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Default 4/20 - Off to Grenada (2)

Time to turn around.




And back the other way.


Time to cross over the island at a low point.


Just a 2 mile open water trip to Nevis.


After a whopping 15 minutes on the hobbs to the fuel stop.




Thanks Omel for getting us in and out so fast. If you're in the area, she will take great care of you.


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Default 4/20 - Off to Grenada (3)

Fuel up, load 'em up, and head out. Charlie flight pulled up to the pumps just as Bravo vacated.




South coast of Nevis.


Bravo 2 doing a great job.



After Nevis we started ticking off the islands as we headed southbound in an arc to stay a little closer to land. Most of the controllers wanted reports of either abeam the airport or calls for abeam the north and south coasts of their island. It isn't a difficult request, but sometimes the speed of speech with the thick accents makes it tough. It often takes Scott and I listening intently to understanding it a all. By the way Rosie, the french controllers were nice! Going through their airspace is actually easier than most because they speak mostly in french, so I don't even have to try and comprehend the radio calls.

The flight was easy with just one significant deviation around some heavy rain as we approached Grenada - standard island flying, make a turn and go around. Sorry Jimmy, we tried for what we are calling Umbrella Island, but it was covered up by the rain. We'll have to see about outbound but are a bit more fuel limited. Our three ship was given a 5 mile left base entry and cleared to land about 10 miles out.



Welcome to Maurice Bishop International.


Onto the ramp to be greeted by airport operations and FBO personnel. They would have preferred we arranged ahead for ramp space for our 9 airplanes, but we chatted a bit and found a solution. After we demonstrated we could pack the planes in like sardines, they headed back to work with island smiles. The fuel truck came around to top off the tanks, and they showed up johhny on the spot for Charlie flight after we told them they'd want fuel when they landed.



Cab to the hotel, check in, find food, and work away the rest of the day telling stories at the pool with the waves crashing behind us.

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