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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #880 on: September 08, 2018, 09:11:50 am »
I was meant to fly the Seneca on Tuesday but the weather had moved in. So we had lunch at the Stellenbosch Flying Club instead.

They have the best chicken burgers, and have updated their menu with a few new items, like a pulled pork roll.
I asked for no bun with my chicken burger, and a bit of extra salad instead. I got a lot more than I bargained for and it was delicious!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #881 on: September 09, 2018, 12:13:37 pm »

I set my alarm clock for 05:45, but we only got up around 06:30. The sky was just starting to get light so we layered up and set out for the most southern tip of Africa (I keep wanting to say Cape Point...)


Just for interests sake, the southern tip of Africa isn't in Agulhas, it is somewhere in my garden in Johannesburg.
As a young geology student on a spearfishing trip I took my rock hammer out in a spring low tide and found the southernmost rock and knocked the end off off as a grab sample, thus making my mark on geography for millennia to come...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #882 on: September 09, 2018, 12:22:24 pm »
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #883 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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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #884 on: September 14, 2018, 09:31:01 pm »
It had been a busy week.
Rostered on day shift every day from Monday to Friday. And I flew every day. Last time I flew 5 days in a row was probably December!
So I am knackered.
Today was a long one with a call to Vredendal from George, my second time doing that routing.
It was a lekker flight and a good 3.5hrs flying, so Im happy.

Time to sleep and hopefully tomorrow I get to pole the Seneca!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #885 on: September 14, 2018, 10:51:23 pm »
You juggle planes like I juggle DR650s :lol8:

Keep racking up the flight hours. Bigger wings await O0
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #886 on: September 22, 2018, 07:31:17 am »
Hehehe, its funny to think that in Botswana, on some days I flew 3 different types of aircraft in one day, jumping from one to the other.

I have finished up the training towards the multi, now I am waiting for the DE (Designated Examiner) to let me know when he can do my test.

We are in Somerset West this weekend. The plan was to hike and cycle, but Murphy has intercede and the bf has come down with a cold. Maybe it will be good to just rest, a lot has been going on this month.

Wow, what a great day in the Cape today :)

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #887 on: September 22, 2018, 07:45:49 am »
1. Big red plane and little red plane. Falcon 7x in George
2. Stellenbosch showing off
3. Piper Seneca II, sneaker

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #888 on: September 22, 2018, 10:35:52 am »
Was a bit behind with all your ventures but glad I caught up now.

Good to see you are having fun and yes...like everyone else I'm very jealous.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #889 on: October 02, 2018, 12:21:09 pm »
Just LOVE that pic of Mossel Bay! My late daddie's home-town...


 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #890 on: October 06, 2018, 08:18:03 am »
So as September drew to a close, my tally was 10 missions and just shy of 30 hours.
 Fortunately the multi-engine training brought the hours up (while it drained my bank account rapidly).

My goal was to test at the end of September but bad weather, lack of aircraft and examiner meant it was not to be.
So, I am booked to test on Monday. Please hold thumbs the stars align and I can get it done!

October started with a bang with a family medical emergency. I'm really tired of sitting at Vergelegen Medi-Clinic. And I was hit by a nasty cold a couple of days ago. But things are on the up.

I have a lot of night shifts this month which is nice because it gives me time to do other stuff during the day, but it also sucks because I don't fly often. So I jump at opportunities to swap shifts and yesterday I swapped my night shift for a day shift. I was off on Thursday and had just polished a rather large hot toddy in the hopes the brandy would kill everything when the office called. "What is the weather doing tonight?"
Huh? I'm not on duty tonight! My heart sank to the South Pole. Had I misread my roster?!

The operations co-coordinator laughed and said he wanted to give me a heads up for Friday- a pending flight to Springbok.

An hour later the mission was confirmed and we were planning for a 08:00 take-off. I was feeling rubbish that night, but I'd get to fly somewhere new!

On Friday we were wheels up and set off into what promised to be a beautiful day. It didn't disappoint. The flight to Springbok is a little over an hour but felt much longer. Last time I was there was by road in 2015 when I rode my motorbike to Botswana. What a barren, dry, foreboding area. But absolutely beautiful.

The runway is in a valley and they were holding the RC Speed Trials. All RC planes were grounded as we approached. I sat right seat (not flying) and enjoyed the scenery.
Sjoe, even at 09:30 Springbok was hot! The medical team, awesome people, dropped us at the Super Spar to wait where we had a very lekker brunch (mince pancakes, yum!). By lunch time it was 35 degrees!

We loaded up and it was my leg home. This would be my first taste of hot and high ops in the PC-12 (Springbok is just shy of 3000ft above sea level. 35 deg C and 3000ft is ops normal for Botswana, but the Caravan runs a lot cooler than the PC-12).
The 1.5km of runway was more than enough, but the PC-12 was a bit of a road runner in the heat. We got airborne and climbed away at about 1200 feet per minute. I opted to climb straight ahead until we were 3000ft above the mountain tops before setting course for Cape Town - valleys like that can slam you with ferocious downdrafts that not even 1200hp can out-climb!

We got back to Cape Town after 1pm and I prepared myself mentally for the paperwork I needed to catch up on. And then, we got a call for Vredendal.
So off we went.
It was also about 35 degrees on the ground there, and I managed to do some paperwork whilst trying not to sweat on the official documentation.

My sinuses were killing me, but what a day to fly!
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #891 on: October 09, 2018, 11:09:13 am »
So there I was, all dressed up in my polished black shoes, my black pants lint-free and held up by my shiny black leather belt. My crisp white shirt proudly displaying my black and gold bars, and my wings pinned above my left breast pocket. I was nervous but ready to take on my multi-engine test.

And as I stepped out of the bathroom at the flying club club house, a gentleman walked up to me and said Id like to order food. Can I order with you?
I must have looked a little gobsmacked, because after a pause he said;
Do you work here?
Why no sir, I do not. But the gentleman behind the bar over there *points to the guy 3m from where were standing* does, so you can order with him.

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Multi-engine test done. Now I wait for the paperwork! :ricky:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #892 on: October 09, 2018, 12:03:48 pm »
And as I stepped out of the bathroom at the flying club club house, a gentleman walked up to me and said Id like to order food. Can I order with you?

 :spitcoffee:    :laughing4:    :imaposer:   :imaposer:   :imaposer:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #893 on: October 09, 2018, 02:16:02 pm »
And as I stepped out of the bathroom at the flying club club house, a gentleman walked up to me and said Id like to order food. Can I order with you?

 :spitcoffee:    :laughing4:    :imaposer:   :imaposer:   :imaposer:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #894 on: October 09, 2018, 03:59:00 pm »
mmmmm.... maybe your smart pilot's garb needs a rethink... :o
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #895 on: October 09, 2018, 04:17:13 pm »
So there I was, all dressed up in my polished black shoes, my black pants lint-free and held up by my shiny black leather belt. My crisp white shirt proudly displaying my black and gold bars, and my wings pinned above my left breast pocket. I was nervous but ready to take on my multi-engine test.

And as I stepped out of the bathroom at the flying club club house, a gentleman walked up to me and said Id like to order food. Can I order with you?
I must have looked a little gobsmacked, because after a pause he said;
Do you work here?
Why no sir, I do not. But the gentleman behind the bar over there *points to the guy 3m from where were standing* does, so you can order with him.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #896 on: October 10, 2018, 02:58:58 am »
Many, many years ago, a good friend came home on pass from the Navy.

He had done advanced diving courses, and several other "GV" stuff.

He arrived home looking so super spiffy in his white Step-Outs.

Walked inside his parents house, and the maid asks him if he is now a chef  :eek7:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #897 on: October 10, 2018, 07:33:49 am »

So as September drew to a close, my tally was 10 missions and just shy of 30 hours.

Fortunately the multi-engine training brought the hours up (while it drained my bank account rapidly).


Ha ha funny story.

Regarding the above quote....and please excuse my ignorance but you are a pilot so you are getting paid to fly. Why should it cost you money?

Apologies if you explained this before or if it is common knowledge...then again ek is nie baie slim nie maar ek kan swaar goed optel. :pot:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #898 on: October 10, 2018, 08:23:12 am »

So as September drew to a close, my tally was 10 missions and just shy of 30 hours.

Fortunately the multi-engine training brought the hours up (while it drained my bank account rapidly).


Ha ha funny story.

Regarding the above quote....and please excuse my ignorance but you are a pilot so you are getting paid to fly. Why should it cost you money?

Apologies if you explained this before or if it is common knowledge...then again ek is nie baie slim nie maar ek kan swaar goed optel. :pot:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #899 on: October 10, 2018, 10:01:43 am »
Dankie Kokkie nou verstaan ek ook!  :thumleft:
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