Honduras - 2004

On our way south, we had spent a couple of days in San Salvador the capital of El Salvador and attended an air show at Ilopango Airport. There we had met Dave ???, a Catholic priest who had flown a classic yellow J3 Piper Cub down from La Mesa, Honduras. A conversation ensued in which he extended an invitation to stop in and visit the local flying club at La Mesa. 

As we flew north from Costa Rica, we hugged the west coast of Nicaragua, intending to turn inland after crossing the Honduran boarder. However, international flight service is well coordinated in Latin American and Nicaragua Radio, knowing my filed destination, encouraged me to turn inland earlier, shorting the flight.

 .La Mesa International Airport our point of entry, is situated in a large valley on the Caribbean side of Honduras in the Northeast, near the small city of La Lima. After dealing with the bureaucratic details common to international flight (immigration, customs, and flight service) we cornered an airport security guard and with much arm waving asked if he knew, "un padre que es un piloto con un avionette amarillo". With a big grin and no hesitation, the guard whipped out his cell phone, place a call, and five minutes later Dave drove up in an old Nissian pickup. Eighth grade Spanish triumphs!

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San Pedro Sula

.La Mesa International Airport our point of entry, is situated in a large valley on the Caribbean side of Honduras in the Northeast, near the small city of La Lima. After dealing with the bureaucratic details common to international flight (immigration, customs, and flight service) we cornered an airport security guard and with much arm waving asked if he knew, "un padre que es un piloto con un avionette amarillo". With a big grin and no hesitation, the guard whipped out his cell phone, placed a call, and five minutes later Dave drove up in an old Nissian pickup. Eighth grade Spanish triumphs!

Roatan Island

Roatan is about 100 miles off the Caribbean coast of Honduras.A long thin island (40 miles long and one mile wide) it has a mountains backbone and is totally surrounded by coral reefs. We followed a chain of islands to the small commercial airport on the south western end of Roatan.