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Stellenbosch Airshow 2019 What to expect

Stellenbosch Airshow 2019

Stellenbosch Flying Club Airshow

Dubbed FASHKOSH, a play on Stellenbosch’s official airfield name FASH and OSHKOSH, the single biggest airshow and gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the world which takes place annually at Oshkosh Wisconsin in the USA, the 2019 Stellenbosch Airshow takes place on the 23rd of March and promises to be bigger, louder and more exciting than in previous years.

Friday 22nd March is a practice day for the participating pilots and the Stellenbosch Flying Club will host a youth development day with around 200 learners from local schools attending where they will have the opportunity to gain first hand insights into possible careers in aviation. They will also be able to get up close to the participating pilots and aircraft, in particular the South African Airforce.

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The program for show day provides non-stop adrenalin and entertainment with some of the highlights of the show being the South African Airforce Silver Falcons, a Boeing 737 airliner flypast, the first public display in South Africa of the Pilatus PC24 small business jet and for the first time in the Western Cape a skydiver will jump with the biggest South African flag ever to fly. Team Extreme will thrill with their precision formation aerobatics display, and Working on Fire will demonstrate it’s capable team of firefighting helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that have been seen hard at work around the Cape over the last few weeks. These are but a few of the exciting aircraft to be seen on the day.

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World renowned airshow commentator Brian Emmenis and Capital Sounds will bring you informative and entertaining commentary and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Gates open for spectators at 0800 with visiting aircraft of various descriptions flying in until the emergency cavalcade procession at 1015 whereafter the show will be opened by the skydivers

Tickets are available online at Webticket at R150 for adults and R100 for children. Under four years old enter for free. Numbers are limited and very few tickets will be available at the gate so get yours online early.

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Stellenbosch AirShow Program 2019

Wide spread that covers most of the flying disciplines. From paragliders gliders, helo’s, business jets, fighter jets, formation team extreme aerobatics, competition aerobatics, flag jumps, gyro planes, model aircraft, simulated firefighting, simulated armed response and medivac, warbirds, new types on market.

A few not normally seen in the Western Cape. (Hidden in the program are a number of firsts at Stellenbosch.)

Below is subject to availability of aircraft & crew and is not in display order

  1. Power Para Gliders
  2. Large scale model Jets
  3. Biggest SA Flag skydivers
  4. SAAF Silver Falcons
  5. L 39 fighter jet
  6. Aero Machi Bosbok Ex SAAF
  7. Glider and Tug display
  8. Vintage Tiger Moth and Chipmunk display
  9. Emergency vehicle cavalcade
  10. Bell 407 Helicopter
  11. Howard vintage
  12. Cessna 195 vintage
  13. Boeing 737 airliner
  14. “THE HULK” display
  15. Pilatus PC 24 business jet
  16. Motor Glider
  17. Raptors Aerobatic Formation team
  18. RV Aerobatic solo display
  19. Gyrocopter M16
  20. Shock Cub display
  21. Team Extreme Aerobatic team
  22. Aviat Husky short field performance (Stellenbosch first female display pilot)
  23. Nashua Extra 300
  24. Harvard T6 Display
  25. Boeing Stearman Aerobatic display
  26. Black Hawk Helicopter
  27. Huey helicopter
  28. Piper Malibu
  29. Piper Aerostar
  30. Airborne armed response/ medivac demo
  31. Working on Fire demonstration

The above is subject to availability of aircraft and crew. Will be updated closer to the event.

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Wings Over Howick 2018

Wings Over Howick 2018

On the weekend of the 9th of March Wings Over Howick ( RC Event ) was held at the Howick Glider Club and with a number of pilots coming from all over the country,it was a great turnout indeed. — By Trevor Viljoen

Wings Over Howick

Sunday was a early start, up at 04h00 and on the road at 05h00 up to Howick with the weather looking very good with a light wind and a awesome sunrise behind us and as we got to the field you could see and feel a good vibe and by the sounds of it, the guys had a good Saturday night talking around the fire which is always awesome to see and hear.

The best thing about this field is where it is and you get fullsize aircraft coming into land and taking off which the guys on the ground and the pilots in the air are always talking to each other about where they are and where are the rc gliders in the air which is nice for all to know.

Now for you guys that have not seen or been to an event such as this, ITS SAFETY FIRST FOR EVERYONE even that it is a Radio Controlled Aircraft THEY ARE NOT TOYS they can go some real damage to you or anyone. Ok so some of the gliders don’t have a motor in the front to full it into the air and some do!

The gliders that don’t have any motors are fulled into the air by a TUG, now a TUG is also a RC aircraft that is designed for such a thing as pulling a glider into the air and when the get to the height the glider pilot will pull up and the tow rope will release from the glider and then the glider is free from the TUG to fly on its own and do what the pilot wants to do with it, the TUG will then clear out the way of the glider and come and land where another glider will be waiting for a tow by the TUG. Its really awesome to see!
Wings Over Howick

The gliders with motors are hand thrown and with the pull of the prop will go up to a height and it does not take long too where then the pilot will cut the motor and the prop will fold back and then they can do what they need to do.

This event had a few things for the glider pilots to do which all did very well and Well Done to them indeed

Results From The Wings Over Howick 2018

Longest Thermal – Andrew Marshall
2nd Longest Thermal – Jason Durban Drone Guy
3rd Longest Thermal – Dean Halley
Tugger of the Event – Dean Hally
‘Skid Marks’ Champ – Chris Adrian
Most Beaut ‘Old Timer’ – Chris Adrian
Best Modern Glider – Clint Du Toit
Aerotower Of The Event – John Greenfield
Man Of The Match – Kenneth Lello
Most Suffering Wife – Lesley Ann Du Toit
Winner GPS Racing – Chris Adrian
2nd GPS Racing – John Greenfield
3rd GPS Racing – Johan Bruwer Snr & Wouter

A BIG THANK YOU to Dave Claxton, Russell Brent Conradt and everyone that put this event together, WELL DONE ALL my cap is off to you all – Trevor Viljoen

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Gates Learjet 35 RC Model

Gates Learjet 35 RC Model

The Learjet is an iconic plane that made history as the era of Private business jets started in the early 70’s.

Aviatix have modeled the Aviatix L35 as accurate as possible, even the rims, struts and wheels are perfectly scale and well presented by the electric retract system. Lots of other functions like lights and cockpit/cabin scale detail are also included with scale realism that will impress everyone at the field. Just like the real machine the Aviatix L35 fly like a dream and will handle like a jet should – straight and precise. When it’s time for landing she slows right down in landing configuration with the flaps and Gear down and our awesome electric brakes will do the rest. All the parts remove with ease, so getting her to the field is also easy in most Hatchback/midsize vehicles or any SUV despite her decent size.
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This Stunning Radio Controlled Learjet is made in Aviatix factory in Pretoria East. We at Aviation Central will visit the Factory soon to bring you inside view of this amazing factory and all models available from them.

Learjet 35 – General Specifications

Crew 1 RC Pilot: – Intermediate-advanced flying skills
Capacity: Ken and 6 Barbie Dolls
Length: 96″ / 2,45m
Wingspan: 78″ / 1,99m
Height: 22″ / 0,562m
Aspect Ratio: 5.74:1
Empty Weight: 19lb (9kg)
Max takeoff weight: Electric 28lb (13kg) – Turbine 37lb (17kg)
Fuel Capacity Electric: 4 x 6S Lipo 5000mAh – Turbine 1.3 Gal / 5 litre
Powerplant:
Electric 2 x 105mm 12 Blade EDF-11 lb / 5kg Thrust each
Turbine 2 x Jetcat or Kingtech Turbine 4,5 – 6kg Thrust Each

 

Construction Photos

Learjet 45 Fuselage

 

RC Learjet 45 Wing

Ready to fly Photos

Learjet 35 – Versions

When you purchase the radio combo or RTF versions of our planes, you will be getting all the servos and radio gear already factory installed professionally! The added cost is comparable or often less than what you would pay purchasing those items seperately. We get a much better deal directly from the manufacturers of Servos for some of the main servo brands and well known brands like Align Helicopters. We also select the perfect servo and weight combination for the application saving you the school fees losing a plane because of a servo failure. On the major flight surfaces we use only Metal or Titanium gear digital coreless servos of and on other functions metal gear and sometimes analog servos for some functions requiring it.
Plug your Receiver in and match the channels as per this table, set the correct control throws, charge the batteries, and you are ready to fly!
Included is the Channel requirements and setup specifications. Note: DL500 in the Receiver channels needed are functions handled by the DL500 Gear Controller sequencer and no radio channels are needed for such operation. The DL500 comes with the correct Learjet software and profile already installed.

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Gates Learjet 35 – Colour options

Custom colors is available at 10% extra.

Spare Parts
Aviatix planes are made of the finest materials using the best equipment and processes. The result is a flyable quality plane that needs little maintenance as long as they are properly flown and treated. Our planes can at least withstand the average bad landings we all have sometime or in rough weather conditions! Please keep in mind that although we do engineer a fair amount of redundancy into parts, in order to make a plane that flies well, it needs to be light. To do that its built and engineered to be flown hard in air an not into something harder than the air! In the event of an accident, we do have the parts to repair!

 


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The Aero Club Air Week

Aero Club Airweek

Do you love Aviation, like we at Aviation Central do?

If there is only a small bit of Yes in your thought now, then The Aero Club Air Week is for you.
The Air week is for anyone with a love for Aviation and anything “Aviation” goes! This is to be the biggest gathering of Aviation Lovers Southern Africa has ever seen and it all in build up to the Aero Club of South Africa’s centenary celebrations in 2020, Yes it’s not only SAAF that will be turning 100 in the year 2020 but the Aero Club of South Africa as well and they are starting early with the build-up.
Aero Club SA
This is definitely another reason to attend the air week. Middelburg Aeroclub was on the top 3 Airshow of the years in 2016 and 2017, Although this is not an airshow, it shows you that the guys from Middelburg can put up a spectacular aviation event and with an event of this type and the guys from Middelburg Aeroclub, you don’t want to miss out.
MiddelBurg Aero Club
Drive in or Fly in, just get there on the weekend 09-11 March 2018, the place to be Middelburg Aero Club (Click here to view airport location in google maps) Camping on Airport, Bring your own tent (Free) or Rent. Tent rentals. single tent for the weekend will be R670 per person and Double Tents will be R460 per person sharing. Meals will be available onsite or just bring your own. We will update once meal prices is available. More than enough fuel will be onsite, and once again we will publish fuel prices is available. Please note it is very important to register your attendance at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/7AycmuSBTbTY2Bkt2


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This is some of the disciples that we can see at this year’s event at Middelburg.   (Not all listed!)

• Spot landing competitions (for everything that got airborne, including hot air balloons and gyrocopters)
• Fun rallies for all aircraft types and speeds (short duration introduction navigational rallies)
• Fly markets (sell the aviation things you no longer need)
• On airfield camping Own tent or rented tent
• Drone racing
• Forums on various topics
• Introduction to Aerobatics – all classes and judging initiation
• Balloon night-glows
• Vintage aircraft
• Gyrocopters
• Jets
• Radio Controlled
• Aerobatics
• Light sport aircraft
• Microlights
• Gliders
• Motor gliders
• Helicopter
• Ultralights
• Aviation Photographers Dream


Interim Line-up of events for the Air Week!

Time Friday 9th March 2018   Saturday 10th March 2018   Sunday 11th March 2018
0600 0600 Balloon inflation and flight 0600 Balloon inflation and flight
0700 Arrivals / Breakfast 0700 Microlight Navigation observation and Timing 0700 Epic Aviation – Paramotor Introduction
0800 Breakfast 0800 Breakfast 0800 Breakfast
0900 0900 Navigation Rally 0900
1000  Airfield Opens (ATC & EMS) 1000 Navigation Rally – continued 1000 Aerobatics Demo (All Classes)
1100 1100 Navigation Rally – continued 1100
1200 Lunch 1200 Lunch 1200
1300 1300 Gliding Launches 1300 Departures
1400 1400 Gyro Maize Bombing

Drone Racing

1400
1500 Gliding Launches 1500 Radio Model Jets / Large Scale Aerobatics 1500
1600 1600 Formation Aerobatic Team Introduction 1600
1700 1700 Epic Aviation – Paramotor Introduction 1700
1800 Dinner , Safety First Aviator Launch (30 min) 1800 Braai and Entertainment, BAFSA Night Glow 1800

How to get there by Air

FAMB:  Elevation – 4886 ft
Runway: 02/20 –1345 m  – gravel – not lighted
14/32 –1800 m – Tarred – Lighted
Circuit altitude:   6500 ALT (1500 AGL)
Circuit direction: All to the south west of RWY 14/32, RH circuit for Rwy 14, LH circuit for Rwy 32
If required the gravel runway 02/20 is available and subject to ATC instructions.
Call FAMB tower (127.95) 10 nm’s inbound. Expect to join overhead (2000 AGL or 7000 ALT ) or otherwise as instructed by ATC. The Aerodrome will be open to all traffic. Scheduled activities will get priority. Ground Frequency allocated will be (120.20)
Joining From The West (Witbank) Route along the N4 East bound from Witbank to the intersection N4/R35.  Call ATC 127.95 for joining instructions.  The initial routing from the intersection will be north bound along the N11 to FAMB or otherwise instructed by ATC.
Joining From The South Route north bound either along the R35 or N11. If joining via the R35 (North bound) route to the intersection R35/N4 and call ATC for joining instructions.
Joining From The East (Belfast) Route along the N4 West bound from Belfast to the intersection N4/N11. Call ATC at the intersection for joining instructions.  The routing from the intersection will be north bound along the N11 to FAMB or otherwise instructed by ATC.
Joining From The North (Loskopdam) Call FAMB ATC at Loskop dam for routing instruction.


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How to get there by Road

Take a drive up the N4, and take the R575 and then the R555, and then the M11 out north of the town.


Exhibitors

All Aviation related suppliers invited to Exhibit at a minimal cost. Commercial price per stand is R1500 for the weekend. Corporate Vendor Sales per stand is R5000 for the weekend. Vendors sales per stand is R 500 for the weekend. AeCSA member Aicraft Sale stand is R 200 for the weekend. Non AeCSA member Aircraft Sales is R 700 for the weekend. Exhibitors committed so far:

  • Adventure Air
  • Warbirds
  • The Airplane Factory
  • Century Avionics
  • Epic Aviation
  • Comav

Sections are encouraged to showcase their section by setting up a Gazebo and to engage with pilots.


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Sponsorship Appeal

The goal of the Airweek is to raise awareness of the different recreational aviation activities in South Africa between the section members and to make it a Recreational pilot Gathering.

In order to meet this goal, we request your help in securing sponsorship for various facilities and activities to promote recreational aviation, in this respect support is sought for:

  • Kiddie Entertainment – Jumping Castle
  • Beer Tent
  • Portable Showers for Camping on the Airfield
  • A Marquee Tent to host the various activities

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The internet has become a mine field of weather information giving aviators a false sense that they have briefed themselves appropriately with weather information before their flights.

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We specialise in all aircraft instrumentation, avionics and autopilot repairs, overhauls and installations, including EFIS installations. We also have a wide variety of loaner units to reduce time on the ground for your aircraft, and all work will come with a free quotation if required.

Flightdeck Instrument Systems currently holds the agencies for JP Instruments (engine monitoring), Alcor (engine management), Aircraft Spruce, EDMO and MGL Avioincs to name a few, with others being added all the time. We are also authorised installers for Aspen Avionics.

Flightdeck Instrument Systems operates out of Tempe Airport in Bloemfontein. We have just moved into new premises which boast a massive state of the art workshop as well as a spacious hangar, so your aircraft can be looked after like it is our own. Give us a call for you instrument, autopilot and avionics requirements.

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