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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #740 on: April 13, 2018, 06:02:48 pm »
Thank you, Ian.
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So, here it is. The view on a flight from Cape Town to George today, FL230 (23 000ft above sea level), looking towards the sea.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #741 on: April 14, 2018, 07:56:59 pm »

There are very wealthy people living in Somerset West! Vehicle registration: C F M, City For Millionaires.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #742 on: April 16, 2018, 09:50:54 am »

There are very wealthy people living in Somerset West! Vehicle registration: C F M, City For Millionaires.

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14 April

'Twas the ring of my phone at 06:40 that got me into action. "Air Mercy Service" calling.
I had been drifting in and out of sleep since 06:00, so at least it wasn't a major chore getting up.

I was on my way within 20 minutes. Take-off was set for 09:00.

I arrived in the office laden with bags of flying kit, breakfast, and my uniform. A paramedic and the heli pilot were in the office when I arrived, my eyes a little wild and screaming for coffee. I managed to drop the hangar with my shirt as I was walking to get the key for the pilot office.
I sighed.
"Oh no," said the paramedic.
"I need coffee," I said.
"I'm on it!" the heli pilot said, dashing off to his coffee stash.

I couldn't help but laugh. I must have looked really bad  :lol8:

Anyway, we got airborne right on time for the flight to George. The Cape Town weather was glorious, and when we crossed Botrivier we had a blanket of clouds extended from far out to sea to the mountains.
I thought "I should get a photo now, and one later, to show the difference." Naturally, I didn't. And of course, on the return leg, the clouds were the exact opposite; clear from the mountains seawards.

George was a little miserable. Cloud base sitting at around 500ft above ground level.
Great because I got some IF in (instrument flying), but I don't think I will ever get used to placing my life in the 'hands' of a machine, trusting I have programmed it properly while I watch our progress on the map.

The dark clouds and light made for a few dramatic photos on the ground.

1.) The beautiful PC-12
2.) A Cessna 425 Corsair
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #743 on: April 16, 2018, 11:46:03 am »
Awesome pics, would love to see some in flight shots if that is allowed/possible.

The more I read here the more impatient I am to get started with flying  :drif:
Love this thread  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #744 on: April 16, 2018, 02:00:01 pm »
Hi Kortbroek,
Thank you :)

I often post photos to Instagram and forget to post here.

Here’s a panoramic of the cockpit as seen from the left seat.
The PC-12NG is equipped with Honeywell Primus Apex avionics I.e. lots of big tv screens and buttons!

Also, between layers of clouds, with some ice on the leading edge of the wing.

 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #745 on: April 16, 2018, 02:20:54 pm »
Awesome - I just love the PC12!  :thumleft:
I once had a very funny and rather humbling experience with a PC12, but not gonna high jack your thread.  :peepwall:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #746 on: April 16, 2018, 02:27:42 pm »
Ice on the wing can become a pilot's worst nightmare I have read on the Antarctic flights.
 

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« Reply #747 on: April 16, 2018, 08:50:27 pm »
Please enlighten me,
What type is a 738
F A G G;  flight area George?
F A C T   flight area Cape Town?
Ice on the leading wing, do you have not heaters in a craft of type? Many Tx.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #748 on: April 16, 2018, 09:39:34 pm »
Tom, indeed. Icing has cause a lot of aircraft to crash.
Some more detail with my answers to Cheesy's questions...

What type is a 738
It's a Boeing 737-800. The -800 denotes the series. Then Mango's and Kulula's are -800's.

F A G G;  flight area George?
FAGG is the ICAO Designator for George Airport. "FA" is for South Africa, and normally the other two letters have something to do with the name of the airport. FAJS - Johanneburg = Jan Smuts. Botswana's ICAO designator is "FB". ICAO means International Civil Aviation Organisation, and they have set the standards South African aviation must comply with. Botswana is also an ICAO state.
America uses the FAA - Federal Aviation Association.
F A C T   flight area Cape Town?
Cape Town International Airport  :thumleft:

Ice on the leading wing, do you have not heaters in a craft of type?
The PC-12 has de-icing boots on the leading edges of the wings and horizontal stabilizer of the tail.
They're essentially really big tyre tubes that inflate in stages, in a 1 or 3 minute cycle, and hopefully cause the ice to pop off the wing/tail. That's why the leading edge looks like a big rubber boot, because well, that's exactly what it is.

In the past, some aircraft manufacturers have said you only need to activate the boots once 1/2" of ice has accumulated. Then some of them found that by that stage the ice wouldn't shed off the wing, and the boot just pushed the ice outwards, resulting in a nice icy surface for more ice to form. This results in a massive increase in weight, and it also changes the profile of the wing, reducing lift and increasing drag.
So with the PC-12, we put the boots on at the first sign of ice. It's quite cool watching the ice flake off.
If that doesn't work, we descend to where the air is warmer, or get out of visible moisture (clouds).

Freezing rain can cause a lot of issues as the ice doesn't build on the leading edge, but rather spreads further back along the surface of the wing. There is no form of ice protection, or way to shed the ice. So we are very careful when we see we're in freezing rain.

The PC-12 also has electrical heating elements on the propeller, and both pilot windshields (much like that found on the rear window of a car).

When it comes to your airliners, those sleek and shiny wing leading edges and engine intakes can all be heated, melting the ice.

A lot of people (pilots included  :eek7:) confuse anti-ice and de-ice.
Anti-ice : Prevents ice from building up. This is usually in the form of a liquid that seeps across the leading edges.
De-ice: Gets rid of ice that has already accumulated.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #749 on: April 17, 2018, 06:12:05 pm »
 Logical once explained, thank you.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #750 on: April 18, 2018, 02:35:44 pm »
Awesome - I just love the PC12!  :thumleft:
I once had a very funny and rather humbling experience with a PC12, but not gonna high jack your thread.  :peepwall:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #751 on: April 18, 2018, 03:28:56 pm »
Awesome - I just love the PC12!  :thumleft:
I once had a very funny and rather humbling experience with a PC12, but not gonna high jack your thread.  :peepwall:

Agree with Ian, hijack away  :thumleft:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #752 on: April 18, 2018, 04:44:54 pm »
Thanks, so here goes:

I was a fairly new pilot and owner a Robin HR100-210 at the time. There aren't many of these around, especially in SA, but it's really quite a nice aircraft with very similar performance to a C182, in terms of speed, range and load carrying ability.
Anyhow, my father in law and myself were returning to Gariep Dam from Krugersdorp, with a healthy tail wind, pushing the Robin to a very nice ground speed of 160 - 165 kts. I was routing to the north past Tempe and as we were approaching Tempe, I heard a pilot transmitting that he was taking off at Tempe, routing for Gariep Dam. I didn't catch the aircraft type,  however, but decided it must be a student doing a cross country or some other private pilot routing south. I even announced my position and intensions, wanting him to know that I was coming from behind - fast! He didn't respond ...

With the 160 kt plus GS, I asked my FIL to keep a lookout for the aircraft that had just taken off, as I was ready to give it a good run for its money, already seeing in my minds eye how I was about to reel him in and informing him that I was about to overtake him.

We poked the sky, but simply couldn't spot him and I eventually decided (and informed my FIL accordingly) that we must have already overtaken him. Then, about 20 minutes after him making his take off radio call at Tempe, all of a sudden this gent pops up on the radio, calling on a down wind at Gariep Dam!!! :o :o :o  :-[ (I had just passed Edenburg!)

I was rather embarrassed in front of my FIL, but I still couldn't resist and I called up the pilot, asking what aircraft he was flying. It was the SAPS PC12 and when we eventually landed at Gariep, the PC12 was tied down, covered up and all the occupants were already shuttled off to town ...

On another occasion, I was in Colesberg when I saw the AMS PC12 circling to land. I drove out to the airfield, which was still usable at the time and had a nice chat with the very friendly pilot. I told him that I wanted to take a picture when he took off and asked him whereabouts along the runway he would become airborne. He showed me the spot, which I seriously doubted, so I made my own decision on where I though the PC12 would be flying and stood waiting, with my camera. The pilot waved good bye as he taxied past me to the threshold.

Needless to say, when the PC12 passed me where I was standing, about 600 meters down the runway, it was already cleaned up and probably climbing through 500 ft!  :-[

Indeed an amazing aircraft!  :thumleft:

Hijack off!  :biggrin:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #753 on: April 18, 2018, 04:47:24 pm »
How does a PC12 look?
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« Reply #755 on: April 18, 2018, 06:25:07 pm »
Turbo prop or piston engine Tampan?
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« Reply #756 on: April 18, 2018, 06:32:32 pm »
Turbo prop or piston engine Tampan?
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« Reply #757 on: April 18, 2018, 08:31:02 pm »
Kyk hier Chris: https://www.pilatus-aircraft.com/en/fly/pc-12

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« Reply #758 on: April 18, 2018, 09:03:51 pm »
Awesome, Tampan!
Very impressive ground speed for the Robin! We barely got that in the Caravan.

I hope you got some photos of that take off.

Chris, the PC-12NG is powered by a Pratt&Whitney turbine engine that kicks out 1200shp.

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« Reply #759 on: April 18, 2018, 10:21:03 pm »
engine that kicks out 1200shp.

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