3. BRINDIDI, LIBR, (Italy) - 19.06.08 - 612NM - 4:53

Round the World Flight with HB-PON 2008/09
Rolf Martin FRIEDEN & Manfred Melloh
Thu 19 Jun 2008 15:53

"40:39.5N 17:56.8E"

At Geneva International Airport:

Loading the rest of the many items, and with virtually no space for an additional handkerchief, Flight planning with an outbound slot (severe restrictions during the EURO 08) was completed.

A few photographs were taken, and we were ready to head off to the south of Europe for our first overnight stop.

Flemming Pedersen and some other friends waved us good by as we left our parking bay.

Zigzagging around some cloud layers and build ups, climbing up to 120'000 feet, we passed Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe) on our left, and shortly after, we joined IFR overhead Turin in Italy.

The flight continued over northern Italy, Genova, the Mediterranean Sea, and then the Island of Elba with the Island of Corsica clearly visible to the right.
Passing Rome, then the Island of Sorrento and Naples, we turned east over the Apennine mountains and on to Brindisi at the bottom end of Italy.

At our arrival: Surprise - Surprise; there was unfortunately no fuel available for us, as the AVGAS pump was just gone out of service.

At this stage we had no alternative, but to continue on to another Airport in southern Italy, or across the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik in Croatia.


To our left Mont Blanc


Passing the Mediterranean coastline near Genova


Brindisi in southern Italy