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Leg 103 Paris LFPG-Zurich LSZH

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After a smooth flight, I have just nipped off to a Swiss photo-studio to develop the pictures. However Here is one from my phone to give you a taster...I shall reveal the aircraft tomorrow!

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Im pretty sure its Wilco's A319CJ. Far to wide, tall and with too many windows to be a legacy, and as far as i know there are no 767's with a full cabin modelled.

so i am very much looking forward to the shots.

Although i would turn your cabin temp down, its so hot all the cutlery has melted into the table.

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Well nothing like the dramatic stories of previous flights; nor the ATC inclusion I have done in the past (That is being saved for my last leg)

Instead, I hope to bring you 'Something Corporate'

And the aircraft is...the ACJ! Flown in Privat Air colours, taking, as well as of course the baton, some the punk/rock band 'Something Corporate' from their gig at the Stade de France to one in Zurich. I hope you enjoy the flight!

As some background ambience, how about you play this song in the background...you will find out later on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvLuCZF6r5s

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We taxi out and are followed by a little BMI on our way to 09R

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Because the taxi at CDG is so long, there are rarely many aircraft waiting for takeoff at the runway, as illustrated here as we go straight on!

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The EICAS tells us what how the systems are doing pre-takeoff

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Seen here at V2 we soar into the Parisien air

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Our co-pilot, Mr Muller, calls "Gear going up"

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A small left turn to join today's route, which will take us north of Troyes and Chaumont, over Basle before our approach into Zurich Kloten.

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Seen here climbing up to the cruise level of FL280

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As we move further into the continent, snow is seen due to the cooler winter climate

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The Nav display shows our turn

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It really is quite good looking, in my opinion!

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More clouds below us as we begin our decent near the Swiss/German frontier with France

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Reims Centre are giving us a handoff to Swiss Radar...

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Here we can see the Jura mountains, with the Alps in the background.

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Preparing the cockpit for descent

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And down to the left we see the Vosges mountains

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Having started our descent we are now somewhere over the major railway junction of Olten

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Receiving weather information...predicted to be calm and cold in Zurich!

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Some cloud lingers over the Vierwaldstattersee, (Four-forest-canton-lake), and the touristy city of Luzern

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We're nearing the stage where the cabin crew check the seatbelts...not that there are particularly many to check in this!

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Coming through the cloud level, but they're not causing us much bother this time

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Ah, now this must be Zug, capital of the Canton named Zug, on the lake 'Zugersee' and again a railway junction-train in German being...yes, ZUG!

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The lead singer looks out the window, singing to himself the song 'Globes & Maps'...

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Turning in on runway 34, about 20 miles out

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Full landing config, with an array of contrails up above

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Runway now in sight!

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Really low now over snowy hills

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Over the threshold, at the decision height

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A nice smooth touchdown with two little puffs of smoke...

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Speedbrakes and reversers working to get us off at an early turnoff

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And there we are, off the runway

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Passing a pink Helvetic aircraft on the taxi in

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The airport was very busy so we had to settle for a stand in the long haul terminal

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There we are, parked up. The band weren't happy about having to get a bus to the terminal!

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I didn't mind as the pilot...here we see all systems shut down.

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I hope you enjoyed leg 103, I've arranged to meet TapA321 on platform 16 of the 'Hauptbahnhof' (Main Station), to hand over the baton!

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:good Bravo Phil, by far one of your best flights yet.

I really enjoyed the commentary it adds so much to the post.

Faultless shots and a beautiful aircraft :eyebrow:

Thanks for getting us to Zurich, I knew the baton was safe in your hands.

Cheers

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Smooth and classy, Phil! A/C, flight, commentary, traffic and scenery all top class -well done! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers - Dai. :eyebrow:

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Great quality - crisp sharp shots, well composed. Very nice AC. Was there any damage in the cabin by the rock band?

John

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Excellent post with great shots and commentary. Love to here a few geographic locations on route. The contrails shot is great and very much like home, as i live near a nav beacon and at this time of year theres is rarely no contrails. Only the other day had the pleasure of a tanker with 4 F-15's all at high alt. The song was good too, intresting hearing what others like to listen too. Not a band i have heard of either.

All in all, great job!

steve

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A fabulous post there, phil. Possibly your best ATWC post yet, well done! :thum:

Sorry this reply is late. I am replying to all the fantastic legs completed while I have been absent!

Best Regards,

George : Tap

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