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Problems with local law enforcment

An Offical in Tundara, with lots of shouting, that our nice shiny Dc-3 (read: bare aliminum) should have the correct markings upon it.   While technically he’s correct before I could assure him that we would fix the problem and that he should accept our payment of a ‘spot fine’  he got louder and louder until a local policeman that was asleep in his car woke up.

Things went from bad to worse and I ended up in the local police station explaining why my aircraft was unmarked to a large chap with a problem with the heat.  I’m now stuck here waiting for the next guy up the food chain to turn up.

Kinda annoying really.  I could see eric the engineer,I wonder what his real name is, was wondering around the DC-3 with a can of black emulsion and a thoughtful look.   I guessed that the problem was about to go away when the policeman woke up,  and I wasn’t quick enough with the smokes and ‘spot fine’ payments.

Meh.   Once I get this sorted we off.   It’s a nice place and the people are nice,  but officaldom is officialdom the world over.

Current Location

As of now I’m in a Town called Tunduru.  The airfield seems to be surrounded by the town.  A very green and verdant place it is.  But bleeding hot.

I’ve not really mentioned the heat.  We are around 650mn South of the Equator and it’s 28degrees as I write this.  Even at 8500 feet it’s around 20 degrees.   Thankfully the wind chill effect is cooling us and the engines.  The Engines are a worry,  the heat up so quickly even with the cowl’s fully open.

Taking off is a case of getting the locals (very helpful for a few smokes) to push/pull the Aircraft to the the end of the runway and complete as many checks as poss with the engines off.   Then a mad rush to get them started and the other checks done and go as soon as possible.

While they don’t get too hot, I don’t want to stress them by sitting there idle.  Better to get going and let the airflow cool them.

Landing is a similar affair.  The engineer watches the temps like a hawk and orders a shutdown if we get too hot while taxing.

Current legs flown and location

Not always up to date. Every 3-4 legs I guess


Now,  While I’m in Tundara I havn’t posted the flying report.  That’s mainly to do with a problem we had 20 mins out from Mtwara.   I glanced at the fuel gauge and had a ‘moment’ .  Returning to Mtwara and filling the tanks fixed that problem.  More later on what happened, and what I did to the old Navigator.  And it’s not my fault,  I’m too busy flying to do paperwork.  That’s why the gauge is infront of the co-pilot.

Navigator has been replaced by new Nav who I christened Norm(I cannot be bothered to remember these peoples names).  Eric the Engineer is still sleeping, but he was seen moving around the aircraft in the dark.  When we got to the aircraft after a fine breakfast of kippers and black coffee for the co-pilot (yuch) there was a smell of new oil.   I guess he’s servicing the aircraft in the dark.  He’s not very tidy though.  There were spots of oil on the ground.

Leg 4. Landing on Mainland Africa.

Leg 4 : Prince Said Ibrahim  (FMCH) – (HTMT) Mtwara, Rep of Tansania.  202nm 86 Mins Estimated.

Weather : Winds 329@4kts. Temp 26C. Clouds Broken. 29.91 Inches pressure. No rain. 10miles visibility.  Flying at 8500ft. Actual blocks time 92 minutes. Takeoff 15.05 Local.

While the weather was not a problem, I’ve been testing the Just flight DC3.  It looks great and the model is more accurate then the FSX default.   Problem is that the VOR gauge doesn’t work (Later double checked.  But none of the FSX DC-3’s have a working VOR gauge), the Sperry AP is flakey both in pitch and heading.  Quite possibly an expensive mistake.

The Service patch Just flight released was supposed to fix the Sperry and sounds files.  Looks like the got the sound and the model right, but forgot the important stuff.   Anyway I’m quite attached to my viewmaster.

For some reason,

I view this leg as a mile stone.  This is the start of a journey.  I will be landing on mainland Africa.  All being well it’ll be close to the Tansania/Mozambique Border.   for the sake of international relations.  Meh,  who am I kidding.  In a effort to reduce the paper work we made land fall in Tanzania.

1st sighting of mainland Africa.  Mosambique (or should be)  We’ll take a right turn an follow the coast line until the MT NDB in Tansania.  Once it’s 90degrees to our left we can turn left towards it.  Our destination is in the same location.

Just a nice picture.   But can you spot the mistake?  Let’s just say this picture was taken at a different time.

Entering Tansania at 270degrees towards the MT NDB.  All being well our destination of Mtwara is ahead.

Ahh, there in the large dark green area.  I think.  Circling closer around the NDB We find a nice hard surfaced strip for us to make our first touchdown on mainland Africa.

“Welcome to the United Republic of Tanzania”

As I mentioned earlier none of the DC-3’s have a working VOR Gauge in either the VC or 2d panels.  While I’m flying around Africa it’s fine as there are very few of them, and enough NDB’s to get around.   It’s really annoying though.  I’ve searched several forums to no avail.  I guess I’l have to post one myself.

It’s annoying and a bit depressing though.  the JF Dc3 is a nice bird,  but the faulty sperry makes the aircraft unflyable for any reasonable ranges.  The flight model is good though.  Correct speeds and fuel burns.   I’ll have to see if I can copy the relavent bits from the JF Dc3 to the FSX dc3.

I must admit that these silly faults were not expected.  Let’s face it,  surely someone has noticed these?  JF were supposed to have fixed the Sperry autopilot with SP1.  Seem’s they failed.  I can cope with many problems,  but this is basic stuff guys.   I’m forming an email to JF.  “Angry of Ireland”.

Anyway,  I’m enjoying the flying.  John C from the CIX VFR Club has told me about a form of navigation that might make my time across the pacific easier.  There are many islands that I either need to refuel at, or to pass over as a navigation fix.   Many of them have no navigation aids at all.   John’s suggestion is to empoly a method navigation that deliberately aim’s to not hit the target.   I have the basics down, but John’s Away for a few well earned days so I’ll keep quiet about it until he returns.

I thought everything was fine with this flight,  I admit there were a few issues,  by my Co-Pilot has started muttering to himself.  There is  a distinct smell of strong alcohol around him.  Maybe it’s rubbing alcohol?   My ancient mechanic is muttering about the VOR gauge being faulty.  While we’ve passed VOR’s my superior navigation skills have not failed me yet.  They don’t call me the human pigeon for nothing