2011 – Increasing helicopter response capability Posted May 30, 2011 by Adrian Nance


Wings is aiming to improve helicopter response to disasters in southern Africa.

The Hope of the Nations helicopter 5H-XSH lands near Johannesburg in South Africa.  It had flown  1700 miles (2700 km) from Kigoma in Tanzania.

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5H-XSH before her ferry flight

The epic flight included stops at the Tanzanian capital Dodoma and at Dar Es Salaam. In Mozambique they stopped at Napula and Vilankulos.  They then entered into South Africa via the spectacular Kruger National Park and flew on to Johannesburg.

Here Wynand Malan and Adrian Nance are helping to get the helicopter stowed in the NAC Hangar.  Guess how long it took? The transit flight was 18 flying hours.  And they found some amazing weather en route.  And they flew round a major thunderstorm near Nampula Mozambique.

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After in Jo’burg – time for a rest – well done!

Here she is arriving at the NAC helipad at Rand Airport in Johannesburg, after the marathon trip. 

So what now?

Once a South African company is formed….

Then we can import the helicopter.  

After that, we can have it inspected, proved safe and airworthy.  

Those are the steps. Roll on that final day!  

What’s the aim?

We aim to improve the helicopter response to disasters across southern Africa.

Do you want to join with us?

You can get involved in several ways…

You can join our Facebook community,

Or you can become a donor to Wings Like Eagles. It’s best for us if you give a little regularly, but do what you can!

Maybe you still have a question or two. So why not contact us and let us help you decide.

It encourages us too you know!