The Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft which will carry out calibration test flights at St Helena is now on her way from Namibe, Angola, and is due to arrive at St Helena Airport at around 1.30 to 2pm local time. The aircraft departed Angola at approximately 9.15am GMT this morning.

The aircraft will reach her ‘Point of No Return’ at around 12 noon GMT – at which point the pilot will make his final assessment, largely based on likely weather conditions.

The calibration tests are being undertaken by Flight Calibration Services Limited (FCSL) of the UK, using the aircraft leased from TAB Charters in South Africa. Several flights each day – weather permitting – will now be made.

The aircraft crew comprises Captain Grant Brighton, Co-pilot and First Officer Dillan Van Niekerk, Chief Aircraft Engineer Jeffrey McKenzie – all of TAB Charters, SA – together with FCSL Chief Pilot, Stuart Rawlinson, and Chief Flight Inspector Nick Whitehouse, also of FCSL.


15 September 2015


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