25 July 2012

Helping Hand

Recently Mercy Air helped another operator in Nelspruit with some local flying as one of their pilots was on three weeks leave.

It made a pleasant change to what we normally do as most of the flights were less that 30 min and involved transferring people from the nearby international airport to various game lodges. Some of the days involved being in the Kruger Park for 06:20 so that the passengers could make the early scheduled flight to Cape Town.

20 mins before sunrise on the way to Sir Richard Branson's private game lodge for a pickup.
One lodge we landed at had a 1200m long airstrip...
 which was just as well as at the time the other end was occupied by a Giraffe.

 
We flew about 20 hours in three weeks but did almost 50 landings including one at a large military airfield which required over 6km of taxiing.

Mercy Air team

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