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AIRFIELD FORECAST Ballito – 26/05/2018

DATE 26/05/2018
SYNOPSIS The surface high pressure shifts eastwards, with low cloud trapped seaward of the escarpment. Low cloud advances as far north as Hoedspruit.
  TIME WIND VIS WEATHER OCTAS TYPE BASE TOPS T/DPT QNH
03Z 21005KT >10km NIL 6/8 SC FL015 FL035 17/15 1021
06Z 27004KT >10km -RA 7/8 SC FL015 FL050 18/15 1023
09Z 08005KT >10km -RA 6/8 SC FL015 FL050 21/16 1022
12Z 07009KT >10km -RA 7/8 SC FL015 FL050 21/16 1020
15Z 05011KT >10km -RA 7/8 SC FL015 FL050 20/17 1020
18Z 03010KT >10km -RA 7/8 SC FL015 FL050 20/17 1021
21Z 03010KT >10km NIL 5/8 SC FL015 FL050 19/17 1021
24Z 02009KT >10km NIL 5/8 SC FL015 FL035 19/17 1020
DATE 26/05/2018
ROUTE Inbound from inland
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure pushes low cloud in south of the escarpment with very low bases where terrain rises.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER Bases too low in rain to approach from the north – only low level along the coast may by flyable.

AERO WEATHER (PTY) LTD Reg 2014/118701

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GENERAL ENROUTE WEATHER OUTBOUND FROM FATP 26/05/2018 (Afternoon)


 

DATE 26/05/2018 (Afternoon)
ROUTE Outbound towards KZN and Mpumalanga.
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure forces low cloud in over areas seaward of the Drakensberg and Nelspruit escarpment.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER Rain and low base south of the Drakensberg (IFR only). FAKN Mountains closing in after 1500 local.
DATE 26/05/2018
ROUTE Outbound towards Northern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, NW and Eastern Cape
SYNOPSIS A surface trough extends from Upington to Port Elizabeth, with limited amounts of altocumulus above FL120 over N Free State, NW and Gauteng.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER No low cloud.
DATE 26/05/2018
ROUTE Outbound towards Western Cape
SYNOPSIS A cold front is present just south of Cape Town, with isolated rain showers in places south and west of Laingsburg.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER Mountains obscured in cloud south of Laingsburg.

AERO WEATHER (PTY) LTD Reg 2014/118701

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Matsieng AIRFIELD FORECAST FBMA (3320ft)  25-27/05/2018

DATE 25/05/2018
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure south of the country forces low level cloud inland south of the South African escarpment. The escarpment prevents the cloud from moving in north of the Orange River and Drakensberg, leaving the interior clear.
  TIME WIND VIS WEATHER OCTAS TYPE BASE TOPS T/DPT QNH
03Z 31003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 15/02 1018
06Z 26003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 16/02 1020
09Z 27004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 25/00 1019
12Z 25005KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 28/-4 1015
15Z 22006KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 26/-4 1015
18Z 19005KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 20/-6 1017
21Z 20003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 19/-5 1018
24Z 22003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 16/-5 1018
DATE 26/05/2018
SYNOPSIS The surface high pressure shifts eastwards, with low cloud trapped seaward of the escarpment. Low cloud advances as far north as Hoedspruit.
  TIME WIND VIS WEATHER OCTAS TYPE BASE TOPS T/DPT QNH
03Z VRB02KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 14/-5 1018
06Z VRB02KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 17/-4 1021
09Z 36003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 26/-3 1020
12Z 33004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 28/-3 1016
15Z 10003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 25/-1 1016
18Z 06004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 20/-3 1018
21Z 36004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 19/-3 1019
24Z 35004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 16/00 1020
DATE 27/05/2018
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure moves in over Mpumalanga, with morning low cloud expected to the east of a line from Gauteng to Ellisras.
  TIME WIND VIS WEATHER OCTAS TYPE BASE TOPS T/DPT QNH
03Z 04003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 14/03 1021
06Z 03003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 16/04 1022
09Z 03005KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 23/06 1021
12Z 33005KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 28/02 1018
15Z 04003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 26/02 1017
18Z 05004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 21/01 1020
21Z 36004KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 18/02 1021
24Z 35003KT >10km NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 17/02 1021

AERO WEATHER (PTY) LTD Reg 2014/118701

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DATE 25/05/2018
ROUTE Inbound from Gauteng
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure pushes low cloud in south of the escarpment with clear weather north of Lesotho.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER None
DATE 25/05/2018
ROUTE Inbound from Free State
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure pushes low cloud in south of the escarpment with clear weather north of Lesotho.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER None
DATE 27/05/2018
ROUTE Outbound towards Gauteng
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure causes some low cloud over parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in the morning.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER Morning cloud only seaward of escarpment.
DATE 27/05/2018
ROUTE Outbound towards Free State
SYNOPSIS A surface high pressure causes some low cloud over parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in the morning, but clear weather to the west of the Vaal Dam.
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER Morning cloud only seaward of escarpment.

AERO WEATHER (PTY) LTD Reg 2014/118701

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Kishugu Lowveld Airshow 2018

Kishugu Lowveld Airshow 2018

Friday, Midday our journey to Nelspruit in the Lowveld started by road from Gauteng, the Team for the Weekend was, Flippie & Lettie van Emmenis and Jarryd Sinovich. We got to Nelspruit Airport at about 16:00 and did our accreditation with the friendly Monica Fourie, once done we went to checking Sheba Rock Guest House our accommodation for the weekend. This was followed by a 780m quick trip to the Mini Boss music festival, this festival started with Brian Emmenis and Willem Botha arriving and a Robinson R44 shortly followed by the Flying Lions doing a sunset display before the music started. During the evening a hot air balloon did some night glows adding to the amazing atmosphere. The artists for the evening was and Willem Botha, Touch of Class and Bok van Blerk

Touch of Class

Bok van Blerk


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Airshow

After a fun filled night before at Minibos,we were up early and we  had the Hot Air balloons up and about filling the early morning skies above Nelspruit.Nelspruit Airport was originally the only airfield serving the region. For commercial flights, it has mainly been replaced by the new Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.Today the airfield still has the Lowveld Aero Club where many pilots learned to fly including airshow display pilot Ivan van der Schaar. Compare to last year we were blessed with beautiful airshow weather and the days program flowed smoothly.The theme for this years show was ‘Rock The Runway’.

The show started with a Para drop from ‘Little Annie’ AN2 flown by Jon-Marc-Hill and a SAAF Casa 212 from 44 Squadron AFB Waterkloof,both had civilian skydivers and SANDF skydivers including the SAAF Golden Eagles Parachute Team. Different Harley Davidsons were part of the Cavalcade as the skydivers cam into land.Lowveld Radio Control Club flew their aerobatic RC aircraft,while a Kit fox showed off the aircraft versatility .The Bathawk showed why it can be such a great asset to tackling Rhino-Poaching in the Kruger National Park and other private reserves around the country .Airlink provided an Embraer E190 with two beautiful displays during the day.

High energy aerobatics from Team Extreme flying the MX2,Sbach,Extra 300 and Extra 330,led by SAA Training Captain Nigel Hopkins who also led the Goodyear Eagles flying Pitts S2Bs.It was the debut of the CHOC Cows Aerobatic team led by Scully Levin and also leading the Puma Flying Lions.Another airshow debut in his new colour scheme was Neville Ferreira in his Kitty Hawk based Slick 540.During the end of the program most display teams formed up in major formation which really isn’t seen at airshows in South Africa to often. Little Annie was then put through its paces in a solo display flown by Jason Beamish and Jon-Marc Hill. Ivan van der Schaar flew his Boeing Stearman with gentle aerobatics.

Capital Sounds were present from their busy schedule coming up, they’re provided the show with music from producer Ricky Fouche and commentary  from Brian Emmenis ,Elvis Manene and Leon Du Plessis,making sure the public had information on aircraft and the pilots present.line technicians Phillip Smith, Elvis Manene, Eric Nkomo and Wesley van Zyl, who also raced Little Annie on takeoff with the Yamaha sponsored scooter where Wesley was blown away!.

The South African Air force was present with a 2 Squadron JAS39D Gripen operating out of AFB Makhado flown by Major Mohau ‘Doberman’ Vundla and Navigator Marc ‘Bluebird’ Wilson.The 44 Squadron Casa 212 was used as a jump ship for the SANDF skydivers.A lonely 19 Squadron Oryx helicopter was on standby if any incidents had to occur during the day, it was used when a SANDF skydiver had trouble with his canopy and landed in a field not to far from the airshow center. The Ground Liaison Officer for the SAAF aircraft flying wads Major Ashley ‘Sensei’ Naxhe who now flies the Casa 212.

Working on fire had a number of aircraft flying during the show,this including a syncro drop from four AT802s and four Hueys .They’re were called out to go put a raging fire out on the outskirts of Nelspruit. The Airshow debut of the first civilian Blackhawk in South Africa ,what a great helicopter to see flying. We also saw to great displays from Danie Terblanche in the Robinson R66 and Juba Jourbert in the Aerospatiale Gazelle who also raced a Jaguar F-type and a super charged Range Rover Sport in a relay race.

Johan Heine, Chairman of the Lowveld Air Show and Safety director Francois ‘Hosepipe’ Hanekom made sure the show flowed smoothly .Kishugus Monica Fourie and Naranda Leewner kept Aviation Central with any news and regarding the show itself and providing us with great hospitality,we thank you.

The show ended with a dusk display from the Puma Flying Lions and Fireworks lighting the night sky up, this was another great Lowveld Airshow complete the rest of the night we were rocked away from the rock band.

 

 

 

 


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Opinions:

Flippie van Emmenis:

After many years of obstacles and barriers I finally get to attend the Lowveld Airshow, I had rather high expiations of the show as I followed reviews of the all the Lowveld airshows I missed in the past. This was the one South African airshow I recommended to everyone is the one that was not to be missed and they did not disappoint, Well-done to the Team at Kishugu, Brian Emmenis and all the Pilots and Support crews for this amazing weekend.  Your show and hospitality was top class!

Jarryd Sinovich: 

.What a great show,. Really enjoyed seeing the Blackhawk for the first time, see you all next  year…

Our next Airshow we are attending will be the Matsieng Airshow and Fly-in in Botswana 26 May 2018.

SAAF Museum Airshow 2018

SAAF Museum Airshow 2018

The long awaited annual SAAF Museum Airshow was held on the 5th May 2018,on some what perfect airshow weather.The show was conducted under the theme:Our Indomitable Spirit,both Civilian and Military aircraft and pilots showed off to the thousands of people that arrived early on Saturday morning at Air force Base Swartkop along side old Johannesburg Road in Valhalla, Pretoria. The SAAF Museum Airshow is designed to offer aviation enthusiasts, aviation institutions and publications ,the general public and as well as former and current SAAF an opportunity to reflect and or reminisce on the memories and presentations on history.

Youth exhibition Friday 2018-05-04

The day before the SAAF Museum and the SAAF hosted a career expo for learners around the Gauteng area. 14 different schools and a total of 1000 learners were invited to Hanger 4A to interact with some of the exhibiters including the south African Air Force.


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The Airshow Saturday 2018-05-05

The show started with paragliders who filled the skies with much colour to their bright chutes they were using as well as a single gyrocopter all operating out of the Grasslands field not to far from Swartkops. Next up the 28 Squadron C130BZ from AFB Waterkloof landed with a special surprise in being the SAAF Band that entertained the crowds until the show was officially opened, This has never been done at a airshow before in South Africa. The C130 then took off from the base to  climb to altitude to drop the several  parachutists from both the Golden Eagles Parachute team and member’s of the special forces.The landed just in time to meet and greet the Chief of the South African Air force Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande Msimang and Officer Commanding Airforce Museum Swartkops Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Bruintjies.


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Capital Sounds provided sound equipment for the large crowd line, excellent commentary from Brian Emmenis,L eon Du Plessis and Elvis Manene. SAAF commentators that provided information for the ever eager public was Colonel Lance ‘Lancelot’ Mathebula who also provided commentary from one of the Hawk Mk120s during simulated top cover during the mini war.A first for a airshow. He was also joined by two new hawk pilots Captain ‘Comet’ Mfeka and Tiisetso ‘Lego’ Legodi.

Airboss for the show was Colonel Keith Fryer and also commentated during some of the display slots, Colonel Keith Andrews was ramp Boss and some of the best SAAF ATC’s were present keeping the airspace safe for display routines.

The show was opened by the Hawk Mk120 ‘Gannet’ flown by officer commanding of 85 Combat Flying School Craig ‘Shark’ Leeson,showing what the lead in fighter trainer is capable of and training the new generation fighter pilots on the type. The SAAF Museum heritage flight were straight after the Hawk landed,first up the helicopters consisting of the Alouettes II and III and Aerospatiale Puma.The Cessna 185s were soon over head the field followed by the formidable sound of the Atlas C4.M Kudu and Bosbok and Harvards.Glen ‘Gringo’ Warden flew a gentle solo display in the De Havilland T55 Vampire.


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The Rand Based Pitts Special teams flew their high energy display being the new Cows Aerobatic Team and the Goodyear Eagles Aerobatic Team led by Glen Warden, Johan Von Solms both ex fighter pilots joined Nigel Hopkins and Jason Beamish.  Team Extreme performed their first airshow as a four ship led by Nigel Hopkins,Mark ‘Sammy’ Sampson,Mark ‘Bugs’ Hensman and Jason Beamish. The Mango 737-800 was flown out of Lanseria International Airport to display  at the show by Captain Scully Levin and Captain Rodney Chinn.The Puma Flying Lions also flew a great display and were part of the 12 Harvard mass shutdown towards the end of the day!


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Andrew Blackwood Murray Displayed the Nashua Extra 300L and other aerobatic  slots saw Patrick Davidson who flew up from Port Elizabeth in his Red Bull Sponsored Sbach 342, it was great to see Patrick at a airshow on the Highveld, he was joined by unlimited aerobatic class pilot Barrie Eels in his new Extra 330sc in a dual display of intense aerobatics.


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Ex Russian Jet trainers that flew at the show was Ex Sasol Tiger L29 ZU-AUX and L39 ZU-TEE in its new colour scheme,both flown by  Glen ‘Gringo’ Warden.He definitely kept the photographers happy with his display passes.

The mini war that the crowd got to witness was a absolute treat to see the new and the old from the choppers,that being the Puma and the Oryx helicopters. The gunships saw the Alouette III and Rooivalk and two Agusta A109LUHs.The bosbok was also flown in the demonstration simulating airstrikes as well as two Hawk MK120s flown by Simon ‘Seraph’ Theunissen and Jabulani ‘Cyrax’ Mabona. The C130 was  used to drop parabats on the far side of the field and the 44 Squadron Casa 212 was utilized for a supply drop, while the army engineers provided pyrotechnics in the background.


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Major Geoffrey ‘Spartan’ Cooper showed off the JAS39C Gripen from 2 Squadron, he definitely  shows the aircraft well and in its limits. The crowds were on their feet during his famous dump and burn. The Pilatus PC7MKII was put through its paces by Major Bheki ‘Swaziboy’ Shabungu. 15 Squadron pilot Major Diaan Grobbelaar flew a awesome display in the Agusta A109LUH as well as Paul ‘Raccoon’ Kempthorn in the 16 squadron Rooivalk,great display from the chopper boys.


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The youngest airshow participant on the day was Ger-Drie de Beer flew his RC MX2,what a great display he did for the thousands of people he displayed for. Retired Gen. Des Barker few the first airshow display in the Atlas Angel, which is a upgraded Kudu with a Pt6 turbine engine, Gerrie ‘Sparkie’Pretorius flew a brilliant tight display in the Museum Cessna C185.

‘Little Annie’ an Antonov 2 showed why its the worlds largest Bi-Plane piloted by father and son team Mark and Jon-marc Hill. Jeff Earle flew his Vereeniging based De Havilland DH. 82 Tiger Moth.The Randolph  sponsored Boeing Stearman flown by Comair Boeing Captain Ivan van der Schaar.28 Squadron flew their usual low-level routine in the C130Bz from 28 Squadron flown by Clint Hawtrey and Caro Duven.


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The SAAF Museum Puma dropped a car that apparently parked where it shouldn’t of been ,the public made sure it wasn’t their vehicle at the end of the day.At the end of the last act being the Gripen,Captain Mark Kelbrick proposed to his wife to be in front of of a large crowd who waited until the last slot of the day had been flown.

Gripen stopping in-front of the crowd at the end of the show… all for one reason…

Photo credit Niel Swart

Big congratulations to Mark and Megan that stole the show when as went down on one knee and proposed to her before the whole of the crowd in front of Gripen

Photo credit Niel Swart

This Museums show was definitely a winner, to Colonel Trish Schoeman, Colonel Melvin Bruintjies, Col. Keith Fryer and their team, we salute you on a great show and to all the spectators who attended the Airshow, till next year

Keep them Up where they’re belong

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SAAF Museum Airshow Program

SAAF Museum Airshow Program

The Program is divided into two, Morning and Afternoon. The Program can change at any time due to Aircraft and / or Pilot availability.


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Morning Program

Slot TimeAir Display ItemAircraft Type
8:00ParaglidersPPG
8:15C130 - SAAF Band ExitC130
8:30Golden Eagles ParadropCasa 212
8:45Opening CeremonyCavalcade
9:00CAF Opening Address Oryx/A109 Flags
9:30Museum Aircraft FlypastMuseum Aircraft
9:40Cessna 185C 185
9:50VampireVampire
10:00Nashua ExtraExtra 300L
10:15Tiger MothDH82A
10:30The Cows Pitts TeamPitts S2
10:45Alouette DisplayAlo-II and Alo-III's
11:00Red Bull AerosSbach 342
11:15GripenGripen
11:30Syncrho HarvardsMuseum Harvards
11:45Team XtremeExtra 330/Sbach
12:00MangoB737-800
12:10Flash Mob and RC JetsRC Vampire


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Afternoon Program

Slot TimeAir Display ItemAircraft Type
12:20Mini War Various
13:00Aerobatics Unlimited L-29L-29
13:15Puma Car DropPuma/Oryx
13:30Red Bull AerosSbach 342
13:45Little AnnieAn-2
14:00Goodyear Pitts TeamPitts Specials
14:15Randolph Boeing StearmanStearman
14:30Angel Kudu and ParadropTurbo Kudu
14:45PC-7 Astra SoloPC-7 Astra
15:00Unlimited AerobaticsExtra 330
15:15Harvard FormosMuseum/HCSA
15:30Puma Flying LionsLions Harvards
15:45HawkHawk 120
16:00Team ExtremeExtras/Sbachs
16:15L-39 AlbatrossL-39
16:30RooivalkRooivalk
16:45C-130-Angel WingsC130
17:00Gripen - FlaresGripen


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Destruction is our business, 85 Combat Flying School

Destruction is our business, 85 Combat Flying School

85 Combat Flying School located at AFB Makhado (Airforce Base Makhado) in the Northern part of the Limpopo province of South Africa.The town is known as Fighter Town South Africa,and keeps two of South Africas prime fighter aircraft that the SAAF (South African Airforce) has to offer to protect our airspace. The BAE Hawk Mk120 and SAAB Jas39 C/D aircraft, took over the the role of the Aermacchi MB236 Impala Mk1 and Mk11 and Denel Cheetah C/D from the begenning of 2006 and 2008.

Photo:Franz Dely,Impala MkII ‘1085’

The Bombing Gunnery and Air Navigation School (BGANS) came into being a Langebaanweg on 1 August 1946 following the re-designation of the Air Gunnery and Navigation School.The unit was equipped with Avro Ansons,this was to train pilots in the secondary roles that comprised the original observer qualification.

Photo:SAAF

During the Korean War, South Africa’s commitment of 2 Squadron flying P51 Mustangs and F86 Sabres of the United Nations,Air Operations School(AOS) assumed the operational training of both permanent force and short-service commission pilots for service in the Far East as its primary role. Sabre’s were then sent to 85 Combat Flying school on 31 Octerber 1975.

Photo:Doug Drysdale

In October 1952 the School was introduced to the jet age when the first four de Havilland Vampire FB.MK5s,Seven FB.MK6s and solitary T.MK11s trainers were taken on strength to be used for type conversion.

Photo:Stefaan Bouwer.

Photo:George Wiehehn, Spitfire MkIXes ‘5591’

At the end of World War Two, the various flying, bombing and gunnery schools were disbanded and a single Bombing, Gunnery and Navigation School was established at Langebaanweg in 1946. In the 1950’s, the name changed to Air Operations School, flying Harvards, Spitfire MkIXes, Vampire T11s, FB52s and T55s. The unit moved to Pietersburg in October 1967 and in 1970 the Vampires were replaced by the Impala Mk I.

Photo:Franz Dely,Impala MK1 ‘585’ over AFB Hoedspruit 2004.

Known for its flight-training and combat operations school,85 combat flying school was formed in 1982 at AFB Pieteresburg,now Polokwane Gateway International Airport,at that time the unit was operating de Havilland Vampires MK52s and Mk55.South African Airforce Museum has still got an airworthy Vampire T55 flying at AFB Zwartkop in Pretoria that can be seen at Museum Flying Days and Pretoria Airshows.The Impala MK1  replaced the Vampires 1972.The Mirage IIIEZ/DZ/D2Z were added to the unit in 1974 and Sabres from 1 Squadron in 1975.The Sabre was withdrawn from service in 1980 and replaced by the Impala MK2 aircraft.

Photo:SAAF,Airforce Base Hoedspruit 85 Combat Flying School Static display.


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Photo:SAAF,Dassualt Mirage IIID2Z.

Photo:Jarryd Sinovich,de Havilland Vampire T55 SAAF Museum Flying Day February 2018.

85 Combat Flying School recieved its Unit Colours at a parade on 4 October 1988,the 21st Anniversary of its formation and National Colours a year later.On the initiative of then Officer Commanding(OC) Cmdt John Bayne Impala MKII 1063 was painted up in the Units familiar Gannet Badge in blue and white for the 25th anniverasry of its Establishment in September 1992.The aircraft was a regular preformer at Airshows around South Africa.

83 Jet Flying School Langebaanweg was also closed and has become part of 85 Combat Flying School, previous home to the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team. The Silver Falcons Aerobatic team is now part of Langebaanweg Central Flying School,flying the PC7MKII.The Silver Falcons operated from Langebaanweg until the early 1990s, when all the Impala training was moved to Air Force Base Hoedspruit, in the Lowveld region of South Africa, and formed part of 85 Combat Flying School. During 1994 with a new national flag, the aircraft were repainted to represent the colours of the SA Air Force: blue, light blue and white.

Falcon 1 of the Silver Falcons at an Airshow 2000

Falcon 1 Photo:Russel dixon-paver

Top: Atlas Impala MKII 1063 ‘Gannet’ 1992.

Below:BAE Hawk MK120 267 ‘Gannet’2017.

The unit was then relocated to AFB Hoedspruit on January 1993 due to the closure of AFB Pietersburg.During this period the unit was using the Impala Mk1 and MkII aircraft,all mirages had been withdrawn from service..The Squadron carried out its role in the South African Airforce until the Impala both MKI and MKIIs were retired from service in 2005 and soon we had the introductory of the latest Hawk MK100 from BAE systems that got showcased to South Africa during the SAAFS 75th Anniveary Airshow at AFB Waterkloof in 1995.

Photo:BAE Systems,Bae Hawk 100 Demostrator seen in South Africa during 1995 and up to 2002.

BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively. It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft.The Royal Airforce Aerobatic display team,The Red Arrows also use the Hawk as part of their aerobatic display assests and a training role.The Hawk MK120 is an upgraded Hawk T1,Aircraft number SA001, which was manufactured through to Final Assembly stages at Brough and flight-tested at Warton, successfully flew in South Africa early in 2004. Final Assembly of the remaining 23 aircraft was undertaken by Denel in South Africa, with flight-testing taking place in the South African Air Force’s Test Flight & Development Centre (TFDC) in Bredasdorp.

Photo:Franz Dely,first SAAF Hawk ‘250’ part of the TFDC unit in Bredasdorp.

Photo:Jarryd Sinovich, Hawk Mk120 ‘269’ landing at Airforce Base Zwartkop Pretoria May 2016,making use of the aircrafts drag chute.

Today 85 Combat Flying School still lives up to its vision ‘Fighter Training Excellence’where some of the best new generation fighter pilots are trained before moving onto the SAAB Jas39 Gripen.The equipment for pilots training, the unit has a state of the art simulator,Ground school Falicities and so more to offer.To this day the OC of 85CFS is Lt Col Craig’Shark’Leeson,who is also the Squadrons Hawk display pilot during South Africas Airtshow season.Shark last year celebrated his 1 000 flying hour achievment on the Hawk Mk120 on friday,20 January 2017,he has flown 9 different types of fighter jets and is a A-category instructor on Hawk and Gripen.

Photo:Jarryd Sinovich,Hawk MK120 ‘271’ at AFB Zwartkop May 2017.Lt Col.Craig ‘Shark’ Leeson,Officer Commanding 85 Combat Flying School Currently.

Photo:Jarryd Sinovich,Silver Falcons Hawk formation,Kishugu Lowveld Airshow 2015.

Some information on the Hawk MK120

Aircraft Stats:
Powerplant: 1 x 6,500 lb (2 950 kg) Rolls-Royce Adour 951 turbofan

Speed: 1 038 kph, 645mph mph

Range: 2 594km, 1,612miles

Seats: 2

Length: 12.43m, 40ft 9in

Span: 9.94m, 7ft 7in

Empty Weight: 4 400kg, 9,700lb

Max T/O Weight: 9 100kg, 20,062lb

Period of Service: 2006 – Current

 

Weapons:
12.5 kg Practice Bomb, 120 kg Fragmentation Bomb, 120 kg Low-Drag Bomb, 145 kg Bomb, 4.5 kg Practice Bomb, 460 kg Bomb, Aden 30mm cannon, IRIS-T, Vicon 18-601E recce pod.

Photo:Jarryd Sinovich,Hawk ‘272’ making use of its 30mm Aden Cannon at Roodewal Bombing Range September 2016.

We  wish 85 all the best for their future,Flying the flag and continuing to train world class fighter pilots..Noise from above is always a welcome  in Gauteng skies,The sound of freedom fighter pilots would say!Below are some pictures of Hawk taken all over South Africa and a Video featuring Craig ‘Shark’ Leeson during his display at the Saaf Museum Airshow 2017 taken by Shawn Herbst.

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2018 Airshow Aircraft, Pilots and Teams

2018 Airshow Aircraft, Pilot and Teams

Every year we see Airshows across Southern Africa. Some teams we see at every show and others we don’t see that often. Aircraft we get L29 & 39’s to Gripen and Cheetah, From Harvard’s and Pitts Specials to Little Annie. The Military aircraft is always a winner at any airshow.

Every 2nd Year with AAD, we all hold thumbs and our breath in hope for some international aircraft, however due to South Africa being on the most southern tip of Africa the cost to bring aircraft to SA is very costly and not always feasible. We are hoping for something spectacular with AAD2018, however our, Aviation Central’s hope is on 2020.

2020 is a big year for Aviation in South Africa. The Aero Club of South Africa and South African Air force will be turning 100 years old. At this stage only the Aero club indicated interest in Centenary celebrations and planning is already in progress. We will Keep you updated on any Centenary celebration planning!

The lists below is 1st, Display Pilots and Teams and the 2nd list is for Aircraft listed per Airshow for 2018. We will be running a list for every year from now on!


Popular Display teams, Puma Energy Flying Lions, The Cows Aerobatic team, GoodYear Eagles Aerobatic team, The Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team and the High Energy Team Xtreme are some of the popular display teams on our Airshow circuit

Southern Africa also has some Farther’s and Son’s flying in Airshows, Larry and Jason Beamish, Mark and Jon-Marc, Scully and Ellis Levin, Derick and Nigel Hopkins.

Also see our Airshows and other Aviation Events Calendar

If you feel we missed any Airshow, Team, Pilot or Aircraft, please let us know, Flippie@aviationcentral.co.za or Jarryd@aviationcentral.co.za

Important Notice:

We will only add Aircraft as we get conformation to the buildup of an show, this the listing my not be complete when its added prior to show date!
Where Aircraft is added prior to an Event, does not guarantee that all aircraft is added nor that all Added aircraft will be flying!


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Teams & Aircraft

Aircraft / TeamsErmeloSwartkopLowveldMatsiengNewcastleRand ArishowBethlehemAAD218Total 2018 
Flying Lions444416
Fying Cows444416
Goodyear Eagles343414
Team Extreme44412
Air-Tractor1416
Kishugu AT82145
SAAF Gripen1315
Boeing Stearman11114
Extra 33SC11114
Hot Air Balloon314
Kishugu Huey44
Museum Harvard44
Raptors RVs44
Extra 3001113
L39213
Little Annie An21113
SAAF Hawk MK1233
Slick 5401113
Aerospatiale Gazelle112
Gyrocopter112
Harvard Solo22
L29112
Museum Alouette II22
Museum AlouetteIII22
Museum Cessna 18522
SAAF CASA112
SAAF Museum Puma22
SAAF Oryx112
SAAF Rooivalk22
2211
4411
6611
AerospatialeAlouette II11
AerospatialeAlouette III11
Bell4711
Blackhawk11
Boeing 73711
Embraer 19011
Impala MK1 ZU-IMP11
Museum Bosbok11
Museum Kudu11
Museum Patchen Explorer11
Museum Vampire11
PC7-MKII Solo11
Police P6 Porter11
SAAF C13-BZ11
Sbach Solo11
Slick 3611
Tiger Moth11


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Pilots (to be updated)

 

Mercedes-Benz Club Day at Brakpan Airfield

Mercedes-Benz Club Day at Brakpan Airfield

horseless carriage

Horseless carriage

The first car that ever-set wheel on South-African soil was a Benz Velo.
Although the “horseless carriage”, which had been imported by a local businessman, John Percy Hess, arrived in SA at the end of 1896, it did not run under its own power until January 4 of the following year. This was due to the fact that there was a delay of a month in the arrival of the benzene fuel for the engine! The first public demonstration of the Benz Velo took place at the Berea Park sports ground in Pretoria in front of Paul Kruger, the President of the Transvaal Republic. The publicity blurb urging Pretorians to attend this “red letter day” event proclaimed that “the motor car, like the bicycle, has come to stay and will be the craze of the century.”
Hess went on to become the sole agent for the Benz brand in South Africa. The car was subsequently driven in Johannesburg as part of his initiative to promote “a revolution in locomotion.”

The Mercedes-Benz club convoyed to the East of Johannesburg,to join up with more members owning a Mercedes vehicles and sharing the same passion in the culture of cars that members and some of the public own today from the older class Mercedes to current models.


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Mr Hilton Wolff and some of the other members of the Brakpan Aero club hosted a fun filled day for members of the Mercedes Club of the Gauteng Region as well as some public member’s visiting the airfield on a lazy Sunday. Brakpan Aero Club which was founded in 1953, the  great club house offered  guests refreshments during the day as well as a swim in the clubs swimming pool for the brave hearted people out there as we soon go into the winter weather of the year.

 

Many pilots flew aircraft in to give flips to the public all for free and for a good cause, most passengers who got to fly in aircraft had a great smile for the rest of the day. The busy bees for the day, taking most pax up were Rob Osner in his Alouette III and Father and son team Mark and Jon-Marc hill in Little Annie AN2 and  a Cessna Caravan.Other aircraft we also had the privilege of seeing flying and taking pax was the D-27 Dornier, Yak52, Bosbok, Boeing Stearman, Mushak just to name a few.

By the afternoon the approaching weather scared off most of the public,the ones that stayed on were blessed with beautiful weather as the storm changed direction and missed the airport with thunder showers. By 3HooPm the public were treated to a formation of aircraft that took part in the day.And a flypast by Ivan Van der Schaar in his Randolph sponsored Boeing Stearman.Well done to a great event hosted by the Mercedes Benz club and Mr Hilton Wolff and all other members that took the time and event to make the day a success.

 

Ermelo Airshow 2018

The great Ermelo Airshow has finally returned to the Airshow circuit once again, after an absence since 2011. The show made a welcome return on the 7th April 2018 under the Gert Sibanda Local Municipality. Ermelo is situated 210 kilometers east of Johannesburg. It is both a mixed agriculture and mining region of South Africa.The airfield sits at 5700 feet MSL, pilots took the proper precautions as this was not a usual airfield pilots are used to flying at.

I was fortunate to fly into Ermelo airfield the day before the show with the Hill family in their beautiful strong Russian Antonov An2 “Little Annie” from Wonderboom National Airport in Pretoria.We arrived at the field with full of smiles from organisers and marshals,welcoming us and providing us with some of the best hospitality one can ask for.

That evening we were again treated to a lamb spit braai for all the pilots and VIPs that were invited to the braai.At this point of time the next day would see most display pilots and other aircraft just flying inn for the show.

Apon arrival at the airfield on Saturday the 7th April,we were blessed with beautiful weather for flying.As aircraft after aircraft arrived.The show started off with a parachute drop with SANDF Special Forces ,their jump ship was the An2 “Little Annie”. The An2 was then showed why it is the worlds biggest single engine bi-plane flying in the world today flown by Jon-Marc and Mark Hill.

Ensuring the airshow ran smoothly during the course of the day, safety officers Pete Graham and Trevor Wilson and display directors Kishugu’s Johan Heine was show boss for the day.The Capital Sounds team arrived the Friday before the show to set up for the show, Brian Emmenis and Leon Du Plessis provided excellent commentary and ensuring all information on aircraft and pilots flying on the day.

The Ermelo RC Club was next with two RC aircraft, while Neville Ferreria was soon up after the RC display. His sequence showed part of what the unlimted Aerobatic team level is sitting at. The Magni Gyrocopter flown by Matthew Zalewski from 303 Squadron flying school from Brakpan/Benoni airfield.Johan ‘Juba’ Joubert flew the only helicopter display for the day in the Aerospatiale Gazelle.

The show was a first for Team Extreme made up of Nigel Hopkins, Jason Beamish,Mark ‘Bugs’ Hensman and Mark ‘Sammy’ Sampson. The team flies a range of high performance aerobatic aircraft from the Extra 330, MX2 and Sbach 341. Two aircraft were ferried up from Cape Town just for the show. Andrew Blackwood Murray flew his Nashua sponsored Extra 300 in two spirited displays during the day.

The Rand Airport based team including the Puma Flying Lions T6 Harvard’s led by veteran airshow pilot Scully Levin who still flies for Mango airlines. He also led the new Cows Aerobatic team sponsored by ‘Taillifts SA’ flying the Pitts Specials who were sponsored by Torre for some years. The Goodyear Eagles put a 3ship display,also flying the Pitts Special led by former fighter pilot Glen ‘Gringo’ Warden. The team is also made up of Paul ‘Cruiser’ Coetzer former 85 Combat Flying School Impala display pilot. And lastly Johan von Solms a former Cheetah pilot. Glen Warden also flew the solo L39 ‘ZUTEE’ display and later paired up with Richard Lovett in his L39 ZU-IBN which both L39s are almost identical.

Ivan van der Schaar flew is beautiful Boeing Stearman with gentle aerobatics and also flew his stearman into a immaculate sunset at the end of the day. Denel test pilot Mike Weingartz flew David Laas Impala ZU-IMP, Mike has the highest hours on the type in the world. The kishugu AT802 demostarted simulated fire bombing just as the sun set.

The South African Air force provided an Agusta A109LUH from 19 Squadron AFB Hoedspruit which was on static display. The 2 Squadron JAS39D Gripen flew all the way from AFB Makhado to provide a mini display. The Gripen was flown by Mohau ‘Doberman’ Vundla, this was his first airshow display and in the back seat Marc ‘Bluebird’ Wilson.

The show was tasked by Andre Van Rooyen who had support from most of the members from the Ermelo Aeronautical Society and the support of the sponsoring of the show from FAW Trucks Ermelo. We hope to see the Ermelo Airshow as a regular on the airshow circuit.

 

The next Airshow on the calendar in South Africa is the SAAF Museum Airshow 2018

Rand Easter Show 2018

Rand Easter Show 2018

The South African National Defense Force Wrapped up their Capability Demonstration on the Easter Weekend of the 2018 Rand Show held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre Nasrec.The SANDF  is one of the key partners of the Rand Show,and has committed to giving support to the event for the next three years to come.



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This year we saw all four arms the SANDF has to offer from the SA Navy,South African Air force,SA Army and South African Military Health Service taking up 12 000sqm of space at this years show.The Rand show turned 124 years old this year and introduced a few new displays to stay fresh and current and keep the public entertained.

The show was opened by General Barney Hlatshwayo ,SANDF Chief of Joint Operations on Friday 30th March.He mentioned “we recognize every opportunity for our forces to participate here as a step closer to the hears and minds of our peace-loving citizens ,with the SANDF as the guarantor of that peace.”


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The parade was also opened by a flag fly-past from a pair of 15 Squadron Agusta A109LUHs.The first 4 days from the opening of the Rand Show,the public were excited to see the simulated battle including airstrikes from 2 Squadron JAS39 Gripen operating out of AFB Makhado in the Limpopo Province,a Casa 212 dropping SA Army Parachutes operating out of AFB Waterkloof and lastly the SAAF Helicopters,a 16 Squadron Rooivalk that was both on static display and flying,an Oryx Helicopter and two Agusta A109s all formed a role to play during the capability exercise and from witnessing this showcase the South African Air force was a major hit.

The second part of the show which started later in the day,started off with a simulated bridge laying,new to this years show.The SA Navy’s famous gun run,precision drills,Military Police demo,A Para drop once again from the 44 Squadron Casa 212 and a air display from Major Sivu Tangana in the Pilatus PC7MKII.

Visitors are still able to undertake the Hero’s Quest,which will send them on a hunt to discover more information about the SANDF.For the youth that are interested in joining the SANDF,there are career exhibitions with information on how to sign up and the basic requirements.

The Rand Show carries on till next weekend,its a great outing for the family to get up close and personal with mean and women in uniform.We look forward to the 2019 event,as its the 125th anniversary!

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EAA 2018 FLY AWAY & CONVENTION

EAA Convention & AGM 2018 at FAVY

27 April – 29 April 2018
Vryheid Airfield, KwaZulu Natal

The EAA of SA is pleased to be hosted by Vryheid Wings Club for our 2018 Covention.
As we will be planning the required facilities based on the expected participation, we ask that you please register your intentions in order that we can plan as best possible for your needs.

This year, we wil include an Air Display, great Information Forums, Competitions and an opportinuty to socialise with fellow members and aviation enthusiasts. We would like to make all the arrangements, and ensure that we plan for your participation as best possible. In order for us to do this, we would appreciate you indicating your intentions by pre-registering. This allows us the opportunity to plan for catering, space, camping, etc.
All persosn involved in aviation are welcome to participate but if you are an EAA member and you pre-regist for this event and you attend, you will also be entered into the lucky draw for a trip to Oshkosk camping experience with AAT. T&Capply.

Goodyear Eagles Aerobatic Team Display scheduled for

Saturday 28 April

Win a Trip to Oshkosh Camping Experience

In return for registering , you will be rewarded with a lucky draw entry ticket and stand a chance to win a trip to Oshkosh.

Join in the Rally

Contestants will all get a goodie bag and top places will win a range of prizes !

Spot Landing

Show us your best landing and stand a chance to won a great prize.

Sign up to have your Aircraft Judged

This is not just for the prestige of knowing that your aircraft has been assembled immaculately but also

The Flying Club/Airfield with the Best attendance will also win an award for the Airfield

In addition to the Chapter with the best attendance, a prize will be awarded to the best attending Airfield/Club.

Please don’t forget to Register so that we know you will be attending

Please Register Online so that we can plan accordingly. There are no existing facilities in place for this event. We will gladly put all that is required in place, however we really need you to let us know when you are joining us please.


Will be issued for this event. Air Traffic Control will be in place on Friday afternoon and Saturday. Details will be communicated closer to the event.

Don’t forget to bring along your own chocks and tie downs. We will update on our view of the weather closer to the event, however all pilots should ensure that they are aware of the weather for their route !

EAA AMO, Skyworx has committed to being at the venue in case assistance is required. Basic services will be facilitated.

Fuel will be supplied at the Airfield including Avgas and Mogas (on request) at this stage. Fuel will be available at a discounted rate


Draft Programme

Remember our events are open to everyone however you need to be an EAA member to place in the Aircraft Judging Competition or be entered into the Oshkosh Competition.

Friday 27th April 2018

All day Arrivals
12h30 Young Eagles flights
17h30-22h00 Casual dinner braai
ATC will be in operation on Friday afternoon

Saturday 28th April 2018

All day Arrivals
ATC in operation from 08h00-17h 00
07h00-11h00 Breakfast
08h30 Official Opening by EAA President
08h45-15h00 Fun Rally (briefing from 08h45 and flights depart from 09h30/10h00)
09h30-15h00 Aircraft Judging Contest
10h00-15h00 Information Forums with guest speakers
11h15-12h30 Spot Landing Contest for non Rally entrants
12h00-15h00 Casual lunch available at the airfield
15h00- 16h00 Air Display by the Goodyear Eagles Aerobatics Team
16h00 -17h00 AGM for EAA Members
17h00-18h30 Free time
18h30-19h00 Dinner arrivals at Airfield
19h00-23h00 Awards Dinner including EAA National Awards, Fun Rally, Spot Landing & Aircraft Judging Awards.

Sunday 29th April 2018

07h00-11h00 Breakfast available at the airfield
Departures. Members are welcome to stay on and depart at leisure. No ATC in operation


Flying Activities

Apart from an awesome GoodYear Eagles Aerobatic Air Display on Saturday, we also have the following lined up and trust that you will indicate your participation on the sign up form :

  • EAA Young Eagles activity with local selected scholars on Friday afternoon
  • Adventure Rally on Saturday
  • Spot Landing Contest
  • Information Sharing and Interesting Forums
  • Aircraft Judging Competition
  • Static Aircraft Displays (they can fly but they will be on the ground for you to admire !)

We already have a number of aircraft committed and you can expect to see – Bathawk to Bearhawk, Navion, L29, Dakota, Pitts Special, Bell Classic 1947 and many more…. let us know about your special aircraft.

Young Eagles Program on Friday 27th April 12h30-

Vryheid High School has been approached and learners will be selected based on academic merit. The school was happy to receive us as a career guidance session yesterday, where Karl Jensen was asked to speak to the group of students. There were lots of questions and a lot of interest shows.

Ladies Activity

For the ladies that would like to be involved in assisting with a dinner décor, there will be a small craft area set up for them to work from 10h00-15h00 preparing the table centre pieces.

The aim is to auction these off during dinner in order to raise funds for the Vryheid SPCA. While we appreciate that not everyone may want to return home in their aircraft with “table décor”, the works will be unique and the aim is for the ladies to relax and enjoy some craft work, a few glasses (bottles) of wine.

Come on ladies, join in !


Accommodation & Transport

Lists of accommodation establishments have been issued and are available on the EAA website.

Camping facilities are available at the Airfield with suitable ablution facilities. Please let us know if you are coming along and camping so that we can ensure that there are sufficient facilities in place.

Transport

Local transport to / from accommodation establishments in the town will be available at a nominal fee.

Here’s your chance to grab a seat on a Rovos Rail DC 3! Seats are limited to 20 passengers, so get your booking in early!! A donation towards costs of only R 1 250 gets you your seat on this classic aircraft.
Flight will depart from Rand Airport on Friday 27th April and return Sunday 29th April. This is a long weekend – so no excuse you have to work!
To book your seat please email Neil neil1@telkomsa.net

Meals

BRAAI AT THE VRYHEID AIRFIELD ON FRIDAY EVENING On Friday evening 27th April, the Clubhouse will be catering for this as part of a welcome to all attendees. This will start at 17h00 at an estimated cost of R150.00 pp (To Be Confirmed). They will cater accordingly to the arrivals we expect.


Please register and book for the Awards Dinner on Saturday evening. This will take place at the Airfield at this stage. Exact cost to be confirmed. The estimated cost is expected to be R300 per person. Once the cost is communicated, you will have an opportunity to confirm by making payment.
AWARDS DINNER BOOKING ARE ESSENTIAL PLEASE. BOOKINGS WILL CLOSE WHEN FULLY SUBSCRIBED OR ON 27th APRIL, WHICHEVER IS REACHED SOONER.
Airfield catering will be available Friday afternoon and Saturday