Chachacual More Photos
At the airplane, we were approached by the Spanish-speaking soldier who wanted the basic information again including where we were going and when we would return. We were also met by Airport Operations, who reminded us that we would need to visit his office to pay the airport use fee on our return.
Santa Elena More Photos
We proceed on to Punta Cometa. Actually I overshot Punta Cometa and flew to the next point of land which turned out to be Santa Elena, 22 miles further to the west. Although the winds were calm, the beaches here seemed to have some nice surf. We reversed course and flew back toward Huatulco. I was able to communicate with Huatulco Tower when within 10NM of the airport. The morning flight was quite smooth and I snapped about 250 photos out the pilot's window. When we reached Río Copalita we again reversed course for the return to the airport. I called Huatulco Tower and was told to land on runway 25 and report when on final.
When the fuel truck arrived, this time I requested that the tanks be filled to the bottom of the fuel neck so the fuel would not overflow. The Arrow took 47 liters (12.4 gallons). The attendant prepared the fuel tickets; this time he had already checked the Excelente box for me--for how I rated his service.
Three separate fuel receipts are prepared, each with copies. Two of them are under the heading of Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. One of these has the total without tax, 461.50 pesos, and the other has the tax only, 160.68 pesos. The third receipt has the heading ASA Combustibles and is for the total without tax again. The amount that I actually paid, 622.18 pesos appears on no receipt, only on the calculator of the attendant. That works out to $4.66 per gallon. I pay $4.00 per gallon in Georgetown, Texas, but there are airports in the United States that charge $4.66 or more per gallon.
The next flight will be Huatulco to Tampico.