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You Know You Are In Africa When.....

Old 31st Aug 2020, 08:46
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Was based DNMA 1996 to 1998, flying a Gulfstream 2.
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Old 31st Aug 2020, 08:54
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You walk in to your friendly ROB airport post office to collect an airmailed package to be asked "eh bo' where ma crima?" = "hello boss where is my Christmas?". Intended to indicate that a seasonal dash (bribe in WA) was payable, otherwise you didn't get your Christmas goodies!

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Old 2nd Sep 2020, 06:34
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You know you’re in Africa when you think any car, dripping water is leaking coolant. When in fact, it is condensed water from an actual functional air conditioner.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 09:03
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Yes...mid 80's
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 20:55
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When after the usual red-eye special to Luanda, back at the Polana Mar, Maputo, just in time before breakfast is finished one can only have scrambled eggs. No chucks, so using imported Chinese egg powder--gross. Pineapples ++ rotting up country, so only imported tinned fruit. I so miss the local enormous tasty piri-piri prawns. I learned bowls there too:-) "Kojak" in his mac and sunglasses with newspaper (even at night) keeping an eye on us. Such fun.......especially when we deliberately split into two groups going in different directions when leaving the hotel for a walk.
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 05:52
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When discussing hiring an aircraft you are told:

sure, just put some credit into your account.
Then 5 minutes later: sure, just give us 24 hours to process your paperwork,
Then 2 weeks later, sure just give us 24 hours to process your security pass,
Then 2 weeks later sure, just give us 24 hours for the aircraft's Cert. of Airworthiness to be delivered
Then 2 weeks later Hmmm, no CofA, just give us 24 hours to find a replacement aircraft
Then 2 weeks later sure, just do a check flight with our 'captain'
Then a whole new saga with a corrupt and incompetent captain which is the subject of a whole new thread

Aaarghhh. But the craziest thing is that at each step, I am confident all the problems will disappear and I will be happily flying tomorrow.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 08:19
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Wanted a twin ottter rating endorsed and examiner said he can sign for a few other types on my license as well no problem 🙂 mambo
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 03:13
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Seeing that name (Charles Viviers) reminded me of stories I heard from my step father - Robert "Bob" Brannon. He mentioned "old Charlie" in numerous anecdotes of his time in Africa. Bob flew B26 and T28s and then with Charlie flying the mighty BN2A Islander fish spotting. Thousands of hours at 500 feet over the sea. At night. Amazing stuff. Bob passed away a couple of years ago.
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Old 27th Mar 2021, 11:38
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A delightful story that I heard about Charlie from an 'old and bold' DC3 pilot who had flown Constellations from Sao Tome into Biafra during that war. All their ops were at night to avoid interception as the Nigerians had very poor, or non-existent, night interception capabilities. (Limited runway lights in Biafra would be turned on when they were on short final and turned off on touchdown.) Charlie was then on the Nigerian side flying MiGs and was one of the few who flew (or could fly?) at night, so he would be sent of to 'patrol' to intercept air traffic going into Biafra. He always flew with his nav lights on. 'Behind the scenes' a common frequency had been passed on between him and that Constellation pilots (who were largely his ex-colleagues from the SAAF). When any of the Constellation pilots saw nav lights above, they would quickly call on that frequency "**ck Off, Charlie" and then watch the nav lights turn away from them...
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Old 27th Mar 2021, 15:06
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The Dutch pilot of your (Cessna 210) charter from Khartoum to Nyala, 30 minutes out of Khartoum, sets the auto pilot, pushes his seat back, puts his feet up on the instrument panel coaming and says “wake me in a couple of hours”!
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Old 28th Mar 2021, 20:13
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NBO – HRE KQ flight as a passenger about a decade ago. Felt a soft but clear push in my back at rotation so I explained my neighbor (US Marine) that we were going back. After circling for about 20 minutes around town and being catered for a couple of more hours at the ground we boarded the same 737-800 again. Of course some passengers were a little stressed and exited. During taxiing out I suddenly heard a sharp hissing sound and was starting to accept that I might have to stay overnight. It appeared that a couple of rows away from us two smartly dressed middle-aged gentlemen were standing, both with yellow life-jackets on, one inflated. The purser came to them and calmly explained that it was not necessary to rehearse the in-flight safety demonstration.
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