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Pilot Chronicles: Flight to Islamabad

Pilot Chronicles: Flight to Islamabad

The final part of our flight and actually just before our arrival into Islamabad is a bit more interesting; we are now flying South in Tajikistan airspace and along the border with Afghanistan. Our route actually takes us through a small bit of Kabul airspace but only for about 15 NM so we don’t even need to contact them (and rumours have it there wouldn’t even be a controller listening due to the current situation there).

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Pilot Chronicles: A long night flight to Mexico City

Pilot Chronicles: A long night flight to Mexico City

Mexico City is a challenging destination as it is situated between high mountains and the city itself, with a population of over 20 million people one of the largest cities in the world, is located at a high elevation of 7.300 feet above sea level. This means that we will come in at much higher ground speeds than normal because of the thin air.

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Pilot Chronicles: Catching up on delays before the weekend

Pilot Chronicles: Catching up on delays before the weekend

After arrival at the airport the check-in agent warns us that the airplane will be delayed, a quick glance at Flightradar shows us that this is true but not worse than ten minutes. While that’s not a lot, it’s still problematic because roughly 70% of our passengers have connecting flights. The company can plan these connections with as little as 40 minutes of ground time, so even ten minutes could mean they miss it.

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Pilot Chronicles: Diversion in Moscow due to thunderstorms

Pilot Chronicles: Diversion in Moscow due to thunderstorms

About 180 Nm before Moscow, ATC asked us to start our descent to 32000 feet and a few minutes later they requested us to keep minimum clean speed. I could hear a little stress in the controller’s voice. Flying minimum speed at this altitude and distance from our destination is not a good sign.

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