(Originally posted 12/05/13)
Depart: Seville (LEZL)
Arrive: Granada (LEGR)
Aircraft: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (Carenado) *
Flight Plan: LEZL SVL LEGR
Distance: 102.6 nm
Scenery: LEZL Sevilla
Eager to get to Gibraltar and conclude this first chapter of the Tour, I decide to make a late afternoon flight, hoping to beat the sunset into Granada. After departing runway 09, we'll fly the 100 degree radial out of SVL until we reach Granada, where we'll circle around to land on runway 27. Since Granada lies at the foot of Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains, I'm a little apprehensive about making this flight so late in the day.
As planned, we depart Sevilla heading east.
It's not long into the flight that I realize we'll never make it before it's completely dark. It's nearing winter and the days are getting much, much shorter. However, we are treated to a nice sunset.
We descend toward Granada through an eerie layer of cloud and fog.
Fortunately, we break out of the clouds as we turn onto the base leg. Still, pretty spooky looking!
I put the plane on the ground just before a thick layer of fog rolls over the airfield. I'm suddenly in the mood for a warm drink.
Next leg: Granada (LEGR) to Gibraltar (LXGB)