A look back at Dongola; landing at Khartoum

General Director Achmed Bajouri of the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority, with Johan and the Moth. Three days ago, on 21 September, I landed in Dongola in northern Sudan. Situated on the banks of the Nile, Dongola is in the middle of the Nubian Desert, which stretches...

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Goodbye Egypt…hello Khartoum!

Last night I got to meet Mette Sunnergren, Sweden's Ambassador to Khartoum. I was invited to dinner with Mette and two of her colleagues at an Italian restaurant. I had the opportunity to tell them about some of my adventures so far, and I thought I saw some concern...

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In Khartoum, Sudan!

I must confess that I really did not know what I was getting myself into flying a Moth through Egypt and Sudan, at least so far. I am not easily deterred, but Africa has given me a crash course in how differently private aviation works in other parts of the world! I...

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First landing in Sudan: Dongola

Photo Jocke Mårtensson © P.B.J Photography. All rights reserved. Updating this post with a missing photo credit: the beautiful photo above is courtesy of Jocke Mårtensson. Johan started early this morning and landed in Dongola, Sudan this afternoon. He's told us that...

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South to Aswan

Today Johan was able to start from October 6 Airport, in the nick of time – right before the authorities closed the airport's airspace again. Local regulations require small private aircraft to fly at 9,000 feet; it took an hour just to climb to this altitude. While...

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Leaving Cairo, Aswan next!

So today I've been resting and I also got to visit the pyramids at Giza, as you may have read in the previous post. Not many tourists out there – just some Egyptians going to see their own heritage, and a few pilots... The pyramids were a fantastic sight to see, even...

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Arrival at October 6 Airport

Yesterday's mission was to ferry fly to October 6 Airport, which was the original destination a couple of days ago. I am getting the best of help from Eddie Gould and the G.A.S.E (General Aviation Support Egypt) organization. They have been extremely hospitable and...

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Africa reached!

Reached the big continent of Africa! The sweet days of Crete were at end.  We where 3 persons arriving to the airport of Chania Tuesday morning September 15th, to head for different destinations. Me and the Moth heading south, my wife going home to the kids and our...

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Permit to land in Egypt granted!

I have been waiting here in Crete for a permit to enter Egyptian airspace and to land in Mersa Matruh tomorrow.  It just arrived, literally in the eleventh hour. Tomorrow I leave at 0700CET/0500Z. It will be a 4-hour flight to Mersa with a 2-hour stop for refueling of...

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Planning for a new horizon

An extremely quiet day here on Crete… if it wouldn't have been for the fact that Africa and obviously Egypt has been in the focus regarding some planning. So far the execution and landing of this trip has been done by myself but the rest of the trip is complicated...

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Recharging batteries

Saturday and no Moth flying for 3 days. Starting to relax and my sore left shoulder is perhaps getting back in shape. I probably get a bit tense from all holding on to the stick with left hand, so I have started to alter hands. Otherwise the 47 year old body, back and...

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