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Round the World On Equator

 


RWOE

To commemorate the launching of Sri Lankan Virtual Airlines on 11-11-2011, our A340 4R-ADA aircraft embarked on a journey around the world. It was not just an ordinary around the world flight. Route was specially planed in such a way to stay on the Equator as much as possible. Round the World On Equator - RWOE. Flight takes nearest possible route on equator, subject to availability of airports suitable for A340 operations. After 22 sectors, 23506nm and 54.06 flying hours aircraft completed the flight on 04-02-2012, the Independence Day of Sri Lanka with a flypast over celebration. You can follow this unique flight with Vataware Flight logs (Flight No. ALK343) and Picture Gallery below.

Any ALK-VA pilot can join the flight, or fly it independently when time permits. You can submit Flight Request and Flight Reports as Global Charter Flights.

 

RWOE FLIGHT LOG: 05 NOV 2011 - 04 FEB 2012

SECTOR MAP DATE SECTOR GATE ALTERNATE DISTANCE ALTITUDE DEP. TIME ARR. TIME DURATION TOTAL DIS. TOTAL TIME
05-11-11 VCBI-VRMM G-7/G-2 VOTV 435nm FL320 0730 0836 1.06 435nm 01.06
06-11-11 VRMM-FSIA G-2/G-7 FMMI 1209nm FL400 0934 1218 2.44 1644nm 03.50
07-11-11 FSIA-HKJK G-7/G-14 HKMO 1132nm FL400 0936 1216 2.40 2778nm 06.30
08-11-11 HKJK-FEFF G-14/Ramp FZJH 1156nm FL320 1306 1544 2.38 3934nm 09.08
09-11-11 FEFF-FOOL G-1/Bay 3 FKYS 595nm FL320 1438 1608 1.30 4529nm 10.38
17-11-11 FOOL-FHAW Bay 3/G-1 SBNT 1537nm FL400 1510 1634 3.24 6086nm 14.02
18-11-11 FHAW-SBNT G-1/G-3 SBMO 1249nm FL400 0700 0950 2.50 7335nm 16.52
19-11-11 SBNT-SBBE G-3/G-10 SBTF 861nm FL300 0702 0906 2.03 8196nm 18.55
25-11-11 SBBE-SBEG G-10/G-11 SBTF 701nm FL320 0728 0906 1.48 8897nm 20.03
26-11-11 SBEG-SEQU G-11/G-10 SEGU 1191nm FL360 0732 1008 2.35 10088nm 22.38
02-12-11 SEQU-MRLB G-10/G-3 MGGT 778nm FL320 0618 0810 1.52 10866nm 24.30
03-12-11 MRLB-MMMX G-3/S-21 MMCB 966nm FL340 1430 1654 2.23 11832nm 26.53
08-12-11 MMMX-MMSD S-21/G-4 MMMZ 664nm FL340 1450 1628 1.38 12496nm 28.31
09-12-11 MMSD-PLCH G-4/Ramp 1 PHTO 3049nm FL400 0340 1020 6.40 15545nm 34.31
16-12-11 PLCH-ANYN Ramp1/Ramp AGGD 2157nm FL400 0852 1338 4.46 17702nm 39.17
17-12-11 ANYN-AGGH Ramp/Ramp2 AYPY 672nm FL320 0904 1042 1.38 18374nm 40.55
12-01-12 AGGH-AYPY Ramp2/Ramp WABB 760nm FL340 0634 0822 1.47 19134nm 42.42
21-01-12 AYPY-WABB Ramp/Ramp3 WAPP 827nm FL340 0614 0806 1.51 19961nm 44.33
28-01-12 WABB-WALL Ramp3/Ramp WAAA 1173nm FL360 0658 0928 2.29 21134nm 47.02
03-02-12 WALL-WIOO Ramp/Ramp WIBB 454nm FL320 0644 0814 1.30 21558nm 48.32
03-02-12 WIOO-WIBB Ramp/B10 WMKK 490nm FL320 1208 1330 1.22 22078nm 49.54
04-02-12 WIBB-VCBI B10/G-8 VOTV 1428nm FL400 0926 1339 4.12 23506nm 54.06

 

Leaving VCBI for an epic journey

Leaving VCBI for an epic journey

Bandaranaike International Airport (also known as Katunayake International Airport and Colombo International Airport) (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is Sri Lanka's only international airport at the moment. Mattala International Airport, when it gets built will be the second International Airport of Sri Lanka. It is located in Katunayake, 35 km (22 mi) north of Colombo.

The airport began as a Royal Air Force airfield in 1944 during the Second World War, RAF Station Negombo. In 1957, when SWRD Bandaranaike removed all the British Military airfields from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the airfield was handed over to the Royal Ceylon Air Force (RCyAF) and renamed Katunayake. Part of it still remains an Air Force airfield.

 

Approaching VRMM runway 18

Approaching VRMM runway 18

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (IATA: MLE, ICAO: VRMM), more commonly known as Malé International Airport, previously known as Hulhulé Airport, is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, nearby the capital island Malé.The first commercial flight was an Air Ceylon flight (4R0ACJ) landed on this runway was at 15:50hrs on 10 April 1962. The first aircraft owned by the Maldives landed on the runway of the Hulhulé Airport on 1974.

 

Ready to takeoff runway 13 at FSIA

Ready to takeoff runway 13 at FSIA

Seychelles International Airport (IATA: SEZ, ICAO: FSIA) or Aéroport de La Pointe la Rue as it is known locally is located on the island of Mahé, Seychelles near the capital city of Victoria. The opening of the Seychelles International Airport took place on the 20 March 1972 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

HKJK Gate 14

HKJK Gate 14

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, (IATA: NBO, ICAO: HKJK) formerly called Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport, is Kenya's largest aviation facility, and the busiest airport in East Africa. The airport is named after the first Kenyan prime minister and president Jomo Kenyatta.

 

Another day, another sector. Leaving runway 17 of FEFF

Another day, another sector. Leaving runway 17 of FEFF

Bangui M’Poko International Airport (IATA: BGF, ICAO: FEFF) is an airport located 7km (4 miles) northwest of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

 

About to land at FOOL runway 16

About to land at FOOL runway 16

Libreville Leon M'ba International Airport (IATA: LBV, ICAO: FOOL) is an airport situated in Libreville, Gabon. It is the main international airport in the country. Named after the first president of Gabon, Léon M'ba, it was the hub of former national airline Air Gabon until March 2006.

 

  Last view of African continent, leaving Leon M'ba, Gabon (FOOL)

 Last view of African continent, leaving Leon M'ba, Gabon (FOOL)

 

Only location in the world to read all latitude/longitude same: 00 00 00N / 00 00 00S, 000 00 00E / 000 00 00W

4R-ADA over that unique location, while en-route to Ascension Aux AB (FHAW) from Leon M'Ba (FOOL)

4R-ADA over that unique location, while en-route to Ascension Aux AB (FHAW) from Leon M'Ba (FOOL)

 

Finals runway 16 Ascension Aux AB (FHAW) in the middle of South Atlantic.

Finals runway 16 Ascension Aux AB (FHAW) in the middle of South Atlantic.

Royal Air Force Station Ascension, more commonly known as RAF Ascension Island, and sometimes known as Wideawake Airfield or Ascension Island Base, is a British military airbase on Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean, near the Equator.

 

Taxing for early morning departure from Augusto Severo Intl. Brazil (SBNT)

Taxing for early morning departure from Augusto Severo Intl. Brazil (SBNT). Yes, taxi lights were having a problem.

Augusto Severo International Airport (IATA: NAT, ICAO: SBNT), formerly called Parnamirim Airport, is the airport serving Natal, Brazil, located in the adjoining municipality of Parnamirim. Since November 24, 1951 the airport is named after the aviator Augusto Severo de Albuquerque Maranhão (1864-1902).

 

sunrise over Atlantic over African coast

Inbound to Val De Caes, Brazil (SBBE), sunrise over Atlantic over African coast

Belém/Val de Cães–Júlio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport (IATA: BEL, ICAO: SBBE) is the main airport serving Belém, Brazil. Val de Cães, the name of the neighborhood where the airport is located. Since April 13, 2010 the airport is named also after Júlio Cezar Ribeiro de Souza (1837–1887) a researcher of balloons.

 

Arrival at Mariscal Sucre Intl., Ecuador (SEQU) marked many milestones in the trip.

Arrival at Mariscal Sucre Intl., Ecuador (SEQU) marked many milestones in the trip.

1. Airport at highest elevation, 9226ft.

2. Exactly 180 deg East/West of home base, VCBI

3. Reached halfway point around the world, after flying 10 sectors.

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQU) is the international airport serving Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. It is named after Venezuelan-born Antonio José de Sucre, a hero of Ecuadorian and Latin American independence. It began operations in 1960.

 

Leaving SEQU for the second half of the world tour.

Leaving SEQU for the second half of the world tour.

 

Daniel Oduber Quiros Intl. Liberia, Costa Rica (MRLB).

Daniel Oduber Quiros Intl. Liberia, Costa Rica (MRLB). Aircraft had an APU failure. Fortunately maintenance staff managed to rectify the problem in time.

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (IATA: LIR, ICAO: MRLB), also known as Liberia International Airport, is one of the four international airports in Costa Rica. The airport is located in the city of Liberia in Guanacaste Province. It serves specially as a tourism hub for those who visit the Pacific coast and Western Costa Rica.

 

Descending through mountains, inbound to Lic Benito Juarez Intl, Mexico (MMMX)

Descending through mountains, inbound to Lic Benito Juarez Intl, Mexico (MMMX)

 

Stand 21 at Lic Benito Juarez Intl, Mexico (MMMX)

Stand 21 at Lic Benito Juarez Intl, Mexico (MMMX)

Benito Juárez International Airport, (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX) in Venustiano Carranza, one of the sixteen boroughs into which Mexico's Federal District is divided, is a commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is Mexico's busiest airport by both passenger traffic and aircraft movements and is the Latin America's second busiest airport by passenger traffic after Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo, Brazil and the busiest airport by aircraft movements.

 

Turning finals to runway 34, Los Cabos Intl. Mexico (MMSD)

Turning finals to runway 34, Los Cabos Intl. Mexico (MMSD)

 

Parked until next flight surrounding picturistic setting at MMSD

Parked until next flight surrounding picturistic setting at MMSD

Los Cabos International Airport (IATA: SJD, ICAO: MMSD) is the seventh busiest airport in Mexico, located at San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The airport serves Los Cabos area: San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. This airport has three terminals with 4 concourses.

 

Late night departure from MMSD. Good bye Americanos.

Late night departure from MMSD. Good bye Americanos.

 

Longest sector of the tour. 6hr flight en-route to Cassidy Intl.

Longest sector of the tour. 6hr flight en-route to Cassidy Intl. Kiribati (PLCH) under twinkling stars and full moon sky.

 

Among early morning crispy clouds looking for the tiny island

Among early morning crispy clouds looking for the tiny island with just a NDB beacon to guide.

 

 Kiribati - Christmas Island (PLCH)

Found it! In line to tropical paradise Kiribati - Christmas Island (PLCH). Precise approach was critical as no VOR/ILS guidance, and short 6896' runway.

Cassidy International Airport (IATA: CXI, ICAO: PLCH) is an airport located north of Banana, a settlement on Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island) in Kiribati. It is the only airport in the Kiribatian part of the Line Islands with an IATA and/or ICAO code.

 

4R-ADA is passing the unique position, 00 00 00 N/S, 179 59 59 E/W

4R-ADA is passing the unique position, 00 00 00 N/S, 179 59 59 E/W

 

Downwind for runway 12 Nauru Intl. Nauru (ANYN).

Downwind for runway 12 Nauru Intl. Nauru (ANYN).

Formerly known as Pleasant Island, this small island nation is in the middle of Pacific. Clouds ceiling was 1800'. Nauru International Airport serves as the main hub of the national carrier, Our Airline, formerly known as Air Nauru.

 

Touchdown!, Nose wheel still in the air & full reverse thrust applied. Runway is just 7054' long.

Touchdown!, Nose wheel still in the air & full reverse thrust applied. Runway is just 7054' long.

 

Departing ANYN runway 12

Departing ANYN runway 12

Nauru is the world's smallest republic, covering just 21 square kilometres (8.1 sq mi). With just over 9,265 residents, it is the second least-populated country after Vatican City.

 

Final approach runway 34, Honiara Intl (AGGH)

Final approach runway 34, Honiara Intl (AGGH), formerly known as Henderson Field, is an airport located on Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands.

 

Parked at AGGH under heavy rain

Parked at AGGH under heavy rain, encountered for the first time in the tour. Surrounding mountain range was clear of low level clouds.

It is the only international airport in the Solomon Islands and is located 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) from the capital Honiara. Control of the airstrip was the focus of months of fighting in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II. In 1942 the airfield was under construction by the Imperial Japanese Army when captured by American forces. Henderson Field was named for Marine Major Lofton Henderson.

 

After an early morning departure from AGGH inbound to AYPY

After an early morning departure from AGGH inbound to AYPY, sun is about to rise from Pacific ocean

 

Early morning approach to AYPY Runway 32R.

Early morning approach to AYPY Runway 32R.

 

Beautiful Jacksons International Airport

Beautiful Jacksons International Airport (IATA: POM, ICAO: AYPY), also known as Port Moresby Airport, is located 5 miles (8 kilometres) outside Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea. It is the largest and busiest airport in Papua New Guinea and is the main hub for Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, as well as the main hub for Airlines PNG.

 

Early evening arrival to runway 29 Frans Kaisiepo (WABB), Indonesia

Early evening arrival to runway 29 Frans Kaisiepo (WABB), Indonesia

 

WABB in Biak, Papua, Indonesia

WABB in Biak, Papua, Indonesia. It is also known as Mokmer Airport. This airport is named after Frans Kaisiepo, the fourth Governor of Papua.

 

Leaving Biak (BIK) VOR at WABB inbound to WALL

Leaving Biak (BIK) VOR at WABB inbound to WALL

 

Downwind for runway 07 of Sepinggan International Airport (WALL)

Downwind for runway 07 of Sepinggan International Airport (WALL)

WALL is the principal airport serving East Kalimantan area on the island of Kalimantan, Indonesia. This airport is named after Sepinggan, a village (kelurahan) in which the airport is located.

 

Lining up WALL runway 07 for the next sector to WIOO

Such a tropical sight! Lining up WALL runway 07 for the next sector to WIOO

 

Misty surroundings over WALL

Misty surroundings over WALL

 

Late final to runway 15 at WIOO

Late final to runway 15 at WIOO

Supadio International Airport (IATA: PNK, ICAO: WIOO) is a small international airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, operating regional flights to Sarawak (Malaysia) and Singapore

After landing at WIOO next sector was continued to WIBB in the same day.

 

Ready to go for the last sector of the voyage, waiting for clearance at WIBB runway 18

Ready to go for the last sector of the voyage, waiting for clearance at WIBB runway 18

Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport (IATA: PKU, ICAO: WIBB) is an international airport that serves the city of Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. The airport is often referred as to SSQ II, SSQ or Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (SSK II), and formerly known as Simpang Tiga Airport. The name of the airport is obtained from Sultan Syarif Qasim II which is a pre-independence historical figure from Riau.

 

After leaving WIBB 4R-ADA is over the Indonesian coast

After leaving WIBB 4R-ADA is over the Indonesian coast entering vast Indian Ocean inbound to the final destination VCBI

Route taken for final flight was longer than typical airline route. Route was along airway N628 to BASEV, then N640 to VCBI. This gave the closest track over equator, the main requirement of the flight.

 

Approaching waypoint HAMBA over southern coast of Sri Lanka.

Approaching waypoint HAMBA over southern coast of Sri Lanka.

 

When descending aircraft tracked along the southern coat line

When descending aircraft tracked along the southern coat line. Southern most land of Sri Lanka "Point Dondra (Dewundara thuduwa)" is below the aircraft.

 

Abeam Katukurunda airfield

Abeam Katukurunda airfield

Established by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, the airfield at katukurunda is located 40 Km South of Colombo, close to the A2 highway. The present SLAF station was established in 1984 to reactivate the air field.

 

Over Ratmalana airport

Over Ratmalana airport. Aircraft had to descend to 2000" due to overcast clouds

Ratmalana Airport (IATA: RML, ICAO: VCCC), formally known as Colombo Airport, is a major domestic airport and military base in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was once Colombo's international airport, until the current Bandaranaike International Airport opened in the 1960s. It is now used solely for domestic flights and for military purposes.

 

Sri Lankan Airlines home base VCBI, Katunayaka

Arriving after 3 month historical voyage around the world, over Sri Lankan Airlines home base VCBI, Katunayaka

 

Over city of Anuradhapura

As Sri Lanka's 64th Independence day being celebrated in the city of Anuradhapura aircraft was routed over airport and city for a low fly pass.

SLAF Anuradhapura (IATA: ACJ, ICAO: VCCA) is a Sri Lanka Air Force base located near the ancient city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.

 

4R-ADA is on final approach to VCBI runway 04

Late in the evening 4R-ADA is on final approach to VCBI runway 04

 

Aircraft is turning to the apron.

After flying 22 sectors, ALK343 mission accomplished successfully. Aircraft is turning to the apron.

 

ALK-VA WISH TO THANK ALL WHO HAVE JOINED FOR FLIGHT PLANNING, ROUTE/AIRPORT RESEARCH, AND VARIOUS OTHER SUPPORT RENDERED FOR THE VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD ON EQUATOR. SEE YOU AGAIN IN OUR NEXT TOUR!

 


 

Monara CONTENTS

12-12-12  First Flight to Hambantota International [VCHI]

Notam: Photo real Sri Lankan airport runways

Recreating 'Flight of the Double Sunrise'

Round the World On Equator

Frequent flyer? Travel by air for vacations? Pilot, or wannabe?

Understand What is True Professionalism

ROCKET SCIENCE

Actual Airplane Maintenance Log Book Entries

You might be a freight dog if...

MODIFIED LANDING CHECKLIST

 

 

Editor's Note: We welcome your feedback. For the benefit of other pilots please send your ideas, unusual flying experiences, advices, etc. We will publish them in Monara editions.

 

 

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