Flight 004: KOPF-TNCM
Miami Executive to Princess Julianna
Looks like I’m about to do some island hopping through the Caribbean next! I’ve plotted a route that takes me directly over several islands on my way to Princess Julianna. I’ll be flying directly over Nassau, Turks and Caicos, along the coast of the Dominican Republic, over Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, and finally approach into TNCM. There will be plenty of sight seeing to do.
I plan on stopping for a refuel in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic because I’ll be over MTOW for fuel. I’ve used BR (Bahama Route) and A (Oceanic and ATS) airways to plot my route among the islands. Because this is a VFR flight that’s transitioning thought the Bahamas, I have to fly during the day. No nighttime VFR routes are allowed in the Bahamas.
||KOPF VKZ SKIPS RAJAY ZQA LEPAS ZLS GTK PTA BQN SJU STT JUICE AVAKI LESOR MAPON TNCM
||JUICE RNAV RWY 10
KOPF TAF is calling for wind from 70° at 8 kts, clouds few at 3,500’, scattered at 6,000’ and visibility more than 6 sm at noon EDT.
MDPP No TAF available, but there are currently thunderstorms in the area as of 2am EDT. Marginal VFR, and visibility 5sm.
TNCM 10am EDT TAF is calling for winds from 130° at 12 kts, more than 6sm of visibility, and clouds few at 2,200’. The TAF expires at 7pm EDT.
Fuel Stop in MDPP
MDPP is a single strip with runways 08 and 26. Winds are calm now, but who knows tomorrow morning. If it works out, I’ll prob aim for 08 on left traffic, entering on the downwind leg.
Where to next?
Which direction in South America should I fly next? To the west and hit up the Andes? Or to the East and hit up Rio?
- Western South America towards the Andes
- Eastern South America towards Rio de Janeiro