Hanks Aero Adventures has added what it calls its First Officer program to its menu of African game-watching flights. The program matches up an African-trained and certified flight instructor with visiting fliers. This eliminates the four- to five-day training and test required to certify visiting pilots for a 90-day visitor's flying permit. Thus, the visiting U.S. pilots can begin their flying safari almost immediately after landing in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A 17-day escorted bush-flying tour into prime game-viewing areas of South Africa, Botswana, and Victoria Falls is limited to 14 participants. The tour costs $9,500 per person plus approximately $1,000 for avgas.
Other trip options include a self-fly (non-guided) safari in which the visiting pilot follows a prepared route that's detailed in a Cockpit Trip Kit by Hanks Aero Adventures. Hanks is owned by Nicholas and Christina Hanks, Americans who have been providing guided and self-fly safaris in South Africa since 1995. The flying season is from April until the end of September.
October 4, 2007