Updated 17. Oct 2016

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09 Ilulisat - Rekjavik

100 Dakar - Dakar

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35 Queenstown - Christchurch

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39 Auckland - Tonga

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42 Kiritimati - Hilo

43 Hilo - Honolulu

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64 South Africa Trip

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68 Athens - Rhodes

69 Rhodes - Haifa

70 Haifa - Masada

71 Masada - Eilat

72 Eilat - Luxor

73 Luxor - Jiddah

74 Jiddah - Djibouti

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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

99 Bamako - Dakar

24. March 2011

When I arrived at the aero club this morning, I was told I had to come along to the police office, so they put my bag in the trunk of a car and took me there. This made me worried, because when I arrived I did not pass any immigration, but simply exited the airport through the gate of the Aero Club.

But it was not about an immigration issue. It was obviously the lady I had spoken to who had reported this missing flight permit number issue to the police, so after talking to some senior police officer, I was taken to the Civil Aviation Office some 3 km from the airport. After first going to one office then to another, I was seated in an office with what seemed like a senior official. He did not speak any English and I do not speak French, but the guy from the aero club did the talking and I got the impression afterwards that everything was ok and we returned to the airport.

Back in the operations office, I was shown that my plane now was on a list with flight permits, and I could see that the information in it was not from Burkina Faso but from Bo in Denmark. I was now allowed to pay the landing fee but then I was again told to wait? After waiting for half an hour, I asked again what the problem was and they told me that I had to go back to the Civil Aviation Office. I told them that I had just been there in the morning and that I saw no point in going there again. I did not know what the problem was, where I should go, or whom I should talk to and I still did not speak French!

After more waiting, I decided to return to the plane, a half mile away by foot in the 42 degree heat, to start the fuel transfer and unloading it into a barrel for Chanterelle. But on the return to the office, there was still no explanation about, what I was waiting for, only that it had nothing to do with them, but it was the Civil Aviation Authority who stopped me from leaving.

After more waiting I decided to get going no matter what. I was not going to put up with this bullshit! Mali does not have a radar, so if I could get off the ground, they had no way of knowing where I was.

But I made the mistake of informing the guys from the aero club, because minutes later, the police pulled up, ordering me into their car, and tying the plane down and returning me to the same office as before for more waiting. By now I was spewing!

Then I was told a person from the Civil Aviation Authorities would come to the airport, and when he arrived half an hour later, I finally got an explanation: he told me, they had received the application for a flight plan one day too late. He said they had received it on the 21st of March and that they should have had it on the March 20th!

This was not true and I could show him a copy of a request, dated 14th March 2011, and told him that we had filed the first request the 8th March, and that I know they had received it, because I several times had been promised a permit. But he did not care. The reason they had prevented me from going was because I had not paid. Paid what, I asked, I will pay, but I have not been told about what I had to pay for - or to whom?

He did not answer, but stormed out the door, pointing to another guy, so I talked to him. And now the bomb exploded: he wanted me to pay a penalty of 1.200.000 CFA, or the same as 2.600 US $ as a penalty!

I went into a rage but what could I do? I managed to get together the cash out of money I had brought along to pay fuel for.

I was out of there after a 5-hour wait - never to return!