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Hour Building Safaris in South Africa

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Hour Building Safaris


A fly yourself safari, with an instructor or safety pilot allows you to:
See South Africa at its best.
Build hours whilst gaining incredible experiences, particularly flying in remote areas, discovering new concepts.
Opportunity to experience flying in vast open spaces, landing in remote confined airfields, occupied by giraffe and other wildlife
Ability to learn about density altitude and fly like a bush helicopter pilot.
Where possible join the instructor or safety pilot out in the bush and experience the life of a game capture pilot. Not only will you see amazing flying, but also participate in the capture and darting process.

The Experience:

Mountain & coastal flying
General and advanced helicopter handling
Game Reserve access from the air
Navigation over vast empty spaces

Our suggestion:

Minimum of 12 hours flying over 4 days (2hours in the morning followed by 2 hours in the afternoon) - 5 day experience.
R44 or learn to fly the Jet Ranger - 2 seats available, so bring your friends or family along to share the experience at no extra cost.
Students or PPL welcome.
Itinerary and lodgings arranged per safari as to your preference. Benefit from our knowledge of the countries best hidden secrets.
Opportunity to complete a conversion onto an R44 or Jet Ranger.
Centrally based in Bloemfontein, easy access from Johannesburg or Cape Town.
Why not extend your stay to include walking safaris in the Limpopo Province and experience Cape Town.

A Typical Safari

Synopsis of a typical hour building safari:

Day 1
Introduction to local rules/surrounding areas.
A briefing, orientation.
Radio procedures.
What to expect over the next few days.
Local airport flying practice and familiarisation.

Day 2
Mountain Flying - Dragensburg Mountains, climb to 9000ft amsl.
Coastal Flying and bush flying.
Confined area circuits and landings.
Operational flying with the doors off.

Day 3
Low level bush flying and advanced confined landings.
Advanced precision flying.

Day 4
Mountain Flying, high density altitude operations.
General handling.
Precision flying and dead reckoning navigation, emergency procedures.

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