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Recap 04/10

  1. TORINO (ITALY) - BRINDISI (ITALY)

LIMF - LIBR (540.5nm)

Fuel: lbs 2084,91; Payload: lbs 745

Taxiing 0823GMT; Dep Rwy 36: 0827GMT

BOTH ENGINE BURNING! Landing on a filed 20nm from Forlì.

 

LIPK (Forlì) - LIBR (Brindisi)

Dep Rwy 30: 2251GMT;

Arr Rwy 32: 0103GMT;

Fuel burn: 1594,32

FT: 2h12m

 

 

Total nm flown: 1035,9

Fuel lbs burned: 3635,71

Flight time: 6h12m

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Now, october 5th, heading for Creta, the engines are fully functional but with very dirty chassis.

Lucille was unable to find the same kind of yellow to paint them again.

 

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Although we have the winds in favour, we cannot exceed 112 knots of speed. Maurice thinks that he managed to do his best with the spare parts he had.

 

 

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At Creta, Lucille found time to roughly repaint the engines airframe.

Not the same sweet yellow. But it's ok.

 

Recap

Oct 5

 

BRINDISI  (ITALY) - La Canea-Suda (CRETA)

LIBR - LGSA (458.3nm)

 

Fuel: lbs 1398,35; Payload; lbs 745

Dep Rwy 05: 0802GMT

Arr Rwy 11: 1116GMT

Fuel Burn: 990,34

FT: 3h14m

 

Total nm flown: 1494,2

Fuel lbs burned: 4626,05

Flight time: 9h26m

 

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21 minutes ago, Mathijs Kok said:

How the heck did you set fire to BOTH engines?

 

I was away from cockpit, indeed. (Ok, not the best practice, but Lucille had pulled out something for the snack...)

But I think that my T5 was too near to 700°C, maybe 680°C or some, for too much time.

For the other two legs I stayed at 650°C and everything went fine.

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We are leaving Europe for Africa.

Starting a long intra-leg over the Mediterranean.

Hoping that engines will stay safe and sounds.

Strong winds directly behind our backs. 28kts.

 

(Lucy is tremendously nervous.)

 

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Finally, we can see the african coasts.

 

(Lucille breathes a sigh of relief)

(Maurice is pleased with his work on engines)

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RECAP

06 Oct

 

La Canea-Suda (CRETA) - Alexandria (EGYPT)

LGSA - HEBA (428.4nm)

Fuel: lbs 1415,74; Payload: lbs 755

Dep Rwy 11: 1143GMT

Arr Rwy 32: 1421GMT

Fuel burn: lbs 460,59

FT: 2h38m

 

Total nm flown: 1922,6

Fuel lbs burned: 5086,64

Flight time: 12h04m

 

(Alexandria, Egypt)

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07 Oct

 

Last leg of this part from London to Suez.

15°C at 6000ft.

Sun and humid.

Africa.

 

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Last leg was very hard.

Africa by night isn't the best client.

And a sort of volumetric mist at low (very bad low) altitude prevented to see anything.

We were scared.

I found help in GPS, but I had to get to 400ft to see the runway, which did not have the ILS.

Pfff!

 

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7 Oct

 

Alexandria (EGYPT) - SUEZ (APT: El Tor, EGYPT)

HEBA - HETR (302.8nm)

Fuel: lbs 991,9

Dep Rwy 32: 1436GMT

Arr Rwy 28: 1631GMT

Fuel burn: lbs 755,79

FT: 1h55m

 

Total nm flown: 2225,4

Fuel lbs burned: 5842,43

Flight time: 13h59m

 

 

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October 10th.

After two days of relax in Sharm El Sheikh, it's time to point to Saudi Arabia.

Salt in the sea.

Salt in the earth.

 

(Lucille is tanned. Her freckles glitter like "hammadas" sanded by the wind.)

(Maurice is white like... like Maurice)

 

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Long long leg, isn't it, Lucille?

 

There isn't fuel at Pump Station 6, nh? Look at those gorgeous, huge, silos of oil! All raw!

I think that Maurice will have to deal with the locals...

 

Recap 

10 Oct

 

SUEZ (APT: El Tor, EGYPT) - Pump Station 6 (SAUDI ARABIA)

HETR - OEPF (690.2nm)

Fuel: lbs 2405,06

Dep Rwy 10: 0801GMT

Arr Rwy 39: 1237GMT

Fuel burn: lbs 1832,55

FT: 4h36m

 

Total nm flown: 2915,6

Fuel lbs burned: 7674,98

Flight time: 18h35m

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October 11th

 

The locals sold us only 1600 pounds of fuel, while we needed 1800.

I'm not so worried. We left 50 pounds of souvenir to be lighter, and I'm climbing at 0.5ft/min to reach the cruise of 15000 feet.

The password for this leg is: economy.

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Fuel was enough.

Oil everywhere, even in the sea.

Maurice found time to make a portrait of Lucille. 

Maurice sees her angry, evidently.

 

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Oct 11

 

Pump Station 6 (SAUDI ARABIA) - AL DHAFRA (UNITE ARAB EMIRATES)

OEPF - OMAM (541.2nm)

Fuel: lbs 1599,79; Payload: lbs 633

Dep Rwy 35: 0707GMT

Arr Rwy 31: 1121GMT

Fuel burn: lbs 1129,05

FT: 4h14m

 

Total nm flown: 3456,8

Fuel lbs burned: 8804,03

Flight time: 22h49m

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A short leg, today. We landed in Oman. With an unusual fuel consumption. :/

 

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Oct 12

 

AL DHAFRA (UNITE ARAB EMIRATES) - MUSCAT (OMAN)

OMAM - OOMS (210.3nm)

Fuel: lbs 699,49; Payload: lbs 633

Dep Rwy 31: 1136GMT

Arr Rwy 8L: 1314GMT

Fuel burn: lbs 546,61

FT: 1h38m

 

Total nm flown: 3667,1

Fuel lbs burned: 8804,03

Flight time: 24h27m

 

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A long leg after a short one. Elastic trip.

652 nautical miles by the flight planner.

Indian Ocean below us for 95% of the flight.

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I was concerned by the fuel consumption for this leg, but the winds behind us were a godsend.

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