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Maun, Botswana. The essential guide.

Old 8th Nov 2011, 00:06
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Heading up to Windhoek and then Maun in about 2 weeks, anybody there at the time, have a little drink ?
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 08:56
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@ lilflyboy - agreed to all of the above. Just charge the rate of an initial issue CPL for the validation and there you go...at the same time as shafting anybody who tries to change it Still begs the question though, can a training organisation still survive on 20-30 PPL's a year (or even 50)?

With regards to Francistown as a training area I totally agree...added to that is a brand new airport and great runway costing MANY millions of Pula with little to no use! So it wouldnt be a bad idea to try increase utilisation especially because as you say, Maun is overrun at the moment.

Ive lived in both 'town' and 'cattle post' ...one longer than the other and I can tell you socially and entertainment-wise Francistown is pathetic in comparison to Maun! There is literally nothing to do and nowhere to go for a few drinks! Yes, It may be more developed with more infrastructure but living wise its not much different with most draw backs found in Maun here too. Im pretty indifferent about both of them...
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Old 10th Nov 2011, 10:35
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Language wise I was wondering where it would be most beneficial with regards to landing a job. I speak Dutch(Afrikaans), German, French and of course English. Is this a distinct advantage in Windhoek or Maun. On this (very helpful) forum a bit is written about German but the other languages are a bit of a mystery to me
Anyway I would love to meet up with all you guys, have been reading the posts with a sense of wonder and a big smile. Pm me, I'm in windhoek the 19th of Nov and then heading up to Maun, since hiring season already started over there and WH starts a bit later
Can anybody advise me about the chameleon backpackers in WH, is it any good. Also the old bridge backpackers in maun ?

See ya soon
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Old 10th Nov 2011, 10:42
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German and Afrikaans - will help you in Namibia especially Swakopmund operators (dont know about Windhoek but lets say, it wont be a disadvantage)

French - huge advantage in North/central African countries (ie Senegal, DRC, Ghana and so on)

Botswana - not so much...
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Old 10th Nov 2011, 10:50
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Thank you very much, heading into Maun anyway (If all else fails it's gonna be a nice holiday) but will also check Swakopmund.

Btw for some reaon the Congo doesn't really sound like a good place to hang out for a year or more
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Old 13th Nov 2011, 02:22
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CharlieVictorSierra , when you said

French - huge advantage in North/central African countries

Botswana - not so much...
Did you mean - no it`s not gonna be of any help - , or did you mean - we hate frog eaters - ?

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Old 13th Nov 2011, 12:32
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It's because Bechuanaland was once a British protectorate and so is more inclined towards chips on the shoulders. This contrasts with the French island, known as Devils Island, where French fries were preferred.
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Old 14th Nov 2011, 15:46
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reached maun and started hunting !!

got into maun finally... all the way from India !!! met with some chief pilots already. the initial response is quiet disappointing !! looks like they are changing the std level and need 300+ hrs with instrctr rating now on...!!! anyways gonna stick around and believe in ' there is no harm in trying' !! hopin for the best
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Old 14th Nov 2011, 20:25
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" looks like they are changing the std level and need 300+ hrs with instrctr rating now on."

How about this? Do they recognize instructor ratings from JAA and FAA?
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Old 15th Nov 2011, 16:39
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Yes

(used to fill in word requirement)
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Old 15th Nov 2011, 18:21
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Thumbs up

Thank you!
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Old 15th Nov 2011, 18:42
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Lilflyboy,

I assume your 'yes' was an answer to whether they recognise JAA and FAA instructor ratings.

Can you also relate to the supposed raise of requirements to 300h TT + instructor rating?

Cheers!

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Old 15th Nov 2011, 22:41
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Lilflyboy,

While your checking.....

Does it matter the potential CP only has a Glider Instructor License?
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Old 16th Nov 2011, 14:40
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Well its up to the operators what the want. If they want you, they will take you.

As for mikes comment.... What?
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Old 16th Nov 2011, 21:07
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Man, you would deserve a decoration (and at least a million bucks) for your patience...
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Old 18th Nov 2011, 20:16
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whats the current situation of hiring in Maun right now?
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Old 19th Nov 2011, 04:21
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Hmmm F/Town. No maintenance organisation. No traffic - surely some sort of exposure to other aircraft in the sky is beneficial to a training PPL?
Don't think anyone will travel to F/Town for training either - hell, most wouldn't even travel to Maun for a job interview.

Best of luck. Hope it all works out.
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Old 19th Nov 2011, 20:38
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This thread is fantastic, very usefull. I am a low timer (fATPL, 200hrs) with a nice job at operations, but struggling to find my first flying job. I did a lot of online research about bush flying in Africa, and decided to come to Maun next winter (got to first save and get a big buffer...) if I have no luck te coming year. I also plan to take a bush flying course in South Africa coming spring. Do you think that is - besides an amazing and usefull experience - a good investment and will give me an advantage as a job seeker?

And another question: I heard from a Namibian pilot that logged simulator hours count as actual hours, is this true?
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Old 3rd Dec 2011, 18:57
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is hiring done for this season?
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Old 4th Dec 2011, 11:58
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Flying_Claire

You'll be better off spending your money on a C206 rating rather than a bush flying course.
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