Pilot Journal
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

¡Chile Lindo!

Tour Aviation Chile guides pilots through a stunning slice of South America

Villarrica Airfield is on the western shore of Villarrica Lake at the base of Villarrica volcano, a popular ski center.

More than 75% of Chile’s airports are unpaved. The grass strip at Haluaihue Airfield sits on the coast of Seno de Reloncaví, a gulf on the Pacific Ocean that marks the end of the Central Valley and is considered the beginning of Patagonia.

It’s not uncommon to find mountain goats at SCLD, the high-elevation runway at Llanada Grande in the Río Puelo Valley. Smoke plumes can be seen coming from Chaitén, a volcano in southern Chile that entered an eruptive phase in May 2008.


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