Closing the South American loop of about 10K Nm arriving the 2nd time in Natal, Brasil

December 11, 2011

bye bye Belem

We closed the loop with a fairly easy trip from Belem to Natal. After our very nice but exhausting visit in hot and humid Belem we could use a break and we got it.

At the end of the extremely nice reception and touring around by Expedito Menezes, we were “robbed” by the handling agent Lider in Belem charging us with exorbitant amounts for having the a/c kept less than 40 hours in front of their tiny hangar, for not made communication charges, for fuel more expensive than wine etc. Anyone visiting Brasil with an a/c make sure you avoid them! Well we know we cannot win all the time, but this was a big loss and reminded us to the robbery in Fiji last year.

our tracking to Natal


again water and jungle…


beaches north of Fortaleza


In Natal they knew us from our first call in Brasil on 11 November and that helped. We got, thanks to Sophie her homework done in her Lonely Planet for Brésil, a much better and nicer hotel and we enjoyed the evening, discussing what would happen if we had to land on the water in case of an engine failure.

again at Natal


Next trip Natal-Praia, Cabo Verde.

Post by Harry Heijst | December 11, 2011 |


  1. What a trip. Loving the photos, not loving the idea of you even contemplating landing in water! Safe trip x

    by Angela | 12 Dec 2011 | 11:55
  2. Congratulations Captains,,, Excelent!! Hoping that you arrive smooth and Happy in Locarno my best regards. I still miss you guys..
    Merry Christmas!!

    by John Bisi | 13 Dec 2011 | 02:26
  3. Sorry to bring you this sad news after another of your supertrips Harry.
    Life goes on and flies by as you do yourself. happy landings and see you soon! m

    by michiel | 15 Dec 2011 | 16:40