Where did you go in your Robbie today!

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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by tanglefoot » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:38 pm

Time for another weekend trip.

This time Phalaborwa, the Bushveld Terrace Hotel. (http://www.bushveldterrace.co.za/)

The weekend started last friday morning with winds gusting up to 30kts. There weren't many takers for flying but we bravely backed off the pad at HenleyAir between a R22 and the Netcare 222 before being flung into the air. A quick Southern Corridor and we were in Special Rules East territory routing for Nelspruit to refuel. Normally I would route down the escarpment from Waterval Boven to Ngodwana but with a gusting tailwind I decided to route for Carolina and down the escarpment there. The descent isn't quite as abrupt and I hoped for a smoother passage down.

En route we had an indicated airspeed of 100kts with a GPS ground speed reading 130kts at times. We were looking at making up 15min on the 90min trip at one stage but we lost time finding a low level route down the escarpment. Everytime I thought I had found a nice little valley we were greeted with a ridge on the far side that had us buffeted by the strong winds as we crossed it.

A 30min stop at Nelspruit had us refueled and ready to go. Once airborne we called KMIA to activate our flightplan and once clear of the TMA we called Lowveld info. In the Hoedspruit CTR you get handed over to Hoedspruit Approach. They were super helpful and we were routed 5nm east of the military airfield where we had a great view of the massive runway on a direct route to Phalaborwa. Total flying time 2.5hrs from Rand.

A pickup from the hotel and a quick lunch and we were ready for our weekend.

The staff at the hotel and adjoining restaurant were friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make our weekend comfortable. We had maybe not read the brochure thoroughly enough as we had expected a larger garden and maybe a waterhole on the property. The hotel is very compact and our luxury room was spacious and the food at the restaurant was above expectations. We realised that we were a bit isolated so that evening we used the free wifi to do an online booking for a car to give us some mobility. The hotel took us back to the airport to collect our car.

Being only 200m from the Kruger Park gate made access easy. Animals enroute were rather scarce but at the watering holes there was always some action.

The trip back was via Tzaneen and would have been quicker if it wasn't for a scenic detour via the Tzaneen dam. Our route took us up into the Wolkberge where we again spent some time finding a low level route, this time without the 30kt wind to contend with. Much more relaxing. Including the 35min trip to Tzaneen and scenic detour the return flight clocked 2.6hrs.

The Gardens and Restaurant
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The Bushveld Terrace Hotel
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The hotel with Kruger Park entrance in the background
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by tanglefoot » Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:34 pm

Somewhere a little closer to home for a change.

Lunch at the Windmill restaurant (http://www.thewindmillharties.co.za/) at hartbeespoort dam was on the cards for today.

I sent an email to wikus as per the website with no luck. An Avcom search turned up a cell number (082 578 4847) which was answered by Elize and landing permission was promptly given. I almost felt like I was the first to ever ask for permission :roll: Landings are in the area to the west of the Restaurant and the approaches from the west, north and south are pretty open with some low trees in places.

Well, what a surprise! Jasmyn's is a grocery store with anything and everything at 20% less than what it would cost in Joburg. Amazing what one can do if you cut out the supply chain costs of the major supermarket groups. The cost savings was only a part of it, the variety and freshness of the products was more than amazing. Our next trip will be with a cooler bag or two and we will definitely stock up (more than we did this trip)!!!

Anyway, that's not why we went there. We went there for waffles but ended up in the Windmill restaurant having pancakes (mainly because we only found the waffle place downstairs on our way out). There is also a third restaurant. Amazing pancakes for R40 (R55 for two) and a rump special for R70 something. We left there with change out of R200 after my wife decided to have some cake for desert as well.

Well worth a visit, by car or helicopter. Will definitely be going back.
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by csparksfly » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:53 pm

Thanks for making me drool TF. I can attest to your adventure(albeit by car). Sounds like you had redo the WeightAndBalance ! So how does one ask The Missus to divulge her weight? :lol:
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Re: Where did you go in your Bell today!

Unread post by cage » Mon May 09, 2016 3:23 pm

With Lord Tanglefoot's permission, and since there is buggar-all else place to put it I thought I'd wake this thread up with a little pootling around the patch.
I like hopping across to Kittyhawk as the staff are friendly and you can get something decent to eat, watch a few planes (if you're lucky) and be home before the wife is annoyed.

Unfortunately it wasn't very sunny this day.

With some time lapse, I covered the take off at Grand Central and the landing at Kittyhawk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3X1AmlPBLE
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Re: Where did you go in your Bell today!

Unread post by paulw » Mon May 09, 2016 6:06 pm

cage wrote:With Lord Tanglefoot's permission, and since there is buggar-all else place to put it I thought I'd wake this thread up with a little pootling around the patch.
I like hopping across to Kittyhawk as the staff are friendly and you can get something decent to eat, watch a few planes (if you're lucky) and be home before the wife is annoyed.

Unfortunately it wasn't very sunny this day.

With some time lapse, I covered the take off at Grand Central and the landing at Kittyhawk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3X1AmlPBLE
Yooo, you are going fast through Pinedene route, just like Airwolf :twisted:

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Re: Where did you go in your Bell today!

Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:36 pm

Since the last post was over a year ago..

Popped into the Blackhorse brewery a few times.
Great spot.
Good drink (if you're not flying), great food.
Moderate confine even a Robbie can get into on a warm day.
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Re: Where did you go in your Bell today!

Unread post by tanglefoot » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:00 pm

cage wrote:Since the last post was over a year ago..

Popped into the Blackhorse brewery a few times.
Great spot.
Good drink (if you're not flying), great food.
Moderate confine even a Robbie can get into on a warm day.

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Looks like cage has found a place that microlights can visit :D Should post it on the destinations thread!
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by Pete » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:07 pm

Nice Cage :smt023
Do you have a contact, would like to arrange to go there with the 47
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Re: Where did you go in your Bell today!

Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:08 pm

tanglefoot wrote: Looks like cage has found a place that microlights can visit :D Should post it on the destinations thread!
Come now, 44's may weigh vaguely more than a portaloo but no need to apologise for your choices..
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:10 pm

Pete wrote:Nice Cage :smt023
Do you have a contact, would like to arrange to go there with the 47
Call them on 082 453 5295.
A few wires on an easterly approach but theres space for a couple of choppers.
Land next to the dam.
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by Pete » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:12 pm

Much appreciated, will give them a call to arrange.
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Unread post by Pete » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:14 pm

How did you change the subject line to "Where did you go in your BELL today" :lol:
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Unread post by cage » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:16 pm

Pete wrote:How did you change the subject line to "Where did you go in your BELL today" :lol:
When you reply you get to choose a "better" subject :mrgreen:
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by Pete » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:25 pm

Ah Ha.. =D> and Bell certainly has a better ring than Robbie :D :wink:
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Re: Where did you go in your Robbie today!

Unread post by tanglefoot » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:29 pm

Pete wrote:Ah Ha.. =D> and Bell certainly has a better ring than Robbie :D :wink:
Don't humour him. His head is bigger than his headset already #-o
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