Updated 17. Oct 2016

01 Atlanta - Wilmington

02 Wilmington - New York

03 New York - Montreal

04 Montreal - Kuujjuaq

05 Kuujjuaq - Iquaulit

06 Iqualuit - Kangerlussuaq

07 Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut

08 Sisimiut - Ilulissat

09 Ilulisat - Rekjavik

100 Dakar - Dakar

10 Reykjavik - Vagar

11 Vagar - Odense

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14 Odense - Zurich

15 Zurich - Corfu

16 Corfu - Adana

17 Adana - Tehran

18 Tehran - Isfahan

19 Isfahan - Karachi

20 Karachi - Mumbai

21 Mumbai - Colombo

22 Colombo - Phuket

23 Phuket - Penang

24 Penang - Kuala Lumpur

25 Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta

26 Jakarta - Denpasar

27 Denpasar - Broome

28 Broome - Darwin

29 Darwin - Ayers Rock

30 Ayers Rock - Adelaide

31 Adelaide - Melbourne

32 Melbourne - Sydney

33 Sydney - Hobart

34 Hobart - Queenstown

35 Queenstown - Christchurch

36 Christchurch - Napier

37 Napier - Rotorua

38 Rotorua - Auckland

39 Auckland - Tonga

40 Tonga - Pago Pago

41 Pago Pago - Kiritimati

42 Kiritimati - Hilo

43 Hilo - Honolulu

44. Honolulu - Hilo

45 Hilo - San Diego

46 San Diego - El Paso

47 El Paso - Corpus Christi

48 Corpus Christi - Cancun

49 Cancun - Chithen Itza

50 Chitchen Itza - Grand Cayman

51 Cayman Island - Jamaica

52 Jamaica - Aruba

53 Aruba - Isla Margarita

54 Isla Margarita - Cayenne

55 Cayenne - Natal

56 Natal - Cap Verde

57 Cap Verde - Mauritania

58 Mauritania - Marrakech

59 Marrakech - Cascais

60 Cascaix - Bilbao

61 Bilbao - Amiens

62 Amiens - Odense

63

64 South Africa Trip

65 Odense - Munich

66 Munich - Zell Am Zee

67 Zell Am Zee - Athens

68 Athens - Rhodes

69 Rhodes - Haifa

70 Haifa - Masada

71 Masada - Eilat

72 Eilat - Luxor

73 Luxor - Jiddah

74 Jiddah - Djibouti

75 Djibouti - Addis Ababa

76 Addis Ababa - Nairobi

77 Nairobi - Amboseli

78 Amboseli - Kilaguni

79 Kilaguni - Zanzibar

80 Zanzibar - Blantyre

81 Blantyre - Victoria Falls

82 Victoria Fall - Maun

83 Maun - Vumbura

84 Vumbura - Pilanesberg

85 Pilanesberg - Durban

86 Durban - Plettenberg

87 Plettenberg Bay - Stellenbosh

88 Stellenbosch - Johannesburg

89 Johannesberg - Cape Town

90 Cape Town - Windhoek

91 Windhoek - Sossusvlei

92 Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

93 Svakopmund - Etosha

94 Etosha - Luanda

95 Luanda - Sao Tome

96 Sao Tome - Lome

97 Lome - Ouagadougou

98 Ouagadougou - Bamako

99 Bamako - Dakar

Aa Dakar - Dakar

Bb Dakar - Lanzarote

Cc Lanzerote - Jerez

Dd Jerez - Paris

98 Ouagadougou - Bamako

23. March 2011

I had checked NOTAMS for Bamako, and I knew there was one out about avgas not being available until the 22nd March. But the likelihood of the NOTAM being extended, proved to be what happened, so I needed to get fuel in Ouagadougou.

Last night I rang the guy in Denmark, Bo Therkildsen, who arranged the flight permits for me and he had a phone number to a lady who could help me. Ringing her, I was given the number to a guy from Libya Oil, who could confirm, that I could get avgas.  He asked me to arrive early.

So this morning I met with the guy outside the Libya Oil depot, and I hitched a ride on his tractor, bringing the fuel to the plane. I had the wing tanks filled, and also my ferry tank.

Bo Therkildsen had told me last night, that he had a lot of problems talking to a lady in the flight permit office in Mali. He had been told several times, that a flight permit was forth coming, but as last night, he had still not received it.

I did not really need to land in Mali, since they had no fuel anyway, but it turned out, that the madame from Lome, by the of name of Chantelle, was going to join the 3. Senegal tour with the Dakar Aero club, just as I was! And since she had a problem with fuel not being available in Bamako, she had asked me, if I could leave some fuel there, for her to use on her return flight from Dakar to Lome? I had agreed to unload 120 liters for her!

But Bo had still not received the flight and landing permit this morning, but the operations office at the Ouagadougou airport, arranged for me, that I could go by motor bike to the nearby Civil Aviation Office to get a permit. Sitting down with a man in an office there, he typed my information into the system, and then presented me with a printout, which I thought was a permit. It would prove to be a very costly mistake. 

I quickly put the paper in my pocket and returned on the motor bike to the airport, and soon after I was on my way to Bamako in Mali.

After a bumpy ride I arrived in Bamako, and requested taxi to the aero club, but was told to go to the main terminal. I went to the Operations office to pay the landing fee, and file the flight plan for tomorrow. The landing fee was 21$ - but before I could pay it, they wanted the flight permit number, and I got out my piece of paper from Ouagadougou - but it turned out, that this paper was not a flight permit, but a request for a permit!

So they would not accept my payment of the landing fee, or accept the flight plan, and said I had to go to the Civil Aviation Office. But by now, half an hour later, they called from the tower, and told me I had to move my plane, so I taxied to the aero club. Here I met with another pilot, going to Dakar for the rally, but he told me that the hotel, which had been recommended by Chantelle, had no rooms vacant.

Feeling a diarrhea in the making, I then got a taxi and went to the Libya Hotel, just in time for a diarrhea tsunami. (I will spare you the details).

In the afternoon I called the same lady, as Bo had obviously been talking to. Bo had told me, that he, with the 25 years of experience with flight dispatching, never before had come across a more strange behaving person. She asked were I was, and when I said I was in Bamako, she claimed I had arrived illegally in Mali! I told her about the application from the Director of Civil aviation in Burkina Faso, but she just said, 'Oh this is not Burkina Faso. I asked her to help me solve the problem, but then she just hung up the phone - something Bo told me, she had done several times with him.

I raced down to the reception of the hotel, and asked for a taxi, that could take me to the office of the civil Aviation. But they got me a taxi driver, that had no clue on the whereabouts of the office, and I had to return to the hotel.