2010-07-12 -- Taipei to Nagoya to Kyoto

Because of an hour long drive to the airport, we woke up bright and early at 6am for a 7:15am departure. Then problems started. First, we failed to notice that we were charged for 'catering' when we landed, and we needed to argue to get that removed. Then, the general declaration (passenger list) showed the non-pilots as passengers, not crew -- a huge problem since we all came in with crew visas, and probably wouldn't get out of the country unless we are listed as crew. Finally, even though we submitted a flight plan for 31,000 feet, the plan we received put us down at 21,000 feet -- which would both make us too slow and use too much fuel to make it all the way to Nagoya. After three attempts, we finally got a decent route.

The flight was one of the longest on the trip at 3 hours 45 minutes, but uneventful. Mostly blue skies (above the clouds) with a tiny head wind. An hour out of Nagoya the clouds got thicker (boo), and the head wind turned into a tail wind (yay). We were dropped to 15,000 feet 160 miles out, a bit earlier than we like. Nothing bad happened; we burnt a bit more fuel, and maybe took five minutes longer to get there, but the (thicker) clouds were dry and smooth.

One oddity on the approach: our GPS flight plan had a gap in the route. The GPS will fly us from A to B to C to D to E. The display will show a line from A to B to C to D to E. On this flight, we had two lines; one from A to B to C and then one from D to E -- nothing connecting C to D. We weren't quite sure what the plan would do after C; would it keep flying straight? Continue on to D even though it wasn't showing it? Spin around in a circle back to C? Fortunately, we never needed to find out. At point C, ATC gave us a vector (as they did for the plane in front of us too).


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Japan is LONG! We didn't realize just how long it is until we got there -- about 1500 km long north to south. Our partial route: MELEN, MOMPA, MIDAI, MADOG, SUC, JAKAL, ALBAT, HALON, KEC, AYANO, SHIMA, XMC, RJNA.



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The gap in the route. We had no route from SHIMA to XMC -- FliteStar shows this is definitely on the V52 airway. No clues what happened; everyone on the trip had this too.



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A gigantic building outside Nagoya. My first guess was Toyota, but there are no new cars parked outside. For that matter, there just aren't any cars parked outside.



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Nagoya was a surprisingly HUGE city. We later learned it's the fourth largest in Japan.



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Checking the oil in N850SJ at Nagoya.



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Guilliame and Dad waiting for the train.



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Waiting for the train in Nagoya.



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On the train to Kyoto. I tried to get buildings zipping by outside, but all I could get was greenery.



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I was shocked, shocked, to discover that there is excellent beer in Kyoto. I asked the bartender what kind this is, and he was nice enough to write it down....only I can't find the paper right now. It's made by a sake brewery.



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