Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sling Trainer ZDL

Durban Skyye Flight School has updated it's training aircraft to a new Sling Trainer ZDF. Here CEO Dave Mc Naught poses with the plane in it's new flight school branding. Recalls Dave - "When I was first learning to fly I needed confidence in the aircraft I was training with so I felt it important to have modern aircraft to train in and with the latest updated technology. The Sling trainer has a touch-screen computer EFIS (electonic flight instrument system) as well as backup standard instruments.






Sunday, June 12, 2016

We're going to land this plane

Dave with student Andrew preparing for some sunset landings at Virginia Airport
The runway lights are on as Andrew is on short finals for runway 05 Virginia


The Durban coastline on base as we turn final approach

The colours of the skyye as the sun prepares to set

Into the blue yonder

One beauty doing circuit training from Virginia Airport is that you get to see our magnificent Durban coastline at all times of the day. Stunning morning flights as well as the sunset ones.


Bobby flying with our flight school instructor Dave

The piers off the Durban beachfront

Gathering darkness as the sun goes down on crosswind for runway 05 Virginia

Car petrol gets us there

Refuelling the aircraft is one of the daily tasks running a flight school. Fortunately the Rotax 912 engines of our Sling aircraft take 95 octane unleaded car petrol, so the expense is kept low, it's convenient to refuel and the aircraft are economical to fly. 

Each tankful of petrol is filtered through a special filter designed also to eliminate water, as well as any impurities in the fuel.

Part of the pre-landing checks ensures that there is enough fuel in the aircraft to continue flying in the event of an aborted landing. There should be 45 mins of fuel in reserve for this purpose.

Know your Spots

Know your Spots is an aviation safety awareness campaign launched by our local Civil Aviation Authority this year to improve pilots' awareness of their own limitations - in the same way that leopards cannot change their spots, so we as pilots cannot change our characters, but we can change the way we plan our flights, become aware of our limitations and make adjustments to our planning to reduce the possibility of an incident or accident.

Aviation Safety meeting held in Durban this week by the SA-CAA
Part of the Know your Spots CAA team


Durban Skyye Instructor and CEO Dave with Louis attending the meeting.

View of Durban from above


This is the view from our office in the skyye! Flights to and from Virginia airport, home base of Durban Skyye flight school, are required to route according to the Durban Special Rules regulations which take us around the harbour entrance when routing south.At 1000 ft leaving Virginia and 1500 ft returning.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Microlight Flights this holiday season

Get your Christmas Gift Voucher or book your holiday microlight flight and see Durban beachfront and Umhlanga from above. Intro flights available or full pilot training.. R600 per person 20 minute flight from Virginia Airport along the Durban beachfront past the Stadium to the harbour and back; R850 per person 30 minute flight as for the 20 min flight plus to the Umhlanga Lighthouse and beachfront returning to Virginia Airport. Contact Brad on 082 820 4840 or Dave 083 7033329.

Gift Vouchers

For gift vouchers please choose the duration flight and bank the appropriate amount to our bank account:

Standard Bank a/c Durban Skyye Flight School (Pty) Ltd
a/c 243 229 593 branch 043326
ref: your name

Then email us the name of the person the Gift Voucher is for and the occasion (eg Birthday or Christmas gift) and we will personalise the voucher and email it back to you. durbanskyye@gmail.com


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Congratulations to our LSA pilot Rupert

Rupert is no stranger to the skyye and already has his helicopter licence. He has now completed our conversion course to fixed wing aircraft and qualified with his NPL (LSA) licence. The training involves writing two more exams as the Principles of Flight are different for the two types of aircraft and the Technical and General exam also needed to test his new technical knowledge of fixed wing aircraft, along with some practical training with our instructors.

Our Instructor Johnny (right) congratulates Rupert after his flight skills test

Rupert with our fixed wing Sling training aircraft FYA

Rupert in the skyye over Durban

Looking pleased as punch after completing his skills test

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bushbaby Explorer Taildragger For Sale


R750 000,00 buys you this beautiful Bushbaby Explorer with new MGL large 12" touchscreen EFIS and low 130 hours engine and airframe. It is also available in a shared syndicate - R420 000 buys you a half share of this aircraft hangared at Virginia Airport, Durban, where it may also be viewed. Tel Dave on 083-7033329 or Mark 076 684 6635 to view. email durbanskyee@gmail.com

NPL or PPL licence required to fly this beauty - a light sport aircraft in taildragger format

Specifications:

Advanced large touch-screen EFIS
Ivo constant speed prop with flyzone controller - 70 hours
Rotax 912 engine - 130 hours
Mgl voyager touchscreen efis with gps nav
Trig transponder
Mgl v6 radio
Proxalert R5 TCAS
12v sockets
Brand new leather interior
110l tanks
Night rated
Fitted with vg's 3 axis autopilot
Cruise speed 130mph

Difference between prop and engine hours was due to elective prop upgrade.


New comfortable seating


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Congrats to solo students

The most amazing moment is when the flight instructor steps out of the aircraft and says you're good to fly on your own. Here our Chief Flying Instructor Brad and CEO Dave congratulate Durban Skyye students after their first solo flight.

Cass goes solo in our Sling FYA

A proud moment for Gordon Webb


William says "Yes, I did it!!"

Brad congratulates William on his first solo flight

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Bodybuilding in the skyye

IFBB KZN East Coast Classic Mens' Athletic Physique champion, David Watkeys and his girlfriend Storm came for a flight with us over Durban today. David is also the new ambassador for Bob and Weave clothing.
David Watkeys flying with Durban Skyye Flight School

In the air over Durban

Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium at our wingtip

For David's girlfriend it was the first time she has been in an aeroplane ever

Ambassador for Bob and Weave clothing

Durban harbour and city from our flight school Sling aircraft

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Our first PPL pilot qualifies

Durban Skyye's first qualified PPL pilot, Llewellyn Anderson is congratulated by the flight school CEO Dave with their Sling 2 aircraft ZDL.

Llew holds his PPL licence in the aircraft he qualified in, our flight school Sling 2, ZDL



Durban Skyye Flight School CEO Dave congratulates Llew on his licence

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Getting ready to fly


Our flight instructor Brandon (left) and our Chief Flying Instructor Brad (middle) chat to our NPL student William ahead of his pilot lesson today. William has notched up his first few hours towards his licence with Durban Skyye Flight School.

Airbus A330 Captain flies with Durban Skyye

It's not often that an airline pilot takes a step-down and comes to fly a microlight, but Captain Bruce Daniels did just that, thoroughly enjoying his first hour of instruction with our Chief Flying Instructor Brad on the flight school's microlight.


Heading north today

Dave's student Gordon getting more comfortable in the air on a bumpy day today as we headed north to the Tugela River Mouth and back to Virginia, transiting through King Shaka International airspace.


The Umhlanga beachfront and lighthouse on our return from the north

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cass goes solo

Our NPL student pilot Cass did his first solo flight today in our flight school Sling FYA.

Our Chief Flying Instructor Brad was there to congratulate him and oversee the flight. Well done Cass, great achievement.

Our CFI Brad with Cass after his solo flight

Cass in our flight school Sling after his first solo flight today