Enjoy great hollidays. Philippe
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    Hi guyz ... the (almost) last legs ! Leg 122a completed: LSZH-LSZR To Bodensee Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday July 8th, 2 PM, gate T75 at Zurich-Kloten airport. We’re ready for a series of two short hops to Innsbruck via St-Gallen. This will be very short flights for both legs… [/URL Waiting at runway 34 holding point with a nice queue of liners waiting, rush hour at Kloten it seems … including an Air France flight to Paris-CDG just behind us. Climbing out of runway 34 with a nice view on Zurich airports ramps. Ten minutes later, we are heading northeast at 7,000 feet, climbing to 9,000 feet over the Zürcher Oberland. The Lake Constance can be yet seen at the background. Just two minutes later, we are already in the approach circuit to runway 10 at Altenrhein airport with, on our right, the city of Uzwil. Finale for runway 10 at LSZR, with on our left the city of Arbon, and, just ahead o the lake shore, the cities of Horn and Rorschach. The only way to vacate the runway is to go to its 28 end and use the taxiway N that is a few hundred feet ahead on the left. While taxiing to the gate on taxiway N at Altenrhein … This one is for gazoeller! Parked at parking 2 at St Gallen-Altenrhein airport after a very short 17-min flight from Zurich. We just stop for a short time before leaving for Innsbruck. The weather is quite nice (29°C) and the café-restaurant “Le Cockpit” is just close to our plane. Let’s have a drink. That's all folks! Have great flights. Philippe
  3. Second to last batch: off to Split!

    Yeah!!! Nealmack is back ! Philippe
  4. The final flight back to Paderborn

    Hello Tobby, it's memorized, a great thanks and have great hollidays! Philippe 2years1/2 ... I cant' believe it, it goes so fast to me ...
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    Hi friends, The next leg of that last series ... From Nice to Zurich. Leg 121 completed (or should it be another number, I'm a bit lost!!): LFMN-LSZH To Switzerland! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday July 1st, 2 PM as usual, parked at gate K260 in a remote area of Nice airport. After a very nice week in Nice, enjoying sea and sun, we are ready for the new leg, this time to Switzerland. Takingoff from runway 04R with a nice view on the tarmac with a lots of EasyJet birds out there. Heading north over the city of Nice and a last view over the Baie des Anges. Ten minutes later, we are at FL255 climbing to FL290 and heading northeast. just below is the Piemontese city of Mondovi. At our cruise altitude, we approach Milan. We see the Tessin River coming from the Lake Maggiore in the distance. The two airports visible are, on left, the Italian Air Force Base of Cameri (LIMN) and, on right, Milan-Malpensa international airport (LIMC). We have begun our descent to our destination, we are at FL280 descending to FL200 over the Lake of Lugano, the city and its airport where we were a few weeks ago. At 15,000 feet over the Uri Alps in central Switzerland. In front of us the Gross Spannort peak (3,198 m) and on our right, the Valley of the Reuss River named here the Urserental. It’s a bit cloudy out there and going at 270 knots in this weather with all these mountains around makes me feeling a bit unsafe … Maintaining 13,000 feet, we fly directly over the Gitschen peak (2,313 _m) that overlooks the southeast tip of the Lucerne Lake. Just ahead of us, on the bank of the Lake is the Rütli a mountain meadow on Lake Lucerne. Here the oath of the Rütlischwur is said to have occurred, the foundation of the Old Swiss Confederacy on 1291. A typical swiss panorama … Green and mountains and little villages here and there. At 5,000 feet, taking the LOC for runway 34 at Zürich-Kloten airport, with a view of the Zürichsee and the city of Wädenswill on the shore right below. Parked at gate Tango-75 in a remote southern area of the airport after a flight of almost 45 min from Nice. We have now a full week to spend at Zürich and enjoy this part of Switzerland. Thats all folks. have great flights! Philippe
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    HI again, And, now, the following leg ... Leg 120b completed : LFBO-LFMN To French Riviera! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Sunday June 25th, 2 PM at gate A15 at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. We’re ready for a short flight to Nice, for the last legs of our wonderful World Tour. An Airbus SuperGuppy is taxiing to the active runway. A common sight here in Toulouse. Takingoff from runway 32R with a view on Airbus (A330 and A350 building) and ATR plants on Blagnac side of the airport. And, on Toulouse side, the huge Jean-Luc Lagardère assembly line of the Airbus A380, not so busy those days. You can visit them. At 9,000 feet climbing to 11,000 feet with a view on Toulouse. Seven minutes later, we are heading due east at FL240 and climbing to FL310. View of Castres and its airport Castres-Mazamet (LFCK). Seven minutes later, we are flying over the city of Montpellier along the Mediterranean coast. With huge lagunas separated from the sea by narrow pieces of land with wonderful beaches. We are flying over the delta of the Rhone River (the east arm of the river can be seen right below us). This area is known as Camargues, a famous and quite wild wetland with huge amounts of pink flamingos, horses and fighting bulls raised in semi-feral conditions. Seven minutes after Montpellier, we are flying over Marseille. We have begun our descent to Nice and at FL290 descending to FL210. Descending to 3,000 feet we see three successive gulfs. The immediate one is Gulf of La Napoule on which is located Cannes (and its famous film festival) with, on our left, Cannes-Mandelieu airport (LFMD) and on the other side of the Pointe de la Croisette peninsula, the small Gulf Juan on which is located Antibes. On the other side of the peninsula Cap d’Antibes, is the Bay of the Angels (la Baie des Anges) on which is located Nice. A nice view of the French Riviera. Long finale for runway 04L, overflying Antibes and Golf-Juan, with high value estates mostly inhabited by wealthy Russians. Parked at gate Kilo-26, a quite remote place on an eastern apron of the Nice- Cote d’Azur airport, after a flight of about 45 min from Toulouse. Now, we will enjoy the night life of Nice and Cannes for the rest of the week! That's all folks ... Enjoy your week at Nice and have fun at the French Riviera. Philippe
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    Hi guyz, Some next legs ... Since i'm living in Toulouse, that is somehow midway between Valencia and Nice, I decided to make a stopover in Toulouse for thta Valencia-Nice leg... Enjoy! Philippe Leg 120a completed: LERE-LFBO To home! Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual. Saturday June 24th, 2 PM as usual, ready for the flight to Nice in two legs this time. I’m living in Toulouse (maybe you knew that?) and, after a two-year journey away from home, I decided to meet the family and friends by having a stopover at Toulouse tonight before reaching Nice airport tomorrow. Well, first, I have to manage a way out of this fully crowded apron… with some nice oldies around and even an ex-KLM bird. Fewww, the runway was very short (2,800 feet), almost too short for the Learjet … I’m pretty sure to have caressed the top of these small trees at the end of the runway with the wheels. At 5,000 feet climbing to 13,000 feet, we let behind the small city of Requena, here is located the Palacio del Cid, El Cid was the champion knight of the Reconquista on the Muslim Spain in XIth century. Heading north, at our cruise altitude (FL350) we cross again the Prime (Greenwich) meridian and are back in the Eastern hemisphere. In the distance, we see the heights of Balearic Islands. Four minutes later, at FL350 and heading north, we see in the background the Pyrenees Mountains, a wall, that mark the northern border of Spain with France. Ahead is the River Ebro, one of the largest river in the Iberian Peninsula. View from FL350 of the confluence of the Ebro River with the Segre River. The city just below us is Mequinenza. The Segre river flows towards Spain but its springs are in France. We have begun our descent and at FL220 we fly over the French Pyrenees and their very narrow valleys. Below is the French mountainous city of Bagnères-de-Luchon. This city of the Comminges Province is called “the Queen of Pyrenees” and is a famous ski resort. At 15,000 feet descending to 11,000 feet, we are at some 45 nautical miels south of Toulouse. We fly over the valley of Le Salat River with the city of Saint-Girons of the Couserans Province on our right. Below, the airport of Saint-Girons can be seen. At 6,300 feet, descending to 3,000 feet, we turn to take the LOC for runway 32L. On our left below is the city of Auterive on the banks of the Ariege river. This is summer and the corn fields are almost ready for crop. On finale for runway 32L, we fly over the southeast part of Toulouse. The red arrow points to my house!!! Funny to fly here close to your own home, after more than two years of a World Tour visiting so distant and weird places. Short finale for runway 32L with a nice view on the La Cépière racecourse, and the Garonne river. Parked at gate A15 at Toulouse-Blagnac airport after a 45-min flight from Requena. The salmon building is the old Toulouse airport terminal that was in use in the 1950s. This is now the terminal for business flights. That's all folks Have great flights and happy landings Philippe
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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