We said our goodbyes at the hotel and took a taxi to the
airport. The hotel day manager was a very enthusiastic and charming man and although he couldn't speak English, he gave us each a card which had the rather profound statement on it "today is better than yesterday".
We packed, filled the tanks, had something to eat,
cleared customs and immigration, received weather reports and filed a flight plan.
On the ground the wind was reasonably steady at 14
knots. It was fine because it was a tailwind. We climbed out over the desert and settled at 3,000 ft.
Within 15 minutes we could see the runway at Tacna
and started to descend. We had a bit of a tough time talking to the ATC (air traffic controller) because of his heavy accent.
All of these international airports have large
infrastructures …. huge runways, parking areas for the large jets. The refuelling truck sometimes is summoned and drives to where we are parked,
we can then refuel with Avgas. Tacna, is a medium sized airport. We had to taxi to the fuel truck!