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AHRLAC – first flight

AHRLAC first flight in South Africa

A few weeks ago I was privileged enough to be part of a media team invited to document the first flight of the Paramount Group and Aerosud’s AHRLAC – Advanced High Performance Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft.

AHRLAC first flight in South Africa

Justin de Reuck, myself and Hilton Mundy in front of the AHRLAC

The aircraft features a twin-boom, high-wing, single-pusher-engine configuration, using a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine, with a crew of two seated in tandem.

AHRLAC serves the purpose for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and counter-insurgency missions; coastal patrol, anti-smuggling and disaster relief capabilities.

It was amazing to meet the passionate and dedicated crew that have worked for so many years to make this concept come to life and to be on the ground as the wheels lifted off the runway for the first time. There was exciting and relief at the same time. Here is a short video of this momentous occasion.


Looking back at 2011 – what a year!

This has been quite a year. I spent the first six months completing my second teaching contract living in Xiaoshan after which I travelled around China for several weeks before jetting off, via Malaysia, to New Zealand for six weeks before returning to South Africa and ending with a quick visit to Zimbabwe for a high school reunion at the end of the year.

All in all, I’ve visited ten different countries, enjoyed taking off 20 times and have taken close to 15000 photos with my new Canon 550D. I did this picture review back in 2010 and you liked it, so here is my snapshot review of 2011. Enjoy!

NB: click on the images to read the full story on their respective blog posts.

January

walked with lions in Victoria Falls

February

got to see my nephew in real life for the first time

March

Went on a staff trip to the Wuyuan region to see the rapeseed flowers in bloom

April

went to my first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai

May

practised until I could solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 3 mins & made a video to prove it

June

I taught my last lesson at Yinhe Experimental Primary School

July

had a mud bath in the limestone caves of Yangshuo, China 

August

I realised a dream and visited New Zealand 

September

saw this reflection at sunset in Lake Tekapo 

October

I arrived back home in Cape Town 

November

got up close and personal with the Silver Falcons while filming aviation videos for ShortFinal.TV 

December

got to spend Christmas with my family for the first time since 2008

Who knows where 2012 will take me but it’s going to be hard to top this.

Happy New Year!