I met some kaht-pilots at Wilson a few years ago. My opinion is that the operation is extremely dangerous. I also have a pilot license. Beside from the nature of their business, the customers are also "a bit" unpredictable. The pilots told me that they fly in very early to deliver the kath as fresh as possible, and always got out before noon when the locals have started to chew the kath and are all drugged up. They told me that beeing shot after in the air or during takeoff was not unheard off.
The risks are numerous.
The aircrafts in use are normally Cessna 400 series. They are old but ok. The problem is that they have ripped out all passenger seats to have more room for payload, and they load them up far outside the envelope. If they encounter a problem during takeoff they cannot return and make a safe landing. The takeoffweight is so far above the landingweight, that the landing gear will most likely collaps. Actually there are 2-3 kaht-aircrafts at the end of the runaway on Wilsons that didnt make it.
So besides from the everyday hazards of Mogadishu, you have the actual flying in and out problems to concider. On top of this... the pilots just unload and rush out of there before their customers gets to dizzy. If you plan to return with the airplane you came in with, I doubt you will get any time outside the airfield. Its an "in & out" operation, and they want to return to Wilson in dayligth.
This information is approx 3 years old, and some things may have changed.
[This message has been edited by Dizzie (edited 12 April 2005).]