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Old 4th Feb 2018, 11:05
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 09:47
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I was in country training pilots for the local air force who had bought a plane from my employer. Once a month we would fly the military payroll around the country. Of course this was cash, so flying it was by far the safest way.
Before we went North, the pilots would call up there for weather.
it would always be clear, even though when we arrived the sand was blowing so hard we could barley see the ground, and the runway was the same color brown with just some markers to outline it. The deal was, if we didn't get in, they didn't get paid until we did, so we always were told it was good VFR just to get us to try!
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Old 6th Feb 2018, 19:58
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Note goatherd staring at us
One of the tricks when flying there at levels to avoid being shot at (you wanted to fly low enough so that you don't get noticed until you're over them and it won't give anyone time to aim properly) was to notice the herds of goats: if they didn't start to scatter until you were over them then you were low enough! (This probably helped recruit several young goatherds to 'the other side' though.)
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Old 11th Mar 2018, 15:43
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You know you're in Africa when ATC clears you to land at an international airport with the following warning:
"xxxx, cleared to land. Caution people and birds in vicinity of runway"

Or when you have a long flight with a refuelling stop, you are promised that fuel is already there and of course there is none!

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Old 12th Mar 2018, 01:51
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You know you’re in afrika when you get shaken down at a routine “traffic stop” and the “police” find “BEEG problem”. You point out that they don’t have any bullets in the second cops kalishnikov and that you’d rather be at the pub. 2 heinekens are exchanged as well as pleasantries and all problems disappear, smiles and handshakes ensue, and you are expeditiously Enroute to your original destination.
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Old 12th Mar 2018, 12:02
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You know you’re in afrika when you get shaken down at a routine “traffic stop” and the “police” find “BEEG problem”. You point out that they don’t have any bullets in the second cops kalishnikov and that you’d rather be at the pub. 2 heinekens are exchanged as well as pleasantries and all problems disappear, smiles and handshakes ensue, and you are expeditiously Enroute to your original destination.
ah yes, been there, done that in Zim, always carry small denomination US$ bills, v useful in these situations
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Old 12th Mar 2018, 16:36
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Old 8th Apr 2018, 18:58
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20 word CV. Ability to swim is a must.

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Old 15th Apr 2018, 09:45
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Africa - It's Contagious

When joining from the S in 100% CAVOK for Rwy 05 the US military "controller" gives you routing instructions for a 20 mile DME arc that must be joined from the North and takes you over land instead of nice safe sea and then mechanically intones (put on hick backwoods accent) "Mogadishu airspace believed to be compromised" and merely repeats it like a robot when asked what it means - as does his supervisor when you call him by landline on landing. Pointing out that 'compromised' has no specific meaning and that failing to identify whatever they thought important enough to tell us about was rather pointless proved completely ineffective.

It can't be something in the water as theirs was all flown in by C5...
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 13:25
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Originally Posted by 4runner View Post
You know you’re in afrika when you get shaken down at a routine “traffic stop” and the “police” find “BEEG problem”. You point out that they don’t have any bullets in the second cops kalishnikov and that you’d rather be at the pub. 2 heinekens are exchanged as well as pleasantries and all problems disappear, smiles and handshakes ensue, and you are expeditiously Enroute to your original destination.
This used to be the norm in Zambia (maybe still is?) because the state didn't pay the police or army and they had to fund themselves. It was a government policy; "we give you a uniform and power your earn your living from that"
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 13:52
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"Nigeria used to have Okada Airlines, operating the world's largest fleet of BAC1-11s."

I once saw an Okada Air 1-11 at Dan Air maintenance and it was in such a state - broken seats, oil leaking out of every pore, tires different sizes, huge curls of paint sticking up from aerofoil surfaces etc - I thought it was being scrapped; but no it was in for a C check!
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