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Date From To
Tue 08/10 SBNT - Natal, RN, Brazil / UTC -03:00 TTPP - Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago / UTC -04:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 07:00 (10:00Z) 12:18 18:18 (22:18Z) 1,847 197
Actual 08:31 (11:31Z) 12:38 20:09 (+1 00:09Z) 1,949 154 199 10,987

Expected Weather: Natal, Brazil to Piarco, Trinidad

By Steve Pellettiere

Our weather research shows this area to be the most problematic weatherwise. Our averages of precipitation over the Brazilian northeast coast, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela are consistently high, with average precipitation values similar to Natal over the entire route. This suggest that extra care in obtaining complete weather information is most necessary for this leg.

Averages

Temperature in Trinidad Low: 70F, High: 90F
July Precipitation 9.4 Inches
Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet From the southeast at 23 MPH

reports

From: Port of Spain, Trinidad ?
Date: Wednesday August 11, 2004 at 13:47 EDT
By: Ed or Dick
Continued from previous leg page.

Tuesday AM to airport for our jaunt to Trinidad. No Avgas at Tobago.

Cumulus building during the day required a climb to 10,000 feet to pick our way around them. We passed over the mouth of the Amazon, over a hundred miles wide with silty water entering the Atlantic. The Brazilian coastal cities to that point looked very attractive with productive agriculture surrounding. Very pretty. North of the Amazon it was jungle with no visible population.

Our trip took us through French Guiana and Suriname. In Suriname we were advised that Georgetown Control had denied us over flight clearance because we were a single engine aircraft. This necessitated that we deviate around their airspace, which took us 200 miles offshore and added 25 minutes to our flight.

We arrived Trinidad in darkness and made an uneventful landing in VFR conditions, 1922 NMs in 12:39. We are booked in the Hilton in Port of Spain. Old but nice.

We just learned of impending hurricanes and after speaking to our weather expert Steve Pellettiere, we were advised to stick to our itinerary and keep ahead of any development. This we plan to do with a Thursday, tomorrow, departure for CHS.

Today it is catch up time with our narrative and Ed's search for salt and pepper shakers.

Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Natal airport, shortly after takeoff
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Sao Luis, on the northeast shore of Brazil, four hours after takeoff
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Salinopolis, also on the northeast shore of Brazil
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
98 NM north of Belem, over the mouth of the Amazon, we just entered the northern hemisphere
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
In or close to French Guiana
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Sunset near Georgetown, Guyana
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Port of Spain, Trinidad, from our hotel
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Hills surrounding Port of Spain
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