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.
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.
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