|27 Apr 19
2019 Combined Power Nationals
|27 Apr 19
JWM Qualifier #2 @ Combined Power Nationals
|27 Apr 19
MAASA Combined Power Nats
|27 Apr 19
Walker Bay Radio Flyers Fly-in 2019
|27 Apr 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|27 Apr 19
|28 Apr 19
|1 May 19
Vintage and Cool Retro Fly-in
|1 May 19
|11 May 19
Aerotow and Scale
|11 May 19
AA Cup CLASA
|11 May 19
African Heli Challenge
|11 May 19
CLASA AA Cup Team Race/Novice & Expert Aerobatics
|11 May 19
African Heli Challenge Fun Fly
|17 May 19
|18 May 19
|19 May 19
Combined F3K & F5J league
|19 May 19
|19 May 19
MAASA WP League #5
|23 May 19
|25 May 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|25 May 19
SMFC 50th Fly-in
|26 May 19
SAMJA Fly and Proficiency
|26 May 19
MAASA GP League #3
|31 May 19
|9 Jun 19
F3J Team Qualifier
|9 Jun 19
|9 Jun 19
MAASA WP League #6
|15 Jun 19
"Scale Warbirds 2019" fly-in
|16 Jun 19
SAMJA Fly and Proficiency
|16 Jun 19
"Civvie" Scale fly-in 2019
|23 Jun 19
Greg Casson Memorial
|23 Jun 19
MAASA GP Montly
|23 Jun 19
MAASA NW Monthly
|29 Jun 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|3 Jul 19
Gariep Fly In
|7 Jul 19
|14 Jul 19
F3K World Championships
|14 Jul 19
MAASA WP League #7
|21 Jul 19
MAASA GP League #4
|27 Jul 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|28 Jul 19
Old Timers Memorial
|4 Aug 19
MAASA WP Clinic
|12 Aug 19
F5J World Championships
|18 Aug 19
MAASA WP League #8
|18 Aug 19
MAASA GP Monthly
|25 Aug 19
|1 Sep 19
|1 Sep 19
CLASA Sunday Club Fun Fly
|14 Sep 19
MAASA GP Provincials
|14 Sep 19
|14 Sep 19
|15 Sep 19
|20 Sep 19
SA Gliding Nationals 2019
|21 Sep 19
MAASA WP Championships
|22 Sep 19
|22 Sep 19
Fly and Proficiency
|23 Sep 19
|28 Sep 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|6 Oct 19
|12 Oct 19
|12 Oct 19
Fun Fly Masters 2019
|13 Oct 19
|20 Oct 19
SAMJA Fly and Proficiency
|24 Oct 19
Folded Wings Memorial
|26 Oct 19
Warthog Radio Flyers Aerotow Event
|26 Oct 19
Aerotow and GPS Racing Weekend
|26 Oct 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|27 Oct 19
F3J Team Trails
|27 Oct 19
|10 Nov 19
Combined F3K & F5J league
|10 Nov 19
|17 Nov 19
Fly and Proficiency
|24 Nov 19
|30 Nov 19
CLASA Team Race/Combat/Aerobatics
|1 Dec 19
|25 Jan 20
CLASA Team Race
|16 Apr 19||Ermelo Radio Flyers|
ERMELO RADIO FLYERS
The club is situated about 10km out of town on the Amersfoort Road. The club is on the right hand side of the road overlooking a large dam. The property belongs to a local businessman. The runway and club are fenced off to keep the cows out.
The chairman of the club is Marius Botes and can be reached on 0630924313.
The club has around 14 pilots who mainly fly on weekends. They have 2 runways which is mainly used with a very short emergency strip across the 2 runways. The club has toilet facilities, running water, braai facilities and a large covered area that serves as an aircraft parking area adjacent to the pitts.
FLY-IN 30TH – 31ST MARCH
The club has hosted a fly-in in March which is a first after quite a few years. Around 25 pilots attended from JHB, Sekunda, Middleburg and a few locals.
It was a very relaxing flying day with lots of chatting to new friends as well as catching up with some pilots we haven’t seen for years. It was a bit windy with a slight cross wind from time to time straight down the runway. In the late afternoon it turned 90 degrees cross wind.
A good variety of aircraft were flown throughout the day. The clubs facilities and field is very neat and tidy with awesome view over the country side. Caterers were available serving refreshments and food throughout the day. Some pilots opted to sleep in tents on Friday and Saturday evening.
Well done to Ermelo Radio Flyers for a very nice relaxed fly-in, keep it up.
|16 Apr 19||Klerksdorp Radio Flyers|
KLERKSDORP RADIO FLYERS
FLY-IN 6TH TO 7TH APRIL 2019
Klerksdorp Radio Flyers held a fly-in at the local municipal airfield in April. The venue is the same place where the SAMAA combined Nationals took place previously.
The organisers were stressed the few days leading up to the event as the North West area was hit by some serious rain. On arriving on Friday evening at the area where all were to camp it was very wet. The guys decided to park vehicles in a hangar and camp there for the night.
Saturday morning we were met with amazing blue skies, no rain, no clouds and a slight breeze down the main runway. Vehicles and trailers were parked on the tar way in front of the terminal building. The area to the left was used for camping. At registration each pilot was given a goody bag filled with ods and ends, sponsored by some of the locals. Aircraft were assembled and soon the sky was filled with planes. A good variety of aircraft were present from foamies to large scale, some sticks and a few jets.
The covered shelter adjacent to the terminal building was used as a make shift kitchen where the ladies of the club sold food and refreshments.
Full size activity was monitored by radio but luckily there were very few interruptions to the flying due to full size planes entering the space. At around 15h00 the heavens opened for about an hour causing some havoc, but after rearranging everything planes were soon back in the air.
On Saturday evening a braai was held for all pilots, helpers and families. On Sunday the weather was not favourable for flying so very little flying got done.
A total of 26 pilots entered for the fly-in. Huge thanks goes to the sponsors of the event who were, Jan van Soest, Johan Bester, Ian Matten, Marnu Botha, Trevor Matten, Ian Wentzel and Johnny Swart. Despite the weather this event was appreciated by all pilots as they enjoyed another fun filled fly-in with friends.
|7 Feb 19||Barnstormers Upgrade|
Over the last year or so a lot of upgrades have been done to the facilities. The club house has been upgraded to accommodate an entertainment centre which includes a bar area as well as a boma for after hours socialising for the members and their families.
The club has a permanent heli area, two control line circles – one tar and the other a grass strip. Some serious upgrades have been done to accommodate FPV racing. A permanent FPV park has been built with a freestyle track as well as an area for FPV wing racing.
The entrance road has been graded and upgraded as well as all the tar runways have been resurfaced.
|24 Jan 19||Baobab fly in|
BAOBAB FLY IN
Baobab fly in was organised by the Area 51 Model Aircraft club in Pietersburg. The event was held on the weekend of 17th November on the Polokwane Civil Airport.
In years gone by a number of fly ins were held at the same venue. Upgrades to the facilities, such as a hangar for the SAP, made events on the apron very unsafe to host fly ins. The event was moved to the old airforce base but it then became Gateway International and that prevented flying taking place there. Due to the municipal airfield not being so active anymore they got permission to fly off the main runway using the apron leading to the taxi way as an area to park vehicles, trailers and aeroplanes.
A large number of pilots arrived on Friday afternoon, trailers were parked, planes assembled and a hangar was made available for overnight storage of aircraft. A area was demarcated for gazebos which served as a base for the organisers and their families which gave some very welcomed shade throughout the day. A holding area was formed at the beginning of the taxiway from where the marshals directed the pilots and their plane onto the flight line. Air traffic control was done through Gateway and the flight line director at the airfield.
On Friday evening a bring and braai was held outside the storage hangar. This was well attended by a big group of pilots, friends and families. On Saturday a few more pilots arrived, planes were assembled and after a short pilots briefing pilots started flying.
The weather was good for flying with a wind almost on the runway most of the day. The temperature was in the thirties but did not prevent pilots from having fun. In the early part of the day there was a fair amount of full size activity which is above normal according to the organisers. Flying continued to sunset with most pilots packing up and getting ready for the trek home.
A sit down supper was had by all in a large hall on the airfield which was enjoyed and appreciated by all pilots and families. Great fun was had by all and most pilots are looking forward to the next one in 2019.
Well done Area 51 on an awesome event. I know they are working on a few ideas to make 2019 bigger and better.
|24 Jan 19||Capricorn Radio Model Vlieg Klub|
CAPRICORN RADIO MODEL VLIEG KLUB PIETERSBURG
The club is situated just on the outskirts of town on a property belonging to the municipality. The club was started in 1972 by Pieter Tiersman.
The club has around 22 active pilots who fly mostly over weekends. The flying field has a 230m main tar runway and a 150m cross runway. There is a power line running parallel with the main runway but does not cause too much of a problem. There is shaded pit area with assembly tables as well as a starting area. There is an ablution block with mean and ladies toilets with running water.
The club has a large semi enclosed club house area which is used on weekends for socialising. The entire field is lit up by 2 large flood light poles at night. The entrance has an electric operated gate.
At present the club is not very active in competition but in the past held various scale monthly comps as well as some aerobatic comps under the leadership of Noel Booysen and Martin Erasmus.
Day visitors are welcome and no landing fees are charged. All SAMAA members are welcome. The chairman in Dirk De Klerk and can be contacted on 0824557354.
|27 Nov 18||2019 Fun Fly Series!!!!|
If you are interested, please make enquiries with your club chairman Read more...
or Fun Fly coordinator today. Make sure your club has entered the
Fun Fly Series, so that you are able to compete.
|14 Nov 18||Musina Radio Control Flyers|
MUSINA RADIO CONTROL FLYERS
The club is situated to the west of town. They operate from the municipal flying field.
The chairman is Albie Knoetze and can be contacted on 0832650622
The runway is awesome and big enough to fly anything on.
The club has 8 members that fly on weekends and occasionally on weekday afternoons.
Any SAMAA members are welcome to join them.
This venue could be an awesome place to have a fly-in. The only thing is, as with what happens to any municipal facility in the country, it gets neglected and little or no maintenance is done on the up keep of the premises. Read more...
|14 Nov 18||Folded Wings Memorial|
FOLDED WINGS MEMORIAL
The event was held on the weekend of 24th to 28th October at the Gariep Dam Airfield. This years jet event was the 9th Jet event organised by Jets-r-us.
Pre-registration is essential prior to the event, as it gives the organiser an idea of who comes from which day and till when, as well as to allow for catering each day, the Saturday evening function and to arrange for the memorabilia.
A total of 28 pilots pre-registered with only one not arriving, and an additional 2 pilots arrived for Saturday only. On arrival on Wednesday most pilots parked their trailers to peg out their territory for the next 4 days. The weather was good but rather warm. After trailers were parked, accommodation booked into, all necessary arrangements with various parties that get involved with the weekend done, it was off to the local watering hole. It has become a tradition for all to meet at Tjalatyd on the first night of arrival.
Official flying started on Thursday morning and continued until Sunday around 12h00. The weather stayed good with a constant breeze mostly down the runway until Sunday mid morning when it picked up and got confused and started blowing 180degrees in different directions 50m apart. The wind caught Neville by surprise on landing and Dion his spotter did not know what was happening.
The temperature increased everyday making it rather unbearable in the hot sun. We soon found a solutionto the problem by using the fire cart as a sprinkler system. It was enjoyed by all, young and old, as when they heard the petrol engine start up they all came running to have a refreshing shower.
Considering the heat the pilots did very well, the quality of flying by all was of excellent quality. Well done to all pilots. The weekend went off with no major incidents. One person needs a mention as his motto in life while flying a model aircraft is, if something goes wrong he will fight it down to the ground and never give up. Danie Potgieter test flew Marius Lensing’s beautifully finished Raphael jet powered by a 14KG turbine. On the start of the 4th circuit into wind above the runway both tailerons went into severe flutter destroying both servos. Danie very calmly carried on flying another complete circuit with the owner standing next to him saying “Moer hom net daar neer in die veld”. To Marius and everyone present surprise the plane touched down on its wheels in front of all on the runway. Danie instantly became Marius’s all time hero. Well done Danie “Jy kan maar”.
A special thanks to all who attended, pilots, helpers, family, friend etc. It was once again awesome to spend time with all.
On Saturday evening we had a sit down supper at the local bowling club. The local “tannies” made some awesome boere kos which was enjoyed by 48 people.
Special thanks go to all our sponsors as well as organisations that helped to make the event once again a huge success.
Saturday evening supper was partly sponsored by SAMJA
Other sponsors were
Thanks to the Aventura Resort for making available their water cart as a stand by fire prevention vehicle and Gariep Nature Reserve for arranging standby personnel in case of an emergency.
See you all in 2019!
|14 Nov 18||Henley Fly In Sept 2018|
HENLEY FLY IN
Henley Model Airfield in Henley on Klip held their 2nd annual fly in on the weekend of 28th to 30th September. Some of the pilots from far already arrived on the Thursday afternoon.
Friday was a hive of activity with pilots assembling aircraft and wanting to get in the air. The weather throughout the weekend was awesome which made for more the reason for all to have fun. Camping facilities are always popular at Henley and the campers were spoilt with the new showers that were commissioned only a few days prior to the event.
Henley now boasts with 2 ladies and 2 gents hot and cold running showers. The famous Vosloo kitchen was hard at work throughout the weekend serving good meals from early till late. Every evening a large group congregated around a fire chatting, braaing and doing what friends do best.
Pilots attended from all over Gauteng, Pretoria, North West and even a lonely old soul from Kimberley and of course not to forget the men from the Free State and KZN.
A very large variety of aircraft were very well flown by all pilots with no serious incidence throughout the entire weekend.
Special thanks to all of you who attended and looking forward to seeing all at the next Henley Fly in beginning of March 2019.
|14 Nov 18||Chairmans Challenge|
BARNSTORMERS CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE
This event was arranged by the Barnstormers club and was held at their club east of Kempton Park. The event was held on 1st September and incorporated spring day, as an outing for the whole family.
The chairmans challenge is a challenge from the chairman to all pilots in the club. An aircraft design is chosen by the chairman, either a semi kit is made available or a set of drawings. All pilots who participate in this event are given a time eg a month to build and get the aircraft ready for competition day. On the day a set of manoeuvres is given to all to perform making it a very fun event and a champ is chosen at the end of the day.
This was the 3rd such event the club has hosted. The aircraft chosen for the challenge was a combat Gremlin which is a square plastic down pipe cut to size with a motor on the front. Any 40/46 glow motor will do. A foam core was supplied and a set of drawings. The foam core is covered and decorated with vinyl covering of each pilot’s choice. Two vertical fins are added to the rear with 3 servos, rudder is optional, no undercart and the planes get hand launched.
28 of these kits were made and sold to participant pilots at R120.00. The drawings could be downloaded from the Barnstormers website. If anyone is interested in the drawings they are still available on the site.
On the day of the challenge most planes were already test flown with some being test flown that morning. The pilots were all very excited to get flying. After a short pilots briefing explaining the rules of the challenge the fun began. The weather was fair with a stiff wind blowing but this did not put any pilot off from giving his best and most of all having fun. The first event was a 5 lap pylon event around a set out course. The second event was a climb and glide. A lunch break was had then on to the 3rd round which was to be balloon popping. A balloon was tied to a string about a meter above the runway but due to the wind it was scrapped. A spot landing was then held with the idea to land on a designated spot. The most spot landings in one hour scores the most points. This event was exciting to watch as guys rushed to get as many attempts within one hour. The last event was a combat event with a streamer and they had to chase one another.
A scoring system was put in place to determine a winner per event and a final winner. This was all just a fun event nothing serious. The club champ at the end of the day was awarded to Neville Wright.
The funds that were raised from the sale of the kits was used to sponsor a potjie kos meal to all pilots as well as families that had fun in the sun on that day. A total of 95 people were present, the youngest competitor was 11 and the oldest around 70.
I want to thank the committee of Barnstormers for the invite to the event and the lunch.
To all pilots of Barnstormers who took part on the day, well done you guys are truly one of a kind and still know how to put the fun back in the hobby. Keep it up as this is a hobby and not a job so do it just for the fun.
You guys should be an inspiration to all other SAMAA members and clubs to go out do it for the fun.
|17 Sep 18||2019 SAMAA Annual General Meeting|
2019 SAMAA Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 12 March 2019 - at the SAMAA offices;
Building R4, Denel Technical Academy, 131 Atlas Road, Bonaero Park, Kempton Park.
|14 Aug 18||Gariep 2018|
GARIEP FLY IN 2018
The 11th Jets-R-Us event Gariep 2018 took place on the weekend of 4th to 8th July, The week leading up to the event was stressful for all competitors as the whole country was caught in a cold spell.
Arriving at Gariep on Wednesday morning early we were all highly surprised by the weather, it was breathless, no wind, no clouds, sunny and warm. We were met by the manna from the west coast as they had already arrived at Gariep on the Tuesday afternoon. This was their first visit to a Gariep Fly in. It was really awesome to meet all of them and also those I haven’t seen in years.
The first day is always used to set out the flight line, ready box area, crowd barriers etc. The early birds all got stuck in to do some flying as they could not resist the awesome weather. After booking in at tour beloved accommodation we set off to our local loved watering hole for some refreshments and some good supper. This is the spot where we meet the locals as well as all those that arrive just before sunset. The remainder of the pilots arrived over the next 2 days due to travelling as well as work commitments.
By Friday lunch time all who had preregistered were there. The weather throughout the weekend was awesome. Early morning a slight breeze blew from the dam side that causes the air to be cool but as the sun warms up in the day the weather became excellent.
Flying took place from around 08h00 till after 18h00 every day except Sunday. All the guys with fancy flashing lights on their planes were having fun flying in the calm weather just as the sun was setting over the horizon. A total of 75 pilots registered for the event and a total of 175 aircraft were counted. Planes ranged from foam trainers to twin turbine jets as well as some awesome sounding large war birds. The quality of flying as well as the behaviour of pilots was awesome and fun was had by all who attended. Very few mishaps occurred with only some minor incidences considering the amount of flying that took place
The normal memorabilia was handed out at registration to all pre registered pilots which was caps, beanies, beer glass etc.
Saturday evening was set aside for the annual supper and prize giving. All congregated at the local bowling green for a very good sit down supper. The evening was used to say thank you to all competitors, helpers and sponsors. Each and every pilot that attended received a gift of some sort that evening. A total of 110 people attended the supper.
A few things that was special this weekend was a missing man formation that was flown by 4 pilots chosen to commemorate the passing of 2 pilots and close friends in the weeks leading up to Gariep. We were all deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Louis Genade from Cape Town and Oluf Larsen from Henley airfield. These two gentlemen played their own important role within the model fraternity and will be missed by many.
We had a first ever at an event which is a slot for all junior pilots got to fly together. We had 8 junior pilots ranging from 6 to 17 years old who got to fly at lunch time together very successfully under the watchful eye of their dads, pilots and spectators. They deservingly received a huge round of applause. These youngsters are the future of our hobby.
One youngster stood out over the weekend putting even some of the older pilots to shame and that is young Zandre Potgieter from Mosselbaai. He is only 8 years old and put his dad Theo Potgieter (Grootbek) PMS Python 100cc through its paces. Well done lytie you did well.
The youngsters who participated are
Christian Robinson 6
Zandre Potgieter 8
Harry Marangellis 9
Gabriel Robinson 10
Daniel Potgieter 11
Jade Powell 14
Pedri Lategan 15
Jaco Spangenberg 17
You are sure to see these youngsters at more events throughout the country. Well done guys.
A special thank you to all pilots, your wives and helpers and last but not least to our sponsors who help make this event what it is.
Johan VD Merwe
Unique Wooden Creations
RC Toys For Boys
See you all again at Gariep 2019!
|21 Jun 18||Model Helicopter SA - Special General Meeting|
If you fly a model helicopter, for fun or competition, then this invitation is for YOU, so please read on! Read more...
|28 Mar 18||Howick Model Flying Club|
HOWICK MODEL FLYING CLUB
The Howick Model Flying Club has been in existence for over 30 years. They are situated just off the R617 from Howick to Underburg.
They have a 240m long well groomed grass runway on a very flat piece of land. The airfield is in close facility to the Howick Soaring club. The club has only 15 members but with a lot of regular visitors from neighbouring clubs. The club has only got a chemical toilet, no running water and no shade. All pilots bring their own shade in the form of gazebos. The club is very active on the large scale aerobatic side which is driven by Clive McInnes who also serves as the chairman for the last 6 years.
Day visitors are welcome. For more info please contact Clive on 0735007177. Read more...
|28 Mar 18||Ballito RC Club|
BALLITO RC CLUB
The Ballito RC Club is situated in Ballito adjacent to the N2 highway diagonally across the Jaguar dealership on the outskirts of town.
The club has a grass runway as well as grass embankments which are very well manicured and kept. They even have a few nice gardens to decorate the place. On the embankments they do have shaded area starting area as well as a pit area. They have toilet facilities.
The club has 45 paid up members who fly all types of aircraft. The club is quite involved with large scale aerobatics. It is definitely a club that teaches you to land as there is no place other than the runway to land without damage to aircraft.
The current chairman is Ken Man who has been chairman for 5 years. Day visitors are allowed with a landing fee charged. The club operates 7 days a week.
For more info contact Ken on 0827757765.
|28 Mar 18||Mavericks Model Aircraft Club|
MAVERICKS MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB
Mavericks Model Aircraft Club is a newly formed club and they operate from the old disused Durban International Airport.
The chairman of the club is Howard Vos and has been chairman since the club started.
The club has a closed membership of only 20 members, the reason for that is to limit the air traffic in the area. The club operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and obviously is suitable for all types of aircraft especially jets as they make use of the old original runway. There are no facilities available and are not allowed to erect any permanent structures.
No spectators or visitors can obtain access to the runway as only current members have access. The military helicopter airwing does operate from the one end of the runway. When model flying takes place they notify the station commander of starting and departing times just in order to keep a good relationship with them.
The chairman of the club can be contacted on 0319037536 Read more...
|28 Mar 18||Cato Manor Model Aircraft Club|
CATO MANOR MODEL FLYING CLUB
Cato Manor Model Flying Club is operating from the Cato Manor Municipal sports grounds. The club has been on the same property for the last 25 years. The club is situated just off the N3 close the The Pavillion shopping centre.
The current chairman is Roland Fisher and he has been serving as chairman for the last 5 years. The club has around 65 paid up members. A very large amount of these members are elderly gentlemen who loves their hobby and go out early in the morning for quick flight or two before the day gets too hot. Flying activities take place just about every day of the week.
A section of the sports ground gets mowed to serve as a runway and all vehicles get parked on the edge of the sports ground. They do have their own access road and gate they use to enter the facility. The club is fairly tight as it has a sports complex on the one side, a hill in the front with a residential area as well as a hospital, and a container yard on the other side. Closest facilities for water or toilets will be the main sports complex.
All visiting pilots are welcome. For more info please contact Roland on 0834565368. Read more...
|28 Mar 18||Durban Model Aircraft Club|
DURBAN MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB
Durban Model Aircraft Club is based in Cato Ridge. The club has been in existence for around 40 years but has also had to be moved around on more than one occasion.
The club is situated close to the N3 highway at the Cato Manor turn off. The club operates at the end of the Cato Ridge Golf course.
There are two beautifully mowed grass runways 90 degrees to one another with an awesome view of the valleys. There are absolutely no facilities other than the two green runways. The golf course makes their toilet facilities, kitchen and bar available to all club members. The pilots take their own shade in the form of gazebos on flying days. The club is active on weekends and have around 50 members.
The venue is suitable for most aircraft but has a slight noise problem from one nearby resident. In order to keep all happy and look after their venue they have introduced a 93 decibel noise limit. All aircraft get tested regularly.
The current chairman is Kevin Dolloway and has been chairman for the last 3 years. Day visitors are welcome as well as visiting pilots from other neighbouring clubs. SAMAA membership is compulsory. Kevin can be contacted on 0826280908 Read more...
|28 Mar 18||Maritzburg Model Aircraft Club|
MARITZBURG MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB
The airfield is situated just off the N3 outside of Pietermartizburg. There is a short gravel road leading to the club.
The club has been in existence for about 60 years; the previous site was at the old Oribi airport and has been at the current site for 36 years.
The current chairman is Johan De Lange who has been chairman for the last 5 years. The club has 60 paid up members.
Flying takes place normally on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays. This is a very social club and regularly hosts a bring and braai day on the first and last Wednesday of the month.
The airfield has two tar runways with a very large area either side which is mowed and has a very long run off area. This serves as a grass runway in 2 directions. The club has an awesome view of the surrounding area. There is a makeshift toilet but the club does not have running water but can make a plan if water is required.
All sorts of aircraft are flown at the club. The airfield is also used occasionally for large scale aerobatics.
Day visitors are allowed as long as they are fully paid up SAMAA members.
For more info please contact Johan De Lange at 0822024163
|12 Mar 18||Ficksburg Fly and Braai|
FICKSBURG FLY AND BRAAI 8TH – 11TH MARCH
This year’s fly in was the 5th organised by the Ficksburg Flyboys. The event is held at the Maluti Air Airfield which is situated just outside of the town towards Bethlehem. The view and peacefulness is absolutely awesome.
All pilots parked either side of the taxi way and on the one apron. The runway runs down a hill to the right which makes it a bit of a challenge for landings but soon to be mastered by all. The entries for this years fly in were stopped at 45 entries with a few more begging to be added. The entries closed at 50 but disappointingly only 33 arrived at the end of the day. This was hard for the organisers as they catered for large numbers and then were let down at the end.
The majority of pilots and families chose to camp at the airfield as there is a very nice camping area right where you spend the day sitting to view the flying. They also boast with spotlessly clean ablution facilities for men and women with electricity and hot and cold water.
The majority of campers arrived on Thursday throughout the day as well as one or two who were staying in the guest houses in town. The field was a hive of activity all day. The weather caught us by surprise with a sudden thunderstorm drenching all as well as the inside of most tents. All was taken in good spirit, after a change of clothes and rearranging some bedding all settled down around the camp fires for a braai.
For the remaining two days pilots started flying from as early as 06h00 and continued until late at night with some night flying being done. The skies were filled with planes on both days with a huge variety of planes from foamies, large scale, jets, hellies etc. This event is well worth the effort.
On Friday evening portable braai’s were placed along the taxiway with LED flood lights lighting up the area. Fires were supplied and all congregated in various groups around the braai fires to prepare food. The braai fires were later turned into large wood fires to stand around and enjoy the fresh air only to be found in the country. This must be the only airfield where you can sit on the runway, have a braai, and hear the roar of lions as close as 100m away.
On Saturday evening around 80 people congregated around a very large fire pit waiting for the very well prepared sheep braai with pap, gravy, salads and of course not to forget the famous melktertjies. Partying carried on till late around the fire with good music being played and some took the opportunity to dance.
Sunday was actually a non flying day as some left early in the morning. The campers started packing up and cleaning for the long trip home. A few members of the Bloem team, who had arrived late over the weekend, stayed behind to put in some flights.
The Ficksburg Flyboys is a fairly new club with only six members, many other clubs and organisations can go and learn from them that you don’t need a lot of members or years of experience to organise a first class event. You just have to put your heart and soul in it and do it for the family. All RC pilots are one family irrespective of your profession, colour or choice and size of aircraft.
Thanks guys and well done on a very well organised event, all who attended are waiting for the dates for 2019. To all pilots these events are nothing without you, your family and friends, thank you for attending. A huge thank you to all the sponsors who contributed in making this an awesome event.
Till next time thanks to all. Read more...
|1 Mar 18||Henley Fly In and Jet day|
HENLEY FLY IN AND JET DAY 23RD T0 25TH FEB
This was an open event to all SAMAA members. The event started on Friday morning but visitors pulled in on Thursday to erect caravans and tents.
Friday we had a good day, weather was great although rather cloudy but this did not stop anyone flying. By Friday evening the place was a hive of activity. The hangar was packed with aircrafts for night time storage. The Henley kitchen was up and running since lunch time serving lunch.
When evening came flying stopped and fires were lit and it was time to braai. A nice social evening was spent around the braai fires. The kitchen was serving light snacks, braai packs and liquid refreshments.
On Saturday we were met by yet another awesome day with flying starting around 06h00. The day started with some low clouds but as the day progressed it got clearer and hotter. Many flights were flown throughout the day with more and more pilots arriving as the day continued. Late Saturday evening pilots with fixed wing aircraft started packing away as the Sunday was set aside for jets only. The evening weather was awesome with once again many braai fires billowing smoke into the night sky.
Sunday morning all who slept at the club were up early ready for another exciting day. The weather in PTA and JHB was apparently not so good but at Henley it was perfect. The first jet flight took place early in the morning and was non stop thereafter for the entire day.
Overall it was 3 days of awesome weather, awesome flying and time was spent with old friends and many new friends were made.
Pilots attended from near and far, young and old, with the youngest being Waldo and Daniel and the oldest Brian Smith from Kimberly (well he is a fossil). Pilots travelled from as far as Richards Bay, Bloem, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, North West, Sekunda to name a few.
Marius Vosloo and family ran the kitchen for 3 days with food being served as a take away or sit down in the hangar, the food was awesome. Thanks guys the food was appreciated by all. The venue was spotless with the grass well groomed around the entire area. The areas around the hangar, lapa, toilets and camping site was well lit up with floodlights. The runways are in very good condition as is the surrounding area which makes flying much more fun.
A special thanks to all who travelled from near and far to attend the event. It is flying friends like you that make these events such a huge success. It is not about what plane you fly or how you fly as we are all part of the same RC community and are there to support and encourage each other. Thanks again and hope to see you all at the next event at Henley Aeromodellers and Family Entertainment Center, surely the best RC venue in the country.
For all the campers, next time there will be proper ablution facilities for all.
Just for the record a total of 47 pilots participated in this awesome weekend of flying and time spent with friends.
|6 Nov 17||Folded Wings Memorial Jet Weekend|
Previously known as the Greg Casson Meorial Jet Weekend was held at Gariep dam Airfield from the 26th to 29th October.
Pilots from various parts of SA attended the event. A total of 25 pilots pre registered with 22 arriving at the event., with around 32 people in total including helpers, family and supporters. A group of pilots arrived on Wednesday ready for flying on Thursday. Trailers were parked, planes unpacked and it was not long before all were burning paraffin. Most of the day Thursday the guys were able to have many flights as the weather was in our favour.
Friday was a waste of a day as we experienced howling winds 90 degrees cross winds and it was freezing cold. No flights were flown for the day. Time was spent by some doing a tour to the Hydro Electric scheme which was extremely interesting. Friday evening all attended the local water hole to have a good meal and some refreshments.
On Saturday the weather changed for the better. The rest of the pilots who could only attend the event over the weekend arrived. Many successful flights were flown by all with one mishap when Brian’s Butura lost signal and crashed with a total loss of the plane plus all equipment.
Sunday morning most departed for the trek home with a few staying behind to clock in a few extra flights, to end off a good flying weekend and a time to see old friends you only see at events like this.
Danie Potgieter clocked a lot of flights without bringing a jet to the event. He inherited the job to assist the new guys to jets as well as to help all others in sharing his knowledge of flying to all.
A special thanks to all for making the effort to attend and help to make this event so enjoyable. Thank you to our sponsor of the caps.
Looking forward to the next event to be spent with friends and fellow pilots. Read more...
|1 Nov 17||SAMAA Annual General Meeting 2018|
Thursday 29 March 2018 Read more...
at the SAMAA offices;
Building R4, Denel Technical Academy, 131 Atlas Road, Bonaero Park, Kempton Park.
More information is available from the SAMAA office, 011-973-3679
or [email protected], or from the SAMAA chairman.
|4 Oct 17||St Blaze Model Flyers|
The club is situated on the same property as the Mosselbay full size aerodrome.
Take the turnoff from the N2 Mosselbay and head away from town, the road is sign posted all the way to the field.
The club was situated on this property before the full size field was built. The club is celebrating their 21st birthday this year.
The club has 2 tar runways one 115m x 7m and the other 100m x 7m. The area around the runways is well cut grass with a very nice runoff area. A large shade net area is provided for aircraft as well as pilots to hide from the sun.
The club has a fully functional club house a dining, lounge, kitchen and braai area as well as men’s and ladies toilets with hot and cold water. The club house has electricity and 2 showers for fly ins and sleep over’s. The facilities at this club are top class.
The club has around 30 paid up members with around 50% very active. Flying takes place on weekends as well as on Wednesdays. On Wednesday evenings there is normally a social get together and a braai at the club house.
The club host various fly ins every year where members from other clubs in the area join in.
The chairman of the club is Jan Naude 0824939750
Day visitors are welcome at all times.
|1 Oct 17||Riversdale Radio Flyers|
The Riversdal model aircraft club is situated on the old municipal air field. When travelling from Mosselbay on the N2 just outside of Riversdal you will find a very nice set of shops called Bali Trading. Take the turn to the right and follow the gravel road that leads straight to the airfield.
There is a hangar which is used for shade when flying. Unfortunately the ablution facilities have been vandalised over the years but Bali Trading has good clean toilets.
The current chairman is Wessie Wessells 0765565123.
The club has around 24 paid up members os whom 5 are active.
The tar runway is perfect for all types of flying and has a 90 degree cross runway (grass) which is used in times when the wind is blowing cross. Various jet pilots from neighbouring towns also go there to fly jets.
Visiting pilots are all welcome.
|1 Oct 17||George Radio Flyers|
The airfield is situated just out of town on the opposite side of town adjacent to the N2. When travelling to or from Mosselbay take the York St intersection 431 and head towards town. At the next intersection R102 at the circle go left into Hope str, the first road left and then the first road left again, just after the right bend take the gravel road on left and continue straight and you will find the club on your right.
The current chairman in Malcolm Delport and has been chairman for the past 4 years. Secretary is Miachel Blank.
The club is very well situated and has a great scenery all around with well kept green lawns around the club. There are two tar runways 90 degrees to one another, the main runway is around 120m and the second one around 80m, both have good runoffs.
The club caters for all types of aircraft, has a nice braai area for social time and ample covered pit area for aircraft.
Day visitors are allowed only if you are member of another SAMAA registered club and a R50 landing fee is charged.
The club has 40 members ranging from all age groups and is very active over weekends.
The property is leased from the local municipality and is situated close to the George full size airport so they have to report to the tower when they start flying and when they end.
|1 Oct 17||Cango Radio Flyers|
The club is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, it is on Jan Van Riebeek Ave which runs out of town and starts at the Langenhoven Gymnasium.
The club has been formed around 1994. The chairman at present is Jaco Erasmus and the vice chairman is an old Oudtshoorn resident pilot and icon Mr Ray Moody.
The club has in the region of 30 members of whom more that 50% is very active. They also have in the region of 6 junior members.
The club hosts running water, some shade, a braai area and a toilet.
There are two runways both around 100m of which one is tarred and the other is gravel. The plan is to tar the second runway once funds become available.
The scenery in the distance is absolutely stunning.
All types of aircraft are flown at the club and day visitors are welcome.
|1 Oct 17||Oudtshoorn Scale 2017|
This event is the longest running event organized in Oudtshoorn. This year was the 47th year of hosting this event at the same venue.
The event was originally started by the late Keith Bowles a resident of Oudtshoorn and the late Chris Sweetman a hobby shop owner in Cape Town. After their passing the event continued to be organised by the local flying club Cango Radio Flyers.
All types of scale only aircraft are allowed to fly at the event. In the old days before the ARF era there were pilots who built a new project every year to come and display. The airfield has stayed very much the same except the club house has been upgraded and a control tower and some hangars have been built over the years. The format of flying and having fun is still the same. The mayor normally has a welcome party for all participating pilots and a ostrich potjie is tradition on one of the evenings. Over the last few years an indoor fly in has been added to the event.
There are pilots and their families who have attended this event for many years and make it part of their “have to do list” every year. For those of you who have not yet done this trip it is definitely worthwhile. Add it to your holiday and extend your stay and tour the towns like George, Knysna and surrounding places, you won’t be sorry it is a beautiful part of our country.
|1 Oct 17||Knysna Radio Flyers|
Take the N2 out of Knysna towards George, at about 8km you get the Rheenendal turn off to the left. Follow the road for about 9.7km you will find a gravel road to the right with Helderkruin Dairy board, follow for about 400m and you will see the pit area with a roof over on the left.
The runway is a very well mowed strip of grass 100m x 8m with an electric wire running around to keep the cows out.
Knysna has a very small flying community.
Please note only electric powered models are allowed to fly on Sundays from 9 to 1pm.
The chairman in Barry Young 0825381081
|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.
|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
E-pos: [email protected]
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
|5 Sep 16||O'Lydens Modelvliegklub|
O'Lydens Model Aircraft Club operates from the full size airfield just outside of Lydenberg. The club is situated on the road from Lydenberg to Dulstroom approximately 7km from the town.
The chairman in Schalk Grobler, he is serving in this position for the last 4 year. The vice chairman in Deon Brookman also serving on the committee for about 4 years.The club has only got around 7 active members.
It is a grass field with a shaded pit area, a container which houses a toilet. All types of aircraft that is suited for grass runway can be flown there. The club is planning on hosting a fly in in the near future.
Day visitors are allowed, please make arrangements with Schalk Grobler on 0847460123
|5 Sep 16||LOMAC|
Lowveld Model Aircraft Club LOMAC
Situated between Nelspruit and White River on the R40, it is the one of the most scenic locations for a model club. On top of a ridge ,surrounded by bushveld and distant mountain ranges lies a 350m x 20m runway of which 240m x 7m wide is tarred . There is also a 170m x12m grass cross runway. The pits area has is shaded for both the pilots and the aircraft.
Other facilities include a large shaded assembly area behind the pits and four large grand stands ,two of which are shaded for visitors. A small club house/store room and a small ablution building with a Toilet , running water and solar power to power the lights and a pepper spray alarm system ( which is very effective I may add )and a heli pad .
We are 63 members in total with about 30 regularly active members with ages ranging from our youngest Solo pilot Werner Rabie who is 9 years old to our oldest Hal Snow who has just turned 95 and is a Honorary Member . Our only other Honorary member being BoetDenysschen who has never missed one of our air shows in all the years that they were held and has always gone out of his way to help and make the show a success. We are a SAMAA registered club and attempt to uphold the Safety Rules at all times to create a safe environment for all to enjoy including our families who often join us at the club for a day of fun.
Most Rc disciplines are practiced at Lomac including , sport ,scale , large scale aerobatics , Heli’s , turbine jets , gliders , delta’s, fun fly andrecently FPV, which is one aspect of our hobby that is increasing in popularity to such an extent that we host the provincial leg of the FPV nations. We have many enthusiastic builders including Johan Roets and Malan Moolman who build very large 40 and 50% models , Riaan le Hanie and his wife Wanda ,who produce a scratch build version of the Stick in 20 and 30cc sizes and is currently completing his first own design composite jet , which will be maidenedshortly. Float flying days are arranged by Johan Blom at a local dam for those who wish to get their feet wet. Day Visitors are welcome to join us and we have a Country Membership for those living outside the 100km radius of the club and don’t fly that often with us.
Lomac hosts an annual Air show / Fly In , which was held during the long weekend of the 6th to the 9th of August this year. A total of 60 pilots ,mostly visitors , and over 110 aircraft took part in this three day event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. In fact many of the Pilots are serial visitors to our yearly event and have indicated that they will be back for Air show 2017 .We try to go out of our way to look after our visitors and the fact that pilots from as far as Gauteng, Natal, Limpopo and Cape Town join us yearly is confirmation to us that we are doing it well.
Leading up to the Air show we get involved in numerous events which forms part of our yearly advertising campaign . These events include , School Display flights , Flying and Static Displays at the local Full scale Air show , StaticDisplays at Local Malls and shopping centres, attending Fly Awaysnd Camp outs
The final event for this year is our Annual Christmas Party which takes place on the 26th November
The future of Lomac is exciting with great plans being made to improve the Facilities at the club which is our main aim. Our AGM is scheduled for the 5th October where a new committee will be chosen , including the position of Chairman as my term of two years has come to an end . I am positive that the new committee with continue where we have left off and bring new and fresh ideas to the table . Read more...
|2 Aug 16||Middleburg Air Show|
Middleburg Air show
On Saturday 23rd July the Middleburg Aeroclub hosted an air show co sponsored with Capricorn Engineering and organiser was Richard Lovit.
Phillip Lewis chairman of LOMAC in Nelspruit has a good relationship with Aeroclub in Nelspruit. During their last two air shows, one earlier this year and one last year, they were given a slot during the show to fly some models. They also made use of the venue to display models and promote their event that usually happens in August. Phillip received an invite from Middleburg Aeroclub to arrange for a jet demo on the day of the show as well as to display some aircraft. As it would not be of any significant advertising exposure for LOMAC to advertise so far from Nelspruit, the invite was extended to the local model club but they declined to do a display, the invite was then extended to SAMAA.
Bob Skinner, Sanjay Kana and myself left JHB around 5 in the morning and were met on the highway by Stan Fincham on the way to Middleburg. Arriving at around 7am at the airfield there was a hive of activity and people flocking to the air show. We were joined by Phillip and Kevin from Nelspruit as well as Corrie Coetzee from Cors-air. We were allocated a spot next to the control tower and broadcast centre to pack out our display. We parked two trailers side by side with an awning for shade and erected a chain barrier around the outer edge to keep the public at bay. 5 Jet aircraft as well as a control line were put out for display.
Throughout the day we had a lot of interesting passers by asking questions. Bob took a lot of old SAMAA newsletters and these were grabbed up by interested parties. All of us were given VIP passes which entitled us access to the VIP area which was in the hangar where food and drinks were served for breakfast and lunch to all helpers, organisers and pilots.
Our slot was just after 10H00 where we were allocated a 8 minute slot time to fly a demo with 2 jets and a 3rd jet on standby. Phillip marshalled his troops onto the edge of the runway accompanied by a marshal with a two way radio who was in contact with ATC and the air show coordinator. As we got the green light we had two jets in the sky and exactly 8 minutes later we touched down. Corrie flew an Aviation design Super Scorpion and I flew a 2.7m Futura kindly lent to me for the demo by Sanjay Kana. Phillip had a Pilot RC Dolphin on standby.
A special thanks to the organisers for this opportunity and their hospitality, as well as to all who helped us erect our display area and for the loaned aircraft for flying and display. A good day was had by all and a lot of new friends were made. Lastly congratulations to the organisers for a well run air show with a very nice line up of display aircraft ranging from parachutes, aerobatic glider display, to a 4 ship jet display.
|18 Jul 16||Gariep 2016|
The 9th Jets-r-us Fly In took place over the weekend of 6th to 10th July 201. After an absence of 3 years the event was back at the Gariep Dam Airfield previously known as Hendrik Verwoerd Dam.
The event was the second largest Gariep Fly in with a total of 98 pilots attending.
We arrived on Wednesday lunch time after a good drive down from JHB, with most of the JHB pilots riding in convoy. We had a few PTA pilots driving in convoy who left at around 3am. Arriving at the field the venue was found as usual to be in tip top condition. We arranged to have the grass cut around the taxi way and the further side of the runway which makes it more convenient where trailers and aircraft are parked and for pilots and spectators can sit. It also gave more space down the taxi way for the public to walk through and not damage planes.
Trailers were parked either side of the taxiway which works on a first come first served basis. Thursday morning a pilots briefing was held just after 09h00 with around 80% of the total amount of pilots being there with the balance of pilots arriving throughout Friday and Saturday morning. The pit area was quickly filed with pilots and aircraft eager to get in the sky and enjoy themselves. A local caterer was on hand operating from one of the hangars making breakfast and lunch for all the hungry people. Flying took place from around 08h00 every day till darkness set in with the last pilots leaving the field around 18H00 every day. The event drew a lot of families and friends this time with around 160 people in total attending.
Gariep offers very good accommodation and this makes for the kids and moms to make it a midyear break. A lot of growth around tourism has happened in the town in the last 4 years with the erecting of a larger super market, some very good restaurants and most of the accommodation being upgraded. The town folk went out their way to accommodate all and make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
Saturday evening all went off to the local bowling club where a braai was organised for all, with around 140 people attended the supper. A local band was supplied playing background music and were taking donations for their efforts. A overhead projector was showing some photos of the last 8 years events. Before supper started a few thankyou’s were done by the organisers as well as a prize giving. Every lady who attended the event was given a little gift of appreciation for supporting the man in their lives which was sponsored by Alex Kuys and Tiffe Gouws. A gift pack made up of Annique Beauty products was sponsored by the Lettau family who were most probably the most excited family to go back to Gariep and the first to book their accommodation. The gift pack was given out by doing a lucky draw with all the ladies names placed in a bowl. Around 40 prizes were given to some of the men pilots which was also done in the same manner of drawing a name. These prizes were donated by our sponsors who were:
Pierre Fouche (3WSA)
Mr Anonymous 1
Mr Anonymous 2
Corrie Coetzee (Cors-Air)
Marius Lensing (Marko Sweiswerke)
Louis Vermaak (Afridrill)
Paula Denysschen (Bag Lady)
Chris Venter (RCT4B)
Tobie Kock (Devine Group)
Darryl Leggs (Aviation artist)
The contributions made by the sponsors help to make the event more successful and we are very greatful for their continued support.
Every year a painting gets done by the renowned Aviation artist Darryl Leggs, this is known as the Adriaan Bakker Memorial Trophy and is given to a pilot after the weekend for whatever reason the organisers feel fit. The theme for every years painting is based on an aircraft of the SA Airforce, this year a Cessna was chosen as the subject. The trophy was awarded to George Van Den Bergh who was ridden by bad luck starting on the Friday evening before the event when he collected his brand new Dolphin Jet. On returning home he took it out the bakkie turned it over and the canopy fell off and shattered. With help from various modellers, family and friends a canopy was found and was being delivered from Cape Town to Gariep on Wednesday while George was driving to Gariep from PTA. But the saga continues, at around 03H30 Wednesday morning the next bad luck struck, the trailer, a borrowed one nog al, came off the bakkie and collided along the side of the road without George realising it was no longer following him. After back tracking on the freeway around JHB the trailer was found, re hitched and ready to go. Only problem the 40 size brand new never maidened Stik was in 3 pieces, the Dolphin Jet had 2 horizontal stabs totally broken. The one third scale Cessna was in 100% condition except for the two aluminium wing spars that were bent. Arriving at Gariep spars were found at the local hardware store, what luck that was finding 2 odd sizes in the middle of the Karoo and the Cessna was soon airworthy. For the Dolphin it took about 2 nights of him and his helpers drinking time to patch and repair the stabs but by Saturday it was up and flying. Well done to the team.
Regarding other mishaps there were only 2 prop planes damaged and some stab and nose damage on 2 jets. Overall an excellent weekend was spent with good weather and good friends. A special welcome to the 19 new pilots that made their first trip to a Jets-R-Us event and a special thanks to all who helped to keep the venue clean of litter, stompies and bottle tops.
All are looking forward to Gariep 2017 which will be our tenth year so we have to GO BIG or GO HOME and all of this JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!!!
|12 Jul 16||Aeroclub TD Event|
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|24 Jun 16||Snoopy's Squadron RC Flying Club|
The present Chairman is Geoffrey Dale who has been Chairman for the last 5 years. Gerrit van Deventer is the Vice Chairman.
The club has 65 members consisting of 4 honoury, 16 Senior and 6 junior members.
There is a club house with 1 toilet and washing up area. Municipal water is supplied. There is a very large shade port adjacent to the club house which is used for catering and meetings. There is a large braai area which is also under a shade port.
The pit area for both fixed wing and helis is very large with numerous shade ports, concrete tables and chairs.
The main runway runs North, South and is 100m long. A 80 meter runway joins it running North West to South East as well as a short 40 meter runway running East to West. All runways are constructed out of concrete and there is a very large clear way around all runways. There is 4 heli pads with also a large clear way.
Every year we host the GAA league tournament with the occasional MHSA competition.
The club was the official practice field for the American F3A team for the world championships held in August 2013.
The club is now also going to host the Large Scale Aerobatic competitions, 1st one to be held on the 4th September.
A large selection of planes and helis are flown at the club and Day visitors are allowed.
Our next club event is on the 5th November which is a Day / Night fly in combined with a fire works " Guy Forks" evening.
|24 Jun 16||Henley Airfield and Family Entertainment|
Henley Airfield and Family Entertainment was previously known as Henley Aeromodellers. The airfield is based just south east of Henley on Klip on Hewitt road, same road as entrance to Midvaal Race Track.
The original Henley Aeromodellers was disbanded about three years ago and the property was purchased by Marius Vosloo. The property where Henley Aeromodellers was located on was subdivided from the main farm and reregistered for an airfield.
The airfield is run by Marius and his team of gardeners and cleaners. The facilities are of top class with two tarred runways of over 300m with beautiful run off areas on either side of the runways. Beutiful shaded pit area for many aircraft to park underneath. There is a very larg hangar for assembly and disassembly of aircraft, and there is a thatched lapa which is used for the family and pilots to sit under and enjoy their braai. There is clean male and female toilets. The airfield also boasts with a swimming pool and a seperate runway/flying site for helicopters to fly at as this does not cause any clashes with fixed wings.
The airfield is suitable for all types of aircraft especially jets. The airfield has around 60 members and day visitors are welcome 7 days a week and a landing fee is charged and paid to the resident grounds man.
Once a year they host a fun day in the form of a fly in as well as a flee market and various other attractions. This is normally hosted around December close to Christmas as kids from a school/orphanage is brought there for a days entertainment. Each child gets served with a lunch as well as a Christmas present from father Christmas.
You can contact Marius on 083 311 7030.
|14 Jun 16||Barnstormers Model Aircraft Club|
The current chairman is Danie Potgieter who is very well known throughout the modelling fraternity as a very competitive pilot. He was elected in the chair from the beginning of April 2016.
Vice chairman Ewert Scholtsz who has also been in the hobby for many years.
Barnstormers is a very active flying club, with in the region of 200 members. The club is situated on the R21 Bronkhorstspruit Road plus minus 4km from R21 intersection.
The club has 3 tar runways ranging from 250m, 150m and 100m.
The club has been involved in hosting various national competitions as well as various monthly competitions. Barnstormers has also hosted some very successful airshows as well as Warbirds days. They have a very good line up of events planned for the remainder of the year.
The club has male and female toilets with running water as well as a large covered roof area. A enclosed braai area as well as a lock up double storey area that normally gets used for catering as well as control tower.
The club has a fully active control line circle where control line gets flown on a regular basis. FBV racing is also very active at the club.
Day visitors are welcome to come and spend a day with Barnstormers members. For further info please contact Danie Potgieter 0828758228
|14 Jun 16||Kimberley Model Aircraft Club|
Kimberley Model Aircraft Club
Kimberley Model Aircraft club moved to its present location in 1995. It is situated at the John Western Airfield, 5km out of town on the Griquastad road. The airfield originated when Kimberley Gliding Club was established in the late 70. In 2015 the Glider club was disbanded and they generously handed the hanger, club house, tractor, etc., over to KMAC. The clubhouse consists of a bar, hall and kitchen, male and female toilets.The current chairman is Tjaart Van der Walt and he has held this position for the past five years.
The Club caters for all types of RC flying and is in the process ofupgrading the runways for jets. Currently there are 28 members of which 16 are active on most weekends. Instructors are available for any new comer wanting to start with RC flying.
There is a tar cross runway with the N/S one being 150m and the E/W is a 130m long.
|9 May 16||TRMC - Secunda|
TEKSA RADIO CONTROL MODEL CLUB
T.R.M.C known as Teksa Radio Control Model Club under the chairmanship of Johan van Vuuren and vice Chairman Herman Barnard. Johan has been chairman for the last 3 years.
The club has 35 members of which 25 are active.
The club has flush toilets with hot water showers, shaded pavilion for spectators and part of the pit area is covered in shade.
The club is situated just off the N17 travelling from JHB on the right hand side at the Trichard Secunda turnoff. The club has been at these premises for plus minus 21 years.
The runway is 110M x 6M tar, recently resurfaced with very good grass runoffs either side as well as the ends. The club has hosted various small fly ins as well as small club competitions. The club is intending to host a yearly fly/airshow similar to which was held on the weekend of 9th April 2016 which was a huge success. The club members will also do some travelling to visit other clubs.
The club is mostly fun fly orientated flying all types of aircraft with some members taking part in serious competitions.
Day visitors are allowed with no landing fee charge as long as you are a fully paid up SAMAA member.
Person to contact is Johan van Vuuren 0845002063
|3 May 16||Limeacres|
LIMEACRES FLY IN
The fourth annual Limeacres flyin was held on the weekend of 30th a
April to 2nd may. Limeacres is a small but very pristine mining town in the northern Cape situated between Barclay East and Kuruman.
The event is organised in conjunction with Kimberley model aircraft club and the Finsch Diamond mine who is the main sponsor. Flying takes place on the mines private air strip which is approximately 1.2KM long by 20M wide. The main taxi way/apron gets used as parking area for aircraft and trailers as well as pit area. The runway is situated in a east - westerly direction which means the sun is behind your back for the biggest part of the day. Airfield has electricity water as well as clean toilet facilities. There is a large hangar which gets used as storage facility for aircraft at night.
The local community flocks to the field in large numbers to come and watch the model aircraft fly. An entry fee is charged at the gate for spectators as well as for pilots. This money gets donated to the local animal shelter which uses the money for caring for stray dogs and cats in the area.
All pilots, helpers and families stay at the local IMPI hotel. On Saturday evening a banquet is held and sponsored for all guest by the Finsch diamond mine. A prize giving is held prior to the serving of supper where each and every pilot receives some sort of gift. The prize giving and gift is all based on a fun type of thing which is cleverly thought out throughout the Saturday by Owen Smith who originally gave birth to this event. Owen is a retired Finsch Diamond mine employee who now lives in Kleinmond in the Cape, but still travels up to mastermind the event. he comes up with the most strangest reasons for the prize that is given to each competitor.
The event was attended by 25 pilots family and friends, coming from JHB, Bloemfontein, Upington, Kimberly, Kuruman and even one recently converted Capetonian attended the weekend. Majority of pilots arrived on Friday afternoon parked their trailers and started assembling aircraft. Saturday morning an early pilots briefing was done and shortly thereafter the sky was filled with aircraft. A great variety of aircraft were in attendance ranging from props, jets as well as helicopters. The largest aircraft was that of Ian Mandy flying a half size Belanca Decathlon. The smallest was an Eflight Bind and Fly beast. After the good weather we had last week we were hit by a severe cold front that was sent up Gauteng way by the Capetonians, Saturday morning was bitterly old and overcast but by lunch time it started clearing up and as it usually goes with fly ins the Monday when all had to pack up and go back home turned out to be a perfect flying day.
Avery good camaraderie was had between all pilots with all displaying a very high level of flying skills and all flying was done in a very safe manner. Only one aircraft casualty was experienced throughout the weekend where the under cart was ripped out a jet on landing.
Commitment was made by the mine manager that they will fully support the 2017 Limeacres fly in which will possibly take place around the same time in May.
|3 May 16||Rand Model Aircraft Club|
RAND MODEL AERONAUTICAL CLUB
Chairman name plus contact details
Cell – 082 551 5899 Work – 011 948 8555
Time in chair
30 + Years
Vice chairman Name
Time on committee
Number of members and amount of active members
+/- 100 and 88 Active
Club facilities (toilets, water,shade etc.)
Club house, Outside Kitchen, Flushing toilets, Generator power, Showers cold, Hot when generator runs, Hobby shop, Picnic areas for families to visit
Location of club
Cnr of Swartkoppies and Klipriver road, Liefde nVrede
3x Tared run way, Concrete square for Pylon racing, 4x Helicopter pads
Events organised in the pass
Combined Nationals, Monthly events, Helicopter nationals, Large scale, Jet flying, Pylon racing
Future of club
To grow from strength to strength, Attract new young pilots so as to make our hobby survive in the future
Types of aircraft flown
Pylon, Helicopter, Large scale, Jets, Old times, Cover the whole fraternity for flying RC airplanes
Very much so, especially in the large scale
Day visitors allowed
Yes they are allowed at a nominal landing fees
First club to fly turbine jet models in the country
|22 Mar 16||Ficksburg Model Aircraft Club|
Ficksburg Airfield is situated 7km to the east side of town towards Fouriesburg adjacent to the R26. The field is owned by Anita Hughes.
The runway is 1200m long by 20m wide, tar with a very good surface. Flying takes place fright at the end of the runway where the turn off is to the terminal building and hangars. The approach from the east is rather tricky with the runway running up hill. The run off at the end of the field is nice grass. The view from the airfield is stunning with the Drakensburg Mountains surrounding it. In case of a crash landing choose it carefully so that you do not crash in the enclosure where the lions are kept, you will not see your plane again.
The pilots have an arrangement with the owner to operate from the airfield. There are currently 4 pilots operating models from the air field of which only one is currently a SAMAA member. The modellers are currently in the process of applying to SAMAA to have the airfield registered as a model air field. The pilots who fly there are very passionate about their hobby and love spending time with fellow modellers. The members will also be registering with SAMAA.
Over the last three years they have organised a yearly fly in event. Pilots from various parts of SA have attended and mad use of the hospitality that was laid on by the local community.
Contact person is Johan van Greunen 0835785321 [email protected]
|23 Feb 16||Flyzone Central|
Flyzone central is situated on a farm land which is leased by the club. All facilities on the field was paid for by the club. The club was founded around 6 years ago.
The current chairman is Steven Baartman.
The vice charman is Theo Potgieter. It is both their first year in these positions.
The club at the moment has 14 paid up members and all are very active.
The club is situated 20km on the southern side of Bloem on the Reddersburg road. In the past the club has hosted various annual fly ins which were very popular wih pilots from various areas of the country. The committee is planning on hosting another one of these fly ins in due course. Watch the press for details. The club boasts with two 180m tar runways, toilets with showers, braai facilities so all friends and families are welcome to come and enjoy a day with them. All types of RC planes are flown regularly at the field.
|23 Feb 16||Delmas Model Vlieg Klub|
Delmas model vliegklub.
Ons het nie n klub nie, is net n gesellige Sondag middag van 16h00 tot donker se saam vlieg en kuier, daar kom inwoners van Delmas en omgewing saam en geniet die vlieg en kuier op die plaas .
E-pos , [email protected]
Gerrie Lindeque jnr.
Ons bestaan al 10 jaar op Delmas, plaas
Totaal is 9 lede vaarvan 4 aktief is.
Ons het n afdakkie met n sement vloer met tafels en stoelle vir x15 gaste. Daar is krag en water. Die toilette is ongelukkig so 500m weg van die afdakkie af. Daar is drie toilette met n was bak.
Geen stort geriewwe.
Die plaas is net buite kant die dorp aan die suide kant gelee
Die aanloop baan is 1km lank by 8m wyd met n gladde oppervlak
Geen taxi way, moet vliegtuie dra na die baan en onder start.
Ons het die voorreg van n dam by die aanloop baan wat n geleentheid bied vir float fly. Dam is ongeveer 500m lank en 350m breed.
Ons het verskeie groepe pilots hier gehad om te kom vlieg n fly in met nabierige vliegvelde was gereel in 2010 en 2011, en n float fly in 2012.
Om rede ons op n geregistreede vliegveld vlieg is ons altyd op die uitkyk vir lugverkeer, Hulle kry ook voor keer as ook die eienaar van die plaas. Ons beoog om verskeie naweek kuier vlieg die jaar te reel.
Daar word n verskeie soorte vliegtuie hier gevlieg soos Skaal,Akrobaties, Sport,Helis, Water vlieg en met ons laaste kuier was daar selfs 3 jets wat gevlieg het.
Dag besoekers is baie welkom, moet net vooraf reel met ons. Kan vlieg vir n klein landings fooi.
Email: [email protected]
|16 Feb 16||Langenhoven Park Flyers|
Club Name: Langenhoven Park Flyers
Lagenhoven Park Flyers operates from a public open entertainment area adjacent to Lagenhoven Park. It is suited for all types of aircraft and is not a “park flyer club”. The club has no chairman or committee but the caretaker come contact person is Piet Groenewald cell no 0826460818 or email [email protected]
Number of members and amount of active members: +- 18 People, +- 10 active
Club facilities: The club has no toilets, running water or shade. Pitt area consists of large cable drums which serves as working tables
The club is situated on the western side of the M1 and southern side of Lagenhoven Park – S29* 06’47 E26* 09’29
Runway consists of two Gravel runways, Main runway 230m and 130m ninety degrees to each other.
The club is not active in any form of organised events and due to the man power and location of club it will stay the way it is.
All types of aircraft and helicopters are flown at the club during the week and weekends.
Day visitors are welcome and the club is open to all SAMAA members at all times.
Ontstaan van die klub:Facebook/Groups: Langenhoven Park Flyers
Toe elektriese helikopters vir die eerste keer hier in Bloemfontein aangekom het, het 'n paar vriende hier in Langehovenpark van die helikopters in die hande gekry en na 'n plek gesoek waar ons kon leer om met hulle te vlieg. Ons het aanvanklik op 'n stuk grond net langs Langenhovenpark gaan vlieg omdat dit na aan ons wonings was.
Ongelukkig was die plek waar ons gevlieg het baie stowwerig en het motorfietse en quadbikes baie gepla en ons het verskuif na 'n stuk grond binne Langenhovenpark wat net op Saterdae in die oggend vir parkeerplek vir die Boeremark gebruik word. Daar het ons 'n helipad van beton gegooi om die stof probleem met helikopters uit te skakel en het later ook 'n aanloopbaan geskraap sodat ons ook met die vliegtuie daar kon vlieg. Hierdie area was sowat ses rugbyvelde groot en was geoormerk vir 'n skool wat nooit gebou is nie. Tot 700 grootte helikopters en petrolvliegtuie is daar gevlieg. Ons het daar vir sewe jaar gevlieg totdat die munisipaliteit ons gevra het om eerder na 'n ander plek te verskuif aangesien hulle klagtes van geraas gekry het van mense in die woongebied. Tydens 'n vergadering met die munisipaliteit het hulle voorgestel dat ons moet skuif na die stuk grond waar ons tans ons aanloopbane het. Dit is 'n groot oop area na aan die plek waar ons aanvanklik elektriese helikopters leer vlieg het net buite Langenhovenpark. Dit is 'n openbare area sonder enige toegangsbeheer wat ook deur persone met quad bikes en scramblers gebruik word. Verder aan is ook 'n area waar met 4x4 voertuie gery word. Die gebied grens aan 'n Escom kraglyn waaroor normaalweg nie gevlieg word nie. Die kraglyn is weer sowat 260 meter vanaf die N1 hoofweg. Daar is dus 'n bufferstrook tussen die vliegveld en die N1 hoofweg. In die rigting waarin gevlieg word, is die naaste geboue so twee tot drie kilometer verder.
Ons is slegs 'n sosiale groep vriende wat graag elke dag na werk bymekaarkom om te vlieg en te gesels. Sommige manne vlieg nie eers nie en kom kuier en gesels net!
Ons is nie 'n klub nie, gevolglik is daar geen konstitusie, voorsitter, tesourier of sekretaris nie. Ons het wel 'n naam! Almal noem ons Langenhoven Park Flyers.
Daar word streng volgens SAMAA se voorskrifte en veiligheidsreëls gevlieg met die nodige aanduiding van "No Fly Zones" en "U besoek hierdie area op eie risiko" ens. Die uitleg is ook volgens SAMAA se riglyne om veiligheid eerste te stel! Dit is beslis die veiligste geleë vliegveld vir modelle in Bloemfontein.
Ons kry gereeld lede van ander klubs wat by ons kom kuier en vlieg. Almal by die Tempe lughawe, wat nie 'n lugbeheerde lughawe is nie, ken die area en van hulle vlieg ook saam met ons. Mikroligte vliegtuie en girokopters besoek dikwels die omgewing en van hulle het moontlik al 'n "touch and go" daar gedoen!
Enige persoon wat die omgewing besoek, is welkom om daar te vlieg solank SAMAA se veiligheidsreëls nagekom word! Die area word gebruik op aanbeveling van die Mangaung Munisipaliteit.
|16 Feb 16||Central Radio Flyers|
Central Radio Flyers
Current Chairman in Hansie Peens who is in this position for the last two months as he has taken over from Wynand Swart who has served on this committee for many years. Vice chairman is Johan Els.
Central Radio Flyers CRF co-ordinates is 29 11’ 25.65”S and 26 11’ 47.62”E. The club is situated on the eastern side of the M1 between Currie Ave and the Kerk str turnoff.
We are 40 paid up members and only around 20 which are active members.
Our club consist of a clubhouse made from containers joined together, which consists of a large open area, a storage area as well as male and female toilets. We have running water as well as temporary lights which are operated from a battery and inverter unit.
Our clubhouse is not the best but our runways are the best in the Free State. Two High quality tar runways 162m x 8m 90 degrees to each other with a 35 x 35 square in the middle. The club can be viewed on google earth.
We have organized pylon competitions, Free State Aerobatic champs, ops Winter Eagle, Fun fly’s, as well as Large scale competitions in the past.
Bloemfontein is located very central to all other parts of the country so we want to organize more events in the coming year to attract modellers from all over the country.
We fly all types of aircraft ranging from .4cc up to 150cc planes, pattern planes, gliders, jets, turbine helicopters, aerobatic ,large scale, Warbirds as well as old-timers.
We are a competition orientated club, many of our members have attended various SAMAA organised competitions throughout the country and some achieving very high placing. We do have a full range of instructors as well as judges and perform proficiency ratings on a monthly basis.
Day visitors are allowed.
082 448 4800
|16 Feb 16||Kellys View|
Kellys View Aeromodellers.
1. Chairman: Andries du Plooy. Contact no: 084580 1497
2. Time in chair: 5 years from 2010 until present.
3. Vice chairman: Andre Geyer Contact no: 082 773 9287
4. Time in chair: 5 years from 2010 until present.
5. Members. The club is about 20 members strong with about 12 members flying actively every Sunday.
6. Club facilities: The Clubhouse and facilities has the following:
a. Municipal water.
b. Toilet facility.
c. Solar panel power with inverter for 220V lights and sound system.
d. 12v Fridge.
e. Gas stove.
f. The pit area consists of five 2.5m x 2.5m tables with integrated 3m x 3m zinc roof.
g. Elevated under roof spectator and entertainment area on top the clubhouse.
h. Four starting and repair tables.
i. Pit area, clubhouse and entertainment area is protected by wrap around wooden fence.
j. Ten 1.5m x 1.5m cement ground slabs interlaced in the pit area.
7. Location of the club. The club is situated in the Bloemfontein Kellys View municipal area just of the N8 going to Kimberley. The route to the club is as follows: Take the Walter Sisulu road turnoff from the N1. Then drive 5.1km’s on the N8 towards Kimberley and turn left at the Kellys View board. Turn right immediately and follow the road for 1.7km’s until the railway crossing. Just cross the railway intersection turn left and then follows the Kellys View Aeromodellers signs.
8. Runway.Grass runways. Main runway is in the east west direction and120m x 5m long. The secondary runway on the right hand side of the club is in the south westerly direction and 100m x 5m long. Chopper and glider runway on the left side of the club 80m x 20m.
9. Events organized. Events that were organized at this club in the past were pylon racing competitions as well as interclub fun fly competitions.
10. Future of the club. This club is still a relative young club that has grown quite a lot in the past few years. A lot was established in the past 5 years that I am in the chair and you will find a club that has grown quite a bit in terms of what was achieved with the upgrading of club facilities, pit area and runways. This was all done with the help of club members which are very dedicated and passionate modellers.Two years back the club took the trophy for the club with the best “gees” at one of the local fly in events showing the character of our club members.
All of our club money is ploughed back into the club to upgrade the facilitiesso that we can give our club members the best flying experience to fly at.Another idea behind this is to get the club to a high standard so that it will be able host any major events like glider, fpv racing, helicopter, pylon racing, pattern, large scale aerobatics or fun fly events. This club has excellent potential to have such an event because we are close to the N1 highway, local businesses and overnight facilities.
The club has an excellent wide open flat field area making it great for any type of rcflying. It is also an excellent area for those for those glider guiders. You will find awesome thermal activities during the warm summer days at the field and therefore most of the club members will always have an electric glider in their cars bootfor thesetype of days.
Pattern or aerobatic pilots will also enjoy our unbroken horizon line to practice their flying skills to prepare them for competitions.
The future of this club is looking bright and with the help of SAMAA and our club members we will strive to become one of the best model flying clubs in South Africa.
11. Types of aircraft flying. We fly the following aircraft at the club.
a. Electric aircraft.
b. Gliders electric, non-electric and dlg.
c. Scale aircraft.
d. IC all types.
e. Combat aircraft.
f. Pylon racers.
h. Large scale aerobatic aircraft.
i. Slope soarers ( Botshabelo).
12. Competitions. At this stage our club members are not active competitive pilots as we are still a young club but this will hopefully change in the nearby future.
13. Day visitors. All visitors and SAMAA registered pilots are welcome to come and fly or visit with us at any time. Just remember to bring your own meat with for that late afternoon braai and socialising with a great group of guys and ladies at our club.
|16 Feb 16||Bloemfontein Model Aircraft Club|
Cell - 0766002589 (All Hours)
0845840110 (After Hours)
Email - [email protected]
Time on Committee:
I am chairman for BMAC the past 3 years
Number of Members:
We have 10 active members. Ranging from 12 years old up to pensioners
We have a club house equipped with wash facilities and two toilets and running water. In the front of the club house we have a big under roof area that we use for braai and socializing.
We have big tables for our planes that is covered with shade ports.
Location of Club:
Our club is situated on the Jagersfontein road 12 kilometers from the robot at the Windmill Casino on the left hand side.
We have two runways crossing each other. The runways are 200 meters long each and 5 meters wide.
Event Organized in the Past:
We had cross country events that consist of taking off from Jagersfontein and flying back to BMAC over a distance around 80 kilometers.
We also organized weekend events where we start flying on the Saturdays and then stay overnight by camping and then do some night flying. Early the Sunday morning we start flying and then have a nice breakfast together. For lunch time we have a family braai.
Future of the Club:
We would like to attract more members to our club.
We also would like to get more interaction with the other clubs and get togethers.
Types of Aircraft flown:
All kinds of aircrafts are flown at our club from small electric to large scale gas planes.
We are not competition orientated. We are a social club
Day Visitors Allowed:
Day visitors are very welcome and there is no access fees.
|15 Feb 16||Cors-Air|
Cors-Air was established in 2011 by Corrie Coetzee owner of the farm. I have built this field on my farm because there is no proper place with decent facilities where I could take my family. We have proper tar runways 300m long and 15m wide with mowed grass surrounding the field. The pitt area is concreted and under shade net equipped with electricity points and concrete assembly tables. Flying normally takes place on weekends but we do have various groups flying during the week. Various SAMAA sigs have made use of our facilities for hosting monthly competitions.
There is camping facilities around our dam which we use for float flying, boating or fishing. Our restrooms facilities for men and women are very neat with showers in each restroom, with hot and cold running water as well as lights. We had a couple of successful camping weekends but would like to make it bigger and get more of our RC friends to visit us. A small fee is charged for camping.
There is a very big lapa where the planes can be stored during the evening. In front of the lapa are concrete tables and chairs as well as a large braai area. This area is mainly used for the families to sit and relax in the shade.
Cors-Air is a privately owned club with no committee or politics. We are a SAMAA registered club and adhere strictly to SAMAA safety rules like any other club. Club membership is open for applicants to apply. Day visitors are also welcome and a landing fee will be charged. At Cors-Air we want you to come and enjoy safe flying and make good friends. It looks like an air show on busy weekends at Cors -Air because the variety of planes that normally fly here you will see at big air shows and fly ins.
Cors-Air is situated on the R51 Bapsfontein road where the Lynwood Road meets it. Its on the eastern side of Pretoria
|15 Feb 16||Club Report |