Friday, June 18, 2010


June 16 to June 18 - Agra, India.

After 7 hours of flying, two hours of fueling, and a few hours transfers to and from airport, we arrived the “East” from the Middle East. Stopped at Ahmedabad (Gandhi’s birth place) for fueling and as port of entrance. It was hot but fortunately we have some clouds. Agra is of course, the town houses Taj Mahal. Since the airport code for Agra is VIAG, the teenagers of the group start calling the airport “Viagra”. Not all radar controllers have sense of humor, they found out.

Oberoi hotel has a great view of the Taj Mahal and a tour of 2 hours is not too difficult. We get to talk to some locals and start to take a few pictures with them. They gathered more and more and all want to take pictures with us. make no mistake, they have bigger and nicer cameras. It took a whole 30 minutes to finish this "encounter". We will depart to Thailand tomorrow. The weather is not very favorable. Seems that there is a big system in Bangladesh and Myanmar Pilots are talking about detour or delay.

At Ahmedabad for refueling. Drums of AV-Gas which is not seen in U.S. AV-Gas is used mostly for general aviation airplanes and is readily available in the U.S. But in the rest of the world where private recreational aviation is not popular, AV-gas is hard to find. . Part of the challenge of this trip is to find AV-Gas and use the airport strategically. Our Malibu is the only one using AV-Gas, other 3 are all Jets.

Sampling the Gas.

Verifying fuel.

Tansfer bus alll to my self.

Street of India.

Morning commute.

View of Taj Mahal from Hotel.

Oberoi Hotel with Taj Mahal at far background.

The look of it is tranquil, isn't it. Just ignore the tourists.

This day visitors are mostly locals. They have summer vacation for May and June. Too hot for regular tourists.

Jeffrey with local kids.

Somehow, we became the "attraction".

Beautiful India young bride.

More and more people. Notice the hand on my shoulder.

Talking to locals made Jeffrey's day.

1 comment:

  1. Looks so fun!! Yah, Dubai looked hot too, but it's plenty hot in LA now too. We had 102 degree weather last week!