09 Dec 19
Cape Town Northern Suburbs and West Coast slope soaring
The Atlantic Flying Club (AFC) consists of a like minded bunch
of chaps, well to clarify – a bunch of chaps who really like drinking lots of
The club normally meet on the edge of a cliff or mountain face, (to fly, not drink) and the usual flying spots are Signal Hill in Cape Town City during winter, and Hoogekraal Farm during the summer South Easterly conditions.
The Club originated with enthusiast Anton Benning of AB Models,
Martin Venn (commercial pilot), Dietmar Wesemann, the late Adriaan Hepburn, and modelling enthusiast Andrew Basson.
Anton Benning has been known as one of the Pioneers of PSS in SA and has one of the more successful scale and EPP Model business in SA.
The AFC host the largest Annual slope fest in the country, held in November, in Hermanus, Western Cape, which has become an event not to miss. The event has had some epic flying of large models, in 45 knots of wind, up to 23kg.. and sometimes 7m wing spans. Prize giving is held at the Hermanus Cricket Club where some electric planes are tossed about the sky, and where the thirst seems in abundance for plenty beer and brandy..
The members are quite adventurous and have been know to slope off the edge of Elands Bay cliffs, Ouberg Pass in Sutherland, and Leeuwenboschfontein in Touwsriver.
The club is closely affiliated with TOSS (Two Ocean Slope Soarers) who always participate and hugely contribute to the Hermanus Slope Event, by means of The Black Eagle PSS Competition. This group of great fellows are often seen together with the AFC Members at Signal Hill, gazing into the sky. TOSS are avid glider builders, and hold a very professional aerobatic competition each January.
The AFC club have been holding meetings at Ysterplaat Airforce Base, and you’re welcome to contact one of them to spend an evening / afternoon flying with them:
Treasurer: Dion Thompson 0836400093
Vice-Chairman: Paul Kruger 0836435365
Chairman: Simon Pfotenhauer 0824369882