Trips / Johannesburg

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South Africa, Johannesburg
February 19/28, 2010
From Lanseria to Rustenburg From Rustenburg to Pilanesberg From Pilanesberg to Lanseria Trip over Johannesburg From Lanseria to Wonderboom From Lanseria to Tedderfield From Tedderfield to Vereeniging From Vereeniging to Potchefstroom FALA; Lanseria FARG; Rustenburg FAPN; Pilanesberg FAWB; Wonderboom FATA; Tedderfield Airpark FAVV; Vereeniging FAPS; Potchefstroom



From Amsterdam to Johannesburg

On Friday, February 19 2010, Laurence, Maurits and Rene travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to do a foreign license validation, and do some flying around Chauteng. Upon arriving at Johannesburg airport, we received an e-mail with the address of the accommodation that had been arranged for us by the flight centre. On Saturday, we had a quick visit to the flight centre at Lanseria airport. Julie showed us the planes, and drove us around the taxiways for orientation. On Sunday we visited the Rhino & Lion nature reserve, north west of Johannesburg. After that we took a drive to Johannesburg (without going into the city).

Laurence and Maurits at Schiphol
Laurence and Maurits at Schiphol
Lodge near Lanseria
Lodge near Lanseria
Drive around Johannesburg
Drive around Johannesburg
Rhino & Lion nature reserve
Rhino & Lion nature reserve



Validation process

On Monday, February 22 2010, Rene started with the PPL validation process. In the morning Rene received instruction on the Johannesburg airspace from a local Lanseria controller. At 11:00 Rene took the air law exam, with a positive result. A flying skill test had been planned for the afternoon, but there was no instructor and no plane available. The new plan was to combine the skill test with the navigation flight on Tuesday. On Tuesday Rene received the dual instruction flight. On the leg to Rustenburg we did the turns, stalls, engine failure, etc, stuff while navigating to Rustenburg. The next leg was to Pilanesberg, where we first did an orbit over Sun City. Then back to Lanseria via the Hartebeest Dam lake. Laurence, Maurits and Rene went to the Monte Casino place at the end of the afternoon, where we had diner and some drinks. On Wednesday, the formalities took more time than expected, but that was also because some of the procedures were not clear to the flight school. But at the end of the afternoon the South African license was received, and all was cleared to fly ZS-planes as PIC.

Rene flying for validation
Rene flying for validation
Orbit over Sun City
Orbit over Sun City
Maurits playing a game at Monte Casino
Maurits playing a game at Monte Casino
Eating shrimps at Monte Casino
Eating shrimps at Monte Casino



Bad weather

No luck on Thursday. It appeared already in the morning that in would be a non-flying day, which was confirmed when we got to Lanseria airport and we saw the satellite and radar images. While we were there, authorities from several administrations came in to routinely search the place. A health inspector summoned the operator to put a condom machine in the hangar.

Place being searched
Place being searched
Police dogs
Police dogs
Dog unit
Dog unit
Back at the lodge; raining
Back at the lodge; raining



Over Soccer City and to Wonderboom

The weather outlook for Friday was not perfect. When we arrived at the flight centre, the Cessna that was made available for us came from another company on the airport, but the plane was rather old, and had an electrical system that also one of the instructors did not understand when we asked about it. Rene decided not to take a chance, and got in contact with another company on the airport where they had sufficient airplanes available to choose from. We did a check ride over Soccer City, and afterwards Rene, Laurence and Maurits visited nearby Wonderboom.

Rene with the Cessna ZS-IRL
Rene with the Cessna ZS-IRL
Soccer City near Soweto
Soccer City near Soweto
Maurits and Laurence at Lanseria
Maurits and Laurence at Lanseria
In front of the Wonderboom tower
In front of the Wonderboom tower



To Tedderfield, Vereeniging and Potchefstroom

Saturday, February 27 2010 was the last day in Johannesburg before returning home in the evening. We hired a plane from the place that we found the day before, and made a trip to Tedderfield, Vereeniging and Potchefstroom. Because of low clouds and limited visibility we did not vist Parys, as we originally had planned.

Before departure from Lanseria
Before departure from Lanseria
Johannesburg Business District
Johannesburg Business District
Maurits, Rene and Laurence at Tedderfield
Maurits, Rene and Laurence at Tedderfield
Moving on to Vereeniging
Moving on to Vereeniging
Maurits and Rene at Potchefstroom
Maurits and Rene at Potchefstroom
Final RWY 03 Potchefstroom
Final RWY 03 Potchefstroom


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