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Chapter 973 Visits P-Prop

Dec
01

- Jan de Beer, Chapter 973 Krugersdorp

What does EAA stand for? I can hear you all say that is what this is all about: Experimental Aircraft Association! (duh).

Being a microlight pilot and a proud member of EAA Chapter 973 for a few years now, I was wondering what is the main component of any motorised experimental aircraft. That’s easy, you say, either airframe, engine or propeller.

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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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SAPS Border Police training and EAA

Dec
01

I was approached to assist in the practical training of 45 SAPS Border Police who are at times required to do a ramp inspection on aircraft at points of entry and other airports and airfields in South Africa and Namibia. I happily did this to help ensure that the practical knowledge of the officers as ‘Authorised Officials’ is adequate. The officers were on a study course at the SAPS Technical Training College in Benoni.

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Aero Club Awards

Nov
29

The annual Aero Club of South Africa awards ceremony was held at the Swartkops AFB Air force Museum. The proceedings were opened with a fly-past of a De HavillandVampire Jet. Our very own Dr Mike Brown was the Master of Ceremonies and what follows are the awards received by EAA members.

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A casual visit to Brits

Nov
28

Although the weather was not great this morning, we were able to have breakfast at Brits. Thanks to Graeme McCarthy for the awesome ride across to Brits and Gert De Beer for the company. Both gents from KFC. Met by Karl Jensen and Steve Theron of 322

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