Thursday, December 31, 2009
INDOOR CHALLENGE 23rd JANUARY 2010 HELD AT HALL 'F', PRETORIA SHOWGROUNDS,SOUTER STREET,PRETORIA - CHANGE OF KNOWN SCHEDULE -- Chris Harris
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here are some photos of items stolen from Torsten at an armed robbery at Irene recently.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Who knows how far the course of aviation would have gone by now if only someone had followed the lead of the Johnson boys, who designed a fabulous, streamlined airplane twenty five years too soon?
They are old men now and their hair is white. They speak slowly and let sentences lapse. But they stand straight and walk with honest pride because, as young men, they achieved something extraordinary - and today the world has acknowledged the achievement.
If the world had noticed them at the time, their name, Johnson, would have been emblazoned in aviation history next to Bleriot and Wright and Curtiss and Martin. But the young brothers were isolated in the backwoods of the Middle West and if there had been a conspiracy, events and time could not have been more brutally against them.Their tragedy, and America’s loss, was a plane twenty five yeas ahead of its time.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Friday, August 14, 2009
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Friday, August 07, 2009
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Friday, July 10, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The team consisting of Glen Roberts, Francios Diedrechsen, Mark Savage and Marthinus Potgieter ended second in the team contest. Glen Roberts ended second in the individual class as well,. He had the second highest static score with his scratch built Vampire. Mark and Marthinus also did very well in static. Unfortunately Marthinus did not have a complete flight in any of his three rounds with flames outs in every flight. Mark had a no start and Glen also a flame out in one round. Francios had a retract pipe burst which messed up his second flight(and the bottom of the aircraft).
Well done to Team SA.
See some more info and pictures on www.sajets.co.za
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Here are some pictures, and captions. Great news with Alan Smith winning the FAI Silver Medal.
Thirteen pilots competed in 11 gruelling rounds, and eight of them progressed to the finals. One-by-one, the great names failed to stretch their flight times, and were eliminated, until only two remained standing: Massimiliano Sacchi (Italy), and Alan Smith (South Africa). At 20:00 on Friday 12th June , when the chances of finding lift were very slim, the two finalists launched. Sacchi found the conditions more favourable and Alan missed the max by a mere 20 seconds.
This achievement must surely be the highlight of South Africa's aeromodelling activities for many years, and will hopefully inspire others to greater heights too.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
My view is this:
The SAMAA exists solely to look after its members' interests and for no other reason.
As such the association's first priority is to be aware of what its members want and take whatever steps it can to meet these needs.
Its job is not to enforce the laws of the land but rather to change the law or mitigate its effects to help its members.
There are two good examples of this. Firstly the acquisition of the 35Mhz band for model flying. Secondly the ongoing attempts to get the CAA height restriction lifted over registered fields.
Recently there were two golden opportunities to help members. I drew your attention to both but for whatever reason you chose to do nothing or pass the buck. The opportunities arose from a discussion on SARFLY about 2,4Ghz equipment, and insurance. Both things are of interest to our members.
I know that SARFLY is not a SAMAA group which is why I apprised you of the matter. However many contributors to SARFLY are SAMAA members, and those who are not are potential ones.
Firstly you declined to take action to issue Advice and Guidance on the matter of equipment not type-approved by ICASA.
There were two quite specific queries, the answers to which are matters of fact, not opinion:
(i) What does type-approval mean? Does it legalize the operation of equipment, or does it simply indicate that the equipment meets the legal requirements?
(ii) Bearing this in mind and in terms of clause 4.1 of the policy will the SAMAA insurance cover members who operate non type-approved equipment?
Crucial questions that need unambiguous answers.
Secondly you sidestepped the issue of leaning on ICASA to speed up type-approval for the many new R/C sets coming to market. You passed the buck to Dave Armitage, and raised the problem of cost - R2000 per type-approval.
I have the utmost respect for Dave's technical ability, likewise his integrity and honesty. But he is a dealer so the matter of Conflict of Interest cannot be denied. I know the committee is aware of this so something rather more rigorous is needed.
On the matter of the fee I would have thought that our members would be happy with this. In a budget of over R 1 million it is drop in the ocean. (I just hope no one says that we cannot spend it because it was not budgeted. This is the original, and most feeble excuse for inaction).
I look forward to your reply.
Here is Percy's reply...
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Sanjay Quality Products
Hobby Flight Centre
Fire Fly Hobbies
Fly Fun Hobbies
CD’s Pub and Curry Shack
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Guns and Gifts
Cape Sail Planes
SA Model Sport
Hobby Magic Bloem
African Utility Supplies
SA Model Magazine
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Sunday, March 08, 2009
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Please note that the entries will be restricted to 50 pilots only and the closing date for entries will be 03 April 2009, whichever comes first. By entry I mean entry form submitted and money in the bank. So hurry and get those entries in.
We will post a bulletin with accommodation recommendations and more info regarding the comp early next week.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I am proud to announce that CRF will be hosting the Free-State Championship again.
You are all invited to have a weekend of laughter and fun with us…..and some flying
Here's the entry form.(pdf)
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I had a meeting this afternoon with Athol Frans finalizing the photo completion that ran for modelers in the African Pilot magazine. There were a total of 62 e-mails received with over 200 photographs of models competing for an African Pilot cover page photograph. The winner will be announced in the March issue of African Pilot.
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