A great challenge from the SPA Special Operations Division: departing from London Heathrow the greatest tour ever all around Africa !
154 legs – almost 25’000 nm – more than 109 hours of flying pleasure discovering a fascinating continent.
When planing this trip I had in mind a specific short takeoff and landing twin props aircraft found in the SPA fleet: the Dornier 228-212. This very nice airplane is easy to handle, very well equipped with all modern navigation instruments and has great climbing performance thanks to its powerful engines. Some interesting figures about this bird: Powerplant = 2x Garrett AiResearch TPE-331-5, 560 kW (776 hp) each / Maximum speed: 434 km/h (271 mph) / Range: 1,037 km (560 miles) / Service ceiling: 8,534 m (28,000 ft) with oxygen masks; NOTE: This aircraft is un-pressurized and would not normally operate above 14,000ft / Rate of climb: 570 m/min (1,870 ft/min). Of course one can use any prop aircraft for this tour. But please keep in mind that some airfields on the way have a grass or a dirt runway... which is not really usable by jets or heavier planes. Furthermore, the Dornier is a rather fast airplane and I have planed legs that will need between 30 to 45-50 minutes to complete with the Do 228.
A few words about the Africa :Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.2 million kmē (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers six percent of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1.1 billion people it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population.
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Copyright Oct. 2015 - Yoland Grosjean for St Paul Airlines Special Ops virtual