The flight back home ( Cayenne, French Guayana to Belem, Brazil)

Round the World Flight with HB-PON 2008/09
Rolf Martin FRIEDEN & Manfred Melloh
Wed 23 Nov 2005 20:49
01:23.1S 048:28.7W

The flight into Brazil and across the delta of the Amazon River was extremely impressive for two reasons:
First we
observed from the air the endless trop­ical vegetation with countless winding river arms of the Amazon,
and numer­
ous impressive CB'sdeveloping in that damp tropical climate along our flight pass. Interesting enough,
the different
storm cells, which werecolourfully illu­minated from the evening sun, seemed to move along with us v
isually and on our Storm Scope to finally converge at our destination Belem.

Quite some tropical activity in the vicinity

A weather front to the right over the the delta of the Amazonas

And a "hell of a CB", 160 Nautical Miles on our GPS right overhead of our destination Belem.
lets see how it goes.....

On the approach at Belem in heavy rain

Landing again after dark at Julio Cesar SBJC, and after having barely shut down the engine on the apron between two
jetliners and finished the
refuelling process, a heavy tropical rain started to pour down in buckets.

Different countries, different customs, languages and administrative hurdles, was what we had to experience this time!

Nobody seemed to speak any
English, French or German. After enter­ing the terminal building, it took us the best part of
three hours to negotiate us
through Customs, Health Service and the fiscal control office.

Around 10 p.m. that night, we were finally sitting in a taxi on the way from the airport downtown to our hotel.
check-in, we took the same taxi to a nice restaurant in the middle of Belem Harbour on the Amazon River,
for a few
cold beers and a delicious late dinner.

Delicious dinner

The following day, we had the long
distance of 1,700 kilometres to cover to reach Recife on the north-eastern coast of Brazil.