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Dubai to sri lanka

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Departing just after sunrise and before it gets hot.  Thirteen hours to Sri Lanka, mainly over water so there unfortunately won’t be many interesting things on this leg to photograph.

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Flying over Muscat

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Masalama (Good-Bye) to the desert and mountains.

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Late afternoon thunderstorms are common in this part of the world.  This is just a snapshot of the weather to come.

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Some members of the Jetwing Lagoon Hotel staff and Mr. S. Jude perera (blue shirt), founder of the Christian Pilots Association Of Sri Lanka (C.P.A.S).  Mr. Jude was kind enough to give me a quick tour of the historic city of Negombo.   Wish I had more time to see the “furry, scaled and feathered creatures” of this beautiful country.

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The Jetwing resorts here are absolutely beautiful.

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Embarks dream is to provide a better life for the street dogs of Sri Lanka and to give them the love, respect and home they deserve.  www.embarkpassion.com

 

 

 

 

 

DUBAI

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The tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa.

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View from the 148th floor.  Pat, I think you should challenge Cydney and her class to determine how high above the ground I am.   

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The Persian Gulf.

 

 

 

ASWAN TO DUBAI

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Hardened aircraft shelters at Aswan airport.

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Over Luxor and the Nile river.

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Leaving Egypt heading to Saudi Arabia.

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Ship heading to the Suez canal.

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West coast of Saudi Arabia.

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One hundred miles to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Flying over Doha Qatar.

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Over the Persian Gulf

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Santorini to Cairo to Aswan

 

L1000548Flying over Crete to PAXIS, our entry point into Egyptian airspace.

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Departed Mersa Matrum International airport and flew to 6th October airport just south of Cairo, where the airplane was to be hangared while we visited the Pyramids.  Fortunately, we made it just in time as a sandstorm approaching from the West the visibility dropped to almost zero.

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Eddie Gould our handler from General Aviation Support Egypt and Charley Brown,  the friendliest camel on the planet.

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Departing 6th October Airport you have to climb (circle) to 8500 feet over the airport before  they will allow you to speak with Cairo departure.

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Nile river.

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Santa Maria to Normandy

 

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At times I almost felt like I was flying across Lake Michigan.

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Can you find 33G?  She’s pictured here North East  of  Santa Maria  and a few hundred miles off the coast of Portugal.  Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

Fellow pilots, friends and to anyone who is simply interested in following this adventure – WELCOME!  As the weather across the North Atlantic continues to improve, it looks like my flight may start as early as Sunday or Monday.  If you click on the “Current Aircraft Location”  tab on the menu bar, you will be taken to the “Spidertracks” page that will show the current location of the aircraft.  When I’m flying it will also show aircraft speed, altitude and heading.  Simply amazing isn’t it!

Send off picture with the Breitling Jet Team and Jim DiMatteo (left front) at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly In and Expo.  What an honor – a true example of the “Fellowship of Airman” we all share.  If you look closely, I’m wearing the new Breitling Emergency watch that was loaned to me for my RTW flight.  At some point after I return, this watch will be offered at auction,  the proceeds to benefit an aviation related  foundation.

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