Last day of duty before HOLIDAYS:)
They (Our Company) really know how to squeeze the last bit out of you;) My day was going to be long, and only for 2.3 hours of flight time that I could log.
The day started out at 8:30 when I was picked up from the house by our driver who took me to the airport, I was catching a Lion Air (My worst) flight to Medan. On arrival at Medan I would then catch a Sriwijaya flight to Padang, with the starter/gen as luggage, and then ferry PK-BVA, one of our C208’s, back to Medan for the guys for the next day’s schedule.
The flight itself was planned to be 2 hours long and IFR at a level of 12500 ft. I arrived in Padang to find the plane I was going to be flying missing a starter/gen.. that is where the one that I had just transported came in. It was installed, checked, runups done and I was then ready to set off to Medan.
I got airborne about 1 hour before sunset, with a bit of a storm on my route I opted to just stay along the coast where the weather was pretty good rather than track my original route. This was a good Idea as I had a beautiful sunset view and not too much zig zagging around storms. As the sun set the light show from the storm cells around was spectacular! And a little scary, I kept my weather radar on just to make sure I wasn’t going to fly into anything unpleasant.
The temperature also got bitterly cold once the sun set, at cruise it was about 2°C! I turned on the cabin heat to keep me warm, along with stall and pitot heat, just incase.
I arrived in Medan with beautifully clear weather and a great view of the city lights. I tried my best to get a good photo, but I have no idea what settings I need on my camera to get a good sharp shot. This was one of my best:
This flight was a flight of firsts. First night flight in a C208, first time I had to use cabin heat in Indonesia and first time I had to use a bottle to relieve some pressure;)
All in All in was a very memorable flight.
Route: WIEE to WIMM
Hours: 2.3 hrs
Distance: 295 nm
Length – 2750 m
Elevation – 18 ft
Runway – 15/33
Length – 3750 m
Elevation – 23 ft
Runway – 05/23
Writing you from the hospital. Great flight, anyway, full of new experiences. For a moment, I thought you would be staying in Padang for a new tour. Enjoy your holidays! Cheers!
I hope nothing too serious with you being at the hospital? It has been about 46 days on tour, I think another Padang tour would have pushed me over the edge?
Thank you, I will definitely enjoy it!
Where are you going for your holiday?
I am glad you enjoyed it!
I have 3 weeks, the first I will be staying at Raja 4 Divers (www.raja4divers.com), in Raja Ampat, and the last 2 weeks I will go back to South Africa to renew my license and spend some time with my folks.
Raja Ampat.. a place I definitely want to visit. Have a safe trip.
Thanks Jim, I will definitely do that! It is one for the bucket list for sure.
Hi, Mike. Check this link and one of its last posts about recruitment. May be somebody you know could be interested. I´ve also send you a message through FB. Cheers!
Hi Carlos:) Great thanks for that, will chuck it on the job section!