A great challenge from the SPA
Special Operations Division: departing from London Heathrow the
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
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
Some interesting figures about this bird: Powerplant = 2x Garrett
TPE-331-5, 560 kW (776 hp) each / Maximum speed: 434 km/h (271 mph) /
1,037 km (560 miles) / Service ceiling: 8,534 m (28,000 ft) with oxygen
This aircraft is un-pressurized and would not normally operate above
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
have a grass or a dirt runway... which is not really usable by jets or
planes. Furthermore, the Dornier is a rather fast airplane and I have
that will need between 30 to 45-50 minutes to complete with the Do 228.