For the first time in almost 30 years, the Eastern Cape hosted a regional contest on 17 April 2021, held this year at the Wings Park airfield in East London. It was a well attended event flown in almost perfect weather conditions and certainly did justice to all the preparations that the team at Wings Park put together. Read this report prepared by Steve Onions published in Flightline Weekly.
The 2021 Gauteng Regionals was combined with the Judges Trophy contest and held at Baragwanath Airfield on 7 March 2021. Read all about the days activities, together with the excellent gallery of photographs included the articles published by Pilots Post and also Flightline Weekly by clicking on their links.
There was a keen interest to get airborne again after a protracted period of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has swept across the world since March. A bunch of RV pilots were invited to continue with their aerobatic instruction which in turn attracted some new recruits too. All gathered at Kitty Hawk airfield for some fun on the first weekend of August.
Read all about it in the recent article published in Flightline Weekly.
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
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!
Read what some of the pilots who attended the RV training camp held during March 2020 at Kitty Hawk had to say here.
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