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UAE to India "Epic" 11.5 hour non stop flight in a Cessna

A flight from Al Ain International Airport in the United Arab Emirates to Nagpur. Our longest flight covering 1,500 miles non stop in 11.5 hours. One of the biggest challenges of this flight was the weight we would be operating at so Cpt. Ross wisely opted for a 4am take off so as we had the coolest air to work with for the initial climb (It was still 35oC at 4am!). Even at that we could not meet one of the SID restrictions to be at or above 7,500 ft by a set way point. We were directed south off the departure track to hold and gain the height required before rejoining our planned route. We had an 8 hour sea crossing and chatted to a few surprised airliner pilots to pass messages to and from ATC as we were out of signal of ground contact. We spoke to Speedbird (BA), Emirates, Eithad and a few other airliners all shocked to hear we were cruising along at FL090 in a Cessna over the Arabian Sea as flying through Pakistan airspace is not currently an option. This pushes planes to fly many hundreds of miles south of any land and over the sea to get to India. When we first reached India, it was covered in clouds and took another 30 mins before we got a glimpse of our new home for the next few days. The rest of the flight lead to some fun and was spent dodging and trying to out climb some turbulent rain clouds that were intent on blocking our path. Before we knew it, this mammoth flight was coming to an end and we had reached our top of decent with Ross finishing off the day with a greaser of a landing. Probably the single best flying experience to date and great to share it and learn from such an accomplished, experienced and inspiring touring pilot. Until our next adventure Cpt Ross Edmondson....


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