Southward bound

Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First of all, some background. We have been awarded a large photosurvey job for a company in Quebec, who's end client is the government of Ecuador. Our photo area encompasses about a third of the total country. One aircraft is already there (an Aztec), and I am now following them down in my Piper Navajo.

My crew member was supposed to be my long-time colleague and friend Greg, but at the last minute this crew assignment was changed so I am now flying with a new trainee. While unhappy about it, I suppose it could be worse. There are more unpleasant people in the company (those who know, know who I mean).

Today was an exercise in frustration, unfortunately. Permits to cross airspaces like Panama, Colombia and of course entering Ecuador itself, all take time and correspondence to arrange. Packing the gear into the Navajo has put us at maximum weight, but we won't be flying much each day; no more than one flight at a time. Pretty leisurely.

Right now, after a 4 hour flight between thunderstorms but otherwise uneventful, we sit in Savannah, Georgia, where we managed to get hotel rooms that are bigger than my apartment for only $84 a night. Not to mention how fantastic the ribeye steak and Gulf coast shrimp for dinner next door was... wow. I deserved that.

So now I wait. Entering the US was not a challenge, I have flown down here enough to not be worried about customs anymore, especially when we're not actually in the US to work. So far, Savannah GA has made a very good impression (except for the oppressive heat, my glasses fogged over in the humidity... at 11 pm!). The next step is to get a flight permit to overfly Cuba, and if this arrives sometime shortly, we will be off for the next leg tomorrow.
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Tinkerbell on

:) Cool that you're doing this again...
I've never travelled so it's neat to hear your stories and perspectives...
Good flight!



buzz_lightyear on

Amazing sunsets, and awesome clouds. Love the GPS shots too! I'm so jealous!

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