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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:30:44 pm »
Well, today was a beautiful day, and I got to fly!

1. Pretty greens and yellows. I day dreamt of the year I did the Canola Run (2014 if memory serves me correctly)
2. On a wide left downwind for runway 29, with snow!
3. Watching the beastie from Wimpy
4. Our routing out of George had us going East before a right turn over the bay. We were nearly at our cruise altitude (of 20 000ft) by the time we passed abeam Mossel Bay
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: September 03, 2018, 09:36:52 am »
1 - hurry up and wait in Cape Town. 2 waiting to take off here, a third waiting at the intersection, we were number 4, and two landing

2 - pretty jet in George. They sat on the ground with the APU (auxiliary power unit) running for over two hours, probably waiting for their VIP

3 - I love watching the landscape change from brown to green. And the clouds provide such a cool contrast.

4 - greenery, a bit of snow, and Theewaterskloof dam
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 27, 2018, 09:53:44 pm »
Thanks TeeJay :)

9 years ago today I did my first solo flight.
I remember the day clearly; it was the complete opposite of today. As I write, more rain has just started pouring :)
But 9 years ago it was a beautiful afternoon with barely a breath of wind- it couldnít have been any more perfect.

Today I got to fly the PC-12 ďsoloĒ- a circuit to check all the systems after maintenance had to be done. I said Iíd do it if the engineer who did the work cane with.
So off we went, my first PC-12 flight without another pilot sitting next to me. It was nogals  lekker :)
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:33:24 pm »
Brrrr! It's cold today.

On Friday's training flight I brought my action cam with. It's not a GoPro so it struggles with changes in light, but it gives a cool view.
Screenshots below.

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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:24:36 am »
Heather cruising back from George what rpm's does that engine do?

We sit at around 98% NG, with the propeller at around 1700rpm.
The NG is the speed of the compressor turbine, displayed in a % because of how fast it rotates.
98% is about 38 000rpm.
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:07:14 am »
Same same, but different.

Our machine (ZS-SUR) is in for major routine maintenance (which includes having the engine overhauled), so one of the Durban machines is here so we can keep flying. Enter, ZS-KAL. Also a PC-12NG, but slightly older than SUR. She has had her fancy executive interior stripped out and the medical kits fitted.

Yesterday was my first time flying her... you guessed it, to George.
It was a late call so we flew back in the dark. Beautiful clear skies and smooth, but man it was dark!
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:56:24 pm »
Yesterday it was back to the grind.
I spent most of the morning sorting out admin (I check aircraft documents for validity and help track when maintenance is due), and the day went by pretty fast.

Come afternoon we had a request for a Cape Town - Vredendal - George - Cape Town. Lekker! Decent amount of flying and Iíd get some night hours too!
Then the plan changed to just a George and back.
Ok, at least itís flying.
We were to take a patient from Cape Town to George, so our crew had to go prep the patient for transport.

Long story short, we had to call in the night shift due to the delays meaning we would have busy our flight and duty hours - 12hrs duty per day. We are allowed to extend the hours if we feel comfortable, but they mentioned a wait in George and I said nope, sorry. Good thing too because the crew who took over only landed at 1am this morning!

Today dawned beautifully (is that even English), and I checked the weather and NOTAMs (Notice To Airmen) to make sure none of our usual airfields has anything funny happening.
And then I set about making a little cheat sheet for some of our routes- George to Vredendal has  high terrain with a radio mast entourage, and as we donít fly that route often, I forget the specifics. So I went to Google Earth and drew a path between the two and discovered there is no an option to view the vertical profile along the route, cool! So I could plot all the terrain heights and distances, and now I have a sheet with the info in my flight bag.

As I finished that, we got a call to Vredendal. Lekker flight up, a bit bumpy coming back.

Now Iím waiting to see if there is anything else pending before I head home.
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 08, 2018, 02:41:05 pm »
A Vredendal sortie last month
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:18:09 pm »
Flying through cloud scares the bazooks out of me. I can only imagine what skydiving through it must feel like.

So I havenít flown since my Captain sign out; a combination of being off and a lot of back-to-back night shifts. I have two more night shifts this month, then Iím back to day flying so really looking forward to that!

It actually worked out well that Iíve had all these night shifts- last month a colleague sent me a link to UAV Industriesí website. In support of womanís month (I think) and wanting to try get more women involved in the drone industry, they were inviting ladies to apply for a drone pilot licence course. For Free. Gratis. Niks. Nada.

Lately I have been entering a lot of competitions and I decided ďbugger it, Iím going to send in my CV and motivation.Ē
And I got short listed.

Then I was told I didnít make the cut.
But they would offer the course at 50% discount. So it would still cost R13k...
I politely thanked them and said I canít afford it.
And then, the unthinkable. Someone on the course couldnít attend, and I was next on the list.

Holy gadzooks! Iíve won something!
That was last week. Ground school started on Monday. Thank goodness for the night shifts because otherwise I wouldnít have been able to attend.

Iím on to my third and second last day of ground school. Iíve passed 2 of 3 theory exams, and I am amazed to say I enjoy being back in the classroom. And Iím more excited about this than I thought Iíd be.
The rest of the month is chock-a-block, but hopefully next month I will be able to start the practical phase. For now I have been flying my boyfriendís mini-drone around our flat :D

And wow, the laws for the drone industry are hhheeeectic!
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: July 18, 2018, 01:33:05 pm »
Hanging out in George. Nice and warm, but windy.
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:51:18 pm »
Mucking around with a Photoshop app.
Taken in George on our call yesterday morning.
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: July 15, 2018, 11:06:49 am »
In 2017 I attended Race for Rhinos in Botswana. I have finally sorted through my footage...

Little Annie goes water-skiing

Little Annie is a South African-based Antonov AN-2.
In 2017 she took up water-skiing while at the Race for Rhinos Air Race held at Sua Pan in Botswana.

Lumbering, yet graceful, this evening display was a superb display of flying.

Read more about Little Annie here: http://www.littleannie.co.za/

Song: Baskets in the Sky by William Rosati

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You go girl! :ricky:
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:40:27 am »
Hillcrest Berry Orchard
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:39:39 am »
En-route to Franschhoek
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:38:31 am »
Elandskloof
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:37:29 am »
Theewaterskloof beach...
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:36:31 am »
Thereís just something about mountain passes and gravel roads...
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:16:24 am »
It has been a little slow at work, with almost 2 weeks between flights. A combination of night shifts and bad weather, and day shifts where flights either werenít requested, or werenít authorized.

So Iíve been keeping busy by studying for my multi-engine rating, looking for new recipeís, and going for Sunday drives.

The multi-rating studies have made me realize how much I have forgotten and how slack I have become. I havenít flown a piston aircraft in about 8 months, so it should be fun going back to that.

Food, I made pulled pork yesterday. Holy cow, yum. I love the movie ďChefĒ purely because of the cubano sandwiches they make, and Iíve always been wanting to try it myself. So I made my own pickled onions and cabbage, pork, and attempted to create the sandwich. The balance of flavours wasnít quite there, but it was still good.

As for the drive, on Sunday we set off for The Orchard for a giant choc chip cookie. I canít have cookies without coffee so I took my trustyí Stanley flask of coffee (why Payne R25 for watered down java when I can make my own).

Then we set off for Botrivier. Iíve always wanted to ride the Van Der Stel Pass,  but was always worried about falling and being by myself and getting stuck. Well, I didnít realize it was a gravel highway! Now I regret not taking the bike  :(

From there it was through Villiersdorp.. A portion of the road was covered in sand and Theewaterskloof looked like a beach with mini-dunes.
Villiersdorp was quite clean and almost pleasant to pass through
Then we headed to Elandskloof to see what we could see.

From there we backtracked to Villiersdorp and headed over to Franschhoek.

We came across a bend in the road covered in pears. Gouge marks in the road suggest a truck went pear-shaped around the bend.

At the top of Franschhoek Pass we checked out the entrance to Mont Rochelle, and had some padkos. Then we  drove through Franschhoek to Helshoogte.
Pniel was so neat and tidy, not a spec of rubbish. Why canít everywhere be like that?

We pulled in at Hillcrest Berry Orchard for hot chocolate and scones.
If you havenít been there, do yourself a favour and have their scones. We are cheesecake-crazy and decided to order a slice. R doesnít like lots of lemon, and the waitress assured us their cheesecake had only a hint of lemon. Well, my face is still puckered from the sour-ness. We wonít be getting that again.

Then it was home for an afternoon nap. Lekker!
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Thank you everyone for the nice words about my haircut! Roxenz, I think I will keep it for now too, at least through the summer, it feels so good in this heat, and think of all the money I'll save on shampoo!  :biggrin: I was definitely grateful for it this morning...

This morning was an absolute clusterf... Mr. Zog and I sit on the porch with a cup of coffee in the early, early hours before we get ready for work. So we sat there this morning, in no rush, watching the squirrels do their acrobatics, and as I eventually went inside to feed the dogs their breakfast, I glanced at the kitchen calendar.

HOLY F****!!!! I HAVE JURY DUTY TODAY! I HAVE 30 MINUTES TO GET TO THE COURTHOUSE! In Viera. About 20 miles north.

Mad scramble followed. No time for a shower, I forgot to brush my teeth! Threw on some decent clothes so I'm not held in contempt of court because of my appearance. No need to do anything with my hair, GREAT! Mr. Zog was standing at the door, holding out my purse, car keys, and sunglasses. I grabbed it all while running past him, shouting I love you! I made it to the courthouse with 2 minutes to spare.

Eventually got into the jury assembly room, where one of the judges came out to talk to us about how it all works etc. (I'll explain that another time). The judge sais, "we understand that circumstances change between getting the summons and now, so if anyone is dealing with something urgent, come see me and we'll see what we can do to get you out of here." So I went to see her and explained "my father in law passed away etc." She gave me a 90-day deferral. I had to go to the clerk of the court who was very accommodating and let me choose a date when I want to come back. It's October 4. And I'm ok with that. I just don't think right now I'm in the best frame of mind to make decisions that affect someone's life. So that worked out. I was actually relieved not to be there today. I don't mind going back in 3 months. I'll hopefully be in a better frame of mind then.

So as I left the courthouse parking lot, my car felt funny. I drove straight back into the parking lot and had a look, and there was a big nail stuck in my tire. I thought fine, it's not flat, but it probably leaks. I decided to leave the nail in and just limp on home very carefully. I have AAA Roadside Assistance, so I could have called them if I had to stop. As I got to our street corner it became not good to drive, but I was 100 m from the house, so I limped it into the driveway for Mr. Zog to deal with tonight. At least I got home.

Then I embarked on a house cleaning frenzy because it needed to be done. Badly. As I was in the middle of vacuuming about 5 kg of dog hair out of the lounge carpet, I got an e-mail telling me that Sammy and I won the $50 gift card!

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! You made it possible! Sammy is of course totally proud of his modeling act. So I will sit with him tonight and we will go on a bit of an online shopping spree. Retail therapy and all that. I need it!

And now it's almost noon and I'm tired already. I may even have a nap this afternoon!  :P

Isnít it amazing how quickly we can get ready when we need to...

Love the haircut, Alex. It really suits you.

Well done to you and Sammy!
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