I arrived in Uganda on Saturday (5 March) and then travelled to Tanzania, to observe the conduct of the routine flight checks on the Arusha base pilots. This was close to Mt Kilimanjaro, although never seen in its entirety due to the cloud cap! Our training flights took us south of Arusha and over the Maasai settlements and herdsmen.
I have been in Nairobi, Kenya, to meet the programme team there, look at the equipment in the C206 fleet aircraft and join a flight to the new MAF base dedication at Log Logo, 400 km (90 mins) north of Nairobi. (A 6-seat C206 is now available at Log Logo for shuttle and charter services to the surrounding area, connecting with the MAF shuttle flights from Nairobi.)
On Monday I return to Kampala, Uganda, to conduct an Instructor Pilot renewal course for two of our staff.
From 17-19 March the African C208 ‘Caravan’ Instructor Pilots are gathering, along with two of my colleagues from Cairns, for a conference on training. I will be presenting to the C208 IPs the new flight checklist system I developed last year for the piston fleet aircraft. I am also explaining how we calculate our take-off and landing distances in the Asia Pacific region to better understand the differences and work towards a common system.
Jen and the boys are in Cairns and we have managed a few calls and messages when I can find a WIFI network. I should be back in Cairns in time for Easter.