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The daily team manager reports are added below.
The South African Precision Flying Team is taking part in the 21st World Precision Flying Championships in Bautzen, Germany.
The SA Precision Team for 2013 was selected from the contestants of a series of pre-determined rallies that were held over the last 12 months. All of the team members have flown at world competition level in the past, either as navigators, precision or rally pilots.
Official Statement by the South African Power Flying Association
Following the 2013 Presidents Trophy Air Race, the Race Organisers received two complaints regarding Race 7, ZU-MBD.
The Jury were requested to convene, to consider the matter, and to recommend a way forward.
The Jury has ruled as follows;
- The Entrant, Race 7, (ie Pilot and Navigator), was guilty of infringing the Rules and Regulations and is prohibited from competing in the Presidents Trophy Air Race for a period of one year.
- The Race Organiser failed to implement the Rules and Regulations to a satisfactory standard, and the Race Director needs to pay particular attention to the 'Scrutineering Process' at future events.
The Race Organiser accepted the recommendation from the Jury, together with the proposed sanctions. The Race Organiser has communicated the finding to the affected Entrant.
The prizes and trophies awarded will remain unchanged.
By Athol Frans
It is always great when a well-managed plan comes together even if the venue for the PTAR was far away from the traditional hub of South African aviation in the picturesque town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. The club members of this small but vibrant flying club can be proud of the splendid organisation, quality of food, superb gala awards dinner and friendly atmosphere we the visitors experienced in Oudtshoorn. The total distance flown on day one was 284.17 nm and on day two was 288.16 nm. The overall results have been published (see link below). The first three overall results are:
Superior Pilot Services hosted the annual Grand Central Rally on 6 October, and as always it was a great hit with the pilots and navigators who took part. Superior Pilot Services organise fly-in breakfasts once a month, and fly-aways every few months, as well as the annual Fun Rally. This rally is unique in that a number of their student pilots participate, providing these new pilots with a set of safety skills, habits and attitudes that are not normally taught during traditional pilot training.
The Nylstroom fun rally was combined with the Tail Draggers fly-in, 2012 at Modimolle airfield. A chilly 4°C start to the morning didn’t deter the early risers with a total of 14 competitors signing up for the challenge (5 Cessna 172’s, 3 Cessna 210’s, a Jora, a Qualt and an RV7 to mention a few). With breakfast, registration and the safety briefing
completed, it was time to put their skills to the test.