It was an epic journey discovering Central and West Africa by private plane. We are glad to share our impressions from over five weeks visiting the “off the beaten track” places in Africa in order to complete our ongoing collection of countries. To sum it up, we labelled it "the dirt eating trip" — but it was a hell of an experience, yet again.
It all started with curiosity getting to understand regions of the world much better, be it out of private choice or business needs. All of the crew have been travelling extensively.
It takes the combination of character, passion and ability to form a strong team that has the ability to operate united even in the toughest situations and when everything seems to go wrong.
Meet the guys who accepted this challenge.
Meet the crew members
Travel technology + gear
Our beloved “Töffli”
Our plane is the familiar Pilatus PC-12 NG with the registration HB-FVC, read as a Swiss registered (HB) followed by Swiss produced (F) aircraft.
This aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney 6A-67P Turboprop and has the capacity for two pilots and 8 passengers. The max cruise speed is 280 ktas, max range 1‘560 nm and max operating altitude is 30‘000 ft.
The PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop-powered aircraft, designed for performing in multiple roles and to deliver equal performance and safety to twin-engine aircraft.
This airplane has exceptional versatility and is capable of operating within the most rugged environments, it is one of the few pressurized turbine-powered aircraft capable of operating from rough landing strips.
Complete gear for a 5 week trip — Edition 2018
Nikon D750 and D610, D7000 backup | Nikon 3.5/-5.6 24 – 120mm, 1.8/50mm, 1.8/85mm, 4.5 – 5.6/80 – 400mm | Sigma 4.5-5.6 12 – 24mm, 2.8/105mm Macro | Nikon SB-800 | GoPro Hero 4 black | DJI Mavic Pro drone | MacBook Pro Retina 15 | iPhone 7 Plus | iPad Air | 12 TB Storage | Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones
The journey has started at the Pilatus-12 NG’s home base in Mollis, Switzerland.