|23 Sep 17
Gauteng Aerobatic Championship - Barnstormers
|24 Sep 17
Vintage Aircraft Fly-In
|24 Sep 17
HTL - #3
|1 Oct 17
F3J Team Trail
|3 Oct 17
NASAFi2017 (Namakwaland Aero Sport Association Fly In)
|8 Oct 17
F3K - League 4
|8 Oct 17
F3K - League
|8 Oct 17
|14 Oct 17
SA Aerobatic Masters - To be advised
|15 Oct 17
Bill Vos Memorial Trophy 6
|21 Oct 17
Club Aerobatics at Pretoria Radio Flyers
|21 Oct 17
2017 Fun Fly Masters - Lowveld Model Aircraft Club
|22 Oct 17
Vintage Aircraft Fly-In
|22 Oct 17
F5J - League 7
|27 Oct 17
Folded Wings Memorial Jet Fly In, Gariep Airfield
|3 Nov 17
FAI F3A Aerobatic World Championships
|4 Nov 17
LSA KZN year end competition
|5 Nov 17
|5 Nov 17
|11 Nov 17
Summer Racing (Pylon)
|16 Nov 17
|19 Nov 17
F5J - League 8
|19 Nov 17
LSA Gauteng year end competition
|25 Nov 17
Club Aerobatics at Pretoria Radio Flyers
|26 Nov 17
Vintage Aircraft Fly-in
|26 Nov 17
HTL - #4
|26 Nov 17
|3 Dec 17
F3K - League
|17 Dec 17
Vintage Aircraft Fly-in
|28 Jan 18
Vintage Aircraft Fly-in
|27 Apr 18
2018 SAMAA Combined Power Nationals
|31 Jul 17||LOMAC Air Show 2017|
The annual LOMAC air show creates such a hype of excitement for the pilots who get invited to participate in this awesome event.
This year some of the pilots arrived as early as Thursday to get some early flights in at this amazing venue. Pilots came from all corners of the country some as far as Cape Town and George. The hospitality that is offered by LOMAC is hugely appreciated by the pilots as this is not offered at any other event in the country. On arrival at the field on Friday around 3 we found it to be a hive of activity with the organisers sorting out the last minute things. The road had been graded and watered down, parking for the public was graded and crowd control barriers erected and the area set aside for the trade vendors and kiddies’ entertainment was all set out.
On Saturday morning all arrived early to get planes ready before pilots briefing and the usual breakfast that was served in a large tent to all pilots, helpers and wives. A VIP guest was flown in by helicopter before the official opening of the event at 09h00. This special guest was none other than The Stig himself which created quite a stir amongst the crowd. He was part of the flying display where he got to show off his multiple talents. The weather was spot on for an air show, it was quite hot with a slight breeze down the runway.
The crowd started filling up the large spectator area from around 09h00. The public attendance was good but started to dwindle out towards the afternoon possibly due to the important rugby match taking place.
The flying displays put on by visiting pilots as well as some of the local club members kept the public entertained. There were a few items on the program that were a first for the LOMAC crowds to see. Some cardboard props were built and placed on the edge of the flight line and were rigged with some explosives. A pyrotechnic display was done by Leon Breytenbach who holds a licence to do such displays. Two displays were planned for the day, one in the morning and the large one around 16h00. In the morning display none of the props were destroyed as this was reserved for the final show in the afternoon. The show was done with a mini warbird attack over flying the ground troops and tanks and dropping bombs. It all went off with lots of loud bangs, plenty smoke and flames which was surely enjoyed by all.
The Stig show was done where he displayed his multiple talents that included flying of model aircraft. His display was interrupted when a drunk supporter wanted to have some selfies taken of him and the Stig. The Stig fan then thought it a good idea to grab the TX and also show his flying capabilities which ended up with the plane crashing head on into the ground which was a crowd pleaser.
Flying stopped around 17h00 after a very good day was had by all. Disassembling and packing away of aircraft was now the order of the day as all had to get ready for the Saturday evening closing ceremony. The event was organised in the large tent that was used for breakfast and lunches that was served to pilots and helpers.
The evening was kicked off with a prize giving for various achievements throughout the show. Thank you was said to the sponsors and to all the people who helped behind the scenes and the workers who slaved away to make this day a huge success. As Alex the chairman said in the LOMAC way “Well done guys and girls you have achieved your goal” Read more...
|20 Jul 17||10th Gariep Fly In|
10TH ANNUAL JETS-R-US FLY IN HELD AT GARIEP
The long awaited tenth Jets-R-Us fly in has come and gone. The event was held at the wonderful venue at Gariep Dam Aviation field and took place over the weekend of 6th to 9th July 2017.
We drove down from JHB on the Wednesday morning early and arrived at Gariep around mid day to be met by some of the pilots from Oudtshoorn. At around 4pm around 60 percent of the preregistered pilots had arrived, all wanting to get a good spot on the taxiway. The weather was absolutely brilliant with warm sunshine and a slight breeze straight down the runway. Trailers were parked, gazebos erected and planes were assembled. With help from some of the pilots the frequency board and windsock was erected. Once the crowd barrier was erected and set out we were ready for flying.
As usual as in all the past events all departed to their accommodation with the majority meeting at the local watering holes for the evening which has become a tradition on the first night.
Thursday morning the field was a buzz of activity with late comers unpacking and assembling of planes and equipment. All were very eager to get the pilots briefing done so they could start flying. Not long after the pilots briefing the pilots took to the skies and they kept the flight line busy all day with all types of aeries and everyone had great fun.
Friday the flying activity was much the same as Thursday with a few more pilots arriving. The weather was really awesome from Wednesday through to Friday. Pilots flew till sunset and some stayed on later to do displays with their planes fitted with landing and wing tip lights to create special effects.
As Saturday approached we were all well aware that this will be the last day of good weather as the forecast was for a cross wind picking up throughout the day. Early morning a slight cross wind blew but got steadily stronger throughout the day. With a few degrees drop in the day time temperature at around midday it got rather miserable and gradually the pilots started packing up for the end of this awesome weekend.
Saturday evening the most pilots, wives and families gathered at the local bowling club for a sit down dinner and a prize giving. I want to thank the local community for the spread they laid on for the supper. A special thanks to my family Paula, daughters Louis and Joanne, Wesley and Stan the Man for helping in decorating the tables. We decided to go the extra mile as this was our tenth year of organising this fly in. Various prizes were handed to the majority of pilots, the pilots name was drawn from a hat and the pilot drew a prize which was donated by some sponsors.
A R50 note was picked up on the taxi way on Friday afternoon and it was decided to do an auction for the money. This money was placed in an envelope and pilots were told that a substantial amount of money was picked up and we would now auction it off and use it as a prize. The envelope was auctioned off by Stan who got the bidders worked up and all started contributing toward auction. The bid closed once the auctioneer dropped the hammer and the last person to bid at that time won the envelope. Andre De Vries from Empangeni won the envelope. The money raised on the auction totalled R635 and was added as a prize. This prize was drawn by Sakkie Breukelman from Richards Bay. A special mention must go to the following pilots, Wynand Swart, Werner Swart, Pierre Fouche, Wesley Denysschen, Oloff Schoemann and Peet Venter for entering and attending all ten of the Jets-r-us fly in events. These gentlemen all received a hand crafted collector’s item clock to commemorate their participation. A hand crafted collector’s item clock was also handed to Darryl Legg who has sat for numerous days at every event doing paintings of various pilots aircraft. We appreciate his participation and dedication to our event and for his continued sponsorship of the painting that is handed out every year. The painting this year was awarded to Marius Lensing for his eagerness and dedication to get involved with this event every year.
All types of aircraft were flown throughout the weekend. The glider of Clint du Toit stood out above all the planes, this was an all composite aircraft with around a 6m span and was powered by a retractable electric motor with a foldable prop.
Thank you to all pilots for bringing your part in keeping the airfield neat and tidy throughout the entire weekend. Catering was done at the field by the local Glass Pont Hotel staff, and pancakes were sold by the local church community. This helped to keep the hungry tummies full for the weekend.
Gariep airfield must be one of the best venues in the country to host a fly in. It has a long enough and wide enough runway in the right direction with the sun all day behind the flight line. A large taxiway to park the planes and trailers on either side and includes a lockable hangar to store the planes overnight. The town offers a wide variety of accommodation ranging from camping, bed and breakfast to self catering. If you have never attended this event make a plan for 2018, you will not be disappointed.
A huge thank you to the sponsors who helped contribute to the flavour of this event.
Topflyte Hobbies, Aerial Concepts, 3WSA, RCB4Toys, CMC Hobbies, AMT Composites, ASP Aviation, Sanjay Kana, Oloff Schoeman, Anonomous 1 and 2, Jets-r-us, Denny’s Electrical, Afridrill, Ian Matten, Cointech, Darryl Legg, Marko Sweiswerke.
|25 May 17||Limeacres |
The 5th Limeacres fly in was held on the weekend of 27th April to 1st May 2017. The event is sponsored by the Petra Diamond mines and Electr-Comp Kimberley. Special thanks goes to GM of Petra Diamond mine, Luctor Roode for making this facility available every year.
The event is organised by Brian Smith from Kimberley Radio Flyers. A total of around 25 pilots attended from around the country with the furthest travelled were Craig Robinson and his two sons all the way from Cape Town. The guys from Cape Town, Gauteng and Upington were the first to arrive on Thursday with the rest only on Friday and Saturday.
It was significantly warmer this year than other years. The wind was pleasant in the morning but started picking up with a slight cross wind in the later part of the afternoon, never the less this did not stop the guys flying and having fun.
A very large range of aircraft were present ranging from gliders, small electrics, large scale to some awesome Turbine jets. A large amount of jets were present and four successful maidens were done on three large jets and one trainer jet. Well done to Alex Kuys, Brian Smith, Jan van Soest and Andre Killian.
Very few casualties were had, the only serious one was when a Drastik wing decided to clap hands in mid air leaving a fuz and stab to travel downwards like an arrow towards the ground. Very little damage to wing other than a broken spar but nothing left of the fuz.
The local town folk were involved with serving lunch and refreshment on two of the days, this was very well appreciated. Saturday evening all pilots, wives and pilots supporters were treated to a dinner in the hotel dining room, the hotel underwent an entire face lift from the bottom upwards, it was a pleasant surprise to all. Ten out of ten to the management they were superb and the supper was of top quality as well. A prize giving was held and every pilot was handed a gift pack put together by the sponsors.
A special mention must go to a pilot who I know has attended many fly ins around the country but very seldom flies more than 3 flights on a foamy. He goes with a car or trailer full of planes and loves to sit and watch others fly and have fun. This was his first time to Limeacres, he brought 3 jets with, assembled one and had it maidened for him and he even got some time to fly it himself. Well done Andre Killian keep it up it will get easier.
Owen Smith who ran the previous events was not there this year as he had an eye operation. Owen you were surely missed, your brother Brian tried to be as witty as you but did not succeed as well, he did a good job nevertheless.
All pilots who attended had a great time and are looking forward to the event next year.
Thank you to all the organisers and friends who attended, see you all next year.
|22 May 17||Welkom Model Aircraft Club|
Chairman Marco Styles - 072 113 1999 Time in chair 3 Months
Club Secretary Chris Britz Time on committee 2 Years
Club liaison and eventsorganiser Anton van Wyk - 0825542390
Number of members and amount of active members 20 members 10 active.
Club facilities (toilets,water,shadeexsetra)
Club has all the required facilities, i.e. Kitchen, refreshment counter, bathroom ( Shower) , indoor toilets, excellent pits area. The club has running cold and hot water as well as electricity.
Location of club West of Welkom next to Stateway crossing to Theunissen and Bultfontein.
Runway descriptionThree runways covering all wind directions.
Main Runway 190 meters long and 10 meters wide. All tarred.
Events organised in the past. Power Nationals at WMAC( 1984)As well as power nationals at Verwoerd dam (now Gariep Dam) 1992. Conducted this with SAMAA. Goldfields pylon racing (6 years) and the National Fun Fly ( 21 years). The Club also organised the South African Scale masters competition for 10 years in a row. Free State multi SIG competition ( F3a aerobatics, Large scale aerobatics and Sport jets).
Future of clubWelkom( The greater Matjabeng) White population dropped from +/- 60 000 households to +/- 7000 in a 10 year period due to the downscaling of mines in the area.This had a significant impact on membership which includes, amongst others, two black members. Membership is low at this stage but all sports clubs in Welkom are suffering the same fate due the fact that so many people had to leave to find alternative employment. The club will continue to exist because it has a strong leadership core keeping up the facilities.
Background Many people might not know it but SAARF, the previous name of SAMAA, was founded in Welkom and Charl Harlen( Now 84) was the first chairman of this association. The club is in existence since 1955 and has produced Springbok fliers like John Brink, Anton van Wyk and Digby Crancke.
Types of aircraft flownJets, large scale aircraft , F3 aircraft Large and small scale gliders, Model parachuting , trainers and helicopters.
Competition orientation None
Day visitors allowedYes all welcome.
|22 Mar 17||Ficksburg Fly Inn|
On the 11th and 12th of March, it was time for the Ficksburg Fly & Braai which was the fourth annual event hosted by the Ficksburg Flyboys. The event was again held at the local airfield, located about 7km’s outside of Ficksburg on the R26 towards Fouriesburg. The runway is 1.6km’s long and 8 m wide. The taxi way at the end of the runway was used as pit area and the starting up area was beyond the holding point on way to the runway.
The scenery around the airfield is breathtaking, especially with the good rains the area received three weeks preceding the event.
Clubs were well represented with entries received from Bloemfontein, Welkom, Bethlehem and all over Gauteng.We had a total of 48 entries of which some pilots already arrived on Thursday afternoon. They made use of the opportunity to master the somewhat tricky runway which has a downward slope from the threshold at 08 towards 26.
All pilots and their families were warmly welcomed on arrival at the entrance by the organisers. The premises were clean, grass cut, runway swept, and not less than 7 windsocks visible to set the scene and create some aviation atmosphere while showing the wind direction. The portable toilets were replaced by flushing toilets, showers and a basin with hot water.The ablution facilities made it possible for more of the visiting pilots to camp on the premises. The club is very fortunate to have had the facilities build and financed by a dear friend and supporter of our club, Heinrich Janssonius. Gratitude was clearly visible, especially when some of the visiting ladies started taking photos of the facilities.
On a lighter side we forgot to inform some of the campers about the lions. A couple of campers got a freightning scare/surprise when the lions started roaring in the early hours of the morning. One lady in particular was too scared to leave her tent at night to go to the bathroom, because the roaringaccording to her sounded right outside her tent … she decided to rather wait in her tent until sunrise.
The weather was excellent with clear skies, very hot temperatures and a wind that blew right on the runway. Flying got on the way early and all had a great time. There was a variety of planes with no less than 17 jets that flew throughout the event.
As per our tradition, just after sunset on Saturdayevening, all the pilots and their families congregated around fires and were treated to three sheep on the spit braai. Danie and Dalene Swanepoel really mastered the art of spitting. The “melktertjies” was also served again, some ladies were pleasantly surprised, because they expected it as a pudding, butrather received it as a liquid treat. Stunning night flying was done by club members from Bloemfontein and Welkom to compliment the evening. The radian glider covered with LED lights was a breath taking sight. There was background music playing throughout the evening, which encouraged some couples to dance. After supper all sat and discussed the days flying.
Amazing flying continued again on Sunday morning before most pilots, especially from Gauteng, had to get ready for the long road home.
Overall it was an excellent weekend. On behalf of the Ficksburg Flyboys we want to thank all pilots and their families that attended. Without your attendance it would not have been a success. We hope to see you again next year.
|22 Mar 17||Klerksdorp Radio Flyers|
My first visit to Klerksdorp must have been approximately 22 years ago where I participated in the North West Aerobatics Comp. From the first visit to the last I can always remember the hospitality given by all the members.
The club now has some very good facilities in ablutions as well as the pitt area. The outfield is well kept and clean. The runways are short but adequit to fly from. The club is very closely situated to the P C Pelser airport which is where the SAMAA Nationals has been hosted.
Club Report from chairman
Naam van Klub:
KRF – Klerksdorp Radio Flyers
Voorsitter Naam en Kontak besonderhede:
Nic Swart – 083 324 4056
Tydperk van Voorsitter
Hy is reeds 4 jaar voorsitter, 2017 is sy 5de jaar.
Ondervoorsitter Naam en Kontak besonderhede:
Jakes Mienie – 079 522 3001
Tydperk van Ondervoorsitter op Komitee:
Hy is reeds 2 jaar ondervoorsitter, 2017 is sy 3de jaar.
Aantal Lede en Aantal Aktiewe Lede:
Altesaam 30 lede en 15 aktiewe lede.
-Vol ablusie geriewe vir mans en vrouens met warm water en elektrisiteit.
- Daar is kampfasiliteite beskikbaar.
- Daar is kragpunte onder die dak beskikbaar vir die herlaai van batterye.
Waar is Klub geleë:
Breedtegraad - 26.8708 Lengtegraad - 26.6925
Hoogte bo seevlak - 1 330m
Beskrywing van Aanloopbaan:
Daar is 3 aanloopbane beskikbaar: Twee van 100m elk. Lang een van 120m.
10. Geleenthede voorheen gehou:
•Jaarliks word die NW League by ons gehou asook 3 ander Precision Aerobatic Leagues.
•Ons hou ±5 Fly-ins of Mini Fly-ins en Fun fly’s by ons.
•Die Nationals was ook al by ons gehou asook die Pattern Masters.
Toekoms van die klub:
· Ons wil graag aanhou om nuwe Vlieëniers te werf en te betrek.
· Ons wil graag aanhou om ons Klub se Fasiliteite te verbeter.
· Ons wil ook die publiek meer deel maak van ons stokperdjie.
Tipe vliegtuie wat gevlieg word:
· Meestal word daar “fixed wing” gevlieg (Jets, Scale, Large Scale, Trainers, Fun fly’s, Foamies, Gliders ens.)
· Alle Helikopters.
· Daar word meestal Pattern kompetisies en Fun fly’s gehou.
· Ons hou ook gereeld Proficiency Graderings.
· Al ons Klub se lede het ‘n gradering agter hulle naam.
Word dagbesoekers toegelaat?
Dagbesoekers is meer as welkom by KRF teen geen koste nie.
|10 Mar 17||SAMAA Combined Power Nationals 2017 - PDF Entry Form|
Entry Form in fillable PDF format, with Adobe Acrobat Reader Read more...
|10 Mar 17||SAMAA Combined Power Nationals 2017 - Bulletin 1|
Bulletin 1 and MS Word entry form Read more...
|9 Jan 17||Gatskop Airshow|
The Gatskop air show was held on Saturday 3rd December at the Henley Air Field and Family enteratainment.. The event was not just a model air show but a full on family entertainment filled day.
There were a lot of vendors randging from food, sweets, drinks, toys and all things nice. There were multiple types of jumping castles for the kids to keep them entertained as well as a play park and a pool. Even some of the pilots took a dip in the pool late in the afternoon to cool off.
The flying display started at 08h30 after the pilots briefing. The opening of the air show was done with 2 parachute jumpers flown by Dion van Rooyen and Pieter Mulder dropped from a Piper Cub flow by Jacques Alberts. The SA flag was towed by Wesley Denysschen.
The day was divided into two displays one for the morning and one for the afternoon. All pilots participating in the show were invited pilots from clubs around Gauteng. Just about all categories of the hobby were displayed with multiple planes in each category. The flight schedule was dept tight so to keep the crowds entertained at all times.
Mike Barth and Dion van Rooyen flew 2 Blanik Gliders equipped wth 6kg turbines, this being the first time many had seen a diplay of 2 such aircraft. A warbird display was flown by Danie Potgieter, Dieter Letaue, Corrie Coetzee, Tristan Franck and Dean Jakins. Gary Lees had his hands full to comment on the planes all together, to make things even more confusing for the crowds he had back ground noises of various aircraft playing of the P.A system. You could see the crowd scanning the sky for a Mustang or a Decota that just flew over the air field.
Various jets did some displays in a few slots. Jets ranged from scale flown by Dean Jakins and Dieter Letaue to sports jets flown by Wesley Denysschen and Dean Grobbelaar to mention a few. Dean Grobbelaar thrilled the crowds with the speed that can be achieved with a jet.
Two Pitts Specials flown by Steven Black and Matthys Botha did a sync display with smoke and the solo display was filled in by Wesley flying a Pitts Python. In large scale Danie Esterhuizen flew a large…….., this is not a very common plane at clubs today. George van den Burg flew a large Cessna and Jacques flew a Bilanca Decathalone. Three big planes of this size fill the sky very well and almost looks like a full size display.
Not to be missed out on the Grobler family from Secunda, Hansie, Abram and to keep an eye on them dad Herman. This family is known for building the most unusual awesome scale air craft. They brought along 4 stunning planes and flew them with great precision. Then lets not forget Liewe Heksie who has thrilled young and old at many airshows for years gone by.
Henke Beyers did a display with precision scale flying display with a two Turbine Helli’s belonging to Marius Vosloo , Henke never fails to impress.
The days display was rounded off around 17H30 after a good days flying display by all visiting pilots. By then all were physically exhausted after a full day of flying under an extremely hot sun.
A very special thanks to all pilots for putting their planes through their paces doing diplays with other similar planes at the same time as this is what the public pays to see at a show.
Till next time looking forward to see you all at next years Gatskop air show.
|9 Jan 17||Area 51|
1. Voorsitter :Marius Thiart
Marius Thiart is die afgelope jaar voorsitter en is een van die stigterslede van Area 51 as ‘namptelike RC Klub.Hy is al sedert Julie 2013 lid van die klub.
Ondervoorsitter : Dries Vermeulen 083 628 3064
VIP-lid: Noel Booyens
Sommige lede is drone pilots wat slegs opleiding by klub ontvang het.
Fasiliteite: 2 Aanloopbane -A: 350m met 200m geteer, 8 m breed met skouer van 4 meter weerskante
B: 200m met 150m teer, 8m breed met skouer van 4m weerskante
Ligging: Ons klub is geleë op die R71 van Polokwane na Tzaneen ons GPSverwysings is -23.900751,29.542686
Ons het al die volgende vlieg byeenkomste suksesvol aangebied:
1) Limpopo inter club fly-in 2014, 2015 en 2016
2) MHSA het in 2014 n baie geslaagde chopper fly-in by ons klub gehou
3) Ons doen ‘n Grass fly -in 4 maal per jaar waar ons almal op n oop stuk gras gaan vlieg en almal die geleentheid bied om die do en don’ts van gras en gras landings te leer en geniet, dan word daar ook gliders getou. 4) Ons het verlede jaar die veelbesproke Maiden day gehou ,waar Oom Bob Skinner ons kom help het om al die vliegtuie die Vrydag aand deur te gaan en seker te maak dit is veilig vir maiden. Dit was die enkel grootste maiden dag in Samaa geskiedenis volgens Oom Bob. Daar het van 08H00 tot 17:00 elke 10 tot 15 minute n maiden plaas gevind wat hierdie byeenkoms die grootste van sy soort in SA gemaak het.
5) Ons het ook n suksesvolle Stick Dag aangebied waar die grootste RC Stick in SA teenwoordig was. Die Monster 222cc stick van Johan vd Merwe het nog nie gelyke in SA nie.
6) Dit het gelei tot n nuwe gier by Area 51 Stick pilon racing :
a) Stock 40 stock 60 en open klas
b) 2 Pilonbaan met Reno in the air starts
c) 5 laps van afsetter se bevel tot einde, begin sal slegs gebeur as almal mooi bymekaar is en reg is al vat dit 2 tot 5 laps.
Hierdie is seker die meeste fun wat jy met jou klere aan kan hê, o ja dit is goed vir die hobby shops ook.
Ons het tans 2 sement toilette met water en was bakke (jammer dames net koue water).
Daar is 2x 20 by 6 meter sink af dakke vir pilots om te kuIer en hulle vlieggoed aanmekaar te sit.
Dan het ons 2 x 10m skadu net af dakke vir enjin start en stelens. Voor jy uit taxi na run way.
Daar is ook n 20x 6 gaste afdak van sink met ingeboude braaier vir lekker kuier.
Die hele sy-envoorkant van onsklub is veilig gemaak deur n 3m hoe bonnox draad wat vliegtuieen choppers uit ons pits area hou. Volgens MHSA voorskrifte
Ons strewe is om een van die top klubs in SA te word en n geleentheid te bied aan ons lede wat hul nêrens anders kan kry nie .
Area 51 het nie n tipe vliegtuig nie , as jy hom met n radio beheer en hy vlieg dan vlieg ons hom , elektries , nitro , gas turbine en selfs diesel met 1,2,3 en meer vlerk een of hulle vas is of roteer (choppers ) planie .
Die naaste aan kompetisie wat ons vlieg is die stick racing en dit ook net met special geleenthede, want ons klub hou van vlieg en nie wen en verloor nie .
Alle SAMAA-lede is welkom om by ons te kom vlieg en ons sal jou beslis nie n dag fooi vra as jy kom kuier vir die eerste keer nie, en daar na wel want jy gaan virseker ‘n lid wil word.
|9 Jan 17||Bushveld Fly In|
The first Bushveld Fly Inns were hosted around 28 years ago and were organised by the Pietersburg Radio Control Club. The first event was held at the municipal airfield and was later moved to the military air field on the northern outskirts of Pietersburg. The Pietersburg Radio Control Club later changed its name to the Capricorn Model Aircraft Club around 2008/09. The event was moved back for one year to the municipal airfield. This was not a success due to the expansion of the airfield, a large hangar for the SAP was built on the apron and lots more hangars were erected to the right which was the approach line.
Around 2010/11 the event was moved to the municipal airfield of Potgietersrus now called Makopane. Around 2012 a joint venture was organised by the Pietersburg club and Potgietersrus club , this event was organise at the municipal airfield of Potgietersrus.
Around 2013 a new club was formed in Pietersburg, now called Polokwane, which is now known as Area 51 Flyers. The club decided to re live the old days of the Bushveld fly in and decided to host a fly in at the Makopane municipal airstrip, Makopane Radio Flyers operate a club at the same venue.
The air field has a tar runway running north/ south parallel with a large mountain. When you fly parallel to the runway you fly with the mountain as a back drop. A taxi way runs towards the entrance of the air field and then turns and runs past the front of the hangars. The first part is tar for around 100m and then sand.
The event was hosted on the weekend of 10th December 2016. We travelled up on Friday morning arriving at the field just after lunch time. The venue was a hive of activity with tents, banners, lights being erected. A few flights were flown after all was assembled. Planes were stored in a hangar for the night. We departed to our accommodation to go find some relief in the pool from the extreme heat.
Early on Saturday morning we arrived at the field where planes were assembled and fuelled up, old friends were greeted and we were ready to roll. After the pilots briefing all were ready and the sky was soon buzzing with planes. Two flight lines were used for the day. The taxi way in front of the large open hangar was for small planes and general flying and the main runway was used for some large scale and jets. Only one runway was in operation at a time.
Most of the flying was done with one plane at a time. Around lunch time a speed course was erected and a few pilots put their planes through the course to check the sped of their models.
Saturday evening there was a braai at the field with a fair amount of people staying behind to socialise. Overall it was not a bad fly in for the clubs first event, with practice and a bit of advice they will have a better one next time. A total of 39 pilots attended, various prizes were sponsored by some individual and these were raffled off over the day.
It would help to host this event earlier in the summer as December in Limpopo is extremely uncomfortable.
Sponsors for the prizes were
Johan van der Merwe, Adriaan Geldenhusis,Jaco van Eden and Pieter Frylink
|7 Nov 16||Greg Casson Memorial Jet Fly In, Gariep Airfield|
GREG CASSON MEMORIAL JET WEEKEND
This was the 5th Memorial Event held in honor of Greg Casson and was held over the weekend of 21st to 23rd October 2016.10.31
A total of 17 pilots made the effort to attend this event with most pilots arriving on Friday and a couple on Thursday. When we arrived on Thursday afternoon we were welcomed by a nice thunder shower which was very much needed.
Flying started each day at around 07h00, we flew Friday and Saturday till around 2 as by this time the wind got a bit much. By 14h00 all had had enough of flying and the planes were packed away in the hangar with various groups forming under gazebos sheltering them from the blistering sun. In the afternoon, all dispersed to various watering holes to cool off and relax after a good days flying. On Saturday afternoon we gathered in different places to watch the rugby final between the Cheetahs and the Bulls.
Sunday morning we were met with once again a beautiful day with blue skies and a slight breeze. Normally most pilots leave early but not this time, only two left early and the rest burnt the last paraffin remaining in their fuel cans. By 16h00 we were all packed up and most pilots were on their road back home. 5 pilots opted to sleep another night and depart only on Monday morning.
Pilots who attended came from Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, Gauteng, and Upington. This was one of those weekends where a lot of flights were flown by all with no serious crashes or aircraft problems. Only one flame out was had over the whole 3 days of flying.
Well done to Andre Killian who is a regular at all Jets-r-us events and he finally arrived with a Turbine Jet and he enjoyed himself immensely.
Burt Botha from PE is now bitten by the Jet bug, has gotten rid of his F3A planes and is now enjoying jet flying and mastered the art of landing this weekend. Stan Fincham had many flights and managed to perfect his take offs and landings, and entertained us with his rain dance after his first totally perfect landing.
Pierre Fouche had a new plane to be maidened, on Friday afternoon on start up he experienced a problem with the turbine, but no problem to him he packed all away and jumped in the car and rushed to Bloem to collect a spare and shot back to Gariep. He installed the motor the next day and maidened the plane with no further problems. Now that is dedication for you.
As it was Greg Cassons weekend even he was there in spirit and giving a helping hand to those who needed a bit of guidance by the angels. On Saturday afternoon we flew the large quarter scale L39 ex Francois Diedrechsens plane now belonging to Sanjay Kana. Half way through the flight the turbine died and a decision was taken to land in the direction of the flight path as that is the longest part of the runway. The runway runs at a slight uphill to the right, the plane was held just off the runway for a little while after it disappeared out of sight and over the hill. Three of us jumped on the back of Francois Kuys bantam bakkie and raced down the runway which felt like a life time until we reached the plane. There it was parked right at the end of the runway after running through the very nicely cut grass veld adjacent to the runway and came to a stop against a fence. The fence dropper caused an indent in the LE of the right wing and a bit of a scratch underneath the right tip tank. The plane flew for more than 100m free flight. The distance from where we flying from till where the plane came to a holt was 860m.
Thanks Cassie very much appreciated.
From the Jets-R-Us team we would like to thank all attending the event. Many of you knew Greg by name only and had possibly spoken to him on the phone. Thanks guys your attendance in honour of Greg is very much appreciated.
Danie Potgieter who attended the event without a jet came to assist Burt to get his flying sorted out. Danie ended up helping many others. Thanks Danie. On Saturday evening he said something I have to share with all the jet pilots who attended. He said he was extremely impressed with the quality of flying by all throughout the event and enjoyed the company of all.
A special thanks to Theo Marnewick for sponsoring the caps for the weekend.
|31 Oct 16||Umbilo Braai and Fly|
Umbilo organised an informal fly in on Sunday 30th October and invited a few of the surrounding clubs to come and visit for the day.
The club has just recently replaced one of the 3 tar runways with a 80m concrete strip which was done by the members. The outfield and runways are fairly good so you can comfortably land off the runway.
The fly in was very well attended by visitors from various neighbouring clubs. Shade was provided for most as this was most definitely needed as we are in the middle of a heat wave in Gauteng. The club sold liquid refreshments and food throughout the day which was well supported by all in attendance.
The wind blew quite strongly but this did not put a damper on the flying. The sky was filled throughout the day with all sorts of planes with some pilots demonstrating some very good flying skills. The flight line safety could have been a bit better with pilots standing in the demarcated pilots box and not on the edge of the runway during flying. A safety officer as well as a flight line coordinator would have helped a lot. Other than that a great day was had in the sun by all.
Well done to the committee for taking the initiative to hold a fly in and introducing the social side of the hobby where all can meet old friends and make new ones. The only serious concern about a social event is the consumption of alcohol during flying, make sure you are done flying for the day before socialising with a drink in hand.
|31 Oct 16||Umbilo Radio Flyers|
UMBILO RADIO FLYERS CLUB REPORT
The chairman of the club is Jan Maree, a member for many years and has been serving on the committee for around 5 years. Vice Chairman is Theo Meiring who has also served on the committee for around 5 years.
The club is very active with 66 members.
The club facility boasts a toilet with running water for washing hands but not for drinking. There is a braai area, covered pits area and a larged shaded semi enclosed area for socialising on a hot day.
The club is located on the eastern side of Springs on the old Ermelo Road, from Springs to Indicot Road the club is situated on the northern side of the N17 about 5km out of town.
The club has 3 runways all about 8m long, one runway has just been redone with concrete runoffs and a very nice out field.
A few years ago a large air show was held and they are planning another one in the near future as well as a fly in or two. The club needs to raise funds to re do the existing 2 tar runways.
All types of aircraft are flown at the club and day visitors are welcome. Arrangements can be made with Jan Maree 0832761272