Thursday, July 26, 2012

Young Eagles Project -- Hugh Edmunds

Hugh Writes...

Hi Bob , Lionel , Peter ,Percy , Chris , Joe and John ,
I am not to sure who may be able to help so have sent this email to all of you .
The R/C club that I started in Wolmaransstad some 18 years ago have over the years had an active policy of helping students from the local high school (And towns close by ) to learn to fly R/C gliders and power planes .
We donated radios , planes ,building time and tuition to several students over the years and although it was done on a small informal scale there are some of them that are still flying after leaving Wolmaransstad and High school. I left Wolmaransstad about two and a half years ago and the club now has only one active member , Alex Lombard .
Alex has become involved with a group called the Young eagles . This is run by a very passionate guy Mike Visagie , who owns a farm with two full size runways and is a very active EEA(Experimental Aircraft Association .) member. for the last two years he has had a fly-in for the home built and light aircraft guys . In 2011 Alex took several model aircraft to the two day fly in to show the youngsters who wanted to get involved in aviation and  show there was a way that would be a good introduction to aviation .
This year Mike asked Alex and I to bring some models and buddy boxes as he had invited some 100 kids from the local communities to come to the show and have a flight in an aircraft .
Unfortunately I was unable to help but Alex got several R/C pilots from Leeudoringstad MAC and they managed to keep the kids busy .
Mike said that the R/C side was a great success and we discussed modeling as a way to get more youngsters from the wolmaransstad , Leeudoring and Maqqassie area (North West ) involved in aviation .
Mike has donated a Pietenpol Kit plane to the Wolmaransstad High School ( See attachments ) and Alex has Donated money for radios and model aircraft for next years Young Eagles Fly in .They wanted to know if SAMMA could get involved in some way or give advice or help in forming a group such as the SAMAA transformation and developement team .
The Brits gliding guys have( I believe) already visited Mikes airfield at Swartpan earlier this year and may also be invited to next years fly in .( Chris A ?)
If any of you guys can assist or help Mike in any way please contact him (See attached letters etc )
If SAMAA can be present next year I will be glad to be a part and help in any way I can .
If some of the info from Mike would be of interest to SAMAA mambers maybe SAMAA News can print something to get this out to the rest of the SAMAA members .
Thanks for your time and hope to see you guys on a flying field again some time .
Hugh Edmunds .
SAMAA  2841 .
Cell . 082 893 1513
Now living in Kempton Park

BOMAC Airshow

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F3J World Champs information

A map to the flying field is here.
A preliminary schedule is here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012



This event will be held on Saturday 6th October 2012 and will be the second team selection event for the Indoor World Championships, which will be held in Germany in February or March 2013.

Rules and schedules are already posted on the SAIEA link on the SAMAA website. Visit

Venue and entry forms will be posted on SAIEA website on Friday 31st August 2012.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 SOUTH AFRICAN INDOOR ELECTRIC NATIONALS -- Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria -- Report and photos by Dave Harris

The South African Indoor Electric Association hosted its very successful Indoor F3P Nationals in Pretoria on Saturday 14th July 2012.

The organising committee, which consisted of Blake Dormer, James Hill, Kristi van der Mast, Sharna Simpson and Judy Harris, presented the competitors and judges with a really nice venue to hold the first team selection event for the forthcoming Indoor World Championships, which will be held in Germany in February or March 2013.

Three classes were flown: Sportsman, Intermediate and Masters with the Masters Class flying the international F3P – AP Schedule.

Indoor flying is starting to grow in South Africa and as can be seen from the group photo there is a lot of interest with many spectators turning up to see the incredible skills shown by the pilots. To fly a sequence of manoeuvres inside a hall requires a lightly built model set up to fly very slowly. This allows the pilot to have enough time to present a well-controlled display to the judges.
All the pilots flew really well and are to be sincerely congratulated for entering the competition.
The score sheet shows the positions for each class, with the three best flights out of four normalised to give the final positions.
I would like to thank all the pilots, judges, organisers and spectators for making this competition a really fun day for indoor flying. In particular Shaun Pershouse from Hatfield Christian Church for arranging the hall and to Marthinus Potgeiter and SAMAA for their support for the Indoor SIG.

All the photos here.

The next official indoor competition will be held on Saturday 6th October and will be Team Trail #1. Please visit and click on the Indoor webpage for more information about this exciting, affordable form of aeromodelling.



1st        Jacques Porter                                      3000 points
2nd       Dylan Roberts                                      2528 points


1st        Blake Dormer                                      3000 points
2nd       James Hill                                            2699 points
3rd        Tiaan van Rooyen                                2658 points


1st        Roston Dugmore                                  3000 points
2nd       Christopher Johnson                             2549 points

Friday, July 13, 2012

SAMAA apparel

Bob and Marietjie will be at Zwartkop Scale on Saturday 17 July with these items  for sale.
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Sunday, July 01, 2012

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