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SUE TO FERRY ADDO ELEPHANT PARK TO NELSPRUIT BACK TO ADDO

Postby Suesing » Mon May 07, 2012 9:29 am

Sue to ferry a Bantam B22J up from Addo to Nelspruit then turn around and take back a 6 cylinder . About 22 hours of flying. This will be my toughest ferry flight yet, so wish me luck guys! Take off first light Wednesday morning.

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Postby John.com » Mon May 07, 2012 9:52 am

Suesing wrote:Sue to ferry a Bantam B22J up from Addo to Nelspruit then turn around and take back a 6 cylinder . About 22 hours of flying. This will be my toughest ferry flight yet, so wish me luck guys! Take off first light Wednesday morning.

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Postby Suesing » Mon May 07, 2012 11:16 am

Sorry i wasnt my usual self on Sunday! John, just a lot on my mind. I am a chick who can not multi task!
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Postby Air Hog » Wed May 09, 2012 8:23 pm

Any news from Sue on the first leg?
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Postby goldie » Thu May 10, 2012 12:06 pm

Sue stayed over at Vrede last night, airborne first light this morning,ETA Nelspruit 10.30am today.
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Postby Suesing » Thu May 10, 2012 4:40 pm

Hi guys first leg complete 10.5hrs just waiting for Andrew to attach all the fancy avionics to the new Bantam Big six that Addo Elephant park have ordered, then will place my bottie in the saddle and head out on a south westerly heading for another ten hours and hopefully wind up touching down safely at Addo.

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Postby John.com » Thu May 10, 2012 7:53 pm

Suesing wrote:Hi guys first leg complete 10.5hrs just waiting for Andrew to attach all the fancy avionics to the new Bantam Big six that Addo Elephant park have ordered, then will place my bottie in the saddle and head out on a south westerly heading for another ten hours and hopefully wind up touching down safely at Addo.

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Postby Suesing » Fri May 11, 2012 9:13 am

Sitting in Nelspruit at Andrews place waiting...waiting... lovely weather. Will head back to Vrede this arvie, and then crack on in the morning.Dont want to arrive at Addo in in the evening as the wind really blows there,so will try to find a sleep over close by and tackle the last few hours early.The journey is by no means near to its end and who knows what awaits me.
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Postby John.com » Fri May 11, 2012 11:35 am

Suesing wrote:Sitting in Nelspruit at Andrews place waiting...waiting... lovely weather. Will head back to Vrede this arvie, and then crack on in the morning.Dont want to arrive at Addo in in the evening as the wind really blows there,so will try to find a sleep over close by and tackle the last few hours early.The journey is by no means near to its end and who knows what awaits me.
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Hey Sue! Great news, thanks again for updating us!

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Keep your chin up and your head down! :wink:

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Postby Suesing » Sun May 13, 2012 4:23 pm

Hi All, landed safely at Addo Elephant park about 11.40 yesterday. Total time about 18/19 hrs. All good, just catching my breath and then will fly in a big plane back to Joeys on Monday morning. Congrats to all of you at the big formation flight-very cool.

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Postby John.com » Sun May 13, 2012 4:44 pm

Suesing wrote:Hi All, landed safely at Addo Elephant park about 11.40 yesterday. Total time about 18/19 hrs. All good, just catching my breath and then will fly in a big plane back to Joeys on Monday morning. Congrats to all of you at the big formation flight-very cool.

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Postby Suesing » Mon May 14, 2012 7:47 pm

Actually the only blip on this trip was boarding the Comair/Brit Airways flight at O.R Tambo. My long range fuel tank caused a great dilemma. It was empty but had a smell of fuel. So i was sent off, tried cream soda washout and then strawberry and then coke. To no avail. The container impounded.British Airways - ....
Addo Elephant Park a cool spot , the Bantam i had to take back to Andrew-very tatty- so my nerves were on edge for 10.5hrs. Nightstop Vrede but aerie wont even nearly start in the early morning. This wips me beyond comprehension. Undo tent pegs and get a jump start. Move along over a very misty Drakensberg after a refuel at... cant remember.Descend down and pull in at Little Nelspruit. Nobody there to meet me but this is the style of this sortie. After a day or two Andrew has sorted the Big Six with transponder and Nat Parks Radios, so i pull out of Nelspruit midday back to Addo Elephant P.E. .Nightstop in Bethlehem sleep in the aerie, and full up with avgas in the morning. My mates tell me i must move my ass- bad weather coming up in P.E. So i do take all sorts of possible shortcuts, flying alongside the Maluti moutains the cold is unbearable,have to fly at 8500ft to maintain groundspeed and avoid turbulence,pull out my sleping bag but it has little effect as the cold air is being sucked in from the backside of the underpod,but the good news is 68kts groundspeed -4hrs to go.This was a test- BIG TIME.I am getting colder and colder and starting to shiver with 3hrs to run.Can not descend the mountains are too big, so i have to go another 2hrs because the last hr is descending into warm air , my thinking and senses will come alive again.And thats what keeps me going.And i keep myself busy fully aware that the cold and 19hrs of flying are taking their toll.But then i land smoothly ,taxi up ,no reception just me and the aerie and sunshine,such comfort.
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Re: ADDO ELEPHANT PARK TO NELSPRUIT BACK TO ADDO

Postby Air Hog » Tue May 15, 2012 9:44 am

Hi Sue
I salute you! You have bigger ones than 90% of men! That includes me.
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Postby Suesing » Tue May 15, 2012 12:16 pm

Dankie, not really .
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Postby Tumbleweed » Tue May 15, 2012 12:46 pm

If you're not concerned about the hair do why don't you slip on a helmet with visor when no one is looking? :)
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