“Happy Landings” from India

IMGP0550“Happy landings” – a great phrase used on the Indian airways as a sign off.

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Our 9 hour flight today got us from the West coast of India to the East Coast, across Bangladesh, into the Darjeeling and finally into Myanmar – formally Burma.  Despite being hazy flight – and needing to fly for a lot of the flight at 13 000 feet – to gain range –  it was fairly clear – and so –  we got to see a big part of this world.

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Flying across India – I took photos along the way to show the terrain.  One common feature – until Calcutta – the dry dry long river beds.

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Another dry river bed – further east in India over a river bed

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Plateaus

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Another dry river bank and bridge further along In

IMGP0601Crops of India

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Flying over Calcutta

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Flying into Bangladesh and the Delta.IMGP0702

The Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta is the world’s largest delta and empties into the Bay of Bengal.  It is one of the most fertile regions in the world – and so has the nickname the Green Delta.  A large part of the nation of Bangladesh live on this delta and depend on it for their livelihood.

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Flying over the Chin Hills of Myanmar

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Flying into the farmland of Myanmar

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Turning final into Mandalay, Myanmar

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Being met by a very friendly and helpful group in Mandalay and fuelling up the plane.

We will be here until Monday.

And a good Easter weekend to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4 thoughts on ““Happy Landings” from India

  1. Easter joy to you as well! Having received the blessing and benefit of planes that had been ferried to Papua, and always wondering about the journey, your blog has totally captivated me. Thank you for sharing the journey with us. God speed!

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  2. The massiveness of your attention to planning and performance details on this 13,604 mile journey are so intriguing to me that I went to the Quest Aircraft website and did some basic research. [Incidentally, I go to your Flight Tracker several times a day just to be inspired by your progress].

    I noticed the longest segment on the Route Map from OJAQ to OOMS was 1495 miles which I converted to 1300 nm. With that in mind and the Kodiak Performance Specification Sheet that shows Max Range Cruise at 1132 nm at FL120 for 8.4 hours and a 33 gph fuel burn rate. Do you have a 50 to 100 gallon Aux fuel tank installed for this trip or how do you get that nominal extra 170 nm of range on the 1300 nm non- stop segment, not taking into consideration a consistent 20k tailwind at FL 120/130 for 8.4 hours and also not utilizing your 45 minutes of reserve fuel? I’m assuming you don’t have O2 on board for operating at a higher cruise altitude for improved fuel efficiency, but I realize that could also be a possible option.

    All the logistics involved in planning fuel stops within the parameters of aircraft high gross weight takeoffs and climb profiles at high OATs, optimum range for operating efficiencies, Wx, time zones, customs and immigration, ATC, curfews, international flight plans, fuel availability on arrival, fuel security and quality control, currency exchanges and special fueling ladders, just to list a few initial considerations, are something to absolutely appreciate in terms of the complexity of your professional efforts.

    I hope that everyone who sees this aircraft N113MF/PK-MEE in operation will in their own way always give consideration to the myriad of details that MAF and your team attended to in the process of putting this aircraft into God’s service. From initial fund raising all the way to cancellation of your IFR flight plan at the termination of your ferry flight and final delivery to WAJJ. What a meticulously well choreographed effort. A reference to Proverbs 16:3 seems to sum it all up.

    Kind regards,

    Fred

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