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HaraldG

With the Bonanza along the Caucasus

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FS9Evo: One of my most impressive GA flights in 17 Years of flight simming. Some pictures from a GA flight URKK Krasnodar - UGTB Tbilisi along the northern slope of the Greater Caucasus in Russia and over the Cross pass/Darial gorge to Georgia. As I know the southern slope of the Caucasus range from the simulator and from the real world, the northern slope was a new and remarkable experience for me. From the Georgian border on, the flight follows - you may lough - a bicycle tour I made some years ago.

 

Taxiing in Krasnodar

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Old plane in the background, old concrete in the foreground

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The first high mountains after the Caucasus range rises from the Black sea: Dombay group

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Elbrus comes in sight. With 5.642 m the highest peak of Europe.

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Leaving the clouds behind...

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...there's a hole in the clouds exactly where I have to cross the Caucasus. Lucky me!

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Turning towards the Dariali gorge, where the Geogian Military Highway leads through, being right over Beslan Airport

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The shadows in the Dariali gorge get already longer. The border between Russia and Georgia is situated here.

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View onto the Tergi valley with Sioni an Stepantsminda villages, overlooked by the Kazbek (5.047 m), Georgian: Mkinvartsveri. The easternmost peak of the Caucasus with over 5.000 m height. As the actual Caucasus main range is some miles south, this landscape still belongs geographically to Europe. Culturally, whole Georgia is European rather than Asian.

 

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Instead of heading directly towards Tbilisi, I decrease height with a loop eastward towards Tianeti - Akhmeta - Telavi in the Kakheti region - where the good wine is grown - following again the bike route.

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And now to Tbilisi

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At touchdown: The Mtazminda TV tower ahead

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A radar dome at Tbilisi

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Finally there. Time for a glass of good wine. Gaumarjos!

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Hope you enjoy the pics!

Harald

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Love those!.....Dar'yal gorge has a river and road to follow.

 

HLJAMES

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Thank you HLJames. Exactly - it's Tergi River (Russian: Terek) streaming to north with the Georgian Military Road upon its banks. South of Cross Pass, Aragvi river streams south with the Road following it till Mtskheta town.

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Thanks Sascha. The better the flightsim environment, the better the report...

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Wow, Harald...that was a great flight and series...very clear...very nice...

 

FS9 lives...

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Jon and Bernd, many thanks for your comments.

Southern Caucasus evenings are indeed wonderful. It's a great area, not only for flying.

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