Sitia to 6th October City, via Alexandria

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


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16 2010. An exciting day ahead, taking us out of Europe and into Northern Africa – our adventure really begins. Up and out of the Hotel nice and early, formalities completed at the airport and the really helpful and friendly staff wish us a safe journey.  My Sudoku book is now without its cover – Patrick used it as a funnel to top up the engine oil!!

Another cross wind take-off and we set course for Alexandria, an anticipated flight time of 2hrs 10mins at 8,500ft before we entered Egyptian airspace.  Most of the journey was over the Med; it was really smooth and while Patrick monitored the busy R/T I was able to catch up with Day One of my journal! Not a soul about, except one ship as we approached the coast of Egypt. Landed in another cross-wind and we were directed onto the main apron where we were met immediately by the AN Handling crew who were very interested in the plane (more photos).  A big bus was waiting to take us all of 50 meters to the Terminal.  There our passports were taken away for Visas and Patrick filed our flight plan to 6th October.  Amazingly everything was completed (including using the facilities), in about 45 minutes.  Patrick was very impressed as he had been led to believe that it might take a lot longer.

Back to the plane and photo farewells and off we set again, bound this time for 6th October airfield.  This is a private airfield set in the middle of the desert to the south-west of Cairo City and is primarily used for training pilots and air traffic controllers. 

On the way, we had a glimpse of the Nile but little else as it was extremely hazy.    Descending out of the clouds and haze, it was truly amazing to see the desert stretching as far as we could see in all directions.  Another cross-wind landing and we were on the ground at 1540 local. A completely different welcome!  There was absolutely no-one around – another couple of aircraft but no movement of any kind!  

We put the plane to bed as far as possible, piled our bags under the fuselage in the shade and sat and waited.  Two and a half hours later, the Handling Agent (Mr Islam) had arrived, refuelling and formalities were finally completed.  Mr Islam kindly drove us to the Hotel in 6th October City but a half hour journey took almost an hour  - the City is very new and sprawling and the directions to the hotel were not quite correct on the print out we had.  A quick shower, something to eat (no beer this time), we organised a tour for tomorrow and had an earlier night. Patrick is really looking forward to a day off.  This is the first day that had gone to plan and we are now back on track!

Questions:

-          The Nile is one of the world's longest rivers and we are near the mouth of it: where does it originate?

-          When was the Great Pyramid completed and who was it built for?
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Syd Buxton on

Crosswinds, crosswinds, crosswinds! Pat, you are supposed to be using the length of the runways, not the width! ;-)

As Dorothy was heard to have said, having arrived in mystical Oz, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more." Be careful out there folks!!!!!

Michael JFS on

Really enjoying these blogs so far! Keep travelling safely.......

The Millers on

We are enjoying the blog and all the photos. All of Jamies class mates are following your progress at school.Good to see that little ted is getting out and about, seeing all the sights.
It has also been noted that you couldnt resist getting one of your old work shirts out and giving the four silver shoulder bars an outing!
Have fun and enjoy the adventure.....

Silvereagle on

I have a LongEZ and I can only dream of taking a trip like this.
The narrative is superb and I can't wait for the next installment
Thanks for sharing your adventures

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