Unplanned stay in Kerkira

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Sep 11, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Ionian Islands,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14 2010. Up early and by Limo(!) to the airport. Flight plans, weather and payment formalities completed quite quickly and we were up and away by 10.30 local.  However, as the flight progressed we experienced difficulties in communicating with Rome, and  combined with bumpy conditions over the hills and decisions on the best routing, the first 30 minutes were somewhat hectic. Then Patrick announced:  "Houston, we have a problem".  Decision from the rear seat “Let's go back then”, so back to Urbe we went (through the routing decisions, bumpy conditions and communication problems with Rome), aided by a kind Thomson Flight (46C - thanks guys) monitoring our precautionary (PAN) radio call. Once back on the ground with more time to problem solve, we found one teeny weeny electrical system switch in the wrong position!!   Subsequent ground and airborne checks confirmed that all was back as it should be, so we set off again 2 hours after we first departed. Better safe than sorry…

The rest of the flight to Kerkira (Corfu) was uneventful, somewhat hazy (so not many good photo opportunities) with some interesting cloud formations that meant that we needed to keep changing height to maintain visual.  Our lost 2 hours resulted in our not being able to get to Sitia before dusk.  Going eastbound ensures that we will continually lose time along the route!

On our first radio contact with Kerkira we were able to confirm that we could stay overnight. The welcome we received from the Olympic Handling reps, Kate and Mike, was first-class.  Our journey is even going to be reported in their Local Airport Newsletter.  Kate also went to the trouble to find a room in a local Hotel.  As the Hotel has WIFI, this has been the first real opportunity to check emails; we have been staggered to find so many good-will messages from home, the US and even Australia.

A fine meal, a cold beer and fireworks on the seafront overlooking the Ionian Sea  helped us to relax after a somewhat (man-made!) hectic day.


-           Which hills did we cross to get from Rome to Brindisi
-          Apart from mainland Greece which is the closest country to Kerkira and what is its Capital City
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Jockpaddy on

Thankfully you are both fine!

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