Overview of the 2016 Gauteng Regionals

After a doubtful and very blustery start to the day, which threatened to have the contest declared cancelled before it even commenced; we were eventually able to fly a safe successful and enjoyable Gauteng Regional contest, with all 10 pilots being able to get in two flights, a known and an unknown. The inclement weather forecast resulted in a number of competitors wisely electing to pull out the day before, when winds in excess of 30kts were experienced.  This was a good call for the Free State pilots who would have battled low cloud and strong winds had they attempted the ferry to FAVV.   Great judgement guys!

In what was undoubtedly a hotly contested championship, Patrick Davidson has once again been crowned the National Aerobatic Champion at the 2016 National Aerobatic Championships held this year at Tempe airfield in Bloemfontein from 13 - 16 July. Flying a Sukhoi 31, he took control of the Unlimited category after the first Free Unknown programme and led all the way to the conclusion, beating Nigel Hopkins (Extra 330SC) and Barrie Eeles (Sbach).


The second Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics once again wowed the crowds over the skies of Durban on 28 May 2016, repeating the successful hosting of the event held in the same city in 2014. Whereas the previous event was held over the beachfront, this year's event saw the skies above the Greyville racecourse filled with the awesome aerobatic skills of some of the worlds finest pilots.

The CIVA Regulations (Section 6 Part 1 for powered aerobatics) has been restructured and is now available in the Briefing Room documents store. The actual rules have not been changed.

By and large, the structure is now the following:
- Everything very general or dealing with what happens before the competition can be found in Chapter 1.
- Rules related to Programmes can be found in Chapter 3.
- Operating rules pertaining to what happens during the competition can be found in Chapter 2.
- Everything about evaluation of flights is in Chapter 4.
- Finally, Awards has a dedicated Chapter (5).
- The structure of appendices is unchanged, except that the FPS methodology is now in a separate document.

SAC Rules amended to reflect changes to the CIVA programmes

In line with the 2016 changes to Programmes 1 and 2 for all CIVA categories (Unlimited, Advanced and Intermediate/Yak52), we have amended the relevant sections of our local regulations to reflect these changes. There is provision for an additional Programme 4 (Free Unknown #3) to be flown.

The Sportsman/RV/Classic category still requires a Known and Free programme to be flown and the versatility requirements for the Free programme have been amended to reflect a total of 120k as opposed to 110k in previous years.

You can find the new version of the regulations in the Briefing Room section.

Durbanite Michel Leusch, flying a Zlin 50 was victorius at the first World Intermediate Aerobatic Championship held in Mossel Bay during November 2014. He finished ahead of Dieter Ebeling (Australia) with Neville Ferreira in third place.

Michel champ

The SA team of six pilots recently competed at the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships held in Dubnica, Slovakia from 6 - 16 August 2014. Team Manager Annie Boon was joined by pilots Barrie Eeles, Johnie Smith, Patrick Davidson, Elton Bondi, Charles Urban and Steve Brown

Patrick Davidson finished in third place overall. Full results are available at

SA was also represented on the judging line with John Gaillard as Chief Judge of the event. Laszlo Liszkay was assisted by Quintin Hawthorne.


Paddy AWAC

Two South African teams participated in the Intermediate and Yak 52 World Aerobatic Championships held in Mossel Bay from 26 November to 3 December 2014.

Michel Leusch was the overall winner of the Intermediate title, with Neville Ferreira in third place in the individual placings. The team took gold in the overall team placings.

Charles Urban and Bertus Du Preez competed in the Yak 52 category and they took the bronze medal in the overall team placings.

Team Manager was Stan Oliver. Full results available at