Around the world in Cessna 182

February 21, 2004
Cape Town, South Africa (FACT) to Bloemfontein, South Africa (FABL)

I did not wait for the dawn, and at 3:30 local time I got ready, created my flight plan and took off towards the Bloemfontein, a city more less in the middle of South Africa (just Northwest of Lesotho)

Cape Town was the southernmost point I will reach while in Africa, it is located on 34th parallel. From now on, all the way to Murmansk, I will be mostly heading North. There are some really cool places I plan to visit on the east side of this continent and I am really looking forward to that, but, one flight at the time.

Today, I had to fly rather high as I went back over the highlands of the South African continent. The recommended altitude was 13,500 ft. but I chose to stay a bit lower, as that was pushing the limits of what this plane can do (at these weather conditions - read temperature and pressure).

The heading for this part of my trip was 077, East-Northeast. Once more I just went straight to my destination airport, no sightseeing. I was able to make few cool pictures on my way to Bloemfontein though.

The approach and landing were OK, nothing major to report there. There was some crosswind, but nothing to write home about. I did well on the fuel economy on this trip. I guess flying East does make a big difference. I will now rest, and hopefully continue tomorrow morning Salt Lake City time. Over and out.

Pre flight check

Taxying for a takeoff

Ready for yet another flight

Leaving Cape Town

Final approach to Bloemfontein

Parked and done for the day
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South Africa

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