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RockOla

Summer holidays in Reykjavik /!\ ~30 pics /!\

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Weather is awful where I live, these days. If I'm going to suffer rain and autumn-cold temps, let's do it in scenic landscape. I decided to go North, Iceland.

 

Actually, there is one regular flight between Lyon and Keflavik (International hub of Reykjavik), operated by Wow Air. Having a look at the company's livery, I indeed said WOW but in a negative way.

 

That's where I decided to open the connection with Air France F-HEPG wearing the 80th anniversary livery. Pretty, isnt'it ?

 

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Software / websites involved in the pre-flight

- routefinder

- simroutes

- simbrief

 

The route

 

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07:15am, 135 passengers aboard, boarding complete.

 

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Lined up RW36L, ready to follow SID BUSIL6N, which basically consists in climbing straight ahead to DANBO, then heading left to BUSIL

 

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LFLL is not an important international hub, but can be a busy regional airport. This morning, I am followed by 2 domestic low-cost flights (Hop! by Air France)

 

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Approaching BUSIL, passing FL160, above the cloud cover

 

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Meeting flight #UAL956, a  United Airlines B763 enroute to Geneva from Newark, only 1500 ft below us

 

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Making our way throught the clouds...

 

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... to FL340. While approaching LFPG, traffic is badly increasing

 

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We leave the French Coast above Calais

 

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About one hour later, we reach the TOD

 

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Arriving between Reykjavik (West) and Thingvellir National Park (East)

 

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Unfortunately while we descend, clouds are not scattering. 

 

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We are starting to see something only 600 ft above the ground.

 

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I decide to keep the AP on to perform a full autoland

 

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I am assigned a Follow-me which escorts me to the gate

 

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And we're done !

 

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Thank you for taking the time to post.

 

The Airbus Extended is a real pleasure to fly, and very immersive indeed.

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Great shots and thanks for taking us along on that interesting flight, RockOla

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