Archive for June, 2011

Ready to fly.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I’ve managed clean up the Caravan to a flying state.  Well I employed some locals to do that.  I’m more of a delegater then a do-er.  Clean the in out takes.  The body and windows.  Pump up the tyres.  Charge the battery.  Twice after leaving the master switch on overnight.

It hasn’t flown in 6 months by all accounts.  Well it started this morning.  I’m not sure on the fuel though.   I guess it had seperated in the tanks and so we emptied it all into a couple of 50 gallon drums and stirred it around for a while.  We then pumped it back into the tanks.   While the engine started it’s smoking like a WW-2 Bomber.

At a guess I don’t think it’s supposed to do that.  The fuel has a purple dye to it.  from all accounts it’s either 82UL (Not made since 2008) or some discontinued military fuel.  Both are made for reciprocating engines.   While I can run the engine on it (the manual says it’s permissable if all else fails)  one of the locals suggested diesel…..

Well,  it’ll be fresh for sure.  Better then the stuff we are using at the moment.  A local farmer has been contacted and is gonna deliver some.  Well will drain one tank and fill it with diesel then see how the engine runs on that.  As long as I can get to Dodoma everything is good as they have Jet A-1 there.

Once we’ve got a fuel that seems to allow us to create some soft or acceptable power we’ll try a test flight.

 

It’s quiet out here

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

While flying around Africa I’ve become somewhat lonely.  At most there were 4 aircraft within Africa.  1 was me, and 2 others were long range over flights.  The 4th was another Canenado Cessna Grand Caravan in Tanzania.

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Many ways to cross, but only one needed.

Monday, June 13th, 2011

 

While there are several ways across the Pacific from under 300nm (water) to over 6000nm there are several reasons for preferring one over the other.

My initial decision was to cross from Australia to Chile Via several small Islands Ranging from small to ‘not on the map’ size.

This resulted in a distance of 6400nm depending on what you call the start point. . The main problem being the longest leg was 1620nm.  My new chariot the Cessna Grand Caravan has an approximate max range around 1000nm with standard tanks.  The route is displayed below for you to look at.  It starts in Nadi in the Fiji Islands.  So the route is a little longer as I’d have to get there.  But that part of the route of easy.

I wanted to go that route so I could fly up through South and North America without it feeling like a big detour.

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Leg 12. Alive and safe!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Well, I’ve just made it to Kilimatinde (HTKT)  in a piper J-3 Cub.  Not the safest of aircraft but it beat 6 hours crossing crocodile infested waters.  At least that’s my inpression of the roads around here.   Not leaving the Hotel I wouldn’t know to be honest.

The reason for the flight in the J-3 was to go and look at a replacment for the DC-3.  I was told it was a Cessna Something.  All I could really make out was that it was “Big and noisy, with a propeller on the front.   That could be a C150 for all I knew.   But at the moment anything was better than the road.  Here is the only picture I got on the epic 80nm flight we made. it took 1:30 to do 80nm.  The only good thing was that it used shag all petrol.   I’m of the opinion that it leaked more then it burnt.

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