We were just about to descend into Mexico City and the full moon off to the east gave a spectacular display. I know one thing.. it's time to get a new camera. My phone camera just isn't cutting it. I should not have christened the camera while sitting in lapping waves on our Mexico vacation. Mybad. Our routing took us over Nashville, Tennessee, NEW ORLEANS (KMSY) :) and the western portion of the Gulf Of Mexico.
As well, I had in the back of my mind one blogger's recount (Jet Head's) of landing in Mexico, with thunderstorms, at night, using a Nav display for weather and the other for terrain avoidance.What a minute...that's what we did! Thunderstorms were causing a rare runway change due to wind shifts. Thunderstorms are entitled to do that.
Yes, the F/O flew the first leg and did an excellent job. We did fly through one convective cloud which felt like going through a car wash at 280 knots. Can you said loud?
I don't like those surprises especially when it didn't show on the weather radar. Rrrrr.
He got it "dirty" much sooner than I would and I'm glad he did. With a 100 degree intercept, with higher than normal true airspeed due to high altitude it's always a challenge. The rule of thumb... "get down and get dirty."
I don't know who gets the "sprawled out city" award....Mexico city or Sao Paulo, Brazil? An expanse of lights finally greeted us as we exited the high speed car wash. But black, ominous, luminous void mountains sat dap smack in the middle of the lights. Unlit and uninhabited, they were "black islands of demise" for those who venture too close.
They were so black and so out of place much like the "glass mountains" seen in the simulator.
Showers and wet runways greeted us with the windshield wipers slappin out of tempo....hey isn't there a song about this by Eddie Rabbit?...
Those windshield wipers slappin out a tempo
keepin perfect rhythm with the
Tomorrow I will be meeting up with follower "Carlton" from the U.K. We will be discussing aviation over a beverage or two but we must be careful, we are bringing the bosses along. :)))))