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3 Jun 17 Gauteng Championships for Speed Flying
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14 Jun 17 2017 Graaff-Reinet RC Large Scale & Jet Invitational
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25 Jun 17 Greg Casson Memorial
25 Jun 17 Gauteng Aerobatic Monthly - Venue to be advised
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16 Jul 17 Bill Vos Memorial Trophy 4
16 Jul 17 Winter Racing (Pylon)
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21 Jul 17 F3C/N Helicopter World Championship
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24 Jul 17 F3K World Championships
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29 Jul 17 Lowveld Model Aircraft Club Airshow
30 Jul 17 Gauteng Aerobatic League 3 - Johannesburg MAC
5 Aug 17 Club Aerobatics at Pretoria Radio Flyers
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13 Aug 17 IJMC Jet World Masters
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27 Aug 17 Vintage Aircraft Fly-In
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24 Sep 17 Vintage Aircraft Fly-In
24 Sep 17 HTL - #3
3 Oct 17 NASAFi2017 (Namakwaland Aero Sport Association Fly In)
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15 Oct 17 Bill Vos Memorial Trophy 6
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9 Jan 17Gatskop Airshow

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 17Area 51

1.       Voorsitter :Marius Thiart
           Sel: 0828534434
           E-pos: mthiart@ttslimpopo.co.za

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
Lede:  36
Aktiewelede:  22
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.

Vriendelike groete

Marius Thiart

9 Jan 17Bushveld 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 16Greg 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 16Umbilo 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 16Umbilo 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 16O'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 16LOMAC

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 .

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16 Aug 16Increased Capacity in SAMAA office!

We are very happy to welcome Linda Dold to the SAMAA office. Linda started on 01 August 2016 and in most cases she will be the friendly voice on the other side of the telephone. Linda will also be responsible for membership administration, proficiency management, and various other tasks.

2 Aug 16Middleburg 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 16Gariep 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:

Jets-r-us

Dennys Electrical

Amt composites

Aerial concepts

Vox Telecoms

Pierre Fouche (3WSA)

Sanjay Kana

Dean Jakins

Mr Anonymous 1

Mr Anonymous 2

LETTAU Family

Tiffe Gouws

Alex Kuys

Corrie Coetzee (Cors-Air)

Marius Lensing (Marko Sweiswerke)

Louis Vermaak (Afridrill)

Paula Denysschen (Bag Lady)

Steven Baartman

Peter Hewitt

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 16Aeroclub TD Event

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24 Jun 16Snoopy'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 16Henley 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 16Barnstormers 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 16Kimberley Model Aircraft Club

KMAC

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 16TRMC - 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 16Limeacres

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 16Rand Model Aircraft Club

RAND MODEL AERONAUTICAL CLUB

Chairman name plus contact details

Rodney Donaldson

Cell – 082 551 5899  Work – 011 948 8555

Time in chair

30 + Years

Vice chairman Name

Zane Mannell

Time on committee

10 Years

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

Runway description

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 

Competition orientation

Very much so, especially in the large scale

Day visitors allowed

Yes they are allowed at a nominal landing fees

Other Achievements

First club to fly turbine jet models in the country

22 Mar 16Ficksburg Model Aircraft Club

FICKSBURG AIRFIELD

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 johan.vangreunen@dcs.gov

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