MH370 1 YEAR 9 MONTHS ON.

Well it is now 1 year and 9 months since the disappearance of MH370 and other than a flapperon washed up on Reunion Island near Madagascar they are no closer to finding it than they were on day one. I submit that the authorities, for whatever reason, are actually determined this plane must never be found. Why else would they continue to cling to speculation regarding suspect Inmarsat data and the Southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth? This I suggest is a wild goose chase designed to conceal the real location or at least far more possible locations where they should be looking. How convenient that this just happens to be the most inhospitable place on the planet and less known to us than the surface of the moon. While the search team stubbornly contiues at huge cost looking in the wrong place crucial evidence is being totally ignored suggesting the plane went down thousands of miles away from Perth Australia and further North. The sea drift patterns in the Indian Ocean also run from North to South West in a curve before eventually turning towards Australia which alone proves the plane could not have come down where they are insisting it did unless aircraft parts can miraculously swim against the current. Also the plane had lost ACARS and TRANSPONDER which means it was totally unidentifiable. Hence whatever, if anything the Inmarsat data picked up cannot conclusively be confirmed 100% was MH 370 anyway. The fact that at this time 34,000 other aircraft were in the sky makes this assumption even more incredible. I once again ask the obvious question. Why is it that possible solid evidence and eye witness accounts have been totally ignored and dismissed without investigation when it would not fit into their silly Southern Indian Ocean theory? For example, the mountain of evidence to suggest this plane may have crashed in the sea in the vacinity of the Maldives far outweighs the highly speculative theory that it crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean yet there has not been one single search in that area. Numerous eye witnesses on the Maldives have not even been spoken to and other corroberating evidence has all been disregarded. Now they are saying that they will call off the search by mid 2016. Absolutely shocking.

MH370 MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINER

I see the latest comments from an Oceanographer regarding the flaperon found off the coast of Reunion in the Western Indian Ocean, (incidentally not the Southern Indian Ocean), is that it would be impossible for the flaperon to have drifted to Reunion had the plane crashed further South as the currents do not run North. I fully agree. The Oceanographer points out the direcrtion of the sea currents which would make this impossible, which it would. Hence, the Australian investigation team have been looking in the wrong place all this time as many of us knew all along.

However, what would be possible is for the currents to have caused the flaperon to drift South to Reunion from say for example the Maldives as the currents do run North to South. Other than the retired CEO of a French Airline, in his private capacy, nobody else has even bothered to speak to the numerous witnesses on the Maldives who claim they saw the jet at low altitude that morning with the same markings as Air Malaysia. This retired CEO was warned by British Intelligence to stop investigating as he was putting himself in danger. Well I challenge British Intelligence and any other Intelligance Agency for that matter to warn me in the same manner as I intend digging until the truth is revealed. This plane never went down in the Southern Indian Ocean and the authorities know this. The Southern Indian Ocean is one big red herring.

MH370 MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINER

The investigation into the missing Malaysian airliner continues. I have followed every detail of this from day one and could never understand why the investigation team stubbornly insisted the plane had hugged the Australian West coast line finally coming to rest somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean South of Perth Australia when all they had was this extremely weak circumstantial evidence supplied by Inmarstat. Far better informed people than I have also questioned the reliablity of this Inmarstat data, the CEO of Emerate Airlines just to mention one. The investigation team have totally ignored much stronger leads and evidence suggesting the plane may have come down much further North and one such possible location was the Maldives. Several eye witnesses on the Maldives who saw a very large low flying airliner of similar colour and markings on that fateful morning have never even been questioned in favour of the wild goose chase in the Indian Ocean which has always seemed futile to most logical thinking aviation enthusiasts closely following this mystery. Why would these people with what would appear to be solid information not have been at least questioned? Following the recovery of the flaperon off the coast of Reunion near Madagascar it clearly proves beyond doubt what many of us have been saying for ages, the investigation team are looking in totally the wrong place. Now that even more debris has been washed up on the beaches of the Maldives it tends to give strength to the theory that the plane may have come down in this vicinity.

The more they avoid the obvious the more suspicion they attract. It is now going to be interesting to see how they rubbish these latest claims by the people on the Maldives especially as the prominent sea currents tend to flow South West from the Maldives which could have carried the flaperon to Reunion in all this time, of almost a year and a half. One cannot help thinking that for some strange and sinister reason they do not want this plane to be found hence the insistance on clinging to what can only be described as pure speculation regarding the Southern Indian Ocean and as far as1600km South of Perth. Is this the reason they selected the Southern Indian Ocean which is known to be largely uncharted territory and so deep in places you could never be expected to find anything?

WHAT IS A HERO

I never stop being amused when the media refers to sports people, that is Rugby, Soccer, Cricket players mainly, as sports hero’s. I would love to know what is so heroic about playing some silly childish ball game anyway. Me thinks these professional ball players could not find an honest days work if they tried and hence are prepared to devote/waste their whole life to doing something so trivial like this and that most of us grew out of when we left school.Why is it that shallow people insist on a form of hero worship of these players even down to the point of wearing a rugby shirt for example in the shopping mall because their hero’s are playing rugby this weekend? So what, who cares? Amazing how some people are so board with their lives they can only get pleasure watching others doing something they enjoy. If they were really so passionate about the sport why are they not doing it themselves in stead of being a spectator and just watching? The truth is sport these days is all about money, and the media try to create this public frenzy by shoving sport down your throat 24/7 in an attempt to make you think every human being on earth is fanatical about watching it so if you do not you are a bit odd. This in turn makes the “followers” people who have no mind of their own, the shallow people that is, bow to peer pressure and pretend they are also a supporter even if they are not the slightest bit interested.If anyone does not agree with me just do this simple test. Next time in a big restaurant with 150 people eating just check out how many are watching the stupid big screens festooned on the walls showing the “big game”. You will be lucky to find even one. Next time in the banking queue carry out the same test. Next time at the hospital waiting room carry out the same test etc.

What actually gives people the right to decide all of us are sports fanatics so let us cancel the news tonight and show a rugby or cricket match instead. Why does a sports item always have to be included in the news headlines? Why do we have to have a news reader and a sports reader with the majority of time being wasted on sport and no real news which we are starved of in South Africa.

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I see the latest misinformation to come out of the MH370 investigation is that they have got some airline boss in the Maldives to report that in his opinion what the islanders saw was one of his small passenger planes flying low over their houses. His planes are also white in colour but nowhere near the size of a 777. I just wonder what they paid him to suddenly come out with this pathetic rubbish especially as the islanders were all very specific and sounded like they knew exactly what they saw. Also if this was the case why did he wait over a year to make such a statement when the islanders reported this the very next morning. Trust me for some strange reason they do not want to find this aircraft. Why else would they keep ignoring concrete leads while continuing to place so much emphasis on the already heavily disputed and clearly unreliable Inmarsat data. If MH370 had gone to Australia and plunged into the Southern Indian Ocean they would have some proof of this by now. This whole thing is too crazy for words. Every time someone has come up with a concrete lead putting the plane anywhere else but in the Southern Indian Ocean they have tried to discredit it with utter dribble.

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I see some idiot has just said that the plane could never have got to the Maldives as it did not have enough fuel and that is why they are concentrating the search off the coast of Perth. Please note this is even further away from Malaysia than the Maldives.Oh sorry I forgot it is after all down hill so I suppose that is the reason.

TEN MONTHS ON MH370

Australia is still sticking to the flimsy theory of MH370 having ended in the Southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth based only on Inmarsat data which needs to be seriously questioned. See my October 2014 blog on this subject. If this data was so accurate to have been able to speculated the plane ended there why can they not find it? One simple reason. It is not there. As for the Malaysian authorities making a declaration now that the plane crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean as a result of an accident and all passengers of board are dead, I have to say this must be the worst example of irresponsibility I have ever been witness to. They have not one single scrap of evidence to prove any of this.

MH370 NINE MONTHS ON.

I see the Australians have now released a video showing the Ocean floor off the cost of Perth in the Southern Indian Ocean in an effort to explain why the aircraft has not yet been found. This gets more ridiculous by the day. Absolutely no effort is being made to look elsewhere for this aircraft which clearly is not where they keep wanting us to believe it is. How convenient that this is one place on earth where they can say it was impossible to find anything. I for one cannot swallow all this misinformation. That aircraft never went anywhere near Southern Australia and there are people out there who know it. Wish I knew what was going on.

E-TOLLS

The headlines in the South African press on 6/11/2014 read, “E TOLLS HERE TO STAY SANRAL” .Are these people  totally mad. When are they going to wake up and appreciate that they can stay as long as they like but we are not going to pay. Simple as that. I see they have admitted there is only a 30% compliance however, I have it from very reliable sources that even this is an exaggeration and the true figure is closer to between 13% - 15%. The sooner they cotton on to the fact that South Africa are feed up with being told what to do by the people who should be serving us and listening to us the better. What could be a simpler way of collecting the money than adding a few cents to the petrol levy which many people have suggested? Can anyone imagine what the Country would look like in 10 years if we actually let them get away with this. Every road in the Country would be a toll road and I am sure that is what they were planning. They wanted to roll this scheme out all over the Country and rake in billions of extra rand to be wasted and squandered like most of the tax money collected. .

 

MY TAKE ON MISSING MH370

Well eight months has now lapsed since Malaysian Air Liner MH370 vanished without a trace. There is still no sign of it in the Southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth where most logical thinking people who have been following this debacle know it cannot possibly be anyway. The Malaysians and the Australians continue to cling to this flimsy assumption based on the Inmarsat data which cannot be correct. They insist that the plane headed off in a Southerly direction ending in the the Southern Indian Ocean somewhere off the coast of Perth. Yet there is virtually no evidence to suggest anything like this took place. This is an extremely unlikely scenario given the facts and once again I ask when will common sense prevail here? I refer to my post of 30th October below which is based on logic and not wild speculation arrived at way back in February this year. It is so clear to me that this is a red herring invented so they can deliberately not find the aircraft for some strange reason. Why else would they keep looking in what must be considered to be the least likely place for it to be? Even more curious is the motive behind this wild goose chase.

UPDATE ON MH370 1/11/201

I now see that months after many of us have been saying the Malaysian aircraft is no where near the Southern Indian Ocean, and after they have wasted millions of dollars and many months looking for it there and where it was very unlikely to be right from the start, the Australian search team are now saying it could be near Indonesia. I fail to see how 1600KM of the coast Perth and Indonesia could ever be classified as being close to each other so what this really means is they do not have a clue where it is like the rest of us.What motive did Australia and Malaysia have for this wild goose chase in the first place and what motive did Tony Abbott have for insisting those original pings where definitely from MH370 when again it was clearly obvious they were not. At least Indonesia is a more likely possibility but so much valuable time has now been lost looking in the wrong place.

WHAT IS BEHIND THE APPARENT COVER UP OF THE MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRCRAFT MH370?

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I have resisted the temptation to add to the confusion of the missing Malaysian airliner thus far as I felt there were already too many conspiracy theories floating around out there. I am not an airline pilot but have been a sport aviation pilot on single engine light aircraft and high performance gliders since first going solo in 1960. I have a total of over 5000 hours and 17 years’ experience as an instructor. Admittedly this does not qualify me as an expert on commercial airliner disappearances or accidents. I just have a passionate interest in all forms of aviation and have been following this from day one. I also served in the Air Force for 10 years and assisted with several boards of inquiry into aircraft accidents. My reason for going public is that from my perspective I cannot see much common sense or logic being applied to this investigation into the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 and find this baffling to say the least. The families deserve better treatment and I join many others in suspecting that something is being hidden. How much or what is anyone’s guess as is the motive for this possible concealment.

1) The Malaysian authorities and the entire International search team based their initial assumption of MH370 being in the Southern Indian Ocean and 1600km off the coast of Perth entirely on Inmarsat data interpretations, not facts but “interpretations and assumptions”. If Inmarsat data interpretations were correct they would surely by now have found some miniscule thread of evidence to show the aircraft ended its journey in the sea off the coast of Perth and where they have been looking for over six months. Hence from this anyone could be excused for suspecting the Inmarsat data interpretations are incorrect. This is surely enough reason, (or one would think), to stop searching there and start looking in more likely areas which would not be anywhere near Southern Australia off the coast of Perth or even further South as they are now suggesting.

What is Behind the missing Malaysian aircraft MH370

I have resisted the temptation to add to the confusion of the missing Malaysian airliner thus far as I felt there were already too many conspiracy theories floating around out there. I am not an airline pilot but have been a sport aviation pilot on single engine light aircraft and high performance gliders since first going solo in 1960. I have a total of over 5000 hours and 17 years’ experience as an instructor. Admittedly this does not qualify me as an expert on commercial airliner disappearances or accidents. I just have a passionate interest in all forms of aviation and have been following this from day one. I also served in the Air Force for 10 years and assisted with several boards of inquiry into aircraft accidents. My reason for going public is that from my perspective I cannot see much common sense or logic being applied to this investigation into the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 and find this baffling to say the least. The families deserve better treatment and I join many others in suspecting that something is being hidden. How much or what is anyone’s guess as is the motive for this possible concealment.

1) The Malaysian authorities and the entire International search team based their initial assumption of MH370 being in the Southern Indian Ocean and 1600km off the coast of Perth entirely on Inmarsat data interpretations, not facts but “interpretations and assumptions”. If Inmarsat data interpretations were correct they would surely by now have found some miniscule thread of evidence to show the aircraft ended its journey in the sea off the coast of Perth and where they have been looking for over six months. Hence from this anyone could be excused for suspecting the Inmarsat data interpretations are incorrect. This is surely enough reason, (or one would think), to stop searching there and start looking in more likely areas which would not be anywhere near Southern Australia off the coast of Perth or even further South as they are now suggesting.

2) The last course change and therefore the last known direction the aircraft was heading in, was in fact North East and not South West. There is not really a single scrap of concrete evidence to suggest it did a 180 degree turn after this and started heading South West and this theory is based on pure speculation. They should be looking in the opposite direction much further north of Australia. The Inmarsat theory talks about various handshakes or signatures along the route while the plane was flying on autopilot on a southerly course from Malaysia. What they fail to mention is at that particular time there were something like 34,000 other aircraft crossing the sky yet they are arrogantly assuming they have identified the correct aircraft based on a weak at best, process of elimination.
3) Did Perth ATC pick up an unidentified aircraft in their skies on that date and if so why have we not heard about this? An unidentified aircraft entering any air traffic control zone will cause immediate panic for obvious reasons. If this did happen I have seen no reports of it anywhere. From reports I have listened to one man was responsible for this assumption after he studied all this data of these aircraft routes and headings over a weekend. I think it was some senior person from Inmarsat that boasted that this was 2 years work for a whole team of experts, yet his employee had accomplished it alone working over weekend. This remarkable feat has never been challenged.
4) If MH370 had crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean some sign such as an oil slick or some floating debris would have been expected to have shown up somewhere especially with virtually the entire world looking even if only from satellite data. Then we have the huge number of search vessels and planes that have been out there looking. Plenty of things on an aircraft will float to the surface like foam seating cushions and later wash up on a beach somewhere if not spotted still in the sea. While it is appreciated that there would be total destruction on impact if the plane had dived straight down from high altitude straight into the sea you would still surely find something. They could even achieve this level of identification years ago without the current sophisticated tracking technology we have now.
5) Suggestions that the plane landed gently on the surface, (like the famous Hudson River landing), then floated to the bottom, all in one piece without breaking up are also ludicrous as by now something this large would definitely have been found. However, unlike the Hudson River landing it is unlikely a conscious person was still at the controls of MH370 if it did crash and without a pilot the crash would be far more severe as the aircraft would stall after running out of fuel and drop a wing and then spin in and break up. Not being able to find anything anywhere is still astonishing. You can now zoom in on a Coke bottle top from the satellite’s and a Boeing 777 is about the size of a soccer field. There is no single plausible or logical explanation or scenario that fits the known circumstances that would put the aircraft in the Southern Indian Ocean where they have been looking for over six months now. I challenge anyone to just come up with a remotely feasible scenario that puts it there.
6) There are only two sets of circumstances that could have put it South of Australia and neither will fit into the facts that are known thus far. (a) For someone to have re-programmed the auto pilot to do a 180 degree turn and fly South West or, b) For someone to have manually turned the plane around to fly South West. Now, why would anyone do either of these actions? What possible motive could there be? Even a terrorist or a suicide pilot would have no reason to fly all the way there first for seven hours to that specific location only to let the aircraft run out of fuel and crash. It makes no logical sense. They could have crashed it anywhere they wanted long before this. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for this anyway so what would have been the point unless it was to actually steal the plane for some future purpose?
7) Theories being posted on the internet blaming the Captain are also in my opinion without foundation and are character assassinations of a highly skilled professional person unable to defend himself. This is absolutely shocking and slanderous and it will not be the first time such an accusation has been later proved wrong. It is appreciated that at this stage nothing can be ruled out but accusing someone without any evidence is nothing short of defamation of character in anyone’s book.
8) The Silk Air crash of 1997 when a Boeing 737 was flying from Jakarta to Singapore and crashed into the ocean is a classic example where they wrongly accused the captain of committing suicide and taking all his passengers with him. There had in fact been a catastrophic failure in the tail section of the aircraft caused by a defective hydraulic valve operating the rudder which then jammed resulting in rolling the aircraft over upside-down. It then plunged vertically into the sea from about 35,000 feet and disintegrated on impact. That character assassination lasted about 5-6 years if I recall until eventually a lawyer insisted on additional tests on the valve which found metal shavings had caused it to jam up. This totally exonerated all the crew on the flight deck. Now remember this took place 17 years ago when the technology was nowhere near the level it is at today, yet they still managed to find the wreckage and the black boxes even if it was, if I recall about 2 years later. What made this worse was the captain was a highly respected retired officer and jet fighter pilot from the Singapore Air Force.
9) Generally speaking pilots are by nature very responsible people, it just comes with the territory and training and the last thing they will do is endanger other lives, let alone intentionally crash a plane killing all the innocent passengers. This is the act of some deranged maniac with serious psychological problems who one hopes would never be permitted anywhere near an aircraft. Such people crashed the 9/11 aircraft but only after first taking them by force and if I recall not one of those was a fully trained pilot and just had enough knowledge to point the planes at their intended target.
10) A book that has been written by two men who should know better is another disgusting character assassination claiming the Captain of MH370 was responsible. One of these so called authors is a pilot which tends to blow my previous comment of pilots being responsible people right out of the water I admit. The other guy was an accident investigator who should also know better. As nobody knows what happened yet this is not only very premature but a clear attempt to make money out of an unfortunate incident. I personally hope they both get sued for their last cent and make nothing from the book some of which was posted in the internet. The theory is full of holes and even more assumptions.
11) In the case of MH370 more substantial evidence seems to have been totally ignored in favour of attempting to convince the world the plane crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean. Who is behind this irrational thinking and why? Just by way of an example, what interrogation has taken place regarding the oil rig worker who claims he saw a large airliner on fire in the night sky off the coast of South Vietnam that night? What interrogation has taken place regarding the lady sailor who following the above sighting also saw a large airliner on fire in the night sky off the coast of Southern Thailand? These two sightings actually tie up time wise and distance wise and put the aircraft on a totally different course heading North East and not South West, which they seem to want us to believe. North East would be the logical course for it to have been on as that was the last know direction it was heading in.
12) What serious scrutiny has gone into the satellite picture of a large airliner flying very low over the South Vietnam jungle also about the right time with a silhouette looking suspiciously like a Boeing 777 and nowhere near any airport where it could have been going to land? Civilian airliners do not fly this low normally unless coming in to land. Malaysia’s answer to this was that it was not a 777. Well, what a huge coincidence and what was any civilian aircraft doing at that low altitude anyway? Plus the fact that it sure looks like a 777 even though I admit the picture is a little grainy.
13) Then there is the reported sighting by several villagers in the Maldives at first light all with a description that fitted the plane perfectly and also seen very low. OK, agreed it is unlikely this sighting could be correct if the other three are, as it is too far West but it still needs to be properly checked out surely? What serious investigation was made into any of these reports to actually check them out thoroughly? From what I have read it appears there was very little if anything done about any of these reports. It appears all the above possible sightings have for some strange reason been dismissed out of hand by the Malaysian authorities as being impossible in favour of the flimsy theory about the Southern Indian Ocean south of Perth which seems remotely unlikely.
14) What really makes one suspicious is the indecent hast in which the Malaysian authorities, still in March, tried to convince the families of the passengers the plane had crashed in the Indian Ocean killing all on board without a single solitary scrap of evidence even over six months later. What they have is weak circumstantial evidence. This also must be cause for suspicion. These people might even still be alive for all we know. While this is unlikely it is very possible. Not long after this Malaysia wanted to even issue death certificates. Again why the indecent rush?
15) We also have all the fuss that was made over the pings. It was clear to many people including myself right from the start these pings could have been literally anything such as the detection equipment used to track the movements of whales and sharks by marine biologists. Go look in the North Pole you will probably find some pings in the sea also. However, they attempted to convince the world once again that these pings were definitely from the black boxes of MH370. The fact that they kept moving about all the time in the sea and covering large distances was totally ignored as was the huge distance between the first two detected pings. I am not saying they should not have been checked out but I am saying it was a total overreaction which lasted for days long after it was quite clear this was not something they should have been too concerned with.
16) What amazes me is why common sense and logic do not appear to prevail in this and how so many 1st world countries are just blindly following the Inmarsat data interpretations and not even considering this data could be wrong or could have been totally misinterpreted. Surely they should be looking at other more likely possibilities? What is really going on here and who is pulling the strings? No wonder there are so many conspiracy theories flying around out there. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to suspect this could be some major cover up for whatever reason.
17) On 28/06/2014 a report appeared on Google stating the Australian investigation team think the most likely cause for the crash, (which incidentally we do not even know took place yet), was asphyxiation caused by smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen. They went on to say all the crew and passengers must have been asphyxiated. No problem with this theory. However, they added that the plane must have then flown on autopilot all the way from where it first went off radar. However, we already know there were several course changes after it disappeared off radar. What they do not explain is who executed all these directional changes and then eventually re-programmed the autopilot to fly to Australia if all the crew and passengers had been asphyxiated. One must assume there was a problem when they lost contact and the plane turned back. Hence, if smoke in the aircraft caused asphyxiation, who then re-programmed the auto pilot to do the 180 degree turn and fly to Australia? Why would it have been programmed to fly in yet another direction even if someone was still alive? Again this argument lacks any logical thinking, and the families are supposed to just accept all this nonsense.
18) As far as I can tell very little search has been done on land or in other parts of the sea further North East. This is obviously because nobody has the slightest clue where this plane could be. However, valuable time and money is being wasted following what appears to be a wild goose chase in the Southern Indian Ocean where in my humble opinion the plane cannot possibly be in spite of the Inmarsat theory. Maybe one day I am proved wrong and I will eat my words but I will be very surprised if they ever find the plane in the Southern Indian Ocean. Start to apply some logic and common sense to this investigation.
19) At the risk of adding yet another conspiracy theory to the already abundant list, can this aircraft actually still be in tact somewhere? Could it have been taken by technology or human intervention to some hostile country for some future sinister purpose? Is it that the authorities know of this and want for some reason to keep a tight lid on it? Or have they been threatened in some way if they do not convince the world the plane crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean where they can say the depths are too great to be able to find anything. One thing is absolutely certain, someone somewhere knows more about this than they are letting on about. Now add to this the latest disaster with the shooting down of MH17 also from Malaysia and it is beginning to look like some sort of pattern. Could there be any connection or is this just a coincidence?hat

THE JOYS OF SOARING

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I was fortunate to have discovered the joy of soaring at an early age having gone solo in a glider as teenager. It was a case of love at first flight. Since then I have accumulated over 3000 hours in over 40 years, (17 years as an instructor). Although I have flown many hours of power, gliding must be without doubt the most challenging and rewarding of aviation sports while debatably requiring the most precision and skill.

Imagine for a moment climbing into the sleek and modern hull of a high performance, carbon fibre glider, reclining back in the cockpit before being towed to 1500 feet by a tug plane, then releasing the tow rope. Now, free as a bird and using nothing but thermal energy provided by nature, you swiftly climb to 20,000 feet AGL in lift registering 7mps on your variometer. Exceptional conditions maybe, but often experienced in South Africa. You are now obviously on oxygen. Then picture setting off, on a 750km cross country with no engine at a cruise speed of 160kph and an outside air temperature well below freezing. Suddenly to your right you observe a massive eagle in formation with you, no oxygen mask, and no canopy to protect him from the cold, no warm flying suit, and not even flapping his wings to keep up with you in this freezing air. How does he achieve this and why is he there? I can only say I am one of a privileged few to have experienced this phenomenon. I have soared with eagles, vultures and other birds of prey and these are just some of the experiences I will never forget.

BUSINESS ETHICS IN SOUTH AFRICA

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There is a serious lack of business ethics in many businesses in South Africa. While I would like to say it is limited to small business it is unfortunately not the case and there are many examples where it is common, even in major corporate organisations where it may be more skilfully camouflaged. What possibly makes this worse is that many of these companies are perceived to be reputable and are seen to be above reproach, even proudly displaying in their reception halls for all to see, a list of corporate company values that in many cases are just a figment of some ones imagination. They may even employ a large number of people to run a call centre to respond to customer complaints which tends to make them look squeaky clean. In reality they may well be paying lip service to customer care while behind the scenes it is the last thing on their agenda. The truth is, in many cases they are less than honest or can even be plain dishonest.

WHAT IS GLIDING?

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Having first gone solo in a glider as a teenager and now with some 3000 hours under my belt in over 40 years, 17 of which were as an instructor, it saddens me to see this wonderful aviation sport slowly dying. This is even more disturbing when we live in a country like South Africa where we have some of the best soaring conditions in the world. New blood is just not getting replaced as fast as old codgers like me die off. Why is this?

I think the main reason for the lack of growth in this fantastic sport is a lack of media exposure and thus a lack of knowledge about gliding. The few articles written about gliding seldom do justice to the sport and are often the product of a journalist who has only a limited knowledge gleaned from a short interview with a glider pilot. Hence, the passion is missing, the accuracy is missing and the appreciation for the sport is lacking in the article being produced.