Whilst I had loved seeing another natural wonder of the world I felt so small against the awesomeness of such a massive mountain. Not only mount Everest but the whole expanse of the Himalayas. It was now time to move on with my adventures and continue my around the world tour.
I have covered so much virtual ground since leaving Edinburgh Airport 3 years ago. I have upgraded many aspects of the FSX simulator as well as learning huge amounts about the
world I live in.
This break gave me time to purchase a new PC. All singing and all dancing components now mean that I have found a new surge of enthusiasm to keep this tour going. Just as well as there are many exciting destinations coming up including, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpar and Singapore just to name a handful.
With the additional trip back to Kathmandu after checking out Everest up close I felt I had seen the scenery around Kathmandu enough and wasn’t disappointed at getting underway as the sky had darkened. I had made sure that I had refueled my small aircraft and reset any drift that I had gained on my instruments.
Confidence was back again taking off from a lovely long runway that did not have a mountain at one end nor a 2,000 ft drop at the other end. Additional weight from the full fuel tanks did not worry me in the slightest.
I took off from runway 20 at 21:45 into a clear sky full of stars and saw the faint flashing lights of another aircraft on its final descent to the airport I was leaving behind. After only a few minutes heading away from Kathmandu, I realized that the lack of light meant that I was unable to see the land below. With all the large hills and mountains around I knew this wasn’t the safest of ideas. With that though I turned my plane and headed back to
comforting lights of the city and the distinctive runway.
The following day I took off for the third time from Kathmandu airport following another large jet that dwarfed my Beech Baron 58. The mid day sun was a lot better for flying than the dark of the previous night even with a few clouds lingering over the mountains to the North. To avoid getting lost in further cloud and equally to have some fun flying over the very hilly landscape I stayed low whilst heading East. Some of the valleys ended rather abruptly and I was forced to climb suddenly until I saw a vast flatter landscape open up ahead and felt some very strong winds blowing from North to South.
I continued to fly over a few large rivers and was directed to tune my radio to “Calcutta.” I never knew where Calcutta was in the world. As there were no more hills and valleys to fly over I climbed at a rate of 500 ft per minute until i reached 12,000 ft. Even at this height there was not a huge amount more to see until I reached Dhaka itself. Surrounded by many rivers and waterways I began my decent at 14:00 with only 24 miles left to go.
The runway was rather active when I landed and I listened in as 2 other aircraft departed for various destinations. I had to admit, I did not really know any thing about Dhaka before landing here and I found there to be many great videos online which gave a great insight to this rapidly growing and diverse city.
Flying over Dhaka City and Landing in Dhaka Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz1GZ2YDDwA
Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh! (part 1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U2SnbD0Jvg
Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh! (part 2) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQ_ElkRBFM
A Tourist’s Guide to Dhaka, Bangladesh. wwwtheredquest.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMzdt0AZmE
Tejgaon Railway Market, Dhaka, Bangladesh – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpMuPgc779U
DHAKA: A CITY OF POSSIBILITIES? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbSLomNBZcA
BBC – A DAY IN DHAKA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwFtENtoFG0
Dhaka – Part 1 of 5 – The fastest growing megacity in the world – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoMifNO4w6s
Dhaka – Part 2 of 5 – The dreams of Dhaka’s garment girls – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpbJOwYbq2g
Dhaka – Part 3 of 5 – Disasters drive mass migration to Dhaka – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9DK7r4nWMA
Dhaka – Part 4 of 5 – Rickshaw economy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M6Bfr2vEGk
Dhaka – Part 5 of 5 – Who can solve a problem like Dhaka – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_k6hYyTBHY
Dhaka City, Bangladesh- The Most Beautiful City In South Asia 2016 [HD] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzoBJPUREhE