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Entering in west Africa

 Before taking off from Port Harcourt, I met Paula, a lady pilot from UK, nice meeting her😉

 

I took off with 6000 metres of visibility just like expected.
Air controllers in Nigeria are sometimes confused and I heard commercial pilots laughing...

 

But one was really extraordinary: the controler from Osubi! He even called me later to checked if I had well landed at Cotonou !

 

From Port Harcourt to the coast line the land offers mostly swamps which promotes humidity in the air and low visibility... i climbed up on top of the clouds layer and found dryer air and good visibility....

 

Reaching the coast line I descended to keep VMC and followed the beach to Lagos which is a very busy airport.
Lagos is huge and industrial, petrol in the sea, big harbour thousands of containers... I had to leave the coast line to reach the reported point between the border and found again a hazy air, bumpy atmosphere and lower GS.

 

The air controller from Cotonou was very cool compare to the last ones.

 

I made a long final, the full crossed and gusty wind obliged me to make a wheeler landing.
I taxi to “air taxi” where Patrick had sent my oil for my 50 hours maintenance.
I’ve been welcome by a fire man with a big smile and suddenly what I saw ?
A Broussard  !😳
I immediately went to meet the bush pilot and we have so many things in common that we immediately became friends and we can’t stop speaking and making futur plans together 😝

 

What a nice and beautiful meetings in one day ! And it is not finished! I met Papa, an old lovely mechanic who immediately start taking good care of my plane.
Papa has a lot of stories to tell and we laugh a lot together...
He starting to check my spark plugs that are all in very good condition and we continue until the end of the day, nice moment and nice person.

 

I joined Milan, my new friend at a pub but I didn’t stay long, tired from my long day.

 

This morning, after some early mails to change my date of arrival at Accra, I reached Air Taxi where we continued with Papa, Uru and Olivier the maintenance and the deep cleaning of my plane.

 

Back at the hotel, I saw a table full of women wearing a shirt saying that they work at ASECNA... I couldn’t resist, introduced myself and explaining AVIATRIX.
I took a pictures of these ladies ...

 

I meet plenty nice people in my route since I started this flap 6 !
I love it !
I took a taxi to join Milan near the beach and I finally discovered Cotonou, the beaches, the sea side...

 

Here the mentality is really different, we are in west Africa, more hot and humid weather, I love the colours and the way people are dressed...

 

My taxi driver, Jules, told me about the places to see around and I decided to stay one more day (still don’t have my flight permit updated).

 

Milan took me for a walk on the beach and we ate a coconut on our way back...

 

To summarise: landed in west Africa, plane is ready to continue, met nice people, am excited to continue BUT don’t have enough time to prepare my flights...

 

Stay tuned !

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