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DCA World Rally 2012 Leg 3: Retief (FAPF) to Ficksberg (FAFB)


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The third World Rally flight begins late afternoon in South Africa. and is almost exclusively navigation by NDB. The route is South Westerly from Retief and will terminate at Ficksburg, both cities in South Africa.

The distance is about 245nm and flight time will be approximately one-hour and forty minutes. This is a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flight and here's the Flight Plan courtesy of Tim Arnott's Plan-G (Version 3 - so no contour shading):

WR2012_Leg_3_Plan-G_V3.jpg

Here we are, taking off on a lovely sunny afternoon from Retief:

WR2012_Leg_31_Take_Off_Retief.jpg

First turn at the VHD NDB:

WR2012_Leg_32_Turn_At_VHD_NDB.jpg

Turning west at the HS NDB:

WR2012_Leg_33_Turn_At_HS_NDB.jpg

That's Bethlem by the lake - turning south:

WR2012_Leg_34_Turn_At_Bethlehem.jpg

Starting the descent to Ficksberg:

WR2012_Leg_35_Start_Descent.jpg

Over our destination airport and about to enter the circuit:

WR2012_Leg_36_Over_Ficksberg.jpg

Base turn:

WR2012_Leg_37_Base_Turn.jpg

Long Final:

WR2012_Leg_38_Long_Final.jpg

Short Final:

WR2012_Leg_39_Short_Final.jpg

And landed safely in the sunset. Time for a cuppa!

WR2012_Leg_310_Stopped_Ficksberg.jpg

Apologies if the flight wasn't as exciting as maybe you'd like, but enjoyable for all that!

Cheers - Dai. :cool:

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