Aero Club air week at Middelburg

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Aero Club air week at Middelburg

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The Middelburg Aero Club opened the airshow 2019 season with a BANG! Congratulations to the Middelburg team and especially, Richardt Lovett and his extensive team of amazing specialists who ensured that the Aero Club of South Africa’s various sections were welcomed and comfortably accommodated by the hosts. Thanks to Juba Joubert for flying me in the Alouette II helicopter to capture many overhead pictures of this amazing event. Although the actual airshow part only started at midday, it was only completed well after dark with a hot air balloon night glow followed by a magnificent fireworks display. Then the well-attended formal dinner in Richardt’s beautiful hangar followed, where various prizes were awarded to the winners of the successful Speed Rally organised by Jonty Esser of SAPFA. Amazingly Jonty and his son were first placed across the line in the Speed Rally, having flown a very accurate course.The airshow was filled with unusual displays that certainly entertained the crows of an estimated 5000 people. Of course, Brian Emmenis and his Capital Sounds team were at their very best with information on what was happening all the time. ATC, show director, show safety and all officials work together in absolute harmony so that this was a very safe event, which is a great start to the South African airshow season.

This was a weekend with a difference where all the sections of the Aero Club of South Africa were represented including the new sport of drone racing. Congratulations to Alan Evan Haynes (General Manager), Paul Lastrucci (Chairman) and Rob Jonkers (Vice Chairman) of the AeCSA. A full report with pictures taken by Charlie and Fiona Hugo, Christine and me will be published in the April edition of African Pilot.
06 Middelburg airshow team.JPG
06 Middelburg airshow team.JPG (144.62 KiB) Viewed 51 times
07 Overview of the airfield.JPG
07 Overview of the airfield.JPG (299.31 KiB) Viewed 51 times
08 Neil Bowden's camping area with 40 tents.JPG
08 Neil Bowden's camping area with 40 tents.JPG (223.75 KiB) Viewed 51 times
09 Aircraft hijacking demonstration.JPG
09 Aircraft hijacking demonstration.JPG (165.56 KiB) Viewed 51 times
10 Well structured organiser's stand with emergency vehicles.JPG
10 Well structured organiser's stand with emergency vehicles.JPG (216.62 KiB) Viewed 51 times
11 Little Annie AN-2 dropping streamers and marshmallows.JPG
11 Little Annie AN-2 dropping streamers and marshmallows.JPG (357.41 KiB) Viewed 51 times
12 Nigel Hopkins and Jason Beamish flying their Extra 330s.JPG
12 Nigel Hopkins and Jason Beamish flying their Extra 330s.JPG (88.24 KiB) Viewed 51 times
13 Fantastic fireworks display.JPG
13 Fantastic fireworks display.JPG (197.85 KiB) Viewed 51 times

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