Monday, September 1, 2008
Flying In Israel
The historic region comes alive with Roman ruins, harsh deserts and lush agriculture
|The pilot’s lounge at Masada Airport, adjacent to the Dead Sea, offers a tent, Persian rugs and low couches. The Israeli equivalent of a $100 hamburger includes hummus, cheese, fresh veggies and sweet tea.|
As evening draws near, we fly south along the Mediterranean coast, not wanting the magical experience to end. Binnun has one more surprise—a touch-and-go at Sde Dov Airport, where I get the incredible vista of a 500-foot-tall smokestack only about 200 yards away from the thresholds of two of the runways. It’s a small country, and sometimes that means unusual juxtapositions.
Finally, it’s back to Herzliya where, on final, I see that airplanes are crowded cheek by jowl, a reminder that general aviation is very much alive here.
From Roman ruins to lush agricultural land and from harsh deserts to the lowest spot on the planet’s surface, Israel is a true delight to experience. And the best way to get a feel for this small country in a short time is in a general aviation airplane.
Contact Moon Air Aviation (www.moonair.co.il) at Herzliya Airport to get more information about charter flights over Israel.
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