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.
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.
I first started playing squash when I was just 8 years old back in junior school in Zimbabwe. In high school I played other major sports that I was better at like athletics, tennis, hockey, swimming and rowing where my true talent lay. However it was after moving down to South Africa and having to contend with a different climate that I took squash up again. Anyone who knows Cape Town knows that the weather isn’t particular well suited to outdoor ball sports. Between the howling South Easterly winds in summer that often exceed speeds of 50km/h and the rain in winter you could probably count on one hand the number of days you can play an unbiased game of tennis. The solution, an indoor sport that I could play night or day, rain or shine – Squash.
Over the past 10 years I have played Western Province League Squash and really enjoyed it. I don’t play in a particularly high league but I have fun and you get to meet lots of Cape Town locals in the process which has been good to make new friends in South Africa after we immigrated. So I don’t pretend to be a professional squash player but when I got an email last week from the squash league administrators about the Squash Olympic Bid for 2020, I was slightly embarrassed that I didn’t know squash wasn’t an Olympic sport but also really surprised.
Here is a video that the squash bid team put together to strengthen their case which they presented to the IOC and they were hoping to get to 150 000 views before the crucial vote tomorrow, 8th September 2013, when we will find out if squash will be included in the 2020 Olympics. They have already passed that target number of views but the more the better I say and I think it’s a pretty compelling video as to why squash should be included. But maybe it’s just me, why don’t you watch the video and let me know what you think?
What do you get when you take a clear winter’s day in Cape Town, have a helicopter filming from the sky, three more cameras on the ground, a huge Freightliner Argosy truck and trailer rig and Table Mountain as a backdrop?
A pretty rockstar filmshoot that I was part of a couple of weeks ago and here’s the end result…
On a recent holiday in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we decided to give ourselves a break from sleeping on inflatable mattresses and stay at the Bitterpan Wilderness Camp. This exclusive camp is elevated above the red sand dunes of the Kalahari and situated on a one way only 4×4 route. Half way between the Nossob and Mata-Mata, this camp is in the center of the wilderness and seemingly in the middle of nowhere. About a two and a half hour drive from Nossob, up and over dune after dune, we couldn’t believe our eyes as we pulled up to this tented camp. Looking out over this brilliant white salt pan surrounded by red dunes was just surreal. Watching the clouds grow and dissipate over the pan I thought it would make a great timelapse so set up my camera to take a shot every 15 seconds for about 5 hours from mid afternoon till after sunset.
NB: Look out for the pride of lion that cross the pan to come to the water hole and their attempt to catch a lone eland about half way through the video.
For more photos from the Kgalagadi, click here.
Last week myself and Hilton Mundy of ShortFinalTV were sent up to Air Force Base Makhado, near Louis Trichardt, to film some footage of the squadrons based there as well as the Air Power Capability Demo (APCD) which was a live weapons and ammunition display on the Roodewal bombing range near Polokwane. Having just come back from the biggest aviation celebration that is the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh where we thought we had seen it all with a night-time airshow complete with fireworks on the wings of aerobatics planes this show was on another level. We were literally blown away and it was one of the best aviation experiences I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing.
The display involved several aircraft from transport planes like the CASA and C-130 to the Hawk Mk120 and Gripen fighter jets. Troop carrying helicopters like the BK and Oryx to the Rooivalk attack helicopters. While the footage is all busy being cut and edited here are a few continue reading + 14 more photos
It was a beautiful morning and so we decided to earn our breakfast by walking from our accommodation at Duinepos to the Geelbek Restaurant. We had only just started walking along the road when we saw a group of ten eland that crossed the road in front of us. We experienced that special something of being able to walk freely amongst nature and wildlife; as we stood watching them, they stared back at us. Eland are the largest antelope with a shoulder height 1,5 to 1,75 m and can have a mass up to 900 kg. Both sexes have horns, which have one to two tight spirals. They seemed to be hungry too and after checking us out returned to browsing the fynbos as we continued on our way.
At Geelbek we met up with and were introduced to Eddie who was going to be our tour guide for the day. Eddie has in fact just retired as a ranger from the West Coast National Park but having worked there 22 years he knows the park like the back of his hand and who better to show us around. continue reading + 7 more images & a video
In December of last year I teamed up with Hilton Mundy, who founded ShortFinal.TV, to film a behind the scenes documentary called In the Jump Seat during the 2011 Ysterplaat Air Show incorporating Wings and Wheels right here in Cape Town. If you have ever wanted to fly, wondered how aerobatic teams prepare their displays, thought about how many crew it takes to pilot a helicopter or dreamt of breaking the sound barrier in a fighter jet then this DVD is for you!
In this video, filmed over four days at the Wings and Wheels Airshow at Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town, we follow three pilots from their pre-flight briefings to post-flight analysis. With all-access passes and exclusive interviews, we bring you some never before seen footage of these pilots and their aircraft in action.
The pilots we followed were continue reading and watch DVD trailer