Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cape Town to Goodwood Day 26: Khartoum and Hot Showers

Late update from Annette: 
"Hoorah- we made it to Khartoum- with only one more five-hour delay on the tarmac at Peloche. "Wonderful reception here from my dear friend Al Fatha - despite our dishevelled state. Dragged ourselves into the hotel streaked with dust and laundry for England. The halls of the hotel echoed with sounds of rushing water as we all relished the showers before heading out for a Lebanese meal and some music to celebrate.
"We'll be rejigging the schedule tomorrow morning, but plan two nights here before camping in the desert with the pyramids! All totaled, we've spent 17 hours waiting on hot tarmacs over the last three days, so hugely looking forward to not going to an airport in the morning."
Earlier today:
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."


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