I understand and accept that the inherent nature of aerobatic flight places demands on both equipment and aircrew that necessitate higher levels of safety vigilance than almost all other flight operations.
I understand that the two most important components of safety in aerobatics are knowledge and self-discipline. Knowledge to be able to identify hazardous conditions and circumstances, and self-discipline to proactively avoid such hazards.
I am sensitive to the reality that once the basic handling skills have been mastered, the resultant euphoria of aerobatics can often induce displays of unwarranted overconfidence and showmanship which often lead to misjudgement and other dangerous practices beyond the ability of pilots and equipment.
As a member of the aerobatics fraternity I have an obligation to inform other aerobatic pilots of any of their actions that I deem hazardous. In turn, I have an obligation to accept such critique when offered to me by fellow pilots.
I recognise that aerobatics attract significant attention, and hence I have an obligation to exhibit high levels of airmanship in order to set an example of professionalism at all times.
The opportunity to fly aerobatics is an extraordinary privilege requiring extraordinary levels of maturity, discipline and judgement.
Deserve the right to be part of aerobatics.
We are all still reeling from the dreadful news of Michel's accident at an airshow on Saturday 27 August 2016, and I am certain that the entire Sport Aerobatic Club as well as the wider aviation fraternity will be deeply affected by his passing for a very very long time.
DURBAN SKY GP
With the launch of the SKY GP in Durban held recently we are blessed to have the
international pilots back on our soil at the end of May 2016.
The 5 International pilots competing in this years SKY GP will be:
We look forward to seeing you all there - book at Computicket now.
NEW ACTIVE AEROBATIC BOXES
Kitty Hawk, Tempe, Middleburg & Uitenhage all have active aerobatic boxes as of
March this year. We will be able to host aerobatic events at these locations in the
near future. These new aerobatic boxes together with Vereeniging and
Syferfontein will help to promote the sport in a safe way.
There are standard procedures for the activation and closure of these boxes.
Please refer to the document in the Briefing Room on this website.
It is with great pride and joy that I get to congratulate Michel Leusch on his new title. WORLD INTERMEDIATE AEROBATIC CHAMPION.
The event was not without its interruptions from the weather as two competition program flights could not be completed. I doubt if it would have had any effect on Michel’s overall score but for the rest it could have.
The feedback from every pilot who flew was positive and we all learned a lot from the experience. Some local pilots had their first introduction to international judges and this would be very valuable going forward to prepare for future comps around the world.
The British Pilots could not believe how they were treated as celebrities in Swellendam by the town locals. "We can only try but will fail to make you guys feel as welcome in the UK compared to the South African experience" they said. The New Zealand team manager wished they had our energy as they can only scrape two competitions together a year.
Once again we had a superb weekend of flying and Fantastic social at the NW-Regionals. Thanks to Cliff Lotter for his outstanding organization. This is the venue to beat. Export quality Steaks were done better than any restaurant can provide and Cliffy I wonder what you will provide at Nationals to better this one.
Not only are the food outstanding but Cliff also provided probably a world first by having 2 aerobatic boxes marked on the ground, allowing the judges to have the sun behind them at all time.
As for the flying, the HZ suppliers are out of stock after the weekends flying and we hope that they do not get back in production soon. Maybe the sun out of the eyes of the judges improved their vision.
The Best Gracious Flying we have ever witness at a local event was done by Riaan Prinsloo in his YAK18T. If only we had a video camera.
We can all agree that this was a successful event held at a brilliant venue. As we flew in on Thursday I was greeted with a 40 Knot Headwind into Bloemfontein. It was cold and with that wind, there was clearly no flying in the box. Friday morning with icy conditions and wind-chill below 0 deg we got flying only around 9am. The benefit of these cold conditions was good engine performance.
The amount of work that has gone into building such an incredible aerobatic box marked on the ground was clearly visible from the sky above. Wally Goodrich and Conrad Botha have created the best looking aerobatic box in South Africa, if not in most parts of the world.
Gary Whitecross has joined the SAC with his Pilatus B4 Glider and kicked off what hopefully sooner rather than later will become a great new following in aerobatic competition flying in RSA.
Would you believe it, we did not get blown away! The week started with winds up to 35Kts on the ground and stronger in the box. The last 2 days,although cold,were windless compared to the start of the week with unbelievable flying conditions.
Some pilots flew their first competitions at Nationals and we are pleased to see new talent joining our family. The evening socials as always are very enjoyable, and once again the folks at the Klerksdorp Airfield delivered.
The winners of each class were:
Sportsman -Jason Alexander
Advanced -Elton Bondi
Unlimited -Nigel Hopkins
Freestyle -Nigel Hopkins
By Neville Ferreira