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Lt. Colonel Charlie Marais enthrals the audience at the Flying Legends Talk Show

Feb
11

Last Thursday 11 February, at the EAA Auditorium at Rand Airport, a full house greeted Lt. Colonel Charlie Marais who spent 30 years in the South African Air Force (SAAF). What a career! 36 months spent in the Angolan Bush War as a helicopter gunship pilot and then serving as Commanding Officer of 87 Flying School and 16 Squadron, the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter Squadron. The more Charlie talked about the Rooivalk, the more we realised the huge part that EAA 322 member and aeronautical engineer Rob Jonkers played in this iconic helicopter’s development.

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A large audience enjoys EAA Chapter 322’s February meeting

Feb
03

On Wednesday 03 February, some 130 members and friends came together at the Dickie Fritz MOTH Hall in Dowerglen for the February meeting of EAA Chapter 322. Chairman Mike Brown continued from where he had left off after the January meeting, in his usual smooth, relaxed bedside manner.

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Brilliant debut by the ‘Flying Doctor’ at the Ch322 January meeting

Jan
13

A brilliant debut by the ‘Flying Doctor’ Mike Brown at the January meeting

Some 100 members and friends of EAA Chapter 322 came together last Wednesday 13 January for the inaugural meeting of the Chapter’s new Chairman, Dr Mike Brown.

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The end of an era as Captain Karl Jensen stands down as Chairman of EAA 322

Dec
02

On Wednesday 02 December, some 70 members and friends of EAA Chapter 322 came together at the Dickie Fritz MOTH Hall in Dowerglen. The occasion was the last meeting of the year for the Chapter, but also to say ‘au revoir’ to its beloved Chairman Karl Jensen who ‘stepped down’ after several years at the helm. The Jensen reign has, without question, been the most successful in the history of South Africa’s biggest, busiest and best EAA Chapter.

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EAA Flying Legends - Nigel Hopkins

Dec
01

On Wednesday 18 November, a full house of aviation enthusiasts at the EAA Auditorium at Rand Airport, greeted South African Airways (SAA) Captain Nigel Hopkins. What a warm reception Nigel received. Here we had a young man of 42 years of age, an icon in his own lifetime, son of another South African flying legend Derek Hopkins, with a curriculum vitae (CV) that I doubt could be bettered anywhere in the world. If anyone knows of a pilot with a more expansive CV, then do please let Jeremy Woods know so he or she can be tracked down for a future Flying Legends Talk Show!

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