SAPFA Rally Training Camp – Aerosud Premises 19 January 2019
By Rob Jonkers
SAPFA held a very successful training event on Rally Navigation on Saturday 19th January as the first SAPFA event of the year. Initially planned for a maximum of 30 participants, and at Grand Central, the eventual total participation was 50, and fitting everybody into the Aerosud training hall proved a challenge.
Alan Evan Hanes – GM of the Aero Club with a short Aero Club Intro
The Participants – 50 in total
The Rally Plotting Class of 2019
The goal in getting to National level standard is to be able to plot in the aircraft with a papers time of around 30-40 minutes prior take-off, which means speed is of the essence in doing the plot, so that the navigator can assist with finding and identifying the ground photos.
The morning’s training ended off at around 11 am, and after a short break, everybody got their first route in an envelope, got the laminated transparent tool, which they had to cut out, and proceeded to plot each of the turn points making up the route. It was decided to proceed right through lunch, and most had finished their plot by after 2pm. The course was ended off with an in cockpit video of one of Rob & Martin’s 2012 rally flights to show how the leg photo features match up with the real world outside to give the perspective of what one sees outside the cockpit from the flying height and distance.
Everybody left with some knowledge gained on plotting and techniques of planning & flying a rally, and it is hoped that many will come to the Rand Challenge on the 26th January and Nationals in April.
Daniel Ralefeta and his team of Rise Above Aviators getting ready to plot
Feverously map reading and plotting
Martin Meyer assisting Dave Thomas
Mark and Rene Clulow figuring the plot.
Newbies to the sport, Time Scharf, Conrad van Coller and Daniel Ralefeta
Mary de Klerk assisting Melika Mohapi with Franz Smit & Ashley Loynes at left
Kim Pratley and his son Andrew Pratley working their plot
Protea pilot Adrian Pilling and newly minted ppl pilot son Adam learning from the expert
Arthur Piercy working his plot
Michael Stofberg & Bryony Martin from 104 squadron
Virtual Aviators Johan van Wyk and Freek Stegman
Shaun Barron with Cally Eckard helping in the background
Rob Jonkers explaining some flying techniques