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GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:11 pm

September 11 was the day ... the day GAA went home.

I paid my desposit for WA05-24 on 29 March 2005 (a month after my daughter Grace was born - the one in the middle holding the poster, and Amie - the one on the right was turning 4 the next day) and 5 years and 5 months later I flew GAA home.

I couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was just right for a coast side routing from Paradise to Cape Town. I flew SA Express down in the morning and sat with my head out the window watching the weather the whole way down. Then got a lift with Etienne in his Decathalon to Paradise (much more fun than hiring a car!)

Stewart and I took off at 11.45 and took no time to turn West and carried on in that direction the whole way.

Stewart had organised with Warren to have a bit of fuel for us at Knysna, which was great. After 1hr 15 minutes of flying we took on 15l of fuel (probably a bit more if the overall fuel calc is right - more like 18l) which confirmed consumption was right and gave us confidence for the rest of the trip. Thanks for organising the fuel Warren. Stewart did the landing and take off at Knysna - grass certainly creates a bit of resistance which makes the take off roll more interesting.

Took off from Knysna at 1.30 and followed the various towns which make the navigation pretty simple. We went over Teewaterskllog and into Franchoek which was the most direct routing. We landed at Morningstar at 4.20, dipped the tanks and we had 30l left

total flying time about 4 hours 5 minutes

fuel consumed 60 litres

its about 15l an hour

We cruised at 3200 rpm with the mixture fairly rich for the CHT's and cruised at about 150k's per hour indicated airspeed. Altitude was generally 2 500 feet the whole way. We had a bit of help from a tail wind.
Google Earth says we did 620 k's so we averaged about 152.5 k's per hour.

There were no issues on the way. Pretty calm and stable. George TMA was fine, gave us 1000 foot clearance along the coast (useful having a transponder). Saw very few other planes in the sky (one at Swellendam and one at Franschoek).

Given the wind on Sunday, I was very pleased to have gone on Saturday.

I did the landing at Morningstar. I did one pass just to get the feel of the approach and the wind, and ws surprised to see the greater part of my family waiting to see us arrive.

After a long day (three plane rides) - finished off the day with too much beer and pizza.

Stewart has done a great job with GAA and she was already attracting lots of comments when I was washing the bugs off the next day.
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:14 pm

the rest of the photos
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:52 am

finally got to fly again

short flight this Friday evening - felt like I was the only one in the sky - great

Russel the take off was straight and the approach was well established, landed straight down the middle, looking far in front and no gripping of the stick, and no bouncing - was a great feeling. Landed at sunset and put the plane away. Really good to have GAA home.

Some one described that at Morningstar as you turn final you line up on the thin black line ahead. As you get closer you still line up on the thin black line. As you cross the threshold you land on the still thin black line!
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:29 am

Sunday 3 Oct - beautiful morning
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby whisper » Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:45 pm

sounds like you're having fun Tim .....but then that's the whole idea :D :D
enjoy!!!
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:56 pm

Table Mountain and Morningstar 20 down below
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:18 pm

Still flying around the cabbage patch.

GAA has finished her annual inspection and got the docs back from the CAA last week, so she is good to fly for the year. A bit of paperwork but all seemed to go smoothly.

Woke up a bit earlier this morning to avoid the worst of the wind. Basically went around Cape Towns controlled airspace. Morningstar, Ysterplaat, Kenilworth, Muizenberg, low level to Strand, over head Stellenbosch to Fisantakraal (stopped off for fun) and back to Morningstar. I must say having the MGL Enigma is fantastic, while I will always fly with a map, it just gives absolute confidence as to boundaries and takes a stress level out the equation.

Now that she is legally allowed to go more than 100k's from base, look forward to venturing a bit further.

(spats will go back on next weekend)
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby pdarne » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:26 pm

Cogratulations Tim, :mrgreen: we're not far behind you, also been a long haul but we're on the home straight now, can't wait. :D :D
You said what?? Mr. President!!!
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:36 pm

up and out again on good Friday
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Re: GAA out and about

Postby Tiba » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:37 pm

great morning
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