Thursday, June 30, 2011

First Solo flights today

Sjoe, was landing perfectly on Monday but the paperwork and insurance was not in place for my solo, so managed my first flights on my ace today after work and shortly before the beautiful sun was ready to set after a stunning day in Durban.

Was pretty awesome.. not the most perfect landings on runway 19 but I did ok, the second circuit better than the first. Thanks Noel and Brad for the patience and effort you have put in to getting me to this point. Can only get better. Had to rush off to Pietermaritzburg as the sun did set for the second part of my Radio Course with Sakkie, the ATC at the Pietermaritzburg Airport. So will have to postpone the regulation celebration drinks to the weekend....!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

To Johannesburg for the weekend

 We flew up to an icy Johannesburg at the weekend to have a look at our new Sling aircraft in production at The Airplane Factory at Tedderfield Airfield. Ice glazed over the water features in the morrning as we felt the Joburg chill.

Some excitement as I flew from Lanseria airport to Tedderfield in a Sling, being collected by the designer and factory CEO Mike Blythe.
Llewellyn and I enjoy a drink at the Airport

Kulula flew us to Lanseria
Check out the photos of our Sling in production at The Airplane Factory on my separate Flying blog by clicking on the link here.

Watering the frost-bitten garden in a dry Johannesburg

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In the air over Scottburgh

On my first dual cross-country with instructor Noel over the sea off Scottburgh. I did a 3 hour flight from Cato Ridge to Richmond, Ixopo, Fredenheim, Margate and Scottburgh before heading back to Light Flight.

Next week I should be handling my first solo flight.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fathers' Day

Thank you kids for an awesome Fathers' Day. I got spoilt in the morning with breakfast in bed and a full lunch cooked by Kate-Lynn and mom.

And a photo tray, braai light, soaps and socks... thanks brats. We walked on the beach and later used our Shark's casino vouchers to notch up R400,00.

Awesome day! Lucky Dad!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mates on study vacation

Mark (MC), Jarred, Mark (MB), Tim and Kate-Lynn meet up for a bite to eat and probably all-night computer games

Kate-Lynn spoils Mark with a head massage

It's great when the kids are on holiday as we get to see more of them and their mates. We also managed to capture some shots last night of the awesome eclipse of the moon - a red moon, only to be seen again in 4 years.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Durban Rainbow

Mark looking for the pot of gold

There was an awesome full rainbow in the sky over Durban today - 180 degrees ending in the middle of the new Stadium. Only seen a 180 degrees rainbow once before. Incredible and a full spectrum of the colours visible.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mark home for Winter

This is the longest Mark has grown his hair and arrived home looking like a hobo. Kate-Lynn and I fetched him from the Airport for the winter holidays away from the cold and wet of Stellenbosch in the Cape. It was great to see my boy after our last visit there on his birthday in February.