Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I am spending the night in Dodoma, but tomorrow (luckily) I have a lift with MAF to Dar so I dont have to spend the whole day on the bus! I leave for Malawi on Friday and luckily also managed to get a lift with my friend Gecko who works for Limbe Leaf. I will let you know how I get on!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sorry for not writing in the last couple of weeks, but so much has happened! I started flying left seat with one of the "training captains" and so far its been going okay. We were a couple of days in Dodoma for maintenance on the aircraft (we had electrical problems) and it wasnt that bad. There isnt much to do, but clever people like myself are never bored.
From there we flew to Ruaha and spent a few nights. Saw some animals, ate a lot of free food and drank free beer. All in all you cant really complain about that! Now I'm back in Dar for a couple of nights and then off again on new adventures. Hope everyone is well. Bye for now!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
So I've been sitting in on the Caravan these last few days with Dan. Mainly just doing the radiowork and getting to know the different strips. I quite like the "Van" and can def see myself flying it sooner rather than later.
Friday we went to a tricky strip in Ruaha called Jongomero, tall trees all around and many bumps on the strip (it was like a rollercoaster), from there we went to Iringa and waited over an hour for people who were late.
Last night I met up with Gecko from Malawi (he works for Limbe Leaf Tobacco) and we had dinner and a couple of beers. It was a mission getting into town as I dont have a car and have to bargain on the generosity of others. One day when Im a rich man....... Ill try and upload some pics if it works. Peace out gang.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Time is going pretty slow here until I get to fly. Went with Sven to Matipwile (strip 50nm north of Dar) and Zanzibar yesterday, the flight across the channel is really stunning. Heard today that I passed both exams which is great, now I just need to fly a plane! I've been flyin lots from the right seat, doing everything except landing the bloody thing. Soon I'll perform the usual Rasmussen "greasers". Chao guys, stay safe.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have been using these first 2 weeks to study for the TZ air law exam. Finally sat it yesterday and it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. Results come Monday, so fingers crossed. Otherwise I have been sitting in on as many flights in the Cessna 206 (with Sven) as possible. The main routes he flies are Dar, Mikumi, Mtemere (Rufiji river camp) and Ruaha. The company has safari camps in all these parks. It’s quite different than flying in Malawi, more organised and less room for fooling around! It’s been exciting and I have tried to upload pictures but the connectivity is the worst I have ever experienced. I’ll let you know on my upload progress soon.
Last weekend I was invited to Rob’s place for a braai. I flew with Rob in Malawi, so it was a nice reunion to see him again. It was a great evening, which also gave me the opportunity to meet some of the other guys from the other companies operating out of Dar. Nice people just don’t see them so much. I need to get more involved so I can start enjoying some of my hobbies; running, tennis and football. We’ll see what happens.
Okay that it for this time around, I start flying myself next week so I’ll write some more then. Until then, take it easy and safari njema!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I had spent 3 days packing so felt pretty ready to leave. My granddad drove me to the airport in CPH (snowing and 0*c outside) and I checked in my multitude of bags. After all I had to survive maybe two years out of one duffel bag so deciding what to pack and what to leave behind was important. The flight to
Sunday, February 1, 2009
So after sitting idle in Denmark for two months watching the size of my loan slowly increase, sending over a million CV's out to different companies and not hearing a word (probably due to the economic crisis), I decided to search for a job back in Africa. I sent my CV to all the companies listed on the Tanzanian CAA's website (more for fun than anything else) and waited. A week later I got a mail asking if I was interested in flying the Cessna 206 and later the Caravan around TZ, based in Dar es Salaam. Of course I said yes!
So today (Feb 1st) I bought my ticket to Dar, leaving on Thursday via London and Doha with Qatar Airways. The next days are gonna be hectic, packing, sorting and calling various people - gettin ready to travel. Can't wait! Its gonna be great gettin back in the air after leaving my last job in Malawi (even tho Im turning to the dark side - flying Cessna's instead of Piper's). Fingers crossed, its gonna be great!