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Date From To
Sun 08/01 FQMA - Maputo, Mozambique / UTC +02:00 FALA - Johannesburg, South Africa / UTC +02:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 09:00 (07:00Z) 01:40 10:40 (08:40Z) 251 27
Actual 12:45 (10:45Z) 02:15 15:00 (13:00Z) 270 120 165 10,715


From: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Date: Friday August 06, 2004 at 12:48 EDT
By: Ed Galkin and Dick Sollner
Continued from previous leg page.

Arriving midday at Lanseria we were greeted by Brian Norden and Guido Warnecke and their friends Gunter and Birgit Schmitz who took over and he became our lifesaver.

Gunter arranged for work schedules with Century Avionics for HF repair and Lanseria Aircraft Service for oil change and plug cleaning. He then took us to the recommended Heia Safari Ranch, a positive delight. The ranch is in a 2500 acre game preserve with animals free to roam around the hotel and bungalows. Impalas were on our paths we walked to our bungalow #4.

Somehow word got out that it was Dick's birthday so Birgit and Gunter invited us to dinner at a nearby hotel recommended by Guido. A bouquet of roses, champagne and dinner was enjoyed by all.

The next day to the airport hoping to depart after lunchtime, but no luck. Mark Robinson of Century Avionics suggested that the HF problem be resolved by starting at the source with a new power supply. This being installed confirmed the radio being INOP and the strong possibility of the antenna tuner being bad. Since this was the last chance for repairs we opted for new replacements. After these items were obtained Mark worked until dark getting the units installed. Meanwhile Peter at Aircraft service had completed the oil change and plug cleanup. We will be departing on the next morning.

That evening it was our turn to provide dinner. Gunter took us to the Montecasino Plaza, a replica of an Italian village with shops and restaurants. We met at the Coco Bongo to be later joined by Guido. We all enjoyed South African wine and seafood.

I forgot to mention, Dick encountered a giraffe walking towards him. He was determined not to move, but as the critter got about six feet away he chickened out. Unbelievable!

Continued on next leg page.
Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Takeoff from Maputo
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Greeted at Lanseria by our ground handler
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Brian and Guido
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Our hut at the Heia Safari Ranch
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And we complain about deer eating our bushes and flowers in the Northeastern US...
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It's a jungle out there!
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Watch where you walk at night, you could run into a zebra
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Guido, Birgit and Günter with Ed and the Birthday boy
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Routine maintenance
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General aviation dwells at Lanseria
From: Johannesburg
Date: Sunday August 08, 2004 at 15:30 EDT
By: Guido Warnecke and Gunter Schmitz
Photo Courtesy of Guido Warnecke and Gunter Schmitz
On his birthday, Dick is looking at more than a slice of cake...
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