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Hi guyz!

 

Leg 106 completed: HESH-HECA

To Cairo!

 

Flight route. Green, planned; Red, actual.

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Saturday March 18th, at gate 13 at Sharm El Sheikh international airport, we’re ready for this week leg, a short hop to Cairo just 380 km from here. It’s a beautiful day for the flight but some haze is expected at our destination.

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At 12,000 feet climbing to FL180, we head north letting Sharm El Sheikh and the Red Sea behind us … a last view on Saudi Arabia on the other side of the Aqaba Gulf.

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Over the city of Abou Redis and its airport on the Red Sea shore from FL240.

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In a cloudy sky, we have begun our descent and, heading northwest, we are at 5,200 feet descending to 2,400 feet. We pass the Nile and, on its western side, are two channels parallel to the Nile.

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At 3,000 feet, heading northwest, we see in the distance the Giza great pyramids on left and, on right, newest Cairo skyline.

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A few minutes later, we enter the finale for runway 05R in a dense haze right over Cairo downtown with a lot of tall buildings on the Nile east bank.

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Parked at gate Hotel4-3 at Cairo international airport after a short 43-min flight from the coast of Aqaba Gulf. The taxiing at this airport is insane. If the flight duration was 43 minutes, the taxiing from the exit 1 on runway 05R to this gate was about 25 minutes! This Hotel ramp is quite empty … In the distance we see the huge terminal building.

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That's all folks,

Have great flights!

Philippe

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On 21.3.2017 at 6:55 PM, Philouplaine said:

Parked at gate Hotel4-3 at Cairo international airport after a short 43-min flight from the coast of Aqaba Gulf.

 

Philippe, I've learned during the last week that in HECA nearly everything has changed, even within the last months. When comparing the charts of 2015 with DEC 2016 and even Google's sat pictures of January this year, quite a lot differences are visible. I decided to build my own version including not only the new terminal E but having most taxiways renamed.

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It took me about a week doing this so far. However, I didn't check the gate numbering for those I didn't change in order to be as close as possible to the present layout. I've used Alpha-India's version as a basis and was a bit disappointed I'm afraid as even the runway and taxiway layout needed to be redone nearly completely. I renamed the taxiways according to the charts, but Google for their placement...

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Sorry for this late posting. Here is our flight report for the flight HTKJ to HSSJ which we concluded already on 17-Feb-2017,

HTKJ AREGI UL434 NN UG656 ATUGA HSSJ / FL 360

HTKJ – Kilimanjaro Intl., Tanzania
METAR: HTKJ 170500Z 17008KT 9999 FEW024 22/18 Q1017 NOSIG
OUT:     05:46z
OFF:     05:55z

Avg winds aloft: 126/13

HSSJ – Juba, South Sudan
METAR: HSSJ 170509Z 04101KT 9999 -RA FEW050 24/13 Q1020
ON:      07:33z
IN:        07:38z

Add on scenery:

- kilimanjaro_x.zip,  and

- HSSJ_Juba.zip both by Jacques Botha and Frits Beyer, thank you for the nice sceneries!

 

After leaving Mount Kilimanjaro we are heading northwest to cross the huge Lake Victoria. For the final part we are heading north for Juba.
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The weather map showed lots of clouds on our leg, only the first and last part remaining kind of visible.
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While we are still standing at gate 01 an ATR 42 is heading for the runway. Mount Kilimanjaro is hidden by some clouds.
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Climbing out of runway 09.
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At FL178 west of HTKJ we have a clear picture of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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When heading northwest towards Entebbe and crossing Lake Victoria we recognize a huge storm cell south of Entebbe built up over the lake.
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This picture gives an impression of the huge size of Lake Victoria.
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Heading north at the north end of Lake Victoria, just flying over Entebbe Airport.
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Further north on the left side we recognize the White Nile River.
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Yes, Philippe, believe it or not, heavy rain showers over Juba!
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As we further approach and descend the rain intensity is reducing.
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On final and visual approach to runway 31.
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It was still raining when arriving. I couldn’t find any hint on an incident or accident with an B747 involved. Since this big bird occupied the taxiway, we had to return to the gate via runway 13.
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Finally we reached the apron.
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Wish you all always happy landings

Gernot

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Here is our flight report for the flight HSSJ to HSSS which we concluded almost one month ago on 24-Feb-2017,

HSSJ EGBIM UB527 MLK UB527 SUVRI HSSS / FL 330

HSSJ – Juba, South Sudan
METAR: HSSJ 240719Z 01806KT 9999 SCT165 27/11 Q1021
OUT:     07:50z
OFF:     07:57z

Avg winds aloft: 262/4

HSSS – Khartoum, Sudan
METAR: HSSS 241245Z 36012G22KT CAVOK
ON:      09:32z
IN:        09:38z

Add on scenery:

- HSSJ_Juba.zip by Jacques Botha and Frits Beyer,

- hsss1.zip,  by  Lee Marrow, thank you all for the nice sceneries!

 

Our next leg is a more than 1,5 h flight almost towards north.
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In the beginning we’ll have some clouds later on clear sky, perhaps with some haze.
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We still parked in front of the terminal building.
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Climbing out of runway 31 we still have a look on the broken B747.
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Leaving the green oasis of Juba.
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On our way we first are crossing the White Nile River from east to west and later on …
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… we cross the river again but now from west to east, when descending for Khartoum.
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On final approach to runway 36.
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We arrived at gate 2. In the far background there are lots of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters operated by Air West Cargo.
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Wish you all always happy landings

Gernot

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1 hour ago, FlyingAxx said:

 

 

Philippe, I've learned during the last week that in HECA nearly everything has changed, even within the last months. When comparing the charts of 2015 with DEC 2016 and even Google's sat pictures of January this year, quite a lot differences are visible. I decided to build my own version including not only the new terminal E but having most taxiways renamed.

2017_03_22_22h26_45_AB.jpg

 

It took me about a week doing this so far. However, I didn't check the gate numbering for those I didn't change in order to be as close as possible to the present layout. I've used Alpha-India's version as a basis and was a bit disappointed I'm afraid as even the runway and taxiway layout needed to be redone nearly completely. I renamed the taxiways according to the charts, but Google for their placement...

 

Nice.  I am particularly intrigued by the way the airport seems to have a largely concave footprint, unlike the vast majority.

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Not nearly as long a stay at the vacation spots as anyone would have liked, but it was time to move on.

 

My plans seem to have led me to follow in the footsteps of others, since I have (now) stopped at both Marsa Alam and Sharm el Sheik.

 

A couple of short flights, almost no time at cruise before descending.  They definitely kept me busy.

 

2017-03-21 [104b]: Marsa Alam [HEMA] - Sharm al Sheikh, Egypt [HESH]

 

No doubts about this airport.  The Airbus was still there the morning of our departure.
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(Marsa Alam X by Aerosoft)

 

HEMA R15.SIBR1B.SIBRI SOBEL L315 HGD.IMPI2F.RNV04L HESH

 

More or less a straight-in approach.  And, one of the better RNAV landings I've done in the Airbus -- rate of descent right on the money, even with the go-around altitude set.2017-3-21_23-7-27-436.jpg

 

And, I really like this building that looks something like a tent (unlike the airport at Denver, Colorado, which is a tent :lol:).
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(Sharm el Sheik by Aerosoft [Holiday Airports 2])

 

With the dubious security situation in Sharm, it seemed a good idea not to linger.  In fact, I did not even leave the plane and did not request catering or any baggage handling.  We got a stairway so some could stretch their legs, and we took fuel onboard.  Shortly afterwards, it was on to Cairo.

 

2017-03-21 [105]: Sharm al Sheikh [HESH] - Cairo, Egypt [HECA]

 

Another short flight, but with a 4000 foot lower cruise, we spent about 12 minutes in level flight.

 

HESH R04R.IVUT1A.KAPIT L677 CVO.CVO1.ILS23L HECA

 

Climbing away, the tower is already telling us to contact departure.2017-3-21_23-56-52-372.jpg

 

With the airport VOR as the initial fix for the approach, we got a good view down at HECA at the turn.2017-3-22_0-37-8-932.jpg

 

The airport operator was gracious enough to allow us to deplane at the gate.  They will tow the plane to a parking stand later for our lengthy stay.

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(Cairo International by SDG - Sim Design Group)

 

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Simmer's Note:  This HECA was another sim nightmare.  It actually OOM'ed me.  And the frame rate was ~8-12 when passing overhear, slightly better on approach, better after reboot.  The photoground "blending" ... is not -- a very sharp and distinct edge.  I an pretty sure the v2 patch is installed, but I will go back to check, just in case I missed it and it might improve the performance.  Will post if there is more information.

 

Oh, and I may be moving along well with the schedule today, but the AI for LLBG is a monster.

 

Good Flights, to all.

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After some uneventful flights a nice one: from Larnaca to Kastelorizo. Kastelorizo is a small Greek island off the Turkish coast.

http://ourairports.com/airports/LGKJ/

 

Is a barren rock with on it's northern side vegetation and a natural bay used as a harbor by the town perched along it and the steep rock hill behind it.

The airport is a single runway carved between two rock hills, it's 2600ft runway ends bordering on steep cliffs. Not a runway for large and/or fast aircraft and an approach not for the faint of heart. After circling the town I lined up on rwy 13 but came in too fast and steep, so floated too far along the runway to make a safe landing. Go-around, again around the island for another approach. Now on full flaps and bordering a stall I put her down, still going a good 100kts. I landed just over the fence and did the brake pedal dance to get stopped just behind the only parking spot cut out in the rocks. Love this little Aerosoft field!

 

Now off to a wild and wicked party at the bay, seeing my slightly unconventional cargo of beer, guitars, fishing gear, personal electronics and women's clothing :lolsign_s:.

 

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