So there we are, standing again at PANC in the early morning hours glued to our iPhones and iPads checking weather and routing possibilities for our flight to Juneau (PAJN).
Juneau is the capital city of Alaska since 1906, located in the Gastineau Channel at the bottom of the Mendenhall Glacier which is, by the way and by every mean very sad, retreating. To get there you have very few options. The first is by boat and the second, well, by air! No roads link this state Capital to any road system, and this makes it for a very particular city.
The airport of Juneau is also a particular one, ask every Alaskan pilot and they will tell you how many hours they've spent waiting in the lounge for better weather, both to get in and out of this place! The approach itself is a crooked one that lingers through fjords and meander up to the Decision Point where you either go around or continue your descent to land. Look at this approach chart and for those of you who can read IFR charts you'll get the idea. It is also pretty self explanatory for the others who have no aviation clue, but what would you read this blog then? Haha!
|Homer airport near Port Graham|
|Getting closer to the glaciers|
|These Glaciers come down to the sea|
|Only a few houses along the way, with a grass runway!|
|Not getting low on ice today|
|paul being really concentrated|
|Finally flying higher ;-)|
|Floating ice on a huge wash out bassin from nearby glaciers|
|Trying to get up|
|Glacier Bay National Park, north of Juneau|
|Entering Gastineau Channel|