I left Sambava South at around 2:15pm and was met with vast blue skies. Being on the coast I was merely 500ft high before I saw the sun sparkle off the turquoise seas. I took off with a third of my fuel capacity and hoped that I would make it the 45 minutes north to Antsiranana airport where I was going to touch down and refuel briefly. 20 minutes in to the flight patches of cloud began to form until eventually I was hopping from one to the other as I climbed to 10,000ft. Other than clouds the skies here were very quiet, only seeing one other aircraft all the time I have been in Madagascar. At around 9,500 ft my Beech Baron 58 began to bounce around due to heavy turbulence. It felt rather calm until I saw and incredible flash and was instantly shock with a loud clap of thunder. It seems that Madagascar gets a lot in the way of thunder storms.
After catching site of the runway I was to refuel at I headed downwind before turning 180 degrees and landing among a large forest. Without any rain falling, I could still hear the rolling thunder in the distance. Gaining IFR clearance again I took off at 3:35 and tackled the long flight over the water. Large clouds had formed off the coast and created a slither of horizon just visible beneath. It was time to climb and fly above them. Above the clouds once more, it was a simple matter of following the sat-nav and keeping the wings level.
By 4:30 I was closing in to Farquhar FSFA. I called in my landing intentions at 21 miles away and thought it a good idea just to top up my fuel before the final long leg. The island itself was very very small and could even have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for the turquoise coral highlighting its shores. The clouds disappeared and allowed for a lovely smooth touch down.
Refuelling at Farquhar
The next 2 hours of the journey was always going to be quiet. The sun set over my left shoulder and one by one the stars came out. I looked for constellations that I recognised, however I am not so good at that at home, let alone on the southern hemisphere.
Sunset on the way to Seychelles
By the time I was 30 minutes to the airport the clouds had reappeared and would light up the inside of the dark cockpit with occasional lightening. At 73 miles out I was given instructions for my approach. In the dark this was a pretty fun landing. The low cloud meant I couldn’t see the runway until I was on final. The final lined up with runway 31. Luckily the lights guided me in and the PAPI made sure I was at the correct altitude. That was important as I am sure I saw outlines of trees passing just below in front of the runway. When the wheels touched tarmac at 7:35 pm I had to wait for a 737 to make it to the gates before I could reach my own parking bay. It was good to finally see some other aircraft again.
Night landing at Seychelles
Now… time for a cocktail!
Landing at The Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQF8QQ4nrQk
Untouched – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdibaJMnuVs
Offical Video of Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhtBt7CCc3U
Tourist Guide to The Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN0bn9ftmxA
Culture of the Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AHkKYUKiHQ
Victoria – Capital of Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bceSPSTheM
Under the Coconut Tree – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQHY5rZkkVQ
Seychelles Underwater – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3Kuh4itLKc
A Seychelles Holiday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hiBJVerndg
GOPro Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zX2Fl12Q78