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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Air Bear » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:11 pm

All watching a South African, Civil Aerobatic Display team.
Who flew a 4500nm round trip, in single engined, piston aircraft designed for aerobatics over touring, over treacherous terrain, tropical forests and extended water crossings, with limited fuel availability through some of the most bureaucratic nations in the world.....
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by heisan » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:25 pm

Air Bear wrote:
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When flying there, you said that you flew in formation. Presumably not in such a close formation as the one shown in the pics?

I think that most members of Avcom still remember the Albats accident.
Not always "Airshow-close" as the concentration required can be fatiguing over legs exceeding 3 hours. Mostly, however, the team was in pretty close formation.

A professional formation team operates very similar to a multi-crew environment. Decisions are made as a team and each person is able to give an opinion on potential issues whilst, at the same time, monitoring each other.
I assume none of the aircraft have autopilots? What is it like hand flying sensitive, neutral aircraft for such long stretches?
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Air Bear » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:43 pm

heisan wrote:
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I assume none of the aircraft have autopilots? What is it like hand flying sensitive, neutral aircraft for such long stretches?
None of the aerobatic machines are equipped with Autopilots, so hand flown all the way
Jason and the rest of the team will be able to comment best on this as they were hands on all the time but the team was rather knackered after a day of flying.

Our longest day had us in the cockpit for almost 9 hours over 3 legs
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by BigglesSA » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:31 pm

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Our longest day had us in the cockpit for almost 9 hours over 3 legs
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Hard work in any plane so I can believe they were poegaai......!
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by GL » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:04 pm

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The pictures of the display are on the interweb, so no great secret.
Can you post a link please.
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Jan » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:07 pm

Magic stuff but why the secracy?
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Nigel Hopkins » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:11 am

Hi Jan. We had to sign a confidentiality clause with our contract so we may not talk about the venue. I'm sure many know where we went. 😬
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by jimdavis » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:42 am

Nigel Hopkins wrote:
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Hi Jan. We had to sign a confidentiality clause with our contract so we may not talk about the venue. I'm sure many know where we went. 😬
Nigel, it seems a great many don't. When will it stop being a secret?

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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Johan Swakopmund » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:36 pm

Jim i also have no idea but think we will find out when the new advert on TV
come out for - Mercedes or BMW or Ford or Ferrari perhaps?

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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Jel » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:38 pm

jimdavis wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:42 am
Nigel Hopkins wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:11 am
Hi Jan. We had to sign a confidentiality clause with our contract so we may not talk about the venue. I'm sure many know where we went. 😬
Nigel, it seems a great many don't. When will it stop being a secret?

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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Kalon » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:49 pm

Jel wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:38 pm
jimdavis wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:42 am
Nigel Hopkins wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:11 am
Hi Jan. We had to sign a confidentiality clause with our contract so we may not talk about the venue. I'm sure many know where we went. 😬
Nigel, it seems a great many don't. When will it stop being a secret?

jim
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Perhaps a silly question, but does this really matter?
Are we perhaps focusing on the wrong element of this trip?

The trip itself is what is incredible, not the destination....
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by jimdavis » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:11 pm

It’s a bit when folks say they are going overseas. You either have to milk it out of them or lose interest.
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Air Bear » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:30 pm

To be fair Jim, more time was spent getting there and back than was spent at the destination. I would of thought there would be more interest in the trip than the destination.
After all, it was their standard airshow display that they do in SA, just in another country.

For me the trip was the exciting and more interesting part....
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:58 pm

Air Bear wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:30 pm
To be fair Jim, more time was spent getting there and back than was spent at the destination. I would of thought there would be more interest in the trip than the destination.
After all, it was their standard airshow display that they do in SA, just in another country.

For me the trip was the exciting and more interesting part....
Keaton, fair enough. There is no doubt its a feat for the whole team considering the logistics and distances being covered by the aircraft involved.

I think, and this is my view only, that when statements like "milestone" and "crossing the Equator" are added to the original post, you have to accept that people want to know more about it. West Africa is large. Did they go to Morocco? Or Tunisia? Or did they "just" cross the equator into Gabon, or likely Equatorial Guinea (this happens to be my guess). Do you see what I am getting at?

Well done to the guys for their feat of endurance. Cant be easy sitting in a single seater for so long.
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Re: Team Xtreme set South African milestone.

Unread post by GL » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:34 pm

Didn't Dennis Spence take his team of Pitts Specials to Nairobi about 12 years ago?
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