|Quick iron of the shirt and in the lobby waiting for transport to the airport|
With the return trip to Paris complete back to Beirut and the work on the Oxygen system carried out I didn't even have enough time to unpack my suitcase before being put on standby to go once again.
The planned destination was going to be warm so I threw some shorts in the case.
The city of Muscat being the destination and a quick check told me it was reaching the barmy temperatures of 35 degrees there in the daytime.
Due to the countries in between Beruit and Muscat (Oman) being Syria, Iran, Iraq etc I decided upon a southerly routing to fly with an initial flight to the southwest over Egypt, then turning East, heading over Jordan and the Saudi desert.
Approximate flight time of 3hrs38.
Fuel Burn 11380 ILBS
|The Egyptian coast|
|Over the Arabian Desert|
|A proper desert island off of the coast of Dubai|
I asked for the plane to be towed into position and got onboard to start prep'ing her. Fuel ordered, fresh drinking water ordered, and I get the APU going to get some electricity to the onboard systems.
It was all coming together nicely, the fueler was fuelling the water was going onboard and the sun was shining.
|She's looking good|
|Following everyone the vapour trails|
|The desert landscape is just astonishing|
Perfect timing as it was time to get the passengers onboard.
Left hand Engine start completed and its time to call for taxi and get us to the runway.
|The Sinai peninsular|
We always have a positive exchange of controls of the plane, verbally.
Andy passes control to me, I accept and acknowledge .
I then give him control of the radios and he accepts and acknowledges.
And here I sit with the passengers behind me, 10,663 feet of runway in front of me, the plane at this moment weighs in at 69969 LBS.
I have 2 x Rolls Royce A220 Turbo fans which produce 15,000 lbs of thrust, each, behind me with my hand on the throttle and I feel like a formula one driver waiting for the lights to go out..........
The thing with this departure is that if you go straight on this runway heading we would fly into a mountain, so the departure is a nice right turn out over the Mediterranean .
As soon as we have a positive rate of climb, Andy calls it and I call for the landing gear up.
|The coral reef so popular with scuba diving at Sharm El Sheik|
Once were are recreated on up to 43,000ft I was able to see what a sandstorm from the sky looks like and I can honestly say I wouldn't want to be down there in it.
This turned out to be a really nice flight and the first of 3 in 5 days which is great for me with the learning I am doing on the airplane and Andy getting me to fly every one.
|A sandstorm over the Saudi Desert|
We were to be there for 48 hours before returning back on a quick hop flight taking an hour and half to Beirut where they had had some extremes of weather whilst we were away, floods and rain.
Now its a case of waiting for the phone to ring once again........
|Dubai down below with the Palm Islands visible|
- I miss my wife, I feel like I've been away for ages and I have a new bed to build at home waiting for me
- DON'T BOOK DRY HOTELS.......... You never hear the end of it.
- I have 175 hours on the plane now and finally feel comfortable
- I feel very lucky to have a Captain who invests time into my progress on this plane
- I've been thinking a lot about my mate Will Falck RIP this week knowing how much he'd enjoy chatting about this plane and the flying. I miss my flying mate.