The 2019 version of the Ace of Base competition was held over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December 2019 at the Baragwanath airfield outside Westonaria. A larger than normal entry list kept the judges on their toes for duration of the contest which was held in near perfect summer conditions. Garth Calitz from Flightline Weekly.com has put together a detailed report on the contest together with a great selection of photographs.
Click here to read the article https://www.flightlineweekly.com/single-post/2019/12/04/SAC-Ace-of-Base-2019-–-Levelling-the-Playing-Field
The 2018 National Aerobatic Championships were held in Bloemfontein from 1 - 4 August 2018. Despite a smaller field of competitors than in recent years, all categories had good representation and with the good flying conditions and excellent organisation it provided a perfect scenario for a succesfull championships. The competition was fierce in all categories and the eventual winners of each category was only confirmed after the final unknown programmes were concluded. Strong winds on the final competition day forced the cancellation of Programme 4 in the Unlimited category, but calmer conditions in the late afternoon allowed for the Final Freestyle programme to be completed. A total of 17 pilots came from all corners of the country to compete at this central venue this year, with 14 aerobatic aircraft on the apron. Once all the flying was completed, Patrick Davidson had retaken the title of National Aerobatic Champion from last years champion Nigel Hopkins. Winners of the other classes were; Dustin Hughes (Sportsman), Kayle Wooll (Intermediate) and Gary Glasson (Advanced). Nigel Hopkin's spectacular display earned him the Final Freestyle title, just ahead of Patrick Davidson.
Full results at SAC Contest Results
WoW! What an incredible weekend of flying was had at the SAC Western Cape Regionals, held at Swellendam Airfield. We could not have asked for better weather on the day!
Initially we had a field of 20 entries, but unfortunately 3 pilots from Namibia had to withdraw, owing to high winds in their path to Swellendam, and a number of unfortunate pilots who own Sbachs had received news a week prior, that the aircraft was not allowed to do aerobatics until further notice from the XA factory.
That being said, we still had a great turnout, and as always, the members from the Swellendam Club pulled out all the stops to make us feel at home!