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.
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|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|
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|
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 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.|
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.