Around the world in Cessna 182

November 23, 2003
Isla Rey Jorge, Antarctica (SCRM) Stanley, Falkland Islands (SFAL)

Early morning on the November 23, 2003 in Antarctica. Today, there was the total solar eclipse visible only from the Antarctica, but I did not get to see it. I am not sure if it was programmed into the Flight Simulator or not, but since I was at the wrong end of the continent, I will never know. It occurred some 2000 miles from where I was, and there was no way for me to go there and check it out.

So, after the brief pre-flight check, I took off heading almost straight north, towards the Falkland Islands. Once more, the whole flight was over the ocean (this time I am pretty sure it is the Atlantic ocean). The heading was 355 and the altitude 9,000 ft (I found the best winds at that altitude). I set the mixture, prop pitch, and the throttle so that I am using 10 gallons of fuel per hour, set the auto pilot, kicked back and relaxed for 5+ hours it took to get there. This was a good opportunity for me to catch up on some reading I had to do, so it all worked out OK.

It was nice to see the land after 5 hours spent above the ocean. The approach and landing were without problems. I will just refuel, stretch my legs, and take off for Argentina.

Ready for a takeoff at Isla Rey Jorge

Leaving Antarctica

Big blue ocean

Land, finally!

Parked at the Stanly airport
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