Accessibility, affordability, and sharing with our Guests the absolute passion we have for what we do, are some of the fundamental cornerstones of Mango. One of our important market segments has been the You’ve Earned It reader and, at this point, we would like to express our appreciation for your continued support.
There are few pleasures as notable as visiting friends and family or criss-crossing the country and exploring the immense wealth of our flora, fauna, and rich cultural heritage. Mango’s reasonable and competitive fares make it possible to travel more often, to more domestic (and Zanzibar) destinations.
Senior citizens (60 years and older) will enjoy up to 10% discount on all published fares on select classes for Mango flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. These flights may be booked using the Mango App, at Flymango.com or by calling the Mango Call Center on 086 100 1234. Ts and Cs apply.
Our pilot answers your questions
Yinon Levy, Mango Pilot
Our Mango Guests have submitted excellent questions for the pilots. Below are some of your questions answered
Johan: Do aircraft dump excess fuel before landing?
Pilots ensure that sufficient fuel is carried to fly to the destination. They will fly to an alternate airport, should landing at the destination airport not be possible. In addition to that, after diversion to the alternate airport, sufficient fuel for another 30 minutes of flying is included. Carrying any additional fuel beyond what is required is an unnecessary cost, as the extra weight requires more thrust and an increase in fuel use. Rarely, an unexpected event may require a flight to return to land before the planned fuel for the flight is used up, leading to a high landing weight.
Boeing 737s do not have a fuel dump system, so the 737 is designed with sufficient structural strength to be able to make heavyweight landings in such events. Larger aircrafts that carry many tons of fuel for long-haul flights usually do feature a fuel dumping system that allows the weight of the aircraft to be brought to within landing weight limits, should an unscheduled landing be required. These fuel jettison pipes are normally out near the wingtip and it is spectacular to see in practice. In big airplanes, it takes up to an hour to jettison enough fuel to get below Maximum Landing Weight.
Priscilla: How does auto-pilot work? Do pilots always use it and when do they use it?
Autopilots were designed to reduce the cockpit workload so that the crew’s attention can be shared between other tasks in the cockpit. Autopilot systems manipulate the flight controls using flight control computers and hydraulic control units. Information from the aircraft’s flight path, speed, bank, and climb angles feeds into the autopilot computers. A Flight Management Computer (FMC) contains navigation and performance databases and can feed information to the autopilot. Using this information, the autopilot controls the airplane’s flight path along a routeing between airports at predicated speeds and altitudes.
During flight, the pilots make switch selections on the autopilot mode control panel to update or modify the desired flight path if required. The autopilot can also fly an approach towards the runway as programmed by the pilots while the landing gear and flaps can only be extended by the pilots. An auto-throttle system adjusts engine thrust to maintain the desired speeds. Mango’s Boeing 737s feature an auto-land capability, whereby the autopilots can land the aircraft. This is usually done while landing in low visibility, like fog. Generally, pilots engage the autopilot soon after take-off and disengage it a few minutes before landing. In fine weather conditions, pilots may choose to fly a departure or approach manually.
Malefane: Turbulence is not necessarily dangerous, so why do pilots sometimes avoid turbulent airways?
Air movements cause aircrafts in flight to rock from side to side and bump slightly up and down. In aviation, these bumps are referred to as turbulence. The sensation of turbulence is somewhat like driving a car along a bumpy road. For passenger comfort, pilots strive to fly through areas of least turbulence where possible.
Thunderstorms are a common cause of turbulence in the South African summer, as they are usually accompanied by air moving rapidly in various directions. The turbulence in the center of a thunderstorm may be too severe for aircraft and pilots always avoid them by flying around them. Onboard weather scanning equipment helps the pilots avoid areas of severe turbulence. Boeing planes are designed to withstand forces that are one and a half times greater than the typical turbulence you would ever encounter.
Questions to ask your pilot?
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Ballet breaks into townships
The South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) has recently announced an incredible initiative that will launch the training and empowerment of ballet teachers in townships
Dirk Badenhorst, CEO of the South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) is passionate about outreach and development in South Africa and has already created and launched several empowerment initiatives. The Training Teachers in the Townships programme, launching in May, is just one such initiative that will focus on providing coaching for dance teachers in townships in the ways of classical ballet with a Cuban twist.
Ms Maria De Los Angeles Torguet Quintanilla, who studied at the National Ballet School of Cuba, will be involved in the initiative, bringing the Cuban method to these teachers. Ms De Los Angeles has already been teaching in townships and suburbs like Soweto and Ekurhuleni in South Africa for 8 months out of the year since 2015.
This programme is funded by Ms Mary Slack, and if you would like to get involved, get hold of Dirk at email@example.com