Pilots of the Caribbean 2: AAL 1291 – MIA to PAP

Great, now the bad weather keeps following me – even in the sim. When I fired up my FS, the weather in Miami was nice with few clouds, 32°C and sunshine. 30 minutes later, just after pushback, there was a heavy thunderstorm over the airport and in the vicinity. Weather in Haiti wasn’t that beautiful either: Visibility below 10 nm, cloudy and hot with high humidity. But at least it was partially sunny and no rain.

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Take-Off in Miami was on runway 30. Via SID SKIPS1 we entered our filed flightplan and arrived in Port-au-Prince on runway 10.
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The weather was still nice, when we were sitting at the gate.
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And this is how it looked like after pushback.
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On our way to the runway. Note the AAL 777 in Susan G. Komen special c/s sitting at the gate, with the ribbon on the fuselage.
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This company B738 was just about to touch down, when we arrived at runway 30.
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Due to the bad weather ATC wasn’t working at full capacity and a large queue was forming at the holding point. Our departure was delayed by almost 30 minutes.
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A video from take-off from the flight deck. Watch out for lightning!

And one from outside.

It didn’t take long, before you couldn’t see the ground anymore through the clouds.
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The stormfront was expanding over the Atlantic and was coming from the Bahamas.
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On our cruise altitude of 41,000 feet.
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At this point we already started our descent towards Port-au-Prince.
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On final. No runway in sight yet, but a cruise ship below.
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There is the runway.
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Almost there.
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They have a very small airport in Port-au-Prince. Probably because Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. Here we’re backtracking on runway 10 to the only taxiway that connects the runway with the apron.
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This AAL 767 had to go around, because another AAL 767 was taking off on runway 10 at the time.
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Thanks for reading today’s report. Next flight will be back to Miami. Let’s see, if we can make the third thunderstorm in a row, when landing there…

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