I have been kept busy by flying for the past few months, and lately I’ve had the pleasure of flying to the Greek Islands of Kos & Rhodes. Â These are the new routes, that were launched this year. I’ve also passed another simulator check, which clears me for another 6 months! Â I’ve also been busy with iOS programming and have released another program called WX Brief. Â I’ve been releasing updates to WX Charts Europe as well to improve it and add features. Â WX Brief gives you access to the latest METARs and TAFs for airports worldwide, also presents them in a friendly format, and gives you access to statistics, such as the variation of temperature over the past 12 hours.
The flight to the Greek Island of Kos takes just over 4 hours, but it seems to feel less than the routes that we do to the Canary Islands due to the interesting terrain and countries we fly over. Â The route initially takes us past London, towards Amsterdam and into Germany. Â We pass the Alps as we fly over Austria, and then into Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Â It is quite a beautiful view en route with the mountains to the south and beautiful lakes and green vegetation to the north. Â The routing takes us close to the coast of Croatia, through Macedonia and finally overhead Greece. Â We fly over Thessaloniki, over the Aegean Sea and finally begin our decent to Kos. Â Kos is a small Island, just south of Izmir, Turkey – quite close to Turkey.
There are many islands spread around the Aegean Sea, some small and others larger. Â Many coast lines around these islands have beautiful beaches with an inviting turquoise shade in the water. Â The view during decent is simply stunning. Â I’ve flown to Kos a couple of times now, and the approach is procedural there, without radar. Â The controllers can be a little more unpredictable than usual and with the language barrier, it’s important to have a heightened sense of situational awareness and try to communicate as clearly as possible. Â Rhodes is slightly easier in the sense that it is a radar vectored, ILS approach – which means that the controller guides you in towards the runway to land. Â Rhodes airport is situated just on the edge of the coast line, which makes the views on approach absolutely amazing. Â I flew to Rhodes a few days ago, and we were first vectored downwind, which was parallel to the coast, with the view to my right. Â We were then eventually given headings to intercept the final approach course and fly towards the runway and land. Â On the approach, we flew over the city and as we got closer to the runway, I had a great view of the coast and the beautiful turquoise-shaded sea.