We are hoping Tracey and Co made it to Khartoum yesterday and are heading ever northwards. But we don't know. So in the meantime, here's an expanation of how you fly one of those small, open-cockpit planes "stick and rudder" style as Tracey has put it.
Take it away Roy Watson of the Johannesburg Light Plane Club!
"Balancing the various inputs is what flying in older aircraft without and extra modern complications is all about; hence the term ‘stick and rudder flying’
"The control stick sits vertically between your legs. It behaves as if it was fixed to the airframe. In other words, if you push it forwards the plane tips forward and the houses get bigger. If you pull it back, the plane goes up and the houses get smaller. That movement of the aircraft is called pitch.
"If you push the stick to the left, the aircraft rolls to the left. Similarly push to the right and she rolls to the right.
"Now we get to the rudder. It is a bar in front of your feet with each foot resting on it. Push your left foot forward and the aircraft turns left, push the right foot and she goes right."