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Aerobatics Unlimited-The Goodyear Eagles Pitts Specials

Aerobatics Unlimited-The Goodyear Eagles Pitts Specials

The Goodyear Eagles Aerobatics Team has been in the forefront of bringing aerobatics excitement to the public for the past 29 years. Over this period the team has had several major sponsors, but Goodyear Aviation became the official team sponsor at the beginning of the 2009 season and we are both proud and honoured to be associated with this great company that have been in the forefront of Aviation Tyre technology since the very beginning of manned flight.


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Dennis Spence the founder and owner of the team, who is an ex SAA Captain on Airbus A340s and Boeing 747s. Deniis also landed both 747s at Rand Airport that are now on static display at the SAA Museum at Rand Airport. He was also a regular display pilot for SAA on the A340 and 747.

The team has also been a regular performer at air shows in Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and in 2008 were privileged to be invited to perform at the Al Ain International Aerobatic Show in the United Arab Emirate where we performed as “The Wizards” and our display included 2 Extra ES300’s, becoming, we think, the first team to perform with not only two different types of aircraft, but also incorporating two skydivers into the aerobatic display.

The Goodyear Eagles Aerobatic Team continually strive to enrich and improve our displays, not only to entertain but also to educate the airshow public of the full capabilities and manoverability of the wonderful aircraft we fly, namely the Pitts Special S2B and we strive to keep the skies full of thrills for the entire duration of our display.


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The Pitts S2B

General characteristics

Crew: Two ( ONLY ONE DURING AEROBATIC DISPLAYS) • Length: 18 ft 9 in (5.71 m) • Wingspan: 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m) • Height: 6 ft 7⅓ in (2.02 m) • Wing area: 125 ft² (11.6 m²) • Empty weight: 1,150 lb (521 kg) • Max takeoff weight: 1,625 lb (737 kg) • Powerplant: 1× Textron Lycoming AEIO-540-D4A5 flat-six air cooled piston engine, 260 hp (194 kW) Performance • Max speed: 182 knots (210 mph, 338 km/h) • Cruise speed: 152 knots (175 mph, 282 km/h) (max cruise) • Stall speed: 52 knots (60 mph, 97 km/h) • Range: 277 NM (319 mi, 513 km) • Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
• Rate of climb: 2,700 ft/min (13.7 m/s) • Wing loading: 13.0 lb/ft² (63.6 kg/m²) • Power/mass: 0.16 hp/lb (0.26 kW/

The team

Glen Warden: Team Leader

 

Former fighter pilot of the South African Airforce,Glen Warden is the team leader of the team.He has flown the Aermacchi MB326, Mirage and Cheetah jet aircraft, and remains active in the South African Air Force Museum Flight, displaying the Mirage CZ III , the Vampire T11 and the  T6 Harvard. He also spent time as an exchange pilot with the Chilean Air Force flying Mirage 50’s, F-5 E Tigers and A-37 Dragonfly. He is also a civilian jet instructor and display authorisation examiner on the L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros, BAC Strikemaster, and T-2 Buckeye.

 

Dennis Spence: Team Owner and Reserve Leader

 

 

Dennis Spence the team owner,an ex SAA A340 senior Captain, with in excess of 26000 flying hours, of which over 3500+ is on the Pitts Special alone. He has been the owner and operator of the Team since 1985, and represented South Africa in the first Advanced World aerobatic championships in 1995, obtaining South African National colours.

Johan Von Solms: Wingman

A South African Airways Captain, with over 16500 flying hours. He served in the South African Air Force as a fighter Pilot flying the Aeromacchi MB326(Impala) and the Cheetah. He was the 8 Squadron Impala display pilot in 1993 and a 2 Squadron Cheetah display pilot during 1995 and 1996. My father was best mates with David Stead. As a kid growing up near Mooi River on a dairy farm, David would lead simulated attacks on our farm using Harvards and later Impalas from Durban. It sparked a dream that none of my other talents could detach and I thus pursued a flying career that I am very grateful for and proud of.


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Nigel Hopkins: Wingman

 

Nigel Hopkins Is a training Captain at South African Airways on the Airbus A320, he has flown all types of aerobatic aircraft and warbirds including the T28 Trojan and L29 Delphin.He is alsp part of the Team Extreme team.

Paul Coetser:Soloist

Paul Coetser is a SAA Cargo 737 pilot,he is also a former 85 Combat Flying School MB326 Impala display pilot and SAAF Instructor. He has flown the Pitts,Piper Saratoga, MB326 Impala and Pilatus PC7MKII.

Jason Beamish: Reserve Soloist

Jason Beamish is a Aircraft Engineer at Absolute Aviation based at Lanseria Airport. His father Larry Beamish taught him to fly at a young age.He has been surronded by avaition his whole life,he has also flown AN2s,Piper Cub,KingAirs,Pc12s and Caravans and much more.His Total Flying hours: 2,700+ hrs.He is also part of Team Extreme Airshows and a reserve dispaly pilot on the AN2 ‘Little Annie’.

The team will be flying the SAAF Museum Airshow on the 5th May 2018,and the team also has a L29 Delphin that will also be flying at the SAAF Museum Airshow.

 

 

 

Team Xtreme Airshows

Team Xtreme Airshows

With their high energy aerobatic manvureves, Team Xtreme is surly a display to watch  at airshows, Led by SAA Captain Nigel Hopkins and South African World Aerobatic champion,the team is internationally renowned for displaying in China. Team Xtreme Airshows is a Formation Aerobatic Team flown by South African aerobatic pilots. The Team was started in 2010 by Mark Hensman & Nigel Hopkins flying two MX2 aerobatic aircraft in a high-energy duo display. Click here to goto the Team’s website

The team fly high performance aerobatic aircraft ranging from the Walter Extra 330SC and the Extreme Air XA42 Sbach,both aircraft are built in Germany. Team Extreme is a four ship Aerobatic Team,the pilots perform manures  which includes formation & freestyle aerobatics, cross-over passes, synchronized maneuvers and solo gyroscopics.


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The team members often take part in regional and international aerobatic competitions and are regular performers on the airshow circuit, if they arent flying aerobatic aircraft at an airshow.They flying warbirds or jet airliners, each member having different flying experience.Each pilot is an active member of the Sport Aerobatic Club of South Africa and holds an Advanced or Unlimited Aerobatic Rating in addition to the required Display Ratings. The pilots have a combined experience of 47,700 flight hours.

This year already the team has displayed at the FAW Ermelo Airshow in Mpumalanga. Next show on the cards is the SAAF Museum Airshow at Airforce Base Swartkops in Pretoria.The Pretoria airshows are always big and large crowds gather to see some of South Africa’s best pilots perform both civil and military.

The Aerobatic Team has performed nearly 100 displays in South Africa, Southern Africa and China since 2010, Team Xtreme is voted in the top 3 civilian Aerobatic Teams at the inaugural Formation Aerobatic Challenge (FAC 2017) held in Zhengzhou, China.


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Pilots

Nigel Hopkins#1 (Leader) 

Is a training Captain at South African Airways on the Airbus A320,he has flown all types of aerobatic aircraft and warbirds including the T28 Trojan and L29 Delphin.
Total Flying hours: 18,500+ hrs

Mark Sampson#2 (RH Wingman)

Mark is a Captain on Boeing 747s at Cathy Pacific,he is an Ex South African Airforce Pilot.His total Flying hours: 11,500 hrs

Jason Beamish#3 (LH Wingman)

Jason Beamish is a Aircraft Engineer at Absolute Aviation based at Lanseria Airport.His father Larry Beamish taught him to fly at a young age.He has been surronded by avaition his whole life,he has also flown AN2s,Piper Cub,KingAirs,Pc12s and Caravans and much more.His Total Flying hours: 2,700+ hrs

Mark Hensman #4 (Box & Solo)

Is the Team Manager & Aircraft Technician,he was recently Nigel Lambs Aircraft Technician on the Red Bull Air Race Series.He also has a helicopter PPL. His Total Flying hours: 15,500+ hrs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll – Sliver Falcons Formation 2018

Silver Falcons Formation Swartkop 2018

Falcon Formation 2018

In 2017 we ran a Poll for you to select what aircraft you would like to see the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team format with.
The Gripen won the vote. we took the results to Air Boss for the 2017 show. They listened to your vote and agreed to the Formation. The Formation was practiced and flew on the last validation day before the show. What a formation that was to see !
On Show Day, 06 May 2017 the Gripen/Silver Falcon formation was the last Item on the program. Every one was looking forward to it, when a technical problem prevented the Formation that was flown just the day before was to be repeated. This was a big disappointed to the crowd, but one that could not be prevented and was excepted as such by all.

2017 Poll Results

2017 Poll

2017 Poll


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Now, It is Airshow Season 2018 and once again we are running the Poll on what you would like to see in the Formation with the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team. The Air Boss for the SAAF Museum Airshow 2018 will again be monitoring this poll.
Please cast your vote and show the Air Boss what you want to see in formation with our Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team at the SAAF Museum 2018 Airshow to be held 05 May 2018

Cast your Vote below:

 

What will you like to see in Formation with the Silver Falcons

  • Gripen (40%, 123 Votes)
  • Rooivalk (21%, 66 Votes)
  • C130 (11%, 35 Votes)
  • Vampire (9%, 29 Votes)
  • Airliner (8%, 26 Votes)
  • Hawk (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Impala (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Albatross (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 309

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See Gripen and Silver Falcons in Formation

Photos form past Silver Falcons Formations

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Updates to the SAAF Museum Airshow 2018

Updates to the SAAF Museum Airshow 2018


This page is dedicated to the SAAF Museum airshow 2018
&
Keeping you updated in what to expect and information.


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SAAF Museum Airshow Friday Final Validations 2018-05-04

Today was the last day for validations from both civilian and military aircraft.The crowd are in for a great show,we look forward to seeing alot of the Aviation Central fans.

Airforce Base Zwartkop Airshow Layout  2018-05-04

 

SAAF Museum Youth Developmewnt Program  to be Hosted on Friday 2018-05-03

 

 

 

SAAF Museum Airshow Thursday Validations 2018-05-03

Throughout the day the base welcomed a couple of arrivals from SAAF aircraft and helicopters,that being a 16 Squadron Rooivalk and three 85 Combat Flying School Hawk mk120s from AFB Makhado.The Museum validated theire display with a total of 16 aircraft all belonging to the SAAF Museum.Capital Sounds also arrived to set up the broadcast equipment for the day.2 Squadron Gripens are expected to arrive at AFB Zwartkop on Friday 2018-05-04,that will also many busy validations during ther course of the day!

SAAF Museum Airshow  Wednesday Validations 2018-05-02

Today we saw a couple of Museum Flying assets getting ready for the show on Saturday.There were also two Oryx Helicopters operating out of the base and the Museums Puma Helicopter.Tomorrow we will see and hear ‘NOISE FROM ABOVE ‘keep your eyes and ears on the lookout above Pretoria tomorrow!

 


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SAAF Museum Airshow 2018 Media Briefing 2018-05-02

The SAAF Museum media briefing was held at AFB Zwartkop West,a different venue compare to previous years.The theme for this year is “Our Indomitable Spirit”. The theme appreciates and recognizes the collective and individual sacrifices of the members in pursuit and realization of the SAAF’s mandate. As the aviation historical hub of the SAAF, SAAF Museum continues in its endeavors in collecting, restoring, preserving and exhibiting heritage and traditions of the SAAF and military aviation.

Above Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Bruintjies(OC SAAF Museum)addressing the media.

The SAAF Museum Airshow is designed to attract aviation enthusiasts, the general public as well as current and former members of the SAAF. Providing an opportunity to celebrate military aviation in both static and flying conditions.
Aircraft:
Members of the public may expect to see the following aircraft on the day:

SAAF

2 Squadron JAS39 Gripens,85 Combat Flying School Hawk MK120,16 Squadron Rooivalks,Agusta A109LUH,Oryx AS32,28 Squadron C130BZ,Pilatus PC7

Museum aircraft:
Allouette II, Allouette III, SA 330L Puma, Harvard, Atlas C4M Kudu, Aermacchi AM 3C Bosbok, Vampire, Cessna 185 and Patchen Explora

Tickets:
Tickets are available at Computickets at R80.00, children under 16 years free.
Public is encouraged to buy tickets before coming to the event.

Gates:
Gates will open from 07:00 till 17:00. The Air Show starts at 09:00.

Parking:
Parking for people with disabilities will be at North Gate (Corner Old Johannesburg road & Trichard Road). The general public will also park alongside Old Johannesburg Road & Trichard Road. There will be car guards however members of the public are informed that parking will be at own risk.

There will be traffic congestion and excessive aircraft noise.

The SAAF therefore appeals for tolerance and understanding from the public especially Residence of Valhalla, Centurion and other surrounding areas.

Bus Shuttle:
Gautrain buses will be available to shuttle people from Centurion and Pretoria Stations to the venue. Gautrain cards are required for the use of this service.

Vendors:

Own food and soft drink is permitted, strictly no coolerboxes and no Alcohol permitted to take in or out of beer garden.

Wednesday Gautrain Alouette II Race 2018-05-02

The early morning sunrise saw  two SAAF Museum Alouette Helicopters,the Alouette II flown by Dave Keijer which was used to race the Gautrain from Midrand Station to Centurion Station,while the other Alouette who Leanne Manas a South African TV presenter at the SABC especially known as the anchor of the flagship show, Morning Live.That Alouette was flown by Billy Port,one again the Alouette won the race!


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L-R Major Ntokozo Ntshangase,Leanne Manas and  Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Bruintjies(OC SAAF Museum)

L-R Dave Keijer and Leanne Manas

Tuesday Arrival and Validations 2018-05-01

Today we saw the first of the arrivals for the SAAF Museum Airshow,The Goodyear Eagles Pitts Specials and Aero L39 ‘ZUTEE’ did their validations.We will bring you more updates tomorrow from AFB Zwartkop,as the Museum Alouette is set to race the Gautrain.


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Press release from the SAAF museum

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Corporate Hospitality
The airshow provide corporates with an opportunity to book a Hospitality Lounge where they can host clients and stakeholders to enjoy exciting aerobatic displays in a relaxed and secure environment. This investment will also allow an opportunity to network with captains of the aerospace and defence industry and also provide brand exposure to over 40 000 visitors expected to grace this year’s event.

For Corporate Hospitality Lounge booking please send email to hospitality@saafmuseumairshow.co.za


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Update 12 Apr 2018

Gautrain once again partnered up with the Team from the SAAF Museum and will be providing transport to and from the SAAF Museum Airshow.

How this works: You get on the Gautrain at any station and head to Centurion Station. Get off at Centurion and get on the Gautrain bus marked foe the Airshow. The Bus will then drop you off at the Main gate to Swartkop AFB, On Return just boarded the next departing bus as the main gate that will return you to centurion station, hop on your train that will take you back to your origination station. One simple hassle free way to attend the SAAF Museum Airshow 2018

Participating Aircraft list will be announced later part of Next week (+/- 20th April )


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Update 09 Apr 2018

Air Show Ticket

Air Show Tickets

Tickets now online at Computicket, click here to get your tickets, R80pp and Kids under 16 get in Free!

Tickets also available at Computicket stores or at any Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, House and Home or at selected OK Furniture and Usave stores

Computicket – The Ticket you can Trust


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Update 15 Feb 2018


Airshow planning meeting was held today, 15 February at Swartkop Air Force Base. Many key members was not present due the fact that that they are attending Armed Forces Day in Kimberly.
The Ticket vendor for online sales has been finalized and we will be posting where you can get your Tickets in March. The 2018 Prices remain R80pp and kids under 16 Free. Pensioners pay full price.
We got a glimpse of the official 2018 Airshow poster and its looks GOOD! The theme for the 2018 SAAF Museum Airshow is “Our Indomitable spirit”
To find Swartkop Air Force Base where this Airshow will be hosted on google Maps click here…
Vendors Airshow

Vendor slots are filling up very quickly, so if you are interested, get your applications in ASAP!
Online Applications: http://saafmuseumairshow.co.za/#vendor 
Contact Peron: Capt M Kelbrick
Contact email: markkelbrick@yahoo.com
Contact Phone: 0824137577

Lots of sponsorship opportunities available and a few VIP chalets are available. If you are interested, please contact the Airshow office: Maj Ntokozo Ntshangase, 012 351 2236

No Discussions was made towards the programme or visiting aircraft.  Please vote for your Silver Falcons Formation that you would like to see., Click here to vote


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Update 05 Feb 2018


Friday 4th May will be the Youth day with many aviation related career expo stand available to explore.
Saturday 5th May is the Big date, the one that many South Africans are eagerly waiting to arrive.
Ticket price for the 2018 show remains unchanged as it has been for the last few years at R80 PP and Kids under 16 get free entry.
Ticket sales will go online in March, pop back to this page regularly for updates on where you will be able to buy your prepaid tickets.
No Aircraft nor Flight program information is available yet and will only be slowly released towards the end of March.
Vendor contact information:
If you would like to become a vendor at this year’s Air Show please contact Captain Ntshangase or Corporal Nyosi on one of the following numbers:
Capt Mark Kelbrick , 0824137577  Office hours only!
Airshow Office:
Maj Ntokozo Ntshangase, 012 351 2236 Office hours only!

Poll – What will you like to see if Formation with the Silver Falcons?
Click here to cast your vote



See Gripen and Silver Falcons in Formation

02 Feb 2018 was SAAF’s 98th Birthday

**The 2018 Airshow is Not part of this birthday celebrations**
Read more…

SAAF 98 Birthday

SAAF 98 Birthday

SAAF Museum Flight Training Day Feb 2018

SAAF Museum Flight Training Day, Feb 2018


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03 January 2018 saw the 1st SAAF Museum Flight training day. All Pilots, Museum staff, Support & Ground crew as well as the public was out in full force after a two-month break. We attended the Pilots briefing and had a nice chat to the Officer Commanding and Media Liaison officer of the SAAF museum about the Upcoming SAAF museum Airshow and the Monthly flight training days.

Pilots, Museum staff, Support & Ground crew

Pilots, Museum staff, Support & Ground Crew

The day was highlighted with two passes from the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team. The passes included the backup aircraft and making this a very rare 6 sip formation. The Falcons took from Waterkloof Air Force Base to fly back home to Langebaanweg after AF Day Parade flypast.

6 Ship Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team

6 Ship Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team

When is the Monthly flight training day normally held?
This is normally on the 1st Saturday of every month unless otherwise notified by the OC of the SAAF museum. The Next flight training day will be on 03 March.
This day is being used to keep the Pilots current on the Museum Aircraft and keeping the Aircraft in the air by doing the necessary flying hours needed to keep the airworthy.

Museum Aircraft

Today we had the Friends of the Museum out with their Boerewors rolls, Spitfire Restoration Project and more Museum affiliated stands and displays. The Windsock, an very popular restaurant at the museum was also busy with long queues. Airboss for the day was the very competed Lt. Col. Francois Hanekom (Hosepipe).

Museum Aircraft

Museum Aircraft


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The Museum hat almost all serviceable aircraft out flying today and Putting this all together the day after the Air Force Day Parade on the same base was an excellent achievement by the Museum staff.
We at Aviation Central has been given the official “OK” to promote the SAAF Museum Flight Training days and the SAAF Museum Airshow 2018 so be sure to pop back to our Website or Facebook site on Airshow updates.

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