48. Guayaquil, Ecuador (SEGU) - Panama City
(MPTO) 26.4.2009, 674NM, 5:12 Hrs flight
had a good
flight today, starting in IFR conditions at Guayaquil
morning, and the long flight over the water was ok.
minutes into our flight, still over the Ecuadorean mainland, we
equator into the northern hemisphere again; the first time
visited Singapore during Stage 1 last July and headed south over
to Christmas Island.
the long over water stretch, once we were in the
we were in contact with a lady air traffic controller
which was very interested in what we were doing on our Round
still way out over the gulf of Panama, she spontaneously came up
to take us on a flying site seeing tour, when we approach the
Panama we could not refuse, to give us
radar vectors towards
along the Panama Canal, and finally to the main International
International of Panama City.
this "Super Lady" changed her workplace at the control center from
Panama approach control, and finally Tocumen tower.
talking to us over the radio and giving radar vectors and altitudes
the Panama canal, and while we both were shooting photos and Video,
us the whole history of this canal and pointed out many interesting
gave us radar vectors to the final approach fix to the ILS Runway 03R
us to her country, as we intercepted the localizer and landed.
believe our ears and eyes.
best air traffic
service I ever got so far....
stay here down town Panama City for three nights, relax a bit from the
have flown over the last few days and then move on to Punta Cana in the
Republic, the Bahamas and Florida next.
entry of the Panama Canal with Panama City in the
bridge over the canal
heading in westerly direction to the Pacific side
the forest covered water catchment area, which
needed water to feed the different locks, to
or down along the water way.
which forms part of the canal, about half way
the eastern (Atlantic side).
in the middle of the Canal.
The famous bridge
western end of the Canal, approaching Panama City
International Airport (MPMG)on the center
western part of Panama City
part of Panama City
western part of town with Tocumen International
to Runway 03R at Tocumen International (MPTO)
refueled at the ramp to be ready for our next
Cana in the Dominican Republic