of route, stormscope display
night’s sleep, airport at 6:15 local for 7:30 departure. I was escorted
through the various offices for my de-immigration and airport fees.
Gas was 1.31 US/liter, the airport fees were $127. I go by the met
office to get my briefing, it’s a TAF and metar for destination,
and a satellite picture. No winds or radar available, computer is
take off 5 minutes late, over the water in 2 minutes. Lots of stormscope
activity ahead. There is a haze layer over the Cape Verde Islands
that makes it difficult to see the water from 130, and I
go into some light convection. I had an initial tailwind, now with
quartering headwind 15-25. At Fuertoventura, the African mainland
is 61 miles at 3 o’clock, just visible.
can see snowcapped peaks in Morocco. (A sad thing about IFR flying
is the lack of land info on the charts.) I should get in at 16:30.
For once, no GMT conversion. My ears are a little sore, and I’m
tired, but my seat is still comfortable, and I’m quite happy. I’m
a little worried about flying over hard ground and sharp pointy
rocks, again, but I’ll manage.
Landing is fine, I get yelled at in French again while trying to
park the plane. It gets sorted out, and I walk through customs.
It is really different than being in line off a commercial flight.
They want to know how I got there, they don’t poke and pry much.
a car to a nice hotel room, and I’m going to sleep soon.
is a very neat place.
along. Lots of room.
was north to "Canarias" FIR then "Casa" FIR.
Communications were easy, HF for only the first few hours, then
VHF and radar off Morocco in to GMMX.
the airport is visible to the right, I'm on final.
I can see
my plane from the balcony of my room!