Yesterday’s mission was to ferry fly to October 6 Airport, which was the original destination a couple of days ago.
I am getting the best of help from Eddie Gould and the G.A.S.E (General Aviation Support Egypt) organization. They have been extremely hospitable and are very familiar with how things work in Egyptian aviation.
G.A.S.E picked me up from the hotel at 1030 and took me to at Hall 4 at Cairo International, is a special departure/arrival hall for wealthy business-jet clientele. I apparently ended up in the same category as these owners of private aircraft! Not exactly cheap: USD 500 for the parking and other fees and for the mandatory administration by friendly Egypt Air. I will explain more later…
Manoeuvring this old aeroplane at these big airports is truly a challenge. I do not have brakes so I have to be very careful with the taxi out. It was a great feeling getting airborne again, and after some radar vectors a direct trip to October 6, just as I had wanted to do a few days ago!
Landing in the middle of the desert at October 6 is a big contrast to the enormous city of Cairo and its busy main airport. Everything in the landscape here is in tones of brown and yellow. The air is humid, and the skies are rather hazy at lower altitudes, probably a result of high humidity combined with air pollution.
Everything at this small airport moves at a more relaxed pace; it’s mainly for Egypt Air’s flight school. After a while the Moth and I finally ended up in a hangar kindly offered by a retired general from the Egyptian air force. The wings of the Moth are folded and partly cleaned, but the water supply here ran out – so most of the aeroplane is still coated with dust.
Then we took the long trip back to Cairo in unbelievably heavy traffic. Our very skilful taxi driver Abdullah got Eddie and me to the hotel close to 2100. We ate a late dinner, and I sent the blog text and got a little sleep.
Today I’m resting up a little more. We’re going to visit the pyramids, and camel rides may also be in store…I’m also writing postcards to those of you who have gone for that reward in Cape to Cape’s FundedByMe campaign.
I’ve rescheduled the next flight for tomorrow, to Aswan. It will be a long one, close to 6 hours…signing off for now!