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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #940 on: November 28, 2018, 04:36:44 am »

I accidentally researched salmon recipes and got it in my head I was eating salmon. Twit.

Is TWIT the female of TWAT?

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Courtesy from Grizz: In this day and age religion is often frowned upon, but I have met some of the most amazing people from various religions over time.
From Buddhists to Sikhs, through Muslims and Christians and everything in between, there are many good people out there and if you do not allow yourself to be swayed by petulant religious opinion, the world is an awesome place with the odd idiot in between trying to make it rubbish for others.
 

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« Reply #941 on: November 28, 2018, 07:24:10 am »
Another glorious morning.
The clouds are less ominous and everything smells of rain.
The streets are freshly washed and the light stunning!

It is amazing what a walk, even just 20 minutes, can do. Now Iím sat on my balcony having a cup of coffee and typing this.

1.) The clouds parted and the sun shone through. Perfect light
2.) Oh ship
3.) Found this bike parked on a steep slope
4.) Today was stair day
5.) Aaaaaah!

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« Reply #942 on: November 28, 2018, 10:28:00 am »
 :) :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #943 on: November 28, 2018, 11:07:24 am »
Love your coffee mug, I would have killed for that during my brief skydiving days ( yes, we were spoilt, we had a turbine  8))
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #944 on: November 30, 2018, 02:58:24 am »
I really, really, really love the pictures you take. Amazing.  :thumleft:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #945 on: November 30, 2018, 03:18:42 am »
Don't skip leg day  :biggrin:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #946 on: November 30, 2018, 11:14:54 am »
Saw this beaut at the Lourensford Market last weekend.

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« Reply #947 on: November 30, 2018, 11:19:03 am »
When I started my PPL every hour was a big deal.
Then when I had a few hours under my belt every 5 hours was a big deal.
And then every 10 hours.
By 100hrs total time itís every 20 hours.
And by 200 hours total time it became 50hrs...

Then I hit 500hrs. And every 100hrs was like WOW!
Before I knew it I had hit 1000hrs.
Now every 250hrs is a big deal.

Then 2000hrs...
You get the picture.

Then thereís also hours on type. I left Botswana with just shy of 1000hrs Kodiak, 400hrs Caravan, and 700hrs Airvan.

On 22 November I hit 210hrs on the PC12 (I miscalculated and missed the 200hr flight. Whoops!)

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #948 on: November 30, 2018, 11:48:40 am »
Hi Sardine
Just interested, why are you flying with an oxygen mask?

BTW, love this thread, your pictures are awesome
 

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« Reply #949 on: November 30, 2018, 12:41:53 pm »

BTW, love this thread, your pictures are awesome


I concur. Very interesting always looking forward to the next post!
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« Reply #950 on: November 30, 2018, 12:57:00 pm »

BTW, love this thread, your pictures are awesome


I concur. Very interesting always looking forward to the next post!

Ditto that!!! :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #951 on: November 30, 2018, 12:59:04 pm »
Many thanks, guys! It's always nice getting feedback  :thumleft:

Hi Sardine
Just interested, why are you flying with an oxygen mask?

BTW, love this thread, your pictures are awesome

Short answer: It looks cool!
And I wanted to practice donning it.

Long answer:

When I started flying, I had a dream... to be the first female fighter pilot in the South African Air Force. Then Catherine Labuschagne beat me to it. Ok, new dream, to be the second female fighter pilot in the South African Air Force.
Apart from the fact that I'd get to fly state of the art fighter jets, I really wanted it so I could wear the helmet and mask. Yes. It's cool.  8)
I have had this fascination with helmets and masks. I even had a photo collection consisting solely of fighter pilot selfies.

Anyway, after I realized I'd have to sign my life away for 12-14yrs in the SAAF, I let go of that dream (after trying various other air forces and militaries).
But I have still always wanted to don that bone dome.

The PC-12 O2 masks look very fighter pilot-ish. We have them in case we have a pressurization problem or a fire in the cockpit/cabin The passengers also have masks but they're those boring airline-style ones.
Donning of the mask is relatively straight forward, but you can make your own life difficult.

When you're in the left seat, the mask sits on a wall over your left shoulder. So to don, you:
Remove headset and sunglasses
Reach over shoulder with right hand
Pinch the red bits together
The green bits inflate, forming a sort of basket
Keeping the red bits pinched, put the basket over your head and position the mask on your face
Release the red bits and the green bits shrink, the mask sucking on to your face like some sort of creepy alien monster!
Breathe.
Place headset/sunglass back on
Flick the microphone switch from headset to mask, so you can talk
Take a cool selfie  :pot:

To remove the mask, remove the headset/sunglasses, pinch the red bits, remove from your face, then try get the entire contraption back into its little holder whilst swearing.

Pretty simple eh.
Unless you forget to remove your headset/sunglasses. Then it doesn't work so well  :patch:

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« Reply #952 on: November 30, 2018, 01:04:07 pm »
Very interesting, thanks  :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #953 on: November 30, 2018, 01:09:10 pm »
Bone domes have developed a lot as aircraft have developed and people have realised how important it is to protect your pip...
My understanding is different countries use different helmets, and you get different helmet and mask combinations.

With the F22 a lot of hardware is built into the helmet. I don't like the look of them so much.
The Russians have weird masks.
And the French ones also look a little funny.
The SAAF have odd masks but the helmet looks cool.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #954 on: November 30, 2018, 01:09:55 pm »
I like the sleek designs...

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« Reply #955 on: November 30, 2018, 03:56:49 pm »
Re: oxygen mask...

I believe I learned a long time ago (yes, I used to have a pilot's license many many moons ago, ha - loooooong expired) that above certain altitudes, FAA regulations here in the US state that if one pilot is alone in the cockpit at or above a certain altitude, an oxygen mask must be worn. 
 

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« Reply #956 on: November 30, 2018, 06:12:32 pm »
Re: oxygen mask...

I believe I learned a long time ago (yes, I used to have a pilot's license many many moons ago, ha - loooooong expired) that above certain altitudes, FAA regulations here in the US state that if one pilot is alone in the cockpit at or above a certain altitude, an oxygen mask must be worn.

Whaaaat, I don't think I knew that.

In RSA you must have supplemental oxygen if you are flying between 10 000 and 12 000ft for more than 120 minutes, and for all flights above 12 000ft. Regardless of number of pilots.
In Botswana, the regulations said all flights above 10 000ft must have supplemental oxygen... but on those hot summers days you could only find relatively smooth air at 11 000ft  :peepwall:

Since my Kilimanjaro experience, I have a healthy respect for hypoxia.
We had a pressurization issue in the PC-12, and our normal cabin altitude of 6000ft suddenly shot up to over 10 000ft. Climbing Kili, or ascent was gradual. This sudden gain hits in uncomfortable ways. Fortunately we noticed straight away and started a descent.

In extreme cases, you don the mask and tell the autopilot to descend at 5000fpm. Now THAT's a fun ride.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #957 on: December 01, 2018, 02:38:11 am »
I see your co-pilot is also a lady, holding the sign....  :peepwall:

Tell us more  :pot:


When I was in the SAAF I wore the bone dome, but never the mask. Alouette's didn't usually fly that high. Except in the Drakensberg, then we would get to 12 000 ft. But we didn't have oxygen on board, so we just kept the time up there short.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #958 on: December 03, 2018, 11:26:08 am »
An Alhouette at 12k feet!  :o
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #959 on: December 08, 2018, 05:35:41 pm »
I see your co-pilot is also a lady, holding the sign....  :peepwall:

Tell us more  :pot:


When I was in the SAAF I wore the bone dome, but never the mask. Alouette's didn't usually fly that high. Except in the Drakensberg, then we would get to 12 000 ft. But we didn't have oxygen on board, so we just kept the time up there short.  :thumleft:

Well-spotted  :thumleft:
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Cool about the Alo. They're awesome aircraft.
And I believe the Squirrel is one of the few helicopters able to fly and (kind of) perform at high altitudes.