Again we were quite lucky with the weather. From the 1st we could fly for 4 days in various regions around Ankara. First day we went southwest, then west, then north and finally southeast.
Especially in the north the flying was very difficult. Steep mountains with strong wind(shear) made for 100% focus.
In the west we flew right over one of the biggest mountains in Turkey.
All that’s is left now is to finish the project in the west before heading home.
Every day we check the weather and are ready to go.
This crew did it perfectly. Don’t waste a second and promptly evacuate.
Again it shocks me though, overhead bins have been opened. Leave your things and save your life! What could possibly be more important??
After a short test flight in marginal VFR with an Iraq style bad weather circuit, an ILS approach in shitty weather in Dresden and a nice night flight from Arad with a textbook approach over nightly Ankara, safely in my hotel bed, ready for the Turkey project.
Wish me blue skies and glitch free equipment!
1976 Piper Chieftain PA31-350
TSMOH: 1903 (2160 TBO)
Serial No.: L-2040-68A
TSMOH: 988 (2160 TBO)
Serial No.: L-8078-61A
Type: Hartzell HC-E3YR-2A
Garmin GTX330D Transponder
Garmin GMA430 Audio
Bendix/King KX-165A COM 2/NAV 2
Bendix/King KR-87 ADF
Bendix/King KN-64 DME
Century Flight Systems Type 41 Digital Autopilot
Fuelscan 450M Fuel Computer
Kannad 406AF ELT
2008 White & Green paint
Good condition 8.5/10
Dual floor hatches:
Front: 50x50x21cm (round)
Rear: 57x51x21cm (square)
3 x integrated Bose ANR plugs
Nayak auxiliary nacelle tanks 2 x 27USG
BLR vortex generators – MTOW 7368 lbs