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Old 1st Sep 2017, 08:18   #21 (permalink)
 
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So long as you fly the aircraft the way that it is designed to be flown, then Ntswi is just like any other runway. It all comes down to proper training, following procedures, and knowing your aircraft.

At 30 degrees C and at MAUW the C206 requires a ground run of approx 402m and a distance of approx 830m to clear a 50ft obstacle. Under the same conditions, an airvan needs around 550m ground run and 900m for obstacle clearance... Needless to say, we are all grateful for the lack of any obstacles at the end of Ntswi.


In an ideal world, I would want a hybrid of the C206 and GA8. The C206 has better air vents for the pilot (definitely needed in this environment), rudder trim, better short field performance, and you can check the fuel without using a ladder. Wheras the GA8 has a better (but not perfect) flap system, is easier to land, and is so much easier in terms of load passengers and freight.
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 11:54   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks, Pilot in Pink. I wonder if the elephant is still in residence at Ntswi? I would love to fly from Maun to Ntswi in a Cessna 206 and then into Kasane via Vic Falls.
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 03:23   #23 (permalink)


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Hello together. I'm slightly confused. Does it make sense to show up in Maun with 270 hours, FAA CPL IFR, HP Endorsement, 3 hours ME and Medical 1st class, or will I not meet the minimum qualifications?
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Thanks, Pilot in Pink. I wonder if the elephant is still in residence at Ntswi? I would love to fly from Maun to Ntswi in a Cessna 206 and then into Kasane via Vic Falls.
When the water is low the eles come and go off the island. Ntswi to Kasane is a long and bumpy flight in a 206 with not much to see enroute. Maun to Ntswi on the other hand is a great leg; short (15 minutes), therefore low enough to see game, and goes over a beautiful part of the Delta.


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Hello together. I'm slightly confused. Does it make sense to show up in Maun with 270 hours, FAA CPL IFR, HP Endorsement, 3 hours ME and Medical 1st class, or will I not meet the minimum qualifications?
No sense at all. Strict minimum for not citizens is 500 hours and that is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 16:12   #25 (permalink)


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OK, thanks. I assume that is true for all companys at Maun.
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It's a requirement for work and residence permits, therefore a government imposed restriction rather than a company restriction
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Old 30th Sep 2017, 06:26   #27 (permalink)
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I wonder if Kavango Air have got a Cessna 208 Caravan yet?

In other news, I see that Wilderness Air are recruiting Cessna 208 pilots.
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Interesting news for Wilderness and 208, is it the first time they are taking direct entry Caravan pilots,not upgrading from 206?
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Old 30th Sep 2017, 18:50   #29 (permalink)
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Advert says South Africa CPL and 800 hours. Cessna 208 an advantage. Think they are looking for experienced pilots.
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 07:19   #30 (permalink)
 
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I wonder if Kavango Air have got a Cessna 208 Caravan yet?
I understand that Kavango has a new Cessna on the way... another C172. No caravan in sight.
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 17:54   #31 (permalink)
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Thanks Pilot In Pink. That makes 3 Cessna 172s for Kavango?
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Old 11th Oct 2017, 19:16   #32 (permalink)
 
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What are the prospects for a retired airline pilot? Grew up in african aviation but have spent the last 30 years flying heavies for a major US airline. Looking to go back to my roots when I retire.
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Old 11th Oct 2017, 22:20   #33 (permalink)
 
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U'd wanna go C208 - not back to sticky pistons. Big question, without being politically correct is - are you up for wuick turn arounds and the whole "make things work" scenario. I understand your dream - but you'd need to understand the whole "package" the African bush pilot dream comes with as well. Good luck.
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Yeager, he/she said that their roots were in African aviation. I also fly heavies around the world for a US carrier these days and my “roots” are in African aviation. It would take some training and a few hours of practice to become reacquainted with piston equipment again.
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Years ago we used to go into Ntswi with a Navajo Chieftain......
Gunns camp was seriously popular then even with the RAF
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