Ferry to Madagascar - HALO in AngolaThursday, January 19, 2017
Life has been busy lately and Nick has been having a good time with a few cross continent flights. Before Christmas he did a ferry flight of a Cessna 182 from Kinshasa to Madagascar.
We had a diesel 182 here for many years but because it is an airplane that has a converted diesel engine from an avgas engine it is an airplane that often needs little extra maintenance.
The 182 was great because it was so cheap and getting avgas all over the world is so expensive, however last year we were able to find cheaper avgas to ship in. Because we were able to do that, we brought back our 206 and the extra maintenance on the 182 wasn't quite worth it once the price of flying the 206 went down.
So after talking to MAF Canada and figuring out the best place for the 182, they decided that MAF Madagascar would be the best place for it. The Madagascar program already has a 182 and their mechanic Rob Barber is a 182 specialist and travels around to different MAF programs around the world helping working on them.
So it was decided Madagascar is a much better home for this airplane with the mechanic that knows this type of plane inside and out.
Nick few out of Kinshasa in the 182, its not the fastest little guy so the trip from here to Madagascar would take about 3 days. The trip was a long one, first he flew south from here to Lubumbashi which took 7 hours.
The next day they took a look at the airplane and then flew it the rest of the way to Tana.
The whole trip took 6 days, 5 countries, 5 takeoffs and landings, 19 flight hours, 4000kms, 670 litres of jet fuel.
There is a great organization called HALO (Hazardous Areas Life-Support Organization) and 20 years ago Princess Dianna brought international attention to them when she visited Angola and called for a international ban on landmines. She did this by strapping on gear and walked through a live mine field.
Today Angola is still only about 50% de-mined. There are an estimated 37 million land mines buried across Africa and Angola contains approximately 10 million of them.
It could take another four decades before all Angola’s land mines are removed. Meanwhile, these horrific devices will continue to take their toll.
In 2010, 80 people were killed by land mines. While Nick was there he was able to see the completion of mine removal in a community. They said that as soon as an area is deemed safe, quite literally the next day people will begin to move in and start farming.
The fighting left a legacy of landmines and ammunition, which have cost thousands of lives with an estimated 80,000 injured.