Flying the length of Africa: London to Johannesburg from the pilot’s perspective

The flight from London to Johannesburg races through the African night sky covering nearly 6,000 miles, crossing 14 countries and taking nearly 11 hours. It gives passengers a great opportunity to sleep, waking up the following morning with just a one-hour time zone change, negligible jetlag and ready to attack the day ahead.

However, for the pilots keeping you safe whilst you sleep, it’s quite different. Flying through Africa is very different from crossing the Atlantic or traversing Europe. With limited ATC coverage, few diversion options and some of the most volatile weather in the world, it’s a long but rewarding night out of bed.

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