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Can I do it?
Its not all that difficult, although we believe (and clients confirm) it is not a trip for novice pilots. South African flight rules govern Self-Fly SafarisÒ. Youve got to be at least a private pilot with a current medical and BFR.
Although a Self-Fly SafariÒ must, by government regulation, be conducted only in VMC and daylight hours, an instrument-rated pilot will be more comfortable. We impose no minimum level of experience (flight time) but aircraft owners and insurance companies may impose minimum experience (time in type) requirements on the use of specific aircraft. You should be comfortable flying cross-country in an environment of no radar and spotty radio coverage. You should be comfortable landing and taking off from 1000-yard bush strips.
SAFARI PREPARATIONS BY HANKS AERO ADVENTURES...
Hanks Aero Adventures prepares you for your Self-Fly SafariÒ with an organized program that unfolds between the time you first book your safari, through your arrival in Johannesburg and your departure on your Self-Fly Safari®. No other safari outfitter begins your preparations before you leave home. None offer comparable flight planning material.
Upon booking youll immediately receive our exclusive Pilots Advance Preparation Kit. This contains important information on what to bring, as well as study material with homework for your pilot license validation requirements. On arrival in Johannesburg youll have an introductory briefing -- after weve met you and delivered you to your hotel. Youll also have an extensive pre-departure safari briefing that can take a full afternoon.
Time consuming flight planning is done for you. What you need is contained in your extensive Cockpit Trip Kit This is a comprehensive guide to African flying tailored to your specific route. It is a preflight planning aid for each leg of your safari. It is also an in-flight cockpit resource. Reading it and using it gives you perspective and suggestions on flying in Africa. It gives you more time to enjoy what youve come for -- a vacation safari and flying the African bush! Youll receive your Cockpit Trip Kit on arrival. You should begin to read it right away. Well review it with you in your pre-departure briefing.
The flight instructor who oversees your license validation exercises will brief you on important aspects of African bush flying. He will answer any questions you have. Pick his brain.
A working ATC controller will brief you and answer questions on airspace rules in the Johannesburg area and along your Safari route. Pick his brain, too.
Safari Dispatch: Your safari launch can be hectic with last minute details. We are with you at the airport on departure day. We hand-deliver your validated South African pilot license. We assist with pre-departure paperwork, fueling, filing a flight plan, returning your rental car, and assist as required.
Flight monitoring: As a safety practice, Hanks Aero Adventures contacts destination camps after your scheduled arrival time (ETA) to make certain you have arrived as expected. Failure to arrive on schedule may result in additional search attempts. This is a customary practice of Hanks Aero Adventures. We are always available to provide advice and optional logistic support as required.
Trillia Self-Fly Safari Route 2005
photo courtesy of Roy Trillia
PREPARATORY AND IN-FLIGHT MATERIALS
Other safari companies exist. No other supplies these or comparable materials.
To fly South African registered aircraft you must have your pilot license validated in accordance with regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The process involves legal and practical requirements including a written exercise and flight checks done with a flight instructor at a flight school. No government examiners are involved. Both the written test and the check rides are easily accomplished in several hours. As a practical matter the process is done over a span of two or three days. It is not difficult.
pilot license from any country can be validated for flight in a South
African-registered aircraft. It need not be an FAA license. We have validated
JAR, Canadian, Mexican, and other licenses. The validated South African license
you receive is valid for five years or until your own national pilot license
expires – whichever comes first.
A current pilot license from any country can be validated for flight in a South African-registered aircraft. It need not be an FAA license. We have validated JAR, Canadian, Mexican, and other licenses. The validated South African license you receive is valid for five years or until your own national pilot license expires – whichever comes first.
Before you arrive in South Africa we'll ask you to fax, send by courier, or email to us copies of your pilot license, medical; passport; Certificate of English Language competency; log book pages showing logged PIC time-in-type of the aircraft you will fly or an instructor's sign-off for the specific aircraft you will fly.
Recent experience: Pilots are STRONGLY urged to fly with an instructor in the specific type of aircraft you will fly during your safari. You should review air work; soft, short-field and cross-wind landings; and navigation by pilotage. A US instructor's sign-off will satisfy the South African legal requirements for experience in type if you do not have previously logged PIC time in the type.
Time-in-Type: Owners and insurers of some aircraft available for Self-Fly Safaris™ require pilots to have a minimum amount of experience (logged time) in the aircraft. For example, use of a C-210 may require a minimum of 500 hours total time and 50 hours time-in-type to satisfy insurance requirements. A Cessna-182 may require 100 hours total time and 10 in type. We’ll need to know your experience in the specific aircraft you intend to fly. Holders of European pilot licenses should have the specific type aircraft they will fly on safari listed in their licenses (type rating).
Type Specific: All pilots must be current in the aircraft they will fly BEFORE arrival in South Africa. Being current in a C-182 does NOT qualify you to fly a C-172; being current in a PA-28-180 does NOT qualify you to fly a PA-28-181, etc.
You must be current. Your medical must be up to date and, for FAA licenses, you must have a current BFR.
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS: You must have and bring with you to South Africa these documents:
- Pilot license -- private license or higher. A current and valid pilot certificate from any country can be validated.
- Medical: Current certificate (3rd Class or higher);- Pilot log book showing PIC time in the make and model aircraft you will fly on your safari. An alternative to this is an instructor’s endorsement in the type, make and model aircraft you will fly in South Africa. For European and other pilot licenses the specific aircraft type must appear in your license. If your experience in the aircraft you intend to fly is logged in an old logbook, bring the old one, too. Your FAA license must be current (medical and BFR).
Validation exercises: After you arrive in South Africa, you will go through several steps that we refer to as the “license validation process”. This includes several briefings. The Pilot’s Advance Preparation Kit™ includes homework material. Much of the “bookwork” required can be – should be -- accomplished before you arrive.
- Foreign Pilots Air Law quiz -- a multiple choice, open book, written quiz. Hanks Aero Adventures includes the test in our Advance Kit along with reference materials so you can familiarize yourself with rules and procedures before leaving home.
- Flight Check: general-handling and navigation flights with your instructor. Some instructors may combine the handling ride with the cross-country navigational ride.
- Cross Country Navigational Check -- We define a three-stop round-robin cross-country flight. Our Advance Kit contains a chart and planning material allowing you to prepare a simple navigation log and basic flight planning before leaving home. We will brief you on the route after you arrive. Then fly it with your instructor.
Photo courtesy of: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd
|NOT A PILOT? We also set up private luxury air charter safaris. These tours, that we refer to as Flying Safaris, are tailored to your schedule and lodge preferences. They are flown by professional pilots using aircraft suitable to the size of your party including Cessna 210, Cessna Caravan, PC-12, Beechcraft KingAir and private jets. Former pilots may want to sit “right seat” in the cockpit to monitor the progress of your travels through southern Africa. Your experiences on the ground will be the same enjoyed by Self-Fly Safari parties. You’ll land at bush strips and experience the excitement of game drives and escorted bush walks. You’ll find luxurious lodges, excellent food and wine, and the gracious hospitality found throughout southern Africa. Hanks Aero Adventures attends to every detail and monitors the progress of your tour. Call or email us to arrange your Flying Safari.|
VALIDATION EXERCISES: EXPANDED OPTIONS
Self-Fly Safari® clients tell us various things about the validation exercises they go through in Johannesburg before setting out on their route. 1) The allotted time is too long, and the pre-departure program should be compressed; 2) the allotted time is too short and a more relaxed program would be better. Some think the plan is just right.
Consider a typical situation on arrival in Johannesburg: you’ve spent 10 to 14 hours on an inter-continental jet and you’ve shifted six to nine time zones. Jet lag is an issue. Most passengers are fatigued but manage to make it through Immigration and Customs in a reasonably alert condition. You are met by a driver as you emerge from Customs at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. You are driven to your Johannesburg area hotel. We meet you there and conduct a short (one hour) initial briefing. This whole process takes about three hours after getting off the plane. We find that clients, at this point, are ready for a drink, dinner, and a good night’s sleep.
On the four-day pre-launch allowance you are in good shape. You’ll get a good night’s rest and have two subsequent days to complete the exercises. However, under the three-day validation scenario you will also have to complete the air law quiz, and plan a cross-country flight before the next day. If you’ve done the homework exercises contained in the Pilot’s Advance Preparation Kit©, then that work is already done and you’re in good shape. If not, your experience may be otherwise.
So, consider what will work best for you. Let us know when you’re working up your itinerary how you’d like to handle it. Your actual validation schedule also depends on whether your arrival in South Africa is early morning or later in the day.
Here’s the FOUR-DAY SCENARIO with a launch on Day 5…
Day 1 – (Beginning Safari Date) Arrive Johannesburg International Airport. Met by a driver and transferred to the Hertford Inn, Lanseria, on the outskirts of Johannesburg for four nights while completing pilot validations. Introductory briefing. Settle in and rest. Have dinner. Go to bed.
Day 2 – ATC briefing; complete cross country flight planning; complete air law written exercise; Instructor’s briefing; handling flight checks. We’ll fetch you from your hotel in the morning and get the process underway. Professionals do all the briefings. You’ll get a chance to focus on some of the differences between flying in the USA and Africa. You’ll familiarize yourself with the cockpit layout and fly with your instructor to feel out the airplane. You’ll get the lay of the land and a taste of how ATC works (and sounds) in Africa’s busiest airspace. Normally you’ll use the same aircraft you’ll take on safari.
Day 3 – Cross country check ride. We’ll try to schedule it for the morning. The balance of the day is for individual safari planning, touring or resting.
Day 4 – Lunch with us followed by an extensive Pre-Departure briefing. Optional morning tours can be arranged with Chris for various activities such as visit the Lesedi Cultural Village, Museum Africa, Soweto, Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves.
Day 5 – Load the aircraft; Fly the African Bush!
THREE-DAY VALIDATION PLAN with the launch on Day 4…
The day (or evening) you arrive and the next day (Days 1 and 2) are intense and busy. You’ll do the flight checks with the instructor without having had a chance to familiarize yourself with the airspace or the aircraft. Some people can do this easily while others, we find, operate much better with a little more time for the whole process.
Day 1 – (Beginning Safari Date) Arrive Johannesburg International Airport. Met by a driver. You are transferred to the Hertford Inn, Lanseria, on the outskirts of Johannesburg for four nights while completing pilot validations. Initial briefing on arrival.
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to complete the open-book air-law written exercise; you’ll need to flight plan your validation checkride and complete a written navigation log for use the next day.
Day 2 – ATC briefing; turn in Airlaw written test; instructor’s briefing; fly the validation checks.
Day 3 – Extra time in the morning for flying if necessary to complete validation requirements. Lunch with us followed by the extensive afternoon Pre-Departure briefing.
Day 4 -- Load the aircraft; Fly the African Bush!
Launch Day… Hanks Aero Adventures is on hand at Lanseria Airport to facilitate your departure on your Self-Fly SafariÒ. We assist with the return of your rented car, fueling the aircraft, filing flight plans, checking weather, processing through Customs & Immigration if necessary, and completing the aircraft paperwork before the aircraft operator releases the aircraft to you.
Aircraft brokered by Hanks Aero Adventures Inc. for client use may be either company owned or supplied by flight schools, air charter companies, flying clubs, private individuals, and aircraft operators. These aircraft, vetted for commercial use, are required to have periodic inspections, known locally as a Major Periodic Inspection (MPI), done at 100-hour intervals, or annually. In addition the Aviation Maintenance Organization (AMO) responsible for maintenance of the aircraft issues a “Certificate of Safety” certifying the airworthiness of an aircraft. Hanks Aero Adventures Inc determines that both these maintenance requirements are complied with. We make no other representation or warranty, express or implied, about the airworthiness, or other condition of the aircraft, its engine(s), its mechanical and/or electronic components, avionics, airframe, or other components. It is the responsibility of the client, acting in his or her capacity as Pilot-In-Command (PIC), to determine the airworthiness of the aircraft supplied, as required by South African Civil Aviation Regulations.
Hanks Aero Adventures Inc. is not responsible for the inability of the client to complete a Self-Fly Safari, or a portion thereof, nor for delays, nor for cancellation of a Self-Fly Safari, nor for bookings at accommodations that are lost because of said delays or cancellations, resulting from any problem arising from a defective or unusable aircraft. Unused flight time may be refunded by the owner/operator of the aircraft. Hanks Aero Adventures Inc. will make every effort to secure a refund for unused aircraft flight time in this eventuality.