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An airline pilot’s view of the Matterhorn

Matterhorn's position was entered in to the Flight Management Computer

AIRLINE pilots have a a pretty adventurous job but even though they fly set routes between cities there is often scope to amend the flightpath.

You can make out the ridgeline that the climbers follow to the summit

Which is why pilot James Bonham decided to make his overflight of the alps when returning from Milan Malpensa Airport to Heathrow that bit more interesting for himself and his passengers by flying right over the top of the Matterhorn.

“Today the skipper and I looked for it in his pilots atlas of Europe,” he explains. “We then entered a waypoint in our Flight Management Guidance Computer (FMGC) which we knew would be nearĀ and that helped us find it.

“We were still in the climb, passing through about FL250 when I took these photos,” he adds.

FL250 means FLight Level 250 which is 25,000 feet. The summit of the Matterhorn is at 14,688 feet.

Photos courtesy of James Bonham (sent from his hotel in Berlin).

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after realising there wasn't a single publication focusing on adventure. He has been a pilot in the RAF, a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as journalist for motorcycling, flying and adventure magazines.

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