Kerkira to Sitia via Iraklion

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


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15 2010. Another early start, walked to the airport, paid our handling charges (excellent rate for AOPA members of 15 Euros) and then directed to the top of the Control Tower to file the flight plan.  Found out that Sitia was closed until 11.30 UTC (14.30 local) and also that they had no Avgas.  But Iraklion now had Avgas, so a quick change of plans and off to Iraklion we go. It was pretty much a direct routing to Khania on the western end of Crete and from there along the coast eastwards to Iraklion.  Unfortunately it was quite hazy again so couldn't get many good photos of the surrounding stunning views.  We therefore resorted to taking shots of us inside the 'plane!

Flight time to Iraklion was 2hrs 50m, nothing around except a couple of F16s also flying VFR but we didn’t see them.  It was really windy on arrival but Patrick did a good landing, the nice long runway there helped.  On arrival at Stand 1, we were advised that there was NO Avgas available!!  Some discussion ensued, the upshot of which was that fuel was found…. However, this did mean repositioning to the pump, refuelling and then back to Stand 3.  While Patrick was doing the paperwork I was chatted up by various ground handling personnel and Olympic Airways Flight and Cabin Crew, all wanting to have their photos taken with the plane!

A short hop to Sitia where we had a full-on cross wind of 16-18 knots for landing: I closed my eyes and Patrick carried out an interesting landing!  All down safely, we were directed to the Apron in front of the new terminal building still under construction – a huge area and we were the only occupants! Handling agents Anna and her colleague (Nicos?) aided putting the ‘plane to bed and then took us to the office where Maria sorted out the paperwork and phoned for a Taxi. Everyone is so helpful.

The Hotel was situated on the beach front with wonderful views across the harbour and bay from our balcony.  Time to dip our toes in the sea and then another fine meal and well-earned cold beer rounded off yet another eventful day.  We are sure that there will be lots more over the coming weeks!

Questions:

We crossed the Isle of Peloponnisos to get to Crete:

-        What is the highest point on the Island?
-        What famous canal is just to the East of the Island?

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Bill Allen on

Seems like you're having loads of fun!

Mitch & Ann on

Hi guys, thanks for the link. We will follow you each day. If by chance you are passing through Halifax you know the welcome mat is laid out and the lobster is on me. Linda; Ann says you have some kind of chutzpah to be doing this. Take care and stay safe and rested... Your good friends Mitch & Ann

Emma on

I am soooooooooo jealous, your trip sounds amazing!

Jane on

Glad everything has gone well so far- and that Patrick is still landing safely! Quite a contrast with life here in Dartford. Enjoy the adventure. Jane

Shaun Cockburn (G-CBLZ) on

You guys are just having the best adventure and you really deserve it.
We cannarders are following and watching you all the way.
My very best heart felt wishes are with you.
Your freind and fellow EZ pilot Shaun.

Maria Tsagarakis Sitia AP on

Hope you remember me, the german Maria from Sitia AP. We were waving bye bye to you. I will def. follow your advanture threw this page.
Wish you all the best, have a save trip and a lot of fun.
best rgds
Maria

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