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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Burner » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:10 pm

ACE MAN wrote:
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The Swazi 340 , flown by?
Swazi government.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

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Burner wrote:
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ACE MAN wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:38 am
The Swazi 340 , flown by?
Swazi government.
Yep , I know that , I should have been more specific inferring pilots.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Burner » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:29 pm

ACE MAN wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:24 pm
Burner wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:10 pm
ACE MAN wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:38 am
The Swazi 340 , flown by?
Swazi government.
Yep , I know that , I should have been more specific inferring pilots.
Rather old article, but seemed to infer that their intention was to use local Swazi pilots. Whether this happened, or they had to pay contractors... not sure.
http://www.times.co.sz/news/114269-swaz ... s-jet.html
LOBAMBA – Swazi pilots and engineers who will fly and maintain the King’s new jet have already been trained and are ready for the job.


This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, who informed parliamentarians that even a crew to work on the new jet had already been secured and they were awaiting the delivery of the aircraft, which he hoped would take place next year.


Gamedze made these remarks during the debate of his ministry’s first quarter performance report for the financial year 2017/2018, by the portfolio committee in the House of Assembly yesterday.
The minister said the delay in the delivery of the plane was caused by the fact that government had purchased a jet that had previously been used as a commercial flight. “What is happening now is that it is being upgraded to VVIP status in the sense that it used to have economy, business and first class seats, but now those chairs are being removed so that it can be fitted with befitting seats,” said Gamedze.


He said both the pilots and engineers had under gone intense training particularly on that kind of plane which is an Airbus A340-300. This plane is reportedly in Hamburg for cabin interior fitting after it was flown from Taipei in Taiwan.


The minister made these remarks after he was grilled by the legislators on whether he was indeed positive that the Swazi crew were capable of operating such a plane and even ready to carry someone in a high position as the King. “What I can tell you is that several Swazis are well-trained in the field of aviation and we did not see them because the country did not have many aircrafts,” said Gamedze.
He said about every two months these pilots had to be trained or be on the field flying.


Maphalaleni MP Mabulala Maseko, wanted to know whether the pilots, after having received the training, would not then leave the country to seek greener pastures. This question was also asked by Timpisini MP Apton Ndlovu. “We all know that government does not pay well so what are we doing to ensure that we retain these officers we are talking about,” he said.
The minister assured the legislators that although the pilots would be under government’s payroll, their salaries would be compatible with those of international standards.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by ZS-BDK » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:08 pm

Any ideas?
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by springbok » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:54 pm

The loss of MLAT coverage between Maseru and PE so you only see flight up to that point until the aircraft is picked up again via MLAT on the return trip.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Glenn L » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:24 pm

I wonder how many DC8's are still flying?
I last flew as a pax in one in 1990 (Air Zambia)

Is this one possibly doing a Mozambique relief flight?
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by PH-BFY » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:18 pm

Glenn L wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:24 pm
I wonder how many DC8's are still flying?
I last flew as a pax in one in 1990 (Air Zambia)

Is this one possibly doing a Mozambique relief flight?

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Nice catch! Also nice to see the Cubana Il96-300 on FR parked in SID (Sal Island, Cape Verde)
I see the DC-8 also had sectors to/from SID from Greensboro in the USA. Not visible is the sectors to Mozambique, but according to operator's website they did make a trip there.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Sandspy » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:26 pm

Any body notice the baloon over Swaziland today. I see it is a project to supply internet. Something like project Loon 60000 plus feet
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by maske86 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:48 pm

I saw it mooching through South Africa yesterday. Caught it strolling through past Upington and kept tabs on its meander eastwards.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by allanroy » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:10 pm

Swiss Air ambulance approaching Cape town

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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by HAAN » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:43 am

Turkish curreny moving fleet to new airport!
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:55 am

HAAN wrote:
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Turkish curreny moving fleet to new airport!
Sounds interesting. Tell us more.
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Deanw » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:18 am

Ugly Duckling wrote:
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HAAN wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:43 am
Turkish curreny moving fleet to new airport!
Sounds interesting. Tell us more.
Turkish Airlines is switching to a new Istanbul airport – all in 45 hours
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by avjhb » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:46 pm

I wonder what happened here
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Re: The Flightradar 24 interesting traffic thread

Unread post by Burner » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:45 pm

avjhb wrote:
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I wonder what happened here

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Saw somewhere it was mentioned a gear issue. Dumped fuel and came back. I see a replacement A346 ZS-SNH took off at 22:45, and will reach Frankfurt around 9am.
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