01 May 2004

Scary animals

Things remain busy at Mercy Air. During one period we spent three weeks ‘on the road’ with only one day at home.

We were initially away for a week in Mozambique taking a group of Dutch missionaries to visit their colleagues. A relatively straightforward trip apart from a battle getting in to Maputo to pick my passengers up due to the biggest downpour you've ever seen at the approach end of the runway.

At our destination strip the local kids were very curious as we were one of a handful of aircraft they see on the ground each year. They welcomed us by swarming the plane - a good reason to shut the engines down quickly!

After returning from that trip we had a day to sort ourselves out before we went down to Natal to help another mission flying organisation for a couple of weeks. Zululand Mission Air Transport (ZUMAT) primarily operate as a flying doctor and air ambulance service to local hospitals and have been operating in the area for over 25 years but are short of pilots just now. They have four aircraft all with short takeoff and landing capability, which is necessary to get in and out of their 300m (984ft) long strip on the side of a mountain. We flew most days sometimes in fairly marginal weather to places ranging from international airports to short dirt strips with game animals on.

One last pic of something we found in one of the hospitality guest rooms recently.
Anyone for a visit?!

Mercy Air team

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