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Maun, Botswana. The essential guide.

Old 18th Jan 2016, 04:57
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Botswana Instructor

Hi there
Is the company still looking for Instructors
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 14:00
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I'm sorry, i must be a lousy googler.... is there an FAA medical examiner in Maun? Or anywhere in Africa, in Swakopmund maybe?

Oh, and since you're already reading this: with only 235 TT on the log, does it make sence for me to show up in Maun in the first place?

Thank you.
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 14:14
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https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/

And as for what I've read here on the forums and internet, your chances are really low with this amount of hours, anything less than 400-500 your options are low.
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 14:31
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I've tried that search, it returns that there are no AME's in Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania. Is that realistic, or did i do something wrong?
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 14:32
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Here you have the full list:

https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amedirect...int_part_2.pdf
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 15:02
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Until late last year there was only one Botswana medical examiner in Maun!!!

I know one of the pilots a with FAA medical went to Johannesburg to renew their medical. Definitely no FAA medical examiners here.
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 15:49
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I'm sorry, i was being too hasty.... do you actually need an FAA medical certificate to work as pilot in those countries? Or do they have their own standards and examiners?
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 15:53
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Probably not the best way to start your career in Africa, if you don't bother to read the threads and dig information mate, this has been said in multiple post around this thread and also written in some websites, so my recommendation take your time, read everything even it's back to 2000, this will help you to understand your chances, what you need, what to expect, everything... and then if something is not there shoot the question.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 04:41
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There was an FAA AME in Windhoek back in 2014. Don't know if he's still there. Best bet is to get a fresh medical before you head over.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 15:55
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FAA medical only in SA
At least 500hrs to get a job in Bots
Next time do like all the others...read this thread from page 1!!!
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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 10:46
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You can do your FAA medical renewals at Dr. Jordaan in Windhoek.
By the way if someone wants to know the nearest EASA AME is Dr. Nick Lee in Simons town near Cape Town in South Africa. Did my renewals there. He sends the forms to the UK CAA and prints out a new medical for you.
Plus a good excuse to visit the beautiful Cape.

With less than 500 hours rather try namibia as there are no minimum hour restrictions.
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Old 23rd Feb 2016, 22:46
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DO NOT let a doc touch your FAA MEDICAL unless you personally know them or have vetted them, they screw that up it's could cost you thousands, or worse.

I'd just use your FAA medical over there and renew to a local medical when needed, it would be a cold day in hell before I let a doc, or anyone, in Windhoek access my medexpress forums.
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Old 30th Mar 2016, 10:48
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Hello chaps! Any news from the dreamland!? How are things going over there? Any movements?
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 13:12
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not much out of the norm. Favourite wateringhole, Bon Arrivee Maun, reduced to the annals of history, sadly so.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 14:45
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"Favourite wateringhole, Bon Arrivee Maun, reduced to the annals of history, sadly so."

Considering the quality of the food and the cost, I would say...deservedly so..
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 15:16
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Has anyone got updates on operators and current fleets. The 206s seem to being replaced by GA8s. Thanks
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 10:32
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I'm not sure that I would say the C206 is being replaced. If anything, the operators are expanding by acquiring more airvans, but the C206's are not being phased out. From my current spot in the office I can see more C206's parked on the apron than airvans.

The numbers of each type of aircraft are constantly changing, but as a rough guideline of who operates what types:
(And someone can correct me if I'm wrong here...)

Air Shakawe: C206, C207, C210
Delta Air: C206, C210, GA8
Kavango Air: C172, C206, GA8
Mack Air: C206, GA8, C208, Kodiak
Major Blue Air: C172, GA8, C208, BE58, B200, Hawker 800
Moremi Air: GA8
Safari Air: GA8, C208, Kodiak
Wilderness Air: C206, GA8, C208

Sadly, Fridge Air closed its doors in Maun last year... but I am enjoying the kitchen/ hospitality supply shop that took over their office space. You win some, you lose some.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 10:45
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Thank you for the info. A bit surprised to see Air Shakawe with a 206 and 210, but if they have expanded from 2x207, then I'm pleased for them.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 15:22
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Air Shakawe has expanded quite a lot recently. Now have 3x C206, 2x C207 and 1x C210
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 15:42
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That's really good news. Very pleased for George and the gang.
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