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