On Line Evening 09 August 2016

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On Line Evening 09 August 2016

Post by Phantom » 09 Aug 2016, 16:17

OPERATION “SNOW FLAKE”

Background:

As we are all aware, it has been snowing extensively in the south western parts of KZN, and the Drakensberg recently, and as such all manner of accidents are prone to happen.

As sure as shooting, the SAVAF have just been approached by rescue Authorities regarding a group of people who have got themselves lost in heavy snow in the mountains somewhere between Qacha’s Neck and Sehonghong in Lesotho. It is believed they were on their way to a lodge at Sehonghong, and never arrived.

The SAVAF are to assist as soon as possible to rescue them.

Objective:

Locate the lost travellers and rescue them.

Orders:

Scramble from Margate (FAMG) and route to Harding (FAHJ), hdg 333*/30Nm and land there to collect some Emergency Rescue Personnel.

Take off and route to Qacha’s Neck (FXQN), hdg 318/69Nm.

Once overhead, carefully follow the Qacha’s Neck-Sehonghong road into the mountains (roughly heading 042*) and search for the travellers.

Once found, land and allow the EMRS people to assist.

When complete, take off with the entire group and route to Pietermaritsburg (FAPM) to land.
Note: For realism purposes, disable your IVAP weather and select “winter wonderland” in your flight sim weather!

Flight Details:

Date: 09 August 2016.
Take off time: 18h00z.
Departure: Margate (FAMG).
Arrival: Pietermaritsburg (FAPM).
Equipment: A109/Oryx.
Rules: VFR as required.
Weather: Snow. Disable IVAP weather and select Winter Wonderland in your FSim.
Fuel load: As required for the distance, plus reserves.
Distance: Approximately 200Nm.
Leg Time: Approximately 1:45 hours.
Time: Daytime.
Route: FAMG-FAMA-FXQN-SAR area-FAPM.
Comms: 122.80 and ATC where available.
Lost Procedure: Nah! You won’t get lost, now will you.......? Alternatively recover to Virginia (FAVG).
VOR/NDB: VOR: PMV: 117.90. NDB: UR: 485.0, OBI: 280.0

Good Luck and safe flying, Men!
Lt Genl Eddy(Phantom) Evans
Officer Commanding: Air Command/SOA2/ZA-EC/ZA-SOC
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Re: On Line Evening 09 August 2016

Post by Phantom » 16 Aug 2016, 23:27

Debrief: Operation "Snowflake"

Seven pilots reported for duty.

Take off was from a cold and uncommonly snowy Margate(!) and routed to Harding to collect the EMRS personnel. From ther the Squad route through very bad weather to Qacha's Neck and commenced the search.

The stranded people were eventually found on the pass before Sehonghong and rescued.

From there the squad routed to Pietermaritzburg to land.

Thank you to the pilots who took part:

ZAV32 Genl Jan (Smokey) Jacobs
ZAV64 Maj Genl Eddy (Phantom) Evans
ZAV70 Col Nico (Sidewinder) Engelbrecht
ZAV92 Maj Hugo (IronMan) Nel
ZAV118 Maj Paul (Wolfsclaw) Earnshaw
ZAV113 Lt Gustav (Night Fury) Le Roux
ZAV115 2Lt Goitseona (Kukri) Diale

Below some screenshots:
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Ready at Margate:
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Approaching Harding:
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Searching in very bad weather:
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At the rescue site:
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Safe at FAPM
Lt Genl Eddy(Phantom) Evans
Officer Commanding: Air Command/SOA2/ZA-EC/ZA-SOC
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