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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Horta - approach with a view

March 2015

Two years ago I was in one of the very last flights to Horta, in Ilha do Faial/Açores. The runway of Aeroporto da Horta was the most critical in terms of length and everytime I went there I experienced a positive landing with strong deceleration! Beside that, one could also enjoy the beauty of Pico and Faial during the approach.

I'm a fan of the Azores since I first visited São Miguel, in 1990. For sure I was amazed with the opportunity of taking the following photos this last time.

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Ilha do Pico

Unfortunately, the volcanic cone was hidden by this annoying layer of clouds...


Aeroporto do Pico



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Ilha do Faial

Now, with Ilha do Faial on our right, we have Monte da Guia in sight.



One last look towards Ilha do Pico on our left, before passing Horta and turning to final approach.

Madalena


Horta

Monte da Guia


Passing Horta

Right turn and finally we have the runway in sight, although it is barely noticeable in the photo below:

Final approach

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Aeroporto da Horta

Another safe landing at Horta and time for some photos during our turnaround.

Airbus A319

Wingtip and the small terminal

Ground operations

Farewell with a reflection of CS-TTL

Unfortunately, many of our passengers were disappointed with the end of the flights of our airline to their island at the same time they showed great appreciation for us and for our service. But since these flights are regulated under Public Service Obligation contracts, we now have SATA operating this route and Pico as well.

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