KZN INTER-PROVINCIAL PRECISION FLYING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cato Ridge – 2 October 2004
By Chris Booysen
The Cato Ridge Airfield was host to this years KZN Inter-Provincial Precision Flying Championships held on Saturday, 2 October 2004. The airfield, although unlicensed, is an active one especially as the Pietermaritzburg Parachuting Club (the oldest in South Africa) is looking at relocating there to get away from the costs and hassle of the Pietermaritzburg Airfield.
The field was small with only 8 entries, 2 of whom did not take part. This was disappointing after the interest and enthusiasm shown at the first briefing/lecture held by Barry with Mary de Klerk for pilots in the area. After starting with approximately 20 participants in the lectures the numbers dwindled down to only one entrant in the competition, who withdrew when he got flu just before the event.
Jacques Jacobs flew down from Brits with Ron Stirk to act as marshall and Chris Booysen flew up from Port Elizabeth to assist with the scoring.
Most of the competitors arrived on Friday to get in some practice in the area after which they enjoyed a social braai at the Cato clubhouse
Wayne was off first followed at 5 minute intervals by the rest of the field. Most found their way around the route. There were a few missed turning points and secrets. Loggers were downloaded straight after the flights and the results after the flying had Jan Hanekom in the lead with 438 penalty points followed closely by Ron on 488 and Mary on 515. A close result like this made the landing competition even more important.
The landing competition was held after lunch. The landings were held in the following order: normal landing, followed by a glide approach, a flapless glide approach and the a powered approach over a 2 meter barrier. The entrants were divided into two groups with each group doing the first two landings and then the second two.
Unfortunately Mary landed very short on the first landing and Ron landed well taking a bit of pressure off him. After the second landings where Ron had a “Bingo” and Jan landed short meant that Ron was looking like a possible winner. A Bingo by Mary on the last landing was not enough to get her back into the running.
Another braai was provided and Barry made the announcement of the final results which were:
- 1st Place Ron Stirk
- 2nd Place Jan Hanekom
- 3rd Place Mary de Klerk
- 4th Place Wayne Bond
- 5th Place Ernie Alexander
- 6th Place Walter Walle
- 1st Place Ron Stirk
- 2nd Place Wayne Bond
- 3rd Place Jan Hanekom
The total possible points for the event were 4 990 which meant that Chris Booysen had the pleasure of awarding Wayne Bond his KZN Provincial Flying Colours
Thanks to Barry, Sam, Chris, Jacques and the Cato Flying Club for making this event a success. It is always a pleasure to visit KZN.
Ernie and Mary
using the background
Mary de Klerk
Chris congratulating Wayne