FIMR - FIMP
Mauritius - Indian Ocean
FIMR - Plaine Corail, Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
FIMP - Mauritius International, Plaisance, Mauritius
FSD Piaggio Avanti P-180
Personal AFCAD files
After a few days on the beach and some
interesting cave explorations, the boss wants an early start on the trip
Climbing out with a stiff cross wind
Dawn is starting to break behind us as we climb out
Still dark down below as we cruise at FL340
As we get ready to descend 300 miles into the flight, an hour
after takeoff - the sun is finally clear of the horizon.
Port Louis is waking up in the morning
We're a little early and want the sun our of our eyes for landing
on Rwy 14, so a couple slow 360's ease the descent and give us about 5
more minutes of light.
Making the turn off the GBY VOR and down to the cross island path
There are several of those steep peaks on the island of Mauritus -
and pilots better heed the warning areas - the 3500 foot minimum is only
300 feet above this peak
Another deceptive part of landing on Rwy 14 is the central island
ridge which hides the airport - all those sugar cane fields just blend
The runway pops into sight as we clear the ridge. According to the
ILS we are about 1500 feet high - but being on the glide slope would put
us into the ridge.
Rudder - watch the swirling crosswinds.
Better and almost down
The Air Mauritius local fleet will be going to work soon
Tourism is big business on this idyllic island.
Time to let the boss stretch his legs as we wait for the fuel
truck before the next leg to Reunion.