Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Off to Easter Island

By Jack

The first leg of our journey is complete. We basically "sprinted" from Austin, TX to Santiago, Chile leaving Austin early Sunday morning and arriving  Santiago Monday night. We made three stops along the way including a quick overnight stop in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The trip was long (about 4,300 NM or 5,000 SM), but the weather was good and the plane performed perfectly. Only snag was getting timely permits to overfly and land in Peru which delayed our departure from Guayaquil by about three hours. That is first permitting problem we have had in more than 50 international flights, so I guess that is a decent record. Evidently Peru is notoriously inept in their aviation permit office.  We considered adding another overnight stop given the late departure, but after reviewing the weather along the route we decided to stick with the original plan. That meant a night time arrival in Santiago rather than the planned daylight arrival, but the weather was perfect in Santiago and we have flown there once before so it was not totally unfamiliar.  Other than a busy final approach (lots of vectors and runway changes), the flight was beautiful and easy.

Today was an "off" day which Josh and I spent largely getting everything set for our flight to Easter Island (SCIP) tomorrow. We will make a fuel stop on Robinson Crusoe Island (SCIR) on the way.  It is one of the more challenging legs of the trip in terms of distance, logistics (we needed fuel specially delivered in barrels to Robinson Crusoe Island for us), and permitting. But, we think we have "all our ducks in a row" and the forecast is good weather and very favorable winds aloft (as compared to the normal strong headwind) tomorrow. FlightAware will likely not be able to track us the whole way, but the InReach service (here) should be able to track us if you are following.

We will check-in from Easter Island next.

Final post: Facts, Figures, and Appreciation

By Jack With RTW 3.0 (westbound) officially complete, I thought I would offer some facts and figures regarding the journey and final words...