For once, I was glad this was actually virtual trip and not a real one. Tomorrow there are general elections in Guatemala, and I keep seen reports of unrest and violence in the news. Good thing that the FS2004 is not that realistic.
I started early in the morning as I was hoping to be able to complete two legs of my trip today. First one is rather short, less than 300 nm. I was following the weather in the region for the last several days, and it was relatively OK, but they did have scattered thunderstorms, and 182 does not perform to well in those conditions, especially during the takeoff and landing. My flight plan today was to follow the straight line from Guatemala City to Managua. As I was leaving Guatemala City it was foggy, so the visibility was rather poor, but about 40 nm to the south, the fog lifted, and I was able to enjoy the scenery. Today's trip took me over the rural parts of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and finally Nicaragua. Initially I had to fly higher (10,000 ft), but 60 miles into the trip, I was able to go down to 9,000 ft so that I can see the land features better.
Guatemala City seemed very interesting, buildings were mostly in Spanish style, which I assumed was appropriate. I was surprised though how small some of those countries are. I went over 4 countries, and the total distance was less than 300 nm. I was following my progress on a map as I was flying and was amazed with the details I could see. After the fog lifted I flew over the border into El Salvador, country of over 6 million. I went close to the San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador and I took a nice photo of it from 9,000 ft. Below, you can see San Salvador and Ilopango International Airport, right next to Lago de Ilopango and in the distance the Pacific Ocean. After that, I went over the very nice bay called the Bahia de Jiquilisco. From there, I flew over Golfo de Fonseca (Honduras), and finally into Nicaragua. Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, is situated between two lakes. The smaller and the closer one to Managua is Lago de Managua and the very large one, to the south east is Lago de Nicaragua. Approach and landing at Managua airport were rather easy and uneventful, just the way I like it.
Ready to takeoff from Guatemala City International
Leaving Guatemala City airport, flying south.
Southern suburbs of Guatemala City
Flying over San Salvador
Bahia de Jiquilisco
Golfo de Fonseca
Lago de Managua
Final approach to the Managua airport
Parked at the Managua airport
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