Flight 58) Mangalore – Bangalore

Before I began this flight I wanted to take a look at the map to set out my flight plan. I had seen that there was a large airport called Kempegawda International on the outskirts of Bangalore which I wanted to fly to. Unfortunately having only recently replaced HAL Airport as Bangalore’s main airport in 2008, FSX did not have this as a destination. This meant that I would be landing at the original HAL Airport in the city itself.

It was late afternoon by the time I had plotted my flight plan and started my aircraft’s virtual engines. Checking the fuel I could see that I was pretty low with only a quarter of tanks full. The flight was to be a short one and I was confident I would make it to Bangalore on the fuel I already had.

I took off from runway 27 shortly after 16:50 and headed west, right into the setting sun. I can understand why the aircraft is fitted with large sun visors as the bright sunlight would have been blinding. The Arabian sea was soon below me and I began to double back so that I could head East towards my next destination.

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There was a slight layer of mist sitting on the horizon and I could make out the faint flashing of aircraft lights high above me in the sky. The sky was mostly clear although I could see a bank of clouds to the South from my right windows. As the sky became a deeper shade of blue the treetops lining the crest of hills became silhouettes marking out the terrain. I enjoyed the very low passes I made over the top of each hill and even followed an extremely winding forest road to the top of a very large hill. This peak was part of crescent shaped range of peaks created by the curved ridge I was following. Once I reached the line of high peaks I could see the lake which I noticed on the map previously indicating that this was my turning way point and I left the high ground for a longer, flatter run across the country.

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With the hills behind me blocking out what was left of the low sun, the sky quickly became much darker and I watched the tiny lights spark on below me. I took the time to gradually rise to an altitude of 10,000 ft although the ground was still only a few 1000 ft below. It was fascinating to watch the road lights cut through the dark landscape and snake their way around the odd lake or river.

After a while of pretty none eventful flight I was given instructions to enter a right turn landing pattern for Runway 27. It was only whilst writing this blog when I realized that I had landed in exactly the same direction from which I had taken off. During my decent the city lights came into view and I was easily able to spot the airport as I flew over the city and completed my crosswind leg. The very calm weather and long runway meant I was able to perform a lovely soft landing at the furthest end of the runway so that I was closer to the terminal buildings. I needed to exit the runway pretty quickly as there was a much larger 747 coming in to land right behind me which I did not want to force to go around for a second attempt. I parked up and saw that whilst I was comfortable for fuel, I will certainly require a refuel before I take off again but for now its time to “Chillmari.” (Bangalurean for “Chill out.”)

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Vidhana Soudha Palace

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 Cubbon Park

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Little Bangalore – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-f99zVjaVw

Bangaluru on Being Bangalorean – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce-A4fDkLJM

Bangalore – A Multi Faceted City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uAGZ_ixh1g

Rinosh George – This is Bengaluru (Music Video) HD – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8lLKgtKIOc

Why Bangalore is so famous city in india – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMKMBZe-UC4

Bangalore, Living in a global city – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYfVAPzvuug

Flavors of Bangalore – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJu1riv-HOQ

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Flight 57) Karad – Mangalore

At 09:34 on the lonely airstrip of Karad the temperature was still rising and had only reached a mild 16 degrees when I first checked all my instruments and started the engines for this leg of my tour. With no traffic in the airport or active radio tower, I could only announce my taxi and departure from the airfield. Facing south I could see a single small peak on the horizon standing out above the hills. On this portion of the tour I am flying South down the length of India along it’s Western coast so knew that I would be passing this mountain in a short while. Taking off with full power I soon entered a steep climb and very quickly re-trimmed the Beech Baron 58 to maintain a steady but gradual climb.

The air here was a little bumpy and I worked my way through patches of turbulence as I contacted Mumbai Center through the radios. I was surprised that despite the distance to Mumbai I was still directed to this radio center. As I gained altitude I noticed that the ground below didn’t seem to be getting any further away. The terrain was rising at the same rate as my gentle climb. By now the air temperature had climbed to 21 degrees. This was another sign which meant that I wasn’t that high in relation to the ground.

Following the hills to my right I was able to steal an occasional peak between the hills and saw the large drop to a few miles of land before the Indian coastline. I thought these views would have been spectacular and decided to take a better look. I stayed low, hugging the ground until reaching the drop-off and the views were as great as I had expected. I would love to see the same view for real as I am sure the simulator can only go so far in recreating these views. I must admit that before these past few flights, India was never a country I had considered visiting.

I turned back a little in order to re-connect with my flight path which would take me over many of the cliffs and dips in the landscape. The land changed from small settlements and fields to a vast forest coating the floor below. I thought about the wildlife which would have spent their entire existence within these forests and marveled at how much of the world we will never experience in our life times. From here I also caught the first view of the coast line with an estimated 34 mins left until I reached the my destination of Mangalore.2015-3-27_10-33-9-996

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I enjoyed dropping and climbing whilst staying low over these forests until I took the final climb of the flight over the final ridge. The view instantly opened up all around my small aircraft as the ground dropped several thousand feet and I was able to see over the expanse of land and all the way out to the sea. Somewhere below in the distance was Mangaluru. I began my descent and saw the moon in the bright blue sky hanging over the mountains I was to leave behind. 2015-3-27_10-50-48-1622015-3-27_10-54-17-286

At 31 miles away I contacted Mangaluru Airport and was told to enter a right traffic landing pattern and expect landing clearance on Runway 27. This would be directly West. (270 degrees.) I appreciated the near perfect weather I had been treated to on this flight as I saw the first few clouds forming on the edge of the mountains in the distance. This would have been the sea air being forced higher over the mountains and dropping the moisture they held.

Completing my full circuit of the airport I aligned myself with a bearing of 270 and crossed a river which lead directly to the airport. By 11:20 my wheels were turning against the tarmac once again and I noticed that this airport was also rather quiet with no other planes to be seen. This was an enjoyable flight with some great weather and spectacular scenery. I would enjoy learning more about Mangalore.

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 Landing at Mangalore Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou7ZmuFOFbI

Mangalore Airport Aerial View (From Cessna) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw-yd5ueKSw

Mangalore, Tradition of Traditions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay9RZ3Xq4Do

Top 10 places to visit in Mangalore – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=724-_V6u9UA

Explore Karnataka – Mangalore – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzGYEsIdoCw

Mangalore City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cCLsYT_fzY

Mangalore Attractions (Photo slide show) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAfClIOptME

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Flight 56) Mumbai – Karad

I have been completing rather short flights lately which meant that I have not had a need to refuel for quiet a while, although as I fired up my instruments I saw that I was rather low. I requested the fuel truck which eventually came to me 3rd in line and allowed me to fill my tanks again. Whilst waiting I noticed that outside air temperature was up to 25 degrees. At 12:40 I suppose it had reached the warmest part of the day. Once refueled, I taxied to Runway 27 via F1 G B3 and H taxi ways. It could be very easy to get lost in larger airports such as these. I would like to acquire some airport plates which provide directions and instructions for navigating all of these routes however I hear that the official documents cost a lot of money. I waited for the many aircraft ahead of me to reach the runway and leave for their own destinations one by one.

I took off at 13:04, tuned to Mumbai Departure and adopted my squawk code for the flight, 1753. I had to turn back over the city slightly to face the correct heading and once again saw hills ahead of me. It was a relief to be able to see the hills in the distance as most of my flights lately have been shrouded in fog.

The 5,000 ft altimeter mark soon passed by and I was on my way. The air had gotten even warmer as it was now 23 degrees outside. I would like to get used to this weather. Maybe not the fog though. From this height I was able to spot small islands just off the coastline as well as some small mountain peaks behind the hills.

Reaching the first hill that was almost as high as my aircraft, I buzzed 2 small buildings on the very top and found a rather long lake behind. I was about to cut the throttle to take a nice low view of the lake although soon through against that idea as it would have been an even harder climb at the far end of the lake to hop over the opposite mountain. Whilst I was thinking how quiet the radios were I noticed a thin white line as a larger jet liner flew several thousand feet above me.

2015-3-24_9-39-20-1352015-3-24_9-44-16-877Passing over a plateau on the opposite hill I soon dropped slightly to the valley floor and found the river I was to follow. There were many side rivers connecting along the way and had already seen on the map that this would result in a large lake. Spotting many small huts on the edge of the water I enjoyed a slow and low fly by of the lake until I reached the opposite end. I later discovered that this lake was Shivasagar Lake. A man made reservoir as a result of Koyna Dam at the South end of the lake. The Simulator had done a good job on emulating the green vegetation.DSC_3167

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At the end of the lake my flight path meant a 90 degree left turn, which took me down a very open valley with many fields and buildings below. This was also where the main road to Karad lead past the lake. I followed the road to the city and attempted to contact the airport. There was no real conversation to be had with the tower as turned out to be a small air strip with no other taxi ways or aircraft. Declaring my landing intentions was all I could do and made sure to enter a full landing pattern whilst checking wind direction. This was so I could choose the appropriate runway, 10 or 28. After passing over the air field I chose to land on runway 10 and my wheels touched down at 14:08 despite still being close to 2000 ft high.

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Karad Airstrip

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Karad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvxnJL1Evhs

“My Dream City Karad” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG97YBjqJlQ

Photos from Karad City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOQdenvCIVU

Dancing in Karad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC_vI4l3hSQ

India Got Talent – Karad Boys – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Y3An8QUEM

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Flight 55) Surat – Mumbai

Once again the think fog I had seen all over India had smothered Surat airport. This time my wheels didn’t even leave the ground. I did my usual start up routine although when contacting Surat tower my take off request was denied due to the weather. I though better of attempting to take off in this weather as well as without permission and I decided to leave it for another day.


At 11:00 the following day I loaded the flight simulator and checked on the weather. Whilst there was a slight haze to the air, the fog was nowhere near as bad as the previous day. I was soon rolling down the  surprisingly short runway 22 and was in the air once again. Immediately flying over the bridge and boats I spotted whilst flying into Surat I completed a full 270 degree turn to loop over the city on my departure. The haze was visible but at least there were no clouds to contend with.

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The landscape stretched out before me and was rather flat with a hint of higher land on the horizon where I was due to be flying to. Whilst approaching the hills a few clouds had formed at 4,000 ft which were easy enough to fly over. At 6 minutes away from the start of the hills I began to descend so that I could enjoy some low flying through the valleys and tree topped hills. Inside the valleys the fog was still lingering and reduced my visibility meaning I couldn’t always see the next hill. I had to stay alert to ensure that I didn’t fly into the side of any hills or clip any trees. I certainly added a sense of excitement to the flight.

By the time I had reached a second ridge line the fog had lifted again to reveal clear blue skies. Once again the birds were enjoying the thermals created by the sunlight now able to heat up the forests below. I noticed the first electricity pylon in a very long time. I can’t say that I had been looking out for them but had only just noticed the lack of them.

The mountains and hills disappeared in the distance and as I reached the last valley and as I hugged the ground as much as I could the ground soon faded away from me and dropped a good couple of thousand feet. The view of the open landscape came as a surprise as I once again found myself flying high without having to climb at all. Now I wasn’t having to navigate my way though the terrain I had time to contact Mumbai Airport and declare my landing intentions. I dropped altitude towards the airport and entered a left turn landing pattern. My small plane flew over the last low hills and rivers before heading out over the sea once again ready to complete my turn on to my final approach.

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There was a lot of radio traffic and I could see that Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was considerably larger than any airport I had visited since Dubai. Once my wheels were on firm ground again I was still ordered to hold my position several times during taxiing to prevent collisions with multiple Boeing 737s, an Airbus A321, and a landing MD-80.

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I enjoy the activity of a busy airport even if it does take 20 minutes to taxi to my parking spot.

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The Most Expensive Home In The World

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Mumbai Slums

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Helicopter tour of Mumbai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4l1YxoHNos

Mumbai Skyscrapers or Skyline – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9HGEyBh5d0

Mumbai Documentary (the spirited city) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mh_0z4d3yU

The city of dreams – Understand Mumbai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghHHlcKOjPs

Mumbai Metro – A Mumbaikar’s Dream Come True! (Full Trip From Andheri To Ghatkopar) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpd3K7Bvspw

Flying to Mumbai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H1ix8wdjw4&spfreload=10

Mumbai Street Food – Indian Food Documentary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iumt3LYQJyM

One Day In Mumbai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUUwmYRilVE

Mumbai, India 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxH6qvl47Us

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Flight 54) Ahmedabad – Surat

Ahmedabad Airport had livened up since my arrival. Even before I started up own engines I could see and hear many larger jets moving around the taxiways ready to jet off to their far flung destinations. The radio chatter was hard to get a word in although by 12:40 I was receiving my taxi instructions.

I entered the departing queue of aircraft and was soon in the air with wheels up flying over the city making my turn towards my first way point of the flight. This was a rather quiet flight in comparison to the previous recent journeys. Even the soaring birds made this flight feel very relaxing.

As I flew over several larger rivers I was intrigued at the way the muddy river waters changed colour as they met ocean water and how the selection of small boats may not even have noticed being that much closer to the water’s surface.

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The lower I got to the river, the familiar fog thickened and limited my view considerably. I decided to fly a little off route in order to follow the river as I knew that it would eventually lead to Surat anyway. It became a choice between staying low in the fog or flying a little higher and jump from cloud to cloud.

As the river opened out into an estuary I hopped over a couple of smaller islands whilst I contacted Surat Airport. Unfortunately, for the second time I was denied landing clearance due to the low laying fog preventing clear visibility of the runway. This fog really was becoming a hindrance during my time through India.

I quickly set up an IFR route within the simulator and requested an IFR landing which, thankfully I was granted. I dropped to 2,000 ft and the fog engulfed my small plane. Having just about made out the runway with enough time to fight the crosswind and to line up correctly, I soon made a rather rough and bouncy landing. I must admit that this was a long way from being my usual standard of landing.

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Aerial tour of Surat city – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96kWOuWack

Surat- The Shining City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gb4BmkP2RY

Surat City Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTEUGCO5-DQ

41 Things To Do In Surat City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_3bN8W-ZyY

Surat City of Fortune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJrC3ZmRWXk

Surat City of Pride – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHCCN_XDL6U

Surat Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDPjJO37998

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Flight 53) Jodhpur – Ahmedabad

Seeing the Jodhpur airfield in daylight for the first time showed the landing strip to be rather green with vegetation. I am pretty confident that this is not the case after checking out Google Earth and various images from Jodhpur City. Even in the morning the air temperature outside as 20 degrees! I really do need a holiday to the sun.

With still no radio contact option I took off from the very quiet runway and completed a loop over the city to see some of the larger sights I knew the city had to offer. Unfortunately the heavy fog had not lifted and it was apparent that I was not going to be able to sight see. I continued to circle over the city whilst gaining altitude all the way to 15,000 ft! This was unusually high for my light aircraft and I could still not see through the mist. Up here I needed the heating elements all switched on as it was now -6 outside of the aircraft.

I knew that it would have been impossible to see anything for the journey if I chose to complete my flight to Ahmedabad in this weather so remembering how quiet the landing strip was at Jodhpur, I decided to land there again and hope that the weather cleared up on another day…


A few days later I though I’d have another attempt at leaving Jodhpur city and make my way to the next destination Ahmedabad. With the fog still hanging in the air I knew that the take off and initial climb at least, would have to be done by instruments only. The altitude of 5,000 ft came around pretty quickly and I was soon above the fog and into considerable cloud but at least these clouds were mostly low laying. I continued to climb to 15,000 ft again and saw the wide open Indian landscape stretch out below.

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The clouds eventually thinned out again and I cut back on the throttle to slowly descend towards my half way point. I was finally able to make radio contact with Mumbai Center who gave me my squawk code 7115 and maintained flight following. My half way point of the flight actually crossed a landing strip. I had to check what it was called but found Udaipur Tower through the radio frequencies and requested a “touch and go” landing just to add an extra landing credit to my FSX statistics. There was still a slight layer of low laying fog and I took off again straight away.

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The rest of the flight was much more enjoyable as the fog dispersed and I was able to fly low across the fields at 170 knots which is pretty quick for my small plane. The crescent moon on the horizon and occasional flock of birds enjoying the rising thermals were certainly a relaxing change to the consistent fog.

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Coming into land a Ahmedabad the clouds had built up again and I am sure I spotted a flash or two of lightning. I was advised to flight straight in to Runway 23 and with no fog or crosswinds I had one of the smoothest landings of my tour.

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Ahmedabad Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tymsj4t9MXA

Landing at Ahmedabad International Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj90ikcp4h0

Ahmedabad City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff3M5d-tUs4

Life in Ahmedabad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Te4qsN9WsM

A Kaleidoscope of Colors, Ahmedabad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiQfnxbx4Jk

Walkthrough in the old Ahmedabad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXDb8tV7KaE

Sholay – Title Music – LIVE ORCHESTRA AHMEDABAD – RAAJIV VYAS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMWBu2R-DLA

The Foodie Ahmedabad unplugged – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjyWdCWOzhs

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Flight 52) Karachi – Jodhpur

After taking a look at the route on the map to prepare myself for what terrain there may be, I loaded the flight simulator FSX and got myself comfortable for the journey ahead. It doesn’t take me long to turn on the fuel tanks, set the prop and mixture levels before starting the engines. I watched the engine temperature rise and read that the air temperature outside was 15 degrees. Living in Edinburgh UK and having endured the lasting winter, I would certainly welcome a 15 degree warmth first hand.

As I taxied to Runway 25 Left I followed a red and white De Havilland Dash-8 and got a close view of “World Travel 383″ – a large Boeing 737, touch down and kick up some tire smoke. Watching the Dash-8 take off I was soon cleared to take off myself and began my flight over the city. There was not much to see as the city was covered in thick fog although this cleared to a clear sky by the time I reached 4,000 ft. From this height I was able to spot the river which I followed upstream towards the mountains and then took a northern detour as I flew low through the valleys.

Reaching my way point, a sharp right hand turn took me east towards Jodhpur as the sun began to set directly behind me. As the sun faded and the horizon took on its familiar purple tones I saw another large river with green fields on either bank. The last of the mountains flattened themselves out and I climbed over a number of lakes before the desert sands returned 15,000 ft below.

Coming in to Jodhpur the sky was now dark and I couldn’t make out many in the way of city lights although I could see a bridge spanning a lake with lights on. I didn’t know if this was accurate to real life Jodhpur. I contacted Jodhpur airport to request landing clearance which was denied. The airport was laying under some more fog which meant that only planes using IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight plans were able to land using ILS (Instrument Landing System.)

This complication really had me stumped as I would be unable to land in the foggy conditions. I continued towards the airport by following the lights of a city road until I spotted a light beacon shining through the mist. I took a very slow and very low pass of the airport to attempt to see the wind direction although I was unable to spot a classic orange wind sock at all. I wanted to continue the radio contact to the airport but had no options available. I was on my own. I used the GPS to line up with the runway best I could and successfully made a smooth touch down on Runway 05. It was eerily quiet without any other aircraft or radio contact adding to the grey mists. I parked up and looked forward to the weather clearing.

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Mehrangarh Fort

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Travelling to India: Jodhpur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOsLvkbRFk

Umaid Bhawan Palace & Royal Family Of Jodhpur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VPl0Yi4yNU

India Jodhpur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSqeGaA-wAU

Jodhpur Fort and Thriving Market Place, India – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtdB6lHWMBo

Jodhpur , The Blue City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av8oka5p0m0

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Flight 51) Konarak – Karachi

This flight to Karachi, Pakistan, would finally take me back on to the official route which Amelia Earhart attempted back in 1937 and I wanted to enjoy a sunrise on this lengthy trip. I took off from Runway 9R after taxing down the runway itself. It must be a quiet airport in order to get away with using the runways as taxiways so often. This was highlighted by the fact that I did not see any other planes land or take off in the time I spent within the simulator.

My wheels raised at 05:35 whilst the sky was only just beginning to lighten. The stars of the Milky Way galaxy were very clear and there was only the slightest hint of darker blue rising from the black on the horizon. Flying east I knew I would be pointing my little plane at this patch of sky for much of the route. Once in the air I decided to stay low and fast and enjoy the sunlight creeping its way over the various dunes and hills across the landscape. These hills were soon becoming larger and forced me to climb a little to ensure I didn’t fly straight into one.

At 2,000 ft there was not a cloud in sight and the sky was turning an amazing colours through pink and orange. The interior of my Beech Baron 58 was decidedly pink from the sun’s soft glow.

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I passed over what I thought was going to be a small settlement which turned out to be a small forest. In the desert sands I am sure this was a life source to many creatures. A large bank of cloud appeared on the horizon and for the whole time I approached, I could see brief flashes of lightening. I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

The closer I got to the storm front I struggled to decide if I should fly under or over the clouds. I thought it best to stay above the bad weather so climbed as much as I could. Pushing 14,000 ft I knew I wasn’t going to be able to clear the clouds completely and had to take them on directly.

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Engulfed by cloud I couldn’t see a thing. Many flashes of lightning with increasingly loud thunder was rather disorientating. Although I am relieved to only be flying in a simulator, I must admit that this weather was pretty exciting. At times the lightning was very close to my aircraft although I believe that was never actually struck.

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The increasingly heavy turbulence forced me to decrease my altitude until I realized that I could not see the ground for rain and fog. The rain pattering off of the windscreen felt almost cosy in between bursts of thunder which was by now beginning to easy a little. I reached my way point and banked towards my destination of Karachi and watched a rain soaked runway pass by beneath. This was also my cue to attempt to reach some better weather, so I pushed the engine a little to climb out of the rain. Even at 12,000 ft I had not cleared the cloud although I could see the odd patch of blue sky above me.

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The rest of the way was quieter. There were no other aircraft on the radio and the sounds of thunder softened with the distance although I was still aware the storms were raging somewhere behind. By the time I reached Karachi the weather was a lot clearer and I even got to watch a Boeing 747 take off whilst I completed my circuit of the airport. At 08:00 I was close for touch down and the sun was already evaporating the rain water left on the runway. The size of this airport was a welcome sight as I watched an Airbus taxi past me and was greeted by many cargo vehicles busying themselves.

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Another exciting flight down but I am glad to be back on the ground with some nicer weather above. Time to see what Karachi is all about.

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Karachi

Whilst looking for images for Karachi I found many images of the Airport in flames and learnt of a large attack of the airport on 8th June 2014 which left up to 24 dead. I was shocked to discover this and also at how little coverage this would have received in the UK. I also read that there are many other attacks and riots within the city of Karachi making it one of the top 10 most violent cities in the world.

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Karachi Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN3IXln8PSY

Karachi Airport 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GvJk27qpvM

 Ross Kemp Extreme World (Karachi) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXhdChkzYeE

Karachi, Pakistan, The Other Side Of Town – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvfdsXGVLEg

Vice Guide to Karachi. Pakistan’s Most Violent City (Part 1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgIl1vmIchA

Reality of Karachi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ckkAKDS2fA

Karachi, City of Joy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfHAu2xLHYs

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Flight 50) Jask – Konarak

I was very eager to get back in to the air and leave Jask so I left later that afternoon. Once I had loaded the flight simulator FSX and got back to my aircraft the bad weather I landed in had cleared, leaving only a few lingering clouds. I took off quickly with only half tanks of fuel as this trip was to be a relatively short hop east along the southern Iranian coastline.

With sand dunes to the the north and sea to the south it didn’t take long for the sun to drop in the sky and create pink capped hills across the desert floor. The sky darkened to a deep purple and the skies became increasingly quiet with no aircraft on the radio or signs of roads below.

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I expected there to be some light from the surrounding area of the airport but the only light I could see from the ground were that of the 2 runways. Touching down on Runway 9L I was quick to find my parking bay and stop for the night.

The layout of Konarak airfield certainly looked like a military airbase from the air which was confirmed by wikipedia once I landed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konarak,_Iran

 

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There was not a lot of content online for Konarak, Iran, although I was able to find some interesting music:

Salim Hamdan Konarak Iran – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3R93-fFHg

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWsLHPf53Pg

Part 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h_qoRHst7g&spfreload=1

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Flight 49) Bahrain – Jask

I knew that this flight would be a longer journey as I was to double back on myself some what and fly over Dubai once again. With this in mind I requested a fuel truck and filled both tanks to their full capacity of 68 Gallons each. Later in my tour I will be stretching the distances as far as my small plane can handle, and I even have one flight I am yet to see as possible, but I have plenty of time to find a solution yet.

I completed all of the start up procedure, which I have no doubt is vastly shorter in a simulator than it would be in real life, and requested my IFR clearance. Following the taxiways N A Q R and A to Runway 12 Right, I was leaving Bahrain tarmac at 10:20 and entering clear blue sky.

Crossing the turquoise seas between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, the colour soon took on a deeper navy blue and I could spot a dusting of clouds on the horizon I was due to fly through. I decided to climb a little and clipped the top of the odd cloud whilst picking my way through them. Light turbulence lasted for a good few minutes and I though I would enjoy diving through some of the larger clouds so dropped height to 6,000 ft. As the clouds increased in number and density I was no longer able to see the horizon and was relying on the satellite navigation and my instruments. The odd gap through the clouds allowed me to spot the water below, making sure it was still there. Right on cue I saw the clouds open up to show me a small island with its own runway. I later checked and found that this was Siri Island. As the turbulence grew stronger I climbed back to 10,000 ft and headed for Dubai.

It was nice to see Dubai again. I really enjoyed learning about many of the record breaking structures in Dubai and much of the history of the area. The FlyTampa “Dubai Rebooted” add-on scenery really was fantastic and I am looking forward to my arrival in Hong Kong where I hope to use another add-on pack by FlyTampa.

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Flying over Dubai. Again.

The rest of the flight was due to be an easy leg over the water again until reaching the Iranian shore and my landing destination of Jask. It was far from the easy leg I was expecting.

I received my first ILS instructions at 84 miles away from Jask and whilst I was surprised to receive them so early, I was greatful for the amount of support I had.

I hadn’t seen so many clouds since I was flying through the thunderstorms raging over Entebbe and lake Victoria in Africa. As I was beginning to think how easy it could be to become completely lost in the clouds a few very bright flashes lit up my cockpit and was followed by extremely close thunder. This was about the same time the turbulence decided to kick up again.

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Flying by instrument only, I followed the ILS instructions best I could but upon request to declare that I has sight of the Runway, I was unable to reply positively. I had descended to only 2,000 ft but the cloud, rain and fog made visibility the worst I had ever flown in. (Virtually of course.) I was guided directly to the Runway but could only get a visual as I flew directly over it. By checking the runway number (6) I could establish the opposite heading to fly in (240), before completing a full 180 degree turn and hoping that I would line up with the runway.

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Coming in to land at 500 ft, I took a very low and slow pass over a yacht and could barely make out the start of the runway. The strong crosswind had blown me slightly off course but I was able to correct for this and bring the wheels to the ground to complete the scariest landing I have done on this tour. I was still being buffeted around as I parked up for 13:35. I admit that I didn’t want to spend very long at this tiny airstrip.

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Bandar-e_Anzali (Jask)

Bandar Anzali Photos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X24PVIn1TM

Bandar Anzali Photos 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K8P3ansT3s

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