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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by Spatzi67 » Mon May 18, 2009 6:16 pm

when are you planning to be in swakop
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by Johan R » Tue May 19, 2009 4:43 pm

Hi Rudi
When do we see the pictures? Can't wait!!!
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Tue May 19, 2009 7:28 pm

Safe in Etosha East, writing from cell, pics when i am back. rudi
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by Spatzi67 » Sat May 23, 2009 8:46 pm

where are you currently have you left swakop
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Sun May 24, 2009 4:49 pm

Spatzi67 wrote:where are you currently have you left swakop
Hi Spatzi,

Sorry yes, we are safe back home, details of trip to follow.
I only saw your message today, since I used my cell phone to check in, while on tour.

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Namib Day 1 & 2

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed May 27, 2009 2:57 pm

Well we are back and here is my short write-up: From a Rookie, flying going cross border the first time, with the help of an experienced hand.

Executive Summary:
Remember our course…we stayed over 2 nights each in Caprivi Katima, Etosha Mokuti and then Swakopmund.
Total Distance Travel: 2500 sm / 4000 km, with +/- 16 Hours of flying.
Weather played along, blue skies, no thunder storms, no dust storms, and the coastal fog stayed away from the airfields.

This is my first time in Namibia and it was splendid. The great untouched country. Sometimes while flying you look and can’t see signs of civilization, you are glad your backup buddy is sitting somewhere on your wingtip loose formation.

Below are a couple of pictures and write-ups of trip day 1 & 2

Flight day 1:
FASI – FAPN – FYKT
My wife and I set of early from FASI to meet up wing wingman at FAPN to clear customs and fill up.

Anxiously ready for the trip:
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Another Kimberly hole somewhere over Botswana. Civilization gets sparse pretty quickly over Botswana, just the mines bring some activity
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Over the Makgadigadi Pans:
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Then suddenly lots of water in the Caprivi:
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The Katima Mulilo airport in the middle of almost no-where.
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We waited for 2 hours for customs, “No Transport” and eventually our host drove us to the border to clear customs. We stayed over for a small company specializing in Zambezi house boat/fishing trips.
Their Base Camp on the river:
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The next day we went out on a river cruise:
No not this type of boat…
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…but this type:
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When sunset approached the skipper chose a white sandy island and we parked for the night, sleeping in the tents on top of the boat, not another human soul, light or sound around.
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The next morning we were woken by a beautiful sunrise:
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…and a Zambezi Island Breakfast.
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Some FLIGHT DATA:
Trip Time for the longest leg this time: FAPN – FYKM : Flight time 3H41, 87.5 liters fuel used, Distance 565sm/906km, FL085, Lots of headwind.
Notes: My wingman, runs a carbureted RV, so he can’t go lean of peak and not balls to the wall either otherwise his fuel burn goes through the roof, so I back off a bit so we can stay in loose formation as backup for each other over this barren areas.
NB: We were very dissapointed with the Katima Customs delays and the hefty fuel price (+/- R16 / liter) and fuel levy charges (+ VAT + Call out + Credit Card Fees) at Katima, Note to others plan only to use it for small fuel top-ups or avoid.
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by cvh » Wed May 27, 2009 3:08 pm

Can't wait ... :D Thanks!
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed May 27, 2009 3:18 pm

cvh wrote:Can't wait ... :D Thanks!
Chris, I will post day 3,4 maybe tomorrow, but first I need to go play with the little one on the beach.
She missed us terribly the week we were away, so dad got to make up :oops: (Where is that RV10????)

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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by wynand » Wed May 27, 2009 6:15 pm

Super stuff, Rudi. I must say I felt a little alone at times in that vast wilderness. Two planes better.
Looking forward to the rest of your pics and write-up.
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by cvh » Wed May 27, 2009 10:47 pm

still can't wait! :twisted:
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Day 3 & 4

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Thu May 28, 2009 8:14 am

DESTINATION 2: ETOSHA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etosha
Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world… The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennial springs attract a variety of animals and birds throughout the year
Flight day 2:
FYKM – FYTM (Refuel) - FYMO
The flight from Katima to Tsumeb was very bumpy…wonder why one gets thermals over the desert ;-)
We climbed to FL85 to try and smooth it out, but still bumpy. So there we sit, too high to see good ground features. 2 Things stood out.

The river coming into the Caprivi Strip
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The 90degree artificial border between Namibia and Botswana, see our flight plan where we clipped the corner. You can’t miss this international border line.
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We refueled at Tsumeb and then on to Etosha. From the air the Etosha pans look like an inland see.
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The shallow water, sand banks and sun makes for some interesting colours
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We landed at Mokuti Lodge, for a 2 night stay
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This is where we parked and jip you are seeing correct…
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… after landing we saw I had low tyre pressure on the right wheel. We quickly detached the wheel spat so that it does not crush it when it goes completely flat.
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We deflated the wheel completely and then used some ‘tire weld’ on it, then I taxied up and down the runway 10 times to distribute the ‘tire weld’ goo evenly inside the tyre. I decided to leave the wheel spat off for the duration of the trip in case it goes flat again.

Mokuti lodge is your standard luxury hotel with good outdoor amenities.
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But we were here for the Etosha Park and some game watching. Here is the gate to the park
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100 meters into the park our first game, a giraffe
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Then some small game, a duiker.
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Springbuck
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Eagle
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Giraffe at the pans
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A roller
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A Gemsbuck
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A Giraffe drinking by bending its knees, unusual cause usually the split open their front legs to drink.
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Then close to sunset we saw some elephants
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We saw lots of game, but these were the highlights of this stop over.

Stay tuned for destination 3, day 5,6 with some spectacular dessert views and animals.

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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by cvh: » Thu May 28, 2009 9:00 am

tuned ...
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by wynand » Thu May 28, 2009 1:07 pm

That ain't no duiker. Its a Damara Dik-Dik, you lucky man!!
I've never seen one.

The eagle is a Pale Chanting Goshawk. Good capture!

Keep 'em coming.
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by Christie » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:34 pm

Waiting, 4,5,6,7.............??????
Dripping!!!! Give us more!!!
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:53 pm

Christie wrote:Waiting, 4,5,6,7.............??????
Dripping!!!! Give us more!!!
Shoe bietjie besig 1ste dag terug by die werk, byt bietjie vas, ek kyk wat ek more of oor more kan doen.

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