Aero Club of South Africa – Gold Wings – Jan Hanekom

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.