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Knight W

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Knight W last won the day on November 15

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    South Africa
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    Boieng (Airbus is for girls ....just kidding)

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  1. Just saw I totally missed spelled Douglas up there but it is fixed.....note to self: do not post stuff in a haste and carefully re-read before posting.
  2. You are absolutely correct, as a matter of fact when we fly her she is costing us money. She is helping to preserve history and her main role is historical flights and tax deduction purpose only. Oops did I said tax deduction purpose out loud......
  3. Knight Aviation always wanted to start a new division called Knight Aviation Historical since Knight got hold of a Grumman Goose G21A when the Cape Town City Council contacted Knight to hear if he could help with removing a Goose just floating in the harbour and none of their pilots they hired could get her to start. He said yes if they will pay us, and they agreed. When we got the Goose back to KA Hangers we soon discovered that the Engines were newly overhauled and the Airframe newly redone. So why did she not want to start? So we called up some of the old timers we knew and finally got hold of a manual for the Goose. She fired up the first time when we followed the startup procedure and it turned out that none of the new generation pilots knew how to start her (probably because there are no TV screens in the cockpit). Soon she was back in the skies where she belongs. More recently Knight got a call from his friend @JusVonSchott that told him about a raffle that a company was running to help raise money for men wanting to flee their houses for a week and go to Oshkosh. They Raffled off one of their old Aircraft no longer in use for quite some time now and they could not even remember who was the last crew that flew her or when and who bought her. They think the name Uncle Sam rings a bell, who ever that was. It was a Douglas C-47/DC3 and that is all they knew about this aircraft that stood in their hanger in the corner now for so many years. Knight bought a ticket and thought no more about it. Then the phone rung and the voice on the other side wanted to know how we are planning to move our newly won C47 out of their hanger? We were all so excited and Knight immediately called another friend he knew flies Cargo to there from the UK and asked if he will help dismantling the C47 and fly it over to the UK where KA's 747-400 could pick it up and fly it to its new home, FACT Cape Town. @Richard of Fusion Cargo agreed and a week later our C-47 was in our hanger. We used the money we got from Cape Town City Council to assemble and repair where needed the airframe, and overhaul those two big radials. We gave her a fresh paint job back to her original paint with the added Knight Aviation decals. Now the next challenge was to find an Instructor old enough that still have this bird on his rating for Knight and a co-pilot to do a conversion, luckily we found one that is still active and soon we started our conversion over the skies of Cape Town On 16 October 2019 the first official Knight Aviation Historical flight took place from Cape Town FACT to George FAGG with the new old C-47/DC3 of Knight Aviation Historical. The flight of a merely 188NM took no less than 1hr 23 minutes, but was that a joyful 1hr23min. Here is the newly painted C-47 named Melisa, with her KA Decals.
  4. I also ran a nomad to see how far I can take it, All though I only have a Bonanza now.....early days in my nomad company lol.
  5. Knight W

    Happy 8th birthday worldwide

    WhoooooHooooo!!
  6. Wow nice pics - thanks for sharing. Looks like a nice trip, will do it some time.
  7. I was asked to take an Elderly chap from Aussie called Harry, for a hop over Cape Town to see the Harbor and Table Mountain and then this is what happened PS. TO ALL THE AICRAFT LOVERS OUT THERE, NO AIRCRAFT WERE HURT IN THE MAKING OF THIS VIDEO......ONLY AN ELDERLY MAN AND SOME ATC OFFICIALS SOON AFTERWARDS.
  8. Yes we absolutely have the best Mechanics, so our aircraft are very well maintained.
  9. Knight Aviation Flying School Want a career in Aviation as a Commercial Pilot or Recreation Pilot so you don't have to be at home much to listen to your Mother/Wife/Husband/Children/Mother-in-law/etc? Knight Aviation Flying School is just the right place for you then. We will teach you how to keep an aircraft in the air with the wheels showing to the ground, the cabin to the sky, the nose forward and the tail backwards. We will teach you how to land and be able to use the aircraft again afterwards. We will teach you to find your destination airport with out phoning your Mother/Father/Friend/Wife/Husband from the air to ask directions or ask radar to help you find it, and that with out a GPS. We will teach you how to not fly or taxi into another aircraft We will teach you how to speak that strange langues to that strange people over the radio. We will teach you how to fly and land when it is pitch dark in the early morning hours while every one else is warm, comfy and fast asleep. where you want to be. We will teach you to fly, find your destination airport and land safely, when that white stuff is all around you and all you see outside is white with some lightning flashes. When you tihnk "what the hell am I doing here"? For the Pilots that do their Commercials and IF Rating through Knight Aviation are guarantied work as a pilot with Knight Aviation. You will start out on one of two really good equip Cessna 172SP till you achieve your Private Pilot Licences, then you will progress to our new Beachcraft Bonanza A36 for some Retractable gear and variable pitch propeller hours. The Bonanza is also available for Hire and Fly to our Students to help those 200 hours build for Commercials. You then will upgrade to our Beachcraft Barron 58 for your twin training and for twin IF training. Please no spoiled brats wasting their parents money and the Instructors time.........then again it is their parents money in our bank account ....,,let them come it is ok. Our Flying School is located at Fisantekraal (FAFK) close enough to Cape Town for a nice pub crawling for students lodging in our student lodge on the airport. See Photo's below Knight Aviation Flying School club house and briefing rooms Our two C172 SP Our Bonny A36
  10. Yes @brian747 more on the serious side this is now not a story, there is a rule here in the Africa bushveld that when you are in the bushveld you always check your socks and inside of your shoes/boots/vellies every time before putting it on, you won't believe how many times this has happened that people find a scorpion or spider inside their shoes, we once camped near a place called Tosca close to the Botswana border for a week of hunting and when we packed up we found a python (luislang) curled up under the one corner of our big Army tent we used to store our supplies and used for our veld kitchen. So really loved your story, since I can relate too it.
  11. We got a call from an old farmer with the name of Harry in Pofadder asking if we would be interested in a King Air 350 and of course we jumped to attention and listen. The deal was he is getting to old to fly and wanted to trade his 350 for some things he wanted. So he sent us a list of what he wanted and it consisted of 3x Sheepdogs, 1x bull calf, 4x chicken hens 1x chicken rooster and a pig. We could not believe this and loaded the Caravan and off we went to Pofadder (FAPD). When we got there we realized the farmer got the better end of the deal. The King Air had some serious problems, starboard engine tents to die on you some where in the flight, we must fly her with the gear down since the actuators for the gears are gone and the gear are locked in by the locking pins, radios last worked when the farmer had to go into a busy airport some years back (who needs radios in Africa the farmer reckoned) and we have to keep her below FL150 since the pressurization is not working and so on......some minor things the farmer said. We got her back to our hanger in Cape Town and started rebuilding the King Air. First the Engines that we discovered where timex about 300 hrs back and we decided to replace them all together. Luckily one of our friends @JusVonSchott had a pair of fairly new Pratt and Whitney PT6A-60A (only 10hrs on them) with props lying in his hanger that we could buy from him. After about 2 months we finally managed to ermmm........... get through the workshop manual and started the rebuild. It took us another 3 months and finally we have a brand new King Air 350 in 100 % working order, and we paid...........I mean let the SACAA inspector do the necessary tests and inspections and he signed the air worthy certificate. Since this bird will only be used for VIP charters we did the interior as a club seating with light beige leather seats, gold trimmings and rose wood panels and fold away tables. Our C208 Caravan from now on will only be used for Gargo and Medivacs, our B757-200 B747-400 and B737-800 are still on International charters. Here are our new lady all dressed in the KA decals. Interior credit to: PriJet
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