Where did you go in your Robbie today!

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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by TC » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:14 pm

tanglefoot wrote:Hi TC, spot the difference! RWV seems much whiter in the shade :!:

BTW where is the blockhouse :?:
Sorry, the white one is RRV! :oops: :oops: :oops:

Blockhouse is on the R59 highway south of Rand towards Vereeniging.
My wife keeps saying I don't listen to her or something like that !?
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:16 am

Dawson's Lodge, Mpumalanga
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:08 am

Visit to Ottersden near Hoedspruit (http://www.ottersden.co.za)

Trip down Olifantsriver Gorge
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Little bits of paradise
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Unread post by Pete » Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:31 pm

Whaa.. that is stunning tanglefoot!! :D :D
A few years ago I flew around that area a lot in my Bell 47.. absolutely magnificent. 8)
Did you stay at Otters Den?
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:44 pm

Yup, Spent 2 nights at Ottersden and got treated like royalty (well, family at any rate :wink:, probably BETTER than royalty :!: )

Worth a trip JUST for Wynand's Kebabs!!!!!

If he can put up with DL (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53172) then he MUST be a good host 8) 8) 8)

For those not in the 'know', Avcom's Wynand owns and runs www.ottersden.co.za
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by AceApothecary » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:58 am

Anyone wanting a trip to the Robertson area for golf, wine tasting or just doing nothing will be made welcome by Wim and Rita at Mallowdeen Gardens just to the east of Robertson. I persuaded them to let me land the R44 on their lawn and they are now happy with the idea. Its a great spot and car hire is available in Robertson. www.mallowdeen.com
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Unread post by Pete » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:33 pm

Ace.. well done and Mallowdeen looks like a beautiful place! :D
Any spot that is heli friendly gets a huge thumbs up.. thanks Wim and Rita =D> =D>

PS if the plank drivers see this it is going to make them very jealous :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:55 pm

While we're in the Cape. Here is a place we stayed at the Crags in Jan 2009. About 10nm east of Plettenberg bay it is called Redford house (http://www.redfordhouse.co.za). Owner run, friendly people and good food.
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by tanglefoot » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:29 pm

Just back from the most amazing trip ever.

A full stop landing at Tenahead Mountain Lodge (http://www.riverhotels.co.za/tenahead/index.asp). It claims to be the highest mountain lodge in South Africa and is situated 24km before Tiffendel ski resort (on the same road) at 8260ft. :!:

It is 165nm from Bloemfontein if you route around the Witteberge near Lady Grey and follow the road up the valley past Rhodes. You can save about 25nm if you go direct but the direct route takes you over some desolate landscape and some very high terrain. We landed with an estimated all up weight of around 2260lbs, approximately 200lbs above the limit needed for an OGE hover (at 20deg Celsius) so a run-on landing and takeoff was required. Planning was done at 20deg Celsius so we were fortunate to have an extra 5deg in the bag on arrival. We used 23" manifold pressure (0.5" spare) on landing with about 100m gradually climbing run-on. We used the full 23.5" on takeoff with about a 50m level ground before we lost the ground effect. In ground effect hover on takeoff was 21" manifold pressure with an estimated 15kt head wind.

We took 4 jerry cans and landed back at Bloem with 40litres in the tank. In hindsite we could have left one behind but an increased headwind either way would have changed that.

It is without a doubt the most technically challenging 'confined' that I have done in my short 4yrs of flying even though there was barely a tree or obstacle in sight!
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:08 pm

Walkerson's Country House (Mpumalanga) (http://www.walkersons.co.za) near Dullstroom is situated at about 6200ft.

The landing at 2300lbs was not difficult although the high trees and the katabatic morning winds made for a tricky takeoff. Easiest option was to send the wif to the nearby airstrip (about 300m away) and did a downwind liftoff with a bit (Can't remember exactly how much :D ) less weight. Takeoff from the airstrip was a piece of cake with a low level pass over the trout dams at the end. Great place. Good food.
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:37 pm

Glenshiel Country Lodge next to Ebenezer dam in the Magoebaskloof area of Limpopo. (http://www.glenshiel.co.za)

At about 4500ft. There is a large field in front of Glenshiel. If one could get them to mow the field it could be a great destination for a heli outing.
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Unread post by Pete » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:13 pm

Jeewaaz Tanglefoot.. you are making us jealous with all these nice photies... I think we must promote you to "Chief Leisure Consultant!" :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by tanglefoot » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:33 pm

LOL, The consultant is the wif, I just do the travel arrangements :!:

Last one for a while, until my budget recovers, is Mkepi (http://www.mkepi.co.za). They do offer accommodation but we we were lucky enough to be invited by friends. It is about 20km SE of Thabazimbi and 105nm from Rand. It is a small privately owned conservancy with more game than you would see in a month at Kruger. We even saw a Caracal (Rooikat) on one of the drives. Rhino, buffalo, eland, giraffe, etc etc are an easy find. Self Catering, so not over the top price wise. You can walk about but watch out for the Rhino (could be more hazardous than flying if you catch them in the wrong mood!)

At 3500ft an easy landing with quite a bit of space for a run-on landing if you are still a bit heavy. Best part is the private hanger suitable for a R44 or 206 (you could probably get 2 x R22 in there!) First time EVER that I've had indoor parking.
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by Captain Kirk » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:22 am

Have you guys seen this link: Seen at Off-Airport Locations - viewtopic.php?f=15&t=38334
Not as refined as this thread, but still some nice shots non the less...

Some pics from a trip we did last year to Cremorne Estate, Port St Johns, amazing costal flying!!!
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