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Date From To
Sun 07/04 KTMB - Miami, FL, United States / UTC -04:00 DST MPMG - Panama City, Panama / UTC -05:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 09:00 (13:00Z) 06:39 14:39 (19:39Z) 998 106
Actual 06:47 (10:47Z) 07:25 13:12 (18:12Z) 1,035 140 185 12,227

Expected Weather: South Florida to Panama

By Steve Pellettiere

The weather conditions on this leg are subject to conditions over the Gulf of Mexico, frequently a spawning ground of later day embedded thunderstorms. On the other hand, the area has an even chance of being weather free. Destination weather however includes afternoon thunderstorms frequently over land areas that most of the time are very large.

Historical data suggest that some of the highest probability of heavy rains for the whole trip exist in Panama and Central America.

Averages

Temperature in Panama City Low: 73F, High: 93F
July Precipitation 8.4 Inches
Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet From the east-southeast at 21 MPH

reports

From: Panama City, Panama
Date: Sunday July 04, 2004 at 20:10 EDT
By: Ed Galkin

A 4:30 reveil awoke us for an early departure. Skyplan's weather briefing, flight plan and permits were faxed for our use. Back to Tamiami and on our way to Panama. Off at 6:47 a.m. and across Cuba and West of Jamaica the sky was cloudless. But as we approached Panama there were some buildups, but with a high overcast above they were not bumpy. We joked about the 40 seconds of IFR we encountered on our descent into the Gelabert International Airport, Panama's second airport. Custom and Immigrations was a courteous event. The aircraft sealed and hangared, we taxied to the Marriott for lodging, 2 beers, dinner and a TV Soccer Game. Tomorrow, we hope to fuel the airplane for our Tuesday early departure to Lima and spend some tourist time.

Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Captain Sollner
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
On approach, Panama City
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
On final at Gelabert International Airport
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Taxiing after landing at Gelabert International Airport
From: Panama City, Panama
Date: Monday July 05, 2004 at 21:00 EDT
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Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Refueling for the trip to Lima the next day
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Miraflores Locks control room
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Miraflores locks
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Dick and Ed in front of Miraflores locks
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Tight fit, going down
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Now at lower level
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin
Panama City from the Gulf of Panama
Photo Courtesy of Dick Sollner
Very welcoming FBO...
Photo Courtesy of Dick Sollner
... Very welcomed pilot
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
That Internet thing is driving me crazy !!!
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