Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SAMJA Open Jet Day Air Force Base Zwartkop

Dear All,

Please be informed that on 7 October 2012 the Air Force Museum facility at Air Force Base Zwartkop will be available for open Jet flying from 10h00 until 16h00. This will be a monthly arrangement.

SAMJA and SAMAA membership is compulsory. Pilots must be in possession of a valid SAMAA card to fly. Only Gas Turbines and Ducted Fans above 90mm will be welcome. A landing fee of R50.00 will be levied for the day. All non-SAMJA pilots that would like to fly should join SAMJA before the 7th of October 2012 as double membership fees will be levied on the day at the event. All documents and bank detail available on our web site.

No catering will be available on the day so please provide. Braai fires will be available as from 15h00, so please bring some meat, salad, and rolls and we can work on our social status.

If any further information is required please email me , otherwise Sms or Whatsapp me on 0823776493  as I will not be able to take calls while traveling abroad until 6 October 2012. You could also contact Dylan Roberts on 083 450 1501.

Hope to see you there!!

Kind Regards,

Marthinus JF Potgieter

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

2012 Thermal Nats at Silverton Gliding Club and F3B at GEMS

Bulletin 1 is here.
The entry form is here.

First report on World Control Line Championships in Bulgaria from Keith Renecle

Hi All,

Sorry for this late report but things here get hectic. First up some great news. Conrad and Dirk put up a time in their first F2C heat with 3 pit stops. The time was 3:55.9 and with just 2 pitstops this will improve, so we shall see today. Conrad got their engine going well after very little practice time and during the 3-up race, Dirk managed very well. He got a couple of warnings for high flying and stuff but completed the heat in fine style so we are all very proud of the guys. Just getting through a 100 lap heat in a 3-up race sounds very basic, but it's a break-through for our guys. Anyone that has flown F2C will know just how quickly the aggressive pilots can get rid of the competition if they can. So now it should go a lot better with the next heat.

On the stunt side our electric models are working very well. The weather last week for the warm-up world cup competition was between 38 and 40 degrees and the flying side is in a park with big trees all around so you can imagine how turbulent it is. I placed 22nd out of 30.....just a few points behind Loren Nell (whats new??) and we each had one good flight out of 3. The judges don't seem to watch much of the non-experts so it's a bit of a crap-shoot. When it got cooler (29~30 degrees) on Monday for the first two rounds of the world champs, the wind came up and blew well over the 9 metres per second limit, but because the gusts don't always last 30 seconds, we just had to fly.The next few days the wind stopped and we all put in better rounds.

O.K. now its Saturday morning and the world champs are over and done. The results are on this link:

I placed 38th and Percy 57th out of 66 competitors. As a team we placed 16th out of 29 countries so we did o.k. I reckon. My Newtron worked flawlessly so this is a record for hassles with my equipment. I will write a full report when we get home. One more record Percy at 70 was the oldest competitor in stunt. We will be back home on Tuesday.

Keith & Bokkie

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