Thursday, January 19, 2017

Flying Punta Arenas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina (by Jack)

January 19, 2017

[Continuing to catch-up on the blog, but I will be quick on the remaining flight days since while we saw some interesting scenery, there was not much new or different about the flying.]

After a good night's sleep and arising at a relatively sane hour, Josh, Giuseppe, and Jack headed out to the Punta Arenas airport (SCCI) for the relatively routine and short flight to Bariloche, Argentina to meet up with Carolyn and Becky who were already there. Jerry stayed another day in Punta and will meet us in Santiago, Chile in a few days.

The route of flight took us up the east side of the Andes...


The weather was nice with a high overcast.  I took the opportunity to soak in for the last time what an interesting place Punta is in aviation terms...




After departure, we hoped to be treated to some great vistas of southern Patagonia and the Andes, but at FL280 this is mainly what we saw...


Descending into Bariloche we finally got below the clouds, but did not get many photos. Giuseppe did make another one of his very good videos highlighting international flying procedures.  In this case, we encountered a ATIS (automated terminal information service) broadcast that had no English version which was a first for this trip...




Glad we had two Spanish speakers on-board. Giuseppe is generally a pretty honest guy, but he was lying big time about my language skills!

Below is a long video of the approach and landing that only hard core flying nerds would want to watch, but I think it illustrates the value of two pilots in the cockpit. It was a fairly complex DME arc STAR leading to an ILS approach. The weather was great, so no sweat, but if the weather had been low it would have been a bigger challenge, especially single pilot.  The video also has some nice scenery...





A little confusion on the taxi instructions after landing, but we survived.  Giuseppe was also excited by the sight of numerous gliders on the ramp.  

After clearing customs and immigration, we were looking forward to a full day of R&R with Carolyn and Becky. After all the mental energy expended for the Antarctic flight, it was nice to have some "easy" days.

Next flight will be Bariloche to Santiago, Chile (SCEL)...the shortest flight of the whole trip, but over some very tall mountains.