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Documentation

Check expiry dates of the documents. Copies of the following documents are acceptable within South Africa borders, but the originals must be carried elsewhere.

  • Certificate of Registration
  • Certificate of Airworthiness
  • Insurance Papers
  • Certificate of Release (MPI)
  • Radio Station Licence
  • Aircraft Flight Manual
  • Air operators license for the country of operation
  • Insurance, check validity for the country and type of operation
  • Flight clearances for the aircraft
  • Technical logbook / Flight folio
  • Captains logbook
  • Fuel Cards (BP for East Africa, ?? for West Africa, Total, Elf, Mobil, Shell). Get a updated list from the fuel companies in the different countries of the availability of fuel at the destination airports.
  • A carry case for the above documentation.

Equipment

  • Headsets
  • Maps for the route and destination
  • Latest AERAD - African supplement.
  • ELT
  • Handheld aviation radio
  • GPS - check the last software and data update for the region to be flown
  • Medical kit - check the contents. See Appendix 2.
  • Anti-Malarial kit. Prevention is better than cure.. See Appendix 2.
  • Survival kit adapted to the operational environment. See Appendix 2.
  • Signal Strips
  • Fire extinguisher - Check the charge and expiry date.
  • Over-water operations
    • Life-vests for each person onboard.
    • Life-raft.
  • Jerry-cans and/or long range tank.
  • Refuelling funnel
  • Exhaust covers, inlet covers, main rotor tie downs, pitot cover, windshield cover and/or sun shield, static hole lock.
  • Ground handling wheels
  • Spare key hidden on the aircraft.
  • Fuel pump (electrical or manual) with fuel filter (change filter if necessary) and a spare filter, and/or one (1") inch siphoning hose 3 to 4 metres long.
  • Drum Spanner.
  • Water locating paste
  • Aviation (NATO) jumper cable and bridging cable for two 12V batteries (length 2.5 metres)
  • Ground power unit.
  • Battery charger.
  • Tool kit:
    • Complete set of appropriate spanners (metric and/or imperial)
    • Side-cutter
    • Screw-drivers
    • General pliers
    • Shifting spanner
    • Etc...
  • Spares relating to aircraft:
    • Engine oil
    • Gearbox oil
    • Hydraulic oil
    • Filters
    • Q20 / WD40
    • Blade tape
    • Cable-ties
    • Split-pins
    • Safety wire
    • Fuses
    • Etc...
  • Cleaning equipment:
    • Bucket
    • Brush
    • Chamois
    • Liquid soap
    • Rags
    • Compressor wash kit - pump & fittings
    • Small step-ladder
  • Special equipment for:
    • Sling-load
    • Ambulance
    • Crop-spraying
    • Photographic
    • Filming
    • Internal cargo
  • Modifications
    • Lockable fuel caps (prevention of fuel theft and/or sabotage)

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