The route for the GARSA 2011 is through Colombia, in the northwest of South
America. With a population of over 46 million
people, Colombia has the 29th largest population in the world and the 2nd largest in South
America, after Brazil, and it has the 3rd largest population of any Spanish-speaking
country in the world, after Mexico and Spain. It was the first constitutional
government of South America, which was declared in 1811, and is the only South American
country that has never had a coup.
Part of the "Ring of Fire" around
the Pacific Ocean, Colombia is dominated by the Andes Mountains. The route for the
GARSA 2011 will show how dominant the Andes are.
The territory of what is now
"Colombia" was originally inhabited by indigenous people including the Muisca,
Quimbaya, and Tairona. The Spanish arrived in 1499 initiating a period of conquest
and colonisation, and in 1717 created the Viceroyalty of New Granada (comprising
modern-day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, the northwest region of Brazil and Panama) with
its capital in Bogota.
The word "Colombia" comes from
Christopher Columbus and it was conceived by the Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de
Miranda as a reference to all the New World, but especially to those territories and
colonies under Spanish and Portuguese rule. The name was adopted by the Republic of
Colombia after independence from Spain was won by Simon Bolivar in 1819, but by 1830, with
the secession of Venezuela and Ecuador, the new republic had collapsed. In 1835, the
Cundinamarca region, what is now Colombia and Panama, emerged as a new country, the
Republic of New Granada. The new nation experimented with federalism as the
Granadine Confederation (1858), and then the United States of Colombia (1863), before the
Republic of Colombia was finally declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903, under
pressure to fulfil financial responsibilities towards the United States government to
build the Panama Canal.
The Flight Schedule and
Reporting Dates for each Flight Leg are detailed in the table below. PIREPs for each
Flight Leg must be received by 2359 hrs UTC on the date indicated. Any late PIREPs
will result in a "Withdrawn" being recorded against the entrant. PIREPs
can be submitted in advance of the required Reporting date. All details regarding
PIREP submission are under the "PIREPs" link.
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Note: The ICAO
Code for Yaguarito in FS9 is SK0B.