“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” Mother Teresa.
IF question: what does the (*) mean next to the ILS frequency on an approach plate?
2. Special conditions apply or
3. Limited operating times.
Answer: C – Limited operating times
African Pilot’s September 2020 edition
The September edition of African Pilot featuring Avionics and Instrumentation (46 pages) completed its distribution phase last week. For African Pilot, this is a record edition consisting of 226 pages with 46 articles and features. At the same time, the new software programme I purchased has allowed for 14 embedded videos and two photo galleries. Now that the digital magazine is FREE to anyone in the world, African Pilot has now become a serious international aviation magazine, with features from all over the world. On behalf of African Pilot’s dedicated staff, I would like to thank those advertisers that supported the September edition during these difficult times.
African Pilot’s October edition
Work on the production of the October edition has already started. This edition of African Pilot will feature Aircraft Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) and Aircraft Refurbishment. Once advertisers see the benefits of marketing their products and services to a vast audience with short videos and picture galleries, they will realise that marketing is most important for future profitability. In South Africa and the African continent, African Pilot is the only aviation publication that has the latest software to provide digital enhancement to any advertiser.
The material deadline for the October edition is Friday 18 September 2020.
For advertising opportunities please contact Adrian Munro at e-mail: email@example.com or Cell: 079 880 4359. All editorial material should be sent to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About African Pilot
There is no doubt that African Pilot provides the finest overall media reach of all aviation publications in Africa where we are in a position to provide professional video and stills photography, website development, social media platforms, company newsletters as well as several other important media services to our customers. Naturally the monthly printed magazine has an incredibly long shelf life due to its excellent design and layout. Then of course the monthly magazine is also available as a digital edition where ALL advertisers have enjoy the direct routing to their websites at a touch on a smart phone or tablet as well as a click of the mouse on a computer screen.
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Video of the week: SAPFA Aviation Navigation Rally staged at Brakpan airfield (FABB) on Saturday 15 August 2020
Launch of Wouter Botes’ e-book ‘Flights to Nowhere’
AERO South Africa news
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Launch of new ‘picture of the week’ from readers
Rutan Long-Ez landing at Springs Airfield on a winter’s afternoon in fading light, flown by Dr, Herbert de Graaf. Landing light on. Landing brake out. The picture was taken by Wolter de Graaf, who is also the proud owner of a Long-Ez.
Camera details: Sony Handycam HD AVCHD, 12 x Zoom, 1.8/2.9 – 34.8, Wide angle lens 27.4, 7.1MPix
Something exciting for African Pilot’s readers to enjoy is the launch of the ‘Picture of the Week’. Please send any aviation related picture to me at: email@example.com at a resolution of at least 500 Kb. There is no payment or prize offered, just editorial recognition. However, all photographs submitted will be considered for the ‘Picture of the Month’ within the monthly magazine and I will be looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of a monthly fee.
SAA Museum Society
The SAA Museum has been given the green light to re-open its doors to the public. You can view all the information on the website as follows: www.saamuseum.co.za.
Editor comments: Now that South African Airways has effectively flown into history, it becomes all that more important to support the SAA Museum Society’s efforts to preserve what was once the finest airline on the African continent. That is before the ANC and its cadres got their filthy hands involved where corruption destroyed what was left of the airline. Please support the excellent calling of the dedicated persons who keep this museum alive, because we have so few quality aviation museums left in South Africa. Thank you.
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Comair confirms publication of a business rescue plan
Comair will hopefully begin flying again in December if the business rescue plan published on 2 September is accepted. Creditors and shareholders now have until 18 September to consider and adopt the plan. The publication of the plan follows negotiations with a preferred investor which will see a fresh equity injection of R500 million in return for a 99% shareholding. Up to 15% of this shareholding will be allocated to a suitable BBBEE partner within 12 months.
The first R100 million will be paid in two equal tranches in September and October as secured post-commencement finance. Additional funding from lenders of R1.4 billion is required in order to successfully implement the adopted plan. This will comprise R600 million in net new debt.
Existing debt will be deferred to provide the remaining R800 million, with capital payments deferred for 12 months and interest for six months. Comair will be de-listed from the JSE and a new board constituted in due course.
The turnaround plan is focused on rationalising operating costs and growing ancillary revenue. In line with this, the workforce will be reduced from approximately 2 200 employees to 1 800 through a voluntary retrenchment and early retirement programmes, as well as the continuation of the Section 189 retrenchment process that the company commenced prior to business rescue. The fleet will comprise 20 aircraft of which 17 will be next-generation Boeing 737-800s and the remaining three Boeing 737-400s. This fleet mix increases the proportion of owned aircraft, which limits exposure to foreign currency risk. The aircraft will gradually return to service from December with a seven-month ramp-up period until June 2021. Other elements of the offer include maintaining the existing relationships with British Airways, Discovery Vitality and Boeing.
In the event that the suspensive conditions in the plan are not met, the plan details how the company will be wound down in a structured manner as this will achieve a better return for creditors than a liquidation. Richard Ferguson, one of the business rescue practitioners, says that if creditors approve the plan the business rescue process should be concluded by 31 March 2021, if not sooner, after which Comair will continue to operate as a sustainable business. “It is important to understand that what happened to Comair was the result of an eco-system problem that has seen some 600 airlines around the world cease to operate. It was not something that was business specific. Comair is a national asset. Getting it back in the air will save 1 800 jobs, provide the flying public with more choice and competitive fares, strengthen the aviation sector and contribute to the broader South African economy.”
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
African Pilot’s 2020 calendar
We will publish the aviation calendar within APAnews three months ahead, but you can always visit African Pilot’s website: www.africanpilot.co.za if you would like to obtain the full calendar for the entire year.
SAPFA Secunda Speed Rally at Secunda airfield
Contact Jonty Esser E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 855 9435
EAA Taildraggers fly-in to Warmbaths
Contact Richard Nicholson Cell: 082 490 6227 E-mail: email@example.com
19 – 20 September
Utopia Fly-in Southern Drakensberg
Contact Don Cell: 082 895 2009 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Train Race and Fly-in to Heidelberg airfield – Heritage Day
Contact Van Zyl Schultz E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 560 2275
29 September – 4 October
SAC National Championships Tempe Airport, Bloemfontein
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 and 4 October
Newcastle airshow at Newcastle airfield
Contact Johan Pieters E-mail: Johan@champ.co.za Cell: 082 923 0078
EAA Chapter 322 monthly meeting to be a zoom meeting
Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: email@example.com
24 and 25 October
SAC North West Regionals TBC
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 to 28 October
Airport Show, Airport Security and ATC Forum DWTC, Dubai
Registration is now open for Airport Show, Airport Security and ATC
Forum. FREE registration: https://bit.ly/2SnJ33S
EAA Chapter 322 AGM Venue TBA
Contact Neil Bowden Cell: 084 674 5674 E-mail: email@example.com
CAASA Awards at CAASA House Lanseria International Airport
Contact Sam Keddle E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011 659 2345
13 to 16 November
Battlefields now in Mossel bay fly-in view poster for details
Contact E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 446 9916 or 082 875 5419
5 and 6 December
SAC Ace of Base TBC
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
As further dates are sent to me, I will continue to update the aviation calendar
I have started preparing the 2021 calendar with assistance from Air Show South Africa and the various sections of the Aero Club of South Africa. Please send me your planned aviation event fixtures for next year so that I may accommodate them on the calendar. Thank you.
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
African airlines’ traffic dropped 94.6% in July
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs), continued at critically low levels: 79.8% below July 2019 levels with African airlines’ traffic dropping 94.6% in July. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China. Market reopening in the Schengen Area helped to boost international demand in Europe, but other international markets showed little change from June. Capacity was 70.1% below 2019 levels and load factor sagged to a record low for July, at 57.9%.
“The crisis in demand continued with little respite in July. With essentially four in five air travellers staying home, the industry remains largely paralysed. Governments reopening and then closing borders or removing and then re-imposing quarantines does not give many consumers confidence to make travel plans, nor airlines to rebuild schedules,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
African airlines’ traffic dropped 94.6% in July, somewhat improved from a 97.8% contraction in June. Capacity contracted 84.6% and load factor fell 47.1 percentage points to 25.4%, which was the lowest among regions.
Other international passenger markets
July international passenger demand collapsed 91.9% compared to July 2019, a slight improvement over the 96.8% decline recorded in June. Capacity plummeted 85.2%, and load factor sank 38.9 percentage points to 46.4%. European carriers’ July demand toppled 87.1% compared to last year, improved from a 96.7% drop in June, year-over-year, reflecting relaxation of travel restrictions in the Schengen Area. Capacity dropped 79.2% and load factor fell by 33.8 percentage points to 55.1%.
Asia-Pacific airlines’ July traffic dived 96.5% compared to the year-ago period, virtually unchanged from a 97.1% drop in June, and the steepest contraction among regions. Capacity fell 91.7% and load factor shrank 47.3 percentage points to 35.3%.
Middle Eastern airlines posted a 93.3% traffic decline for July, compared with a 96.1% demand drop in June. Capacity tumbled 85.6% and load factor sank 43.4 percentage points to 38.0%.
North American carriers saw a 94.5% traffic decline in July, a slight uptick from a 97.1% decline in June. Capacity fell 86.1% and load factor dropped 53.0 percentage points to 35.0%, second lowest among regions.
Latin American airlines experienced a 95.0% demand drop in July, compared to the same month last year, versus a 96.6% drop in June. Capacity fell 92.6% and load factor sank 27.1 percentage points to 58.4%, highest among the regions.
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
Jetpack pilot / expert refutes LAX sightings
The recent reports by two airline pilots in LAX airspace of a man flying a jetpack at 3000 feet are not technically feasible, at this point, says Jetpack Aviation’s David Mayman, an experienced jetpack pilot and innovator in this technology. For the record, David is stuck in Australia (verifiably), in quarantine, so this is not an attempt to evade responsibility, as he was thousands of miles away and all his jetpacks and pilots are otherwise accounted for. “The technology is just not there yet,” he noted. “We can get about a solid seven minutes duration out of the jetpacks we are flying now and while we hope for better in the future, there is no technology I know of that will get a turbine jetpack (of the type he flies) to 3000 feet and back, under power, much less have the ability to loiter in the airspace long enough to be spotted by two separate aircraft.”
So, what was it?
The possibilities are somewhat simple, an inflatable mannequin filled with helium, maybe, or even a drone configured to look like a jetpack and pilot. A number of RC models have already made flying fabrications of Snoopy and his doghouse, a witch flying a broomstick and other variations (and yes, they are cool) and a few drones have been fitted with quad power system surrounding planforms mimicking everything from a dead cat to Superman. It is not as glamorous as a real live jetpack flaunting the regs in the middle of some of the world’s busiest airspace, but it seems far more probable.
In the interim, Mayman and his troops are busy at work developing the next-generation of jetpacks as well as something that looks like a flying motorcycle (and that is still very much under development) with amazing potential for rescue and military operations of the future. He is as wistful as we are about the ability to pull off a stunt like this (the legalities notwithstanding) but hopeful that the technology will someday become reality. “I would love to say we could do something like this, but we simply cannot but someday perhaps, just wait for us.”
Piper pilot ends up in cornfield after trying to take off on runway with standing water
The pilot reported that he initiated a take-off roll on the 2,200-foot-long wet, turf runway in De Pere, Wisconsin and that, about 1,650 feet down the runway, the Piper PA28 encountered standing water, and the speed decreased. He said he “still felt I had plenty of room to regain airspeed and take-off safely.” The airplane encountered standing water again on another section of the runway and the speed decreased further. The pilot retracted two notches of flaps and attempted to climb the airplane, but it exited the departure end of the runway and entered a cornfield. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Immunity passports considered for future travel
Although some international flights have resumed, the spread of COVID-19 has been detected in many cases, with passengers having to quarantine when they reach their location. One solution being floated is the concept of an ‘immunity passport’ for those who want to travel. According to the BBC, Onfido, a UK-based technology company specialising in facial biometric certification, floated the concept as part of a proposal to the UK government. Travellers might have to prove their immunity to COVID-19 in the future.
These passports would be digital records, where citizens can upload a document like their ID, take a selfie to verify their identity and receive an immunity certificate which would be a code on their phone they could scan to enter buildings, airports and other public spaces. This is Onfido’s proposal, but the UK government have asked for similar ones from a host of other technology companies as well. This is not the only government to consider or even adopt such a system. According to Reuters, in China their health check app is used to make sure a person is symptom-free before getting onto the subway or checking into a hotel. However, these immunity passports have not been without criticism. This is especially because the ability to gain immunity from COVID-19 has not been definitively proven. Effective and trustworthy antibody tests have not been developed to the level which is required to initiate immunity status operations.
Emirates was the first airline to attempt antibody tests of passengers before boarding, but this was withdrawn after it was found that only 30% of tests were accurate. In addition, creating restrictions on movement based on government collated data has serious implications and could result in discrimination concerns. Regulating such a scheme globally for travel would also cause problems between different countries.
Taiwan MoD denies shooting down Chinese fighter jet
Footage of a Chinese fighter jet crash emerged on social media, accompanied by claims that it was shot down after entering Taiwan airspace. Taiwan Air Force Command denied the allegations. An unidentified fighter jet of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), believed to be either a Sukhoi Su-35 or a Chengdu J-10, reportedly crashed near Guilin, in the southern province of Guangxi, China. The pilot successfully ejected but was injured upon landing. Early media reports stated that the aircraft was shot down while infringing on Taiwan airspace, but the information was denied by the country’s Air Force Command.
“The Air Force Command pointed out that it strongly condemns such malicious acts by deliberately creating and disseminating false information on the Internet in an attempt to confuse the audience,” it said in a statement, adding that “it will continue to closely monitor the conditions of the sea and airspace around the Taiwan Strait.” The alleged crash site in Guilin is about 900 kilometres (550 miles) away from the Taiwanese airspace. Guilin houses the fifth brigade of the PLAAF’s 2nd Air Division. The brigade operates the Shenyang J-11, an interceptor based on the Soviet Sukhoi Su-27.
China offers trial COVID-19 vaccine to aviation professionals
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced that two experimental China-made COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to aviation industry employees. The decision to inoculate aviation professionals has reportedly been taken as a measure to prevent a possible second wave of coronavirus infections after economies reopen. China already has four experimental vaccines in the final trial stage. Two of them have already been approved for emergency usage as a part of the country’s programme to vaccinate people in high-risk groups. However, none of the experimental vaccines has passed the final trials yet.
The CAAC stated that frontline workers of the aviation industry will be offered to get vaccinated with one of the approved experimental vaccines on a voluntary basis. As CAAC revealed, the priority to get voluntary vaccines will be given for workers of Chinese airlines, airports, China National Aviation Group and TravelSky Technology. The regulator has requested the employers mentioned above to make a list of their employees wishing to get vaccinated and provide all the needed personal information to the authority. “In response to a possible second wave of infections erupting in the fall and winter and to the huge pressure facing our work of preventing imported cases as western countries reopen despite the pandemic”, added CAAC in its notice. It is not known yet which one of the two experimental vaccines will be used and how many employees will get vaccinated.
Who needs pilots? Autonomous flights reported
Reliable Robotics has reportedly achieved successful test flights of remote-piloted passenger airplanes in United States airspace. $33.5 Million in venture capital funding dedicated to transform aviation. In the first flight, the pilot pressed a button on a remote user interface and an unmanned four passenger Cessna 172 Skyhawk automatically taxied, took off and landed. Most recently, the company demonstrated fully automated remote landing of an even larger aircraft, the Cessna 208 Caravan capable of carrying 14 passengers.
“By bringing advanced automation to aviation, we will deliver higher safety, reliability and convenience for cargo operators and eventually for passengers,” said Robert Rose, Co-founder and CEO of Reliable Robotics that seamlessly integrated its autonomous platform onto the 2,550 pound C172. They started the C172 programme in January 2018 and completed fully automated gate-to-gate operation before the end of that year. Extensive system safety analysis and testing was conducted prior to the unmanned test flight in September 2019. This marked the first time a privately funded company operated a passenger airplane of this type with no pilot on board over a populated region and was an important step in certifying the autonomous platform for repeated, safe civil use on certified aircraft.
“We spent the first portion of our flight test programme focused on the C172. We thoroughly tested every aspect of our system in simulation and conducted rigorous safety checks before operating the aircraft without a pilot on board and are now proud to share what we have been working on,” said Robert Rose, Co-founder and CEO of Reliable Robotics. “By bringing advanced automation to aviation, we will deliver higher safety, reliability and convenience for cargo operators and eventually for passengers.”
Following the C172 programme, it was adapted for use on the larger C208. Reliable Robotics is now working with the FAA on incrementally bringing this technology to market, having already demonstrated automated landing on the C208 last month. The company designed and built a proprietary autonomous platform that can be applied to any fixed-wing aircraft. The platform includes avionics, software, mechanisms, a communications system, remote command interfaces, along with a backup system that has the capability to take over if needed.
Reliable Robotics was founded in 2017 by engineers who believe aircraft should fly themselves. The leadership team includes Co-founder and CEO Robert Rose who led flight software at SpaceX and the Autopilot program at Tesla, launching the Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon spacecraft and the first consumer automobile with fully unassisted self-driving capability. Co-founder and VP of Engineering Juerg Frefel led the team developing the compute platform for the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon spacecraft. Other senior members of the team have played key roles in the development of the Boeing 787, Airbus A380 and other major commercial aircraft and avionics systems.
AMO partners and Mexican authorities team up to take down smugglers
A joint effort between US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) and Mexican authorities led to the seizure of a suspicious aircraft loaded with more than a ton of cocaine. On 29 August, AMO agents and JIATF South tracked the movements of a suspicious plane operating in the Western Caribbean. AMO agents shared the US radar information with the Mexican Air Force (SIVA), which intercepted the aircraft. SIVA reported finding 2,993 pounds of cocaine in the aircraft and arrested two male suspects.
This is just the latest of many seizures this partnership has led to in recent months. In July, SIVA seized a vehicle with 890 pounds of cocaine, after traffickers burned their aircraft and fled. In May, AMO agents detected a suspicious aircraft movement and notified SIVA of the coordinates. SIVA subsequently reported seizing a vehicle with multiple weapons and 912 pounds of methamphetamine.
In April, AMO agents detected suspicious aircraft movements and relayed the information to Mexican authorities. SIVA reported finding and seizing 398 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.9 pounds of marijuana, 29 pounds of fentanyl, 4 packages of cocaine and an SUV at the landing site. “No one agency can do all the work alone,” said AMO Executive Assistant Commissioner Edward Young. “Fighting drug trafficking organisations requires a whole of government and international partnership approach.”
NORAD intercepts Russian aircraft entering Air Defence Identification Zone
On 8 April 2020 a Stratotanker and E-3 AWACS aircraft from the North American Aerospace Defence Command intercepted two Russian IL-38 aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
The Russian aircraft were intercepted in the Bering Sea, north of the Aleutian Islands and did not enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.
“COVID-19 or not, NORAD continues actively watching for threats and defending the homelands 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD Commander. “This is the latest of several occasions in the past month in which we have intercepted Russian aircraft operating near Alaska and the approaches to our nations. We are and will continue executing our no-fail homeland defence missions with the same capability and capacity we always bring to the fight.”
NORAD employs a layered defence network of radars, satellites and fighter aircraft to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response. The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a US or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada.
Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to all air sovereignty and air defence missions in North America. NORAD is a binational command focused on the defence of both the US and Canada, the response to potential aerospace threats does not distinguish between the two nations and draws on forces from both countries.
Manned eVTOL takes test flight hop in Japan
A Japanese company has completed what it says is the first manned test of a single-seat octocopter in the country. SkyDrive did a four-minute hop with the SD-03 electric VTOL vehicle at the Toyota Test Field on 28 August. The pilot was at the controls but computers helped him maintain stability. There were also backup remote-control pilots watching from the ground. The company says the SD-03 has a separate motor for each of the eight rotors, which work in counter-rotating pairs.
Size matters in crowded places like Japan and the company says the SD-03 has the smallest footprint of any manned eVTOL. The aircraft is 13 feet square and stands six feet high and ‘requires only as much space on the ground as two parked cars.’ The company repeatedly refers to the aircraft as a ‘flying car’ in its literature but it is not equipped to drive on the road. The company is hoping Japan’s aviation regulators will sign off on flights outside the testing field before the end of the year.
SkyDrive piloted flight demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=4Yc2L5koWZY&feature=emb_logo
WORLD DRONE NEWS
Amazon Prime Air awarded Part 135 Certificate
If you thought that you saw too many Prime trucks around the highways and byways of America, it may be time to look skyward. Amazing Prime Air has been granted a Part 135 ticket (Part 135 air carrier certificate using unmanned aircraft systems) to start trial operations of drone deliveries, something that has been on their drawing board for years. this allows Amazon to join the ranks of UPS and Alphabet-owned Wing, who have already pioneered some limited FAA approval for their drone delivery aspirations.
Amazon describes their programme as, ‘a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.’ The programme is also part of their Sustainability initiatives’ to help achieve what they call, ‘Shipment Zero’, the company’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero by 2030.
Vice President of Prime Air, David Carbon, said that, “This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world. We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30-minute delivery.”
The latest version of the delivery drone was revealed a year ago with eVTOL capabilities. The plan allows for flights of up to 15 miles, carrying packages that can weigh as much as five pounds all on a 30-minute timetable.
Oom Paul and his wife Marieke went to the local Airport often to look at aircraft taking off and landing.
Every time Oom Paul would say, “Marieke, I would like to ride in one of those open airplanes”.
Every year Marieke would say, “I know, Paul, but that airplane ride costs R500 and R500 Rand is baie geld (lots of money).”
This one-time Oom Paul and Marieke went to the airport again and Oom Paul said, Marieke, I am 71 years old. If I do not ride that airplane this year, I may never get another chance.”
Marieke replied, “Paul, that airplane ride costs R500 and R500 is baie geld”.
A local Pilot by the name of Jim overheard them and said, “You know what, I will make you a deal. I will take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I will not charge you, but if you say one word it will be R500.”
Marieke and Oom Paul agreed and up they went.
The pilot is very skilled and does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard.
He does all his tricks over again, but still not a word.
They land and the pilot turns to Oom Paul, “I have to complement you”, he says, “I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you did not say a word, therefore the ride was free as promised.”
Oom Paul replied, “Well, I was gonna say something when Marieke fell out, but as I was always told, R500 is baie geld”
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Until Thursday, please be ‘Serious about flying’.
Athol Franz (Editor)