The flight back home ( Belem, Brazil to Recife)
We had planned to get up relatively early. After checking the weather situation, and after having filed our IFR flight plan
to Recife and paid all the fees, we thought we were ready to depart.
On previous long-range flights, I have always
personal system, to change between all six tanks, plus the
The big hopI knew from the start that what awaited us now was the most challenging part of our journey.
Good preparation of all the details for a flight, over 3,200 kilometres (1,738 NM) from South America to Africa,
was an absolute must.
At our Hotel, the latest generation Shower installation
We had some interesting sight seeing in and around the city organized by our friends, and spent some time bathing
in the sun, on that beautiful sandy beach for three days.While doing all this, and even during breakfast, lunch and
dinner, our thoughts were on what was to come.
The beach front at Recife
Dinner with our Swiss friends
Twice a day we checked the Internet for weather developments, satellite pictures of the area of the ITGZ (in which so
many hurricanes are born, and are then typically moving on to the Caribbean's and further to the north), and wind
charts to pick the best possible day for the crossing.