November 2003

For his outstanding commitment as chairman of SAPFA and for the way in which he organized the 13th World Rally Flying Championship at Pilansberg.

Jan has been a representative on the SAPFA committee for a number of years of which three were chairman. He has also been a regular member of South African flying teams as pilot and manager.

Jan was the Competition Director and main organiser for the 13th World Rally Flying Championships in 2003. At this event South Africa won both the individual and team section of the competition, a first for the country.

He also developed the Air Observer logging system, one of only three recognised by the FAI. This system, together with its software, is recognised as a world leader in logging equipment.

For the promotion of Sport Flying over a long period of time. He has been the editor of the Joystick newsletter for many years, He has also been team manager for the Protea Flying Team on two occasions, for the Precision flying team in 2000 (Sweden) as well as both the Rally and Precision flying teams in 2001 for the World Air Games that were held in Spain.

Deon has also acted as competition director in a number of National Precision and Rally Flying Championships and was one of the main organisers of the World Rally Flying Championships held in Rustenberg in 2003.

S A Eagle Trophy for Most Meritorious Achievement at an International Event

2003 World Rally Flying Team


For their outstanding achievement of obtaining 1st place overall in the 13th World Rally Flying Championships held in July in Pilansberg/Rustenburg and thereby winning gold for South Africa.

They are:
Pilot Nigel Hopkins, Navigator Dale De Klerk, Pilot Adrian Pilling, Navigator Renier Moolman and Team Manager Paul Barter.

Nigel Hopkins, Dale de Klerk, Renier Moolman & Adrian Pilling
Nigel Hopkins & Dale de Klerk


Aero Club of South Africa – Gold Wings

Chris Booysen

For his outstanding work as treasurer for SAPFA for many years as well as his commitment and hard work before and during the 13th World Rally Flying Championships in his capacity as treasurer of the event.

Chris has been involved in general aviation since he learned to fly in 1989 in an honorary capacity. He has been the treasurer and chairman of the Algoa Flying Club and SAPFA. He is also involved in a number of aviation based charities.

Chris is well known as someone who will fight for SAPFA’s rights, what ever it takes.