February 2010

By Robin Spencer-Scarr

“What the hell are we going to do if the weather forecast is correct and we get rain?” Neels van Deventer’s nervous voice begged over the phone on Friday afternoon. “Don’t worry,” I said, “the weather man is an even bigger liar than a politician.” I tried to sound a lot calmer that I felt.

Well, as it turned out, the weather held and we all arrived to the welcoming voice of Nigel, the safety officer and advisory ATC for the day.

A hearty breakfast washed down with a steaming cup of coffee settled a few nerves although Neels, Nigel, Chris and Robin had to struggle with the decision of which runway to use as the wind remained in favour of 19 after it knew we were all set up for 01

“What if we let them finish here?” somebody asked. “…. and then let them land at Wonderboom,” came a quick response, “because when they’re screaming over the runway, we can’t have anyone on short final can we?” “Not unless we want to spoil everybody’s day with an aluminium shower!” “Well then what if we ……….” and so the conversation went on and on until finally an acceptable solution was found.

Derek from African Outdoor Group had set up his rig with a podium and P.A. and, more importantly, he had set up the most fabulous ‘lecture room’ situation with chairs and long tables that would have such a good idea if it weren’t for the wind again. We are all so looking forward to seeing this setup at the next event as it looked like exactly the right way to do a briefing.

The briefing was held in the clubhouse which was very comfortable after Derek’s guys had kindly moved the podium and microphone inside to avoid the weather. Robin did the safety and detailed briefing and Mary gave them the track and a quick lesson on how to navigate.

With the planned 01 runway no longer feasible and 19 having to be used, there were no fewer than 22 aircraft on the start line for a “PTAR day 2” type start. It was decided that this would be the most exciting way to start and more so because the Handicappers had managed to get the handicaps so well calculated that we anticipated a really exciting finish.

The start went off well with the ground marshals doing an excellent job in keeping the flow going whilst keeping the movement safe at all times. It wasn’t too long before the many spectators at or in the clubhouse were suddenly alerted by the sound of a 180hp Lycoming purring in the front of Rudi Greyling’s RV7 as he came bulleting over the finish a good minute or two ahead of the A2 (Botswana) Jabiru who was pedalling as hard as he could because, right on his tail was the Meerkat flown by Chris Spencer-Scarr and George Brink who managed to just pip him at the post for a second place.

The Jabby, sadly, had logger failure and therefore didn’t feature in the prize giving but, because it was a school and a fun race we are going to record his 3rd place for the day.

See the attached file for the full results.

The prize-giving was a huge success enjoyed by all who stayed. It was compered by Chris SS and ably assisted by Mary de Klerk. Prizes were generously sponsored by AOG, Zandspruit and International Flight Clearances. A spectacular trophy was awarded to the winners, Rudi Greyling and Jan Hanekom. Second third fourth and fifth also walked away with prizes. Emmie Oelofse won the First Lady Home prize and then loads of Lucky Draws were pulled out of the hat.

The weather held and many crews stayed to enjoy the clubs hospitality before barrelling off down Rwy 19 to head for home bases.

Another great SAPFA aviation event, a lot of happy pilots and navigators and exhausted ground crew completed the day, and returned safely home in anticipation of the next event at Swellendam on 6 March. See you all there!

Position Race No REG. AIRCRAFT     H/CAP Take off time EFT  AFT      Gain / Loss   Logger 3DLogger Extra
            (KTS) 12:50:00         SPEED SPEED Distance
1 2 ZU-LUZ RV7 Rudi Greyling Jan Hanekom 172 12:08:05 00:41:55 00:41:48 GAIN 00:00:07          172.49             176.02 2.04%
2 1 ZU-RVF RV4 Chris Spencer-Scarr George Brink 174 12:08:34 00:41:26 00:43:36 Loss 00:02:10          165.37             171.26 3.56%
3 15 A2-UFO JAB 430 B van Zyl P Gouws 122 11:50:54 00:59:06 01:01:16 Loss 00:02:14          117.68  No Logger   No Logger
4 10 ZU-NAT PIONEER 300 Hedley Davidson Piet Smit 131 11:54:57 00:55:03 00:57:34 Loss 00:02:31          125.25             132.39 5.70%
5 8 ZU-VDW FLAMINGO VL-3 W Blignaut W Strydom 140 11:58:30 00:51:30 00:54:21 Loss 00:02:50          132.69             140.70 6.03%
6 20 ZU-EKR Technam Sierra S Du Plooy P Malan 113 11:46:11 01:03:49 01:06:40 Loss 00:02:52          108.15             114.71 6.06%
7 3 ZS-ORV RV7 Rob Kennedy Wikus van Heerden 168 12:07:05 00:42:55 00:45:48 Loss 00:02:52          157.46             162.03 2.90%
8 7 ZS-MEW PA32-300 Willem Engelbrecht C van Rensburg 141 11:58:52 00:51:08 00:54:02 Loss 00:02:54          133.44             155.84 16.79%
9 4 ZS-LAI C182RG Brian Engels Mark Hughes 151 12:02:15 00:47:45 00:51:29 Loss 00:03:44          140.05             148.47 6.01%
10 9 ZS-FPI C182 Guy Leitch R Beeton 138 11:57:45 00:52:15 00:56:03 Loss 00:03:48          128.63             135.54 5.37%
11 13 ZS-DTB DYNAERO Emmie Oelofse Andrew Lane 127 11:53:13 00:56:47 01:00:45 Loss 00:03:58          118.69             127.45 7.37%
12 6 ZS-CBF MOONEY M20C W Verster F Fitzgerald 144 11:59:56 00:50:04 00:54:21 Loss 00:04:16          132.69             138.54 4.41%
13 21 ZU-EYZ  PIONEER 200 Dale de Klerk Mary de Klerk 110 11:44:27 01:05:33 01:09:54 Loss 00:04:21          103.15             106.93 3.67%
14 22 ZS-CBO PIPER COLT Derick Lategan F van Eeden 91 11:30:46 01:19:14 01:24:02 Loss 00:04:47             85.81               87.31 1.74%
15 5 ZS-MJR NAVION RANGEMAST Rudi Marx M Allison 151 12:02:15 00:47:45 00:54:13 Loss 00:06:27          133.01             149.88 12.69%
16 17 ZS-PFC C172 160HP A van der Zwan R Coetzer 120 11:49:55 01:00:05 01:07:22 Loss 00:07:17          107.03             111.33 4.02%
17 16 ZS-SKG DECATHLON W van Ginkel B Pate 120 11:49:55 01:00:05 01:09:42 Loss 00:09:37          103.45             107.94 4.34%
18 19 ZS-IRL C172 Carl Dollenberg Sean Murphy 115 11:47:18 01:02:42 01:14:43 Loss 00:12:01             96.51             106.57 10.42%
19 11 ZS-DWL PA235/250 P Delport P Hattingh 130 11:54:32 00:55:28 01:07:54 Loss 00:12:26          106.19             118.28 11.39%
20 18 ZS-NXW C172 R Swiegers P Le Roux 115 11:47:18 01:02:42 01:16:14 Loss 00:13:32             94.58             102.33 8.20%
21 12 ZS-IFY C177 Chis Shaw John Shaw 130 11:54:32 00:55:28 01:10:05 Loss 00:14:37          102.89             123.24 19.79%
22 14 ZU-IPF DYNAERO IP FERREIRA Neels van Deventer 127 Returned to field            

SAPFA Bosberaad
SAPFA Bosberaad
The 2010 Annual SAPFA “Bosberaad” was held from 5 – 7 February. It was hosted by Ron Stirk on his game farm, Paddafontein, about 10 nm South of Thabazimbi (as the crow flies). The SAPFA committee was joined at various stages by Kevin Storie, the recently appointed General Manager of the Aero Club of South Africa, Koos Marais (Chairman of AOPA-SA), Neville Bohm (Chairman of EAA) supported by Karl Jensen and two EAA committee members.

This is the first year that SAPFA have extended the invitation to EAA, AOPA and Aeroclub to join their annual planning meeting. It has been recognized that the combining of forces across the various representative bodies has become a necessary path to follow. While each of the respective organisations have their unique focus area it was agreed that they would work together on issues of common interest to prevent duplication of effort and ensure effective representation for General Aviation. A small sub-committee with one person from EAA, AOPA and SAPFA was formed with the view of formulating an action plan. It was also agreed that a representative from CAASA would be invited to attend.

On the recreational and sporting side SAPFA and EAA have already laid a foundation for co-operation in various areas. Each EAA event now includes the Fun Rally series. SAPFA is also supporting the Young Eagles program which is fast gaining momentum as an introductory level to young aviators wishing to get involved in sport flying.

SAPFA is primarily involved with sport aviation. The four disciplines are Precision Flying, Air Rally Flying, Air Racing and Landings. SAPFA is also the custodian of aircraft speed and altitude records in South Africa. SAPFA will be supporting AOPA in its role of representation on the regulatory and para-statal front.

As with all the other sporting affiliated Aero Club bodies, SAPFA are embracing the Development and Transformation program of the Aero Club.

The SAPFA calendar for 2010 boasts at least one event every month to encourage the growth of sport aviation. The annual highlights include the SA Rally Championships which will be held at Aviators Paradise from 16 – 18 April and the PTAR which will be held in Rustenburg from 27 – 30 May. Watch the Events Calendar for the next event.