Today it's going from Tiksi (UEST) to Khatanga (UOHH).
At takeoff, I have a respectable snowshower....
A look back to Tiksi...
and thats me, seen from tower:
Again I am flying at the sunrise and on the way to Khatanga it will not be really bright.
After some time the cirrostratus disappeared and the sky was dark and I could see the stars.
But: I started the flight at sunrise and I am one hour on the way, why is it still dark?
So I made a calculation: I am flying with 250 knots in westerly direction, and at a latitude of 72 degrees north I make 13 longitude degrees per hour. The sun make 15 longitude degrees per hour.
So the sun is in one hour only 2 degrees quicker than I. So it is clear, that I can see into the deep twilight for a relatively long time, before the sun is so high above the horizon, that the twilight disappears.
So, down to 5000..... nothing..
But, as I have only 15 miles to the airport, again down to 2000ft...
What a melodic name!
From here on, I have "only" 1000nm to the edge of Europe.... :-)
to be continued