Performed a short flight recently from Vienna, Schwechat Airport, Austria to Dubrovnik, Cilipi Airport, Croatia. The city of Dubrovnik is a world heritage site.Aircraft used was an Austrian Airlines A319. The weather was good and the flight duration was 1 hour, 15 minutes.The flight schedule was based on an actual operated flight. So fasten your seatbelts and let's fly... Our flightplan from Vienna (LOWW), Austria to Dubrovnik (LDDU), Croatia
Our wheels start rolling after having obtained pushback & engine start clearance
Our pushback is now nearly completed and our aircraft faces the direction of where we need to taxi to. During this time our engines 2 +1 (in respective order), are spooling up
Having obtained taxi clearance and after completion of the checklists, we head along the taxi-way towards our assigned runway
We continue our taxi to the assigned runway 16 for take-off
After take-off, we initially climb to FL50. After making the appropriate turn, you see the Vienna, Schwechat Airport in the background
Our climb continues after having gained the Air Traffic Control (ATC) instruction to ascend to FL130 and later to FL290
Having achieved our cruising altitude FL290, it's time for... coffee. Just wish sometimes they would serve cappuccino!
The landscape below changes rapidly to rugged mountain scenery
Soon ATC advises us to initiate our descent from FL290 to FL240 and thereafter continue to FL170
An external view of our aircraft and landscape
In the meantime ATC had instructed us to further descend to FL110 followed by FL90 as we get closer to our destination. We get our first glimpse of the Adriatic Sea
Views of the Adriatic coastline
We fly past Dubrovnik, Cilipi Airport as we need to be on the approach for runway 29
As we fly past our destination in a southerly direction, we descend further as instructed by ATC and prepare ourselves for some interesting maneuvers...
We first do a sharp turn to the right bringing us over the Adriatic Sea
We approach the Adriatic coastline and fly towards the rugged landscape. I was getting quite concerned in respect of our height at this stage (never mind moments later)!
Having mustered all the confidence possible as we fly around a coastal mountain and flow the flightpath to the left... what can we expect around the corner???
Wow! Runway 29 in sight and... as indicated by the 4 red lights a little too low for comfort
I immediately rectified the altitude situation and now continued the approach at the appropriate height as indicated by 2 white / 2 red lights... I'm still sweating at this stage!
After touchdown we taxi towards the main terminal building
Having arrived at our assigned gate the jetway is connected to our aircraft... welcome to the "Pearl of the Adriatic"!
Airport views (Orbx product)
Thanks for looking!