Monthly Archives: April 2018

WesBank Botswana International Air Show (Matsieng)

WesBank Botswana International Air Show (Matsieng)

This is defiantly an must attend airshow, Fly-in, Drive in or Just pop in for the day, Just be there!

The Botswana Airshow to be held at Matsieng Aerodrome (FBMA) in Botswana on 26 May 2018 is not only about having a tremendous day of fun and excitement for aviation enthusiasts all over Southern Africa.
All the proceeds, after accounting for all costs of presenting the event, is donated to local charities and worthy social institutions.
The organisers of Botswana Airshow 2018 would like to express its gratitude to the many sponsors, benefactors, participants and the visiting public which all contribute towards making the Botswana Airshow a success for seven consecutive years and we are all looking forward to welcoming everybody on 26 May at Matsieng Aerodrome for Botswana Airshow 2018.
Let us all make a special effort to have great fun and excitement while knowing that proceeds go for very worthy charitable causes.

Gates open at 08h00 and the show will finish at 17h00

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Tickets Sales

Ticket: P120 (Adult) / P60 (6-17 years)

(Free for children under 6 accompanied by paying Adult)

 VIP Tickets are available. Tickets include:

  • VIP Access to Airshow Grounds
  • VIP Parking Access (Including Security guards) VIP Shuttle service to VIP tent and back to VIP Parking.
  • Free Delivery of VIP tickets before Airshow Date Free drinks (Beer/Wine/Soft drinks/Water) and cash bar for liquor other than beers and wine.
  • Exclusive viewing deck next to airstrip
  • Free Snacks throughout the day
  • Free Lunch

 Price: P1200

For VIP Tickets please contact us for more information or buy them online on

Available at all Computicket Outlets Shoprite / Checkers / OK Furniture

Camping for the weekend

Please note: Camping is strictly for pilots flying in with their registered passengers. NO PUBLIC CAMPING!!!!!!

Accommodation options for two nights

P220.00 p/p/p/night – you bring your own tent, mattress, pillow and bedding (the cost includes entry tickets for the Air Show on Saturday)
P360.00 p/p sharing p/night (2-man tent provided – you bring your own mattress, pillow and bedding) – IMPORTANT: Tents provided for people not sharing will be charged at the full amount of P800 p/night. (the cost includes an entry ticket for the Air Show on Saturday)
P545 p/p sharing p/night (2-man tent provided + matrass and bedding)
P600 p/p sharing p/night (2-man tent provided + bed, matrass and bedding)

Booking for all options are essential.

Pula/Rand rate will be fixed at the rate of R1.30 for P1.00

Please contact for more information.
Fly-in, information go to

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Matsieng Airshow 26 May 2018

Participating aircraft:

09:00 Opening: Pierre Jacobs/ Hot Air Balloon
09:30 Botswana Skydive Parachute Drop
10:00 Slick 360 Conrad Botha
10:15 Boeing Stearman- Ivan van der Schaar
10:45 Pitts Special Formation: Good Year Eagles
11:00 Slick 540 Neville Ferreira
11:15 T5 Harvard’s- Puma Energy Flying Lions
11:30 L29 Albatross Jet- Glen Warden
11:45 EXTRA330SC- Nigel Hopkins
12:00 Team X-treme- Nigel, Mark H, Mark S, Jason
12h15 Bell 407 Altech Netstar Alister Brown
12:30 Antonov AN2 Little Annie- Mark Hill
12:45 Raptors RV-Formation- Pierre Gouws
13:00 Extra 300- Absolute Aviation- Jason Beamish
13:15 R44 Helicopter True North Aviation/I-CAT
13:30 Extra 300LP- Andrew Blackwood-Murray
13:45 Botswana Skydive Parachute Drop
13:55 CHARITY Handover Ceremony
14:00 Botswana Model Aircraft- Thero Matenge
14:15 EXTRA330SC- Nigel Hopkins
14:30 R22 Helicopter- Danie Terreblanche
15:00 Aerospatiale SA316 Alouette 11&111 Helicopter- Juba/Rob
15h15 Slick 540 Neville Ferreira
15:30 Raptors RV-Formation
16:00 L29 Albatross Jet- Glen Warden(Vlam)
16:10 Air-Tractor- True North Aviation
16:30 Pitts Special Formation: Good Year Eagles
16:45 Magni Gyrocopter- Matthew Zalewski
17:00 Team X-treme- Nigel, Mark H, Mark S, Jason
17:30 T5 Harvard’s- Puma Energy Flying Lions
17:45 R22- Danie Terreblanhe
18:00 CLOSE

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 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.


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


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.
Airfield catering will be available Friday afternoon and Saturday


Updates – Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2018)

17 August 2018

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