Around the world in Cessna 182

April 11, 2004
Malakal, Sudan (HSSM) to Khartoum, Sudan (HSSS)

At 04:20 local time, I got my plane ready, created a flight plan and took off heading 008 towards Khartoum. Once again, I have returned to the Sahara desert. Khartoum, the capital of Sudan is located at the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile. It has roughly1.2 million inhabitants. Khartoum is a very poor city. Most of the streets are unpaved and most of the buildings are one story village-like houses. Add to that the unstable political situation and you have a city that is not very high on my list of places to visit.

On the bright side, the weather has cooperated and the flight went smooth. This time I flew much lower than usual which reflected (negatively) on my fuel economy. The winds at 5,500 ft. were friendly to me, so that was the altitude I chose for my flight. That also happened to be a suggested altitude (by the FS generated flight plan), so I knew there were no mountains I would hit.

One hour after the takeoff, the winds changed, and my ground speed became lower than my air speed (I am so glad that the GPS was invented). Since I did not want to gamble and see how low I can go before I hit something, I went up in the search for the tail winds and spent the remainder of this flight going between 5,500 ft. and 10,500. It seemed that just when I find the "sweet spot" the winds change and I have to go up or down again. Well, I guess that kept this flight interesting.

After landing I parked the plane and called it a day. I hope to be able to continue tomorrow. Next leg of my trip is longer, so I better start much earlier than today.

Pre flight check

Leaving Malakal

Where the White Nile and the Blue Nile come together

Done for the day
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Last updated April 11, 2004