Friday, July 29, 2005

News from the SA team at the Jet World Masters in Hungary -- from Zane Mannell

Some good news from Hungary.

For those that are not aware, the SA Team for the World Jet Masters in Hungary left on Monday(obviously not SAA!) The team consists of Greg Casson - MIG 29, Glen Roberts - T33 and Mark Savage - Vampire. There was some consternation on Monday when Mark and James Peel (Manager)were stuck at Durban because SAA was not flying. The ended up leaving Durban by Kombi at about 11:00 and would have to check in at 17:00 for the flight to Hungary via Frankfurt. Greg and Glen arrived at JHB INT at 16:00 after been told that they could bring the boxes straight to the check-in counter! Obviously when the boxes arrived at the Check-in counter their story changed. After much running around and lots of help from Danie Potgieter Snr, it was decided that the boxes had to go to Lufthansa Cargo! At this stage, Mark was still at Heidelburg! The lady from Lufthansa, Carla, was extremely helpful in resolving the crisis. Mark was redirected to the cargo drop-off and arrived at check-in just after 18:00. After things had calmed down to a panic, everyone went for a quick dirnk and the boarded.

Just heard from the team over there that everone had had a flight and that everything went well.

I think that the static judgeging starts tomorrow. For those who are interested, Greg had a major glitch problem on the first 2 flight and then installed and new servo isolator with Lipo batteries and the problem wen away. Next problem was to get the aircraft below 20kg! This is a twin turbine with hydraulic undercarridge. After drilling holes in everything, filling any excess metal of anything that didn't need it. Ended up with about 100g to spare in the end!

As some of you know, Mark lost his L39 about a month before the comp! Fortunately he still had his Vampire in mothballs and copuld just install a new turbine and had a couple of flights.

Glen had a trouble free run up to their departure.

The news is that they are very confident of doing well over there!

If anyone wants to post some messages, I will get it to them as I am going to try and speak to them on a daily basis as soon as the comp really gets going!

Will keep you all posted on the progress


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