President's Trophy Air Race - Results by Year


Year Pos Pilot Navigator Aircraft Reg
2014 1st Bennie du Plessis Cilliers Manser Beech K35 ZS-IJL
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2013 1st Jakkie de Vries Marcel Viljoen Bedecorp LLC BD-4C ZU-MBD
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2012 1st A. Burger C. Ferreira Van's RV-6 ZU-JHA
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2011 1st W. Devine C. Bekker Aero Commander 500B ZS-KPU
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2010 1st M. de Klerk B. de Groot Alpi Aviat Pioneer 200 ZU-EYZ
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2009 1st N. van Deventer S. Pretorius Cessna 172D ZS-CXY
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2008 1st E. Swart S. Fourie Cessna 210M Centurion II STOL ZS-LYE
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2007 1st D. Bailey O. McLeod-Smith Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP ZS-BAI
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2006 1st D. Bensch D. Bensch Piper PA28RT201T Turbo Arrow IV ZS-NXE
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2005 1st A. Koen W.C. Janse van Rensburg Piper PA28-140 Cherokee 140C ZS-IEI
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2004 1st H. Antel B. de Groot Grumman American AA-1A (150HP) ZS-VYI
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2003 1st R. Gleimius A. Pucjlowski Beechcraft V35B Bonanza ZS-JYB
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery | Route |
2002 1st H. Wentzel A. Stoffberg Beechcraft A36 Bonanza ZS-FSR
Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery |
2001 1st C. Briers D. Briers Beechcraft Baron 58 ZS-CHL
Event News | Detailed Results | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery |
2000 1st S. Pienaar W. van Gruting Jabiru/Shadowlite Jabiru SP ZS-JOS
Detailed Results | Trophies |
1999 1st R.L. Myburgh R.C. Myburgh Piper PA34-200T Seneca II ZS-KHX
Detailed Results | Trophies |
1998 1st J. Dorfling F. van der Merwe Cessna C170B ZS-LJG
Detailed Results | Event News | Trophies |
1997 1st Lt. Col D. Knoesen Maj. R. King North American AT-6D Harvard III SAA7-7001
Detailed Results | Event News | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery |
1996 1st J. Shaw C. Berriman Piper PA28-R200 Cherokee Arrow 200 ZS-ISW
Detailed Results | Trophies | Picture Gallery |
1995 1st M. Howell S. van der Merwe Beechraft A36 Bonanza ZS-KJI
Detailed Results | Event News | Trophies | Picture Gallery |
1994 1st W. van Gruting J.D.W. van Gruting Cessna 310 310II ZS-KRK
Detailed Results |Event News | Trophies | Exclusions | Picture Gallery |
1993 1st S. Hartley J. Grove Beechcraft B55 Baron ZS-OOG
Detailed Results | Trophies |
1992 1st R. Redhill R. Grinker Mooney M20C Mk21 ZS-DYK
Detailed Results | Trophies |Exclusions |
1991 1st J.D.W. van Gruting J. Bruce Cessna C210 Centurion ZS-KRW
Detailed Results | Trophies |
1990 1st H. Roets R. van Niekerk Cessna 182Q Skylane II ZS-JTG
Detailed Results |
1989 1st P. du Plessis D. du Plessis Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C ZS-EXZ
1988 1st R. Schwartz A. Potgieter Learjet 25D ZS-AEZ
Detailed Results | Event News | Trophies | Picture gallery |
1987 1st J.C. Kyle J. Sayers Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee 140 ZS-EYE
Detailed Results | Trophies | Picture gallery |
1986 1st N. Tones Miss Mary-Louise von Guilleaume Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee 140 ZS-ESW
1985 1st V. Dickerson N. Else Beechcraft B55 Baron ZS-KKZ
Detailed Results | Trophies | Picture gallery |
1984 1st R.L. Schwartz D. East Beechcraft B55 Baron ZS-JPH
Event News | Trophies | Picture gallery |
1983 1st E.G. Orsmond B. Hansen Cessna 180K Skywagon 180 II ZS-LJW
1982 1st A.H. le Roux M.J.W. du Plessis Cessna C172 Skyhawk II ZS-JYV
1981 1st N.L. Forrester G.B. Conlyn Beechcraft C90 King Air ZS-KGO
1980 1st Mrs M. Forrester Mrs J. Serrurier Beechcraft C23 Sundowner ZS-JYY
Detailed Results | Event News | Picture gallery |
1979 1st A.J. Hodgson C.W. Hodgson Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235B ZS-FAJ
1978 1st G.B. Conlyn L. Forester Beechcraft V35B Bonanza ZS-PMG
1977 1st J. McKerchar - Taylor Titch ZS-UDZ
Detailed Results | Trophies |
1976 1st R. Statham B. Gunn Robin DR400/180 Regent ZS-JSA
1975 1st H. Dames J. Earle Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II ZS-JHS
1974 No Race Cancelled 1974 Fuel Crisis
1973 1st P.H.M. Oberholzer J.A. Oberholzer Ryan Navion ZS-BSW
1972 1st M.A. van Ginkel Mrs J. van Ginkel Piper PA-30 Twin Commanche ZS-EVB
1971 1st P.A. Theron E. Sumner Cessna C210 Centurion -
1969 1st M.A. van Ginkel Mrs J. van Ginkel Piper PA-30 Twin Commanche ZS-EVB
1968 1st V. McWilliams K. Jensen Mooney M20F Executive 21 ZS-EUF
1966 1st W.S. Botha J. Steynburg Piper PA-22-150 Tri Pacer ZS-CHX
1964 1st P.S. Bergh ? Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser ZS-BIV
1962 1st Cmdt. J.P.D. Blaauw D. McCallum De Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth ZS-CJM
1961 1st P. Nieman ? Fairchild F-24R-46A Argus Mk.III ZS-BAY
Event News |
1959 1st J.G. Davidson P. Moir Piper PA-22-150 Tri Pacer ZS-CCA
1957 1st R.O. Fletcher G. Gray Beechcraft G35 Bonanza ZS-CEL
1954 1st Lt. B.M. Fletcher ? North American T-6D (Std) Harvard 7658
1939 1st E.U. Brierley S. Millyard British Aircraft B.A.4 Double Eagle ZS-AOC
Detailed Results | Exclusions | Route |
1938 1st J.J. Oosthuizen Flt/Lt D.P. McKeown De Havilland DH.87B Hornet Moth ZS-AKG
Detailed Results | Exclusions | Route |
1937 1st R. Coull W.H. Hulett De Havilland DH.87B Hornet Moth ZS-AFZ
Event News | Detailed Results | Exclusions | Route |

Race History

The History of the President's Trophy Air Race

ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AIR RACES IN THE WORLD

The Governor-General's CupThe Governor-General's CupThis Air Race, one of the most prestigious events on the aviation calendar, has a long and wonderful history. It was originally known as the Governor General's Cup Air Race and was first held in 1937. The cup was originally presented by the then governor General of South Africa, His Excellency The right Honourable Sir Patrick Duncan, G.C.M.K.C. The trophy, which is still in the possession of Aero Club, was manufactured in Sheffield, England by Mappin & Webb Ltd at a cost of approximately £750. More Images of the Trophy

The event was organized to coincide with the opening of Durban's new airport at Stamford Hill. The winners were W H Hulett and R Coull flying a Hornet Moth and the route being from Durban via Ladysmith to Rand for an overnight stop before returning to Durban via Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Bethlehem. The team averaged 120.3 mph.

Durban again had the honour of being the starting and finishing point for the following year's race. well known Durban hotelier Carl Erasmus, who only qualified for his pilot's license the month before, finished first - also in the Hornet Moth, ZS-AOT, - but was disqualified on a technicality. The race was given to JJ Oosthuizen of Klerksdorp, who flew a Hornet Moth, ZS-AKG, at an average speed of 119,5 mph.

With war clouds hanging ominously on the horizon, the 1939 race was from Durban to Matatiele - Aliwal North - Kimberley(night stop) - Rand - Ladysmith and back to Durban. E U B (Usher) Biderley was the winner in Lord Wakefield's "Double Eagle" at an average speed of 159,4 mph. During the war he was awarded 2 DFC's (British and American). 9th in that race was Hornet Moth, ZS-AOA. This aircraft is
airworthy and still flying in the USA as N74EC, and is still carrying its original South African registration marks.

Hornet Moth - ZS-AOAHornet Moth - ZS-AOAIt was not until 1954 that the Governor General's cup Race was held again, and was won by a young SAAF pilot 2nd Lt BM Fletcher with an average speed of 194 mph in a SAAF Harvard, Lt Fletccer was killed a week later when the Vampire Jet aircraft in which he was practising aerobatics immediately prior to the opening of Louis Botha Airport, crashed.

In 1957, the race started at Wonderboom and went on to Witbank - Vrede - Dundee and Durban to Ladysmith - Bethelehem and Kroonstad - Baragwanath. The upper winds in the Berg area were so strong that several aircraft failed to clear the escarpment and had to turn back. The only Tiger Moth to complete the course was flown by DG van Staden who was awarded a special trophy. The winner of the event was R O Fletcher, flying a Bonanza (178 mph).

1962 Race ProgramList of Competitors - 1962 program. Click to enlarge
P Nieman is technically still the holder of the Governor General's Cup as it was he who won the last race for that trophy held in 1961. In 1962 President Swart, the new head of state, presented the State Presidents Trophy to the Aero Club. This trophy has become a much sought after piece of hardware in the flying community. The race was affectionately known as the "SP" has been held all around the country with aircraft flying to points right across South Africa. Apart from a few breaks the Race has been held on an annual basis, normally in May or early June of each year. A list of winners is maintained here

The format of the race has changed over the years. When it started it was run over a period of two days covering 1 000 statute miles (1 600 km or 863 nautical miles)and all of the four provinces (Cape, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Natal).In 1983 the format was changed and the race consisted of two triangular routes starting and finishing in Vanderbijlpark. The routes were approximately 400nm and took the competitors to Volksrust and Bothaville on day one and to Warrenton and Delareyville on day two. Since 1983 this format has been maintained but the distance has been shortened to approximately 300nm per day for safety reasons. When possible, on the second day, the course forms a bow-tie shape so that the aircraft pass the start/finish halfway through the race to add spectator value.

While there are a number of pilots that have been part of the winning crew more than once, only one team has won the event twice. Mike and Jean van Ginkel won the event in 1969 and 1971 in their Piper PA-30 Twin Commanche, ZS-EVB.

In 1994 the race was renamed the President's Trophy Air Race so that the title of the head of state is in line with the new Constitution of the country. All else remains the same, the excitement, the camaraderie, the spirit and the excitement around the country is a feeling that is very special and difficult to explain to someone who has not yet done it.

Race Rules and Regulations

These Rules and Regulations were approved by the Committee of the South African Power Flying Association in February 2014 and apply to the organisation of 2014 President's Trophy Air Race and all future races.

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2014 President's Trophy Air Race

The 2014 President's Trophy was held at Gariep Dam from 29 to 31 May 2014.

Final Results attached below

Watch this space for more announcements.
Briefing Notes

The briefing notes have been emailed to all participants who have listed email addresses in their entry form. A copy is attached below.

Provisional Handicaps

Attached below

Provisional Program

Thursday 29 May , arrival by 12:00
Registration, Scrutineering , Refuelling etc
Briefing 17:30
Spit Braai , Live Music there after @ Beer Tent

Friday 30 May
Breakfast @ airfield from 06:30
Briefing 08:30
First Take off from 10:00
Briefing @ 17:00 (earlier)
Dinner , Music @ airfield
Saturday 31 May
Breakfast from 06:30,
Briefing 08:30
Take off 10:00
Gala Dinner @ Forever Resort 19:00 - 19:30
Sunday 1 June
Breakfast from 06:30
Depart at leisure.

Accepted Entries
A list of entries that have been accepted can be found HERE. Please note that it takes a few days for us to confirm the membership details, deposit and compliance with the rules so if you have entered and your name does not appear, give us a few days. A list of received entries that have defects will be published at the end of the week.

Entry Forms
New Entrants - Click here to apply for an entry form. Please note the pilot needs 200 hrs PIC to be eligible to fly in the race (or 100hrs PIC if the navigator is a licensed pilot.

2013 Entrants - If you entered last year you will receive an email with a link to your personal entry form. This link will be emailed by 4 March. Please check the information before submitting. Contact us if you do not receive the link by 5 March 2014.

Car Rental
Budget - Use the rate code RO1.

The following ladies at the Bloemfontein office will help with all quotes and reservations.

Nelia May – neliam@budget.co.za
Marissa Genade – marissag@budget.co.za
Audrey Holtzhausen – audreyh@budget.co.za
Carla Janse van Vuren – carlaj@budget.co.za
Office number for reservations - 051 433 3505.

Accommodation

de Stijl Gariep Hotel Reservation code = G103044
Forever Resort Reservation code = 2093
Rose Cottage
Adams View
View Lodge
Stone Ridges
Gariep Nature Reserve
Kuilfontein Farm
More accommodation links
And more...
.... and more....

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2014 PTAR - Full Result


Attached below

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2013 President's Trophy Air Race


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:

First: Jackie de Vries and Marcel Viljoen flying ZU MBD Bedecorp LLC BD-4C from the Worcester Flying Club

Second: Bennie du Plessis and Cilliers Manser in ZS IJL Beech K35 V-tail Bonanza from the Bloemfontein Flying Club.

Third: Willie Griesel and Boebie Hattingh flying ZS KJB Cessna 210N from Mpumalanga and Durban Wings Club.

■ FINAL RESULTS HERE .
2013 President's Trophy Air Race2013 President's Trophy Air Race

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.

2013 PTAR - Full Result

Entries received

The 2013 President's Trophy Air Race was won by Jakke de Vries and Marcel Viljoen in a Bedecorp LLC BD-4C

Full results attached below

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2013 PTAR - Trophies

List of trophies attached below

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2013 PTAR - Exclusions

Exclusions and penalties attached below

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2013 PTAR - Route

Day 1
Oudtshoorn to School
School to Laingsberg
Laingsberg to Prince Albert
Prince Albert to Willowmore
Willowmore to School
School to Oudtshoorn
Total 284.174nm

Day 2
Oudsthoorn to Ladismith
Ladismith to Phillips
Phillips to Avontuur
Avontuur to Joubertina
Joubertina to Willowmore
Willowmore to Oudsthoorn

Total distance 288.161nm

2012 President's Trophy Air Race

The 2012 President's Trophy Air Race was held at Upington 24 to 26 May 2012

1st Place - Race 76 ZU-JHA Vans Rv-6 Alewyn Burger, Chris Ferreira
2nd Place - Race 12 ZS-KJB - Cessna 210N Willie Griessel, Boebie Hattingh
3rd Place - Race 3 Zs-IBX - Beech E33 Johan Doubell, Jannie Visser

Full results, trophies, routes, exclusions and penalties now attached

2012 PTAR - Full Result

2012 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Upington - 24 to 26 May 2012

Total Distance: 656.13 Nautical Miles

Full Results

(Click on RACE NUMBER to access score sheet.)

Pos Race No A/c Reg. Aircraft
Make & Model
HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
or Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 76 ZU-JHA Van's A/C
RV-6
180 166.37 167.21 00:01:12 Alewyn Burger
Chris Ferreira
Gauteng
Stellenbosch F.C.
2 12 ZS-KJB Cessna
210N
300 166.43 166.24 00:00:17 Willie Griesel
Boebie Hattingh
Mpumalanga
Durban Wings Club
3 3 ZS-IBX Beech
E33
285 168.50 165.86 00:03:43 Johan Doubell
Jannie Visser
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
4 94 ZS-KTO Aerostar
600A
290 212.77 207.98 00:04:46 Colin Jordaan
Gerhard van Zyl
Gauteng
Kempton Park F.C.
5 57 ZU-FCE Van's A/C
RV-8
180 177.88 173.25 00:05:55 Dawie van Staden
Gary Regan
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk F.C.
6 32 ZS-HJF Piper
PA-24-260-C
260 164.58 160.09 00:07:13 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
Gauteng
Aero Club
7 37 ZS-DZZ Piper
PA-24-400
400 190.67 184.18 00:07:17 John Sayers
Jack Coetzer
Gauteng
Hoedspruit F.C.
8 44 ZS-IJL Beech
K35
250 163.56 158.67 00:07:55 Mike Howell
Tom Marx
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
9 90 ZS-FXU Cessna
210J
285 169.66 163.93 00:08:07 Andre Tonkin
Douw Wentzel
Mpumalanga
Durban Wings Club
10 55 ZS-JLW Piper
PA-23E-250T
250 187.48 178.59 00:10:27 Bryan Belcher
Graeme Smart
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F.C.
11 21 ZS-SRC Cirrus
SR-22 G2
310 177.28 169.18 00:10:38 Piet Nieuwenhuizen
Carl Basson
Northern Cape
Kimberley M.A.C.
12 53 ZS-JLT Cessna
182P II
230 136.94 131.92 00:10:57 Donovan Bailey
Lawrence Hill
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
13 2 ZU-MER Van's A/C
RV-7A
180 169.30 159.62 00:14:06 Chris Booysen
Tracy Booysen
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
14 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna
T210M
310 179.21 168.38 00:14:07 Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Northern Cape
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
15 7 ZU-MBD Bedecorp
BD-4C
210 157.38 149.06 00:14:28 Jakkie de Vries
Marcel Viljoen
Western Cape
Worcester F.C.
16 98 ZS-PBX Mooney
M20F
200 146.87 139.13 00:14:56 Neil Grobbelaar
Barry de Groot
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Border Aviation Club
17 99 ZS-MTR Cessna
210M
300 167.14 156.82 00:15:29 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Northern Cape
Bloem Flying Club
18 36 ZS-MJN Cessna
210M
300 168.36 158.01 00:15:49 Newton Walker
Matt Ford
Northern Cape
Upington Flying Club
19 24 ZU-LHD Van's A/C
RV-8
200 176.81 164.51 00:16:39 Alan Fergus
Johan Ferreira
Western Cape
Stellenbosch F.C.
20 86 ZS-JZZ Piper
PA-34-200T
200 175.07 162.87 00:17:21 Dominique Van Roey
Leon Bouttell
Gauteng
Aero Club
21 8 ZS-CBF Mooney
M20C Mk21
180 143.89 134.94 00:19:10 Waldo Verster
Trevor Davids
Gauteng
Fly Inn
22 69 ZS-OSV Piper
PA-34-220T
220 178.06 164.47 00:19:46 Colin Chapman
Brandon Bregman
Gauteng
Aero Club
23 83 ZU-TAF Airplane F
Sling 4
115 119.97 113.01 00:20:12 Mike Blyth
Andrew Pitman
Gauteng
Sling Racing Team
24 10 ZS-CNZ Cessna
172A
145 110.87 104.95 00:20:31 Mary de Klerk
Thys van der Merwe
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
25 93 ZU-XML SA Ravin
500
260 175.83 167.71 00:20:50 Calle Hedberg
Mike Visagie
Western Cape
Cape Town F.C.
26 17 ZS-SHV Cessna
172N II
160 116.06 109.33 00:20:54 Peter Gilbert
Yusuf Vahed
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
27 70 ZS-EUB Mooney
M20F
200 147.33 136.50 00:21:12 Kobus vd Merwe
Danie vd Merwe
Gauteng
Aero Club
28 48 ZS-KSW Cessna
182R II
230 138.49 128.38 00:22:23 Louw van Reenen
Riaan Pretorius
Free State
Kimberley F.S.
29 50 ZU-FHM Van's A/C
RV-8
180 177.88 161.19 00:22:55 Ross Leighton
Richard Adcock
Western Cape
Western Cape ML Club
30 74 ZS-MJR Navion
Navion H
285 151.14 138.87 00:23:01 Rudi Marx
Dawie Brits
Gauteng
Aero Club
31 59 ZS-JWL Cessna
T210L
285 171.32 155.87 00:24:46 Leon Koekemoer
Andre Koen
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
32 35 ZS-PZG Beech
A36
285 173.39 161.93 00:26:04 Richard Moore
Dean Butt
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
33 15 ZU-FRX Airplane F
Sling 2
100 118.52 109.76 00:26:32 Grant Raubenheimer
Rob McFie
Gauteng
Sling Team
34 14 ZS-CUX Cessna
172C
145 111.82 103.87 00:26:56 Quentin Taylor
Dicky Swanepoel
Gauteng
Aero Club
35 97 ZU-TAE Airplane F
Sling 2
100 118.52 109.53 00:27:16 James Pitman
Terry Musiker
Gauteng
Aero Club
36 9 ZU-NIK Van's A/C
RV-7
180 173.62 161.03 00:28:44 Shawn Uren
Nick McFall
Western Cape
Stellenbosch F.C.
37 89 ZU-DTB Dyn'Aero
MCR-4S
115 131.21 118.07 00:33:24 Jonty Esser
Sandra Goddard
Limpopo
Pietersburg F.C.
38 26 ZS-DSG Cirrus
SR-22 Xi
315 192.00 164.85 00:33:47 Sakkie Gerber
Johan Jooste
Northern Cape
Aero Club
39 82 ZU-FND Van's A/C
RV-9A
160 160.60 141.82 00:33:57 Wynand Lotter
Gerhard vd Westhuize
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
40 18 ZS-ECK Cessna
182H
230 134.35 120.38 00:34:01 Hubert Wentzel
Eduard du Plessis
Gauteng
Superior Pilot Svcs
41 6 ZS-FMO Piper
PA-28-180D
180 125.99 111.78 00:39:44 Renier Kuhn
Mauritz du Plessis
Western Cape
Worcester F.C.
42 91 ZU-NRC Airplane F
Sling 2
100 116.50 101.37 00:50:25 Andrew Lane
Emmie Oelofse
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
43 92 ZS-NJC Grumman
AG-5B
180 139.00 119.07 00:57:53 Dylan Cunha
John Nel
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
44 95 ZS-DSU Cessna
182G
230 134.80 109.37 01:07:55 Gavin Brown
Johan Juselius
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
45 28 ZU-FNV Pipistrel
Virus SW 100
100 147.00 91.36 02:43:36 Martin Grunert
Kobus Nel
Western Cape
Cape Gliding Club
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2012 PTAR - Trophies

The list of Trophies Awarded has been attached

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2012 PTAR - Exclusions

Race No A/C Reg Pilot Navigator Aircraft Reason
13 ZS-DVZ Mike George Willie de Beer Cessna 172E Missed two TPs on day 1
22 ZS-TZN Tienie Prinsloo Meyer Jacobs Cessna 182S Did not complete day 1
23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel Rod Crichton Lancair 360 Missed two TPs on day 1
25 ZS-NHR Ivan Marx Martin Marx Piaggio P166S Did not complete day 2
30 ZU-RVE Neil Collins Paul Weich Van's A/C RV-8 Missed one TP on day 1
31 ZS-SDW Steve Dewsbery Piet Smit Diamond AC DA-42 TDi Did not start day 2
34 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein Martiens Steyn Piper PA-28-235B Missed two TPs on day 1
38 ZS-NZL Dirk Fourie Braam van Greuning Beech 58 Missed one TP on day 2
45 ZU-LEB Les Lebenon Adrian Barry Lancair 360 Did not attend briefing day 1
51 ZU-EPR Anthony Gordon Michelle Steele-Smit Tecnam P2004 Bravo Missed four TPs on day 1
52 ZS-LLH Phil Wakeley Scott Wakeley Cessna 182B Missed one TP on day 2
54 ZS-FHM Chris Prinsloo Morne du Toit Mooney M20C Missed one TP on day 2
56 ZS-SDT Sarah Kaplan Michael Sadowski Cessna 172R Missed all TPs on day 1
60 ZS-LIX Chris Briers JP Fourie Beech B55 Low altitude exclusion
61 ZS-LML John Lehman Judy Lehman Cessna 182T Missed one TP on day 2
63 ZS-PFO De la Rey Tonkin David van der Linde Cessna 182K Minimum altitude exclusion
67 ZS-NEH Mike Finch Sandy Bayne Cessna 182H Missed three TPs on day 1
71 ZS-KOB Dorrien Andrews Ken Hawkins Piper PA-28-235 Missed two TPs on day 1
72 ZS-TNG Deneys Potgieter Cilliers Manser Diamond AC DA-42 NG Did not start day 2
73 ZS-IFY Chris Shaw John Shaw Cessna 177B Missed three TPs on day 1
77 ZS-EAY Koos Kruger Willie Linde Piper PA-28-235 Did not complete day 1
80 ZU-WRJ Airplane F Sling 2 Marc Gregson Warren Jones Engine problem, returned early
81 ZS-FIX Cessna 182L John Marshall Samuel Sidea Missed one TP on day 2
84 ZS-SLV Cessna 182T Steve Venter Dean Stevenson Did not complete day 2
85 ZS-PBF Cessna T210R Matthys du Plessis Thys du Plessis Did not complete day 2
87 ZS-LGD Piper PA-34-220T Allan Kynoch Anthon Meyer Missed one TP on day 1
88 ZS-KHX Piper PA-34-200T Robert Myburgh Tertius Myburgh Did not complete day 1
96 ZS-LYY Piper PA-34-200T Cliff Pike Craig Reid Withdrawn
100 ZS-KSO Cessna 182Q II Anton Wheeler Hylton Ackerman Did not start, pilot license elapsed
105 ZS-BTS Cessna U206F II Brett Pate Andries Venter Missed one TP on day 1
106 ZS-NOI Cessna 182L Menno Parsons Rob Sieg-Rist Missed one TP on day 2

Penalties

Race No A/C Reg Penalty Reason
7 ZU-MBD 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
8 ZS-CBF 00:01:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
9 ZU-NIK 00:10:00
00:01:00
10 minute re-entry penalty
Maximum altitude penalty day 2
10 ZS-CNZ 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
13 ZS-DVZ 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
23 ZS-WZU 00:04:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
25 ZS-NHR 00:01:00
00:10:00
Maximum altitude penalty day 1
10 minute re-entry penalty
28 ZU-FNV 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
30 ZU-RVE 00:02:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
32 ZS-HJF 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
34 ZS-FDZ 00:02:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
35 ZS-PZG 00:10:00 10 minute re-entry penalty
36 ZS-MJN 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
38 ZS-NZL 00:01:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
44 ZS-IJL 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
51 ZU-EPR 00:14.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
52 ZS-LLH 00:01:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
56 ZS-SDT 00:02.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
59 ZS-JWL 00:01:00
00:01:00
Maximum altitude penalty day 1
Maximum altitude penalty day 2
61 ZS-LML 00:01.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
67 ZS-NEH 00:08:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
69 ZS-OSV 00:00.30
00:01:00
Maximum altitude penalty day 1
Maximum altitude penalty day 2
71 ZS-KOB 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
72 ZS-TNG 00:10:00 10 minute re-entry penalty
73 ZS-IFY 00:06.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
77 ZS-EAY 00:02:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 1
81 ZS-FIX 00:02:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
82 ZU-FND 00:01.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
84 ZS-SLV 00:00.30
00:03:00
Maximum altitude penalty day 1
Maximum altitude penalty day 2
85 ZS-PBF 00:06:00 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
86 ZS-JZZ 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
92 ZS-NJC 00:00.30
00:10:00
Maximum altitude penalty day 1
10 minute re-entry penalty
93 ZU-XML 00:10:00 10 minute re-entry penalty
94 ZS-KTO 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2
106 ZS-NOI 00:00.30 Maximum altitude penalty day 2

2012 PTAR - Route

Day 1
Upington
Rooibakke - 28.162214S 21.892306E
van Zylsrus - 26.886456s 22.062908E
Koppieskraal - 26.965333S 20.241E
Noeniesput - 27.510916S 20.140444E
Road - 28.289167S 20.662333E
Upt

Day 2
Upington
Oryx - 28.210133S 22.234345E
Grobblershoop - 28.871333S 22.107667E
Upington
Augrabies - 28.633833S 20.3085E
North Drinus - 28.081333s 20.4275E
Kenhardt - 29.329167s e21.192500
Upington

2011 President's Trophy Air Race

The 2011 President's Trophy Air Race was hosted by the Beauchamp-Proctor Flying Club at Mafikeng International Airport from 26 to 29 May 2011.

The winners were William Devine and Carina Bekker in ZS-KPU, an Aero Commander 500-B.
President's Trophy handed to winnersPresident's Trophy handed to winners

■ Refer to the attached articles for a report on the event - thanks to SA Flyer

■ Full results now available with leg by leg times

2011 PTAR - Full Result

2011 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Mafikeng - 26 to 28 May 2011

Total Distance: 675.44 Nautical Miles

(Click on RACE NUMBER to access score sheet.)

Pos Race No A/c Reg. Aircraft
Make & Model
HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
or Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 70 ZS-KPU Aero Comm.
500-B
290 170.65 176.80 00:06.46- William Devine
Carina Bekker
North West
Beuchamp-Proctor FC
2 53 ZS-JLT Cessna
182P II
230 134.17 136.46 00:05.04- Donovan Bailey
Lawrence Hill
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
3 106 ZS-NOI Cessna
182L
230 134.81 137.00 00:04.49- Menno Parsons
Rob Sieg-Rist
Gauteng
Aero Club
4 58 ZS-MSW Cessna
182F
230 133.95 136.09 00:04.46- Morris du Plessis
Johan de Lange
Gauteng
Wits Univ Flying Ass
5 52 ZS-LLH Cessna
182B
230 131.80 133.21 00:03.14- Phil Wakeley
Scott Wakeley
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
6 77 ZS-EAY Piper
PA-28-235
250 137.77 138.84 00:02.15- Koos Kruger
Willie Linde
Free State
Aero Club
7 74 ZS-MJR Navion
Navion H
285 151.25 152.40 00:02.02- Rudi Marx
Mark Allison
Gauteng
Aero Club
8 3 ZS-IBX Beech
E33
285 168.63 170.03 00:01.58- Johan Doubell
Jannie Visser
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
9 49 ZS-CNZ Cessna
172A
145 110.96 111.62 00:01.39- Thys van der Merwe
Steve van der Merwe
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
10 98 ZS-IYC Cessna
182P
230 136.53 137.19 00:01.25- Anton Schonken
Wally Goodrich
Eastern Cape
Queenstown Flying Club
11 40 ZS-OSM Cessna
340A II
310 189.44 190.28 00:00.56- Gary Hughes
Andries van Tonder
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
12 57 ZU-FCE Van's A/C
RV-8
180 178.64 178.96 00:00.24- Dawie van Staden
Paul Weich
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
13 15 ZU-MJB Alpi Aviat
P300S Std
100 133.78 133.95 00:00.22- Johan Bergh
Corne Pretorius
North West
Aviators Paradise
14 69 ZS-OSV Piper
PA-34-220T
220 178.18 178.25 00:00.05- Colin Chapman
Brandon Bregman
Gauteng
Aero Club
15 32 ZS-DWJ Piper
PA-28-235
235 135.47 135.48 00:00.01- Andy Brink
Jerry Bezuidenhout
North West
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
16 9 ZU-NIK Van's A/C
RV-7
180 173.76 173.43 00:00.26 Shawn Uren
Nick McFall
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
17 11 ZS-FSR Beech
36
285 172.10 171.28 00:01.07 Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
Gauteng
Klerksdorp Pilot Ass
18 14 ZS-AFO Cessna
182T
230 145.21 144.55 00:01.17 Renier Albertse
Christo Fick
Gauteng
Aero Club
19 28 ZS-OXZ Cessna
182T
230 145.21 144.54 00:01.18 Adriaan Kleyn
Vorster Gauche
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
20 81 ZS-FVB Piper
PA-28R-180
180 138.88 138.19 00:01.27 Mark Dethian
Alex Dyason
Gauteng
Aviator Trng Academy
21 91 ZU-NRC Airplane F
D-6 Sling
100 114.57 114.02 00:01.42 Andrew Lane
Mike Blyth
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
22 19 ZS-CPB Cirrus
SR-22 G3
310 177.59 176.49 00:01.55 Tony Petter-Bowyer
Dale de Klerk
North West
Aero Club
23 29 ZS-JKY Mooney
M20F
200 148.28 147.23 00:01.56 Richard Maier
Nic Hulley
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
24 79 ZS-MUU Cessna
T210M
310 167.56 167.74 00:02.14 Francois Swart
Pierre du Plooy
Gauteng
Aero Club
25 100 ZS-KSO Cessna
182Q II
230 138.67 137.41 00:02.41 Cobus Enslin
Anton Wheeler
North West
Rustenburg Flying Club
26 94 ZS-KTO Aerostar
600A
290 212.99 209.87 00:02.50 Colin Jordaan
Gerhard van Zyl
Gauteng
Kempton Park Flying Club
27 41 ZS-OOG Beech
B55
260 195.80 193.10 00:02.54 Jannie Loutzis
Henry Miles
Gauteng
Loutzavia
28 37 ZS-DZZ Piper
PA-24-400
400 190.83 188.24 00:02.55 John Sayers
Jack Coetzer
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
29 33 ZU-ORV Van's A/C
RV-7A
180 166.22 164.16 00:03.03 Rob Kennedy
Wikus Kritzinger
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
30 67 ZS-NEH Cessna
180H
230 136.00 134.44 00:03.27 Mike Finch
Sandy Bayne
Gauteng
East Rand Flying Club
31 24 ZU-FLN Howard A/C
DGA-15P
450 142.86 141.13 00:03.29 Alan Fergus
Johan Ferreira
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
32 88 ZS-LAI Cessna
R182 RG II
235 152.91 150.93 00:03.30 Mark Hughes
Bryan Engels
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
33 68 ZU-NAT Alpi Aviat
300 Hawk
100 135.49 133.93 00:03.30 Hedley Davidson
Piet Smit
Gauteng
Aviators Paradise
34 44 ZS-IJL Beech
K35
250 163.70 161.02 00:04.07 Mike Howell
Tommy Marx
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
35 42 ZS-FVV Piper
PA-28-235C
235 137.02 135.09 00:04.14 Johan Whiteman
Allen Lange
Gauteng
Fly Inn
36 31 ZS-SDW Diamond
DA-42 TDi
135 162.85 160.06 00:04.21 Steve Dewsbery
Trevor Cufflin
Gauteng
Aero Club
37 75 ZS-LYD Cessna
T210M
310 179.09 175.68 00:04.24 Eugene Watson
Shaun Watson
Gauteng
Stellenbosch Flying Club
38 48 ZS-KSW Cessna
182R II
230 138.62 137.48 00:04.25 Louw van Reenen
Riaan Pretorius
Free State
Kimberley F.S.
39 13 ZS-JTA Cessna
FR172J
210 128.73 126.94 00:04.26 Bianca Juselius
Matt Gillmore
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
40 56 ZS-BPD Beech
58
300 202.74 198.25 00:04.32 Gerhard Maritz
Rudi vd Heever
???
Aero Club
41 4 ZS-AAS Beech
58
285 197.63 193.23 00:04.41 Robbie Myburgh
Robert Myburgh
Gauteng
Aero Club
42 17 ZS-EWA Cessna
172M
160 117.65 116.06 00:04.43 Telo Steyn
Daan Brand
????
Aero Club
43 22 ZS-TZN Cessna
182S
230 144.12 141.73 00:04.44 Tienie Prinsloo
Pieter Gouws
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
44 108 ZS-ALZ Beech
G36
300 176.84 173.62 00:04.45 Thys Joubert
Morgan Gregory
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
45 90 ZS-MKB Cessna
T210M
310 179.09 175.34 00:04.51 Andre Tonkin
Douw Wentzel
Mpumalanga
Durban Wings Club
46 73 ZS-IFY Cessna
177B
180 122.99 121.19 00:04.53 Chris Shaw
John Shaw
Gauteng
Aero Club
47 46 ZU-WIN Van's A/C
RV-7
180 176.07 172.33 00:05.00 Martin Venn
Jurgen Janson
Western Cape
Worcester Flying Club
48 92 ZS-ABC Piper
PA-32-300C
300 140.71 138.14 00:05.21 Dan Leach
Harry Leach
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
49 45 ZS-PJK Beech
F33A
285 174.21 170.28 00:05.23 Tertius Myburgh
Adrian Barry
Gauteng
Aero Club
50 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio
P166S
340 175.09 171.45 00:05.25 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Gauteng
Aero Club
51 26 ZS-MEW Piper
PA-32-300
300 140.71 138.07 00:05.30 Willem Engelbrecht
Chris van Rensburg
North West
Rustenburg Flying Club
52 85 ZS-CXY Cessna
172D STOL
145 109.67 108.03 00:05.37 Neels van Deventer
Solly Pretorius
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
53 87 ZS-SRC Cirrus
SR-22 G2
310 177.39 172.73 00:06.10 Piet Nieuwenhuizen
CD Wentzel
Northern Cape
Kimberley F.S.
54 66 ZS-MRF Cessna
177 RG II
200 139.87 136.83 00:06.26 Duncan Finch
Brett Pate
Gauteng
East Rand Flying Club
55 95 ZS-KKT Piper
PA-34-200T
200 175.21 170.42 00:06.30 Gavin Brown
Johan Juselius
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
56 1 ZU-EYZ Alpi Aviat
P200S
100 115.93 113.72 00:06.48 Barry de Groot
Mary de Klerk
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
57 30 ZS-FOH Piper
PA-28-140
160 116.49 114.06 00:07.55 Darius Briers
Dale Hart
Gauteng
Aero Club
58 82 ZS-KPE Mooney
M20J 201
200 156.68 151.60 00:08.40 Wynand Lotter
Gerhard vd Westhuize
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
59 35 ZS-PZG Beech
A36
285 172.08 165.83 00:08.52 Richard Moore
Dean Butt
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
60 80 ZS-PAS Beech
B55
260 195.80 187.56 00:09.06 Willem Coetzer
Devan Pretorius
Free State
Aero Club
61 93 ZU-XML SA Ravin
500
260 176.09 169.18 00:09.25 Calle Hedberg
Mike Visagie
Western Cape
Cape Town Flying Club
62 105 ZS-SPO Cessna
172M
150 115.97 113.04 00:09.33 Brendon Lubbe
Chad Clarke
Gauteng
Blue Chip F.S.
63 99 ZS-MTR Cessna
210M
300 169.56 162.96 00:10.11 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Northern Cape
Bloemfontein Flying Club
64 96 ZS-LYY Piper
PA-34-200T
200 175.21 167.55 00:10.34 Cliff Pike
Craig Reid
Gauteng
Aviator Trng Academy
65 61 ZS-FIF Cessna
172I
150 118.92 115.27 00:10.47 Boleslaw Radomski
Dariusz Lechowski
Poland
Aero Club
66 65 ZS-EXD Mooney
M20C Mk21
180 141.36 135.95 00:11.25 Chris Martinus
Erick Gerber
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
67 54 ZS-ORZ Cessna
182A
230 128.42 123.89 00:11.32 Morne du Toit
Chris Prinsloo
Gauteng
J.L.P.C.
68 102 ZS-MIA Cessna
210L
300 167.51 159.58 00:12.01 Siebert Wiid
Jean Bezuidenhout
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
69 59 ZS-JWL Cessna
T210L
285 173.24 166.08 00:12.05 Leon Koekemoer
Andre Koen
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
70 101 ZS-CTY Cessna
172C
145 104.00 100.53 00:13.27 Marius von Wielligh
Marius Henning
North West
Brits Flying Club
71 64 ZS-ALE Cessna
T182T
235 159.00 150.92 00:13.39 Roger Dyason
Peet Claassen
Gauteng
East Rand Flying Club
72 10 ZU-RVI Van's A/C
RV-10
260 178.26 167.64 00:14.25 Jan Hanekom
Hugo Stark
Gauteng
Brits Flying Club
73 27 ZU-CCO Urban Air
Samba UFM-10
100 124.28 119.01 00:14.27 Uli Gerth
Alan Newton-Perry
North West
Brits Flying Club
74 103 ZS-LCP Piper
PA-34-200T
200 175.21 163.59 00:16.26 Ernie Vermaak
Johan Jacobs
Gauteng
Aero Club
75 89 ZU-LNI Dyn'Aero
MCR-4S
115 137.00 129.79 00:16.26 Emmie Oelofse
Nico Smith
Mpumalanga
Algoa Flying Club
76 71 ZS-IXL Grumman
AA-5
150 117.30 111.65 00:17.29 Dorrien Andrews
Peter Annear
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
77 8 ZS-CBF Mooney
M20C
180 143.98 134.65 00:19.31 Waldo Verster
Wiehan Strydom
Gauteng
Fly Inn
78 78 ZS-MVH Cessna
210N
300 164.88 151.12 00:22.22 Gerhard Vorster
Marinus Neethling
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
79 84 ZS-IRL Cessna
172N II
160 117.65 109.25 00:26.29 Carl Dollenberg
Sean Murphy
Gauteng
Aero Club
80 86 ZS-JUO Cessna
172K
160 119.39 110.58 00:27.04 Roche' Swiegers
Eben le Roux
Gauteng
Stellenbosch Flying Club
81 62 ZU-EKR Tecnam
P2002 Sierra
100 114.32 102.55 00:40.42 Stephan du Plooy
Petrus van Graan
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club

Please note that the times of a number of aircraft have been amended after the printing of the results handed to competitors. This was after a review of the results by the Jury. These adjustments resulted in no change to the major positions or the trophies awarded.

2011 PTAR - Trophies

2011 President's Trophy Air Race

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 70 ZS-KPU William Devine/Carina Bekker
Aero Commander 500-B
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 53 ZS-JLT Donovan Bailey/Lawrence Hill
Cessna 182P II
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 106 ZS-NOI Menno Parsons/Rob Sieg-Rist
Cessna 182L
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 53 ZS-JLT Donovan Bailey/Lawrence Hill
Cessna 182P II
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Northern Provinces Pilot Home 15 ZU-MJB Johan Berg/Corne Pretorius
Alpi Aviat P300S Std
Northern Review Trophy The First Far Northern Provinces Home 22 ZS-TZN Tienie Prinsloo/Pieter Gouws
Cessna 182S
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 98/td> ZS-IYC Anton Schonken/Wally Goodrich
Cessna 182P
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 77 ZS-EAY Koos Kruger/Willie Linde
Piper PA28-235
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 53 ZS-JLT Donovan Bailey/Lawrence Hill
Cessna 182P II
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 70 ZS-KPU William Devine/Carina Bekker
Aero Commander 500-B
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 13 ZS-JTA Bianca Juselius/Matt Gilmore
Cessna FR172J
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 52 ZS-LLH Phil Wakeley/Scott Wakeley
Cessna 182B
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 79 ZS-MUU Francois Swart/Pierre du Plooy
Cessna T210M
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 hrs 38 ZS-TZN Marius Thompson/Seugnet Theron
Alpha Av R216i Robin
ATNS Trophy The Youngest Competitor
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 57 ZU-FCE Dawie van Staaden/Paul Weich
Van's A/C RV8
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 3 ZS-IBX Johan Doubell/Jannie Visser
Beech E33
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 53 ZS-JLT Donovan Bailey/Lawrence Hill
Cessna 182P II
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 77 ZS-EAY Koos Kruger/Willie Linde
Piper PA28-235
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 29 ZS-JKY Richard Maier/Nic Hulley
Mooney M20F
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 94 ZS-KTO Colin Jordaan/Gerhard van Zyl
Aerostar 600A
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 3 ZS-IBX Johan Doubell/Jannie Visser
Beech E33
Ann White Trophy Handicapping Committee Award Not Awarded
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower

2011 PTAR - Exclusions

Race No A/C Reg Pilot Navigator Aircraft Reason
2 ZU-MER Chris Booysen Tracy Booysen Van's A/C RV-7A Did not start day 1
5 ZS-KSZ Wally Brink George Brink Cessna R182 RG II Did not complete day 2
16 ZU-FFE Christophe Roelofse Rikus Cronje Jabiru UL 120 Did not complete day 1
18 ZS-NOY Hubert Wentzel Keith Fairhurst Cessna 182P II Low flying day 2
23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel Rod Crichton Lancair 360 Missed TP Molatedi Dam day 2
34 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein Martiens Steyn Piper PA-28-235B Did not start day 2
38 ZS-PPE Marius Thompson Seugnet Theron Alpha Av. R2160i Robin Low flying day 2
50 ZU-LEG Ross Leighton Paul van As Lancair 2000 Missed TP Molatedi Dam day 2
55 ZS-EXV Bryan Belcher Graeme Smart Piper PA-28-140 Did not complete day 2
63 ZS-PFO De la Rey Tonkin David van der Linde Cessna 182K Did not complete day 2
72 ZS-TMT Quinton Warne Mark Bristow Cessna 182P II Did not start day 1
76 ZU-JHA Alewyn Burger Lisa Mandel Van's A/C RV-6 Did not complete day 1
107 ZS-MRA Willie Cronje Rassie Erasmus Cessna R182 RG II Did not start day 1

Penalties

Race No A/C Reg Penalty Reason
19 ZS-CPB 00:00.30 Exceeded max altitude
25 ZS-NHR 00:00.30 Exceeded max altitude
30 ZS-FOH 00:00.30 Below min altitude
48 ZS-KSW 00:02.00 Exceeded max altitude
49 ZS-CNZ 00:00.30 Exceeded max altitude
50 ZU-LEG 00:00.30 Exceeded max altitude
59 ZS-JWL 00:02.00 Exceeded max altitude
70 ZS-KPU 00:01.30 Exceeded max altitude
79 ZS-MUU 00:02.30 Exceeded max altitude
99 ZS-MTR 00:00.30 Below min altitude
105 ZS-SPO 00:00.30 Below min altitude
108 ZS-ALZ 00:00.30 Exceeded max altitude

2011 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Mafikeng Kuruman 154.3 154.3
Kuruman Reivilo 40.8 195.1
Reivilo Schweizer-Reneke 63.6 258.7
Schweizer-Reneke Mafikeng 82.8 341.5

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Mafikeng Molatedi Dam 74.5 74.5
Molatedi Dam Morning side 55.6 130.1
Morningside Mafikeng 74.3 204.4
Mafikeng Geysdorp Dam 46.2 250.6
Geysdorp Dam Stella 21.9 272.5
Stella Disa 49.6 322.1
Disa Mafikeng 11.7 333.9

Total Distance - 675.44 Nautical Miles

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2010 President's Trophy Air Race

Isn’t amazing how the years fly by quicker than a turbo charged Lancair as we get older. Just finished the President’s Trophy Air Race 2009 in Bloemfontein and, as we were catching our breath, we found ourselves in Rustenburg getting ready for the PTAR 2010.

This one was special in its own way as has been the case for every PTAR from time immemorial. Albert de Witte compiled a Gant chart to manage the team and make sure it was all done on sched-ule. I am however glad that he could read the chart. The week leading up to the event was fraught with the potential for disaster. A few days before the event the parking areas were flooded by the exceptional rain and there was a very real threat of having too little fuel. There were panic calls asking “How far from the runway can you park an aircraft?” “How much taxi way it takes to park 100 aircraft?” With tempers frayed to the point where people were snapping at each other like rabies infested dogs, Albert coaxed his committee to greater and greater achievements than even they thought possible.

When the competitors arrived to an efficient registration process managed by Denise Spencer-Scarr they had no idea how much had gone on behind the scenes. Everything was running like clockwork.

The routine of the PTAR has now settled. Arrive and test fly on Thursday. Prompt to the point briefings held in a way only Robin Spencer Scarr can. Race on Friday. More briefings. Race on Saturday and then attend a magnificent Banquet in the evening. All this is interspersed with a great deal of banter, camaraderie and aviation talk.
The first route planned was great route but it went to many game farm strips, then we tried to find the owners and get permission. Onto route 2. By now the maps had been ordered so choice was limited. Then onto route 3 which was too long, version 4 had too many open cast mines...... Eventually all the route planners finalised the task on the 6th version. A lovely route which had a mountain range parallel to the track, so do you fly on the upwind side, and cross as late as possible. On the day however, the wind was not a factor and those who flew the straightest track had the best advantage.

Day 1 was a challenging course and good planning was rewarded. On the other hand bad planning saw a number of competitors penalised for flying too high over the Thabazimbi turning point. The results for the day showed how accurate the handicaps are becoming. Just less than fifty air-craft aircraft were within two minutes of their handicap.

Day 2 proved that you can believe the SAWS. The forecast wind showed that there was a unique weather condition that allowed competitors to fly the entire course without any head wind. Logger analysis has proved that the forecaster had it spot on. Those that did not follow his advice were disappointed. This condition obviously played right into the hands of the slower competitors. The course followed the usual bow tie configuration to give the spectators something to watch. As usual navigation was a bit easier as the crews could follow the “aluminium highway”

Eventual winners were Mary de Klerk and Barry de Groot followed closely by John Sayers and Jack Coetzee in second and Arne Badenhorst and Terri Meyer in third. The winning margin was 1 minute with less than a minute to third place.

It is with sympathy and regret that we record the deaths of Werner Blignaut and Cronje Erasmus, who died during this year’s President’s Trophy Air Race. These are the first fatalities we have had at a SAPFA event in its 73 year history, and hopefully the last.

Now on to President’s Trophy Air Race 2011 in Mafikeng.

2010 PTAR - Full Result

2010 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Rustenberg - 27 to 29 May 2010

Total Distance: 657.37 Nautical Miles

(Click on RACE NUMBER to access score sheet.)

Pos Race No A/c Reg. Aircarft
Make & Model
HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
or Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 24 ZU-EYZ Alpi Aviat
Pioneer 200
100 105.51 108.32 00:09.41- Mary de Klerk
Barry de Groot
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
2 37 ZS-EFH Piper
PA-28-235
250 141.12 146.11 00:08.32- John Sayers
Jack Coetzer
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
3 83 ZS-FYR Piper
PA-32-300C
300 140.62 144.63 00:07.46- Arne Badenhorst
Terri Meyer
Gauteng
None
4 86 ZU-NRV Van's A/C
RV-8
180 164.48 167.93 00:04.93- Neil Murray
Marc Gregson
Gauteng
None
5 77 ZS-EAY Piper
PA-28-235
250 136.49 138.52 00:04.15- Koos Kruger
Willie Linde
Free State
None
6 53 ZS-BAI Cessna
172S
180 126.57 128.60 00:03.55- Donovan Bailey
Lawrence Hill
Kwa-Zulu Natal
None
7 23 ZU-JHA Van's A/C
RV-6
180 166.37 168.70 00:03.16- Dave Mandel
Rod Crichton
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
8 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna
R182 RG II
235 152.42 154.10 00:02.50- Wally Brink
George Brink
North West
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
9 74 ZS-MJR Navion
Navion H
285 150.91 152.50 00:02.44- Rudi Marx
Mark Allison
Gauteng
None
10 70 ZS-FPI Cessna
182M
230 137.40 138.50 00:02.17- Guy Leitch
Ryan Beeton
Gauteng
Brits Flying Club
11 50 ZS-NOI Cessna
182L
230 134.00 134.75 00:01.39- Menno Parsons
Rob Sieg-Rist
Gauteng
None
12 11 ZS-FSR Beech
A36
285 171.94 173.07 00:01.30- Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
Gauteng
Klerksdorp Pilot Ass
13 3 ZS-IBX Beech
E33
285 168.50 169.50 00:01.23- Johan Doubell
Jannie Visser
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
14 65 ZU-VON Glasair
GS-2
180 135.98 136.62 00:01.22- Hubi Von Moltke
Roy Gregson
Gauteng
None
15 40 ZS-OSM Cessna
340A II
310 188.65 189.89 00:01.21- Andries van Tonder
Gary Hughes
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
16 55 ZS-JLW Piper
PA-23E-250
250 187.48 188.67 00:01.20- Bryan Belcher
Graeme Smart
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
17 58 ZS-MSW Cessna
182F
230 133.84 134.41 00:01.15- Morris du Plessis
Johan de Lange (Dr)
Gauteng
Wits Univ Flying Ass
18 31 ZS-SDW Diamond
DA-42 TDi
135 161.35 162.14 00:01.11- Steve Dewsbery
Trevor Cufflin
Gauteng
Aviators Paradise
19 54 ZS-MFG Beech
58
300 202.58 203.49 00:00.52- Trevor Milton
Gideon Langeveld
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
20 56 ZS-PYK Beech
C33A
285 169.21 169.77 00:00.45- Jan du Bruyn
John Schraader
Gauteng
Rustenburg Flying Club
21 33 ZU-ORV Van's A/C
RV-7A
180 164.91 165.35 00:00.38- Rob Kennedy
Wikus Kritzinger
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
22 15 ZU-MJB Alpi Aviat
Pioneer 300
100 133.67 133.94 00:00.35- Johan Bergh
Corne Pretorius
North West
Aviators Paradise
23 81 ZS-MST Piper
PA-28-180 C
180 126.98 127.04 00:00.08- Mark Dethian
Alex Dyason
Gauteng
Aviator Trng Academy
24 22 ZU-CHI Van's A/C
RV-8
200 177.32 177.32 00:00.01- Alan Fergus
Johan Ferreira
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
25 38 ZS-CHL Beech
58
285 199.10 198.75 00:00.20 Daan Brand
Marius Thompson
Gauteng
None
26 46 ZS-NXE Piper
PA-28RT-201T
200 159.95 159.71 00:00.23 Daniel Bensch
Dana Bensch
Gauteng
J.L.P.C.
27 27 ZU-EZL Urban Air
Samba XL
100 122.07 121.82 00:00.40 Uli Gerth
Alan Newton-Perry
North West
Brits Flying Club
28 19 ZS-CPB Cirrus
SR-22 G3
310 177.59 176.96 00:00.47 Tony Petter-Bowyer
Dale de Klerk
North West
None
29 78 ZS-MVH Cessna
210N
300 164.75 163.88 00:01.17 Eddie Vorster
Meyer Jacobs
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
30 49 ZS-JTA Cessna
FR172J
210 128.63 128.09 00:01.18 Dave Bruce
Barry Kinnear
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
31 7 ZU-JUR Van's A/C
RV-7
180 177.87 176.79 00:01.21 Juri Keyter
Jan Hanekom
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
32 39 ZS-FIY Cessna
182L
230 134.05 133.41 00:01.25 Johan Cillie
Flip Ehlers
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
33 101 ZS-ALZ Beech
G36
300 176.69 175.46 00:01.35 Thys Joubert
Morgan Gregory
Kwa-Zulu Natal
None
34 20 ZS-ALS Cessna
182T
230 145.09 144.21 00:01.39 Johan van Rensburg
Willie van Wyk
North West
Klerksdorp Pilot Ass
35 45 ZS-LPA Mooney
M20F
200 149.03 148.08 00:01.42 Tertius Myburgh
Adrian Barry
Gauteng
None
36 72 ZS-TMT Cessna
182P II
230 134.28 133.49 00:01.44 Mark Bristow
Quinton Warne
Gauteng
None
37 52 ZS-LLH Cessna
182B
230 131.70 130.92 00:01.47 Phil Wakeley
Scott Wakeley
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
38 60 ZU-DWS Aerospool
WT-9
100 134.74 133.78 00:02.06 George Didloff
Jan Jacobs
Gauteng
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
39 91 ZS-DOT Cirrus
SR-22 G2
310 182.06 180.20 00:02.14 Dirk Visser
Chris Burger
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
40 100 ZS-KSO Cessna
182Q II
230 138.56 137.43 00:02.21 Anton Wheeler
Alan Stewart
North West
Rustenburg Flying Club
41 95 ZS-KKT Piper
PA-34-200T
200 175.07 173.18 00:02.28 Gavin Brown
Johan Juselius
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
42 63 ZS-FFG Beech
G36
300 176.69 174.74 00:02.30 Herman Klopper
Pieter van Rensburg
North West
Western Transvaal FS
43 76 ZU-KLT Van's A/C
RV-7
200 173.49 171.33 00:02.52 Ken Clark
Paul Cronje
Eastern Cape
Queenstown Flying Club
44 93 ZU-XML SA Ravin
500
260 175.95 173.58 00:03.04 Calle Hedberg
Mike Visagie
Western Cape
Cape Town Flying Club
45 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio
P166S
340 174.95 172.53 00:03.10 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Gauteng
None
46 34 ZS-FDZ Piper
PA-28-235
250 140.14 138.54 00:03.15 Christa Greyvenstein
Johann van den Berg
Gauteng
None
47 89 ZU-DTB Dyn'Aero
MCR-4S
115 127.35 125.84 00:03.43 Emmie Oelofse
Andrew Lane
Mpumalanga
Algoa Flying Club
48 2 ZU-MER Van's A/C
RV-7A
180 170.47 168.33 00:03.57 Chris Booysen
Tracy Booysen
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
49 13 ZS-SHV Cessna
172N II
160 117.56 116.12 00:04.10 Bianca Juselius
Matt Gilmore
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
50 88 ZS-LAI Cessna
R182 RG II
235 152.79 150.27 00:04.20 Mark Hughes
Bryan Engels
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
51 9 ZU-NIK Van's A/C
RV-7
180 173.62 170.18 00:04.36 Shawn Uren
Nick McFall
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
52 28 ZS-OXZ Cessna
182T
230 145.09 142.61 00:04.43 Adriaan Kleyn
Vorster Gauche
Kwa-Zulu Natal
None
53 75 ZS-CBJ Mooney
M20C
180 144.82 142.30 00:04.50 Stephen Breytenbach
Almero Retief
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
54 68 ZU-NAT Alpi Aviat
Pioneer 300
100 135.41 133.20 00:04.51 Hedley Davidson
Piet Smit
Gauteng
Aviators Paradise
55 41 ZS-HJF Piper
PA-24-260-C
260 165.95 162.51 00:05.02 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
Gauteng
None
56 14 ZS-AFO Cessna
182T
230 145.09 142.43 00:05.04 Kobus Kilian
Renier Albertse
Gauteng
None
57 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna
T-210M
310 178.95 174.58 00:05.31 Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Northern Cape
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
58 48 ZS-SCY Cirrus
SR-22 G3
310 182.06 178.28 00:05.35 Louw van Reenen
Riaan Pretorius
Free State
Kimberley F.S.
59 57 ZS-IWK Cessna
182P II
230 135.63 132.85 00:06.05 Frank Smook
Kobus Kotze
Gauteng
Defence Flying Club
60 90 ZS-MKB Cessna
T-210M
310 178.95 174.83 00:06.11 Andre Tonkin
Douw Wentzel
Mpumalanga
Durban Wings Club
61 10 ZS-OMJ Piper
PA-32-260
260 139.81 136.26 00:07.21 Tienie Prinsloo
Chris Prinsloo
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
62 102 ZS-PAS Beech
B55
260 195.64 188.72 00:07.23 AJ Coetzer
Willem Coetzer
Free State
None
63 92 ZS-SDR Piper
PA-28-181
180 131.81 128.99 00:07.33 Five Delport
Willie Jordaan
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
64 30 ZU-EEI Tecnam
P2002 Sierra
100 114.23 111.35 00:08.57 Dennis Hoines
Anthony Hoines
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
65 35 ZS-PZG Beech
A36
285 171.94 166.72 00:09.11 Richard Moore
Dean Butt
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
66 26 ZS-MEW Piper
PA-32-300
300 140.60 135.97 00:09.33 Willem Engelbrecht
Chris van Rensburg
North West
Rustenburg Flying Club
67 94 ZS-RIO Cessna
182P
230 135.16 130.87 00:10.34 Gerhard van Zyl
Colin Jordaan
Gauteng
None
68 71 ZS-KOB Piper
PA-28-235
250 137.61 132.57 00:10.54 Dorrien Andrews
Peter Annear
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
69 99 ZS-MTR Cessna
210M
300 168.91 160.96 00:11.33 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Northern Cape
Bloemfontein Flying Club
70 79 A2-UFO Jabiru
J430
120 122.05 117.68 00:12.00 Ben van Zyl
Phillip Gouws
Botswana
Kalahari Flying Club
71 29 ZS-MLC Cessna
210L
300 170.35 161.80 00:12.14 Christo Fick
Wim Joubert
Gauteng
None
72 66 ZS-MRF Cessna
177 RG II
200 144.08 137.87 00:12.20 Duncan Finch
Peter Ray
Gauteng
East Rand Flying Club
73 69 ZS-OSV Piper
PA-34-220T
220 179.39 169.56 00:12.45 Colin Chapman
Brandon Bregman
Gauteng
None
74 64 ZS-LXJ Beech
F33A
285 174.43 167.21 00:12.46 Jacques Hattingh
Eksteen du Toit
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
75 43 ZS-MIA Cessna
210L
300 167.38 158.92 00:13.33 Siebert Wiid
Jean Bezuidenhout
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
76 8 ZS-CBF Mooney
M20C
180 147.19 139.86 00:14.03 Waldo Verster
Francois Fitzferald
Gauteng
Fly Inn
77 16 ZU-FBX Jabiru
J430
120 122.49 117.18 00:14.36 Pieter Pretorius
Eugene Maree
Limpopo
Louis Trichardt Flying Club
78 59 ZS-JWL Cessna
T-210L
285 176.87 164.90 00:16.11 Leon Koekemoer
Andre Koen
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
79 18 ZS-NOY Cessna
182P II
230 135.63 128.34 00:16.31 Hubert Wentzel
Keith Fairhurst
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
80 84 ZS-IRL Cessna
172N II
160 114.66 109.29 00:16.54 Carl Dollenberg
Sean Murphy
Gauteng
None
81 42 ZS-IMX Beech
A-24-R
200 134.84 126.61 00:19.01 Allen Lange
Johan Whiteman
Gauteng
None
82 44 ZS-KVT Cessna
172 RG II
180 134.58 125.37 00:21.31 Pierre Puren
Ernie Hulley
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
83 82 ZS-FJV Cessna
172K
160 119.29 111.51 00:23.04 Wynand Lotter
Gerhard vd Westhuize
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
84 32 ZS-RTB Piper
PA-28R-200
200 141.54 130.69 00:23.08 Deon Loots
Hennie Stander
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
85 80 ZS-NSM Cessna
U206D
300 144.76 133.79 00:23.21 Stephen Jolly
Jaco Kloosterziel
86 87 ZU-ESS Jabiru
J430
120 122.49 112.38 00:30.59 Piet Nieuwenhuizen
Hendrik White
Northern Cape
Kimberley F.S.
87 97 ZS-DWL Piper
PA-28-235
235 134.27 121.39 00:31.11 Piet Delport
Vernon van Zyl
Gauteng
Kity Hawk Flying Club
88 62 ZU-EKR Tecnam
P2002 Sierra
100 114.23 100.58 00:46.53 Stephan du Plooy
JC Schmidt
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club

Please note that the times of a number of aircraft have been amended after the printing of the results handed to competitors. This was after a review of the results by the Jury. These adjustments resulted in no change to final positions of any competitor.

2010 PTAR - Trophies

2010 President's Trophy Air Race

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 24 ZU-EYZ Mary de Klerk/Barry de Groot
Alpi Aviat Pioneer 200
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 37 ZS-EFH John Sayers/Jack Coetzer
Piper PA28-235
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 83 ZS-FYR Arne Badenhorst/Terri Meyer
Piper PA32-300C
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 24 ZU-EYZ Mary de Klerk/Barry de Groot
Alpi Aviat Pioneer 200
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 3 ZS-IBX Johan Doubell/Jannie Visser
Beech E33
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 77 ZS-EAY Koos Kruger/Willie Linde
Piper PA28-235
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 37 ZS-EFH John Sayers/Jack Coetzer
Piper PA28-235
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 24 ZU-EYZ Mary de Klerk/Barry de Groot
Alpi Aviat Pioneer 200
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 24 ZU-EYZ Mary de Klerk/Barry de Groot
Alpi Aviat Pioneer 200
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 5 ZS-KSZ Wally Brink/George Brink
Cessna R182 RGII
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 40 ZS-OSM Andries van Tonder/Gary Hughes
Cessna C340A II
ATNS Trophy The Youngest Competitor 52 ZS-LLH Phil Wakeley/Scott Wakeley
Cessna C182B
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 86 ZU-NRV Neil Murray/Marc Gregson
Van's A/C RV8
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 11 ZS-FSR Human Wentzel/Arno Stofberg
Beech A36
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 53 ZS-BAI Donovan Bailey/Lawrence Hill
Cessna C172S
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 37 ZS-EFH John Sayers/Jack Coetzer
Piper PA28-235
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 45 ZS-LPA Tertius Myburgh/Adrian Barry
Mooney M20F
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 54 ZS-MFG Trevor Milton/Gideon Langeveld
Beech 58
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 54 ZS-MFG Trevor Milton /Gideon Langeveld
Beech 58
Ann White Trophy Handicapping Committee Award Not Awarded
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 15 ZU-MJB Johan Bergh/Corne Pretorius
Alpi Aviat Pioneer 300

2010 PTAR - Exclusions

Race No A/c Reg Pilot Navigator Aircraft Reason/th>
4 ZS-ABC Eugene Swart Dan Leach Piper PA32-300C Missed TP4 and TP5 on day 1
6 ZS-DYD Robert Myburgh Robbie Myburgh Mooney M20E Did not complete day two
12 ZU-FCY Chris Briers Jack Onderstall Lancair 2000 Flying in contravention of the rules
17 A2-CVS Cedric van Straten Jnr Cedric van Straten Snr Beech B55 Did not start day two
21 ZS-DWJ Abel Fourie Riaan Louw Piper PA 28-235 Missed TP3 on day one
51 ZU-JVZ Hannes van Aswegen Francois Scheepers Jabiru J400 Missed TP4 day one
61 ZU-VDW Werner Blignaut Cronje Erasmus Aveko sro VL-3 Did not complete day two
67 ZS-NEH Mike Finch Sandy Baine Cessna 180H Missed TP3 on day one
73 ZS-IFY Chris Shaw John Shaw Cessna 177B Did not start day two
85 ZS-CXY Neels van Deventer Solly Pretorius Cessna 172D Did not start day two
96 ZS-LYY Cliff Pike Craig Reid Piper PA34-200T Missed TP4 day one
98 ZS-CTZ Wyndham Ferreira Louis Barnard Cessna 210B Missed TP3 and TP4 on day one

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
2 ZU-MER 00:01:00 Too high TP3
35 ZS-PZG 00:02:00 Too high TP3
37 ZS-EFH 00:01:00 Too high TP1
43 ZS-MIA 00:01:00 Too high TP4
48 ZS-SCY 00:01:00 Turned into traffic TP4
53 ZS-BAI 00:01:00 Turned into traffic TP4
64 ZS-LXJ 00:03:00 Too high TP1 and TP3
80 ZS-NSM 00:01:00 Too high TP4
87 ZU-ESS 00:02:00 Too high TP2 and TP3
90 ZS-MKB 00:01:00 Too high TP2
92 ZS-SDR 00:01:00 Too high TP3
94 ZS-RIO 00:01:00 Turned into traffic TP2

2010 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Rustenberg Warmbaths 72.23 72.23
Warmbaths Nylstroom 14.95 87.18
Nylstroom Thabazimbi 55.69 142.87
Thabazimbi Petrusdam 78.81 221.68
Petrusdam Zeerust 25.12 246.80
Zeerust Rustenberg 66.54 313.34

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Rustenberg Petrusdam 67.28 67.28
Petrusdam Slurry 39.78 107.06
Slurry Rustenberg 75.44 182.50
Rustenberg Liverpool 45.79 228.29
Liverpool Warmbaths 44.15 272.44
Warmbaths Rustenberg 71.59 344.03

Total Distance - 657.37 Nautical Miles

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2009 President's Trophy Air Race

Neels van Deventer and Solly Pretorius, flying a Cessna 172D, are the winners of the 2009 Suzuki President’s Trophy Air Race, one of the premier events on the South African aviation calendar.

The Gauteng-based duo pipped the Cessna 182P of Fabian Cairns and Wade Gomes to the post after a closely contested battle that saw adverse conditions and strict handicaps put many of the fancied crews out of contention. Third place went to the Lancair 360 of Dave Mandel and Rod Crichton.

For Van Deventer and Pretorius, who fly out of the Kitty Hawk airfield near Pretoria, it was a dream debut in what is generally considered the toughest air race on the calendar.

“We were a bit shaky on day one in the turbulence, and even struggled to find the turning point at Barkley East, but we still managed to come in third, a jubilant Van Deventer said afterwards.

“As the slowest competitor, we started first on day two, and managed to cross the line in second place. The win came as a complete surprise.”

The race, which is run on a handicap system that allows different aircraft to compete on an equal basis, attracted a record entry of 113 aircraft, of which 104 were classified as finishers.

Despite the testing conditions, with strong winds and turbulence over the mountains near Barkley East, there were relatively few incidents.

Perhaps the most serious of these was the forced landing of Lisa Mandel and Alewyn Burger, when their Van’s RV6 suffered a prop separation. Mandel executed a perfect touchdown on a mountain plateau, and the crew escaped unhurt.

Meanwhile, Tienie and Chris Prinsloo, flying a Mooney M20G, circled above the landing site to ensure the RV6 crew was okay, and also relayed the co-ordinates of the forced landing site to the race organisers.

Their gesture cost them any chance of a race win – the intrepid crew still managed a creditable eighth place on day two, but were classified 99th on the overall results sheet.

Conditions on day one were particularly treacherous, with the strong headwinds on the inbound leg hampering the slower, less powerful aircraft, while the turbulence over the mountains made flying adventurous, to say the least.

Douw Wentzel, navigating for Arnie Lowes in their Cessna T206H, got caught out by the rough conditions, and ended up in hospital with a suspected back injury after the aircraft hit an air pocket.

The second day brought cold and frost, but also much better flying weather, and the air traffic control at Tempe had their work cut out to set off the hundred-plus aircraft at sometimes extremely close intervals.

After a total of 637,8 nautical miles and two days of flying, the finish was desperately close, with Van Deventer and Pretorius, 10 min 24 sec ahead of their handicap time, while close rivals Cairns and Gomes beat their handicap time by 9 min 40 sec.

Even closer was the third placed finish, with the Mandel/Crichton Lancair gaining 9 min 18 sec on its handicap time.

“The close competition and the spirit of camaraderie at this year’s Suzuki President’s Trophy Air Race not only made for one of the best races in years,” said Francois van Eeden, the company’s national marketing manager. “It also vindicated Suzuki Auto SA’s decision to back what must rate as one of the top aviation events in the country.

“We would like to salute all the air crews who competed for making this year’s race a memorable one, while race director Kassie Kasselman and his team deserve a big round of applause for a job well done,” Van Eeden concluded.

Suzuki Press release

2009 PTAR - Full Result

2009 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 29 to 31 May 2009

Total Distance:637.83 Nautical Miles

(Click on RACE NUMBER to access score sheet)

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 85 ZS-CXY Cessna
172D
145 105.87 109.01 00:10.24- Neels van Deventer
Solly Pretorius
Gauteng
Aero Club
2 76 ZS-MZV Cessna
182P
230 133.60 138.27 00:09.40- Fabian Cairns
Wade Gomes
Gauteng
Gauteng Aero Club
3 23 ZS-WZU Lancair
360
180 189.63 198.80 00:09.18- Dave Mandel
Rod Crichton
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
4 29 ZS-DYD Mooney
M20E
200 147.86 153.17 00:08.58- Christo Fick
Chris Wiid
Gauteng
Aero Club
5 63 ZS-HSK Aviat A/C
A-1B Husky
180 118.30 121.67 00:08.57- PK Odendaal
Pieter Odendaal
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
6 37 ZS-WSE North Am.
AT-6G Harvard
550 168.00 174.85 00:08.56- John Sayers
Jack Coetzer
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
7 7 ZU-JAD Van's A/C
RV-7A
180 166.49 171.67 00:06.56- Jan Hanekom
Hugo Stark
Gauteng
Brits Flying Club
8 92 ZS-SDR Piper
PA-28-181
180 129.00 132.05 00:06.51- Five Delport
Willie Jordaan
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
9 21 ZU-ESP Urban Air
Samba XL
100 122.09 124.73 00:06.38- Lourens Pienaar
Jannie Marais
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
10 64 ZS-CPT Cirrus
SR-20
200 151.07 155.10 00:06.34- Ian Duraan
Chareen Shillaw
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
11 78 ZS-KBJ Piper
PA-32-300
300 139.92 142.99 00:05.53- Wessel vd Westhuizen
Bertie de Beer
Free State
Aero Club
12 90 ZS-ETX Cessna
210G
285 166.55 170.85 00:05.46- Ian Howell
Jan Botes
Free State
Aero Club
13 94 ZS-EWY Cessna
210G
300 167.00 171.27 00:05.43- Gerhard van Zyl
Colin Jordaan
Gauteng
Aero Club
14 1 ZS-ABC Piper
PA-32-300C
300 139.23 142.12 00:05.35- Dan Leach
Eugene Swart
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
15 15 ZS-PMW Cessna
172M
150 115.00 116.87 00:05.19- Savas Nicolaides
Henry miles
Gauteng
Aero Club
16 89 ZU-DTB Dyn'Aero
MCR-4S
115 126.06 128.14 00:04.55- Emmie Oelofse
Marius Havenga
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
17 75 ZS-CBJ Mooney
M20C
180 143.09 145.67 00:04.44- Almero Retief
Anton van Reenen
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
18 14 ZS-AFO Cessna
182T
230 143.80 146.36 00:04.39- Kobus Kilian
Renier Albertse
Gauteng
Aero Club
19 24 ZS-JTE Cessna
P206C
285 134.55 136.77 00:04.37- Barry de Groot
Mary de Klerk
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Pietermaritzburg A C
20 67 ZS-NEH Cessna
180H
230 134.99 137.20 00:04.34- Mike Finch
Sandy Bayne
Gauteng
Aero Club
21 54 ZS-MFG Beech
58
300 198.30 202.97 00:04.26- Trevor Milton
Gideon Langeveld
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
22 9 ZS-IME Beech
V35B
285 171.55 174.99 00:04.23- Sias Delport
Andy Brink
Northern Cape
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
23 65 ZU-WOW Van's A/C
RV-10
260 176.60 180.22 00:04.21- Hubi von Moltke
Mike Cathrow
Gauteng
Aero Club
24 10 ZU-MRV Van's A/C
RV-10
260 176.67 180.18 00:04.13- Martin Deysel
Johan van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
25 72 ZS-FPI Cessna
182M
230 136.74 138.67 00:03.54- Guy Leitch
Phil Parsons
Gauteng
Brits Flying Club
26 57 ZU-VAN Van's A/C
RV-8
180 176.64 179.81 00:03.50- Trevor Warner
Allen Pharaoh
Gauteng
Petit Flying Club
27 81 ZS-PNA Cirrus
SR-22
310 180.56 183.72 00:03.39- Mark Dethian
Alex Dyason
Gauteng
Aviator Training Ac.
28 20 ZS-ALS Cessna
182T
230 143.80 145.69 00:03.27- Johan van Rensburg
Giep de Klerk
North West
Klerksdorp Pilot Ass
29 2 ZU-MER Van's A/C
RV-7A
180 167.02 169.52 00:03.23- Chris Booysen
Tracy Booysen
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
30 55 ZS-JLW Piper
PA-23E-250T
250 187.46 190.24 00:02.59- Bryan Belcher
Graeme Smart
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
31 53 ZS-BAI Cessna
172S
180 126.45 127.69 00:02.57- Donovan Bailey
Andrew Graham
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
32 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna
R182 RG II
235 151.93 153.43 00:02.27- Wally Brink
George Brink
North West
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
33 40 ZS-OSM Cessna
340A II
310 188.43 190.52 00:02.14- Gary Hughes
Andries van Tonder
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
34 77 ZS-VSA Cessna
402B
300 200.23 202.34 00:02.00- Koos Kruger
Willie Linde
Free State
Aero Club
35 31 ZS-SDW Diamond AC
DA-42 TDi
135 160.51 161.81 00:01.54- Steve Dewsbery
Trevor Cufflin
Gauteng
Aero Club
36 34 ZS-FDZ Piper
PA-28-235B
250 138.89 139.83 00:01.51- Christa Greyvenstein
Johann van den Berg
Gauteng
Aero Club
37 99 ZS-MTR Cessna
210N
300 162.50 163.64 00:01.38- Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Northern Cape
Bloemfontein Flying Club
38 109 ZS-CHO Beech
J35
250 158.85 159.91 00:01.36- Gert Verbaan
Christo Lombard
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
39 3 ZS-IBX Beech
E33
285 169.26 170.19 00:01.15- Johan Doubell
Jan Visser
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
40 52 ZS-LLH Cessna
182B
230 132.02 132.57 00:01.12- Phil Wakeley
Scott Wakeley
Gauteng
Aero Club
41 112 ZS-MOR Cessna
210N
300 167.21 168.07 00:01.10- Francois Duvenhage
Derek Jordaan
Limpopo
Rustenburg Flying Club
42 39 ZS-FIY Cessna
182L
230 134.00 134.55 00:01.10- Johan Cillie
Flip Ehlers
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
43 70 ZS-OXD Cirrus
SR-22
310 180.56 181.50 00:01.06- MJ Nienkemper
Frans Nel
Free State
Aero Club
44 80 ZS-OXZ Cessna
182T
230 143.80 144.37 00:01.03- Adriaan Kleyn
Vorster Gauche
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
45 98 ZS-CGL Piper
PA-22-150
150 103.12 103.40 00:01.01- Wyndham Ferreira
Louis Barnard
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
46 16 ZS-LVU Cessna
T210N
310 182.33 183.12 00:00.55- Rex Barnard
Piet Haasbroek
North West
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
47 12 ZS-JKY Mooney
M20F
200 142.93 143.39 00:00.51- Richard Maier
Nic Hulley
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
48 28 ZS-NBB Cessna
177 RG
200 142.72 143.10 00:00.43- Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
49 91 ZS-DOT Cirrus
SR-22
310 180.56 181.02 00:00.32- Dirk Visser
Hartog Blok
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
50 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna
T210M
310 178.58 179.03 00:00.32- Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Northern Cape
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
51 19 ZS-PRY Piper
PA-32R-301
300 156.48 156.76 00:00.26- Jakkals Olivier
Aldus Engelbrecht
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
52 26 ZS-IJL Beech
K35
250 161.38 161.52 00:00.12- Mike Howell
John Boucher
Northern Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
53 33 ZS-CPG Cirrus
SR-22
310 180.56 180.07 00:00.35 Rob Kennedy
Wikus Kritzinger
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
54 51 ZS-MSP Cessna
172R
160 123.99 123.76 00:00.35 Willie O'Driscoll
Stu Low
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
55 4 ZS-PBK Beech
58
300 198.30 197.30 00:00.59 Eugene de Kok
Gerrie van Niekerk
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
56 102 ZS-PTC Beech
E55
300 205.37 204.14 00:01.07 Koos Coetzer
Daan Brand
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
57 108 ZS-CHL Beech
58
285 199.16 197.85 00:01.17 Marius Thompson
Seugnet Theron
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
58 11 ZS-FSR Beech
A36
285 172.38 171.32 00:01.23 Human Wentzel
Kassie Kasselman
Gauteng
Klerksdorp Pilot Ass
59 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio
P166S
340 174.60 173.26 00:01.42 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Gauteng
Aero Club
60 104 ZS-IWK Cessna
182P II
230 135.28 134.45 00:01.45 Kobus Kotze
Frank Smook
Gauteng
Aero Club
61 106 ZS-NOI Cessna
182L
230 133.93 132.97 00:02.04 Menno Parsons
Rob Sieg-Rist
Gauteng
Aero Club
62 101 ZS-ALZ Beech
G36
300 178.05 176.32 00:02.07 Thys Joubert
Greg Morgan
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
63 36 ZS-FLV Beech
36
285 168.69 167.13 00:02.07 Conrad Botha
Graham Wansbury
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
64 97 ZS-PAS Beech
B55
260 195.70 193.56 00:02.09 Willem Coetzer
AJ Coetzer
Free State
Aero Club
65 42 ZS-MFD Beech
E55
285 200.50 198.24 00:02.11 Johan Gouws
Reg Meintjies
Northern Cape
Aero Club
66 59 ZS-SDT Cessna
172R
160 123.82 122.93 00:02.15 Leon Koekemoer
Andre Koen
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Virginia Flight Sch.
67 84 ZS-TWC Mooney
M20R
280 180.76 178.82 00:02.18 Carl Basson
Debbie Basson
Western Cape
F.T.C.
68 113 ZS-KAS Beech
G36
300 178.05 176.13 00:02.21 Cas Joubert
Japie van Zyl
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Newcastle Flying Club
69 107 ZS-RTB Piper
PA-28R-200
200 141.40 140.09 00:02.32 Deon Loots
Hennie Stander
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
70 41 ZS-HJF Piper
PA-24-260-C
260 165.50 163.69 00:02.34 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
Gauteng
Aero Club
71 46 ZS-KCN Beech
A36
300 178.05 175.82 00:02.44 Peter Johnson
Trevor Wilson
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Zululand Wings Club
72 103 ZU-JVZ Jabiru
J400
120 123.07 121.93 00:02.54 Jerry Bezuidenhout
Hannes van Aswegen
North West
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
73 58 ZS-KCP Beech
B55
260 192.47 189.56 00:03.02 Stephen Lombard
Mike Hunter
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Zululand Flying Club
74 86 ZS-OUN Piper
PA-28RT-201T
200 160.00 157.80 00:03.20 Heinrich Rehr
Pieter Cloete
Western Cape
Mossel Bay Aero Club
75 62 ZS-IYC Cessna
182P
230 135.17 133.55 00:03.26 Anton Schonken
Wally Goodrich
Eastern Cape
Queenstown Flying Club
76 45 ZS-PPE Alpha Av.
R2160i Robin
160 131.76 130.07 00:03.46 Tertius Myburgh
Adrian Barry
Gauteng
Aero Club
77 88 ZS-LAI Cessna
R182 RG II
235 151.93 149.52 00:04.04 Mark Hughes
Bryan Engels
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
78 100 ZS-KSO Cessna
182Q II
230 139.15 137.11 00:04.05 Anton Wheeler
Alan Stewart
North West
Rustenburg Flying Club
79 17 A2-CVS Beech
B55
260 191.47 187.52 00:04.12 Cedric van Straten J
Cedric van Straten S
Botswana
Aero Club
80 95 ZS-KKT Piper
PA-34-200T
200 175.06 171.58 00:04.26 Gavin Brown
Johan Juselius
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
81 38 ZU-CMJ Jabiru
SP
80 107.05 105.55 00:05.04 Schalk Kotze
Christopher Riley
Gauteng
Aero Club
82 22 ZS-DMX Beech
A36
300 178.05 173.73 00:05.21 Alan Fergus
Johan Ferreira
Western Cape
Aero Club
83 60 ZS-PXC Beech
A36
285 171.81 167.64 00:05.33 George Didloff
Jan Jacobs
Gauteng
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
84 61 ZS-IPZ Cessna
180
225 137.89 135.13 00:05.40 Johan Bornman Snr
Johan Bornman Jnr
Free State
Bloemfontein Flying Club
85 105 ZS-LKC Piper
PA-30B(T)
160 178.77 173.99 00:05.53 Johan de Lange (Dr)
Morris du Plessis
Gauteng
Wits Univ Flying Ass
86 8 ZS-KDO Cessna
182Q II
230 135.30 132.49 00:06.00 Arthur Karatzas
Chantal Prinsloo
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
87 6 ZS-KHX Piper
PA-34-200T
200 177.32 172.41 00:06.08 Robert Myburgh
Robbie Myburgh
Gauteng
Aero Club
88 73 ZU-DKL Urban Air
Samba XL
100 122.09 119.48 00:06.51 Paul Mailey
Dave Surridge
Western Cape
C.T.F.T.C.
89 96 ZS-IXX Beech
95
180 160.50 155.70 00:07.21 Cliff Pike
Craig Reid
Gauteng
Aviator Trng Academ.
90 32 ZS-DWJ Piper
PA-28-235
235 135.36 131.81 00:07.37 Abel Fourie
Riaan Louw
North West
Vryburg Aeron. Ass.
91 48 ZS-KSW Cessna
182R II
230 143.10 138.86 00:08.10 Louw van Reenen
Riaan Pretorius
Free State
Kimberley F.S.
92 44 ZS-KVT Cessna
172 RG II
180 134.63 130.32 00:09.24 Pierre Puren
Roger Thomas
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
93 93 ZS-PZN Cessna
182Q II
230 141.56 136.36 00:10.19 Yvette van der Merwe
Flip van der Merwe
Gauteng
Aero Club
94 35 ZS-PZG Beech
A36
285 171.81 163.56 00:11.15 Richard Moore
Dean Butt
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
95 49 ZU-CFT Yakolev
Yak 18T
360 134.66 129.47 00:11.24 Darrell Lush
Werner Blignaut
Gauteng
Gauteng Aero Club
96 111 ZS-DVN Beech
E55
285 202.16 186.77 00:15.36 Casper Claassen
Stephan Naude
Western Cape
Bloemfontein Flying Club
97 74 ZS-MJR Navion
Navion H
285 149.91 140.27 00:17.33 Rudi Marx
Chris Burger
Gauteng
Aero Club
98 13 ZS-JTA Cessna
FR172J
210 127.61 120.09 00:18.48 Bianca Juselius
Matt Gilmore
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
99 82 ZS-FHM Mooney
M20G
180 138.53 128.45 00:21.40 Tienie Prinsloo
Chris Prinsloo
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
100 83 ZS-IAG Cessna
182N
230 145.89 133.71 00:23.54 Frik Roux Jnr
Frik Roux Snr
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
101 87 ZU-ESS Jabiru
J-430
120 121.73 111.82 00:27.51 Dirk Krist
Piet Nieuwenhuizen
Northern Cape
Kimberley F.S.
102 18 ZS-NOY Cessna
182P II
230 135.67 121.90 00:31.52 Hubert Wentzel
Keith Fairhurst
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
103 110 ZS-LXJ Beech
F33A
285 176.11 142.46 00:51.20 Anton van Wyk
Jacques Hattingh
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club
104 71 ZU-NIK Van's A/C
RV-7
180 173.14 126.98 01:20.21 Shawn Uren
Nick McFall
Western Cape
Stellenbosch Flying Club

2009 PTAR - Trophies

2009 President's Trophy Air Race

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 85 ZS-CXY Neels van Deventer/Solly Pretorius
Cessna C172D
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 76 ZS-MZV Fabian Cairns/Wade Gomes
Cessna C182P
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 24 ZS-JTE Barry de Groot/Mary de Klerk
Cessna P206C
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 21 ZU-ESP Lourens Pienaar/Jannie Marais
Urban Air Samba XL
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 37 ZS-WSE John Sayers/Jack Coetzer
North Am. AT-6G Harvard
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 85 ZS-CXY Neels van Deventer/Solly Pretorius
Cessna C172D
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 34 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johann van den Berg
Piper PA-28-235B
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 63 ZS-HSK PK Odendaal/Pieter Odendaal
Aviat A/C A-1B Husky
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 89 ZU-DTB Emmie Oelofse/Marius Havenga
Dyn'Aero MCR-4S
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 85 ZS-CXY Neels van Deventer/Solly Pretorius
Cessna C172D
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 61 ZS-IPZ Johan Bornman Snr/Johan Bornman Jnr
Cessna 180
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
C A A Trophy For Professionalism (For executing a safe landing after losing 20cm of the prop) 56 ZU-JHA Lisa Mandel/Alewyn Burger
Van's A/C RV-6
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 54 ZS-MFG Trevor Milton/Gideon Langeveld
Beech 58
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 85 ZS-CXY Neels van Deventer/Solly Pretorius
Cessna C172D
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 92 ZS-SDR Five Delport/Willie Jordaan
Piper PA-28-181
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 29 ZS-DYD Christo Fick/Chris Wiid
Mooney M20E
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving the Most Meritorious Performance 85 ZS-CXY Neels van Deventer/Solly Pretorius
Cessna C172D
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances (For continuing home after cracking a vertebra in turbulence) 79 ZS-PNM Arnie Lowes/Douw Wentzel
Cessna T206H
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 102 ZS-PTC Koos Coetzer/Daan Brand
Beech E55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 58 ZS-KCP tephen Lombard - Mike Hunter
Beech B55
Ann White Handicapping Committee Award - Airmanship - Circling over a stranded competitor 82 ZS-FHM Tienie Prinsloo/Chris Prinsloo
Mooney M20G
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 38 ZU-CMJ Schalk Kotze/Christopher Riley
Jabiru SP

2009 PTAR - Exclusions

Race No A/c Reg Pilot Navigator Aircraft Reason/th>
27 ZU-EPR Tarryn Diedericks Anthony Gordon Tecnam P2004 Bravo Did not complete day two
30 ZU-EEI Dennis Hoines Anthony Hoines Tecnam P2002 Sierra Did not complete day one
43 ZS-EPR George Karatzas Tony Georgiou Cessna 182K Did not start day one
50 ZS-IXL Dorrien Andrews Thys Scheepers Grumman AA-5 Did not complete day one
56 ZU-JHA Lisa Mandel Alewyn Burger Van's RV-6 Forced landing near Barkley East
66 ZS-PPT Rene Joubert Michelle Steele-Smith Tecnam P2002-JF Did not complete day one
68 ZU-NAT Hedley Davidson Piet Smit Alpi Aviat Pioneer 300 Not seen TP2 day one
69 ZS-OSV Colin Chapman Brandon Bregman Piper PA-34-220T Did not start day one
79 ZS-PNM Arnie Lowes Douw Wentzel Cessna T206H Did not start day two

2009 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Tierpoort Dam 24.2 24.2
Tierpoort Dam Barkely East 120.2 144.4
Barkley East Bridge 85.8 230.2
Bridge New Tempe 90.3 320.5

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Edenberg 44.5 44.5
Edenberg Petrusberg 46.3 91.8
Petrusberg New Tempe 39.9 131.7
New Tempe Hoopstad 73.8 205.5
Hoopstad Boshof 56.8 262.3
Boshof New Tempe 56.0 318.3

Total Distance - 638.83 Nautical Miles

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2008 President's Trophy Air Race

Vliegkoors, The Meercat and PTAR 2008

A Participant's Story of the Race - by George Brink

As usual vliegkoors ran high leading up to the 2008 Presidents Trophy Air Race to be held at Witbank from 28 to 30 May 2008. Doctors orders were, 1 dose of PTAR and the vliegkoors should subside for another year. Our entry was in, in Jan literally minutes after entries opened, but Murphy would play a huge role in this year’s annual PTAR pilgrimage…

External pressure prevented the usual pre race training and as a result of a couple of small niggles & minor snags (or so I thought) we decided to get the C182RG in for some TLC (and maybe extra kt or 2) well in advance for the race….

The dreaded AMO bomb dropped after a week of inspections and it appeared that said aerie needed a top O/H and some AD/SB’s appeared to have been done, but not entered in log book…. No problem still 4 weeks to go to air race and top would only take 5-8 days to resolve it all. To cure Vliegkoors - DO IT. As contingency I tried to arrange alternative aerie for PTAR. Seems PTAR is a 4 letter word. I got some very interesting reposes from aerie owners and flight school who were not in the least bit interested in letting PPL with 40 years experience, 8 PTAR’s and 1000+hrs on type loose on their babies. Never mind, managed to convince fellow Avcommer to let us use his 206, provided we arrange insurance. Problem came in when it came to light that said pilot had last flown any other aircraft, never mind other type in the early 80’s, so we abandoned the H&F option. Only option MUST GET RG READY IN TIME..

Following numerous calls to keep the pressure on the boys, the whole plane was back together on the 20th May at 3pm. Quick call to arrange lift down to Bfn to collect….. Phew, cutting it fine, but we are a go…. And Vliegkoors was once again running high.

NOT… Somewhere along the line a seal had broken in the prop hub and gone undetected. When AMO fired it up, engine was sweet, but oil everywhere…Now we needed a prop o/h to be done in 5 days…. .. Called every prop shop in country… Eventually found guys at Rand who guaranteed 1 day turnaround. AMO agreed to work as required and on Tuesday morning the prop was back in Bfn. Booked schedule down to Bfn and was off to collect plane – Vliegkoors running high. While sitting on the plane at Ollie Tambo, I got a call from AMO to say that a bracket holding nose wheel on had collapsed on Taxi out for test flight – NO CHANCE OF FLIGHT and even Cessna in USA had no $tock of $aid bracket..…

As I was already on the apron I went to FATP to inspect the plane. AMO was right, no chance we could risk nose wheel collapse, prop strike and shock load especially since we just spent a fortune on o/h, and prop… It seemed we were destined to miss PTAR for the first time in 7 years…..

My long suffering Pilot was not keen to ride shotgun in the Tandem RV4 (Meercat) and the cost of Avgas meant the Albat was out. Quick call to SAPFA boys to confirm they would not let me fly alone in the Meercat, left me calling everyone I knew over 16 who could just sit in back for me. Posted on Avcom, Microlighters and emailed whole address book. Got offers from people I have not seen in 20 years just to ride in back. Amongst the calls was a call from my cousin’s brother in law who was a fresh comm. student. His pilot had dropped him at last minute and he needed a pilot. He had Jab 430 arranged, but that was now at AMO with sticky valve. I had taken the Meercat to Placo to have brakes o/h when AMO called to say RG would be ready, so that was still in pieces. Call to Joe way after bedtime and he assured me I would have brakes and plane by 3pm on Wed (less than 24hrs before race)…. It was a frantic 24hrs wherein I went from Navigator on C182RG, to Pilot on J430 to Pilot on RV4 provided it was ready…. I had to arrange back seat (removed to make space for scooter) & spats (which I remove due to rough field ops) from Vryburg, get back to Jhb by 4pm to collect RV, test fly and report for test flying in Witbank.
During the drive back to Jhb, we confirmed that Team Meercat would be the entrant and that Jerry would meet me in Witbank. Arrived at Rand at 3ish for test flight only to witness a hell of a storm and no test flight was possible. Not having a hangar to work in, I went home to try to pack and get some sleep.

Thursday morning 7am I was at Rand to fit seat, and spats. Problem. Spats had been sent but without any screws, so after wait for spares shop to open, and frantically trying to match the threads we were back in business.

Thursday BriefingThursday Briefing

Time 10am. I was to deliver some computer equipment to the handicap comm. early Thursday for use with the loggers, which were now obviously late. So pressing on we were finally airborne off 35 at Rand. I had never flown the RV any great distance at full tilt without GPS as I have a combo KLX135A and it has just always been on. Even if not set, it always gives ground speed and heading… I had not had a chance to get compass swing done or even test fly using only the “steam gauges”, so I decided to route via Heidelberg and Secunda just to get a feel for it. It was a huge eye opener. Viz was not great due to smoke and at 170+kts the 1:250 was too big for the small cockpit… I sort of found Heidelberg and Secunda, but the latter only once I was almost overhead… This was going to be a hit and miss affair, but a bad day in the cockpit is still far better than a good day at work. Given the events of the past couple days I was just happy to be there at all.

Arriving at Witbank was an experience. I had not been to Witbank in 15 years (my one and only visit) since my dual X-Country Dual Nav. On radio there were pilots complaining that the GPS said they were overhead, but that they did not have field visual. I had similar experience and was cleared down to 5500ft by ATC but still did not have the field visual at 2nm… Finally I saw the tents and other aeries and joined left downwind.

Arrival was organised and we had marshals on quads directing us to parking spaces. Scrutineering & refuel was done almost immediately and once I had unloaded all the equipment we were off for the test flight. GPS had already been “blocked” so it was difficult to gauge speed as at alt the ASI under reads significantly. I had once before flown in short Brits Air race and handicap at that event was 174kts, so was expecting similar… Logger back and I test flew the 3remaining RV’s in the race.

Brief note on test flights.
They are done in race configuration, thus balls to the wall, no flaps, gills or other dangly bits in the wind. A new trend is reflex flaps and these are set full “up” if applicable. Altitude and heading must be maintained and the tests this year were flown at between 5500 and 6000ft. Below an e.g. of a typical test flight logger result.

The logger result is then fed into a computer and a logger handicap speed is calculated based on actual performance on the day.

Thursday was a blur of flying and running between office and aeries and when I finally made it to the beer tent, I was made to pay for my absence earlier in the day. Luckily before all hell broke loose we were summoned to the Briefing tent.

Friday would see us go to Nylstroom, Selati River Bridge, Lydenburg and back to Witbank. A distance of 334.12 nm. The WX man reported that viz would be significantly better and winds were light NW if any at all. Following the usual safety, start and general info briefings we departed for the “tent” to discuss tactics….. Following said tactical discussions we headed for the hotel to draw the lines. We commandeered the conference hall and began cutting and pasting in earnest along with our 3 fellow teams and 3 others. Selati posed some problems with 3 different bridges being offered as the correct one. Following serious negotiations and head scratching we managed to agree on 1 and hoped for the best. The following day’s flying would be interesting to say the least, with a long lowish leg to Nylstroom followed by some mountainous terrain on the return via Selati and Lydenburg…. There were not as many landmarks as I would have liked and Selati would be a tough TP. In the past we had flown to towns or runways and thus these were usually easier to find than some arb bridge in the middle of nowhere, as Hoedspruit approach was to find out the next day…

We got the 7am wakeup call from our intrepid leader who had been up since 5, “confirming calc’s, headings and distances”…. He was a wreck due to slight navigational mishap in 2007 resulting in a long period of temporarily not being 100% sure of their exact location and was out to make amends… Off to the field for a bacon and egg roll, the days briefing and racing. Roll call took on a humorous angle with crews trying to out compliment the race director in hope of an extra couple kts…

Once the final start times and handicaps were issued, the usual handicap bitching and moaning was the order of the day, but given our 172.22kts for the first time in 7 years I was not one of those… Suddenly our race changed from a “we just here to have a good time brigade to we have a real chance!!!”. At the handicap speed allocated we had a real chance for a top 10 finish and given my best performance to date was 29th in my first race when we did not know what we were doing and were all over the place this was going to be a new experience for me…

I rushed off to the plane to polish, clean and strategise while the Navi went off in search of the magic black (or white actually) box – the GPS logger which tells all. While I was feverishly applying the last drop of an oversize Mr Min tin to the leading edge, my Navi nervously pointed out that he had not yet sat in the plane and looking at it he did not think his 6ft 2 frame would fit…. In all the excitement on Thursday I had forgotten to see if he could fit and then if he did fit if he could even see anything, never mind navigate out the back.. So in he went and lo and behold the canopy would not close with him in and headset on. No problem we still had 55mins to take off… and after some minor mods we lowered the seat sufficiently for him to fit and we were a go. The 1:500K map was the perfect fit as well. Things were all falling into place…

Day 1 logger track - Race 103Day 1 logger track - Race 103Around us the engines were roaring as the twins departed. We were placed between an RV7 and a Bonnie, and duly joined the line for take off. Just in front of the RV7 was the Albat and given the sheer size of the machine we would have a nice sighter up ahead until they pulled away, but I did not fancy the slipstream of the 680 horses, so the start was a bit of a shambles for us as we positioned on the run up area well back and clear of the prop wash while the Albat ran up against the brakes on the start line. Once they released, we rushed up to the line behind the other RV and before I could even run up against the brakes the lights went green… Before we had a chance to get settled, the race was on. The RV ahead elected to go high, while we stayed lower and was soon out of sight. The Albat was ahead and we got ourselves orientated. I had forgotten to align the DI to runway on the line due to rush and it was off somewhat. Never mind, what Rally and precision had taught me was to follow the map. DI causes confusion in any case. (Or so they say)

We were about to find out that navigation in a small tandem is all about communication. The cockpit is not big enough to allow pilot to turn or navigator to lean past to point out features on the map. Given my first language is English and my navigators is Afrikaans the Englikaans interspersed with fluent Swahili was entertaining and eventually proved to be successful. Between “gaan just links of that titti to right of daai toring not daai F… toring” we pressed on. Due to the relatively low altitude the performance of the Meercat was superb and I was seeing numbers on the MAP gauge I had never seen before. Our time was good and by the time we got to Nylstroom we were almost on time and had overtaken the Albat. Turning at Nylstroom we sighted 2 other aircraft, ahead and set our sights on them…

We elected to stay low as it seemed to work for us on the last leg and a fire at Nylstroom seemed to indicate that even a couple 1000ft up the wind was too light to justify a climb. This in hindsight proved to be possibly our only mistake of the race. We were consistently left of track on this leg, but it was the first time in the race I had actually “caught” anyone from behind and looking at the Seneca in front of us, it looked like we may catch another… I got sidetracked and focussed on the Seneca rather than the headings and we drifted as much as 2 or 3 miles left of track. Once I had got over the excitement of catching the Seneca and aided by 1 times snot klap to the side of the head from my Navi I put the Seneca out of my mind and focussed on the headings and the hill approaching fast. As we climbed, another shortcoming of the tandem (low wing) setup raised its head. The higher we went the less my Navi could see out the back, so navigation at alt was proving to be a problem. Overhead Mogodi we realised that we were ±3 miles left of track, so given that his viz downwards, and immediately ahead was minimal and I had no map we elected to hug the contours of the countryside where possible and rather fly lower (and in theory more accurately) than higher.. During all this fun and Games the Albat had managed to sneak by us at high alt and we were once again trying to play catch up. Given our contour hugging strategy we stated our decent from 7000ft into Selati at great speed down the valley and I had to come off the power to remain below indicated VNE for most of the decent. It was during this “mineshaft decent” past the tittie on the left that my Navi earned the Mine Shaft Trophy… Needless to say the roll bar became the hold on bar and little navigation was done until we turned overhead Selati….

2008 PTAR Race 103: George Brink preparing the Meercat2008 PTAR Race 103: George Brink preparing the MeercatThe radio was starting to fill with chatter and Hoedspruit was trying to raise a competitor who had wandered 40nm east and was into Hoedspruit’s CTR. Once they were raised Hoedspruit made the fatal mistake of vectoring them to Selati and within minutes the radio waves filled with similar requests for vectors to Selati. One schedule commented that his TCAS must be U/S as he had multiple low level bogeys, far too many, to all be aircraft…

Returning to the race, after turning over Selati at below 3000ft we were forced to climb back to 6500ft clear the mountains and suddenly all this looked familiar. We had flown from Tzaneen to Lydenburg in PTAR 2004 and surprisingly I was able to identify many of the landmarks and soon enough Lydenburg appeared on the nose. We had once again made up significant ground on the Albat and turned just below them at Lydenburg. Heading for home appeared to be into some wind and given our limited Navi viz we elected to stay low again. The albat was now pulling away from us and navigation features were limited. We had a brief encounter with a Bell 206 near Middleburg who was a bit taken aback by all these fixed wings at Heli altitude, but soon enough Witbank appeared on the nose. Through the gate and land behind the Albat. Given out stopwatch time we guestimated we had made up about a minute on our time (but it appears that we were also late in starting the stopwatch at the start) as we had in fact made up 2mins 35 seconds.

Following the flight it was off to the pub for the customary comparisons of war stories and the decent into Selati seemed to be high on all’s agenda… Review of the logger file shows we did 198kts ground speed going into Selati at reduced power….. Every now and again a big engine would roar over and all would run out to see who it was…

The afternoon was spent plotting the next day’s bowtie route. Witbank to Rooikraal, to St Michaels, overhead Witbank, to Bela Bela, right to Power lines and back to Witbank a distance of 310.57nm. Again a couple of innocuous turn points at Rooikraal and power lines which would be interesting if you arrived and the aluminium highway was not ahead to show you the way…

The evenings briefing focussed on safety, weather and the different Start lights… After the briefing provisional result were published and we had managed to squeak into 4th position 15 seconds behind the Hoes n Peop (C337) and a further minute behind a C182. The C210 was over 5 mins ahead and failing a major mishap the race was his to loose. Very excited we retreated to the Hotel for dinner to strategise. The strategy session did not last long as there was little or nothing we could do any differently. High alt was a no no given the navigation and thus we were left with go low and fast and hope for the best….

Sat was similar procedure to Friday and following the 8:30 briefing we discussed the route and our chances of making up a position to finish on the podium. The 210 was a country mile ahead and realistic chances of making up more than 5 mins were not likely, but the other 2 ahead were definitely in our sights. We made a note of their race numbers to monitor their progress in front of us.

Race 103 - ZU-RVFRace 103 - ZU-RVFWe had a nice gap before launch on the start behind the all girl team and used the extra time to set the DI to runway heading and run up against the brakes. Green light and we were a go. Start on day 2 was a much more organised exercise from our perspective and we blasted off down the runway with Bonnie and RV7A in sight. We climbed slightly to try to use forecast wind, but navigation again become tough and we set up for a slow 200ft a min decent to improve Navi Viz. Overhead the Rooikraal we passed the RV7A and again we were forced to climb for the higher ground to St Michaels. Again review of the logger track reveals a bit of a snail trail as soon as we climbed. This leg was tough. There were limited landmarks and no other aeries to follow. Navi kept his head and we managed to hit his hotspots 100%. Nearing St Michaels we saw the other RV7 come from wide right and turn overhead right on the nose. Turning for Witbank we went low into the wind and passed a significant number of planes. We now started focussing on the Hoes & Poep’s race number. They had turned about 2 mins ahead at Rooikraal and roughly the same at St Michaels. When they called 2mins out of Witbank it was down to 45 seconds. Overhead Witbank the sky filled with aeries and it must have been a sight to behold from the ground.. Setting course for Bela Bela we were well and truly on the aluminium highway. There were 15+ aeries above, below and ahead of us and we were catching them all.. It was hugely exciting. Nearing Bela Bela we sighted the Hoes N Poep and it was a foot race to the TP. We were left of track and they were right and we were on course to meet overhead. We turned almost together and headed out for power lines. After the sky being filled with aeries for so long it was eerie to turn at Bela Bela and not have a single aircraft in sight. The wind favoured a climb so even though we had viz issues, the 20kt wind was too much to ignore. Again we went for a fast climb to 7000ft and then a gradual decent to improve the viz. Logger again shows the snail trail with altitude. Nearing the TP we started picking up aeries again and just before the TP we passed the Turbo Arrow, which was a couple places behind us on Day 1. The Albat was also closing fast and now less than 1 min behind.

Team MeercatTeam MeercatSimilarly rounding out after the turn at Power lines the sky was empty and the land was flat. We drifted 2-3miles left of track and did not see many aircraft. We made a large correction West of Groblersdal and we were back on track. Rounding a small koppie suddenly we were back on the highway. Switching to Witbank freq, we heard the 210 call 2mins out. We were at least 4 mins out and the race was on for 2nd. Navi chucked the maps in the back and started scanning the sky for aeries ahead. There were none and we had not seen any of the 182’s yet…. We called 2 mins out with 4 other aeries, but we could not see any of them. Witbank came into sight and we heard 210 call overhead, followed by another and another. (the other 2 turned out to be guy’s overhead the bowtie). Well 4th was a good result. When we passed overhead the field, we were cleared to land no 2 to the 210 on finals? Awesome feeling to be overhead the finish with not a single aerie on the ground.

Excitement was too much and on landing I almost totalled the aerie, but managed to wheeler the 4th bounce and almost stay on the runway. We parked next to the C210 and congratulated Eugene & Steyn as well as the other top 5 finishers. The 210 crew had dominated the race from start to finish and were deserving winners. We had managed to make up a further 2 places, sneak onto the podium and gained a further 1min 17seconds on our handicap on the day.

The afternoon as spent in the beer tent, reliving the events of the last couple hrs….

The evening gala event was slightly disappointing, while very glamorous, the venue did not lend itself to the function at hand. Colin Jordaan made a thought provoking speech and the CAA seems to be in good hands. Robin was again on song and the trophies were handed out in double quick time. Dix Voster entertained the gathering as only he can.

All in all I think a most successful event and we had so much fun both in and out of the air that it should really be illegal. Every year I am reminded of fellow RV driver Jan Hanekom’s apt description of PTAR. “It the most fun you can have with your headset on!” and I agree 100%. I hope to see all the SAPFA boys and gals in Bfn next year…. Vliegkoors will once again be running high and 1 dose of PTAR is exactly what the doctor ordered…(and I can’t wait…).

2008 PTAR - Full Result

2008 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Witbank Airfield, eMalahleni - 29 to 31 May 2008

Total Distance:644.69 Nautical Miles

(Click on RACE NUMBER to access score sheet)

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 2 ZS-LYE Cessna
210M STOL
300 167.13 173.11 00:08.00- Eugene Swart
Steyn Fourie
Gauteng
Uppington Flying Club
2 103 ZU-RVF Van's Aircraft
RV-4
180 172.22 175.24 00:03.52- George Brink
Jerry Bezuidenhout
North West Province
Vryburg Flying Club
3 67 ZS-PKL Cessna
T-337H-P II
210 167.23 169.40 00:02.58- Stuart Sinclair
Hans Potgieter
North West Province
Rustenberg Flying Club
4 106 ZS-NOI Cessna
182L
230 132.43 133.68 00:02.45- Menno Parsons
Rob Siegrist
Gauteng
Learn2Fly Academy
5 72 ZS-FPI Cessna
182M
230 134.25 135.31 00:02.15- Guy Leitch
Andre Klepper
Gauteng
Brits Flying Club
6 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio
P166S
340 173.37 175.11 00:02.13- Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Gauteng
Aero Club
7 61 ZS-NXE Piper
PA-28RT-201T
200 158.40 159.84 00:02.12- Daniel Bensch
Dana Bensch
Gauteng
J.L.P.C.
8 102 ZS-PTC Beech
E55
300 203.65 205.44 00:01.39- Koos Coetzer
Ben Zietsman
Free State
Bloemfontien Flying Club
9 63 ZS-PJP Christen
A-1B
180 115.21 115.58 00:01.04- PK Odendaal
Pieter Odendaal
Mpumalanga
Witbank Flying Club
10 62 ZS-IYC Cessna
182P
230 133.67 134.02 00:00.45- Anton Schonken
Wally Goodrich
Eastern Cape
Queenstown Flying Club
11 65 ZU-VRV Van's Aircraft
RV-7
180 166.66 166.81 00:00.13- Hubi von Moltke
Mike Cathro
Gauteng
Aero Club
12 48 ZS-KHX Piper
PA-34-200T
200 174.45 174.58 00:00.10- Robert Myburgh
Robbie Myburgh
Gauteng
Aero Club
13 87 ZS-PJK Beech
F33A
285 174.63 174.75 00:00.09- Dries Briers
Marius Schutte
Limpopo
Louis Trichardt Flying Club
14 21 ZU-LEB Lancair
360
230 196.29 195.71 00:00.35 Les Lebenon
Jurgen Janson
Gauteng
Aero Club
15 24 ZU-AFP Cessna
172D
180 124.39 124.12 00:00.41 Barry de Groot
Dean de Groot
Kwa-Zulu Natal
PieterMaritzburg AC
16 9 ZS-IME Beech
V35B
285 171.55 170.73 00:01.05 Sias Delport
Andy Brink
Northern Cape
Vaalharts Vliegklub
17 7 ZU-JAD Van's Aircraft
RV-7A
180 166.49 165.59 00:01.16 Jan Hanekom
Hugo Stark
Gauteng
Brits Flying Club
18 11 ZS-FSR Beech
A36
285 171.74 170.13 00:02.08 Human Wentzel
Thomas Theron
North West Province
Klerksdorp Pilot Ass
19 80 ZS-OXZ Cessna
182T
230 143.73 142.45 00:02.25 Adriaan Kleyn
Vorster Gauche
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
20 91 ZS-DOT Cirrus
SR-22
310 179.10 177.07 00:02.28 Dirk Visser
Chris Burger
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
21 26 ZS-MOR Cessna
210N
300 167.13 165.11 00:02.50 Chris Booysen
Jim Tucker
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
22 58 ZS-RMA Beech
F33A
285 174.63 172.30 00:03.00 John Mayer (Jnr)
Johnny Mayer (Snr)
Gauteng
Aero Club
23 66 ZS-MEZ Beech
F33A
285 166.61 164.25 00:03.20 Arddyn Moolman
Mary de Klerk
Gauteng
Durban Wings Club
24 85 ZS-NBT Cessna
A150M
150 109.63 108.57 00:03.26 Flip Ehlers
Johan Cillie
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
25 29 ZS-DYD Mooney
M20E
200 147.86 145.90 00:03.30 Christo Fick
Renier Alberts
Gauteng
Aero Club
26 23 ZS-WZU Lancair
360
180 189.63 186.28 00:03.40 Dave Mandel
Rod Crichton
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
27 82 ZS-FHM Mooney
M20G
180 139.57 137.68 00:03.48 Tienie Prinsloo
Chris Prinsloo
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
28 22 ZS-COB Cessna
206H
300 151.15 148.83 00:03.59 Wilco van der Schyff
Andre Koen
North West Province
Western Transvaal FS
29 105 ZS-MSW Cessna
182F
230 133.96 132.09 00:04.05 Morris du Plessis
Johan de Lange (Dr)
Gauteng
Wits Univ Flying Ass
30 51 ZS-MSP Cessna
172R
160 123.99 122.36 00:04.09 Willie O'Driscoll
Stu Low
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
31 77 ZS-KJF Cessna
R182 RG II
235 154.39 151.85 00:04.11 Willie Linde
Koos Kruger
Free State
Aero Club
32 1 ZS-BAI Cessna
172S
180 126.45 124.71 00:04.17 Donovan Bailey
Oliver MacLeod-Smith
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
33 41 ZS-KMN Beech
58
285 196.70 191.89 00:04.56 Chris Briers
Darius Briers
Gauteng
Aero Club
34 39 ZS-LIX Beech
B55
260 192.40 187.65 00:05.05 Eddie Vorster
Meyer Jacobs
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
35 20 ZS-KMO Beech
58
285 196.70 193.15 00:05.37 William Einkamerer
Hoppie Mulder
North West Province
Western Transvaal FC
36 45 ZS-MUH Piper
PA-34-200T
200 174.45 169.72 00:06.11 Tertuis Myburgh
Adrian Barry
Gauteng
Aero Club
37 14 ZS-NVB Piper
PA-32R-301
300 156.37 152.43 00:06.24 Jakkals Olivier
Aldus Engelbrecht
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
38 88 ZS-LAI Cessna
R182 RG II
235 152.49 148.69 00:06.29 Mark Hughes
Bryan Engels
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
39 42 ZS-PMG Beech
V35B
285 171.55 166.29 00:07.08 Joahn Gouws
Reg Meintjies
Northern Cape
Aero Club
40 19 ZU-KLC Tri Techn.
TR-4 KIS
200 141.12 137.49 00:07.14 Ken Clark
Alasdair McDonald
Eastern Cape
Queenstown Flying Club
41 100 ZS-FIY Cessna
182L
230 134.59 131.25 00:07.19 Henry Miles
Christo van Schalkwyk
Gauteng
Loutzavia
42 34 ZS-FDZ Piper
PA-28-235B
250 140.56 136.67 00:07.51 Christa Greyvenstein
Johann van den Berg
Gauteng
Aero Club
43 57 ZU-CCO Urban Air
UFM-10 Samba
100 124.16 121.04 00:08.02 Uli Gerth
Alan Newton-Perry
North West Province
Brits Flying Club
44 84 ZS-KJB Cessna
210N
300 167.13 161.34 00:08.18 Otto Wypkema
Elmarie Wypkema
Gauteng
Aero Club
45 38 ZU-CMJ Jabiru
SP
80 107.56 104.85 00:09.17 Schalk Kotze
Japie van Eeden
Gauteng
Aero Club
46 46 ZS-FSW Beech
V35A
285 171.37 164.52 00:09.24 Roger Deare
Chris Esterhuizen
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
47 109 ZS-CHO Beech
J35
250 159.62 153.49 00:09.41 Gert Verbaan
Christo Lombard
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
48 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna
T210M
310 180.47 172.61 00:09.46 Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Northern Cape
Vaalharts Flying Club
49 49 ZS-LLX Piper
PA-28R-201T
200 158.88 152.60 00:10.01 Martin Kruger
Clement Bezuidenhout
Mpumalanga
Secunda Flying Club
50 104 ZS-IWK Cessna
182P II
230 136.21 131.55 00:10.04 Kobus Kotze
Frank Smook
Gauteng
Aero Club
51 18 ZS-NOY Cessna
182P II
230 136.21 130.87 00:11.36 Hubert Wentzel
Michael de Weijer
Gauteng
Babcock C.F.A.
52 12 ZS-KOV Cessna
182Q II
230 141.49 135.63 00:11.49 Deneys Leih
Mike Davis
North West Province
Rustenburg Flying Club
53 71 ZU-NIK Van's AircraftA/C
RV-7
180 173.14 164.07 00:12.21 Shawn Uren
Nick McFall
Western Cape
Stellenboscj Flying Club
54 76 ZS-NVW Piper
PA-32RT-300T
300 167.40 158.46 00:13.03 Wade Gomes
Fabian Cairns
Gauteng
Gauteng Aero Club
55 31 ZS-ISW Piper
PA-28R-200
200 140.90 134.39 00:13.18 Trevor Cufflin
Steve Dewsbery
Gauteng
Aviatpr's Paradise
56 60 ZU-DWS Aerospool
WT-9 DYNAMIC
100 136.93 130.58 00:13.45 George Didloff
Jan Jacobs
Gauteng
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
57 8 ZS-KOB Piper
PA-28-235
250 139.84 133.11 00:14.00 Arthur Karatzas
Dorrien Andrews
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
58 101 ZS-JTA Cessna
FR172J
210 130.72 124.48 00:14.49 Dave Bruce
Barry Kinnear
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
59 95 ZS-IEI Piper
PA-28-140C
160 118.19 112.48 00:16.36 Gavin Brown
Johan Juselius
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
60 17 A2-CVS Beech
B55
260 192.40 176.09 00:18.37 Cedric van Straten J
Cedric van Straten S
Botswana
Aero Club
61 99 ZS-MTR Cessna
210N
300 167.13 153.99 00:19.45 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Northern Cape
Bloemfontien Flying Club
62 37 ZU-DZB Jabiru
J160
85 104.76 98.84 00:22.07 Joanita Becker
Robert Littleford
Northern Cape
Aero Club
63 52 ZS-LLH Cessna
182B
230 133.96 126.56 00:22.53 Phil Wakely
Scott Wakely
Gauteng
Aero Club
64 107 ZS-NPB Cessna
177B
180 124.76 116.07 00:23.12 Michael Fazakis
Alan Verity
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
65 64 ZU-GJN Pipistrel
912 Sinus
80 121.52 111.80 00:27.40 Martin Grunert
Kobus Nel
Western Cape
Cape Gliding Club
66 79 ZS-BAA SOCATA
TB-20
250 159.52 141.14 00:31.35 Sheldon Caldwell
Peter Gilbert
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
67 32 ZS-DWJ Piper
PA-28-235
235 137.10 122.91 00:32.35 Abel Fourie
Riaan Louw
North West Province
Vryburg Aero Club
68 44 ZS-KVT Cessna
172 RG II
180 134.56 119.85 00:35.17 Pierre Puren
Leo Greeff
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
69 27 ZS-ITR Beech
C23
180 116.21 104.89 00:35.55 Justin van As
Morne Breedt
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeron. Ass.
70 78 ZS-EVB Piper
PA-30B
160 166.86 143.43 00:37.51 Spencer Watson
Robin Watson
Gauteng
Pretoria F.S.
71 86 ZU-MIF Tecnam
P92-S ECHO
100 111.36 99.54 00:41.16 Johan Bergh
Corne Pretorius
North West Province
Aviators Paradise
72 55 ZS-JLW Piper
PA-23E-250T
250 185.50 153.97 00:48.43 Bryan Belcher
Graeme Smart
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
73 15 ZS-IAE Cessna
182M
230 139.31 117.92 00:50.22 Konrad Kupfer
Arnie Lowes
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club
74 33 ZU-HFM TL ULTRAL.
TL-2000
115 135.00 111.15 01:01.29 Vernon van Zyl
Fred Beytell
Gauteng
Aero Club
75 4 ZS-PBK Beech
58
300 201.50 132.74 01:39.27 Eugene de Kok
Chris Welthagen
Gauteng
Krugersdorp Flying Club

2008 PTAR - Trophies

2008 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Witbank Airfield, eMalahleni - 29 to 31 May 2008

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most 2 ZS-LYE Eugene Swart/Steyn Fourie
Cessna C210M
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 103 ZU-RVF George Brink/Jerry Bezuidenhout
Van's RV-4
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 67 ZS-PKL Stuart Sinclair/Hans Potgieter
Cessna T-337H-P II
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 24 ZU-AFP Barry de Groot/Dean de Groot
Cessna C172D
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 62 ZS-IYC Anton Schonken/Wally Goodrich
Cessna 182P
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 102 ZS-PTC Koos Coetzer/Ben Zietsman
Beech E55
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 2 ZS-LYE Eugene Swart/Steyn Fourie
Cessna C210M
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 2 ZS-LYE Eugene Swart/Steyn Fourie
Cessna C210M
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 66 ZS-MEZ Arddyn Moolman/Mary de Klerk
Beech F33A
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 61 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA-28RT--201T
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 67 ZS-PKL Stuart Sinclair/Hans Potgieter
Cessna T-337H-P II
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 103 ZU-RVF George Brink/Jerry Bezuidenhout
Van's Aircraft RV4
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 24 ZU-AFP Barry de Groot/Dean de Groot
Cessna C172D
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 103 ZU-RVF George Brink/Jerry Bezuidenhout
Van's RV-4
C A A Trophy For Professionalism (For interupting their race to help a fellow competitor) 28 ZS-NBB Cobus van der Colff/Walter Walle
Cessna 177RG
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 102 ZS-PTC Koos Coetzer/Ben Zietsman
Beech E55
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 2 ZS-LYE Eugene Swart/Steyn Fourie
Cessna C210M
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 61 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA-28RT--201T
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 29 ZS-DYD Christo Fick/Renier Alberts
Mooney M20E
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 102 ZS-PTC Koos Coetzer/Ben Zietsman
Beech E55
Ann White Handicapping Committee Award - Airmanship 97 ZS-PPE AJ Coetzer/Willem Coetzer
Robin R2160i
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 64 ZU-GJN Martin Greunert/Kobus Nel
Pipistrel 912 Sinus

2008 PTAR - Exclusions

Race No A/c Reg Pilot Navigator Aircraft Reason/th>
16 ZS-CBX Phil Gidish Richard Gundersen Mooney M20E Did not complete day 1 - engine
36 N108JH Dave Tweedley Darrin Lang Beech B55 Returned to Witbank - engine problem
40 ZS-OSM Gary Hughes Andries Van Tonder Cessna 340A II Did not start day 2 - nose gear
43 ZS-EPR George Karatzas Gareth Harris Cessna 182K Did not start day 2
56 ZS-FYR Arne Badenhorst Terri Meyer Piper PA-32-300 Did not complete day 1 - engine
70 ZS-DUR Angus Money Peter Farquhar Cessna 172E Not seen TP Lydenburg day 1
74 ZS-MJR Rudi Marx Royden Gillies Navion Navion H Not seen TP Lydenburg day 1
81 ZU-YUM Quinton Warne Hans Petr Lancair 360 Not seen TP3 & TP4 day 2
83 ZS-KSO Ross Leighton Alex Kielczinsky Cessna 182Q II Did not start day 1
89 ZU-DTB Emmie Oelofse Oliver Holmes Dyn'Aero MCR-4S Not seen TP4 day 2
94 ZU-KML Paul Roos Jesse Roos TL Ultralight TL-2000 RG Not seen TP3 & TP4 day 2
97 ZS-PPE AJ Coetzer Willem Coetzer Robin R2160i Did not complete day 2 - canopy
108 ZS-CHL Johan Van Staden Martin Meyer Beech 58 Did not start day 1

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
20 ZS-KMO 00:02:00 Too low over cross-over & finish
52 ZS-LLH 00:06:00 Dangerous flying TP2
55 ZS-JLW 00:06:00 Dangerous flying TP2

2008 PTAR - Winners

2008 PTAR Race Winners: Eugene Swart and Steyn Fourie with the President's Trophy Picture courtesy Sarel Greyling2008 PTAR Race Winners: Eugene Swart and Steyn Fourie with the President's Trophy Picture courtesy Sarel Greyling

2008 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Witbank Nylstroom 80.6 80.6
Nylstroom Selati 113.4 194.0
Selati Lydenburg 60.8 254.8
Lydenburg Witbank 79.3 334.1

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Witbank Rooikraal 39.6 39.6
Rooikraal St Micheils 35.9 75.5
St Micheils Witbank 52.2 127.7
Witbank Warmbaths 73.3 201.0
Warmbaths Power Lines 46.7 247.7
Power Lines Witbank 62.9 310.6

Total Distance - 644.69 Nautical Miles

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2007 President's Trophy Air Race

Article by Robin Spencer-Scarr, Pictures by Dirk de Vos & Chris Breet

Race 81 – Quinton Warne and Lloyd McKayRace 81 – Quinton Warne and Lloyd McKayThe morning was crisp, clear and freezing cold. The nervous energy on the Klerksdorp Airfield could be felt miles away as the sound of more than 100 aero engines combined with the smell of burning Avgas heralded the arrival of the contestants on their way to do battle in the skies of the North West Province.

As Thursday grew older the Klerksdorp Pilots Association members changed into top gear and began the onerous task of ground marshalling, parking and refuelling over 100 aircraft.

It is always an impressive sight to see so many brightly polished planes ranging from the tiniest little Pipistrel to the huge and ungainly Albatross. Now we know that all things beautiful fly but there can be no doubt that the new little “plastic” planes like the Lancairs, Sambas and the ever popular Jabirus stand out amongst the prettiest.

Handicap Team: Dirk de Vos, Ann White and Chester ChandlerHandicap Team: Dirk de Vos, Ann White and Chester ChandlerWhilst the future looks “plastic“ it is still soothing to see the old favourites like Piper, Mooney and Cessna returning to push the envelope again. The most exciting to race and to watch however, still remain the heavy metal twins that go by the name of Baron and Seneca who were hunted down and beaten this year by the sleek and stunningly fast Aerostar.

Thursday also saw a small queue of handicap queries that were left over from those who had not already made arrangements for a test flight by e-mail. It was generally agreed that having the handicaps published as early as possible eliminated almost all the last minute queries. The aim of the PTAR committee will be to publish them even earlier next year.

The test flights were quickly and efficiently affected and the results passed through the hands of the handicap committee and the jury and communicated to the competitor. The last laugh in many cases was how many of those who complained that their handicaps were too high wound up getting higher handicaps for the race. There were absolutely no complaints in these instances because the logger tracks and figures as they were presented could not be disputed and most of the comments heard were jovial and light hearted.

Day 1 Take-offDay 1 Take-off

Friday morning saw the pre-dawn temperature at minus 4 degrees. The air was thick and the wind sock looked like an old piece of cloth snagged on a barbed wire fence. The azure blue of the sky was only faintly broken by just a hint of stratus that looked to be easily at 30 000 feet. This was going to be a good day.

Heavy metal – Race 40 Gary and AndriesHeavy metal – Race 40 Gary and Andries
Briefing again and very few queries brought the meeting quickly to a close with everyone scrambling to get their steeds fired up, warmed up and ready to roll. The ground marshals did a sterling job to get every competitor out of his parking bay and onto the taxiway toward the starting blocks where Nellis Nel performed a magic trick with the dragster type lighting tree.

All but one got off the ground safely to put their heads down and go balls to the wall around the 320 odd mile course. The one who slipped up was as a result of a comedy of errors starting with the team leaving their aircraft keys in their hire car that had gone off to town. When they had recovered their keys, they found their Baron had a flat battery and couldn’t find jumper leads. When they found jumper leads they found their baggage compartment that housed the battery was jammed closed and they had to almost dismantle the nose of the aeroplane to get to it. At this point they must have been thinking that somebody must have been plotting against them.

Only two participants failed to make the finish in the allotted time. One because a rough running engine made them decide to land at Lichtenburg and the other because they became “temporarily unsure of their position” and also landed at Lichtenburg. Conspiracy? Will we ever know?

2007 PTAR - Oldest EntryOne of the oldest competitors – 1957 modelThe end of Day One brought some interesting results with only four handicap changes being necessary. This is considered a record as history shows that the race has traditionally seen a multitude of changes that became a great source of irritation to the competitors and embarrassment to the organizers. Of the four changes, two were test flown again and two were changed on historical data. The day’s race also only saw two exclusions for missed turn points.

Day Two dawned with the nervous tension expected from a field of highly strung pilots and nervous navigators. The wind had picked up during the night blowing across the runway from left to right at about 10 knots. The creases on the Safety officer’s brow relaxed a little when the met man confirmed that the tail wind component was only about 3 knots and dropping.
Ready Steady GO! …. and a myriad of Lycoming, Continental and Rotax engines roared into harmonious life. Now the interesting bit started as there were starting times down to 6 seconds apart which is quite nerve-wracking for most pilots but absolutely intimidating for the newbie’s. It might be interesting to note that the handicaps and day 1 performance had put 70 aircraft within 7 minutes of each other. Obviously an ATC’s nightmare.

2007 PTAR - Lining UpLining UpBut, as the saying goes, they all made it into the air safely and after a steep turn they were on track again the only difference this time was that they could see the competition around them.

The race progressed well with the only unfortunate incidents being last year’s race winner having to land at Potchefstroom with a rough running engine and a C210 being skilfully parked in the Koppies Dam. Nobody was hurt in any way (other than egos of course). We eagerly await the report to see what actually happened.

The winner was a most surprised young C172 driver who kept saying he couldn’t believe it and that he’d spent the entire race looking over his shoulder for someone to pass him. He was Donovan Bailey who flew with navigator Oliver McLoed Smith in Race 53.

In number two spot was the very clean Aztec that obviously spent the entire race flying down a mineshaft in order to achieve the fantastic performance he did.

Number three was a very pretty Cirrus (Race 91) that was well flown and navigated by the team of Dirk and Marc.

There are a great deal of positives that came out of this weekend. First and foremost it is obvious that the handicaps are getting better and better. Whilst Chester and his team did another sterling job, a great deal of the credit must go to the GPS loggers that eliminate most of the old guesswork and brainstorming that had to be done. The test results could be proven and test/race results were handed to people whilst they were still fresh, sober and in good humour.

2007 PTAR - Day 2 Take-offHectic Take-off - Day 2On the negative side the refuelling was a problem (again). A number of bowsers had been arranged but to the dismay of the organisers they all leaked.

It is the objective of SAPFA to give every single competitor a chance to do well no matter what he flies and we will continue striving to fine tune the handicaps on an ongoing basis. We are confident that the loggers will go a long to help us in this endeavour.

SAPFA always says that they want to get 100 aeroplanes over the line at the same time. Well as the handicapping gets better and this goal gets closer it gets a little scary when we think how it would be handled it if they got it right! For this to happen pilots and navigators would have to perform at the optimum speed their aircraft can obtain.

Finally, and probably the greatest achievement this weekend was the fact that it was a happy weekend. People spent the weekend laughing, chatting, sharing war stories and generally having a good time. This is what the President’s Trophy Air Race is all about. Even the last placed competitor must be able to go home with a smile on his face and a happy heart knowing that it was nobody’s fault but his own that he did not perform better and that he will try harder next year It is a competition, but it is also a sport that competitors do for enjoyment. That must never be forgotten.

2007 PTAR - Full Result

2007 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Klerksdorp - 24 to 26 May 2007

Total Distance:649.93 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 53 ZS-BAI Cessna
172S
180 119.80 123.54 00:09.51- Donavan Bailey
Oliver McLeod-Smith
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
2 55 ZS-JLW Piper
PA-23E-250T
250 178.97 186.42 00:08.42- Bryan Belcher
Graeme Smart
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
3 91 ZS-DOT Cirrus
SR-22
310 176.00 181.88 00:07.10- Dirk Visser
Marc de Klerk
Gauteng
Kittyhawk F.C.
4 23 ZS-WZU Lancair
360
180 184.37 190.80 00:07.08- Dave Mandel
Rod Crichton
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
5 69 ZU-DFR Jabiru
J450
120 120.63 123.02 00:06.17- Sias Truter
Chris Burger
W/Cape
Aero Club
6 6 ZS-LWP Mooney
M20J 205SE
200 158.23 162.28 00:06.09- Kiewiet Vlok
Gail Vlok
N/West
Western Transvaal F C
7 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna
T210M
310 176.40 180.75 00:05.19- Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
N/Cape
Vaalharts F.C.
8 2 ZS-ALS Cessna
182T
230 142.32 144.63 00:04.22- Johan j/v Rensburg
Giep de Klerk
N/West
Klerksdorp F C
9 48 ZS-KHX Piper
PA-34-200T
200 173.00 176.37 00:04.18- Robert Myburgh
Robbie Myburgh
Gauteng
Aero Club
10 38 ZU-CMJ Jabiru
SP
80 106.50 107.63 00:03.52- Schalk Kotze
Japie van Eeden
Gauteng
Aero Club
11 26 ZS-MOR Cessna
210N SCIM
300 163.60 166.27 00:03.49- Dave Perelson
Jim Tucker
E/Cape
Algoa Flying Club
12 90 ZS-PEB Aerostar
601P
290 203.00 207.09 00:03.47- Deon van Zyl
Madeleen van Zyl
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk F.C.
13 96 ZU-BHX Piper
PA-22-150
150 112.14 113.34 00:03.41- Craig Reid
Mark Dethian
Gauteng
Benoni-Brakpan A.C.
14 35 ZS-DED Piper
PA-28-235B
250 138.70 140.53 00:03.39- Andre Klepper
Bob Ewing
Gauteng
Aero Club
15 10 ZS-HJF Piper
PA-24-260C
260 160.84 163.25 00:03.35- Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
Gauteng
Aero Club
16 25 ZS-NHR Piaggia
P166S
340 171.70 174.41 00:03.32- Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Gauteng
Aero Club
17 68 ZS-CBD Mooney
M20C
180 141.50 143.33 00:03.31- Simon Sykes
Dylan Sykes
Free State
Aero Club
18 109 ZS-MDE Piper
PA-28R-180
180 134.49 136.06 00:03.20- Christiaan du Plessis
Mauritz du Plessis
W/Cape
Walker Bay Aero Club
19 75 ZS-FJY Cessna
177A
180 119.25 120.24 00:02.42- Roual du Plessis
Marcel Viljoen
Gauteng
Maluti Air
20 77 ZS-KJF Cessna
R182 RG II
235 151.50 153.05 00:02.36- Willie Linde
Koos Kruger
Free State
Aero Club
21 67 ZS-EEM Cessna
337
210 159.73 161.40 00:02.31- Stuart Sinclair
Hans Potgieter
N/West
Rustenburg F C
22 29 ZS-DYD Mooney
M20E
200 147.20 148.61 00:02.31- Christo Fick
Walter Vice
Gauteng
Aero Club
23 58 ZS-RMA Beech
F33A
285 173.30 175.13 00:02.21- John Mayer
Johnny Mayer
Gauteng
Aero Club
24 73 ZS-LSW Beech
58
300 201.90 204.02 00:02.01- Pieter van Zyl
PG van Zyl
N/West
North West F C
25 46 ZU-BDX Van's
RV-6
160 159.00 160.31 00:02.00- Tony van Vliet
John McKerchar
E/Cape
Soaring Society
26 54 ZS-IXM Grumman
AA5
150 116.00 116.64 00:01.51- Dylan Changuion
Nicholas Karatzas
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
27 100 ZU-EKM Urban Air
Samba XL
100 122.21 122.76 00:01.25- Joggie Prinsloo
Francois Marais
Free State
Bethlehem F C
28 3 ZS-NVY Cessna
P210N II
325 176.84 177.75 00:01.08- Dirk Uys
Jannie Visser
W/Caper
Worcester F.C.
29 64 ZU-GJN Pipistrel
912 Sinus
80 119.00 119.30 00:00.50- Martin Grunnert
Kobus Nel
W/Cape
Cape Gliding Club
30 16 ZS-CBX Mooney
M20E
200 146.80 147.09 00:00.32- Phil Gidish
Richard Gundersen
Gauteng
East Rand F C
31 8 ZS-OJA Piper
PA-32R-301T
300 173.00 173.30 00:00.23- CAS Joubert
Arno Joubert
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Newcastle F C
32 81 ZU-YUM Lancair
360
180 193.97 194.33 00:00.22- Quinton Warne
Lloyd McKay
Gauteng
Aero Club
33 34 ZS-FDZ Piper
PA-28-235B
250 138.70 138.73 00:00.04- Christa Greyvenstein
Johann van den Berg
Gauteng
Aero Club
34 102 ZU-MAD Van's
RV-7
200 176.60 176.57 00:00.02 Tony Bailes
Johnny Ferreira
E/Cape
Algoa Flying Club
35 45 ZS-FHN Mooney
M20C
180 141.60 141.59 00:00.02 Adrian Barry
Tertius Myburgh
Gauteng
Aero Club
36 89 ZU-APZ Lancair
320
160 187.00 186.96 00:00.03 Dieter Bock
Jack Onderstlll
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
37 24 ZU-AFP Cessna
172D
180 122.00 121.97 00:00.05 Barry de Groot
Mary de Klerk
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Pietermaritzburg AC
38 62 ZS-DVT Beech
B55
260 189.50 189.38 00:00.08 Herman Klopper
Kassie Kasselman
N/West
Western Transvaal F C
39 4 ZS-MOF Piper
PA-34-200T
200 173.00 172.91 00:00.08 Cliff Pike
Rob Heard
Gauteng
Brakpan Flight Sch.
40 22 ZS-COB Cessna
206H
300 151.09 151.00 00:00.09 Wilco van der Schyff
Andre Koen
N/West
Klerksdorp F C
41 11 ZS-FSR Beech
A36
285 172.29 171.94 00:00.27 Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
Gauteng
Klerksdorp Pilots Ass
42 18 ZS-DWH Mooney
M20E
200 147.20 146.91 00:00.31 Johan Doubell
John Boucher
N/Cape
Kuruman Flying Club
43 70 ZU-EWD B&F Tech.
FK14B Polaris
100 138.49 138.16 00:00.41 Roland Hallam
Marc Gregson
Gauteng
Panorama Flight Park
44 40 ZS-OSM Cessna
340A II
310 188.20 187.47 00:00.48 Gary Hughes
Andries van Tonder
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
45 50 ZS-NZL Beech
58
300 201.90 200.80 00:01.03 Dirk Fourie
Braam van Greuning
N/West
Klerksdorp Pilots Ass
46 88 ZS-LAI Cessna
R182 RG II
235 151.50 150.87 00:01.04 Mark Hughes
Bryan Engels
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
47 92 ZS-LXU Beech
F33A
285 173.30 172.26 00:01.22 Ali Grunow
Newton Walker
N/Cape
Upington Flying Club
48 49 ZS-KBJ Piper
PA-32-300
300 143.00 142.30 00:01.22 Wessel vd Westhuizen
Bertie de Beer
Free State
Aero Club
49 65 ZU-VRV Van's
RV-7
180 168.94 167.90 00:01.25 Hubi von Moltke
Mike Cathro
Gauteng
Aero Club
50 14 ZS-NVB Piper
PA-32R-301
300 156.50 155.56 00:01.30 Jakkals Olivier
Aldus Engelbrecht
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
51 30 ZU-EFC Lancair
2000 Legacy
370 227.49 225.45 00:01.33 Trevor Emanuel
Gideon Langeveld
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
52 21 ZS-ESU Piper
PA-28-140
160 113.17 112.63 00:01.40 Bonnie Steyn
Shona Hughes
Free State
Maluti Air
53 99 ZS-MTR Cessna
210N SCIM
300 163.60 162.39 00:01.47 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
N/Cape
Bloemfontein F C
54 101 ZU-LEB Lancair
360
230 202.34 200.12 00:02.08 Les Lebenon
Angus Money
Gauteng
Aero Club
55 41 ZS-ABC Piper
PA-32-300C
300 139.00 137.93 00:02.10 Stanton Marais
Richard Roebuck
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
56 12 ZS-KOV Cessna
182Q II
230 141.27 140.12 00:02.16 Deneys Leih
Mike Davis
N/West
Rustenburg F C
57 104 ZS-IWK Cessna
182P II SCIM
230 135.60 134.53 00:02.17 Frank Smook
Kobus Kotze
Gauteng
Pretoria F S
58 97 ZS-EHG Cessna
172G
145 105.00 104.23 00:02.45 AJ Coetzer
Willem Coetzer
Free State
Aero Club
59 20 ZS-KMO Beech
58
285 193.50 190.81 00:02.51 William Einkamerer
Johnny Scholtz
N/West
Western Transvaal FS
60 105 ZS-MSW Cessna
182F SCIM
230 135.70 134.24 00:03.08 Morris du Plessis
Johan de Lange
Gauteng
Wits Univ Flying Ass
61 27 ZS-CBB Piper
PA-28-180E
180 120.85 119.65 00:03.15 Sias Delport
Wliile Jordaan
Mpumalanga
Witbanl Aeron Ass
62 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna
R182 RG II
235 154.04 151.97 00:03.27 Wally Brink
George Brink
N/West
Vryburg Aero Club
63 63 ZU-OMC Urban Air
Samba XL
100 122.21 120.84 00:03.38 Oscar Goudriaan
Uys Jonker
N/West
Aero Club
64 110 ZS-MUT Cessna
R182 RG II
235 151.50 149.04 00:04.15 John Sayers
Dean Stevenson
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk F C
65 57 ZS-NGH Beech
58
285 195.30 191.00 00:04.30 Francois Viljoen
Pieter van Rensburg
N/West
Potchefstroom F C
66 7 ZS-KDO Cessna
182Q SCIM
230 136.50 134.06 00:05.12 Arthur Karatzas
Gerald Nagel
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
67 83 ZS-CHL Beech
58
285 195.30 190.33 00:05.13 Johan van Staden
Martin Meyer
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Ladysmith F C
68 28 ZS-NBB Cessna
177RG
200 141.90 139.24 00:05.16 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein F C
69 51 ZS-IXL Grumman
AA5
150 116.00 114.10 00:05.36 Chris Linakis
Taryn Diedericks
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
70 42 ZS-PMG Beech
V35B
285 170.69 166.00 00:06.27 Johan Gouws
Reg Meintjies
N/Cape
Aero Club
71 106 ZS-NOI Cessna
182L SCIM
230 135.70 132.16 00:07.42 Menno Parsons
Rob Sieg-Rist
Gauteng
Aero Club
72 78 ZS-FVL Piper
PA-32-300C
300 139.00 135.11 00:08.04 Spencer Watson
Robin Watson
Gauteng
Pretoria F S
73 79 ZS-PAS Beech
B55
260 189.50 180.56 00:10.11 Chris Wiid
Christo Ebersohn
Gauteng
S A Airways
74 76 ZS-JZY Piper
PA-28R-201T
200 157.80 151.12 00:10.56 Wade Gomes
Fabian Cairns
Gauteng
Aero Club
75 103 ZS-CGE Cessna
172
145 107.85 104.61 00:11.11 Jurie de Wit
Theo Naude
Free State
Bethlehem F C
76 108 ZS-DMX Beech
A36
300 177.30 166.55 00:14.12 Alan Fergus
Johan Ferreira
W/Cape
Aero Club
77 61 ZS-NFC Beech
A36
285 171.70 161.44 00:14.26 Carel van der Merwe
Lional Heystek
Gauteng
Upington Flying Club
78 39 ZS-LER Mooney
M20J 201
200 158.20 149.20 00:14.52 Aaron Scheiner
Louwrens Marais
W/Cape
Cape Town F.T.C.
79 94 ZS-EOI Piper
PA-28-180C
180 126.50 120.53 00:15.16 Gordon Cornish
Gert Conradie
N/West
Klerksdorp Pilots Ass
80 17 ZU-DMT Tecnam
P92-S ECHO
100 109.30 104.80 00:15.20 Graeme Skinner
Rene Joubert
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
81 31 ZS-LAR Piper
PA-28R-200
200 143.40 134.57 00:17.51 Rudi Knoetze
Riaan Durr
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
82 84 ZS-KJB Cessna
210N SCIM
300 163.60 152.08 00:18.04 Otto Wypkema
Elamrie Freysen
Gauteng
Aero Club
83 32 ZS-DWJ Piper
PA-28-235
235 137.50 127.24 00:22.52 Abel Fourie
Riaan Louw
N/West
Vryburg Aero Club
84 82 ZS-MBG Piper
PA-23-250B
250 167.34 152.28 00:23.03 Michael de Weijer
Andrea Zanella
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
85 44 ZU-EEI Tecnam
P2002 Sierra
100 118.00 110.10 00:23.43 Tarryn Adendorff
Dennis Hoines
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
86 87 ZS-IVT Cessna
172M
150 114.40 106.73 00:24.30 Johanine Smit
Candice Coetzee
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
87 9 ZS-IMF Beech
V35B
285 172.30 155.05 00:25.11 Sias Delport
Andy Brink
N/Cape
Vaalharts F.C.
88 43 ZS-EPR Cessna
182K
230 136.70 124.61 00:27.40 George Karatzas
Tony Georgiou
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
89 33 ZS-IFK Cessna
172K
150 114.40 102.03 00:41.18 Marelise Odendaal
Wesley Howia
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
90 19 ZS-DVD Piper
PA-30
160 160.00 100.17 02:25.34 Pieter Ferreira
Jamie Hughes
Namibia
Maluti Air
91 107 ZS-FPK Cessna
177A
180 128.50 86.03 02:29.48 Michael Fazakas
Alan Verity
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.

2007 PTAR - Trophies

2007 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Klerksdorp - 24 to 26 May 2007

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 53 ZS-BAI Donavan Bailey/Oliver Macleod-Smith
Cessna C172S
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 55 ZS-JLW Bryan Belcher/Graeme Smart
Piper PA23E-250T
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 91 ZS-DOT Dirk Visser/Marc de Klerk
Cirrus SR-22
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 53 ZS-BAI Donavan Bailey/Oliver Macleod-Smith
Cessna C172S
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Northern Provinces Pilot Home 68 ZS-LWP Kiewiet Vlok/Gail Vlok
Mooney M20J-205SE
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 68 ZS-CBD Symon Sykes/Dylan Sykes
Mooney M20C
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 23 ZS-WZU Dave Mandel/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 53 ZS-BAI Donavan Bailey/Oliver Macleod-Smith
Cessna C172S
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 34 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johann van den Berg
Piper PA-28-235B
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 48 ZS-KHX Robert Myburgh/Robbie Myburgh
Piper PA34-200T
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 55 ZS-JLW Bryan Belcher/Graeme Smart
Piper PA23E-250T
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 53 ZS-BAI Donavan Bailey/Oliver Macleod-Smith
Cessna C172S
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 68 ZS-CBD Symon Sykes/Dylan Sykes
Mooney M20C
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
C A A Trophy For Professionalism(For interrupting their race to help a fellow competitor) 28 ZS-NBB Cobus van der Colff/Walter Walle
Cessna 177RG
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 58 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Johnny Mayer
Beech F33A
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 53 ZS-BAI Donavan Bailey/Oliver Macleod-Smith
Cessna C172S
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 55 ZS-JLW Bryan Belcher/Graeme Smart
Piper PA23E-250T
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 6 ZS-LWP Kiwiet Vlok/Gail Vlok
Mooney M20J
Stayers Trophy (Shared) The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 19 ZS-DVD Pieter Ferreira/Jamie Hughs
Piper PA30
Stayers Trophy (Shared) The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 107 ZS-FPK Michael Fazakas/Alan Verity
Cessna 177A
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 30 ZU-EFC Trevor Emanuel/Gideon Langeveld
Lancair 2000 Legacy
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 73 ZS-LSW Pieter van Zyl/PG van Zyl
Beech 58
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 64 ZU-GJN Martin Greunert/Kobus Nel
Pipistrel 912 Sinus

2007 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
1 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch
Daniel Bensch
Piper PA-28RT-201T Did not finish Day 2 (Landed at Potch.)
13 ZS-OXI Marius Slabbert
Willem Slabber
Cessna T206H Missed TP Koppies Day 2
71 ZS-VFA Shaun Uren
Nick McFall
Rutan Long EZ Missed TP1 on Day1
80 ZS-OXZ Adriaan Kleyn
Vorster Gauche
Cessna 182T Missed TP3 on Day 1
93 ZS-KVK Thys Joubert
Gregory Morgan
Cessna 210N Did not finish Day 2

2007 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Klerksdorp Boskop Dam 29.42 29.42
Boskop Dam Orient 40.29 69.71
Orient Rustenberg 29.99 99.70
Rustenberg Zeerust 66.34 166.04
Zeerust Leeupan 59.05 225.09
Leeupan Rietspruit Dam 64.01 289.10
Rietspruit Dam Klerksdorp 27.94 317.04

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Klerksdorp Boskop Dam 29.42 29.42
Boskop Dam Rietspruit Dam 19.80 49.22
Rietspruit Dam Klerksdorp 27.66 76.88
Klerksdorp Bloemhof Dam 76.09 152.97
Bloemhof Dam Koppies Dam 113.18 266.15
Koppies Dam Parys 24.62 290.77
Parys Klerksdorp 42.12 322.89

Total Distance - 649.93 Nautical Miles

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2006 President's Trophy Air Race

2006 Bank President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Klerksdorp - 25 to 27 May 2006

Competition Director Kassie Kasselman at the Thursday evening briefingCompetition Director Kassie Kasselman at the Thursday evening briefing"The Most Prestigious Aviation Event in South Africa" and "The Largest Air Race in the World". These are some of the words used to describe the President's Trophy Air Race. The 2006 Race did not disappoint.

This year showed a record entry of 110 aircraft, the largest ever. In fact this number will probably not be exceeded without a change to the format of the race as there is a limit of the number of aircraft that can safely land on an airfield over the short period of time as is required on day 2 of the Race.

Organised by Kassie Kasselman and the Klerksdorp Pilots Association (KPA) and well supported by sponsors Marsh, Alexander Forbes, Air BP and Naturelink the 2006 race was one to remember. Apart from a small hitch with the supply of fuel due to the bowser breaking down on route to the airfield, the organisation was slick and went off without any major snags.

On arrival it was obvious that a lot of effort had gone into the planning of the event. The airfield was immaculate with numbered parking for each aircraft. This new innovation was given the thumbs up by all participants except a few with race numbers above 90. These guys were parked very far from the action. There were also two large marquee tents, a red and white striped one for general socialising and a separate white one which was used to house the registration area and for the pilot briefings. It is indeed a pleasure for the pilots to be able to listen to briefings without having the distraction of the noise of supporters and spectators enjoying themselves.

The Fuel QueueThe Fuel QueueThe format for the 2006 was unchanged and the program comprised of an arrival day and two race days. This year the arrivals were compacted as there was fog over most of the Gauteng area resulting in late departures for Klerksdorp combined with a sterling effort of all pilots attempting to arrive before the cut-off at 12:00.

Those that missed this arrival action were the winners of the 2005 Air Race, Andre Koen and Errol janse van Rensburg. They arrived a few days early to get in some practice. They were determined to defend of their title. This feat has previously only been achieved by two pilots, Mike van Ginkel (1969 and 1972) and Robbie Schwartz (1984 and 1988).The first briefing was held on Thursday evening in the white tent. On this occasion Chris Booysen handed out 10 Year Badges to Walter Walle and Johnny Mayer (Snr) and also congratulated Jannie Visser on his 21st Air Race. The safety briefing was done by Graeme Conlyn. An improvement that organisers should consider for the future is to give the participants a written briefing to take away with them. This would result in a shorter briefing giving the crews more time to prepare their maps.

Johnny Mayer accepts is 10 Year Badge from SAPFA Chairman Chris BooysenJohnny Mayer accepts is 10 Year Badge from SAPFA Chairman Chris BooysenThe route for Day 1 was from Klerksdorp to Schweizer-Reneke, Zeerust, Fochville and back to Klerksdorp a distance of 319 nautical miles. While the navigation was not too difficult flying conditions were with a quartering North-Westerly wind all around the course.
As is normal the fastest aircraft left first and the slowest last resulting in the field spreading along the route. The take off's were every 30 seconds with the TV chopper buzzing up and down the side of the runway to ensure adequate footage for the TV broadcast on Supersport, as well as for a DVD that would be sold to competitors.

The day was not without incident as Race 103, the Samba of Hubi von Moltke and Gerald Ackhurst started overheating so they decided to a precautionary landing. Race 108, the Turbo Arrow of Mike Mayers and Werner Swart did a forced landing with a problem with a fuel indicator pipe. There were other tales of woe after day one. In total there were 7 aircraft excluded from the results for various reasons.
Race 26 Booysen and Tucker: Inaccurate flying after Schweizer and doubling back to pass Zeerust cost Race 26 at least 7 minutesInaccurate flying after Schweizer and doubling back to pass Zeerust cost Race 26 at least 7 minutes

One of the hard luck stories was that of the experienced Myburgh father and son team in Race 15. They were marked as not observed at Schweizer-Reneke but their logger track shows clearly that they passed overhead, albeit after an extended cross country that would have meant that they had little chance of ending anywhere in the top half of the results. (Ed - maybe the marshals had gone home)
The largest time gain for Day 1 was achieved by John Sayers and Cilliers Manser in the Harvard. They were closely followed by the Albatross of the Marx brothers and the Arrow IV of Dana and Daniel Bensch. What is interesting is that all these competitors were on the waiting list and only got into the race as a result of withdrawals of other competitors.
While a full analysis of the logger tracks has not yet been done it appears as if the shortest distance on Day 1 was flown by Race 69, the Jabiru of Sias Truter and Louis Terblanche.
A strict application of the rules saw a number of time penalties being handed out by the competition management which were ratified by the jury. One crew was excluded due to dangerous flying. This is a good sign as competitors need to know that unsafe flying and breaches of rules will be severely dealt with. This also changes a trend that crept in over the past couple of years.
Race 15 finds Schweize-Reneke - eventuallyRace 15 finds Schweize-Reneke - eventually

The route for day two was a bow tie course to Kroonstad, then to Parys, back over Klerksdorp on the way to Lindberg Lodge, Lichtenberg and home to Klerksdorp. The distance was 327 nautical miles making the total distance for both days of the event just over 651 nautical miles.
It is always difficult to explain to a newcomer how the start times of day two are determined. The best way to explain it is that the competition director decides on a finishing time for the end of Day 2. The scorers then calculate the start time of each aircraft using their handicap speed that will result in the aircraft finishing at the designated time. As it is a two day race the calculated is adjusted by the time gained or lost on day one so that aircraft that lost time on day one will start later than their designated time and aircraft that gained time will start earlier than their designated start time.
Day 2 was not without its share of drama. Johan la Grange and his daughter did a precautionary landing in their Jabiru as the fuel warning light was on. This turned out to be a false alarm but the aircraft tyre was punctured which put an end to their race. Race 97 also withdrew after aborting their take off.
The main news for the day was the forced landing of potential winner Race 110, the Harvard of John Sayers and Cilliers Manser due to a fuel problem. This happened on the last leg of the race.
Official opening Kassie Kasselman (Race Director), Cliff Lotter (Chairman KPA) and Executive Mayor China DodovuOfficial opening Kassie Kasselman (Race Director), Cliff Lotter (Chairman KPA) and Executive Mayor China Dodovu

Oblivious to all this drama were the members of the Association of Virtual Aviators (AVA) who were flying the equivalent air race in a hanger on the airfield. AVA and SAPFA have developed close links with AVA competing alongside SAPFA members at the Air Race and at Rally Flying Championships. AVA members have also developed scenery to help the Protea Flying team get some virtual practice in France prior to the World championships later this month.
Logger tracks show that the Day 2 route was a more difficult navigation exercise especially the leg between Lindberg Lodge and Lichtenberg. Almost all the aircraft strayed to the left of the direct routing from the Lodge to Lichtenberg. The turning point was fairly easy to find so most aircraft made the correction close to Lichtenberg and passed over the turning point and the marshals. Most entrants thought the Lodge would be difficult to find but this was not the case. The leg from the Lodge was also difficult as the wind direction swung 180 degrees during the leg.
President's Trophy Air Race - WSE Harvard: The logger track of the Harvard tells a storyThe logger track of the Harvard tells a story

The finish was spectacular with 94 aircraft finishing within 40 minutes. The circuit was large and spread out over the Vaal River, approximately 7 miles away. A challenging cross wind made some of the landings a little more spectacular than the pilots would have liked.
First over the line was Race 25, the Albatross of Ivan and Martin Marx, followed after a couple of minutes by Race 94, Carl and Albert Basson, a Jabiru. 30 seconds later Race 100 a C210 with Eugene Swart and Steyn Fourie as crew.

Unfortunately these crews were not aware that Race 46, the Piper of Dana and Daniel Bensch had taken off late due to an electrical problem. In terms of the rules the scorers had to take account of this delay and this resulted in the Bensch team being placed first. Credit must go to Daniel to have navigated under such conditions.

There has been some discussion among entrants as to the rule that allows a competitor to take off late. Some feel that it adds to the excitement to only know the final winner at the banquet while others feel that, as far as possible, the first over the line should be declared the winner. The SAPFA committee will probably debate this issue at their meeting later this year when the rules for 2007 are finalised. While rule changes have been few and far between they will have to be updated to make place for the new technology and the increased requirements for safety as numbers of aircraft are at the maximum.
President's Trophy Air Race - Parked AircraftFlight Line

Dana and Daniel Bensch - 2006 President's Trophy Air Race: Dana and Daniel Bensch with main sponsor, Nick VineDana and Daniel Bensch - 2006 President's Trophy Air Race: Dana and Daniel Bensch with main sponsor, Nick Vine
The prize giving banquet was held at the Klerksdorp Recreational Centre and was filled with competitors, sponsors, officials, supporters and press. The popularity of this race is making it difficult to find venues that can accommodate the aircraft and the functions. Practically the field will probably have to be limited unless a method is introduced whereby some aircraft are eliminated after the racing of the first day. As is the tradition the banquet was a formal affair, black tie and a smattering of National colours and dark suits. A very pleasant meal was dished up by the local caterers and the function was a great place for the competitors to relax and swop war stories.

The Presidents Trophy was awarded to the Bensch Team with the Air Charter Trophy for the second team going to the Marx brothers. The Vincent McLean Trophy for 3rd place was awarded to Team Basson. Winners of the AVA section were Rassie Erasmus and Buks Hugo.

2006 PTAR - Full Result

2006 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Klerksdorp - 25 to 27 May 2006

Total Distance:651,6 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Speed
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 46 ZS-NXE Piper
PA28RT201T
200 154.00 158.59 00:07.21- Dana Bensch
Daniel Bensch
Gauteng
J.L.P.C.
2 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio
P166S
340 164.55 168.73 00:05.54- Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Gauteng
Aero Club
3 94 ZU-DXJ Jabiru
J400
120 121.00 122.15 00:03.03- Carl Basson
Albert Basson
Western Cape
F.T.C.
4 100 ZS-LYE Cessna
210M STOL
300 167.66 169.53 00:02.35- Eugene Swart
Steyn Fourie
Gauteng
Uppington F C
5 55 ZS-TDW Piper
PA-34-220T
220 180.00 181.40 00:01.41- Eugene de Kok
Bryan Belcher
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
6 23 ZS-WZU Lancair
360
180 190.14 191.26 00:01.12- Dave Mandel
Rod Crichton
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
7 9 ZS-IMF Beech
V35B
285 171.70 172.32 00:00.49- Sias Delport
Danie Esselen
Northern Cape
Vaalharts F C
8 58 ZS-RMA Beech
F33A
285 171.91 172.44 00:00.43- John Mayer
Johnny Mayer
Gauteng
Aero Club
9 11 ZS-FSR Beech
A36
285 169.43 169.55 00:00.10- Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
North West
Western Transvaal FC
10 13 ZS-CXP Cessna
172D
145 104.55 104.56 00:00.02- Jean-Pierre Kasselman
Jandre Kasselman
Gauteng
Western Transvaal FC
11 93 ZS-JCD Cessna
210L SCIM
300 167.86 167.88 00:00.01- Thys Joubert
Henty Scheepers
K.Z.N.
Aero Club
12 14 ZS-DVN Beech
E55
285 197.42 196.96 00:00.27 Koos Coetzer
Sarel van der Walt
Free State
Bloemfontein F C
13 50 ZS-NZL Beech
58
300 199.51 198.93 00:00.34 Dirk Fourie
Braam van Greuning
North West
Western Transvaal FC
14 27 ZU-EDD B&F Tech
FK9 MK IV
100 113.00 112.61 00:01.12 Mike Cathro
Karen Cathro
Gauteng
Panorama Flight Park
15 98 715 Cessna
185A
260 141.42 140.62 00:01.33 Gerhard Lourens
WJ Engelbrecht
Gauteng
Aero Club
16 17 ZS-JTU Piper
PA-28-235
250 139.49 138.66 00:01.40 Dries Briers
Gerhard de Villiers
Limpopo
Aero Club
17 69 ZU-DFR Jabiru
J450
120 117.00 116.33 00:01.55 Sias Truter
Louis Terblanche
Western Cape
Mossel Bay F C
18 6 ZS-LWP Mooney
M20J 205SE
200 156.79 155.51 00:02.02 Kiewiet Vlok
Gail Vlok
North West
Western Transvaal FC
19 20 ZS-KMO Beech
58
285 194.64 192.48 00:02.15 William Einkamerer
Johnny Scholts
North West
Western Transvaal FC
20 28 ZS-NBB Cessna
177RG
200 140.22 138.91 00:02.38 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein F C
21 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna
T210M
310 179.87 177.37 00:03.03 Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Northern Cape
Vaalharts F C
22 8 ZU-CVA Classic
150J
125 100.00 99.19 00:03.11 Hugo Stark
Jan Hanekom
North West
Defence Flying Club
23 91 ZS-DOT Cirrus
SR-22
310 179.60 176.70 00:03.34 Dirk Visser
Marc de Klerk
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk F C
24 36 ZS-WBT Glasair
III
300 217.30 212.59 00:03.59 Lucas Wiese
Johan van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein F C
25 73 ZS-LSW Beech
58
300 199.51 194.68 00:04.51 Pieter van Zyl
PG van Zyl
North West
Western Transvaal FC
26 79 ZS-PTC Beech
E55
300 201.72 196.26 00:05.23 Ben Zietsman
Chris Wiid
Gauteng
Aero Club
27 70 ZU-EDC B&F Tech
FK14B POL.
100 130.00 127.56 00:05.44 Roland Hallam
Marc Gregson
Gauteng
Panorama Flight Park
28 80 ZS-OXZ Cessna
182T SCIM
230 145.00 141.74 00:06.13 Adriaan Kleyn
Vorster Gauche
K.Z.N.
Western Transvaal FC
29 41 ZS-LEB Cessna
T303
250 176.84 171.97 00:06.15 Conrad Kruger
Koos Malan
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
30 33 ZS-ALS Cessna
182T
230 145.00 141.67 00:06.21 Johan j/van Rensburg
CAS Joubert
North West
Western Transvaal FC
31 2 ZU-LAJ Jabiru
J450
120 117.00 114.74 00:06.35 Lesley Jagger
Nigel Townshend
North West
Rustenberg F C
32 1 ZS-NFU Piper
PA-28-140
160 115.96 113.73 00:06.36 Andre Koen
Errol j/van Rensburg
K.Z.N.
Aero Club
33 32 ZS-DWJ Piper
PA-28-235
235 134.69 131.54 00:06.57 Abel Fourie
Riaan Louw
North West
Vryburg Aero Club
34 95 ZS-NET Cessna
172K
150 115.30 112.98 00:06.57 Lawrence Bettesworth
Michael Bretange
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
35 107 ZS-KMN Beech
58
285 194.64 187.96 00:07.08 Shaun Kenny
Steve Mandel
Gauteng
Aero Club
36 67 ZS-OWS Cessna
U206F
300 142.10 138.49 00:07.10 Stuart Sinclair
Hand Potgieter
North West
Rustenberg F C
37 40 ZS-OSM Cessna
340A II
310 193.18 186.42 00:07.20 Gary Hughes
Andries van Tonder
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
38 56 ZS-GZM Urban A1
Lambada
100 105.59 103.38 00:07.53 Rainer Frieboese
Hans Schwebel
North West
Brits Flying Club
39 19 ZS-FVH Piper
PA-28R-180
180 139.22 135.41 00:07.54 Joggie Prinsloo
Jamie Hughes
Free State
Maluti Air
40 34 ZS-FDZ Piper
PA-28-235B
250 139.49 135.61 00:08.00 Christa Greyvenstein
Johann van den Berg
Gauteng
Aero Club
41 89 ZU-JMO Glasair
III
300 222.26 212.48 00:08.06 Daan Brand
Jack Onderstal
Gauteng
Aero Club
42 4 ZS-LAZ Beech
A36
285 169.43 163.61 00:08.12 Chris Spencer-Scarr
Jacques Vercueil
North West
Rustenberg F C
43 24 ZU-AFP Cessna
172D
180 119.20 116.29 00:08.12 Barry de Groot
Peter de Villiers
K.Z.N.
Pietermaritzburg A C
44 59 ZS-KDO Cessna
182Q SCIM
230 140.62 136.55 00:08.16 Chris Linakis
Blaine Carstens
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
45 30 ZS-KOV Cessna
182Q
230 140.62 136.46 00:08.28 Deneys Leih
Robin Spencer-Scarr
North West
Rustenberg F C
46 60 ZU-CCO Urban A1
Samba
100 123.30 120.01 00:08.41 Piet Smit
Dale de Klerk
North West
Aviators Paradise
47 83 ZS-CHL Beech
58
285 194.64 186.41 00:08.52 Joahn van Staden
Martin Meyer
K.Z.N.
Ladysmith F C
48 49 ZS-DOS Cessna
182F
250 140.25 135.87 00:08.59 Ernie Alexander
Mary de Klerk
Gauteng
Aero Club
49 3 ZS-PEH Cessna
FR172J
210 128.00 124.33 00:09.00 Dirk Uys
Jannie Visser
Gauteng
Worcester Wings Club
50 53 ZS-BAI Cessna
172S
180 118.00 114.56 00:09.55 Donavan Bailey
James Tucker
K.Z.N.
Aero Club
51 16 ZS-NGP Cessna
T210M
310 179.87 171.86 00:10.07 Gert Ehlers
Anton Barnard
Limpopo
Rustenberg F C
52 81 ZS-DVG Piper
PA-28-235
250 139.49 134.58 00:10.13 Quinton Warne
Lloyd McKay
Gauteng
Aero Club
53 38 ZS-LAI Cessna
R182RG II
235 154.53 148.45 00:10.21 Bryan Engels
Mark Hughes
Gauteng
Aero Club
54 77 ZS-EAY Piper
PA-28-235
250 139.49 134.31 00:10.48 Koos Kruger
Willie Linde
Free State
Aero Club
55 101 ZS-EFH Piper
PA-28-235
250 139.49 134.06 00:11.21 Les Lebenon
Gus Money
Gauteng
Aero Club
56 96 ZS-EOI Piper
PA-28-180C
180 125.84 121.31 00:11.36 Gordon Cornish
Gert Conradie
North West
Western Transvaal FC
57 68 ZS-CBD Mooney
M20C
180 144.51 138.48 00:11.47 Simon Sykes
Damian Sykes
Free State
Aero Club
58 44 ZS-DPY Cessna
172D
200 118.00 113.86 00:12.01 Len Hattingh
Keith Bailey
North West
Western Transvaal FC
59 74 ZS-OUZ Cessna
172M
150 115.30 111.31 00:12.08 Warwick Henley
Derek Pratt
Gauteng
Aero Club
60 35 ZS-DED Piper
PA-28-235
250 141.00 134.95 00:12.26 Andre Klepper
Bob Ewing
Gauteng
Aero Club
61 21 ZS-ESU Piper
PA-28-140
160 115.96 111.82 00:12.28 Bonnie Steyn
Shona Hughes
Free State
Maluti Air
62 105 ZS-LKC Piper
PA-30B (T)
160 176.55 166.97 00:12.42 Johan de Lange
Morris du Plessis
Gauteng
Wits Univ. Flying Ass
63 37 ZS-JFP Beech
V35B
285 171.70 162.45 00:12.58 Deon Hanekom
Hannes Otto
North West
Aero Club
64 43 ZS-IFW Cessna
172L
150 115.30 111.05 00:12.58 Tinus Olivier
Deon van Zyl
Gauteng
F.T.S.
65 84 ZS-KJB Cessna
210N SCIM
300 167.86 158.96 00:13.03 Otto Wypkema
Jochen Zeuner
Gauteng
Aero Club
66 106 ZS-LBH Cessna
T210N
310 179.87 169.39 00:13.26 Manie van Niekerk
Menno Parsons
Gauteng
Learn2Fly Academy
67 52 ZS-NCU Cessna
177RG
200 140.22 133.55 00:13.55 Charl Barnard
Joachim Hussen
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk F C
68 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna
R182RG II
235 154.53 145.91 00:14.57 George Brink
Wally Brink
Gauteng
Vryburg Aero Club
69 71 ZS-PMG Beech
V35B
285 171.10 160.35 00:15.19 Johan Gouws
Wyndham Ferreira
Northern Cape
Aero Club
70 22 ZS-FHM Mooney
M20G
180 144.51 136.77 00:15.19 Tienie Prinsloo
Francois Vorster
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
71 88 ZS-ISW Piper
PA-28R-200
200 141.44 133.88 00:15.36 Trevor Cufflin
Steve Dewsbery
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
72 29 ZS-DYD Mooney
M20E
200 156.79 147.22 00:16.11 Christo Fick
Walter Vice
Gauteng
Aero Club
73 51 ZS-IXL Grumman
AA5
150 115.08 109.27 00:18.04 Dave Powell
Riaan Marx
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
74 87 ZS-DAC Cessna
172L
150 115.30 109.39 00:18.18 Claire Carver
Johanine Smit
Gauteng
Aero Club
75 75 ZS-MYO Cessna
172L
160 116.19 110.13 00:18.30 Dirk Krist
Johan Boucher
Northern Cape
Aero Club
76 72 ZS-MON Beech
C55
285 197.42 179.87 00:19.18 Henry Miles
Piet j/van Rensburg
Gauteng
Loutzavia
77 104 ZS-IWK Cessna
182P II SC
230 140.62 131.35 00:19.36 Frank Smook
Kobus Kotze
Gauteng
Defence Flying Club
78 26 ZS-MOR Cessna
210N SCIM
300 167.86 154.78 00:19.41 Chris Booysen
Jim Tucker
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
79 102 ZU-DMT Tecnam
P92 ECHO
100 110.00 104.17 00:19.53 Tarryn Adendorff
Lisa-Ann Mahood
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
80 18 ZS-NOY Cessna
182P II SC
230 140.62 131.10 00:20.11 Kobus Venter
Willie Marais
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
81 48 ZS-NSZ Cessna
182Q
230 140.62 130.69 00:21.06 Wichardt Olivier
Charl Stapelberg
Gauteng
Aero Club
82 62 ZS-DVT Beech
B55
260 190.22 172.46 00:21.10 Herman Klopper
Frans Botha
North West
Aero Club
83 45 ZS-FUJ Cessna
172K
160 116.19 109.18 00:21.35 Tertius Myburgh
Adrian Barry
Gauteng
Aero Club
84 10 ZS-IFA Cessna
182N SCIM
230 140.62 130.45 00:21.39 Eduard Steyn
Rudi j/van Vuuren
Free State
Western Transvaal FC
85 82 ZU-ECK Tecnam
P2002 SIER
100 118.00 110.73 00:21.44 Deneys Potgieter
Mike Clark
Gauteng
Aero Club
86 12 ZS-TRB Cessna
U206G II
300 134.32 124.10 00:23.58 Otto Muller
Dave East
Gauteng
Aero Club
87 76 ZS-ACI Piper
PA-31-310
310 195.00 173.68 00:24.36 Rob Waghron
Wade Gomes
Gauteng
Aero Club
88 85 ZS-ELK Piper
PA-28-180C
180 125.84 116.48 00:24.57 Johann van der Walt
Gert van der Walt
North West
Klerksdorp F C
89 61 ZS-NFC Beech
A36
285 169.43 152.19 00:26.08 Carel van der Merwe
Lionel Heystek
Gauteng
Upington Flying Club
90 54 ZS-DZG Piper
PA-28-180C
180 125.84 115.19 00:28.42 Graham Luppnow
Mark Swarts
Gauteng
Pretoria Flying Club
91 109 ZS-DZS Cessna
182H
230 140.62 126.83 00:30.13 Mark Robinson
Dana Volschenk
Northern Cape
Bloemfontein F C
92 65 ZS-PPT Tecnam
P2002 JF
100 116.00 106.35 00:30.35 Dylan Changvion
Wayne Rietberger
Gauteng
A.F.O.S.
93 86 ZU-CUE Urban A1
Samba
100 123.83 112.84 00:30.44 Werner Blignaut
Darrell Lush
Gauteng
Aero Club
94 31 ZS-LAR Piper
PA-28R-200
200 141.44 127.15 00:31.04 Rudi Knoetze
Chris-Jan Cornelius
Gauteng
Babcock CFA
95 57 ZS-MZP Piper
PA-28-180C
180 125.84 103.72 01:06.15 Francois Viljoen
Andre van Rensburg
North West
Potchefstroom F C
96 92 ZU-CUZ Jabiru
SP
80 106.02 84.88 01:31.48 Roual du Plessis
Chris Burger
Gauteng
Maluti Air

2006 PTAR - Trophies

2006 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Klerksdorp - 25 to 27 May 2006

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Daniel Bensch
Piper PA28-RT201T
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 25 ZS-NHR Ivan Marx/Martin Marx
Piaggio P166S
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 94 ZU-DXJ Carl Basson/Albert Basson
Jabiru J400
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 93 ZS-JCD Thys Joubert/Henty Scheepers
Cessna C210L Scim
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 94 ZU-DXJ Carl Basson/Albert Basson
Jabiru J400
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 14 ZS-DVN Koos Coetzer/Sarel van der Walt
Beech E55
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 110 ZS-WSE John Sayers/Cilliers Manser
North Am T6 Harvard
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Daniel Bensch
Piper PA28-RT201T
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 34 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johann van den Berg
Piper PA-28-235B
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Daniel Bensch
Piper PA28-RT201T
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Daniel Bensch
Piper PA28-RT201T
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 94 ZU-DXJ Carl Basson/Albert Basson
Jabiru J400
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 19 ZS-FVH Joggie Prinsloo/Jamie Hughes
Piper PA28R-180
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 360
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 9 ZS-IMF Sias Delport/Danie Esselen
Beech V35B
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 100 ZS-LYE Eugene Swart/Steyn Fourie
Cessna 210M STOL
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Daniel Bensch
Piper PA28-RT201T
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 6 ZS-LWP Kiwiet Vlok/Gail Vlok
Mooney M20J
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 36 ZS-WBT Lucas Wiese/Johan van Gruting
Glasair III
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 14 ZS-DVN Koos Coetzer/Sarel van der Walt
Beech E55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award (Circled a downed competitor) 24 ZU-AFP Barry de Groot/Peter de Villiers
Cessna 172D
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 70 ZU-EDC Roland Hallam/Marc Gregson
B&F Tech FX14B

2006 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
7 ZS-EPR Arthur Karatzas
Tony Georgio
Cessna C182K Did not start Day 2
15 ZS-KHX Robert Myburgh
Robbie Myburgh
Piper PA34-200T Not seen at TP1 - Day 1
39 ZU-SXL Uli Gerth
Alan Newton-Perry
Urban A1 Samba Not seen at TP1 and TP3 - Day1
42 ZS-IXM George Karatzas
Gerald Nagel
Grumman AA5 Extreme dangerous flying
63 ZS-KFH Colin Engelbrecht
Marisa Engelbrecht
Piper PA28-R201T Did not finish Day 1
64 ZS-GYV Martin Grunnert
Kobus Nel
Pipistrel Sinus 912 Did not start Day 1
66 ZS-MLC Eddie Vorster
Meyer Jacobs
Cessna C210L Scim Withdrawn - personal reasons
78 ZS-EVB Spencer Watson
Denise Engelbrecht
Piper PA30B Withdrawn
97 ZS-EXM Willem Coetzer
AJ Coetzer
Piper PA28-140 Aborted take-off Day 2
99 ZU-DZB Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Grumman AA5 Forced landing
103 ZU-HVM Hubie von Moltke
Gerald Ackhurst
Urban A1 Samba XL Forced landing at Schweizer-Reneke
108 ZS-KFM Mike Mayers
Werner Swart
Piper PA28-R201T Did not finish Day 1
110 ZS-WSE John Sayers
Cilliers Manser
North Am T6 Harvard Forced landing at Lichtenberg

2006 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Klerksdorp Schweizer-Reneke 79.3 79.3
Schweizer-Reneke Zeerust 102.6 181.9
Zeerust Fochville 95.3 276.2
Fochville Klerksdorp 46.6 323.8

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Klerksdorp Kroonstad 57.7 57.7
Kroonstad Parys 47.9 105.6
Parys Klerksdorp 42.2 147.8
Klerksdorp Lindberg Lodge 58.9 206.7
Lindberg Lodge Lichtenburg 70.6 277.3
Lichtenburg Klerksdorp 50.5 327.8

Total Distance - 651.60 Nautical Miles

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2006 PTAR - Participant Comments

Participant Stories posted on Avcom


Race 35

Grumpy & I got away rather late on thursday morning, firstly due to me having worked until 3:30 the previous evening and my lack of proper preparation and leaving the aerie keys at home. We had a lekker flight to Klerksdorp and landed uneventfully and found our parking place very easily.

I did my test flight much later than booked due to logistical problems, but was perfectly comfy with that. It is hard to imagine how big a task it is to herd 110 prima donnas, nuff said.

We made the mistake of not renting a car, Big Mistake & we relied on the availability of transport from J'Meister, which worked out beautifully. We had accommodation booked at Everwoods Guest House which was booked a couple of months ago without knowing what we were going to experiene. When we walked into this establishment, we were amazed. It was absolutely magnificent, spacious & had a complete pub etc. As quick as you like, our hosts organised us supper for no less than 18 people (there were only 2 of us who were living there) which included a mushroom & snail starter, & a succulent rump steak with biltong on top , smothered in whipped cream, garnished with a salad.

After our briefing we descended onto this spot & they had enough space for all of us to do our plotting & planning for the next day. We were rewarded for our planning with an absolutely fine dinner.

Grumpy & I flew our first round on friday amd only beggared up a little bit on our nav.

The whole lot of us then descended after briefing to our spot & had a braai of note, plenty salads, steak, boerie, lamb chops & chicken sosaties. We had organised a little bit of Jagermeister too & had a couple of toasts. I sneaked away quietly on both evenings.

The big race was on day 2 & we did worse than the day before but had huge amounts of fun. Suffice to say, my nav & I did not exchange any expletives to each other during the race, we were too busy talking about softness & their wonderful attributes, just something we do when we are together in a cockpit.

We did not go to Springbok either & ended up 60th.

I attended the banquet with agression & trepidation cos I do not enjoy wearing a suit. Mrs RV had to go out & buy me one & bring it with her when she drove down with Mrs Flush to spend some time with us pigs. It was actually very pleasant.

To SAPFA & Kassie & all the people involved, you have no idea how much I enjoyed my 1st PTAR. You guys did an absolutely sterling job. I have never been final # 13 before.


Race 86

Great time had by Nasser, myself and my bitter-half. Will most certainly do it next year again. This time will use the Yak as it has a bit more in terms of instruments. The little Samba only had a compass that was drifting between 15 and 30 degrees off track. Somewhat difficult to fly accurately in this regard.

The Harvard (owned and flown by John Sayers) did a forced lob about 20 Nm south of Lichtenburg. We flew overhead a few minutes later and am pleased to say that he did an awesome job with putting her down, wheels extended and all. I helped guide the rescue helicopter to the scene and they were able to get her out and back to FAKD after refuelling.
My only gripe is the number of pilots that bitch and moan about handicaps etc. As I've said before, one cannot please all of the people all of the time - especially when dealing with testosterone laced pilots.

I think the organisers did extremely well and should be commended. Graham Conlyn did his utmost to preserve safety despite crappy responses from some of the competitors. In my opinion he did well. It amazes me that some people still regard safety at these events with some disdain it appears. I have no problem listening to somebody like GC explaining safety procedures and precautions - safety should be on everybody's mind.

We had to do a precautionary landing after take off today due to a high oil pressure indication. This spoilt things a bit for me as the little Samba did its job despite the crappy compass.

Thanks to Nasser and everybody else that made this a great weekend.


Race 8

TEAM LOW AND SLOW (Race 8's experience).

On day 1 we flew well but never saw any other AC as we were one of the slowest at 100kts and took off second last. Our AC ( C150 ZU-CVA ) does not have the range for the race flying at full throttle I have installed a 40L tank and pump, pumping blue juice into the wings. Halfway through we realized that only 30 liters has been pumped and then the pump stopped! This took ou calculated reserves down to 20 minutes. We therefore managed this by flying the last leg at cruise power and landed safely with 20 minutes ( actual) of fuel remaining. This cost us a lot of places and we finished day 1 in 35th pos. The broblem was found to be a broken wire inside the power plug! Chinese !#!@#@
On day 2 we flew even better and did not have a fuel transfer problem. Nav was a tad difficult at stages and also the decision making - the old story - do we go high or harvest mealies on the more or less cross wind legs. We finished day 2 in 12 position and my software showed that our actual distance flown was 330NM while the direct track measured 327NM. A nav error of 1%! Overall position - 22nd!

I have beeen involved for many years now and actually started the test flights by logger thing 5 years ago. In my opinion it is becoming better and better each year. Just look at the closeness of the results this year.
WILL BE BACK FOR MY 5TH ONE


Race 26

We had a great time - it is a pity that the military were having an exercise and covered the Zeerust airfield with camoflage when we passed it the first time. (Embarassed)

We did not know if we had gone around the turning point or inside (disqualification) so we did a large orbit so we did not clash with incoming traffic. The second time around they had removed the camo and it was so visible from miles away. I do not know why we did not see it the first. That cost us about 6 minutes. Combined with a handicap issued by a handicap committee that refused to take my test flight into account, we really had no chance so on day two we had some fun - no pressure. Overall position - 78th - my worst so far.

I found the nav difficult but we managed to fly fairly straight. This is still the best event on the aviation calendar.

The dissapointments:

  • The number of pilots that try to cheat during the test flight. Pulling circuit breakers so cowl flaps stay open, leaving flaps on, putting on the di-ice so the boots destroy lift, etc
  • The number of people who sit in a briefing without a pen and paper and then fly dangerously then next day because they cannot remember what the procedure was.
  • The number of people that cheat by using GPS

Race 94

Navigators Perspective

This was awsome. A true must for anyone who thinks he can navigate. After flying this you either know that you can or you realise that you actually never could.

Thanks for the oportunity pilot. You flew brilliantly and taught me a lot when it came to navigation.
As for the race - the last leg back to Klarksdorp was the worst on my nerves. We knew that we did well during the nav but we were also well aware that some time was lost on the second last leg by drifting slightly to the west. Luckily we realised this early and manage to recover without incurring too much lime lost.
Two miles after the Lichtenburg turning point we passed the leading aircraft (I think this was Kassie's sons). We could hear the chasing fultures call over the Lichtenburg TP. This is where the nerves started to show. I was tempted to pull out the list of race number to see which one of them where going to catch us first but was quickly admonished by my pilot who told me that my job was to get us back to Klerksdorp and that there was nothing we could do about the chasing vultures.

At twenty one nautical miles out (thanks RV for the tip on mile/minute markers on the track) the Harvard passed overhead. He was about one mile ahead of us when I noticed him changing direction. I was busy telling my pilot this when we got the MAYDAY call. We could see them turn at us with the gear down and whatched them all the way down. They did a perfect landing in the field and we could report that they were down safely, on track, 21 miles from Klerksdorp. This put us back in the lead!!!!

At ten nautical miles the Albatros passed us and we were hoping that they too would run out of fuel but no such luck. They left us behind without even saying hello. By now we could see our end destination and I threw my map and notepad into the back. I must have twisted my neck in an attempt to see who was chasing behind or who was going to pass us.
The feeling passing second over the finish line is impossible to describe. Also taxiing back and being placed in quarantine and being searched by Kassie when we climbed out was unreal!!!

I say again - this is a event not to be missed by any aviator.

PS It was only on receiving the trophy that we found out we were second over the line but actually came third.

Pilots perspective

Seeing that this was the first race for both myself and my navigator, we set out to have fun. This we achieved due to the great organisation that in spite of one or two mistakes led to a great race for all. It is also fun to meet likeminded people and off course fellow Avcommer's.

With this being said, it is more fun to do well than badly. We believed that if we planned well we could do well and just enjoy the flying. The stategy was to make the most of the wind. With our speed we were going to spend more time in the wind than most of the field so if we could maximise its effect we could do ok.

We therefore did various models for the predicted winds at different altitudes and based our planning on that. The Jabi climbs nicely with only 2 up and we could afford to fly higher than most on the downwind legs. On the legs into wind we flew as low as possible, even adjusting our track slightly to make low level navigation easier.

On Day 1 we felt that we did OK, but the race started for us after the times were posted and we were placed better than expected. The planning effort for Day 2 was doubled after that.

Because we sometimes flew quite a bit higher than everybody else we didn't see everybody that we passed on day 2 but at least we also didn't see anybody pass us till Lichtenburg. Just after the turn at Lichtenburg we passed a 172 and we believed that we were leading based on the lack off calls over Lichtenburg untill then. At this stage the radio sent the adrenalin flowing with various calls over Lichtenburg, with us not knowing how much faster these guys were than us. At 20 miles out I saw a shadow run past us as if we were standing still. Looking up the bright colours of the Harvard dashed our hopes that we could hang in there for another 9 minutes.

Not even a minute later the Harvard turned left sharply and called in his Mayday. I watched him land right under my left wing, hoping that he would not mess up forcing me to abort the dash for the line in order to call in any problems. We could just see his his perfect landing come to a standstill before he got too far behind us and headed on while reporting the position to FAKD. We were leading again.

At 10 miles the Albatros flashed passed, but by this time we sort-of expected it to happen. The last 2 minutes was agonisingly slow, expecting more fultures to snap up their prey.

It was a huge rush to go over the line in 2nd place. A feeling that has not been removed by being adjusted to third (with a team starting late being the actual winners).

I guess we can say that we had a dream race for our first one. Thanx to everybody that helped to create the fun and for all the congratulations. We didn't fly a perfect track and made some mistakes, but I guess our stategy and planning paid off. I was also impressed with how the Jabi handled the turbulance and strong winds.

I think we were also helped by a kind handicap speed for some reason. We flew the test flight just like we flew the race but I believe that the J400 has a few more knots in it than what the handicap commitee believed.

Maybe it was just a trick to make sure we come back again... So what, it will be fun again and that is what is should be, I don't think that you will end in your fair position too often; there are too many things beyond your control.


Race 5

Best organised event I been to (5 as participant and 3 as spectator). Other than having arranged a test flight and the whole exercise taking 6 hrs on thurs and then being ignored it was a great race.

Well done to Dan on winning it after a couple hiccups at start. They did not have the lux of the aluminium highway on day 2 which makes the feat even more admirable. We found it a bit frustrating when the T tail passed us on Day 1 like we were standing still, 4 min's after the start.

Day 1 - Had camera on belly and in cockpit for TV crew. Good flight/nav from start to Zeerust, but then pilot got cocky and I Foched up Focheville. Found it, but via Carltonville rather than straight in. The low level stuff over Potch was a contentious issue, but in competitors defence it was straight into the wind and organisers should possibly have routed around rather than over. Climb from 50' to 1000' costs plenty time and review of results reveals that this is not feasible. 63rd on day 1 Not happy, but we had fun. No truth in the rumour that the belly camera was smacked off by a tree branch. (May have been duck sitting on baberspan, but definitely not a branch.

Day 2 - Excellent nav on first portion of figure 8 back to FAKD. Know Wollies and FALI area very well so again got cocky and went sight seeing. 73rd on day 2 - Not happy - But excellent fun.

Overall position 68th. Under (handicap) circumstances we could not have done much better than maybe 60th.
Dinner/Prise giving - Superb. Decor, finesse was excellent. Support from participants in formal wear was excellent.
Couple thoughts on handicap speeds which sadly for me are now becoming a huge factor in my future participation. We are flying better and better and moving further and further down the results page. Last year was our best race (in terms of distance and track) and we finished 53rd. This year our handicap speed was put up by a further 3.63kts. Protests and justification for this decision were met with less than satisfactory responses from the powers that be. The test flight was done and was within 1% of the required track, headings & heights. The result was not published, but I have my own logger (which was on for the test flight) and it reveals that the result was in region of 148 (and some change) kts. We got 154.53 regardless. This equates to 10mins on this years route added to our time before we start as we know from 5 years results what this particular plane is capable of. (Avg speed in last 5 years races is 147.55kts. (Finished all races and haven't missed a TP)

Regardless of the sight seeing we only did an extra 6.08nm over the entire race which is less than 1%. The frustrating thing then comes in when tracks show orbits to find TP's, 90deg heading changes and these guys beat us by a country mile. The logger technlogy is huge and it is sad (and frustrating) that these are ignored completely when they are available.

Motivation is low when you know before the race starts that based on your (new and increased) handicap speed you WILL be a FURTHER 10 mins down if you fly a perfect race. Last year we flew an additional 5.12 nm over the whole route and were placed 53rd. Could not have nav'd better. Pilot has 1200hrs on that plane! Speed achieved was 147.01kts in headwind race. Handicap was 150.9. Quote from last years logger analysis.

"The tracks flown on Day 2 were also flown fairly accurately. The leg from Koffiefontein back to Tempe seemed to catch most participants as that leg showed the largest deviation by most aircraft. On an overall basis the shortest distance (of aircraft logged) was flown by Race 56 - ZU-APZ flown by Dieter Bock and Mark Steyn and the second shortest distance by Race 5- ZS-KSZ flown by Wally and George Brink. These competitors were placed 52nd and 53rd respectively. As mentioned above there are other factors that affect the speed of an aircraft but both these teams are experienced and their positions must be (at least partly) due to a harsh handicap."
And this year the handicap was increased!!!!!

Rant not over yet. Will take a long time for wounds to heal, and I fear I am not alone. There are a number who share the same sentiments. I fear that the handicap comm are loosing the plot. My take on handicap (as keen golfer) is as follows:
You are handicapped based on your ability represented by previous results. Handicaps fluctuate, but are based on fact. Each person is different and will have up's and down's. Similarly the aircraft are different and it it unlikely that 2 aircraft will fly exactly the same speed over a given course. I feel that given this fact it would be more prudent (fair) for handicaps to be based on an aircraft basis than a type basis. At the moment it feels a bit like telling a 12 handicapper that he has to play of a 8, because last year a 12 handicapper had a great round or 2. Other alternative is to fly a NTCA, as these have to be test flown.

Not stirring, but have genuine concern that the sponsorship and other factors are clouding the objectives of a handicap race. The technology is there but is being ignored. There were almost 50 loggers at the event. Each aircraft could have been test flown and handicapped accordingly. I quiet happy for any one of the Uber pilots to actually fly the test flight and I will accept the result. There are those that will cheat regardless, but a response from officials like "buy a better/faster aeroplane if you don't like your handicap speed" is BULLSHIT, short sighted and egotistical to say the least, not to mention plain stupid! I have no delusions of grandeur of ever winning one of these, but at the moment we just there to make up the numbers..... Before event started when handicap was confirmed we guestemated we would be 65th.


Race 3

My navigator and I echo your posting and agree that this PTAR was the best we ever had. Kassie K and his team organized a superb event and we are going to be first in line for "our race number" for next year because, apart from the fun, my navigator would like to finish his 4th decade of PTAR with a total of 30 races.

The handicap issue is as old as the PTAR and winning it has very little to do with your flying and navigational skills but all to do with your allotted handicap speed. We were advised by e-mail that our handicap speed is 121.6. About a week later I received another e-mail that a test flight must be done to establish a handicap speed.
On Thursday we had our test flight, by one of the most experienced test pilots, who are also a fellow competitor, and the 4 leg, 30 minute test flight indicate an average speed of 121.5. Point .1 slower than the advised handicap speed.

What could be fairer than a "real handicap speed based on a real test flight"?

Friday morning before the race when we received our new handicap speed we overnight became the fastest C172 in the history of the race. My navigator after doing his time calculations said that our race is over even before we started because we were pushed back with some 34 nm. In time.

We could not have flown faster or more accurate and it was indeed not much fun when a slower handicapped aircraft past you on the second day with 2 hours of the race still ahead of you. A couple of year's back Chris Briers stated for the record that he will not fly in the PTAR again until the handicapping is sorted out.

My navigator and I made peace with the fact; even now that Chris is part of the committee that handicaps will not be sorted out in our life time. Most importantly, once again, we met and made new friends and shortly we are going to have a "get together in the Kalahari"


Air to Air ship

I have not enjoyed my flying so much for a long time.
FPI was 'Skycam One' and tasked to take footage around the course. I had Gert Ungerer jnr in with me without the door and front seat (Blimey it was cold). It was like WWII

We chased some aircraft out of Klerksdorp on the first day taking air to air footage as they ran low and fast on the first leg. We circled at 1000 feet agl overhead the airfield as they took off with Gert spotting as his (young) eyesight is better - he called in a group of competitors (mostly 172s Jabs and Cherokees as we could catch up with them). I then rolled into a dive and with one eye on the ASI, overhauled the tail end charlie and took up formation a few wingspans away with the camera rolling. Then moved onto the aircraft in front. we then returned to overhead Klerksdorp to pick up another gaggle and repeated the process. Then it was off to Focheville having calculated our arrival time there before the first competitor came through. As Gert jumped out with his camera, the Glasair streaked through. Focheville aviators were all there to watch the race and they got going with an impromptu braai - thanks chaps!!!

Repeated the exercise on Saturday on the 1st leg to Kroonstad before breaking off to get to Parys before the 1st aircraft arrived. Long low level final onto 06 and shut down as the Cessna 150 turned the pylon. All the Parys' aviators were there too.

Got airborne again after the last competitors passed - again with Gert spotting we got some more footage - stayed with Cherokee ZS-ESU to the next turn at Klerksdorp then climbed out to 2000 feet agl to turn with the stream again shortly after the first aircraft crossed the line.

Crossed the gate and then joined the guys coming in to land and committed a big error - I orbited as I could not fit in - should have gone back through the gate and re-joined the queue. In the 30 seconds it took to swing round the circuit had widened and came a bit too close for comfort to Chris in MOR - sorry guys - it was stupid!

The queue took us over Vaal Reefs - five miles wide! and landed with a nasty crosswind up to 20 knots across runway 36!
From a spectator's point of view, the atmosphere during the weekend was electric - I loved every minute of it - the place had a huge buzz.


Race 40

As a new member, I would like to concur that the PTAR is a must for any aviator. It is difficult to deal with many of the issues, but I must admit that to have been the only aircraft to have its handicap increased after day 1, even after the required test flight, by some 14kts certainly left a bad taste. This was our third race, we have been test flown twice and we have had our handicap changed every race after the first day. So to plan etc does certainly present some problems.

Hopefully through considered input the race will continue to improve, and I must say that the sponsored fuel was a great plus, especially for a plane as thirsty as ours.

If you look at the handicap speeds posted for day 1 after the test flights, and those posted at the briefing the next morning, there were 81 that remained the same from the first day, 10 were reduced and one was increased, ours!!!!! Our test flight (after the test pilot had forgotten his logger) produced a result of 179.60kts. We have been handicapped the two previous races at 185.27kts. So we were happy with this result. It was increased by 13.6kts for the second day. No explanations, even though we have put in a query etc. We had observed Rule 6 in that every thing must be flown at full throttle during the test flight, and we also have our concerns as to engine management, but in the "spirit of the race" we complied. The simple fact of the matter is that we get better performance through other configurations that would be achieved from full throttle, then why get penalised on this basis. We averaged 188.11 on the first day and 188.33 on the second day. Had a logger for both days, flew well, made use of the winds, being a larger plane, the winds etc were not to much of a problem, and we climbed in order to make use of them and achieved 210kts on some of the legs. In addition, we had our turnings sorted and averaged about 204kts in the turns. We did everything that one could to achieve the maximum performance out of the plane that one would not see on a test flight, and got handicapped out of the race, then again the comments posted are similar to the ones that we got, only Beechcraft win this race, or don't even bother with a turbo charged twin other than a Beechcraft. I cannot wait for the feedback forms in order to get our comments and hopefully suggestion through in order to keep this the race it SHOULD be. We need to remove the reliance of sponsorship that imposes personality constraints on a national event.


Race 75
It was my first PTAR and what an experience. To fit 109 or so aircraft into the airspace and all going flat out takes some doing. But then again, that's why we fly... We are a special and privileged breed!

Day 1 was met with some apprehension after receiving our handicap. We had effectively been excluded from the race before it even had started. We had test flown the C172 on 3 previous occasions to determine its max out speed - 110kts! We had requested a test fly which did not seem to change anything - we were still stuck at 116.19kts! Yeah right, down a bloody mine shaft and a tail wind! I worked the nav out on our handicap speed and this just did not work out right. We were on track except for a slight off course approach to Focheville. Mistook an airfield close to Focheville as the turning point. Quickly corrected and it became a dice to FAKD. John in FPI tagged onto us and speaking to him later confirmed that they had got some great footage of us and yes CAA, reasonably low level over Potch but not as low as the Baron! We were down on time. Our handicap stank big time. As for Daryl's comment pertaining us moaning only says that he was happy with his! Let's see if they want a Yakkety YAK to win next year!

Day 2 worked much better as I worked the nav out on what we believed the true handicap of MYO should be. Oh boy, we were on the numbers. We had a tussle with ZS-IXL Grumman 5 all the way! I also think they should be dissatisfied with their handicap. But it was fun all the way. Picked some mealies and scared some birds.
As for handicaps, being new to the game I personally think that with so much technology around handicaps shouldn't be a problem. Maybe the H Committee should look at past race results, logger info etc. I think if this should persist then it'll discourage guys who really want to participate. Our logger track of day 2 proves that we were spot on yet well out of the race. Anyway's, we'll be back next year! The organisers must just inform us timeously which aircraft type they want to see winning and we'll go right out and get one! Hornets nest a brewing.......


Race 95

In my eyes personally the race should go on, it is heaps of fun, and teaches us GA people new skills in both flying and naving! My own experiences of the 3 races I have participated in have been great!

My experience on this years:
Thursday we arrived earlyish, and fuelled and sorted papers out etc then had a looooong taxi to the end of the field (Race 95). We did not test flight in the end. Had an awesome dinner at the lodge where RV and Mr. Grumpy were staying. Planning then followed....

Race day 1 was great actually catching some the so called quicker planes ahead, got locked into a nice battle with ZS-MYO and ZS-FUG and a cherokee 180 on the last leg, JM think you got some nice footage of it.
End of day one saw us in 36th place, we lost a bit of time when coming into Focheville, some had moved the airfield 1nm to the left of us ha ha.

Race day 2 was even better, catching Race 102 and Race 1 within the first 5nm, and getting caught up by Race 1 again. We stuck with them all the way through to the finish.
The flying was spectacular, the company even better!
It was the best run race that I have competed in, many thanks to all who participated and who made it possible!


Race 49

I have had my fair share of handicap chirping in the past and probably was seen as a bad sport - well this time around thought I'd shut up have fun and take it from there - Shocked then was given a 6kt increase in my previous race handicap and flew what I believe was an excellent track logged and at the speed exactly 6 kts slower than the 142kts allocated. Was told by handicap committee that if I want to be competitive then I must "get another aeroplane" I thought the race was for allcommers and all aircraft regardless of make or type - so unless I want to pay a good few thousand having a doddle around the course I guess thats it for me ..... cant help thinking I'll be back for the fun of it cos a new plane for the race is out of the question!!! Maybe Comrades is a better bet - I'll get the organisers to hold me back for 45 minutes at the start......what a joke !!!! yeah I'm pissed !!!! but no long analysis this time!


2005 President's Trophy Air Race

Imperial Bank LogoImperial Bank Logo

2005 Imperial Bank President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 26 to 28 May 2005

By Graham Luppnow, FAWB ATC

ATNS recently took the bold step of entering two of its staff members in the President's Trophy Air Race from 26 to 29 May 2005 to promote relations between ATNS and the General Aviation community. A really novel idea of putting two ATC's in an aircraft and letting them compete on equal footing with other pilots on arguably one of the more important events on the South African aviation events calendar.

ATNS entry: Warwick Henley and Graham LupnowATNS entry: Warwick Henley and Graham LupnowThe two pilots chosen to represent ATNS in this absolutely incredible experience were Warwick Henley from Lanseria and myself, Graham Luppnow from Wonderboom. The aircraft we used was a C172, ZS-FUJ, from Lanseria Flight Center with cool decals on the side sporting the ATNS logo and the phrase "We don't just push tin... We fly it too!"

For those you wondering (like we were when we first entered), just how an air race with an array of different aircraft types and performances works, here is a brief rundown. The various aircraft are given an average "Handicap" speed at which compete against on the prescribed race route. The handicaps are worked out either using historical data from previous races and applied to standard production aircraft, or through a method of doing test runs with non-production aircraft. As an example, a Beechcraft Baron may have a handicap speed of 200kts, where as our C172 had a handicap of 117kts. The handicap system is always the subject of hot debate, with some guys happy and others not so happy with their assigned speeds.

The idea is to fly the course in the shortest time possible and therefore at the highest possible average speed in order to beat your handicap speed. This is achieved through navigating smartly and flying accurately. No GPS's may be used, so its a raw test of both the pilot and navigator's skills. There is a school of thought that says the lower you fly, the more you negate a headwind and the faster your groundspeed will be. Conversely, when there is a tailwind it may be more beneficial to climb to take best advantage. The aircraft that displays the best time gain over their handicap speed is declared the winner.

Right from when we landed it immediately became apparent why this event can be compared to the Comrades marathon. The camaraderie and high spirit amongst the competitors was phenomenal! What really struck me was the fact that the experienced guys, with 5,6,7 or more races behind them were still more than happy to chat to newbies like ourselves and offer tips and bits and advice. This even before our off performance on the first day, which discounted us as serious contenders for any trophies!

On the evening before the first race day, we were given a comprehensive briefing on the relevant procedures to follow and then given our route to go back and plan. What's quite amazing for this event the very little use of radio work. On departure, ATC (well handled by 2 of Bloemfontein's Approach controllers; Evan and Conrad) provide an information "ATIS" type of service where they continuously broadcast wind and en route procedure reminders. Position reports are briefly made on 124.8 at the various turning points and then the ATC's provide an information service for the landing where read backs are kept to a minimum.

Race 96: Race 96 - entered by ATNSRace 96: Race 96 - entered by ATNSOn returning to our hotel, it seemed as if most pilots staying there had the same idea and that was to invade the foyer area with maps and equipment for the planning. I'm sure this really amused other guests and staff. Once again I was over-whelmed by the level professionalism of some of the teams in doing their planning. Out came the lap tops loaded with software to assist planning, together with updated weather information. Once again teams were more than willing to assist us with the planning and we got some good tips which really helped us out.

On day 1, the aircraft with the fastest handicap gets airborne first, followed by the rest of the field of 100 aircraft at 30 second intervals. Our route on that day was to take us from Tempe, southbound to the Tierpoort Dam, then over very large mountains to Barkley East, then Springfontein and back to Tempe.

All was going well on to start with, Tierpoort came and went with no problems whatsoever. In fact we even managed to shave a few seconds off our handicap. When we got abeam Zastron (we knew we were there cause of the large letters they placed for us on the side of the mountain!), we were slightly left of track, but not too much of a problem. We continued the climb heading straight for Barkley East. At about the point where we were supposed to start our descent, we realised that although we were in the right place, somebody had gone ahead and moved the little town of Barkley East. We spent over 40 minutes looking for its new hiding place, getting tossed more than a garden salad in the turbulence! After eventually finding it, and conceding that our competitive part in race was effectively over, we did some serious fuel calculations and decided to throttle back and complete the course anyway, rather than return straight to Tempe with tails between our legs!

We got to Springfontein and back to Tempe without too many hassles, seeing the odd aircraft here and there. After being the last aircraft to land, we were somewhat surprised to hear that 1 or 2 teams had fared slightly worse than us! A few aircraft got even more lost in the mountains than we did. One aircraft landed up in Bisho, which is about 4 maps away from where we were flying! The crew of that aircraft "Echo Bisho X-ray" at it later became known managed to get some "booby prize" trophies at the Awards function and were great sports.

For someone like me who had never done any low level flying, other than the odd low-level circuit, the whole experience was something new. The low level briefing we received on the Thursday really helped. Looking at some of the large power lines, I couldn't help but think there must have been the odd Baron or so that was hugging the earth that elected to go under them!

The route for the second day was from Tempe to Edenburg then Koffiefontein and back to Tempe for the halfway check, then northbound to Bultfontein, Boshoff and back to Tempe. On the second day you are assigned a take-off time depending on your performance on the first day, taking your handicap speed into account. The idea is that the ultimate winner should cross the finish line first. This year the winner of the race was a Piper Cherokee, with C172 in second place. I heard that the finish was quite exciting as many of the faster aircraft which had later take-off times tried their best to catch these two.

Day 2 for us was a lot better. Our navigation was spot on and we generally set out to enjoy ourselves. Given our late take-off time and our slow aerie, we soon realised in our planning that we would be passing the halfway point at Tempe at about the same time the winners would be arriving! This would no doubt make things interesting, so we elected to stay high in race terms (about 700ft) to cross over Tempe. The rest of the route went well. At certain points we even had sight of our "company" traffic which an paper is a much faster aircraft, and very nearly overtook them! Once again we landed last, but results will at least say we were not placed last!

On the first day, we lost 1 hr 8 min mainly due to our explorations in the mountains, but on the second day we only lost a few minutes against our somewhat stiff handicap speed of 117kts. We landed having an average speed of 93.38kts over the 642 nm combined course for both the days, which equates to 1 hr 23 min later than our handicap speed. Our final placing was 92nd out of 95 finishers. A further 5 aircraft did not complete the course.

All in all, a truly awesome time. We made some good friends, learnt A LOT and I'm sure we earned the respect of members of the General Aviation community in the process.


Also read the experiences of the winners of the Stayers Trophy as well as an analysis of the Logger Tracks

2005 PTAR - Full Result

2005 Imperial Bank President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 26 to 28 May 2005

Total Distance: 642,0 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 44 ZS-IEI Piper PA28-140 160 112.93 00:15.06- 118.16 Andre Koen
Errol janse van Rensburg
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
2 13 ZS-CXP Cessna 172 145 102.11 00:07.38- 104.22 Kassie Kasselman
Jean-Pierre Kasselman
North West
Western Tvl F S
3 104 ZS-PJK Beech F33A 285 169.87 00:06.52- 175.17 Chris Briers
Jack Onderstall
Northern Province
Bloemfontein FC
4 58 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 295 169.87 00:05.46- 174.30 John Mayer
Johnny Mayer
Gauteng
Aero Club
5 23 ZS-WZU Lacair 320 180 188.37 00:05.37- 193.68 David Mandel
Rod Crichton
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
6 93 ZS-JCD Cessna 210L Mod 300 164.70 00:05.02- 168.33 Thys Joubert
Henty Scheepers
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Newcastle Flying Club
7 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio P166S 340 164.50 00:04.21- 167.61 Ivan Marx (Dr)
Martin Marx
North West
Rustenburg FC
8 81 ZU-DHP Vans RV 6 180 161.65 00:04.14- 164.57 Anton Willemse
Greg Smith
Gauteng
EAA Chap 322
9 14 ZS-DVN Beech E55 285 195.49 00:03.36- 199.14 Koos Coetzer
Sarel van der Walt
Free State
Western Tvl F S
10 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna T210M 310 170.34 00:03.27- 172.99 Petrus Burger
Albie van Zyl
Northern Cape
Vaalharts FC
11 73 ZS-LSW Beech 58 300 199.70 00:03.24- 203.29 Pieter van Zyl
PG van Zyl
North West
Western Tvl F S
12 103 ZS-KFM Piper PA28-R201T 200 154.86 00:03.17- 156.92 Shaun Kenny
Henry Miles
Gauteng
Aero Club
13 3 ZS-FZC Beech V35A Scim 285 168.88 00:03.11- 171.26 Eugene Swart
Jan Visser
Northern Cape
Upington F C
14 17 ZS-JTU Piper PA28-235 250 136.96 00:01.47- 137.33 Dries Briers
Maruis Schutte
Northern Province
Pietersburg F C
15 64 ZS-HJF Piper PA24-260-C 260 161.72 00:01.37- 162.83 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
Gauteng
Aero Club
16 9 ZS-IMF Beech V25B 285 168.88 00:01.19- 169.85 Sias Delport
Danie Esselen
Mpumalanga
Vaalharts FC
17 66 ZS-MLC Cessna 210L Scim 300 163.43 00:01.04- 164.17 Eddie Vorster
Meyer Jacobs
Northern Province
Letaba Flying Club
18 19 ZS-FVH Piper PA28-180R 180 136.80 00:01.04- 137.32 Sean Hughes
Harry Moos
Free State
Maluti Air
19 61 ZS-SLW Beech E55 2BL 285 195.64 00:01.02- 196.66 Jacques Griessel
Johan Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
20 1 ZS-VYI Grumman AA1A 160 130.62 00:00.57- 131.04 Harry Antel
Barry de Groot
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Pietermaritzburg FC
21 15 ZS-KHX Piper PA34-200T 200 174.00 00:00.44- 174.57 Robert Myburgh (snr)
Robbie Myburgh
Gauteng
Aero Club
22 98 ZS-DSZ Cessna 182 230 134.91 00:00.43- 135.25 Mark Robinson
Dirk Krist
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
23 11 ZS-FSR Beech 36 285 167.88 00:00.13- 168.04 Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
North West
Western Tvl F S
24 10 ZS-IFA Cessna 182N Scim 230 134.91 00:00.02- 134.93 Eduard Steyn
Rudi Jansen van Vuuren
North West
Western Tvl F S
25 84 ZS-ETT Cessna 182 230 134.91 00:00.15 134.79 Jacques Willemse
Johnny O'Reilly
Limpopo
Aero Club
26 50 ZS-LXR Beech 58 285 192.75 00:00.23 192.37 Dirk Fourie
Braam van Greuning
North West
Western Tvl F S
27 72 ZS-NBB Cessna 177RG 200 139.39 00:00.29 139.14 Kobus van der Colff
Johan Nicolaison
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
28 12 ZS-JYM Cessna 210M 300 163.43 00:00.39 162.98 David Forster
Wyndham Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
29 86 ZS-IYC Cessna 182P 230 134.91 00:00.58 134.46 Anton Schonken
Terence Warmington
Eastern Cape
Queenstown FC
30 46 ZS-NXE Piper PA28RT201T 200 154.86 00:01.02 154.21 Dana Bensch (Snr)
Jeanette Bensch
Gauteng
J L P C
31 80 ZS-EPR Cessna 182K 230 134.91 00:01.06 134.39 G T Willemse
Beukes Willemse
Free State
Aero Club
32 100 ZS-MED Cessna 210L Scim 300 163.43 00:01.28 162.42 Piet Ferreira
Charl Lotriet
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
33 20 ZS-KMO Beech 58 285 192.75 00:01.57 190.88 William Einkamerer
Johnny Scholtz
North West
Western Tvl F S
34 6 ZS-MTR Cessna 210M Scim 300 162.02 00:01.58 160.69 Johan La Grange
Yolande La Grange
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
35 41 ZS-KJO Beech V35B 300 172.00 00:02.05 170.42 George Jacobsz
Eksteen Jacobsz
Mpumalanga
Ermelo Aeronautical Ass
36 69 ZU-DFR Jabiru J450 120 116.29 00:02.07 115.55 Sias Truter
Andre Middel
Western Cape
Aero Club
37 97 ZS-LZT Cessna R182 RG II 235 150.90 00:02.14 149.59 Hoppie Mulder
Dean du Toit
North West
Western Tvl F S
38 49 ZS-DOS Cessna 182F 250 136.00 00:02.16 134.92 Ernie Alexander
Lloyd Mckay
North West
Brits Flying Club
39 36 ZS-KCJ Beech A36 Scim 285 167.88 00:02.23 166.15 Lukas Wiese
Johan van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
40 26 ZS-MOR Cessna 210N Scim 300 162.02 00:02.41 160.21 Chris Booysen
Jim Tucker
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
41 65 ZS-ODT Meyers 200D 285 172.33 00:02.46 170.21 P W A Senekal
W R Prigge
Mpumalanga
Ermelo Aeronautical Ass
42 68 ZS-CBD Mooney M20C 180 144.50 00:03.43 142.51 Simon Sykes
Damian Sykes
Free State
Aero Club
43 71 ZS-VFA Rutan Long EZ 180 161.54 00:04.14 158.71 Shawn Uren
Nick McFall
Western Cape
Stellenbosch F C
44 51 ZS-IPZ Cessna 180 225 137.89 00:04.15 135.82 Johann Bornman
Brian Davidson
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
45 40 ZS-OSM Cessna 340A 310 185.27 00:04.18 181.53 Gary Hughes
Andries van Tonder
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
46 39 ZU-SXL Urban AI Samba XL 100 122.94 00:04.30 121.20 Ranier Frieboese
Dicky Swanepoel
North West
Brits Flying Club
47 38 ZS-LAI Cessna R182 RG II 235 150.90 00:04.45 148.14 Mark Hughes
Bryan Engels
Gauteng
Aero Club
48 55 ZS-MVO Cessna T210L 285 170.34 00:05.01 166.64 Rex Barnard (Dr)
Andy Brink
North West
Vryburg Flying Club
49 42 ZS-IOS Cessna 182P Scim 230 132.47 00:05.02 130.21 Sam Joannides
Tracy Simms
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
50 79 ZS-PAS Beech B55 260 187.15 00:05.37 182.18 Chris Wiid
Ben Zietsman
Gauteng
Aero Club
51 89 ZS-NBY Piper PA28-R200 200 137.28 00:05.38 134.57 Louwrens Smith
Kottie Breed
Gauteng
Pietersburg F C
52 56 ZU-APZ Lancair 320 160 191.62 00:06.07 185.97 Dieter Bock
Mark Steyn
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
53 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna R182 RG II 235 150.90 00:06.45 147.01 Wally Brink
George Brink
North West
Vryburg Flying Club
54 60 ZS-CCO Urban AI Samba 100 124.13 00:06.57 121.41 Peter Hengst
Ulie Gerth
North West
Brits Flying Club
55 74 748 Cessna 185E 260 138.40 00:07.08 134.94 Scott Logie
Thibang Mashilane
Gauteng
Defense Flying Club
56 63 ZS-IIJ Cessna C337F 210 155.00 00:08.04 150.12 Almero Retief
Stephen Breytenbach
Gauteng
Krugersdorp F C
57 30 ZS-MAE Cessna 172M 160 117.00 00:08.56 113.90 Christiaan du Plessis (Jnr)
Mauritz du Plessis (Snr)
Western Cape
Walker Bay Aero Club
58 77 ZS-TVR Beech F33A 285 169.87 00:09.28 163.06 Theuns van Rensburg
W F Labuschagne
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Newcastle Flying Club
59 70 ZS-OXD Cirrus SR22 310 183.61 00:09.31 175.64 M J Nienkemper
Frans Nel
Free State
Aero Club
60 2 ZU-LAJ Jabiru J450 120 119.82 00:10.39 115.97 Leslie Jagger
Nigel Townshend
North West
Rustenburg FC
61 21 ZS-ESU Piper PA28-140 160 112.93 00:11.06 109.37 Bonnie Steyn
Shona Hughes
Free State
Maluti Air
62 22 ZS-OMJ Piper PA32-260 260 146.05 00:11.24 139.99 Tienie Prinsloo
Francios Vorster
Limpopo
Letaba Flying Club
63 32 ZS-DWJ Piper PA28-235 235 135.90 00:11.24 130.65 Abel Fourie
Riaan Louw
North West
Vryburg Flying Club
64 85 ZS-PCO Socata TB10 180 116.22 00:11.34 112.30 Frans Hiemstra
Peter Ladiellis
Gauteng
Aero Club
65 8 ZU-CNG Jabiru SP 80 107.37 00:11.57 103.90 Jan Hanekom
Hugo Stark
North West
Brits Flying Club
66 62 ZS-ITB Beech C23 180 118.00 00:13.47 113.22 Carl Parsons
Alewyn Burger
Gauteng
Pretoria Flying Club
67 75 ZS-MLB Piper PA28R-200 200 137.28 00:14.01 130.74 Chris Visscher
Johannes Viljoen
Gauteng
Aero Club
68 91 ZS-FNI Cessna 182 230 134.91 00:15.44 127.86 Dirk Visser
Marc de Klerk
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
69 18 ZS-NOY Cessna 182P Scim 230 134.91 00:16.02 127.74 Coen Ackerman
Willie Marais
Gauteng
CFA
70 33 ZS-CBX Mooney M20E 200 155.90 00:16.06 146.36 Phil Gidish
Richard Gundersen
Gauteng
East Rand Flying Club
71 90 ZS-PEB Piper 601P 290 211.21 00:16.10 194.01 Deon van Zyl
Madeleen van Zyl
Gauteng
Pretoria Flying Club
72 28 ZS-EXM Piper PA28-140 160 112.93 00:16.21 107.76 AJ Coetzer
Willem Coetzer
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
73 82 ZS-KJB Cessna 210N Scim 300 164.70 00:16.40 153.75 Otto Wypkema
R Knoetze
Gauteng
Aero Club
74 95 ZS-NET Cessna 172K 150 108.94 00:18.18 103.58 Warren Baynes
Lawrence Bettesworth
Gauteng
CFA
75 7 ZS-IXM Grumman AA5 160 120.73 00:18.25 114.14 Arthur Karatzas
Tony Georgio
Gauteng
AFOS
76 53 ZS-BAI Cessna 172S 180 123.62 00:19.26 116.36 Donavan Bailey
Murray Shaw
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
77 27 ZS-IMZ Beech V35B 285 168.88 00:19.56 155.30 Hercules Boshoff
Theo Boshoff
Mpumalanga
Ermelo Aeronautical Ass
78 52 ZS-NCU Cessna 177RG 200 139.39 00:21.07 129.49 Charl Barnard
Christo van Schalkwyk
Gauteng
Kitty Hawk Flying Club
79 31 ZS-IIK Cessna A150L 115 101.50 00:23.16 95.63 Pieter Ferreira
Jamie Hughes
Free State
Maluti Air
80 88 ZS-PBX Mooney M20F 200 154.26 00:26.00 139.71 George Spencer
Deon Roestorff
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban Wings Club
81 94 ZS-BOK Cessna 182P 230 134.91 00:33.14 120.84 Eric Stadlander
Lumon Stadlander
North West
Western Tvl F S
82 99 ZS-MYO Cessna 172L 160 117.00 00:33.33 106.13 Joanita la Grange
Christophe Roelofse
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
83 37 ZS-JFP Beech V35B 285 168.88 00:36.55 145.35 Deon Hanekom
Hannes Otto
North West
Western Tvl F S
84 57 ZS-CBB Piper PA28-180 180 122.77 00:45.43 107.15 Josias Delport
Leon Viljoen
Mpumalanga
Witbank Aeronautical
85 83 ZS-CHL Beech 58 285 192.75 00:47.51 155.51 Johan van Staden
Martin Meyer
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Aero Club
86 34 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 136.96 00:49.32 116.45 Christa Greyvenstein
Michael Earl
Gauteng
Aero Club
87 59 ZS-IXL Grumman AA5 160 120.73 00:50.45 104.16 Christos Linakis
Blaine Carstens
Gauteng
AFOS
88 76 ZS-JCM Cessna T210L 315 176.60 00:51.20 142.96 Rob Waghorn
Wade Gomes
Gauteng
Aero Club
89 43 ZS-IDL Cessna A150K 100 100.00 00:56.52 87.13 Morne Kleinhans
Jacobus du Toit
Western Cape
Cape Aero Club
90 67 ZS-OWS Cessna U206F 300 143.13 01:10.48 113.31 Robin Spencer-Scarr
Stuart Sinclair
North West
Rustenburg FC
91 48 ZU-JHA Van's RV 6 180 175.53 01:16.55 129.97 Johan Ackerman
Richard Moore
Eastern Cape
Algoa Flying Club
92 96 ZS-FUJ Cessna 172K 160 117.00 01:23.16 93.38 Warwick Henley
Graham Luppnow
Gauteng
Lanseria Flight
93 24 ZS-VMF Beech BE35B 285 168.88 01:28.30 121.66 T F Marx
Francois Boshoff
Mpumalanga
Ermelo Aeronautical Ass
94 78 ZS-FVL Piper PA32-300C 300 143.00 01:52.06 100.97 Spencer Watson
Denise Engelbrecht
Gauteng
Pretoria Flying Club
95 29 ZS-IZM Rockwell 112 200 140.00 02:08.22 95.46 Bill Cook
Henri Meistre
Gauteng
Aero Club

Unofficial Entry

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
42 105 ZU-DNM Compare 7SL 700 188.74 00:03.02 185.98 Andre Mojet
Herholdt Gauche
Gauteng
Aero Club

2005 PTAR - Trophies

2005 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe, Bloemfontein - 26 to 28 May 2005

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 44 ZS-IEI Andre Koen/WC (Errol) janse van Rensburg
Piper PA28-140
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 13 ZS-CXP Kassie Kasselman/Jean-Pierre Kasselman
Cessna 172
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 104 ZS-PJK Chris Briers/Jack Onderstall
Beech F33A
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 44 ZS-IEI Andre Koen/WC (Errol) janse van Rensburg
Piper PA28-140
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Northern Provinces Pilot Home 58 ZS-RMA John Mayer(Snr)/Johnny Mayer (Jnr)
Beech V35B
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 320
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 14 ZS-DVN Koos Coetzer/Sarel van der Walt
Beech E55
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 44 ZS-IEI Andre Koen/WC (Errol) janse van Rensburg
Piper PA28-140
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 44 ZS-IEI Andre Koen/WC (Errol) janse van Rensburg
Piper PA28-140
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 34 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Michael Earl
Piper PA28-235
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 13 ZS-CXP Kassie Kasselman/Jean-Pierre Kasselman
Cessna 172
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 47 ZS-MEJ Petrus Burger/Albie van Zyl
Cessna T210M
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 44 ZS-IEI Andre Koen/WC (Errol) janse van Rensburg
Piper PA28-140
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 31 ZS-IIK Pieter Ferreira/Jamie Hughes
Cessna A150L
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 320
C A A Trophy For Professionalism (For handling a fuel problem) 102 ZS-CMU Roland van Tonder/M Smith
Cessna 182C
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 104 ZS-PJK Chris Briers/Jack Onderstall
Beech F33A
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 13 ZS-CXP Kassie Kasselman/Jean-Pierre Kasselman
Cessna 172
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 44 ZS-IEI Andre Koen/WC (Errol) janse van Rensburg
Piper PA28-140
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 68 ZS-CBD Simon Sykes/Damian Sykes
Mooney M20C
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving the Most Meritorious Performance 81 ZU-DHP Anton Willemse/Greg Smith
Van's RV6
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances (Landed at Bisho after missing Barkley East) 54 ZS-EBX Werner Blignaut/Viv Benkunskas
Piper PA28-180
Kwa-Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 73 ZS-LSW Pieter van Zyl/PG van Zyl
Beech 58
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 14 ZS-DVN Koos Coetzer/Sarel van der Walt
Beech E55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award (To welcome the first Black navigator) 74 748 Scott Logie/Thibang Mashilane
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 8 ZU-CNG Jan Hanekom/Hugo Stark
Jabiru SP

2005 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
4 ZS-FRV Jacques Vercueil
Chris Spencer-Scarr
Beech V35A Did not start Day 2
54 ZS-EBX Werner Blignaut
Viv Benkunskas
Piper PA28-180 Landed at Bisho
101 ZS-KBJ Wessel v d Westhuizen
Francois Pieterse
Piper PA32-300 Did not finish Day 2
102 ZS-CMU Roland van Tonder
M Smith
Cessna 182 Fuel problem - Returned to Tempe

2005 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Tierpoort Dam 23.4 23.4
Tierpoort Dam Barkely East 120.3 143.7
Barkley East Springfontein 106.9 250.6
Springfontein New Tempe 77.4 328.1

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Edenberg 44.5 44.5
Edenberg Koffiefontein 52.1 96.6
Koffiefontein New Tempe 65.6 162.2
New Tempe Bultfontein 45.5 207.7
Bultfontein Boshof 50.4 258.1
Boshof New Tempe 55.8 313.9

Total Distance - 642.0 Nautical Miles

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PTAR 2005 - Stayers Trophy

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2005 Imperial Bank President's Trophy Air Race

How to win the Stayers Trophy

Article by Viv

After much encouragement and persuasion from George Brink, which included the phrase, "it's the most fun you can have with your headset on", being said, (and posted on Avcom), many a time, Nasser and I decided to enter the President's Trophy Air Race 2005.

Budget was in the lower end of the scale, so we decided on using a Jabiru SP. The plane was booked, and we were counting down the days.

Race 54 Crew - Viv and NasserRace 54 Crew - Viv and Nasser

The Monday preceding the air race, we found out that our little aeroplane would not be ready in time, due to it having been for an engine overhaul, and still needing a few parts. People were phoned, pleas were posted on Avcom, and eventually we came across a flight school that was willing to hire out their Cherokee 180 to us.... Check rides were done, documents filled in, we were sorted.

Thursday morning arrived, and while preflighting, we realized that the rotating beacon was not working, and a replacement bulb wasn't available. Not a huge dilemma, so we set off on our journey to New Tempe. En route, our intercom decided to cease functioning properly and didn't allow communication to occur from pilot to co-pilot, obviously a problem in a race situation. No problem. We continued being confident that we would be able to sort something out once in Tempe.

At Tempe we organized the loan of another intercom (thanks George), got down to the business of attempting to clean the aircraft for the extra streamlining of our aircraft, and then attended the briefing which exposed the route of Day 1. Tempe - Tierpoort Dam - Barkley East - Springfontein - Tempe. Seemed easy enough. We plotted our navigation - the obvious lack of waypoints along one particular leg became apparent, namely the Tierpoort Dam - Barkley East leg.

Friday morning we took off at the prompt of the green light. First turning point was found easily, and then we turned onto our planned heading for the second leg. By this stage there were no other aeroplanes in sight. On turning onto the heading, it became apparent that the magnetic compass was not behaving as it should be, but was instead spinning non-stop. Not the end of the world, so we continued unperturbed.

The turbulence was unlike any I've ever experienced, (I now have countless bruises all over my body as the temporary evidence thereof), and after about 10 minutes into the second leg, a big bump caused me to lose hold of the stopwatch. After frantically searching for the stopwatch myself, Werner decided to give me control, unstrapped himself and jumped to the back to look for the stopwatch himself - that didn't turn out to be such a productive move. The stopwatch was eventually located, although the digits on it no longer held any significance.....

We continued along on our merry way.

Race 54 - ZS-EBXRace 54 - ZS-EBX

By this stage, we seemed to locate ourselves on the map, and things still made sense, but that didn't continue for long. Soon, there were just too many hills and too many lakes, none of which appeared on the map.

While doing the nav planning, we had very unwisely cut away all irrelevant, (supposed to be), parts of the 1:250 000 maps we had, only to leave the planned route. (Big mistake if there are any big deviations in track, which proved to be our situation.)

Instead of panicking, we took the calm approach and just continued along, not really taking any decisive action, probably hoping, (and praying), that Barkley East would just somehow miraculously appear!

Just before two hours total time elapsed, Nasser casually said that we should look at a contingency plan: one that included finding out where we were. This is when Nasser decided to heed a friend's advice as to what to do when lost (or temporarily unaware of your location). Fly low-level along a road and read the road signs. (Needless to say this friend is a chopper pilot!)

King Wiliiam's Town 54 km
Bisho 69km

So it had seemed we may have gone just a bit too far south. Ok, not just a bit, more than twice as far as we were supposed to have! Luckily Nasser had done his PPL training down south, so he had situational awareness to his advantage, and decided to head to Bisho, where he knew there was a nice, big accommodating runway waiting just for us.

After landing at Bisho, we made our way to the ATC tower, where we got a bewildered welcome from two ATCs, playing cards. They had not even realised that we had arrived, (don't worry, we did join and land procedurally!), and when we asked them whether they had some maps to help us plan our way back, they pointed to the large, faded map of Africa on the wall. That was not going to help us!

After making contact with a rather surprised fellow PTAR competitor, it was ascertained that with the headwind now being as strong as it was, there was no way we'd make it back to Tempe with the fuel we had left, and there was none available at Bisho. Not being too far away, Port Alfred seemed the next logical stop for us, as Nasser had friends there who were willing to assist us, and there was fuel aplenty. So off we went, (after paying our landing fees of course), experienced my first low-level flight at the coast and then landed on runway 25 at Port Alfred.

Once there our embarrassing story had to be told to many amused people, but we managed to get the maps we needed, as well as GPS as back-up since our navigating-by-map-skills had obviously much to be desired.

Off we traipsed to our aircraft, where we were greeted by a girl holding one of our wheel spats- in lots of small pieces. The consequence of what seemed to have been a very soft landing; how that happened still baffles us to this day....

So off we went back to New Tempe, by which stage the sun was already setting, which proved a good opportunity for Nasser to log some night-flying hours. After several attempts to contact Cape Town East Information were made to no avail, they eventually contacted us, and informed us that they had been made aware of our "situation", even so, the ATC was incredibly helpful and friendly, and was very welcome in our time of distress. Nightfall arrived, and when switching on the cabin lights, we were dismayed, (but not entirely surprised), to find that they were not working. So using an alternative source of lighting, we continued our flight to New Tempe: Nasser controlling the plane, speaking to Information intermittently, and me, securing the "alternative source of lighting", and controlling the cabin heat airflow. (It was freezing at FL095.)

President's Trophy Air Race - Stayers TrophyWinners of the Stayers Trophy - Nasser and Viv with Denise Booysen

We landed at Tempe at approximately seven o'clock that night, a considerable few hours later than most competitors, by which stage we were completely exhausted. The first day of PTAR had proven to be more eventful than we had expected a real comedy of errors!

We decided to participate in Day Two of the race, even though we had now been disqualified. It turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable, and I'm happy to report that we never came across any overtly large bodies of water, so there IS hope for us!

At the ceremony, we were awarded "THE STAYERS TROPHY", and a lot of laughs were had on our behalf, but it was all in good fun, and we were commended on how well we handled our situation by many of the PTAR competitors, really wonderful people - just one of the many reasons participating in PTAR is such an awesome experience.

After an experience like ours, there are the "how's" and "why didn't you's" asked by others and ourselves, and we admit that mistakes were made, but at least we enjoyed making them, and I think it's safe to say that this has been a huge learning curve for us, as well as a memorable experience, which we will not forget very quickly. (If we do eventually forget, there will definitely be someone there to remind us!)

Look out PTAR 2006, here we come!

2005 PTAR - Logger analysis

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2005 Imperial Bank President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 26 to 28 May 2005

Analysis of Logger Tracks

By Chris Booysen

Air Observer GPS loggers were used both for the test flying of aircraft with inadequate history as well as being fitted to aircraft in the race on both race days. SAPFA has approximately 20 loggers and so 20 aircraft were logged each day. 13 aircraft were logged on both days.

Where is Springfontein?Where is Springfontein?The loggers record the longitude and latitude and altitude every second, in other words the three dimensional position of the aircraft every second. Using these plotted positions the software can calculate the heading, climb/decent and ground speed of the aircraft. In addition the actual distance flown each day is calculated by the software

What is important to note is that there are a number of factors that affect the speed achieved by an aircraft. There is the inherent speed of the aircraft and the crew ability. The crew can increase the overall speed by flying in a straight line, using the winds, climbing and descending at the correct speeds and flying the aircraft in the most aerodynamic configuration (ie as "smoothly" as possible). Handicaps are set to remove the differences in the inherent speed of the aircraft and not the crew ability. GPS logging of aircraft can give an indication as to the accuracy of the flight. It can also give some indication of the usage of winds but it cannot give any indication of how well the aircraft was flown by the pilot. For example, it is impossible to detect a pilot that provides constant control input on the horizontal and vertical plain by means od a logger download. Constant input increase drag and reduces speed.

Race 67 - ZS-OWS improving as they goRace 67 - ZS-OWS improving as they go
It is still the intention of SAPFA to purchase additional GPS loggers out of any surplus made at the Air Race until we are in the position to fit a logger in each aircraft.

On both days of the race there was a strong North Westerly wind. An analysis of the logger tracks shows that it was essential to climb as early as possible and as high as possible on the leg from Tierpoort Dam to Barkley East. Aircraft that climbed quickly to 10 000 ft gained approximately 40 knots when compared with the average speed they achieved in the next two legs back to Tempe into the headwind. Those aircraft that climbed slowly only gained about 36 knots while those that stayed low gained far less.
A table of the information gathered from the aircraft logged for both days is set out below.

The tracks flown on Day 1 by logged aircraft were fairly accurate with the exception of two aircraft that got lost. One flew past Tierpoort Dam, almost to Edenburg and the took approximately 35 minutes to find the dam. Another aircraft flew to the right of the mast at Springfontein and missed it. That aircraft flew approximately 120 NM until they eventually found the station (see top map).
Dieter Bock (Race 56 - ZU-APZ) showing that an off-course error does not cost much if handled correctly.Dieter Bock (Race 56 - ZU-APZ) showing that an off-course error does not cost much if handled correctly.

The tracks flown on Day 2 were also flown fairly accurately. The leg from Koffiefontein back to Tempe seemed to catch most participants as that leg showed the largest deviation by most aircraft.

On an overall basis the shortest distance (of aircraft logged) was flown by Race 56 - ZU-APZ flown by Dieter Bock and Mark Steyn and the second shortest distance by Race 5- ZS-KSZ flown by Wally and George Brink. These competitors were placed 52nd and 53rd respectively. As mentioned above there are other factors that affect the speed of an aircraft but both these teams are experienced and their positions must be (at least partly) due to a harsh handicap. The Day 2 track of Dieter Bock shows that it is possible to go off course and still remain competitive. The correction when off track must be done to intercept the track at the next turning point.

It is interesting to note that the additional distances flown this year were greater than last year. Last year the winner was logged and only flew 2.4 miles over the two days racing. As the 2005 winner was not logged on Day 1 we do not have a comparison. The aircraft in 3rd (Race 104 Chris Briers and Jack Onderstall) and 5th position (Dave Mandel and Rod Crichton) in 2005 were logged and flew additional distances of 5.99 NM and 7.27 NM respectively.

A number of GPS loggers had problems. There were instances of loggers that were turned on late which meant that the software could not calculate the accurate distance flown. There was one instance where the logger lost satellite reception, one instance where the logger was turned off by the crew (after getting lost) and one instance where the logger failed to download any information.

Logger data - aircraft fitted with loggers for both days

Race
No
Pos Distance Flown
Day 1
Additional Distance
Day 1
Altitude on B/East leg Remarks Distance Flown
Day 2
Additional Distance
Day 2
Additional
Distance Race
Remarks
1 20 330.58 2.63 10 000 Cruise climb 319.54 5.49 8.12 None
5 53 330.54 2.59 9 000 Fast climb 316.58 2.53 5.12 None
8 65 331.02 3.07 9 000 Cruise climb 324.54 10.49 13.56 None
23 5 330.08 2.13 8 500 Steep climb 319.19 5.14 7.27 None
26 40 329.29 1.44 8 500 Fast climb 321.34 7.29 8.73 Shortest Day 1 Track
32 63 336.70 8.75 10 000 Cruise climb 319.16 5.11 13.86 None
38 47 331.43 3.48 6 000 Cruise climb 316.41 3.36 5.84 None
50 26 329.84 1.89 9 000 Fast climb 326.61 12.56 14.45 Antennae not unwrapped. Inadequate satellite reception on day 2. Visual inspection of the track indicates a far more accurate flight
51 44 332.19 4.24 8 500 Slow climb 318.17 4.12 8.36 None
56 52 329.96 2.01 8 500 Slow climb
Cost some minutes
317.02 2.97 4.98 Shortest track for race. Did not make full use of tailwinds
60 54 333.88 5.93 9 500 Fast climb 318.68 4.63 10.56 None
65 41 331.89 3.94 9 500 Cruise climb 318.08 4.03 7.97 None
104 3 330.94 2.99 8 000 Fast climb (stepped to 7000 first) 317.05 3.00 5.99 Day 2 distance estimated as logging only started during leg 1

2004 President's Trophy Air Race

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President´s Trophy Air Race

Pietersburg Civil, Polokwane - 10 to 12 June 2004

By Chris Booysen

The 2004 President's Air Race was run from the Pietersburg Civil Airfield (FAPI). The change of venue from Tempe was a refreshing one. While it was a long trip to get to Pietersburg for a large number of competitors the flight was worthwhile. The change of venue also introduced the race to a number of new competitors from the far north of the country. I am sure the majority of these participants will become as hooked on the race as I am. Organisers Chris and Dries Briers had proposed some drastic amendments to the format of the race. These included a major reshuffle of the handicaps with most being reduced, the attempt to give some real benefit to sponsors and reduce the vast and growing number of trophies that were awarded.
Pietersburg Civil AirfieldPietersburg Civil Airfield

A large cold front had passed over the country a few days before the race so the forecast for the flight up, both race days and the return flight was good with a high pressure cell over most of the country.

For those that have entered the race before pre-race day was a routine event with arrival, efficient registration with Antionette from Naturelink, refueling and scrutineering. Test flights were compulsory for non standard aircraft. The refueling was also a pleasure with the Naturelink "valets" parking the aircraft for you. This also enhanced safety as there were very few turning props in the parking area. Unfortunately we arrived just after Race 25, the Piaggio Albatros of the Marx brothers which meant there was a considerable delay in the fuelling. At one stage I was worried that they would use all the fuel in the underground tanks. After all this was handled it was off to the hotel to grab a few minutes of shut eye (or a few beers) before the briefing at 6:00pm

Roaul du Plessis &  Dawid Viljoen - spot the team member that cleans the top of the wingsRoaul du Plessis & Dawid Viljoen - spot the team member that cleans the top of the wings

The organisers were pulling their hair out with the large number of late entries and arrivals. I know that the last entry posted on the internet site was received on Wednesday evening. Although the rules state that aircraft need to be parked an refueled before 12:00 aircraft were still arriving after dark during the briefing.

Briefing started at 6:00 as promised and covered the normal welcome, safety issues, procedures, weather, ATC, start and the route for Friday. This would take the crews from Pietersburg to Giyani (74,5 miles), Messina (66,9 miles), Alldays (55 miles), Mokopane (formerly Potgietersrus - 93,5 miles) and then home to Pietersburg (33,2 miles). Pictures of all turning points were provided. Some very generous sponsored prizes were drawn in a lucky draw. These included vouchers of R5 000, fuel for the race paid and some "goodie bags".

After the briefing supper was provided and then most crews rushed off to plot and study the route. The main discussion in our hotel was the options on the Alldays-Mokopane leg. A decision had to be made whether to go over or around the large mountain that someone had put directly on track. Consensus was that the best option was probably to go right of the mountain down the valley but we decided to wait and see when we got there.

Turning Point 1 Day 2Turning Point 1 Day 2

Race Day 1 dawned with temperatures that reminded us of Tempe. No surface wind to speak of but a light easterly at about 7000 feet. This immediately started the debate on the necessity to climb on the Messina-Alldays leg and make use of the tail wind. We were also kind enough to show Race 5 (George and Wally Brink) the two mines on the first leg just before Giyani that were not marked on their 1:500 000 map. These mines would make it simple to find the Giyani field as you had to fly directly over both just before the turning point.

Aircraft engines were started 15 minutes before the take of time. This might seem a long time but before you know it you are at the starting robot waiting for the green. Aircraft were launched at 30 second intervals with the fastest aircraft off first. There were 70 aircraft on the start list, proof that the race is maintaining its popularity. Much to our disgust the DI precessed about 20º to the left after take off putting us off track immediately. Luckily the railway line was a dead give away and after cursing the AMO who serviced our DI we continued using more navigation and the compass. A few minutes later we realised that the lack of vacuum might be the cause and turned on the standby vacuum pump. Much to our disgust there was no sign of any mines and we almost missed the Giyani turning point. A number of other aircraft were not as lucky as when they popped over the mountain at Giyani the turning point was covered by a small cloud that made it invisible. At one stage there were three aircraft circling over the turning point but unable to see it. Race 23 (Dave Mandel and Rod Crichton) wasted at least four minutes looking for that red cone.

Enroute SceneryEnroute Scenery
The route between Giyani and Messina required a small climb over some mountains. At this stage a few aircraft became visible and we had the frustration of an aircraft with a lower handicap breezing past us. Dare I mention the handicapping now!!! Between Messina and Alldays the scenery was incredible. The "bosveld" at its best with thousands of enormous baobab trees.

After Alldays there was a large mountain to get over so the climb was started immediately. The view of the mountain cliffs was incredible. Once over that mountain the discussion of the previous night became irrelevant as it was obvious that the best option was to start a slow descent and pass to the right of the high mountain. Most aircraft chose this option. A notable exception was Race 4 (Jacques Vercueil and Chris Spencer-Scarr) who decided that the mountain was not marked on their map and that they would have to turn more and more to the left to get onto track. Once past the mountain there were enough features to make the run down the valley into Mokopane a straight forward affair.

Enroute SceneryEnroute Scenery

After Mokopane the left turn took the aircraft back to Pietersburg. To avoid a big climb the best track was up the highway through the kloof. Thank heavens the power lines were well marked or there could have been an incident - or as we were told at the briefing "You could pick up some copper". Pietersburg runway is visible from a distance and so the last leg could be enjoyed by both the pilot and navigator.

Results handed out for the first day showed Race 52 (Jay Bartholomew and Lawrence Bettesworth in a Cessna C172) in the lead followed by Race 30 (Harry Antel and Barry de Groot in a Grumman), Race 53 (Nico van den Berg and Johan Rautenbach in a Cessna C172) and Race 43 (Adrian Tomaz and Llewellyn Potgieter in a SAAF Cessna 185). An error in the original handicap dropped Race 52 down the listing and the team of Antel and de Groot therefore took line honours for Day 1.

The briefing was a repeat of the Day 1 event with emphasis on the circuit procedures that would become critical at the end of Day 2. Some transgressions of the first days briefing were noted but no penalties were applied. Once again all waited for the important announcement of the route for the next day. The route started with a short leg to Tzaneen (46.5 miles), then to Lydenberg (76.8 miles), across to Warmbaths (114.5 miles) and then back home to Pietersburg (87.7 miles). The distance totaling 326.4 miles. What worried the contestants was the grin on the faces of Dries and Chris Briers when they announced the route. Once again clear colour pictures were given of each turning point. After the briefing the evening meal was again supplied courtesy of the sponsors. Provisional start times were handed out but these were subject to change due to the correction of some handicaps.

Start line up on Day 2Start line up on Day 2
Back at the hotel the reason for the smile on the route planners faces was apparent. While the first leg was similar to Day 1 the second leg took the aircraft over some enormous mountains. Also immediately after the turn at Lydenburg was a few contour lines that were very close indicating a quick climb over the mountains again. The long leg to Warmbaths (Warmbad/Bellabella??) had enough good navigation points to make sure that one did not get too lost. The last leg home paralleled the main road so would also not be too difficult.

Race Day 2 dawned with some high cloud cover and little wind to speak of. Winds at most altitudes were a light 3 knots - not a major factor for the days racing.

The start times for Day 2 are determined with a finish time of 13:00. If you fly at exactly your handicap speed for both days then you will finish exactly at 13:00. If you gained a minute on day one then your take off time would be determined by the time you need, at handicap speed, to cross the finish line at 12:59. This method can result in very close take off times. For example Race 38 and Race 19 took off only 3 seconds apart. While this sounds scary to new race participants the distance between the aircraft only increases on the take off roll. In fact, by the end of the runway the crew in the aircraft behind tend to feel if they did not start quick enough

Last leg on Day 2Last leg on Day 2

On Day 2 it becomes apparent on how important it is to do well on the first day. It is very disconcerting seeing aircraft with handicap speeds equal or greater than yours taking off earlier than you. You know you will never see them until the end unless they get lost. This method means that the bulk of the slowest aircraft take off first. It is also not a good feeling seeing aircraft taking off an hour before your start time.

The first leg to Tzaneen was similar to Day 1. The heading was only a bit greater. The turning point was well hidden behind a hill making for some sharp action to make sure you cleared the red cone shaped beacon. Then the big climb over the Drakensberg. The scenery was stunning and the navigation fairly easy as in the zero wind conditions it was a simple "stay on heading" type of exercise. Some local knowledge made homing in to the airfield at Lydenburg an straight forward affair and then a steep turn and into the climb over the mountain. We turned with two other aircraft and each headed off in a different direction. When this happens the normal discussion with the navigator starts with predictable results. "Of course they are wrong and we are right!" - (I only wished we were the middle aircraft).

PTAR 2004 Medalists From L to R: Wessel Vermaas, Pieter Lordan, Harry Antel, Barry de Groot, Johan Rautenbach and NiPTAR 2004 Medalists From L to R: Wessel Vermaas, Pieter Lordan, Harry Antel, Barry de Groot, Johan Rautenbach and Ni

The "2 minute" calls now start indicating that the field is starting to bunch. The adrenaline starts pumping and you start willing the aircraft to fly faster. The calm was suddenly shattered by a Mayday call. Race 43 was doing a forced landing with engine trouble. There are immediate calls asking if they need assistance (how?) but indicated they would phone Race Control when they are safely on the ground. While on the subject of radio calls the low point of the race was some disgusting comments broadcast by one of the race participants. Unfortunately the culprit was protected by the anonymity of a radio broadcast.

The turn at Warmbaths required some care as it was approximately 130º and the traffic was getting more dense. Normally the last leg is busy. Just after Warmbaths we passed a gaggle of Cherokee 140's and other slower aircraft and then seemed to hit a "bare" patch and do not see any slower aircraft. Once again the question to the navigator as to his ability and once again the predictable reply.

PTAR 2004 Winners - Harry Antel and Barry de GrootPTAR 2004 Winners - Harry Antel and Barry de Groot
The last leg was a little more difficult than indicated on the map as the main road was not really close enough to help for accurate navigation. The little rivers, farm houses and roads etc had to be used to keep perfectly on track. Pietersburg runway came into view fairly far off and then it was over to the aircraft to make sure you passed more aircraft than passed you. The circuit was busy approximately 20 aircraft in the circuit at any time. By following the briefing instructions, ie keep approximately 100 knots and space yourself, meant that the whole procedure was safe and efficient.

Day 2 (only) saw Race 30 (Antel and de Groot) in the lead, followed by Race 53 (Nico van den Berg and Johan Rautenbach) and Race 19 (Sean Hughes and Harry Moos). This mean that Harry Antel and Barry de Groot were first overall followed by Nico van den Berg and Johan Rautenbach. Third overall was Race 38 piloted by Wessel Vermaas and navigated by Pieter Lordan.

The banquet was a smart affair at the Casino in Polokwane. Speeches were made by dignitaries and sponsors and the appropriate thank-you's were made. The Awards were presented to the top three teams and other deserving participants. The number of awards was limited as promised by the organisers.

The overall conclusion? A Great Race!!! The venue, the organisation, routes and functions were fantastic. The handicaps - the jury is still out in that one. See you all again next year.

2004 PTAR - Full Result

2004 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Pietersburg Civil, Polokwane - 10 to 12 June 2004

Total Distance: 649.50 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
01 30 ZS-VYI Grumman AA1A 160 127.50 00:15.38- 134.37 Harry Antel
Barry de Groot
K Z N
Pietermaritzburg FC
02 53 ZS-NET Cessna C172K 150 108.94 00:13.43- 113.28 Nico van den Berg
Johan Rautenbach
Tvl
C F A
03 38 ZS-JTU Piper PA28 235 250 136.96 00:10.22- 142.14 Wessel Vermaas
Pieter Lordan
Cape
None
04 19 ZS-FVH Piper PA28R180 180 136.80 00:10.10- 141.86 Sean Hughes
Harry Moos
Free State
Maluti Air
05 33 ZS-FPB Cessna C210J 285 163.43 00:09.12- 169.99 Eugene Swart
Jannie Visser
Tvl
Kuruman FC
06 70 ZS-JCD Cessna C210L 300 164.70 00:08.12- 170.62 Thys Joubert
Henty Scheepers
K Z N
None
07 41 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 167.74 00:07.10- 173.08 John Mayer(Jnr)
John Mayer(Snr)
Tvl
None
08 11 ZS-FSR Beech 36 285 166.27 00:06.03- 170.67 Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
Tvl
Western Tvl F S
09 32 ZS-HJF Piper PA24 260C 260 161.72 00:06.01- 165.86 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
N/Tvl
None
10 3 ZU-LAJ Jabiru J450 120 116.48 00:05.43- 118.50 Leslie Jagger
Nigel Townshend
N/Tvl
Rustenburg FC
11 66 ZS-MLC Cessna C210L 285 163.43 00:05.17- 167.13 James Vorster
Daniel Jacobs
N/Tvl
Letaba FC
12 28 ZS-NBB Cessna R177 RG2 200 139.39 00:05.04- 141.96 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
13 111 ZS-WBT Glassair III 300 213.07 00:05.00- 219.06 Lucas Wiese
Johan van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
14 65 ZS-DVN Beech E55 285 195.49 00:04.15- 199.74 Koos Coetzer
Sarel van der Walt
Free State
Western Tvl FC
15 51 ZS-MTR Cessna C210M 285 163.43 00:04.12- 163.36 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Cape
None
16 54 ZS-NOY Cessna 182P 230 134.91 00:02.32- 136.10 Coen Ackerman
Willie Marais
N/Tvl
C F A
17 85 ZS-LXR Beech 58 285 195.64 00:01.30- 197.13 Braam van Greuning
Beau Basson
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
18 52 ZS-FNH Cessna C172K 150 117.00 00:01.25- 117.49 Jay Bartholomew
Lawrence Bettsworth
Tvl
C F A
19 1 ZS-JYB Beech V35B 285 167.27 00:01.02- 168.01 Ray Gleimius
Adam Pucjlowski
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
20 8 ZU-CNG Jabiru SP 80 107.78 00:00.66- 108.01 Jan Hanekom
Hugo Stark
Tvl
Brits FC
21 60 ZU-CCO Urban AI Samba 100 123.52 00:00.23- 123.67 Pieter Hengst
Ulie Gerth
Tvl
Brits FC
22 27 ZS-DVT Beech B55 260 187.15 00:00.10- 187.29 Herman Klopper
Abrie Vlok
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
23 35 ZS-CHH Beech A36 300 173.48 00:00.03 173.44 Neil Hellmann
Mark Holliday
Tvl
Lanseria FC
24 22 ZU-SES Jabiru SP 80 107.78 00:00.30 107.63 Roual du Plessis
Dawid Viljoen
N/Tvl
Maluti Air
25 26 ZS-MOR Cessna C210N 285 163.43 00:00.50 162.86 Chris Booysen
Jim Tucker
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
26 39 ZU-SXL Urban AI Samba XL 100 125.72 00:01.04 125.29 Rainer Frieboese
Hans Schwebel
N/Tvl
Brits FC
27 67 ZS-LXV Cessna 182P 230 134.91 00:01.32 134.19 Francios Viljoen
Johan j van Rensburg
Tvl
Potch FC
28 61 ZS-DOS Cessna 182F 250 136.00 00:01.36 135.24 Ernie Alexander
Lala Alexander
Tvl
Brits FC
29 40 ZU-ZOI Zenair CH601 XL 120 106.41 00:01.41 105.92 Phillip Edgar
Rodney Young
Tvl
None
30 23 ZS-WZU Lancair 320 180 193.65 00:02.20 191.42 Dave Mandel
Rod Crichton
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
31 58 ZS-LCN Cessna T210N 310 176.60 00:02.22 174.73 Jacques Willemse
Diekie Schoeman
N/Tvl
None
32 47 ZS-MEJ Cessna T210M 285 170.34 00:02.32 168.48 Pieter Burger
Albri van Zyl
Cape
W/Tvl F S
33 18 ZS-ESU Piper PA28-140 160 112.93 00:02.42 112.05 David Steyn
Shona Hughes
Free State
Maluti Air
34 12 ZS-KHX Piper PA34-200T 200 175.31 00:02.48 173.12 Robbie L Myburgh
Robbie C Myburgh
Tvl
None
35 64 ZS-IYC Cessna 182P 230 134.91 00:02.58 133.53 Terrence Warmington
Anton Schonken
Cape
Border Aviation
36 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna R182RGII 235 150.90 00:03.09 149.08 George Brink
Wally Brink
Cape
None
37 6 ZS-DPY Cessna C172D 200 117.74 00:03.10 116.62 Kiewiet Vlok
Keith Bailey
Tvl
W/Tvl F S
38 15 ZS-EWZ Cessna C210G 285 163.43 00:03.16 161.22 J F van Zyl
Andre Middel
Free State
Harrismith FC
39 20 ZS-KMO Beech 58 285 192.75 00:03.27 189.51 William Einkamerer
Johann Scholtz
Tvl
W/Tvl F S
40 25 ZS-NHR Piaggio P166S 340 165.55 00:03.33 163.09 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
N/Tvl
None
41 46 ZS-NXE Piper PA28RT201T 200 154.86 00:04.15 152.28 Dana Bensch
Jeanette Bensch
Tvl
J L P C
42 29 ZS-IAH Cessna 182N 230 134.91 00:06.27 131.96 Johan Steyn
Colin Sparke
Free State
Ficksburg FC
43 99 ZS-KMN Beech 58 285 192.75 00:07.02 186.27 Jacques Beukes
Shaun Kenny
N/Tvl
None
44 71 ZS-ORT Piper PA28-235 235 135.90 00:07.06 132.62 Wessel v d Westhuizen
Conrad Oberholzer
Free State
None
45 42 ZS-MRA Cessna R182RGII 235 150.90 00:07.22 146.71 Willie Cronje
Ray van Noordwyk
N/Tvl
Pietersburg FC
46 31 ZS-MWL Cessna C172N 160 108.94 00:08.28 106.42 Dicky Maritz
Willem Leeuwner
N/Tvl
Letaba FC
47 45 ZS-OSM Cessna 340A 310 185.27 00:08.57 177.71 Garry Hughes
Neil Bastiaanse
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
48 14 ZS-EBC Piper PA28-180 180 122.77 00:10.07 118.98 Hein Raadt
Mark Tregenza
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
49 37 ZS-LES Beech A36 300 173.48 00:10.14 165.92 Pieter van Zyl
P G van Zyl
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
50 88 ZS-LAI Cessna R182RGII 235 150.90 00:10.19 145.10 Bryan Engels
Mark Hughes
N/Tvl
None
51 10 ZS-JBM Cessna 402B 300 190.90 00:11.00 181.14 Tertius Myburgh
Adrian Barry
Tvl
None
52 9 ZS-EUM Beech A23-24III 200 119.03 00:11.16 115.07 Emile h
Garry Millen
Tvl
Unitas FC
53 4 ZS-FRV Beech V35A 285 177.86 00:11.35 168.92 Jacques Vercueil
Chris Spencer-Scarr
N/Tvl
Rustenburg FC
54 77 ZS-ITL Beech V35B 285 167.27 00:12.38 158.66 Theuns van Rensburg
Beukes Wilhelmse
K Z N
Newcastle FC
55 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 136.96 00:13.43 130.66 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan van den Berg
Tvl
None
56 56 ZS-KSO Cessna 182Q 230 134.91 00:14.06 128.62 Errol j van Rensburg
SJG du Preez
N/Tvl
None
57 44 ZS-CBX Mooney M20E 200 155.90 00:14.08 147.56 Phil Gidish
RE Gundersen
Tvl
East Rand FC
58 16 ZS-NGP Cessna T210M 285 170.34 00:16.43 158.75 Gert Ehlers
Anton Barnard
N/Tvl
Brits FC
59 34 ZS-JKY Mooney M20F 200 154.26 00:19.25 143.25 Pieter Hamman
Andre Liebenberg
N/Tvl
Polokwane FC
60 48 ZS-MOB Cessna T210M 310 176.60 00:27.49 156.83 Theo van Zyl
Kobus Kampman
N/Tvl
Letaba FC
60 48 ZS-MOB Cessna T210M 310 176.60 00:27.49 156.83 Theo van Zyl
Kobus Kampman
N/Tvl
Letaba FC
61 36 ZS-GYV Pipistre Sinus 912 80 118.98 00:31.34 108.52 Martin Grunert
Kobus Nel
Cape
Cape Gliding C
62 17 ZS-UMH Partenavia P64B 180 119.93 00:42.37 106.02 Kevin McBey
Gert Barnard
N/Tvl
Rustenburg FC
63 55 ZS-JIM Cessna C172B 145 107.52 00:50.55 94.27 Andrew Lawlor
Gerard Hoarau
Tvl
Lanseria FC

2004 PTAR - Trophies

2004 President's Trophy Air Race

Pietersburg (Civil), Polokwane - 10 to 12 June 2004

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman AA1A
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 53 ZS-NET Nico /Johan Rautenbach
Cessna C172K
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 38 ZS-JTU Wessel Vermaas/Pieter Lordan
Piper PA28-235
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman AA1A
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman AA1A
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein>
Piper PA28-235
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 41 ZS-RMA John Mayer (Jnr)/John Mayer (Snr)
Beech F33A
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award (Completing race despite technical problems) 111 ZS-WBT Lucas Wiese/Johan van Gruting
Glassair III
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 58 ZS-LCM Jacques Willemse/Diekie Schoeman
Cessna T210N
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours (570 hours total time) 41 ZS-RMA John Mayer (Jnr)/John Mayer (Snr)
Beech F33A
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 3 ZU-LAJ Leslie Jagger/Nigel Townshend
Jabiru J450
Kwa Zulu Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 111 ZS-WBT Lucas Wiese/Johan van Gruting
Glassair III

2004 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
7 ZS-IXM Athas Karatzas
A E Georgio
Grumman AA5 Did not finish Day 2
13 ZS-CXP Kassie Kasselman
Jean Pierre Kasselman
Cessna C172D Did not finish Day 2
43 748 Adrian Tomaz
Llewellyn Potgieter
Cessna 185E Precautionary Landing Day 2
49 ZS-WSE John Sayers
Cilliers Manser
North AM T6 Harvard Did not start Day 2
57 ZS-CBB Leon Viljoen
Sias Delport
Piper PA28-180 Did not start Day 1
59 ZS-JBK Roland van Tonder
Marius Barkhuizen
Cessna 310R Missed TP1 and TP2 on Day 1
63 ZS-FZV Marius Crause
Gert Swart
Siai Marchetti S205-20/R Did not start Day 2

2004 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Polokwane Giyani 74.5 74.5
Giyani Mussina 66.9 141.4
Mussina Alldays 55.0 196.4
Alldays Mokopane 93.5 289.9
Mokopane Polokwane 33.2 323.1

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Polokwane Tzaneen 46.5 46.5
Tzaneen Lydenburg 76.8 123.3
Lydenburg Warmbaths 115.4 238.7
Warmbaths Polokwane 87.7 326.4

Total Distance - 649.50 Nautical Miles

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2004 PTAR - Logger analysis

President´s Trophy Air Race

Pietersburg Civil, Polokwane - 10 to 12 June 2004

By Chris Booysen

As in prior years a number of aircraft were fitted with loggers. While it is difficult to come to any significant conclusions from the limited data, there is some interesting information that can be extracted from the logger tracks.

Erratic Flying Day 1 - losing placesErratic Flying Day 1 - losing places
For those that have not yet come across the loggers, some general information. The loggers were designed by Jan Hanekom and are manufactured by him in Pretoria. They have been approved by the FAI for competition use. While there are two other loggers approved by the FAI, the South African one has the widest distribution worldwide. This is not only due to the quality of the equipment but also to the sophistication of the software that is available to analyse the tracks logged. The software is also local.

The logger basically records the longitude and latitude and altitude every second, in other words the three dimensional position of the aircraft every second. Using these plotted positions the software can calculate the heading, climb/decent and ground speed of the aircraft.

The logger information has been used as one of the tools for setting handicaps and as a tool to detect the use of GPS in aircraft. The shortage of logger units has been a problem as this has prevented their extensive use.

Lost - but still safely homeLost - but still safely homeThis year the logger was used in determining the handicap speed of non standard and home built aircraft. Loggers were also put into aircraft in the race on both days. On day two the loggers were put into the leading aircraft from day 1. We also have tracks from some privately owned loggers.

The total distance actually flown by the Race winners, Harry Antel and Barry de Groot for the two days was 651.957 miles. This compares to the actual distance of the race of 649.50 miles. The logger track shows that they did go off the direct track on occasions one must remember that at times slightly left or right of track might save an unnecessary climb. Their average speed over the distance they actually flew (ie including off track errors)was 134.9 as opposed to their speed achieved of 134.37 and handicap speed of 127.50

Another aircraft that had a logger for both days was LXR. The total distance actually flown by them for the two days was 651.8 miles. An additional distance of 2.3 miles. Their average speed over the distance they actually flew was 197.9 as opposed to their speed achieved of 197.13 and handicap speed of 195.64

FNH Day 2FNH Day 2FNH was slightly lost on the leg to Warmbaths on day 2. The actual distance flown by them on day 2 was 332.151 miles or 5.751 miles longer than the course. Their average speed for the distance they flew was 118.661 knots as opposed to their handicap speed of 117.0 knots. If they had maintained that speed for the two days and stayed on course they would have gained 4 minutes 39 seconds which would have moved them up four places.

WZU lost time at Giyani on the first day (approx 4 minutes). The actual distance flown by them on day 2 was 329.017 miles or 2.617 miles longer than the course. Their average speed for the distance they flew was 198.57 knots as opposed to their handicap speed of 193.65knots. If they had maintained that speed for the two days and stayed on course they would have gained 4 minutes 59 seconds which would have moved them up 17 places but they still had no chance of winning the race.

VYI Day 2VYI Day 2There was one track logged on day 1 that was very accurate. A bit too accurate for my liking. I am sure that if loggers were being used to detect GPS then this track would have been subject to investigation. The aircraft was never more than 100 feet off track for the whole race

I have drawn no conclusions from the facts above. I do not believe that there is sufficient data and information to make any generalisations. What is interesting to note that the aircraft that were test flown tended to be in the middle of the field and their actual speeds were close to their handicap. Does this mean that aircraft handicapped with the use of logger information have more accurate handicaps. It is the intention to introduce more and more loggers in the aircraft until every aircraft flies both legs with a logger and logged aircraft information is used for purposes of determining the handicap of the participants.

2003 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe, Bloemfontein - 12 to 14 June 2003

By Harry Antel

The weather for this years President's Trophy Air Race was absolutely perfect and so Barry and my flight up to Tempe on Thursday 12 June was a pleasure and the Drakensberg and Eastern Free State were as beautiful as ever. We arrived at Tempe at 12.30 after a flight of just over two hours and spent most of the afternoon entering, refueling, scrutineering and all the other tasks that need to be attended to on the afternoon before the race. By about four we had completed the pre race preparations and went for a couple of cold ones in the clubhouse pub.

1st Aircraft home1st Aircraft homeThe briefing was at 6.00 pm and after briefs from the Race Organiser, Safety Officer, Met, the Starters and ATC, we were given the route. The first days route was all to the north of Tempe and was the following: Tempe to Reivilo (137.84 Nm), Reivilo to Schweizer Reneke (64.32 Nm), Schweizer Reneke to Wesselsbron (69.73 Nm) and Wesselbron back to Tempe (72.43 Nm). The total distance was 344.32 Nm.
Once we had collected our route sheet we left for our B & B to plot and study the course. Our first problem, when we started plotting, was that we couldn't find Reivilo anywhere. Someone had informed us at the briefing that Reivilo was Olivier spelt backwards, but even this important info did not help our search. Eventually we managed to find Rievilo in my Aviation Directory for SA and using the co-ordinates we found it two maps away from Tempe! The other turning points we found without too much trouble and after about an hour and a half we had plotted the course, recorded all the headings and put markers for our calculated position every five minutes along the course, using our handicap speed of 128.2 knots.

Day one of the race dawned as perfectly as the Met chap had said it would and the wind at Tempe was zero. This year was the biggest entry that I have ever experienced and to try and describe the atmosphere and different feelings that one has being amongst 68 other entrants before the race, and at start up, would be impossible. I did the pre-flight checks while Barry organised the maps, stopwatch, and all the other last minute details that needed to be attended to. After the preflight I had time to get the remaining ice and dew off the plane and give it a quick last polish, every speed advantage counts in this race! Our take off time was 9:24.00 and so at about 9:00 we got settled in the plane and waited for the start marshal to give us permission to start. We received this permission at about 9:10 and the engine fired immediately and then cut out, I was sure that this had been part of a recurring nightmare I had been having lately! After another prime the engine started and kept running. Because of the unusually cold conditions I was perturbed at the low oil pressure for the first minute or so after start but the pressures were soon up and we were taxiing behind 48 other aircraft, with another 20 following behind us to the start, another experience that you have to be there to appreciate.

The start on the first day had been changed from 60 to 30 second intervals, this means that the plane ahead is just airborne before you roll. We took off behind race no. 59, a Cessna 177A (Cardinal). After takeoff it was a matter of holding runway heading until the end of the runway and then a sharp left turn to pick up the heading for Rievilo. After about 10 minutes we overtook the Grumman AA5 that had taken off two ahead of us. Towards the end of this long leg I noticed that the fuel gauge for the back tank was indicating empty after only an hour. This tank had 53 litres at the start and should have completed 1 hour and 20 minutes at my estimated fuel burn of 40 litres per hour. I advised Barry of the position and decided that the gauge may be wrong and so I would run the tank dry. I climbed up to about 300 foot agl and soon after this, at 1 hour and 5 minutes, the engine cut out, after selecting the left wing tank the engine got going again quite soon and I immediately descended again. My mental arithmetic was now going flat out to try and calculate if we had enough fuel to complete the course at this fuel burn of nearly 50 litres per hour! We had calculated our total flying time at 2:40 and so had 1 hour 30 minutes still to go, at 50 litres per hour we would need another 75 litres and we only had 80 litres left!! The pressure was now on me to use less fuel and constantly calculate our position, as to continue at full throttle, or pull back. I leaned the mixture slightly and took an exact time when we changed on to the left tank. I also decided to stay on the left tank and run it dry as well, so that we could then make a final decision as to how we should fly out the last tank. This would mean that we would fly the last part of the race right wing low, but it was worth this flying discomfort to know that we had exactly 40 litres remaining when we changed on to the last wing tank. If the position did not improve we might be forced to throttle back and abandon the race or even divert to a runway before the finish!

2nd Aircraft Home2nd Aircraft HomeThe Reivilo turning point was the runway at the town and, due to Barry's faultless navigation, we had no problem finding the marshals at this point and set course for Schweizer. On this leg we heard one of the lady race pilots advising that she had a very rough engine in her C182 and she was returning to Reivilo to land and asses the problem. Both Barry and I were impressed by the way she handled this difficult situation and also the safe way in which she returned to Reivilo without any disruption to the other competitors. She got back to Reivilo safely and won a well-deserved award at the awards banquet for the professional way in which she handled the problem.

We turned at Schweizer without any problems and ran the left tank out on the next leg to Wesselbron. The fuel position had definitely got better but, as we both felt that we should have at least a 10 minutes reserve, we elected to pull back slightly on the throttle on this leg. The difference in the revs was minimal, about 50 rpm, but I felt that it would make quite a difference to our consumption. Wesselbron came and went and our times were still looking very good. On the last leg to Tempe we noticed that the westerly had started and so, as we were into wind, we elected to get down as low as possible to try and limit the effect of this headwind. About 15 minutes from the finish I calculated that the fuel concern was over and so gave the Grumman its head and we raced to the finish in excellent times, our stopwatch indicated 2:40.15. Our actual time was a gain of 54 seconds on the estimated time for the course. We averaged 128.92 knots, just faster than our handicap speed of 128.2. When fueling the plane we established that we had 12 litres left in the right tank, which equated to 14 minutes at our average fuel burn for the day.

Soon after we finished we heard that two planes had landed on roads because of fuel exhaustion, so we weren’t the only ones low on fuel! Fortunately both planes were able to take off again, after refuelling, and both arrived back at Tempe that afternoon. Another casualty on the first day was a Beech Baron that struck three birds causing quite severe damage to the nose cone and both wing leading edges, they were able to make some running repairs that enabled them to race on day two.

3rd Crew - 2003 PTAR: Jacob Pienaar and Jacob Pienaar(Snr)3rd Crew - 2003 PTAR: Jacob Pienaar and Jacob Pienaar(Snr)After fuelling we headed back to the B & B and managed to get about two hours kip before the evening briefing at 6:00 again. The briefing was as per normal with Oom Dup and Oom Dors, the official starters for the past 20 odd years, explaining the revised start procedures for day two. The planes now start so that, using the gains or losses of day one and their handicap speeds, they would all theoretically cross the finish line at exactly the same time. Using these criteria the slowest planes start first and the times between planes could now be seconds! We then were given the route for day two and headed back to the B & B to plot the course.

About an hour into plotting Barry and I were horrified to realise that one of the five maps that we needed for the route was wrong!! At this stage we thought that the race was over for us, as without an accurate 1:250000 map for a big section of the course Barry would have no way of navigating accurately enough for us to be competitive. After a while we decided to check exactly what map number we needed, while establishing this it suddenly became clear that we had used this same map for the first days route, they must have given us a different map instead of two of these maps. Barry always cuts off all the areas of the map that we don’t need, so that they are easier to manage in the cockpit space, and I had personally thrown away the cut off pieces the night before. It was unlikely that the piece of this map that we had used on day one would be any help. After another quiet time Barry suddenly said that one of the maps we used had the first very long route to Rievilo going diagonally across it and he didn’t think that he would have cut much off that map, and he also thought that it was the map we needed! It was now about 10:00 pm and we returned back to Tempe airfield and the plane, at high speed, as we had left the used maps in the side pouch of the plane. Our concern that we might have problems with the military guards was unfounded, as the guarding standards of the SANDF have obviously not improved since my days in the SADF. We were fortunately not challenged by anyone and quickly took the maps to the light in the marquee to check them. To our utter relief the map that we required was the only whole map amongst the five!! Another 20 minutes back to the B & B and we completed the plotting etc. by about 11:30, about 3 hours after this farmers usual bedtime!

Harry Antel and Barry de GrootHarry Antel and Barry de GrootThe weather on day two was once again perfect. On arriving at Tempe Barry went to find the start times for the day and I did the preflight and cleaned the plane. I also put a couple of cable ties on the wheel struts to hold the brake pipes flush behind them for less drag, every second seems to count even more on day two! Barry arrived back at the plane with our start time of 10:16.46 and the news that we had come 8th on day one. After studying the results we saw that we were only one minute and four seconds behind the winner and so if we got day two right we could still finish in the top five or so. One worrying fact for me was that our take off time was only three seconds after the plane ahead of us, a Samba with a handicap speed 3.4 knots slower than us, this could make for some interesting take off decisions! The plane started first time this time and we were soon taxiing behind 11 other planes to the start. The adrenaline levels on day two of this air race must be some of the highest that can be achieved. The wait for the Samba’s green light seemed like forever and then the wait for our green light felt like three seconds! I had enough room behind the Samba to keep full throttle until rotation, because the turnout was right after takeoff I obviously had to plan to overtake him on the outside and so went left of him in the first turn. To my surprise we didn’t catch up to him nearly as fast as I anticipated and I probably lost about ten unnecessary seconds on the first turn because of this.
After a few miles we had overtaken the Samba and started counting down the slower planes ahead of us as we passed them. According to our time points we were making good time and by the first turn point at Jagersfontein we were only six seconds behind our estimated time, even with the lost time at the start.
The next leg was to Smithfield and we found the rugby field, in the middle of town, with no problem, at this point we were about two minutes ahead of our estimated time and were really pleased with our navigation and height choices on these two legs. The fuel situation was also much better than the previous day and we got 1 hour and 20 minutes out of the 55 litres that we had managed to squeeze into the back tank this time.
The third leg took us back over Tempe and we must have been close to the front at this stage as we had passed most of the planes that had started ahead of us. The Tempe leg was into wind and so we got as low as possible and were able to hold on to our two minute gain. From Tempe it was still into the slight wind and so we stayed low to Bultfontein.. After we turned over the cross-runways at Bultfontein we routed for Boshof and elected to stay about 200 foot agl for this leg. We felt that we had a crosswind on this leg and would rather be spot on with the navigation to try and gain a few seconds in this way, right decision because we gained another 53 seconds!

At the old Boshof airfield we turned for home and were leading the race at this stage with a very good time. Met had advised a light westerly wind and as it was midday and the heading was 090, we elected to climb to 6200 feet, about 2000 foot agl, to make use of this predicted tailwind. I must say that I had my doubts at this decision, relying on Met predictions is not one of my usual decisions! In the climb after Boshof I used every skill I have ever developed from my hang gliding and microlighting experience and managed to use every bit of lift we encountered during the 2000 foot climb and so hardly lost any speed. Once up at 6200 feet all we could do was keep the Grumman on the step for max speed and navigate as accurately as possible. Quite a normal comment from Barry during the race is "you are about 50 metres left of track, but don’t worry just hold this heading for now and I will tell you if it gets any worse", he’s incredible with a 1:250000 map!! The accuracy of our maps is also unbelievable, if the map indicates a road to a farmhouse with a right hand turn around a kidney shaped pan, then believe me there will be a farmhouse with a road with a right turn and the pan will be kidney shaped. And if we should be routing over the pan but are 50 metres to the left then Barry would also have seen that!
If you are leading this race and fly the last leg at 2000 foot agl it seems to take forever, all you want is it to finish before one of the faster planes, you can hear reporting at Boshof, passes you. When we had Tempe visual and reported two minutes out we were still in front but also knew that some of the planes coming up behind us were doing between 180 and 200 knots!! About five minutes out I started a decent and got the speed up to about 135 knots. The tension, at one minute out, was unbearable as we were still leading and could see the coke trucks we finish between. At this stage I saw a shadow of a plane ahead and then the plane, a "V" Tail Bonanza had passed us and our 135 knots was useless against his 170 knots. I put the nose down a bit more and we both held our breath for the last 30 seconds or so as we sped between the Coke trucks into second place, 41 seconds behind the Bonanza.

1st Crew: Ray Gleimius and Adam Pucjlowski receiving the President's Trophy from Stan Oliver, Aero Club Chairman1st Crew: Ray Gleimius and Adam Pucjlowski receiving the President's Trophy from Stan Oliver, Aero Club ChairmanThe feeling of coming second in this amazing race is also indescribable. You are parked in the second position with the first five planes and are quarantined and not allowed to speak to anyone or move from the plane until the crew and plane have been searched for GPS’s and any other illegal equipment, or mods, that are against the race rules. After about 20 minutes or so all five planes were declared clear and we headed for the pub for a couple of well deserved cold castles to help us wind down. For consistency in this race I feel that Barry must hold the record, this was his third second place and in the past six years he has also achieved a third a fourth and a sixth. To be in the top six over the past six years must surely be some record! That elusive first place must surely come for Barry soon, and hopefully I am able to be part of that team.

The awards ceremony and banquet was held at the Bloemfontein Town Hall and about 300 participants and guests attend this most prestigious event. Barry and I were presented with three awards. We received a most magnificent trophy, in the form of a bronze eagle on a wooden base atop a chrome stand about waist height, for coming first on the second day! We also received the Natal Mercury Floating Trophy, dating from 1937 and presented to Mr W.H. Hullet at the Govenor Generals Air Race in that year, for being the first Natal team to finish and The Air Charters Companies of SA trophy for second place overall.

The trip home was quite a squash as the eagle trophy I estimate weighs about 25 kg’s and is a real problem to load because of its awkward shape and obvious value. The views on the way home on Sunday seemed even better and brighter to a most satisfied and proud crew in ZS-VYI, race number 30, placed first on day two and second overall in the 2003 President's Trophy Air Race.

2003 PTAR - Full Result

2003 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 12 to 14 June 2003

Total Distance: 691.16 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
01 55 ZS-JYB Beech V35B 285 165.20 00:06.02- 169.27 Ray Gleimius
Adam Pucjlowski
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
02 30 ZS-VYI Grumman AA1A 160 128.20 00:05.21- 130.35 Harry Antel
Barry de Groot
K Z N
Pietermaritzburg FC
03 44 ZS-MWZ Cessna T303 250 176.20 00:05.08- 180.13 Jacob Pienaar
Jacob Pienaar(Snr)
Free State
None
04 27 ZS-LES Beech A36 300 176.00 00:03.46- 178.86 Pieter van Zyl
Hein Nesser
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
05 69 ZS-OVB Beech 58 300 199.70 00:03.16- 202.90 Peter Walker
Maruis Els
Tvl
None
06 23 ZS-WZU Lancair 320 180 193.40 00:03.09- 196.29 Dave Mandell
Rod Crichton
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
07 49 ZS-MKS Beech A36 285 167.90 00:02.49- 169.83 John Sayers
Cilliers Manser
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
08 62 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 171.00 00:02.45- 172.96 John Mayer(Jnr)
John Mayer(Snr)
Tvl
None
09 64 ZS-NXE Piper PA28 RT201T 200 154.00 00:02.24- 155.38 Dana Bensch
None
Tvl
J L P C
10 111 ZS-WBT Glasair III 300 217.30 00:02.08- 219.76 Lucas Wiese
JB Burger
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
11 19 ZS-FVH Piper PA28 180R 180 140.00 00:01.35- 140.75 Sean Hughes
Harry Moos
Free State
None
12 29 ZS-JYM Cessna C210M 285 165.00 00:01.05- 165.72 David Forster
Wyndham Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
13 3 ZS-FPB Cessna C210J 285 168.10 00:00.58- 168.76 Eugene Swart
Francois Swart
Tvl
Kuruman FC
14 42 ZS-LXU Beech F33A 285 171.00 00:00.45- 171.53 Trevor Abrahams
Ernest Claassen
Tvl
None
15 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 139.30 00:00.35- 139.57 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan
Tvl
None
16 2 ZS-KSO Cessna 182Q 230 139.50 00:00.19- 139.64 Wynand j/v Rensburg
André Koen
N/Tvl
None
17 10 ZS-IFA Cessna 182 SCIM 230 138.50 00:00.15- 138.61 Lomon Stadlander
Eduard Steyn
Free State
Western Tvl FC
18 38 ZS-OJA Piper PA32 R301T 300 173.40 00:00.09 173.28 Thys Joubert
Cas Joubert
K Z N
None
19 41 748 Cessna 185E 260 141.00 00:00.33 140.74 Sean Steyn
Adrian Tomaz
Tvl
None
20 47 ZS-MOR Cessna C210N SCIM 285 162.10 00:00.35 161.73 Chris Booysen
Jim Tucker
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
21 31 ZS-LXR Beech 58 (2-BL) 285 198.90 00:01.15 197.71 Dirk Fourie
Braam van Greuning
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
22 50 ZS-CHL Beech 58 285 198.20 00:03.47 194.68 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Sarel van der Walt
Free State
Bloemfontien FC
23 59 ZS-LUJ Cessna 177A 180 128.50 00:04.12 126.85 Willem du Plessis
Pieter Ferreira
Free State
None
24 22 ZU-CCO Urban AI Samba 100 124.80 00:04.25 123.16 Rainer Frieboese
Hans Schwebel
N/Tvl
Brits FC
25 56 ZS-SLW Beech E55 2-BL 285 197.30 00:04.55 192.78 Jacques Griessel
Johan Ferreira
Free State
None
26 39 ZS-IYC Cessna 182P 230 136.50 00:05.06 134.25 Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Cape
Vaalharts FC
27 20 ZS-KMO Beech 58 285 198.20 00:05.09 193.44 William Einkamerer
Nardus Scheepers
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
28 26 ZS-ISW Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 00:05.14 138.92 Trevor Cufflin
Nigel Kemper
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
29 25 ZU-BSZ Ryan Navion 185 136.00 00:05.27 133.61 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
N/Tvl
None
30 11 V5-RUD Cessna 182RGII ST 235 155.60 00:05.33 152.42 Wiehan vd Merwe
Francios Hugo
Namibia
Windhoek FC
31 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna 182RGII 235 151.30 00:06.17 147.90 Wally Brink
George Brink
Cape
Vryburg FC
32 51 ZS-MTR Cessna C210N 285 165.00 00:06.49 160.65 Johan la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Cape
None
33 57 ZS-EFH Piper PA28-235 235 138.00 00:06.51 134.92 Marius van Heerde
George Burger
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
34 21 ZS-MHH Cessna C172 150 115.30 00:06.55 113.12 Hans Zeuner
Marcell Dames
Tvl
Central FC
35 16 ZS-LMB Piper PA31-350 350 211.80 00:07.08 204.37 Chris Briers
Dries Briers
N/Tvl
None
36 6 ZS-DYY Piper PA28-140 160 115.50 00:08.55 112.70 Le Riche Coetzer
Anton Kapp
Free State
Hoopstad FC
37 65 ZS-ELP Piper PA28-180 180 124.00 00:10.09 120.34 F Viljoen
Johannes j van Rensburg
Tvl
None
38 28 ZS-NBB Cessna 177RG 200 147.70 00:10.45 142.25 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
39 36 ZS-FNX Cessna 182 SCIM 230 136.50 00:11.27 131.54 Frans Nel
Hendrik van Rooyen
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
40 45 ZS-KOW Cessna 182Q 230 139.50 00:12.05 134.04 Dirk van Reenen
Edwin Spence
Free State
None
41 35 ZS-OSY Piper PA28-161 160 117.34 00:12.33 113.31 Danie Coetzee
Cobus Engelbrecht
N/Tvl
None
42 8 ZU-CNG JABIRU SP 85 105.80 00:13.29 102.28 Jan Hanekom
Hugo Stark
N/Tvl
Brits FC
43 18 ZS-CBD Mooney M20C 180 144.50 00:13.32 137.99 Simon Sykes
Graham Wansbury
Free State
None
44 34 ZS-OSZ Piper PA28-161 160 117.34 00:13.33 113.00 Robert Brock
Richard Garrett
Tvl
None
45 52 ZS-EPY Cessna C172 145 105.80 00:14.00 102.15 Joanita la Grange
Henry Miles
N/Tvl
None
46 32 ZS-DVT Beech B55 260 192.00 00:14.10 180.18 Herman Klopper
Kassie Kasselman
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
47 58 ZS-WHV Piper PA28-180 180 125.00 00:14.45 119.68 Jacob de Beer
Charl Lotriet
N/Tvl
None
48 17 ZS-LWP Mooney M20J 205SE 200 163.00 00:16.27 153.10 Frederick Vlok
Keith Bailey
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
49 33 ZS-FXX Cessna C172K 160 115.30 00:16.50 110.14 Jaybez Bartholomew
Shane Pirie
Tvl
None
50 15 ZS-IVT Cessna C172 150 115.30 00:17.09 110.05 Charl vd Berg
Willie Marais
N/Tvl
Central FC
51 48 ZS-GUP Aeromot AMT-200S 100 116.60 00:18.51 110.72 Norman Dixie
Roger Pietrucci
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
52 53 ZS-FHM Mooney M20G 180 145.50 00:19.23 136.23 Riaan Foley
Albert Brink
Free State
Hoopstad FC
53 43 ZS-IAH Cessna 182N SCIM 230 138.50 00:19.37 129.98 Paul van der Kooi
Jacobus Coetzee
N/Tvl
None
54 12 ZS-EXR Piper PA28-140 160 115.50 00:19.48 109.46 Otto Engelbrecht
Johann Scholtz
Free State
None
55 1 ZS-FSR Beech A36 285 167.90 00:21.58 154.18 Human Wentzel
Arno Stofberg
Tvl
Western Tvl FC
56 54 ZS-MAE Cessna C172 160 120.90 00:24.03 112.97 Mauritz du Plessis
Andre van Deventer
Cape
Walker Bay
57 61 ZS-KJD Cessna 150 Aerobat 160 113.40 00:24.56 106.16 Dean du Toit
Hein Raath
Cape
Western Tvl FC
58 37 ZS-IYW Cessna C172M 150 114.00 00:27.59 105.85 Tjaart j van Rensburg
Jonathan Swart
N/Tvl
None
59 9 ZS-IXM Grumman AA5 160 132.30 00:40.19 117.22 Athas Karatzas
Andonios Georgiou
Tvl
None
60 40 ZS-IUI Cessna 182 SCIM 230 136.50 01:01.13 113.61 Eddie Graham
Eddie Graham
Free State
Hoopstad FC

2003 PTAR - Trophies

2003 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe - Bloemfontein 12 to 14 June 2003

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 55 ZS-JYB Ray Gleimius/Adam Pucjlowski
Beech V35B
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman AA1A
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 44 ZS-MWZ Jacob Pienaar/Jacob Pienaar(Snr)
Cessna T303
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman AA1A
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 55 ZS-JYB Ray Gleimius/Adam Pucjlowski
Beech V35B
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 320
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 44 ZS-MWZ Jacob Pienaar/Jacob Pienaar(Snr)
Cessna T303
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 55 ZS-JYB Ray Gleimius/Adam Pucjlowski
Beech V35B
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman AA1A
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 44 ZS-MWZ Jacob Pienaar/Jacob Pienaar(Snr)
Cessna T303
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 44 ZS-MWZ Jacob Pienaar/Jacob Pienaar(Snr)
Cessna T303
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 61 ZS-KJD Dean du Toit/Hein Raath
Cessna 150 Aerobat
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 51 ZS-MTR Johan la Grange/Yolande la Grange
Cessna C210N
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 320
C A A Trophy For Professionalism Kassie Kasselman &Team
(Burgundy Boys)
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 55 ZS-JYB Ray Gleimius/Adam Pucjlowski
Beech V35B
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 44 ZS-MWZ Jacob Pienaar/Jacob Pienaar(Snr)
Cessna T303
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 64 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/None
Piper PA28RT201T
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 18 ZS-CBD Simon Sykes/Graham Wansbury
Mooney M20C
Westline Aviation Trophy The Winner of the Small Aircraft Category 22 ZU-CCO Rainer Frieboese/Hans Schwebel
Urban AI Samba
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving the Most Meritorious Performance 60 ZS-IUJ Marie-France Smit/Francious Pieterse
Cessna 182 Mod
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 18 ZS-CBD Simon Sykes/Johan Bornman
Mooney M20C
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 111 ZS-WBT Lucas Wiese/JB Burger
Glasair III
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 23 ZS-WZU David Mandell/Rod Crichton
Lancair 320
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Daniel Bensch(Jnr)
Piper PA28RT201T
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 69 ZS-OVB Peter Walker/Marius Els
Beech 58
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award TP Marshall Piet van Wyk
Bock Moolman Trophy The Best Economy Speed Per Horsepower 22 ZU-CCO Rainer Frieboese/Hans Schwebel
Urban AI Samba
"Skilpad" Trophy The Last Krugersdorp Pilot Home 7 ZU-BSG Christo Schoeman/Theuns de Bruyn
SAAB Safir

2003 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
4 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock
Kristen Johnson
Lancair 320 Not seen at Smithfield Day 1
7 ZS-IMZ Francois Boshoff
Hercules Boshoff
Beech V35B Not seen Jagersfontein Day 2
40 ZS-IUI Eddie Graham
Eddie Graham
Cessna C182 Did not finish Day 2
46 ZS-KVT Johann Gouws
Francois du Toit
Cessna C172RG Not seen Jagersfontein Day 2
60 ZS-IUJ Marie-France Smit
Francois Pienaar
Cessna C182 Not seen at Schweizer-Reneke and Wesselsbron
63 ZU-CVO Renier Moolman
Pieter Roux
Tecnam P92-S Did not finish day 1
66 ZS-NXO Danie Saayman
Andre Lotter
Cessna C172 Did not finish day 1

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
45 ZS-KOW 00:02:00 Turned short at Jagersfontein
56 ZS-SLW 00:01:00 Turned short at Schweizer_Reneke
64 ZS-NXE 00:02:00 Turned short at Jagersfontein

2003 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Reivilo 137.8 137.8
Reivilo Schweizer-Reneke 64.3 202.1
Schweizer-Reneke Wesselbron 69.8 271.9
Wesselbron New Tempe 72.4 344.3

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Jagersfontein 57.8 57.8
Jagersfontein Smithfield 63.7 121.5
Smithfield Bultfontein 118.9 240.4
Bultfonteinp Boshoff 50.3 290.7
Boshoff New Tempe 56.2 346.9

Total Distance - 691.16 Nautical Miles

2002 PTAR - Full Result

2002 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 13 to 15 June 2002

Total Distance: 650.68 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
01 27 ZS-FSR Beech A36 285 166.00 0:05.24- 169.89 Human Wentzel
Arno Stoffberg
W/Tvl
West Tvl FS
02 11 V5-RUD Cessna 182RGII ST 235 150.90 0:03.44- 153.11 Essie Esterhuyzen
Wynand Wessels
Namibia
Windhoek FC
03 59 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 168.00 0:02.23- 169.74 John Mayer(Jnr)
John Mayer(Snr)
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
04 46 ZS-NXE Piper PA28RT201T 200 154.00 0:01.39- 155.01 Dana Bensch
Nicholas Bensch
Tvl
J L P C
05 23 ZS-LXU Beech F33A 285 168.00 0:01.33- 169.13 Braam v Greuning
Dirk Fourie
W/Tvl
West Tvl F S
06 30 ZS-VYI Grumman Trainer 160 128.20 0:01.29- 128.82 Harry Antel
Barry de Groot
K Z N
Pietermaritzburg FC
07 111 ZS-WBT Glasair III 300 217.30 0:00.53- 218.37 Lucas Wiese
JB Burger
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
08 19 ZS-FVH Piper PA28-180R 180 140.00 0:00.45- 140.38 Sean Hughes
Harry Moos
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
09 42 ZS-MOR Cessna C210N SCIM 285 161.70 0:00.40- 162.15 Rod Crichton
Jim Tucker
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
10 4 ZU-APZ Lancair 320 160 187.00 0:00.02- 187.02 Dieter Bock
Jack Onderstal
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
11 43 ZS-JTU Piper PA28-235 250 139.30 0:00.01- 139.31 Wessel Vermaas
Pieter Lordan
N/Tvl
Louis Trichard FC
12 56 ZS-ITL Beech V35B VORTX 285 167.00 0:00.06 166.93 Theuns v Rensburg
John Wright
K Z N
None
13 66 ZS-JYB Beech V35B 285 165.20 0:01.13 164.36 Ray Gleimius
Dirk Coetzee
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
14 29 ZS-JYM Cessna C210 285 166.20 0:01.46 164.96 David Forster
Wyndham Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
15 32 710 Cessna 185 260 136.80 0:02.11 135.76 Chris Ferreira
Jurie v Wyngaardt
N/Tvl
Defence FC
16 55 ZS-MED Cessna C210L 285 161.70 0:02.15 160.21 Piet Ferreira
Johan v Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
17 49 ZS-KCK Bellanca Scout 180 116.00 0:02.18 115.21 John Sayers
Cilliers Manser
Tvl
Stellenbosch FC
18 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 139.30 0:03.04 137.80 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan van den Berg
Tvl
None
19 14 ZS-LTP Piper PA32R-301T 300 168.00 0:03.57 165.19 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
N/Tvl
None
20 36 ZS-KHX Piper PA34-200T 200 173.60 0:04.09 170.46 Robert L Myburgh
Robert C Myburgh
Tvl
None
21 58 ZS-EFK Piper PA28-235 235 139.30 0:04.13 137.24 Jacque Greissel
Johan Ferreira
Free State
None
22 20 ZS-SLW Beech E55 2-BL 285 197.30 0:04.29 192.92 William Einkamerer
Johnny Scholtz
W/Tvl
West Tvl F S
23 17 ZU-BKK KIS Cruiser 200 155.00 0:04.49 152.09 John Petrie
Leon Joubert
Tvl
EAA 322
24 3 ZS-IWV Piper PA32-300ST 300 136.00 0:04.59 133.67 Eugene Swart
Jan Visser
Tvl
Kuruman FC
25 2 ZS-NFU Piper PA28-140 150 118.40 0:05.21 116.51 André Koen
Wynand j van Rensburg
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
26 22 ZS-RTB Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 0:05.44 138.52 Ernst Grunow
Charl Lotriet
Free State
None
27 28 ZS-NBB Cessna 177RG 200 145.60 0:05.50 142.49 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
28 1 ZS-KMN Beech 58 285 198.50 0:05.55 192.70 Chris Briers
Dries Breirs
N/Tvl
Pretoria FC
29 5 ZS-KSZ Cessna 182RG 235 151.30 0:05.59 147.87 George Brink
Wally Brink
Tvl
Vryburg FC
30 45 ZS-KOW Cessna 182Q 230 139.50 0:06.01 136.56 Dirk van Reenen
Edwin Spence
Free State
None
31 69 ZS-KTF Piper PA32-RT300 300 161.00 0:06.18 156.92 Hermanus van Niekerk
Theuns de Bruin
Tvl
Lanseria Flight Ctr
32 33 ZS-LLS Cessna 177RG 200 141.20 0:06.54 137.76 Mark Voget
Johan Schoeman
Tvl
None
33 50 ZS-WLO Beech E55 285 198.50 0:07.30 191.20 Koos Coetzer
AT Sheppard
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
34 38 ZS-JCO Cessna C210L SCIM 300 171.60 0:08.01 165.76 CAS Joubert
Thys Joubert
K Z N
None
35 18 ZS-CBD Mooney M20C 180 144.50 0:08.04 140.31 Simon Sykes
Hannes Groenewald
Free State
None
36 7 ZS-LVH Piper PA28-200 200 139.00 0:08.58 134.70 Trevor Cuflin
Nigel Kemper
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
37 15 ZS-JTR Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 0:09.03 137.88 Kobus Louw
Marcell Dames
Tvl
Pretoria FC
38 12 ZS-FJV Cessna C172K 160 118.40 0:09.21 115.13 Frikkie Lubbe
Niel Slabbert
Cape
Upington FC
39 8 ZS-HEO Beech 55 285 198.50 0:09.57 188.94 Sias Delport
James Tregenza
Cape
Vaalharts FC
40 40 ZS-MTR Cessna C210N 285 168.00 0:10.12 160.93 Johan la Grange
Thomas van Rooyen
Cape
Kimberley FC
41 57 ZS-CRT Cessna C172 145 105.80 0:10.16 102.93 Thomas Hagen
Thys Groenewald
Cape
None
42 44 ZS-LAR Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 0:10.28 136.23 Geoffrey Boot
Suzie Boot
UK
Royal Aero Club
43 6 ZS-CXC Piper PA22-108 108 91.50 0:12.07 88.97 Le Riche Coetzer
Riaan Foley
Free State
None
44 21 ZS-IML Piper PA24-260C 260 163.50 0:12.22 155.44 Peet van der Walt
Bennie du Plessis
Cape
None
45 35 ZS-FHM Mooney M20G 180 145.50 0:13.30 138.53 Adrain Barry
Tertius Myburgh
Tvl
None
46 39 ZS-IYC Cessna 182P 230 139.50 0:14.09 132.78 Pieter Burger
Albie van Zyl
Cape
Vaalharts FC
47 34 ZS-DZR Cessna C210FM SCIM 300 168.00 0:16.37 156.79 Frikkie Boltman
Willem Marais
Tvl
C F A
48 26 ZS-NXO Cessna C172 160 116.00 0:18.23 109.99 Leon Ehlers
Andre Lotter
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
49 16 ZS-DOB Beech G35 225 149.00 0:21.12 137.84 Danie Mathewson
Jan Human
Cape
Vaalharts FC
50 31 ZS-JEO Cessna 182 235 139.50 0:22.24 129.16 Clayton Williams
Danie Erasmus
N/Tvl
None
51 52 ZS-OSZ Piper PA28-161 160 123.00 0:27.30 113.19 Ian dos Santos
Michael Oberholzer
Tvl
F.T.C.A.
52 54 ZS-OSW Piper PA28-161 160 123.00 0:28.02 113.02 Jaybez Bartholomew
Shane Pirie
Tvl
F.T.C.A.
53 48 ZS-OSX Piper PA28-161 160 123.00 0:28.17 112.93 Richard Garnett
Brad Geddes
Tvl
F.T.C.A.
54 51 ZS-OSY Piper PA28-161 160 123.00 0:31.17 111.96 Nico van den Berg
Hynro Schoeman
Tvl
F.T.C.A.

2002 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
9 ZS-IZO Mark Fitzgerald
Garth Eden
Beagle B121 Pup Did not start day 1
10 ZS-MPD Herman Klopper
AJL Vlok
Cessna C210T Not seen Senekal Day 1
25 ZS-NHR Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Piaggio P166S Did not start day 1
41 ZS-MYO Joanita la Grange
Yolande la Grange
Cessna C172L Not seen at Bloemhof, Senekal and Bultfontein
47 ZS-CJV Thomas Robbertse
Gustav Goldschagg
Cessna C175 Not seen at Senekal - Day 1
53 ZS-KFF Andrew Brito
Paul le Roux
Piper PA28-161 Did not start day 1
59 ZS-RMA J Mayer (Jnr)
J Mayer (Snr)
Beech F33A Not seen at Fauresmith Day 1
60 ZS-EHG Paul van der Kooi
Jaco Stroh
Cessna C172 Did not complete route on day 2
77 ZS-MKW Louis Botha
Christo Botha
Cessna T303 Not seen at Senekal - Day 1

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
15 ZS-JTR 00:02:00 Turned short after take-off
46 ZS-NXE 00:02:00 Wrong direction Koffiefontein
60 ZS-EHG 00:02:00 Turned short after take-off
66 ZS-JYB 00:02:00 Wrong direction Koffiefontein

2002 PTAR - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Bloemhof 90.0 90.0
Bloemhof Senekal 117.0 207.0
Senekal Bultfontein 80.0 287.0
Bultfontein New Tempe 45.4 332.4

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Fauresmith 61.2 61.2
Fauresmith Koffiefontein 25.3 86.5
Koffiefontein New Tempe 64.9 151.4
New Tempe Hertzogville 65.0 216.4
Hertzogville Hoopstad 28.4 244.8
Hoopstad New Tempe 73.5 318.3

Total Distance - 650.68 Nautical Miles

2001 President's Trophy Air Race

President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe, Bloemfontein - 9 to 11 August 2001.

By Jan Hanekom

Aircraft Lined up at the startAircraft Lined up at the startThis year's race had to be moved to this date due to the World Air Games taking place in Spain on the dates where we had the Race planned originally. Everyone thought that this will be OK and that we will have fine weather. Just to be proved wrong.

Planning went very well after an initial hiccup when the company contracted to do the advertising etc, withdrew. This left SAPFA, Bloemfontein Flying Club and Race Organizer, Johann van Gruting very little time to do all the planning in.

Pre-race day (Thursday the 9th) dawned a nice cool day with 41 aircraft and crews arriving from all over. This decline in numbers compared with last year, were mainly due to the worsening economic conditions, at least according to some of the old participants we have phoned in advance.

Oom Doep and Oom Doors getting the aircraft on their wayOom Doep and Oom Doors getting the aircraft on their wayThe Air Observer (a GPS based logging system) was for the first time officially used to test fly AC and to determine handicap speeds. This system is locally manufactured by Tilt-tech and is also internationally approved by the FAI for Rally/Precision flying at World Championship level. This was done by flying the AC under test at maximum power in a rectangular course with two legs cross-wind and one into wind and one down-wind. The unit then logs flight parameters every second of the flight. After the flight the data is then transferred to a PC and verified with respect of track and altitude holding. The result is then fed into a spreadsheet calculating the two average speeds. One for the into-wind and down-wind legs, and one for the two crosswind legs. The into-wind and down-wind average is then used for the Handicap speed. Of the twelve AC tested, not one's speed could be proved wrong. For example, one was tested at 161.07 Kts and achieved 162.08 Kts on day two. Another was tested 109.30 Kts and achieved 108.09 Kts on day two.

3rd Place: Harry Antel and Barry de Groot3rd Place: Harry Antel and Barry de GrootA lot of participants felt that this will bring back the guys who are staying away from the Race due to Handicap speeds perceived to be incorrect. Three aircraft have also been monitored on the second day to check for irregularities.

"The worst weather in the 70 year history of the race" That is how World Airnews described what faced the contestants in day one of the race. The day (Friday, 10th) started with quite a strong westerly wind (up to 25kts) that blew in a lot of clouds. The route took competitors from Tempe - Reddersburg - Zastron - Barkley East - Bethulie - Tempe. At 10h00 the fastest aircraft took off with the rest following at 30 second intervals. Everything went well until Barkley East where severe turbulence was experienced and a number of competitors also could not get close to, or overhead Barkley East. Some aircraft even flew through a snow storm.

A large amount of radio chatter followed and some competitors called it a day and returned to Tempe. One even landed on a private strip to re-think strategy (or should it read to find out where they are - just joking Mauritz). The fact that all 45 landed safely back at Tempe despite the adverse conditions says a great deal about the responsibility of the crews and the safety of the race.

Twenty-seven aircraft completed the course by getting timed at all the points This left the organizers with only these aircraft still in the Race should the normal rules be applied. This was a first ever and something had to be done to keep the Race alive. The Jury had quite a long session with the Handicapping/Scoring committee and a penalty system (minutes per turn point missed) was introduced to keep everyone in the Race. Extra time penalties were added to aircraft that returned to Tempe without trying to move on to the next point, Bethulie. One of the pilots reported that this was indeed a scary flight and another aircraft lost its compass (got stuck) during the flight.

2nd Place: Errol j v Rensburg and Andre Koen2nd Place: Errol j v Rensburg and Andre KoenRace day 2 (Saturday the 11th) started very cold but at least with clear blue skies and a moderate wind. The route was Tempe - Smithfield - Trompsburg - Tempe - Harmony - Bultfontein - Tempe. This time the slowest aircraft started just after 10h00 with the fastest starting last.

This proved to be a very nice flying day with all but a few crews who got lost somewhat, achieving much higher speeds - very close to their Handicaps. We had the TV there to witness the finish and Capital Sounds did their usual best to excite the local crowd. At 13h02 and 19 seconds Race 16 (ZS-CHL) with pilot Chris Briers and navigator Dries Briers, blasted through the finish point at an incredible 198 Kts to become the winners of the 2001 PTAR. Race 11 (ZS-PWC) closely followed them with Errol van Rensburg and Andre Koen in second place and Race 30 (ZS-VYI) with Harry Antel and Barry de Groot in third place.

Winners of the 2001 President's Trophy Air Race - Dries and Chris BriersWinners of the 2001 President's Trophy Air Race - Dries and Chris BriersAs usual the price-giving banquet at the "Glas Paleis" was a grand finale to the Race with a lot of silverware changing hands. The feedback that we got from participants and sponsors alike was that under the circumstances (the weather on Friday) they thought it was an Air Race well run and enjoyed by most. Here I have to say that one crew, unhappy with the way the penalties for day one were applied, approached me after the price giving, with their problem. Although they have my sympathy I can only say - please follow the rules and your complaints will also be handled according to the rules. On behalf of SAPFA I would like to thank all our sponsors - Imperial Aviation, Coca-Cola, WCT, Ferreira Aviation, ATNS, Capital Sounds. I also would like to thank Johann van Gruting Race organizer), Bloemfontein Flying Club, the SAAF, Midwest Aviation, ATNS, the Handicapping & Scoring committee, the jury, all the marshals, Oom Doep and Oom Doors, and everyone else who helped to make this Race the success it has been. Without you it could not have been done.

To the competitors - thank you for your incredible sportsmanship and friendliness, and for spending the time and money to participate. Let us take up Marius Venter's (Imperial Aviation) offer to give everyone who brings another entry next year, R200 back on his or her entry fees. Let us make PTAR 2002 another race to remember.

2001 PTAR - Full Result

2001 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontien - 9 to 11 August 2001

Total Distance: 654.45 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
01 16 ZS-CHL Beech 58 285 198.00 0:02.10 195.86 Chris Briers
Dries Briers
N/Tvl
Pretoria FC
02 11 ZS-PWC Cessna C182P 230 134.10 0:04.22 132.13 Errol j van Rensburg
André Koen
N/Tvl
None
03 30 ZS-VYI Grumman Trainer 160 128.20 0:05.13 126.05 Harry Antel
Barry de Groot
K Z N
Pietermaritzburg FC
04 51 ZS-KHC Beech B55 260 191.50 0:06.21 185.75 Johan Ferreira
Jaques Griessel
Free State
None
05 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 139.30 0:06.39 136.09 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan h
Tvl
None
06 3 ZS-MZW Cessna T210L 285 182.80 0:07.04 176.97 Eugene Swart
Jannie Visser
Tvl
None
07 21 ZS-DEN Beech A36 300 176.00 0:08.02 169.87 Neil Hellmann
Roland Retzlaff
Tvl
None
08 36 ZS-KHX Piper PA34-200T 200 173.60 0:08.06 167.60 Robert L Myburgh
Robert C Myburgh
Tvl
None
09 6 ZS-MZA Beech 58 300 199.70 0:08.11 191.73 Nigel Townshend
Greg Porteous
Tvl
None
10 29 ZS-LPY Cessna U206C 300 142.00 0:08.19 137.85 David Forster
Wyndham Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
11 40 ZS-MTR Cessna C210N 285 168.00 0:08.47 161.91 Johan la Grange
Thomas van Rooyen
Cape
Bloemfontein FC
12 10 ZS-ITP Beech B55 260 191.50 0:09.39 182.89 Willem Edeling
Wim Kotze
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
13 31 ZS-MOR Cessna C210N 285 166.00 0:09.39 159.49 Chris Booysen
Jim Tucker
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
14 28 ZS-NBB Cessna C177RG 200 141.20 0:10.03 136.28 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
15 50 ZS-LXU Beech F33A 285 171.00 0:10.42 163.38 Dirk Fourie
Koos Coetzer
F.S.
Bloemfontein FC
16 46 ZS-NXE Piper PA28RT201T 200 152.10 0:11.06 154.43 Daniel Bensch
Daniel Bensch Jnr
Tvl
J L P C
17 18 ZS-CBD Mooney M20C 180 144.50 0:12.39 138.07 Simon Sykes
Johan Bornman
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
18 32 731 Cessna C185 260 136.80 0:12.54 130.92 Charl Steijn
Gavin Jones
N/Tvl
Defence FC
19 19 ZS-FVH Piper PA28-180R 180 140.00 0:13.17 133.66 Shaun Hughes
Harry Moos
Free State
None
20 27 ZS-LBW Piper PA34-220T 220 176.00 0:13.34 165.90 Henry Conradie
Jaco vd Merwe
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
21 12 ZS-FJV Cessna C172K 160 118.50 0:13.59 115.71 Frikkie Lubbe
Niel Slabbert
Cape
Uppington FC
22 13 ZS-IYC Cessna C182P 230 139.50 0:14.13 132.79 Pieter Burger
Sias Delport
Cape
Vaalharts FC
23 9 ZU-CKE Tecnam P92-S 100 109.30 0:15.43 104.71 Ray Gleimius
Renier Moolman
Tvl
Krugersdrp FC
24 33 ZS-FGU Piper PA28-140 150 117.40 0:16.32 111.87 Francois Pieterse
Cronje Mohr
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
25 69 ZS-MED Cessna C210L 285 168.00 0:17.31 156.28 Piet Ferreira
Lucas Wiese
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
26 5 ZS-CRW Cessna C210A 260 150.10 0:19.23 139.74 JB Burger
Danie Saayman
Free State
None
27 26 ZS-NXO Cessna C172 160 118.50 0:19.36 113.82 Dana Volschenk
André Lotter
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
28 34 ZS-GUP Aeromot AMT-200S 100 116.60 0:20.45 114.64 Norman Dixie
Anton van Langelaar
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
29 8 ZS-ISW Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 0:20.48 138.50 Trevor Cufflin
Nigel Kemper
Tvl
Krugersdrp FC
30 55 ZS-FOH Piper PA28-140 160 118.40 0:23.40 115.38 Anton Swarts
Neil Austin
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
31 22 ZS-RTB Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 0:24.18 139.74 Ernst Grunow
Charl Lotriet
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
32 17 ZU-APF Van's RV6 160 164.00 0:26.45 156.32 Noel Drew
Robert Fletcher
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
33 1 ZS-EHG Cessna C172 145 105.80 0:33.02 100.89 James Lidderd
Jannie Marais
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
34 44 ZU-BMZ Jabiru 80 104.70 0:33.50 99.69 Mike Cathro
Bill Anderson
Tvl
Panorama
35 41 ZS-NXN Cessna C182RG 235 156.00 0:35.11 144.41 Johan Jooste
Thys Groenewald
Cape
None
36 7 ZU-BSG SAAB SAFIR 200 136.70 0:47.28 117.31 Christo Schoeman
Theuns du Bruyn
Tvl
None
37 15 ZS-FWG Piper PA28-R200 200 141.40 0:49.38 128.18 CM du Plessis(Snr)
CM du Plessis(Jnr)
N/Tvl
Pretoria FC
38 14 ZS-LTP PiperPA32R-301T 300 168.00 0:50.51 145.65 Henk Scheepers
Johan Scheepers
N/Tvl
None

2001 PTAR - Trophies

2001 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe - Bloemfontein 9 to 11 August 2001

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 16 ZS-CHL Chris Briers/Dries Briers
Beech 58
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 11 ZS-PWC Errol janse van Rensburg/André Koen
Cessna C182P
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman Trainer
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 30 ZS-VYI Harry Antel/Barry de Groot
Grumman Trainer
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 40 ZS-MTR Johan la Grange/Thomas van Rooyen
Cessna C210N
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 51 ZS-KHC Johan Ferreira/Jacques Griessel
Beech B55
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 16 ZS-CHL Chris Briers/Dries Briers
Beech 58
Professional Aviation Trophy Best Handicap Speed on Second Day 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Daniel Bensch(Jnr)
Piper PA28RT201T
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 36 ZS-KHX Robert L Myburgh/Robert C Myburgh
Piper PA28 200T
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 3 ZS-MZW Eugene Swart/Jannie Visser
Cessna T210L
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 11 ZS-PWC Errol janse van Rensburg/André Koen
Cessna C182P
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 15 ZS-FWG CM du Plessis (Jnr)
Piper PA28-R200
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 17 ZU-APF Noel Drew/Robert Fletcher
Van's RV6
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 69 ZS-MED Piet Ferreira/Lucas Wiese
Cessna C210L
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 16 ZS-CHL Chris Briers/Dries Briers
Beech 58
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28 235
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The First Mooney Home 18 ZS-CBD Simon Sykes/Johan Bornman
Mooney M20C
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 18 ZS-CBD Simon Sykes/Johan Bornman
Mooney M20C
The Crew Finishing under Exceptional CircumstancesCompleted the race with no compass Completed the race with no compass Mooney M20C
Chris Briers/Dries Briers
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 16 ZS-CHL Chris Briers/Dries Briers
Beech 58
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 31 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Jim Tucker
Cessna C210
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Daniel Bensch(Jnr)
Piper PA28RT201T
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 16 ZS-CHL Chris Briers/Dries Briers
Beech 58
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award (Pointing out that handicap was too low) 31 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Jim Tucker
Cessna C210N
"Skilpad" Trophy The Last Krugersdorp Pilot Home 7 ZU-BSG Christo Schoeman/Theuns de Bruyn
SAAB Safir

2001 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
4 ZS-BSW Hans Marx
Tom Marx
Ryan Navion A Did not start day 2 (starter problem)
23 ZS-KOW Dirk van Reenen
Edwin Spence
Cessna C182Q Not seen Smithfield Day 2
23 ZS-BSZ Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
Ryan Navion Not seen Smithfield Day 2

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
1 ZS-EHG 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
4 ZS-BSW 00:06:00 Not seen at Barkley East
8 ZS-ISW 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
12 ZS-FJV 00:06:00 Not seen at Barkley East
14 ZS-LTP 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
15 ZS-FWG 00:21:00 Not seen at Zastron, Barkley East and Bethulie
17 ZU-APF 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
22 ZS-RTB 00:21:00 Not seen at Zastron, Barkley East and Bethulie
26 ZS-NXO 00:06:00 Not seen at Barkley East
34 ZS-GUP 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
41 ZS-NXN 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
44 ZS-BMZ 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
46 ZS-NXE 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie
55 ZS-FOH 00:15:00 Not seen at Barkley East and Bethulie

2001 PTAR - Participant Story

President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe, Bloemfontein - 9 to 11 August 2001.

A report on the 2001 air race by winning navigator Dries Bries

When I was asked to write an article about the 2001 race, my memories took me back to the moment we arrived at Tempe the day before the race. I was very proud to arrive at the race for the first time in a Baron 58 as all my previous races were flown with a Piper Cherokee 235. I must say that at that point it did not worry me at all that it was my first race as a navigator, and that in a faster aircraft. That was soon to change.

I have always marvelled at the three different stages of the race. First there is the pre-race stage where all the strategy planning, nav calculations and handicap arguing is done. There are many decisions to be made, must we polish the aircraft or not, must we stay low or climb on each leg, must we go over or around that big mountain (I do not know how the organizers of the race do it, but they always succeed in getting some big mountain right in everybody's way) and then there is always the furious matter of the handicaps. Very rarely will you find a competitor that is satisfied with his own and all the other handicaps. It is a matter of principle to some competitors to try and negotiate a better position in the race and some will still argue about their handicap even if they know thy can probably taxi faster that the given handicap. If by some unexplainable stroke of luck they do get a very good handicap in their own eyes, they could always pick a handicap of another competitor and argue that it is too slow. All of this is really harmless and only contributes to the overall race atmosphere as long as the handicapping committees do not take any offense. (All hats off to them, I would not take their job dead or alive) As far as the polishing of the aircraft goes, I arguing with my experienced captain about the use of this exercise, backing my argument with an article I once read on the topic. Chris overruled me with a comment that even if it did no contribute anything to the speed of the Baron, it will make it look better, so out come the polish, cloths and sweat.

On the morning of the first race day, the weather did not look very race friendly and we were not sure when the race will start. We were now about to enter the second stage of the event, the race itself. As I was not the pilot of our Baron and I knew that I was flying with the best pilot I have ever known, I was very relaxed and calm in contrast with everybody around me. How hard could it anyway be to navigate in the race, and I have after all been here before. When we eventually got the signal to start and line-up taxied past our most capable ground crew and I waved at them in a manner that could only bestow a true champion like myself. The next moment my heart nearly stopped when I realized that relaxed fool that I was, I left half of my navigational stuff including my stopwatches in the car. I went from total relaxed to total panic in less than two seconds. I could see that Chris was not impressed at all and the only thing that kept him from kicking me out of the aircraft at that moment was the fact that we were already on the starting line. I was still trying to figure out how to use our wristwatches when the flag dropped on us and the Baron jumped out of the starting blocks like a true thoroughbred. As I was watching the rapidly growing tree line at the end of the runway, I was waiting for us to get airborne and get enough height to clear those trees when I heard the gear cycle and realized we were already flying. I knew we could not flying through those trees and it sure did not look like we were going to make it over them so I started to get myself in the "crash" position. I also knew that I could not afford to loose any more face with Chris after the stopwatch episode, so I bend down and pretend that I was looking for a "pencil" that I have dropped. After a couple of seconds that felt like hours, I looked up and was surprised to see that we did clear those trees and I knew then that I was going to age a lot over the next two days.

When I just about sure that we were in our heading out of Bloemfontein, I saw that the only other aircraft in front of us was definitely not going in the same direction which created immediate panic and uncertainty. The temptation to follow them was very inviting but we decided to stay on our heading when I convinced Chris that I knew exactly where we were. When we arrived at the first checkpoint just in front of them we were both very relieved. The weather was not improving and as we cleared the mountains into Barkley-East, we were flying through light snow with bad visibility and severe turbulence. We were a bit confused when we turned over the checkpoint with no marshal on the spot. (The marshals manning that checkpoint told us that evening that they were delayed driving through bad weather over the mountains and saw us turn over the checkpoint in front of them just as they arrived in Barkley-East). The next leg to Bethuli was marked with heavy turbulence and radio confusion as the aircraft behind us entered the bad weather. Both Chris and I had the scare of our lives when the emergency hatch popped open as a result of the turbulence. The brave navigator was not able to close the hatch before some sun shields and charts were sucked out. He did all of this while his head was relentlessly pounded against the roof of the aircraft and with no regard to his personal safety. In the meantime there was confusion over the radio as some pilots gave constant weather updates at their immediate positions, others wanted to stop the race and turn back but were reminded that they did not have the authority to stop the race but they could only decide for themselves when conditions were not safe. A lot of teams did make the decision to return to Tempe and I think it will always be wise to live another day and to fly again rather than to continue into a situation where you feel it is not safe anymore.

Due to rain the visibility at Bethuli was very bad but we were both relieved when the view of Tempe filled our windscreen. Long before the last aircraft were back on the ground, the third stage of the race started. That is when everybody gathered with the necessary refreshments and shares their experiences with anybody and everybody who wants to listen. All about what they did do and what they should not have done, about making the right and wrong decisions and all the private races inside the main race. To me this is what the event is all about, sharing a passion for flying with people that feel the same way about it. This time however, there were mixed feelings about the race, as a lot of teams did not complete the race. The organizers were faced with a very difficult decision but at the end of the day decided that because there were more aircraft that did complete the race, they could not disregard the first day's race. As a competitor would normally be disqualified from the race when missing a checkpoint, it was decided not to do that but to give a time penalty for each checkpoint missed and allow all the aircraft to keep on racing on day two.

As my time keeping with the wrist watches were not as good as I hoped for, we did not know how well we have done and therefore we were overwhelmed to hear the following morning that we were leading the race. It also came, as a bit of a surprise to hear that our brother-in-law and uncle were right behind us in second place. There was just no way that we could let them beat us. Although the weather was good I was definitely not relaxed. At this time I would like to remind you that I was use to racing at a hair-raising speed of 138 knots is the Cherokee, not screaming six foot over the ground at 200 knots. There is just something that feels not right when you fly at that speed and you look upwards at the birds in the trees when you pass them. The biggest difference between day one and two, apart from the weather, was that we were passing other aircraft on every leg. That was very nice as it confirmed every time that we were still on track and that we bettered out position every time we do so. The second day's race proceeded without any major incident although I felt more like a passenger on the legs that was flown on the deck than like a navigator. It is just impossible to navigate properly when you are flying so low and I am sure that we had a lot of luck on our side. On the final leg to the finish line at Tempe, the adrenaline was pumping and Chris was not holding anything back. More than once I thought we were overtaken by another aircraft only to discover it was our own shadow. Needless to say that at such times I was tempted to start looking for that "pencil" again. When we heard Arel van Rensburg and Andre Koen calling two minutes out of Tempe, I told Chris that we were in fact also two minutes out and because we could not see them, we knew they had to be in front of us. Just as we got Tempe in sight, we saw an aircraft turning overhead, and we both knew that we were beaten. As we watched that aircraft we saw that it was flying in the wrong direction, and only then did we realize that was not the winning aircraft but the last of the contenders turning over Tempe as the halfway checkpoint. This race was not over yet and Chris pushed the Baron even lower to squeeze out any possible gain in speed. When we dashed over the last trees and over the finish line, I looked into the spectators eyes and I will never forget the looks of surprise and disbelief. We did not know that we have won until Arel called overhead Tempe. The rest is now history and will live in our memories forever.

After reading this, I bet you must wonder whether you will see me at Tempe again next year, but I would not miss it for the world. That is to say if the organizers don't replace me with a GPS for the next event, which would be very sad as it would take all the fun and companionship out of the race, and you might be left to read a GPS printout when we look back on this years race.

2001 PTAR - article

2001 PTAR - Another perspective

Aero Africa report
Main event sponsors Coca¬Cola and Imperial Aviation, along with WCT, Ferreira Aviation, ATNS and Capital Sounds again made this popular event possible. This year's race, hosted by the Bloemfontein Flying Club, under the auspices of the Aero Club of South Africa, drew 41 competitors, a marked decline ascribed by organisers to the worsening economic conditions and increased operating costs, as well as perceived dissatisfaction with the handicapping system.

Dries and Chris Briers - 2001 PTAR WinnersDries and Chris Briers - 2001 PTAR WinnersIn order to lure back some contestants who are staying away from the race due to handicap speeds perceived to be incorrect, and determine handicaps as accurately as possible, the locally manufactured Air Observer was used. The Air Observer, a GPS based logging system, was officially used to test fly aircraft and to determine handicap speeds. This system, manufactured by Tilt-Tech, is also internationally approved by the FAI for Rally/Precision flying at World Championship level.

The aircraft were flown under test at maximum power in a rectangular course with two legs cross-wind and one into¬wind and one down-wind. The unit then logs flight parameters every second of the flight. After the flight the data is then transferred to a computer and verified with respect of track and altitude holding. The result is then fed into a spreadsheet calculating the two average speeds. One for the into-wind and down-wind legs, and one for the two crosswind legs. The into-wind and down-wind average is then used for the Handicap speed. Of the 12 aircraft tested, not one's speed could be proved wrong. For example, one was tested at 161.07 Kts and achieved 162.08 Kts on day two. Another was tested 109.30 Kts and achieved 108.09 Kts on day two. Hopefully this will once again restore confidence in the handicapping system and result in a much larger field of contestants.

The race covered a total distance of 654.45nm over the two day period. The first day's route took competitors from Tempe - Reddersburg - Zastron - Barkley East - Bethulie - Tempe. The fastest aircraft took off at 10h00 with the rest of the competitors following at 30-second intervals.

Worsening weather conditions with severe turbulence, driving rain and even sleet were experienced near Barkley East, Bethulie and Zastron, resulting in a number of competitors missing their checkpoints, or simply turning back to Tempe. Some pilots even reported having struck their heads against the roof of the aircraft due to the severity of the turbulence. Two competitors made precautionary landings on a private airstrip in the Rouxville district before returning to Tempe later in the day. At the end of the day only 27 aircraft completed the course by getting timed at all the points along the race route.
This left the organizers with a unique problem, should the normal rules be applied to the already small field of contestants. The jury had quite a long session with the handicapping/scoring committee and a penalty system (minutes per turn point missed) was introduced to keep everyone in the race. Extra time penalties were added to those aircraft that returned to Tempe without trying to move on to the next turning point.

The second day dawned with clear skies, but any icy cold wind made every one reach for their thickest jackets. The route was Tempe - Smithfield - Trompsburg - Tempe - Harmony - Bultfontein - Tempe. This time the slowest aircraft started just after 10h00 with the fastest starting last.

The race was finally won by Chris Briers and his brother Dries flying a 1973 Beechcraft Baron 58, ZS-CHL, who crossed the finishing line just after 13h00 at an incredible 198 knots! For Chris this was a personal triumph, as this is the 14th time he has entered the air race, having never previously attained any significant placings. Second were Errol van Rensburg and Andre Koen in their Cessna 182P ZS-PWC, while third place went to Harry Antel and Barry de Groot in their Grumman American AA-1A, ZS-VYI.

With several aircraft converging on the finishing line at once, it made for a very exciting finish.
In order to increase the number of competitors in the 2002 Presidents Trophy Air Race, race sponsors Imperial Aviation have offered to give everyone who brings another entry next year, R200 back on their entry fees.

Aircraft lining up for startAircraft lining up for start
Parked aircraftParked aircraft

2000 PTAR - Full Result

2000 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloem - 15 to 18 June 2000

Total Distance: 650.80 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
01 36 ZU-JOS Jabiru Z164 80 102.90 0:12.11- 106.31 Stefan Pienaar
Werner van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
02 46 ZS-NXE Piper PA28RT201T 200 149.70 0:04.11- 152.14 Dana Bensch
D Bensch
Tvl
J L P C
03 27 ZU-BMZ Jabiru Z164 80 102.90 0:03.32- 103.87 Barry de Groot
Mike Cathro
K Z N
Pietermaritzburg FC
04 1 ZS-KHX Piper PA34-200T 200 171.50 0:02.46- 173.61 Robert C Myburgh
Robert L Myburgh
Tvl
None
05 13 ZS-HEO Beech E55 285 198.20 0:01.17- 199.49 Sias Delport
Pieter Burger
Cape
Vaalharts FC
06 42 ZS-HME Beech C33A 285 170.70 0:00.11- 170.84 Roland Pottie
Wyndham Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
07 14 ZS-KAE Beech V35B 285 172.20 0:00.24 171.90 Bennie Du Plessis
Catherine Dunbar
Cape
Stellenbosch FC
08 32 ZS-LTP Piper PA32R-301T 300 168.00 0:00.28 167.66 HA Scheepers
J Scheepers
N/Tvl
Louis Trichardt FC
09 40 ZS-JTU Piper PA28-235 250 139.30 0:00.28 139.06 Dries Briers
Chris Briers
N/Tvl
Louis Trichardt FC
10 8 ZS-PTC Beech E55 300 200.60 0:00.37 199.97 Johan Wasserman
Buzz Bezuidenhout
Tvl
None
11 20 ZS-ETL Cessna C172H 145 108.00 0:00.41 107.79 Johan Loubscher
Marius Eksteen
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
12 58 ZU-BSG SAAB SAFIR 200 122.00 0:00.43 121.72 C Schoeman
Bob Verwey
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
13 35 ZS-NVJ Piaggio 166S 320 162.00 0:00.46 161.49 Hans Marx
Tom Marx
N/Tvl
Rustenburg FC
14 53 ZU-APZ Lancair 320 160 187.00 0:00.49 186.27 Dieter Bock
Renier Moolman
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
15 29 ZS-LPY Cessna U206C 300 142.00 0:00.49 141.58 David Forster
Errol Forster
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
16 31 ZS-PTB Beech E55 285 198.90 0:01.25 197.48 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Ken Huer
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
17 16 ZS-NBE Piper PA28RT201T 200 150.70 0:01.26 149.86 Eric Walker
Andre Truter
Cape
Upington FC
18 49 ZS-EFK Piper PA28-235 235 138.00 0:02.03 137.01 MJ Griessel
JT Ferreira
Free State
None
19 51 ZS-FOH Piper PA28-140 150 117.40 0:02.13 116.62 WJ Edeling
Wim Kotze
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
20 17 ZS-FSR Beech A36 285 170.00 0:02.22 168.26 HS Wentzel
AH Stofberg
Tvl
Klerksdorp FC
21 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 139.30 0:02.37 138.01 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan h
Tvl
None
22 37 ZU-CBL Jabiru Z164 80 102.90 0:02.54 102.12 Wilma Pienaar
Jamie Mathewson
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
23 88 ZS-FWX Piper PA32-300 300 139.00 0:03.13 137.42 Marilette Kotzee
Arno Kotzee
Tvl
None
24 22 ZS-FVH Piper PA28-180R 180 140.00 0:03.26 138.29 Sean Hughes
H Moos
Free State
Maluti Air
25 21 ZS-MZA Beech 58 300 199.70 0:03.43 195.97 Nigel Townshend
Greg Piorteous
Tvl
None
26 45 ZS-IJL Beech K35 250 164.50 0:04.05 161.72 Mike Howell
Sarel vd Merwe
Cape
Kuruman FC
27 18 ZS-CHO Beech J35 250 164.50 0:04.19 161.56 Anthony Fuller
Jean Marc Franck
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
28 54 ZS-ITI Beech E55 285 198.20 0:04.36 193.67 Francois Maree
Henk Viljoen
Tvl
None
29 47 ZS-DEN Beech A36 300 176.00 0:04.42 172.34 Neil Hellmann
Denise Hellmann
Tvl
None
30 3 ZS-LGG Piper PA28-236 235 143.80 0:04.51 141.27 Lex Edy
Bruce Stewart
Tvl
Brits FC
31 25 ZU-BSZ Navion NAV4 185 136.00 0:04.51 133.74 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
N/Tvl
None
32 11 V5-FIS Cessna C182L 230 139.50 0:05.01 137.04 Essie Esterhuisen
Wynand Wessels
Namibia
Aeroclub Namibia
33 34 ZS-FLV Beech A36 285 165.50 0:05.20 161.84 Norman Dixie
Anton van Langelaar
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
34 28 ZS-NBB Cessna C177RG 200 141.20 0:05.36 138.39 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
35 26 ZS-ERO Cessna C182 230 139.50 0:05.44 136.70 Pieter Coetzee
Nelis Genis
N/Tvl
Wonderboom FC
36 15 ZU-BLD VAN'S RV6 180 174.00 0:05.45 169.65 Bomber Jackson
Bobby Clifford
Cape
Cape Gliding Club
37 55 ZS-LUJ Cessna C177A 180 128.50 0:05.47 126.10 Willem Du Plessis
Hennie Gouws
Free State
None
38 57 ZS-NSX Piper PA32RT300T 300 173.00 0:07.10 167.67 Willie Vd Westhuizen
Hm Vd Westhuizen
Cape
None
39 30 ZS-CBD Mooney M20C 180 144.50 0:07.57 140.36 Simon Sykes
JG Bornman
Free State
None
40 4 748 Cessna C185E 260 142.90 0:08.43 138.48 Jonti James Salt
BL Haigh-Smith
N/Tvl
Defence FC
41 52 ZS-ISI Piper PA28-180 180 127.00 0:09.12 123.31 Tertius Myburgh
Heinrich Gildenhuys
Tvl
None
42 43 ZS-MED Cessna C210L 300 169.50 0:09.32 162.76 Johan van Gruting
Piet Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
43 56 ZS-MMH Cessna C205 280 138.00 0:09.57 133.31 D Vollgraaff
MMH Vollgraaff
Tvl
None
44 6 ZS-NFH Cessna C210N 300 169.50 0:10.38 162.02 Zarius Kachelhoffer
Theuns de Bruin
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
45 41 ZS-MZL Cessna C172N 160 119.00 0:10.59 115.14 Amore Nel
Nellis Nel
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
46 44 ZS-MOR Cessna C210N 300 169.50 0:11.18 161.57 Chris Booysen
Roger Thomas
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
47 7 ZS-OHM Cessna 152 110 102.90 0:11.21 99.91 Mw Cloete
Andre Middel
Cape
Springbok
48 10 ZS-IUJ Cessna C182MOD 240 140.00 0:11.43 134.35 Marie-France Smit
Charl Marais
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
49 59 ZS-EAY Piper PA28-235 250 138.00 0:14.37 131.22 Jp Kruger
A Bekker
Free State
None
50 12 ZS-JOR Piper PA28-R200 200 143.80 0:15.16 136.14 Dana Volschenk
Stolla Stoltz
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
51 50 ZS-FGU Piper PA28-140 150 117.40 0:17.14 111.61 Freek Bester
Cronje Mohr
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
52 48 ZS-EUM Beech A23-24 200 129.00 0:20.28 120.83 EHF vd Bergh
Eugene Schneider
Tvl
Unitas FC
53 23 ZS-FZW Siai Mar S208 260 140.50 0:26.26 128.29 WJP Wessels
Dicky Swanepoel
Tvl
Vaal FC
54 61 N63734 Beech BE60 DUKE 380 202.00 0:29.38 175.15 Hannes Engelbrecht
Otto Engelbrecht
Free State
None
55 38 ZS-EHG Cessna C172 145 108.00 0:30.53 99.49 James Lidderd
Rob Kotze
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
56 5 ZS-NCY Cessna C210L 310 186.00 0:34.43 159.60 SJG Stadlander
MM Stadlander
Free State
None

2000 PTAR - Trophies

2000 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe, Bloemfontein - 15 to 18 June 2000

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 36 ZU-JOS Stefan Pienaar/Werner van Gruting
Jabiru Z164
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA28RT201T
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 27 ZU-BMZ Barry de Groot/Mike Cathro
Jabiru Z164
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 27 ZU-BMZ Barry de Groot/Mike Cathro
Jabiru Z164
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA28RT201T
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 13 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/Pieter Burger
Beech E55
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 36 ZU-JOS Stefan Pienaar/Werner van Gruting
Jabiru Z164
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 36 ZU-JOS Stefan Pienaar/ Werner van Gruting
Jabiru Z164
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA28RT201T
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA28RT201T
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 14 ZS-KAE Bennie du Plessis/Catherine Dunbar
Beech V35B
A T N S Trophy The Youngest Competitor 41 ZS-MZL Amore Nel (15yrs)/Nellis Nel
Cessna C172N
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 27 ZU-BMZ Barry de Groot/Mike Cathro
Jabiru Z164
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 7 ZS-OHM MW Cloete/Andre Middel
Cessna 152
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 13 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/Pieter Burger
Beech E55
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA28RT201T
Westline Aviation Trophy The Winner of the Small Aircraft Category 66 ZU-OCS Ray Gleimius/Bevan van Bronkhorst
De Haviland DH82A
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving The Most Meritorious Performance 34 ZS-FLV Norman Dixie/Anton van Langelaar
Beech A36
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 5 ZS-NCY SJG Stadlander/MM Stadlander
Cessna C210L
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 8 ZS-PTC Johan Wasserman/Buzz Bezuidenhout
Beech E55
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 44 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Roger Thomas
Cessna C210
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 53 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Daniel Bensch/Dana Bensch
Piper PA28RT201T
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 13 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/Pieter Burger
Beech E55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 66 ZS-OCS Ray Gleimius/Bevin van Bronkhorst
De Haviland DH82A
Robert Holliday Trophy The Most Helpful Organiser Neil Austin
Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
"Skilpad" Trophy The Last Krugersdorp Pilot Home 53 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320

1998 President's Trophy Air Race

1998 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe, Bloemfontein - July 1998.

Article by Barry de Groot

For many years I have wanted to fly the SP Air Race but have never had the opportunity or the right aircraft, so when Len Alford of Shadow Lite CC suggested that we enter his Jabiru, the factory demo plane, I grabbed the idea with both hands.

To maximise on the exposure that we were looking for, we had to compete in the open section along with the BIG boys. We made some calculations and flew some trial runs to ensure that we could maintain at least the minimum requirement of 100 knots and still have an endurance of 4 hours. The trials prove ZU-JAB more than capable of meeting the criteria, and He (Len insists it be called a He as a She gives nothing but trouble) was duly entered in the race.

Although light winds favoured smaller aircraft, the Cessna 303 flown by Chris Botha and Willem de Klerk came a creditable fourthAlthough light winds favoured smaller aircraft, the Cessna 303 flown by Chris Botha and Willem de Klerk came a creditable fourthWhen you fly an aeroplane with an A.U.W. of only 430kg then you have to choose your navigator very carefully. He would need to know his way around a map and above all be light in weight. Alex Clegg, an ex jockey, who tips the scales at 50kg, was the obvious choice.

The flight from Cato Ridge to Tempe was done in perfect weather and we covered the distance in 2hrs 40min. We chuckled at the tone of disbelief in the voice of the controller at Bloemfontein who asked us to confirm that were indeed a microlight, with a transponder, and maintaining 102 knots ground speed.

Organisation at Tempe under the direction of Geoff Henschel was once again superb, and in no time all the pre race formalities had been taken care of, including test flying the Jabiru to enable the handicap committee to establish a handicap speed. ZU-JAB was given a handicap speed of 100.9 knots. Nigel Hopkins who weighs in the region of 95kg did the speed trials with me, whether his extra 45kg gave us a more favourable handicap speed or not, I am not saying.

Day one was flown in almost perfect weather with a distance of 349.6 nautical miles to be covered, split into 5 legs. We opted to fly between 1000 and 1500ft. a.g.l. to ensure our navigation was as accurate as it could be, only descending to 250ft on the legs that were into a head wind. This strategy paid off as we were seldom off track by much and made up 7min 06sec on our handicap with an average speed of 104.47 knots.

On day two we were the first aircraft away with the other 82 competitors hot on our heels, with time intervals staggered so that should all things be equal, then we should all reach the finish line together. Well that is the theory. Distance for day two was slightly shorter at 343.70 nautical miles, and again with 5 legs, on which we made up 3min 29sec returning an average speed of 102.64 knots.

Our navigation around the course was again "spot on" with the exception of the final 5 miles, when for the life of me I could not see Tempe airfield. In an attempt to get a better view I climbed 250ft not realising that the second placed was only 30 seconds behind me. A decision that was to cost us first place as the climb caused us to lose speed.

Total distance for both days was 693.30 nautical miles, and our average speed for the entire event was 103.55 knots. Fuel consumption was a mere 112 litres.

The prize-giving banquet was a lavish affair where a number of "nerve tonics" were quaffed in an attempt to settle the adrenaline that was still pumping through the veins in large amounts.

For our two days of labour Alex and I collected a trophy for second aircraft home, one for first Natal aircraft home and a third trophy for the first "homebuilt" home. JAB was referred to as a homebuilt as it was feared that some of the "heavy metal" pilots would have blown a fuse had they known they had been shown round the course by a MICROLIGHT.

Cannot wait till next year when hopefully I will find the finish line.

1998 PTAR - Full Result

1998 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 13 to 15 June 1998

Total Distance: 693.30 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 19 ZS-LJG Cessna C170B 145 113.2 00:11.1- 116.77 Johan Dorfling
Flip van der Merwe
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
2 3 ZU-JAB Jabiru 80 100.9 00:10.4- 103.55 Barry de Groot
Alex Clegg
K Z N
Pietermaritzburg FC
3 49 ZS-DZZ Piper
PA24-400
400 188.8 00:07.2- 195.34 John Sayers
Gavin Lundie
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
4 77 ZS-MKW Cessna C303T 250 171 00:06.4- 175.85 Chris Botha
Willem de Klerk
Tvl
None
5 31 7001 North Am
Harvard A6
550 163.4 00:05.4- 167.08 Dave Knoesen
Neil Thomas
N/Tvl
None
6 1 ZS-JYA Beech E55 285 196 00:05.3- 201.16 Andrew Torr
Mark Holliday
Tvl
Lanseria FC
7 23 ZS-FLR Beech V35A 285 171.5 00:04.5- 174.96 Ron Pollock
Grant Emary
Tvl
Benoni/Brakpan FC
8 36 ZS-KHX Piper
PA34-200T
200 167 00:04.3- 170.04 Robert L Myburgh
Tertius Myburgh
Tvl
None
9 70 ZS-LIT Beech E55 300 201.3 00:04.2- 205.54 Otto Dreyer
Chris Briers
Free State
Harrismith FC
10 38 ZU-APZ Lancaird 320 160 184.2 00:04.1- 187.61 Dieter Bock
Renier Moolman
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
11 28 ZS-JMW Cessna C177RGII 200 140.9 00:04.1- 142.88 Johan Bence
Peter Franks
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
12 13 ZS-HEO Beech E55 285 197.5 00:03.4- 200.98 Kassie Kasselman
Sias Delport
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
13 14 ZS-NVO Cessna
U206C
300 139.2 00:03.2- 140.73 Paul Raad
Andre Middel
Cape
Stellenbosch FC
14 59 ZS-CMU Cessna C182C 230 139 00:03.0- 140.41 Roland van Tonder
Marius Barkenhuizen
N/Tvl
Brits FC
15 86 V5-LES Beech A36 285 170.6 00:02.5- 172.64 Heinie Simon
Marnus van Zyl
Namibia
None
16 20 V5-MEY Beech F33A 285 171.5 00:02.5- 173.50 Freddie Simon
Hein Janik
Namibia
None
17 29 ZS-LPY Cessna
U206C
300 143.4 00:02.5- 144.79 David Forster
Wyndham Ferreira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
18 45 ZS-NVT Beech 58 300 199.8 00:02.2- 202.06 Rob Beaumont
Hugh Stratton
Tvl
None
19 60 ZS-KOV Cessna C182Q 230 140.5 00:02.1- 141.52 Dirk van Reenen
Edwin Spence
Free State
None
20 80 ZS-JUH Piper
PA34-200T
200 167 00:02.1- 168.42 Derek Brown
Edwin Gilham
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
21 76 V5-RUD Cessna
182RGII ST
235 156.5 00:01.4- 157.46 Joe Bruce
Werner van Gruting
Namibia
None
22 66 ZS-OCU Cessna C182 (New) 230 142.5 00:01.4- 143.29 Carlo Talevi
Rod Hering
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
23 71 ZS-FSR Beech A36 285 170.6 00:01.2- 171.49 Human Wentzel
Arnoldus Stofberg
Tvl
Klerksdorp FC
24 82 ZS-NBB Cessna C177RG 200 140.9 00:01.1- 141.48 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
25 64 ZS-DVN Beech E55 285 197.5 00:01.1- 198.63 Graeme Mccarthy
Dennis Collins
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
26 12 ZS-SMS Cessna C172R 160 124.4 00:01.0- 124.79 Annemarie Steenkamp
Frikkie Lubbe
Cape
Upington FC
27 62 ZS-KZG Beech 58 285 197.5 00:00.5- 198.33 Wim Kotze
Anthony Beckley
N/Tvl
None
28 81 ZU-AOS North Am
Harvard
550 163.4 00:00.5- 163.97 Pierre Gouws
D Parsons
Tvl
East Rand FC
29 75 748 Cessna C185E 260 143.7 00:00.5- 144.1 Nelis Genis
Lance Weston
N/Tvl
None
30 44 ZS-IHO Beech B55 260 191.5 00:00.4- 192.1 Philip Gidish
Richard Gundersen
Tvl
East Rand FC
31 2 ZS-KZE Beech B55 260 191.5 00:00.4- 193.83 Thys Du Plessis
Willem Du Plessis
Free State
None
32 47 ZS-DEN Beech A36 300 176.3 00:00.3- 176.64 Neil Hellman
Denise Hellman
Tvl
None
33 33 ZS-LOM Cessna C210N STOL 300 170.8 00:00.0 170.84 Chris Steenkamp
Danie Terblanche
Cape
Upington FC
34 43 ZS-LYT Beech F33A 285 171.5 00:00.0 171.52 John Kneen
Louis van Wyngaard
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
35 68 ZS-ISW Piper
PA28-R200
200 144 00:00.1 143.96 Jeff Shaw
CC Berriman
Tvl
None
36 32 ZS-LTP Piper
PA32R-301T
300 168 00:00.1 167.91 H A Scheepers
J Scheepers
N/Tvl
None
37 61 ZS-FKB Mooney
M20F
200 155 00:01.5 153.96 Pierre De Wet
Paul Jordaan
Cape
Swellengrebel FC
38 40 ZS-JTU Piper
PA28-235
235 138.2 00:02.1 137.19 Dries Briers
Abel J van Rensburg
N/Tvl
L.T.T. Vliegklub
39 7 ZS-JOS Cessna C310R 285 200.5 00:02.2 200.15 Marius Eksteen
Johan Laubscher
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
40 5 ZS-TAR Cessna C310Q 285 203 00:02.3 200.53 Walter Martin
Gert Rautenbach
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
41 79 ZS-MED Cessna C210 285 169.8 00:02.4 168.02 P Ferreira
Johan van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
42 24 ZS-FDZ Piper
PA28-235
250 139.8 00:02.5 138.48 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
43 57 ZS-JLD Piper
PA28-R200
200 144 00:03.1 142.47 Andries Botha
Anne Knox
Free State
Parys FC
44 55 ZS-DFZ Piper
PA20-125
125 104 00:03.3 103.09 Johann Bornman
Brian Davidson
Cape
Bloemfontein FC
45 52 ZS-LGG Piper
PA28-236
235 144 00:03.3 142.24 Lex Edy
Bruce Stewart
Tvl
Brits FC
46 74 ZS-CBD Mooney
M20C
180 144.7 00:03.6 142.72 D I Buxton
Heinrich Nagel
Cape
Swellengrebel FC
47 11 V5-FIS Cessna C182L 3-BL 230 140.5 00:04.4 138.35 Essie Esterhuisen
Wynand Wessels
Namibia
Namibian Nat Aero C.
48 53 ZU-APF Van's AC RV6 160 164.5 00:04.5 161.43 Noel Drew
Robert Fletcher
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
49 10 ZS-LRF Beech A36 300 176.3 00:06.4 171.43 Colin Fletcher
Rob Connacher
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
50 42 ZS-EJO Cessna C182J 230 140.5 00:07.2 137.06 Bettina de Wet
Dietlind Lempp
Cape
Good Hope FC
51 37 ZS-KUY Cessna C310R 285 200.5 00:07.3 193.56 Richard Maier
Robbie Myburgh
Tvl
None
52 9 ZS-JYB Beech V35B 285 171.5 00:07.4 166.27 Ray Gleimius
Musa Mbokora
Tvl
Bloemfontein FC
53 25 ZS-BSZ Ryan
Nav4
185 136.5 00:08.1 132.96 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
N/Tvl
None
54 58 ZS-EOX Piper
PA28-180
180 127.6 00:08.4 124.32 Louis Potgieter
Boet Kleinhans
Free State
None
55 34 ZS-FLV Beech A36 285 170.6 00:09.3 164.15 Norman Dixie
Anton van Langelaar
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
56 88 ZS-FWX Piper
PA32-300C
300 141.6 00:09.6 136.97 Arno Kotzee
Johan Engelbrecht
Tvl
None
57 8 ZU-AZW North Am
Harvard
600 171 00:10.0 164.21 Peter Walker
Michael Paars
Tvl
None
58 69 ZS-JCZ Cessna C182P 230 140.5 00:11.4 135.16 Jaco Schuurman
Henk Schuurman
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
59 54 ZS-KHC Beech B55 260 191.5 00:16.1 181.29 Johan Ferreira
Munro Griessel
Free State
None
60 26 ZS-JNE Cessna C421C 375 201 00:16.5 185.84 Keith Irwin
E N Moen
Tvl
Magalies Gliding C.
61 46 ZS-NXE Piper
PA28RT201T
200 162 00:22.0 149.17 Dana Bensch
J E Bensch
Tvl
J L P C
62 27 V5-MFZ Cessna C210L POD 285 168.4 00:24.2 153.26 Edzard Schacht
Jan Carl de Klerk
Namibia
None
63 30 ZU-BMN Jabiru 80 100.9 00:26.1 94.86 Tony Wannenburg
Mike Catherow
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
64 67 ZS-LXY Cessna C402C 325 203 00:27.1 179.17 Juan Naude
Vicus Naude
N/Tvl
None
65 15 ZS-NVU Piper
PA34-220T
220 182 00:30.5 160.34 Louis Kritzinger
Wynand Marais
N/Tvl
Phalaborwa FC

1998 PTAR - Trophies

1998 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe - Bloemfontein 13 to 15 June 1998

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Flip van der Merwe
Cessna C170B
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 3 ZU-JAB Barry de Groot/Alex Clegg
Jabiru
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 49 ZS-DZZ John Sayers/Gavin Lundie
Piper PA24-400
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 3 ZU-JAB Barry de Groot/Alex Clegg
Jabiru
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 49 ZS-DZZ John Sayers/Gavin Lundie
Piper PA24-400
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Flip van der Merwe
Cessna C170B
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 70 ZS-LIT Otto Dreyer/Chris Briers
Beech E55
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 31 7001 David Knoesen/Neil Thomas
North Am Harvard
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 12 ZS-SMS Annemarie Steenkamp/Frikkie Lubbe
Cessna C172R
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 36 ZS-KHX Robert L Myburgh/Tertius Meyburg
Piper PA34-200T
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 77 ZS-MKW Chris Botha/Willem de Klerk
Cessna C303T
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 38 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 3 ZU-JAB Barry de Groot/Alex Clegg
Jabiru
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 1 ZS-JYA Andrew Torr/Mark Holliday
Beech E55
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Flip van der Merwe
Cessna C170B
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 49 ZS-DZZ John Sayers/Gavin Lundie
Piper PA24-400
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving The Most Meritorious Performance 73 ZS-MYO Eugene Swart/Roland Pottie
Cessna C172
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 61 ZS-FKB Pierre de Wet/Paul Jordaan
Mooney M20F
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 18 ZU-BMI Jack Onderstal/Dirk Coetzee
Kitfox Series 5
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 70 ZS-LIT Otto Dreyer/Chris Briers
Beech E55
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 10 ZS-LRF Colin Fletcher/Rob Connacher
Beech A36
Durban Wings Club Trophy The Pilot of the First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 28 ZS-JMW Johan Bence/Peter Franks
Cessna C177RGII
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 38 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Justin Pieterse
Piper PA28RT201T
Lanseria Trophy The Pilot of the First Lanseria Based Pilot Home 1 ZS-JYA Andrew Torr/Mark Holliday
Beech E55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 1 ZS-JYA Andrew Torr/Mark Holliday
Beech E55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 30 ZU-BMN Tony Wannenburg/Mike Cathro
Jabiru
"Skilpad" Trophy The Last Krugersdorp Pilot Home 69 ZS-JCZ Jaco Schuurman/Henk Schuurman
Cessna C182P
Professional Aviation Trophy The First Helicopter Home 17 ZS-HSR Luigi Stravino/H Healy
Bell 206 III
Westline Aviation Trophy The Winner of the Small Aircraft Category 78 N3050S Joan Kleynhans/Leon Stoman
Cessna 150G
Robert Holliday Trophy The Most Helpful Organiser 1 ZS-JYA Andrew Torr/Mark Holliday
Beech E55
Ladies Team The First Ladies Team Home 42 ZS-EJO Bettina de Wet/Dietlind Lempp
Cessna C182J
Louis Potgieter/Boet Kleinhans The Oldest Pilot and Navigator 58 ZS-EOX Louis Potgieter/Boet Kleinhans
Piper PA28-180

1997 President's Trophy Air Race

New Tempe, Bloemfontein

Article by Mike van Ginkel

This year's President's Trophy Air Race took place at Tempe Bloemfontein on the 14th and 15th of June in superb flying weather.

85 participants finsihed the two day race with one entry, a Cessna 210, force landing only 4kms short of the finishing line with slight damage and no injuries.

1997 President's Trophy Air Race Winners: Dave Knoesen and Rodney King1997 President's Trophy Air Race Winners: Dave Knoesen and Rodney KingGeoff Henschel as Race Director and his team were very well organised and he event was run efficiently. The new application of using cell phones sponsored by MTN greatly improved the reporting-in by spotter teams at the reporting points - this helped tremendously in finalising results.
Final results indicate that the first 13 aeroplanes were slightly faster than the handicap and the next 15 were then within three minutes late on their handicap times.

It was very interesting to note that race number 24, ZS¬FDZ, a Piper Cherokee 235 flown by Christa Greyvenstein, was two seconds early on the first day and one second early on the second day. This is fantastic consistency with a final race speed obtained of 139.82 against a handicap of 139.80.

At the finish of the race, DC-3 ZS¬DIW was first across the finish line. However, as in last year's and previous races the first across the line is not necessarily the winner. After all assesments were calculated it was announced in the official results that the Harvard had won. This was the first occasion that we had the privilege of having the majestic sound and sight of the DC-3 in the race and
we look forward to seeing more of this type of aircraft in the race.

Of note is that a Harvard was also a winner way back in the Governor General's Trophy in 1954. The race ended at Rand Airport when Lt. M. Fletcher passed Mr. Willie Botha in an Ercoupe at the centre of the airport just before the finish line. Lt. Fletcher's speed was almost the same as Col. Knoesen obtained 43 years later.

The Harvard which won this year was a SAAF Museum aircraft and the Cessna 185 was a 42 Squadron aero¬plane - both current serving SAAF aircraft. The very first President's Trophy Air Race held in 1962 was won by the Defence Flying Club in a Tiger Moth flown by Commandant Jannie Blaaw. Race number 75 obtained 5th position, a Cessna 185E flown by Cornelis Genis.

This year again we had a section for helicopters and smaller aircraft who flew a slightly shorter route. The smaller aircraft race was won by James Bailey and Andries Botha flying a Kitfox and the winners of the helicopter section are JB Burger and J Greyling flying an 87 Helicopter Flying School Alouette III. Altogether a very pleasing and enjoyable air race with the wonderful hospitality of Bloemfontein and a vote of thanks to Geoff and Rene Henschel and their team of hard working helpers.

Without the generous sponsorship of MLS Bank, we would find it very dif¬ficult if not impossible to hold this prestigious event. Thanks to Di Rossouw and her team - it was great to have you with us.

New Tempe Airfield from the airNew Tempe Airfield from the air

1997 PTAR - Full Result

1997 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 13 to 15 June 1997

Total Distance: 658.30 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 31 7001 North Am Harvard 550 158.00 00:04.03- 160.60 David Knoesen
Rodney King
N/Tvl
Defence FC
2 29 ZS-LPY Cessna U206C 300 141.90 00:03.44- 143.82 David Forster
Wyndham Ferrira
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
3 81 ZS-HEO Beech E55 285 195.20 00:02.56- 198.08 Sias Delport
P J Pretorius
Cape
Vaalharts FC
4 68 ZS-ISW Piper PA28-R200 200 142.90 00.02.21- 144.12 Jeff Shaw
CC Berriman
Tvl
None
5 75 748 Cessna C185E 260 142.90 00:02.15- 144.07 Cornelis Genis
Stefan van Wyk
N/Tvl
Defence FC
6 1 ZS-JYA Beech E55 285 194.70 00:01.38- 196.27 Andrew Torr
Mark Holliday
Tvl
Lanseria FC
7 70 ZS-LIT Beech E55 300 200.50 00:01.19- 201.86 Chris Briers
Otto Dreyer
N/Tvl
None
8 2 ZS-KZE Beech B55 260 191.50 00:00.53- 192.32 Thys Du Plessis
Willem Du Plessis
Free State
None
9 38 ZU-APZ Lancair 320 160 183.90 00:00.51- 184.62 Dieter Bock
Renier Moolman
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
10 6 ZS-DZE Piper PA28-140 150 117.20 00.00.48- 117.47 Anthony Fuller
Steven Willis
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
11 59 ZS-JBK Cessna C310R 285 199.80 00:00.45- 200.56 Roland van Tonder
Gert Ehlers
N/Tvl
None
12 8 ZS-JMW Cessna C177RGII 200 140.90 00:00.06- 140.95 Johan Bence
Peter Franks
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
13 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 139.80 00:00.03- 139.82 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
14 19 ZS-LJG Cessna C170B 145 113.20 00:00.22 113.08 Johan Dorfling
Herman Kemp
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
15 11 ZS-FIE Cessna C172I 150 115.30 00:00.24 115.16 Lucas Wiese
Essie Esterhuysen
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
16 23 ZS-FLR Beech V35A 285 171.80 00:01.01 171.04 Grant Emery
Ed Emery
Tvl
Benoni-Brakpan FC
17 49 ZS-DZZ Piper PA24-400 400 190.10 00:01.08 189.06 John Sayers
Chris Kyle
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
18 33 ZS-LOM Cessna C210N Stol 300 171.10 00:01.24 170.06 Christiaan Steenkamp
Danie Terblanche
Cape
Upington FC
19 63 ZS-LGU Mooney M20J (201) 200 160.70 00:01.27 159.76 Houkie Mostert
Neil Laubscher
Free State
Heilbron FC
20 21 ZS-MZA Beech 58 300 200.10 00:01.29 198.61 Nigel Townshend
Steve Dewsbery
Tvl
None
21 45 ZS-KJI Beech A36 285 170.90 00:01.33 169.76 Mike Howell
Sarel van der Merwe
Cape
Kuruman FC
22 82 ZS-NBB Cessna C177RGII 200 140.90 00:01.38 140.08 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
23 14 ZS-NVO Cessna U206G 300 140.40 00:01.48 139.50 Paul Raad
Andre Middel
Cape
Stellenbosch FC
24 32 ZS-DIW Douglas DC3 1200 158.00 00:02.18 156.56 Hennie Delport
Dean Pearce
Tvl
None
25 50 ZS-JKZ Beech B55 260 191.50 00:02.23 189.31 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Alf J Coetzer
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
26 4 ZS-JFN Beech A36 285 170.90 00:02.27 169.10 Tommy Marx
Marion Marx
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
27 74 ZS-NSX Piper PA32RT-300 300 167.70 00:02.30 165.94 Willem vd Westruizen
Hendriena vd Westhuizen
Cape
Kuruman FC
28 85 ZS-KKZ Beech B55 260 191.50 00:02.46 188.97 Kassie Kasselman
Braam van Greuning
Tvl
None
29 7 ZS-MXI Cessna T210N 310 186.50 00:03.43 183.28 Marius Eksteen
Johan Laubscher
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
30 3 ZS-KMV Beech V35B 310 179.00 00:03.49 175.96 Jan Visser
Josephine Kruger
Cape
Kuruman FC
31 52 ZS-LGG Piper PA28-236 235 142.50 00:03.49 140.56 Lex Edy
Bruce Stewart
Tvl
Brits FC
32 22 ZS-KMN Beech 58 2-Bl 285 198.90 00:04.03 194.93 Piet Bezuidenhout
Jenny van Zyl
N/Tvl
Brits FC
33 73 ZS-ETU Cessna C310 260 189.10 00:04.28 185.14 Piet Volschenk
Koos Minny
Tvl
Vaal FC
34 84 ZS-EXD Mooney M20C Mk21 180 145.20 00:04.38 142.76 Charl Lotriet
Ben Lourens
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
35 80 ZS-PMG Beech V35B 285 171.80 00:04.53 168.23 Bart Kiewiet
Derek Brown
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
36 62 V5-MEY Beech F33 285 171.80 00:05.29 167.80 Freddie Simon
Hein Janik
Namibia
None
37 12 ZS-FJV Cessna C172K 160 120.40 00:05.32 118.39 Annemarie Steenkamp
Frikkie Lubbe
Cape
Upington FC
38 20 ZS-KCN Beech V35B 285 171.80 00:05.42 167.64 Enrico Branca
Francois de Wet
Tvl
Benoni-Brakpan FC
39 48 ZS-JKF Beech C23 180 119.00 00:05.43 116.98 Keith Schroeder
Nick Meijer
Namibia
None
40 5 ZS-TAR Cessna C310Q 285 205.00 00:05.49 198.98 Walter Martin
Gert Rautenbach
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
41 44 ZS-IHO Beech B55 260 191.50 00:05.56 186.15 Philip Gidish
Neal Froneman
Tvl
East Rand FC
42 10 ZS-LYO Beech F33A 285 171.80 00:06.13 167.28 Stuart Connacher
Rob Connacher
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
43 58 ZS-EOX Piper PA28-180 180 127.60 00:06.14 125.08 Louis J Potgieter
Boet Kleinhans
Free State
None
44 79 ZS-KLA Beech A36TC 300 185.10 00:06.33 179.59 Steve Pearce
Raymond Steyn
Tvl
None
45 64 ZS-EMU Piper PA28-180 VP 180 127.60 00:06.37 124.93 Graeme McCarthy
Dennis Collins
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
46 35 ZS-MTR Cessna C210 285 170.10 00:06.43 165.32 Francois de Wet
Johan Roos
Free State
Welkom FC
47 15 ZS-LAT Piper PA20-R180 180 140.90 00:07.02 137.45 Jan Marais
Wynand Marais
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
48 83 ZS-KHC Beech B55 260 191.50 00:07.08 185.10 Johan Ferreira
Jacques Griessel
Free State
None
49 43 ZS-MOR Cessna C210 285 170.10 00:07.18 164.91 Warren Collier
Rob Dowding
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
50 53 ZU-APF Van's AC RV6 160 164.50 00:07.28 159.54 Noel Drew
Robert Fletcher
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
51 61 ZS-EJO Cessna C182J 230 140.50 00:07.32 136.83 Pierre de Wet
Jurianus Heyneman
Cape
Swellengrebel FC
52 40 ZS-JTU Piper PA28-235 235 138.20 00:07.41 134.58 Dries Briers
Pieter Lordan
N/Tvl
LTT FC
53 16 ZS-LBO Cessna C182RG 235 157.50 00:08.52 152.12 Chris Booysen
Peter Bouwer
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
54 17 V5-AAB Cessna C210M 285 170.10 00:09.53 163.10 Carel J van Vuuren
Sebastiau Bellstedt
Namibia
None
55 47 ZS-DEN Beech A36 300 177.00 00:10.04 169.34 Neil Hellmann
Denise Hellmann
Tvl
None
56 13 ZS-FLY Piper PA28-180 180 127.60 00:10.15 123.51 Kassie Kasselman
Carl van Rensburg
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
57 77 ZS-KPI Piper PA32-300 30O 143.10 00:10.38 137.79 Christoffel Botha
Willem de Klerk
Tvl
Middelburg FC
58 41 ZS-MYN Beech V35B 285 171.80 00:11.04 163.91 Willie Pheiffer
Rob Rhodes-Houghton
Tvl
None
59 34 ZS-FLV Beech A36 285 170.90 00:12.14 162.30 Norman Dixie
Anton van Langelaar
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
60 28 ZS-KEC Cessna C210 285 170.10 00:12.17 161.55 Francis Palmer
Andre Kluyts
Tvl
Wits FC
61 37 ZS-LVH Piper PA28-R200 200 142.90 00:13.10 136.40 Richard Maier
Robert C Myburgh
Tvl
None
62 36 ZS-MUD Piper PA28-R201 200 140.80 00:13.25 134.37 Robert L Myburgh
Tertius Myburgh
Tvl
None
63 27 ZS-NVX Cessna C182RG 235 157.50 00:15.14 151.91 Hendre Conradie
Morkel Venter
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
64 30 ZS-IXT Grumman AA5 150 121.10 00:16.23 115.31 Adriaan v/d Westhuizen
Henning van Aswegen
Cape
Kuruman FC
65 25 ZS-BSW Ryan Navion 205 142.10 00:22.05 131.63 Ivan Marx
Martin Marx
N/Tvl
None
66 18 ZS-LYS Cessna T210N 310 186.50 00:22.54 171.96 Jack Onderstal
Lynette Onderstal
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
67 93 ZS-KKJ Piper PA34-200T 200 174.00 00:25.05 156.68 Johannes Viljoen
F Viljoen
Tvl
None
68 66 ZS-IXW Cessna FR172 210 132.50 00:25.59 121.87 Lourens Grobler
Pieter Fourie
N/Tvl
Nylstroom FC
69 65 ZS-KBD Cessna FR172 210 132.50 00:26.28 121.69 Rodney Hering
Piet Van Blerk
Tvl
None
70 88 ZS-FWX Piper PA32-300 300 143.10 00:27.56 129.94 Marilette Kotzee
Arno Kotzee
Tvl
None
71 26 ZS-OCB Cessna 421B 375 207.00 00:30.04 178.81 Keith Irwin
N J van Staden
Tvl
None
72 46 ZS-NXE Piper PA28RT201T 200 170.00 00:35.40 147.37 Dana Bensch
Justin Pieterse
Tvl
J L P C
73 60 ZS-EUO Cessna C170B 145 113.20 00:38.41 101.90 Sven Kreher
Nico Henning
Tvl
None
74 67 ZS-NIF Piper PA34-220T 220 193.50 00:49.37 155.66 Henk Viljoen
Francois Maree
Tvl
None
75 87 ZS-IZM Rockwell AC112 200 145.10 00:57.46 119.69 Chris Martinus
Geva Patz
Tvl
None

1997 PTAR - Trophies

1997 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe - Bloemfontein 13 to 15 June 1997

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 31 7001 David Knoesen/Rodney King
North Am Harvard
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 29 ZS-LPY David Forster/Wyndham Ferreira
Cessna U206C
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 81 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/P J Pretorius
Beech E55
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 8 ZS-JMW Johan Bence/Peter Franks
Cessna 177RGII
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 81 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/P J Pretorius
Beech E55
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 29 ZS-LPY David Forster/Wyndham Ferreira
Cessna U206C
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 31 7001 David Knoesen/Rodney King
North Am Harvard
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 29 ZS-LPY David Forster/Wyndham Ferreira
Cessna U206C
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 24 ZS-FDZ Christa Greyvenstein/Johan
Piper PA28-235
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 23 ZS-FLR Grant Emery/Ed Emery
Beech V35A
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 74 ZS-NSX Willem vd Westhuizen/Hendriena vd Westhuizen
Piper PA32RT-300
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 29 ZS-LPY David Forster/Wyndham Ferreira
Cessna U206C
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 38 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 31 7001 David Knoesen/Rodney King
North Am Harvard
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 81 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/P J Pretoruis
Beech E55
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 29 ZS-LPY David Forster/Wyndham Ferreira
Cessna U206C
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 63 ZS-LGU Houkie Mostert/Niel Laubscher
Mooney M20J-201
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving The Most Meritorious Performance 44 ZS-IHO Philip Gidish/Neal Froneman
Beech B55
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 25 ZS-BSW Ivan Marx/Martin Marx
Ryan Navion
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 70 ZS-LIT Chris Briers/Otto Dreyer
Beech E55
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 10 ZS-LYO Stuart Connacher/Rob Connacher
Beech F33A
Durban Wings Club Trophy The Pilot of the First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 8 ZS-JMW Johan Bence/Peter Franks
Cessna C177RGII
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 38 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 46 ZS-NXE Dana Bensch/Justin Pieterse
Piper PA28RT201T
Lanseria Trophy The Pilot of the First Lanseria Based Pilot Home 1 ZS-JYA Andrew Torr/Mark Holliday
Beech E55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 81 ZS-HEO Sias Delport/P J Pretorius
Beech E55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 91 ZS-RFT Frans Kruger/Mervin Malan
Robinson R44
"Skilpad" Trophy The Last Krugersdorp Pilot Home 5 ZS-TAR Walter Martin/Gert Rautenbach
Cessna C310Q
Professional Aviation Trophy The First Helicopter Home 94 39 J B Burger/Johnny Greyling
Aerospat Allouette3
Westline Aviation Trophy The Winner of the Small Aircraft Category 57 ZU-AXW James Bailey/Andries Botha
Kitfox Series V
Robert Holliday Trophy The Most Helpful Organiser 1 ZS-JYA Andrew Torr/Mark Holliday
Beech E55

1997 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
51 ZS-KVD Peter Lang
Luke Volansk
Cessna C210N Forced landing short of Tempe

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
18 ZS-LYS 00:05:00 Crossing finish in wrong direction
27 ZS-NVX 00:06:00 Missed Wepener and Bethlehem

1996 PTAR - Full Result

1996 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Potchefstroom - 14 to 16 June 1996

Total Distance: 651.20 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 68 ZS-ISW Piper PA28-R200 200 138.0 00:09.38- 142.85 Jeff Shaw
CC Berriman
Tvl
None
2 22 ZS-KMN Beech 58 2-Bl 285 189.0 00:09.25- 198.01 Piet Bezuidenhout
Jonny van Zyl
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
3 16 ZS-MOR Cessna C210 285 164.5 00:09.05- 171.04 Chris Booysen
Peter Bouwer
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
4 31 ZS-RTT Cessna C210L 285 164.5 00:08.18- 170.45 Carlo Talevi
Cillier Manser
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
5 44 ZS-IHO Beech B55 260 184.0 00:08.02- 191.23 Philip Gidish
Richard Gundersen
Tvl
East Rand FC
6 53 ZS-MED Cessna C210 285 164.5 00:08.01- 170.24 Werner van Gruting
Piet Ferreira
N/Tvl
Bloemfontein FC
7 85 ZS-KKZ Beech B55 260 184.0 00:07.37- 190.84 Jan Kasselman
A J van Greunen
Tvl
None
8 30 ZS-KOW Cessna C182Q 230 136.0 00:07.11- 139.48 Dirk van Reenen
Edwin Spence
Free State
None
9 9 ZS-NVT Beech 58 300 195.0 00:06.39- 201.69 Faan van Tonder
Hannes Roets
Tvl
J L P C
10 60 ZS-EUO Cessna C170B 145 111.5 00:05.50- 113.38 S Kreher
M P Holliday
Tvl
Lanseria FC
11 58 ZS-EOX Piper PA28-180 180 126.0 00:05.25- 128.23 L J Potoirter
Boet Kleynhans
Free State
Parys FC
12 19 ZS-MFH Cessna C210M 285 164.5 00:05.10- 168.16 Henk Klopper
Kevin Poole
Tvl
Lanseria FC
13 71 ZS-FBR Cessna C102K 230 136.0 00:04.34- 138.19 J I Nel
A G Middel
Cape
None
14 11 VS-JJY Beech B55 260 184.0 00:04.23- 187.87 Marnus van Zyl
Piet de Lange
Namibia
None
15 59 ZS-JBK Cessna C310R 285 191.2 00:03.45- 194.77 Roland van Tonder
Gert Ehlers
Tvl
None
16 49 ZS-DZZ Piper PA24-400 400 186.0 00:03.20- 188.99 John Sayers
Chris Kyle
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
17 6 ZS-FWB Beech E55 2-Bl 285 189.0 00.03.13- 191.98 Anthony Frankel
Ian Solomon
Tvl
None
18 39 ZU-APZ Lancair 320 160 181.5 00:02.53- 183.95 Dieter Bock
Renier Moolman
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
19 2 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 170.5 00:02.23- 172.30 John Mayer
Marius Els
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
20 29 ZS-LPY Cessna U206C 300 141.5 00:01.49- 142.95 Les Daley
Dave Forster
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
21 62 ZS-JFX Beech E55 285 188.0 00:01.43- 195.26 A Schabort
J Turner
Tvl
None
22 35 ZS-NAD Beech F33A 285 170.5 00:00.57- 171.21 Kobie Fourie
Wim Kotze
Free State
None
23 7 ZS-MDT Cessna C414 310 197.0 00:00.17- 197.28 Carel Grobler
Henk Freeke
N/Tvl
Potch FC
24 43 ZS-LBO Cessna R182 235 151.0 00:00.15- 151.14 Warren Collier
Dick Stear
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
25 67 ZS-KOK Cessna C182Q 230 136.0 00:00.11- 136.08 G Surtees
Wayne Muller
Tvl
None
26 63 ZS-LGU Mooney M20J (201) 200 159.5 00:00.10- 159.60 Houkie Mostert
Niel Laubscher
Free State
Heilbron FC
27 76 ZS-TCM Beech 35V 225 149.5 00:00.06 149.44 Uli Gerth
Louw van der Merwe
N/Tvl
Brits FC
28 51 ZS-NLL Cessna C182Q 230 136.0 00:00.07 135.94 Dr T F de Bruin
R H Rhodes
Tvl
Lanseria FC
29 48 ZS-DOB Beech G35 225 149.5 00:00.11 149.39 Clinton Marcus
Theo Klaric
Tvl
Silverwings
30 82 ZS-NBB Cessna C177RG 200 139.5 00:00.30 139.18 Kobus van der Colff
Walter Walle
0.F.S.
Bloemfontein FC
31 65 ZS-IAU Cessna C310Q 260 182.9 00:01.02 182.02 Rod Herring
P Loots
Tvl
None
32 12 ZS-FJV Cessna C172 150 118.0 00:02.15 117.19 Frikkie Lubbe
Danie Terblanche
Cape
Upington FC
33 50 ZS-MUS Cessna C210 285 164.5 00:02.19 167.09 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Alf J Coetzer
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
34 75 748 Cessna Cl85(E) 260 144.0 00:03.13 142.31 Dave Owen
Glen Myburgh
Tvl
Defence FC
35 8 ZS-JMW Cessna 177RGII 200 139.5 00:03.19 137.87 Johan Bence
Peter Franks
K Z N
Pietersburg FC
36 1 ZS-JPH Beech BE55 260 184.0 00:03.20 181.15 Andrew Torr(Jnr)
Tony Torr(Snr)
Tvl
Aero Club
37 47 ZS-DEN Beech A36 300 173.5 00:03.58 175.07 Neil Hellman
Denise Hellman
Tvl
None
38 5 ZS-TAR Cessna C310Q 285 199.6 00:04.02 195.57 Walter Martin
Gert Rautenbach
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
39 23 ZS-FLR Beech V35A 285 170.5 00:04.10 167.46 Ron Pollock
Grant Emary
Tvl
Benoni/Brakpan
40 77 ZS-PHF Piper PA32-300 300 143.0 00:04.24 141.24 H S Wentzel
E Freysen
Tvl
Klerksdorp FC
41 78 7231 North Am Harvard 550 158.0 00:04.38 155.08 J F Laubscher
C Hantrey
Cape
None
42 15 ZS-JLD Piper PA28-R200 200 138.0 00:04.51 135.67 A J Botha
John McDonald
Free State
Parys FC
43 17 ZS-JIC Piper PA28-R200 200 138.0 00:04.52 135.66 Paula Tiedemann
Henry Tiedemann
Tvl
Benoni/Brakpan
44 24 ZS-FDZ Piper PA28-235 250 139.0 00:04.58 136.59 Christa Greyvenstein
Johan
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
45 32 ZS-DSI Piper PA28-235 250 139.0 00:05.36 136.28 Tony Peeters
Louise Peeters
Free State
Vaal FC
46 39 ZS-NVZ Cessna C182RG 235 151.0 00:06.08 147.50 Pine Pienaar
Pieter Kolver
O.P.S.
Boem FC
47 73 ZS-VAM Beech BE60 380 209.6 00:07.30 202.53 Hendrik Minny
P C Volschenk
Tvl
None
48 21 ZS-KLA Beech A36TC 300 185.5 00:07.33 179.07 Nigel Townshend
Steve Dewsbery
Tvl
None
49 20 ZS-EMG Mooney M20F Exec 200 150.3 00:08.14 145.68 Pat Hanly
Byron Paizes
Cape
None
50 26 ZS-NYL Cessna TR182RG 235 162.5 00:08.53 160.56 Lumon Stadlander
Marion Stadlander
Free State
None
51 56 ZS-MZC Beech F33A 285 170.5 00:09.02 164.04 John Legh
Graeme Clarke
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
52 42 ZS-LWW Cessna C172RG 180 135.5 00:09.18 131.71 Mark Shepherd
Bryan Thompson
Tvl
Pretoria FC
53 18 ZS-JXB Cessna R172K 195 126.2 00:10.02 122.24 Jack Onderstal
Lynette Onderstal
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
54 64 ZS-EMU Piper PA28-18OG 180 126.0 00:10.07 122.01 Graham McCarthy
Dennis Collins
Tvl
K. 0. P.
55 4 ZS-JFN Beech A36 285 168.0 00:10.09 165.05 Tommy Marx
Marion Marx
Free State
Welkom FC
56 66 ZS-ILP Cessna C172 150 114.0 00:11.37 110.26 Vlam Olivier
Jan Fourie
Tvl
None
57 3 ZS-CTA Cessna C210B 260 162.0 00:11.55 154.37 Johan Doubell
Jannie Visser
Cape
Kuruman FC
58 45 ZS-KJI Beech A36 285 168.0 00:14.29 162.09 Mike Howell
Sarel v/d Merwe
Cape
Kuruman FC
59 79 ZS-IMK Beech A36 285 168.0 00:18.35 159.37 Stephen Pearce
Raymond Steyn
Tvl
None
60 61 ZS-JWM Beech A55 2-Bl 260 186.2 00:19.43 170.19 S Krause
A F Vermaak
Tvl
None
61 72 ZS-ZGO Piper PA23 250 165.0 00:20.55 151.60 Gary Whitecross
Michael Smith
Tvl
None
62 80 ZS-PMG Beech V35B 285 170.5 00:21.11 159.91 Bart Kiewiet
C Lombard
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
63 70 ZS-PIX Cessna C210T 285 179.4 00:23.01 162.24 Peter Haagner
I E Haagner
Tvl
None
64 46 ZS-JXA Cessna R172K 195 126.2 00:23.43 117.22 David Walker
J Butland
Tvl
Lanseria
65 27 ZS-EXD Mooney M20C Mk21 180 148.0 00:25.00 135.66 Gavin Heyes
Hendre Conradie
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
66 83 ZS-EXM Piper PA28-140 160 115.9 00:26.06 107.57 M J Griessel
J Ferreira
0.F.S.
None
67 36 ZS-KHX Piper PA34-200T 200 186.0 00:28.32 163.75 Robert L Myburgh
Tertius Myburgh
Tvl
Aero Club
68 10 V5-ELZ Beech A36 285 168.0 00:32.49 150.63 Karel Danhauser
Stepan Volschenk
Namibia
None
69 37 ZS-JBG Cessna C172M 150 114.0 00:34.02 103.70 Richard Maier
Robert C Myburgh
Tvl
None
70 52 ZS-FAI Piper PA28-235 250 139.0 00:37.45 122.54 Karl Finatzer
Piet Van Blerk
Tvl
Benoni/Brakpan
71 86 ZS-DPG Piper PA28-180C 180 126.0 00:42.11 110.91 Louis Rademeyer
Josephine Kruger
 
 
72 74 ZS-FOS Piper PA28-140 160 115.9 00:43.09 102.74 Adrian Dodd
Steyn Maritz
Tvl
Silverwings
73 40 ZS-JMM Cessna C210T 285 179.4 00:49.33 146.14 Christian Potgieter
Gideon Benade
N/Tvl
None
74 41 ZS-UMX Condor D62-150 150 114.0 01:00.00 97.01 Jan Kemp
Theo Martins
Tvl
None

1996 PTAR - Trophies

1996 President's Trophy Air Race

Potchefstroom 14 to 16 June 1996

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 22 ZS-KMN Piet Bezuidenhout/Jonny van Zyl
Beech 58
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 16 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Peter Bouwer
Cessna C210
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 8 ZS-JMW Johan Bence/Peter Franks
Cessna 177RGII
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 16 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Peter Bouwer
Cessna C210
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 30 ZS-KOW Dirk van Reeenen/Edwin Spence
Cessna C182Q
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 17 ZS-JIC Paula Tiedemann/Henry Tiedemann
Piper PA28-R200
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 50 ZS-PTC Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer/Alf J Coetzer
Cessna C210
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 7 ZS-MDT Carel Grobler/Henk Freeke
Cessna C414
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 38 ZU-APZ Dieter Bock/Renier Moolman
Lancair 320
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 9 ZS-NVT Faan van Tonder/Hannes Roets
Beech 58
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 22 ZS-KMN Piet Bezuidenhout/Jonny van Zyl
Beech 58
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 16 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Peter Bouwer
Cessna C210
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 63 ZS-LGU Houkie Mostert/Niel Laubscher
Mooney M20J-201
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 41 ZS-UMX Jan Kemp/Theo Martins
Condor D62-150
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 73 ZS-VAM Hendrik Minny/P C Volschenk
Beech BE60
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 16 ZS-MOR Chris Booysen/Peter Bouwer
Cessna C210
Durban Wings Club Trophy The Pilot of the First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 56 ZS-MZC John Legh/Graeme Clarke
Beech F33A
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 31 ZS-RTT Carlo Talevi/Cillier Manser
Cessna C210L
Lanseria Trophy The Pilot of the First Lanseria Based Pilot Home 60 ZS-EUO S Kreher/M P Holliday
Cessna C170B
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 22 ZS-KMN Piet Bezuidenhout/Jonny van Zyl
Beech 58
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 25 ZS-BSZ Ivan Marx/Martin Marx
Ryan Navion
"Skilpad" Trophy The Last Krugersdorp Pilot Home 80 ZS-PMG Bart Kiewiet/C Lombard
Beech V35B

1996 PTAR - Exclusions

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
4 ZS-JFN 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2
10 V5-ELZ 00:01:00 Wrong direction at Finish
10 V5-ELZ 00:05:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2
26 ZS-NYL 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2
27 ZS-EXD 00:01:00 Wrong direction at Finish
29 ZS-LPY 00:01:00 Wrong direction at Finish
42 ZS-LWW 00:01:00 Low flying at Finish
45 ZS-KJI 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2
47 ZS-DEN 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 3 Day 2
50 ZS-MUS 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 1 and 4
62 ZS-JFX 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 1 Day 2
73 ZS-VAM 00:01:00 Pulled up at the Finish
77 ZS-PHF 00:01:00 Wrong direction at Finish
79 ZS-IMK 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2
80 ZS-PMG 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2
14 ZS-JFN 00:06:00 Missed Turning Point 4 Day 2

1995 President's Trophy Air Race

1995 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Port Alfred - 11 to 13 May 1995

Pictures and article by John Miller

1995 PTAR - Aero Africa: Pictures by John Miller appeared in Aero Africa1995 PTAR - Aero Africa: Pictures by John Miller appeared in Aero Africa4 year old consulting engineer, Nigel Townshend, leans forward slightly as his immaculate Bonanza A36TC charges down Port Alfred's grass runway 10, leaving a swirling cloud of disturbed grass cuttings behind. No longer than seconds after lifting clear, he reaches under the throw-over control column and flicks the gear lever to up. Staying low, rushing towards the marshal with his clipboard poised at the end of the strip, the leather-chaired turbo Bonanza accelerates hard towards its maximum speed. The throttle and propeller plungers are firewalled. Seconds later, the whiteshirted man with the clipboard blurs past and Townshend throws the A36 into a military wings-vertical left turn towards the north and snaps the wings back again, staying close to the trees, bushes and telephone wires passing beneath at close to 170 knots increasing.
In the right seat, navigator Rod Hering spreads his own clipboard,armed with two digital stopwatches, and quickly moves his head between a quarter million area chart to the the skyline. There is a moment's silence between the heading instructions as the whitewashed Pig and Whistle Inn at Bathurst flashes past the left wingtip. Neither Townshend or Hering can see far at this height - the horizon disappears at the next ridge two kilometers away and the map, almost useless to a normal Bonanza trip, becomes everything to pilots and navigators competing in the Presidents Air Race.

1995 President's Trophy Air Race Winners - Howell and van der Merwe1995 President's Trophy Air Race Winners - Howell and van der MerweThe race is an exercise in precise navigation and for once flying skill is of secondary importance, but it helps. The first day takes competitors to Somerset East and Jansenville before returning to Port Alfred. The course on the second day takes the 49 crews 250 miles north across the Eastern Cape scrub to the first turn at Cradock, then east to Queenstown and south to the finish line at Port Alfred. A mere half mile off track is enough to put a competitor out of the running unless the handicap is favorable. There's high ground between Port Alfred and Cradock, either forcing a climb from sea level to 4500ft or a mile detour along the north- stretching valley.

1995's winners, Mike Howell and Sarel van der Merwe in their normally aspirated Beech A36, chose to take the extra mile rather than make the climb - it paid off, helped by a handicap speed 5 knots less than their maximum. For the first time in six years, the Presidents Air Race had been brought to the coast and away from its traditional home at Tempe airfield in Bloemfontein. The new venue promised, amongst other things, less predictable weather and a little advantage for turbocharged aircraft.

John Leigh and Graeme Clark launch for the second day's raceJohn Leigh and Graeme Clark launch for the second day's raceBy the time all competitors had arrived at Port Alfred, the organisers had 50 aeroplanes lined up on the newly mowed grass adjacent to Jim Davis' 43 Air School premises. Furthermore, the weathermen were predicting near-perfect conditions - CAVOK and little wind for the weekend, giving lower-powered aircraft a chance to match the handicappers and take home some trophies.

Many entrants called the handicapping unfair.Many entrants called the handicapping unfair.The air race organisers have been struggling to maintain numbers for the once popular event and 1995 saw a further decline in entrants, which only a few years ago attracted over 150 aeroplanes. As usual the keen competitors, many of whom appear year after year, voiced strong concern over handicapping. It's generally accepted that aircraft of identical model and year manufacture can have different maximum cruise speeds of up to five knots. Competitors are dissatisfied with handicap speeds that bear little resemblance to published figures, and in cases disagree with the committee's policy of basing speeds on past race histories. There's no doubt that the existing system leaves a great deal to be desired and it's discouraging entries. Moves are afoot to change next year's handicapping criteria in an effort to boost entries.

Nevertheless, many top competitors spent time before the event practicing their low-level navigation. Although the winners, Howell and Van der Merwe from Hotazel didn't practice, they came right with the handicappers and navigation. It was their sixth race and their Bonanza completed the course at 171.95 knots - 5.75 knots above handicap speed. Those serious about winning will know how best to fly their aircraft. Light crisp turns at the check points are quicker than long broad sweeps. A Baron flown with the correct technique can gain as much as ten seconds on a turn which can save 60 seconds over the entire event or three miles - a valuable advantage. Some competitors go as far as switching off unnecessary electricals - hoping that by unloading the alternator, the engine has more power to the crank.

Flying technique did little for Townshend and Hering. The Johannesburg team became confused with the topographical information halfway to Cradock. The two pulled up and unable to recognise Bedford, turned hard left in an attempt to reestablish the track and were almost immediately out of the running after a good first day.

The 1995 event was sponsored by aircraft financing group MLS Bank. As usual NAC were there in force, as were others to help with organisation and time-keeping. Kassie Kaseleman from Bloemfontein, long time organiser, had arranged another successful event.

Port Alfred
FZI taking off

1995 PTAR - Full Result

1995 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Port Alfred - 11 to 13 May 1995

Total Distance: 598.40 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 45 ZS-KJI Beech A36 285 166.2 00:07.05- 171.95 Mike Howell
Sarel van der Merwe
Cape
None
2 33 ZS-LOM Cessna C210N Stol 300 164.3 00:05.01- 168.56 Chris Steenkamp
Danie Terreblanche
Cape
Upington FC
3 8 ZS-JKA Beech A36 285 166.2 00:04.04- 169.52 Sias Delport
Frikkie van Zyl
Cape
Vaalharts FC
4 2 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 170.8 00:03.25- 173.95 John Mayer
Peter Walker
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
5 4 ZS-JFN Beech A36 285 166.2 00:03.07- 169.04 Tommy Marx
Marion Marx
Free State
Welkom FC
6 3 ZS-KMV Beech V35B 285 170.8 00:01.51- 172.45 Jannie Visser
Josephine Kruger
Cape
Kuruman FC
7 14 ZS-FWB Beech D55 285 194.9 00:01.27- 196.84 Anthony Frankel
Chris Chapman
Tvl
None
8 43 ZS-LBO Cessna C182RG 235 152.1 00:00.41- 152.65 Warren Collier
Rob Dowding
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
9 31 ZS-NGN Cessna 170Vp 180 124.8 00:00.32- 125.18 Carlo Talevi
Cilliers Manser
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
10 23 ZS-FLR Beech V35A 285 170.8 00:00.30- 171.46 Ron Pollock
Ed Emary
Tvl
B.B.A.C.
11 12 ZS-FJV Cessna C172 150 116.2 00:00.17- 116.42 Nina Steenkamp
Frikkie Lubbe
Cape
Upington FC
12 22 ZS-KOK Cessna 182Q 230 139.9 00:00.15 139.81 Phillip van Niekerk
Maurice Nathan
Tvl
Aero Club
13 50 ZS-PTC Beech E55 (2-Bl) 285 197.3 00:00.17 197.49 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Alf J Coetzer
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
14 44 ZS-IHO Beech B55 260 187.5 00:00.23 187.58 Philip Gidish
Richard Gundersen
Tvl
East Rand FC
15 47 ZS-MGS Beech F33A 285 170.8 00:01.13 170.00 Neil Hellmann
Denise Hellmann
Tvl
None
16 11 ZS-LJG Cessna C170B 145 113.4 00:02.11 112.69 Johan Dorfling
Herman Kemp
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
17 49 ZS-DZZ Piper PA24-400 400 192.0 00:02.23 189.97 John Sayers
Chris Kyle
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
18 19 ZS-MFH Cessna C210M 285 166.2 00:02.48 164.39 Henk Klopper
Kim Morton
Tvl
None
19 34 ZS-FLV Beech A36 285 166.2 00:02.54 164.39 Norman Dixie
Geoff Henschel
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
20 28 ZS-FZY Siai M. SF260 260 175.4 00:03.06 172.95 Vernon Brito
Albert Stewardson
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
21 30 ZS-KOW Cessna 182Q 230 139.9 00:03.11 138.20 Dirk van Reenen
Edwin Spence
Free State
None
22 24 ZS-JOS Cessna C31OR 285 192.3 00:03.26 189.37 Marius Eksteen
Johan Laubscher
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
23 32 ZS-ETX Cessna C210 300 166.2 00:04.28 163.05 Rob Turner
Johan Ehmke
N/Tvl
Defence FC
24 9 ZS-NAD Beech F33A 285 170.8 00:04.49 167.15 Faan van Tonder
Hannes Roets
Tvl
J.L.P.C
25 48 ZS-LAI Cessna C182RG 235 152.1 00:04.55 149.22 Anthony Miller
Dick Stear
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
26 56 ZS-MZC Beech F33A 285 170.8 00:05.01 170.00 John Legh
Graeme Clarke
Tvl
Aero Club
27 35 ZS-NFJ Beech F33A 285 170.8 00:07.28 165.30 Rob Turner
P J P van Blerk
Tvl
Lanseria FC
28 39 ZS-KHE Beech F33A 285 170.8 00:07.50 164.85 Anthony Perl
David Rosmarin
Tvl
None
29 41 ZS-KSF Cessna C172 160 120.0 00:08.51 116.64 Peter van Der Poel
David Louw
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
30 15 ZS-JLD Piper PA28-R200 200 143.7 00:08.52 138.84 Andries Botha
John McDonald
Free State
Parys FC
31 10 ZS-LPY Cessna U206C 300 141.8 00:11.02 138.20 Dave Forster
Tony Fuller
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
32 17 ZS-JGJ Piper PA28-151 150 119.1 00:11.15 114.85 Pieter Kolver
Nico Vermeulen
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
33 20 N9170N Mooney M20R 280 193.0 00:11.56 181.88 Patrick Hanly
James Paizes
Cape
None
34 5 ZS-KOV Cessna C182Q 230 137.9 00:12.23 131.80 Stuart Connacher
Rob Connacher
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
35 36 ZS-EMU Piper PA28-180Vp 180 129.1 00:13.44 123.12 Robert L Myburgh
Robert C Myburgh
Tvl
Aero Club
36 59 ZS-DRK Cessna 182G 230 139.9 00:14.22 132.68 P J Bezuidenhout
J van Zyl
N/Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
37 25 ZS-LWP Mooney 205SE 200 168.5 00:15.32 157.06 B Schabort
C G Joseph
Tvl
None
38 58 ZS-EOX Piper PA28-180 180 127.7 00:15.41 121.13 Louis Potgieter
Boet Kleinhans
Free State
Parys FC
39 27 ZS-HCC Piper PA28-R200 200 143.7 00:16.09 135.08 P C Viviers
Hans Botha
Tvl
None
40 26 ZS-KCY Cessna 177RG 200 147.4 00:16.35 138.20 Rex Mcgregor
Margo Mcgregor
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
41 7 ZS-MDT Cessna C414 310 199.0 00:16.38 182.44 Carl Grobler
Henk Freeke
Tvl
Potch FC
42 37 ZS-DZL Cessna C320 260 195.8 00:16.50 179.70 Jan Vorster
Peter McKellor
N/Tvl
None
43 40 ZS-LPW Piper PA28-180R 180 140.4 00:17.01 131.80 Clive Kewley
Jonathan du Rand
K Z N
Durban Wings Club
44 38 ZS-FJT Cessna C172K 150 116.2 00:17.17 110.20 Dieter Bock
Renier Moolman
Tvl
Krugersoorp FC
45 52 ZS-MIF Piper PA32-R301T 300 180.1 00:20.58 163.05 J Pienaar
Jaques Griessel
Free State
None
46 51 ZS-ESZ Piper PA28-180Vp 180 129.1 00.24.42 118.73 Gert Ehlers
Roland van Tonder
N/Tvl
None
47 21 ZS-KLA Beech BE36TC 300 188.5 00:30.59 162.17 Nigel Townshend
Rod Hering
Tvl
Aero Club
48 60 ZS-KYK Cessna C172RG 180 139.0 00:34.51 122.62 J Cloete
T A Whiting
N/Tvl
Defence FC
49 57 N388CA Rockwell 114 260 158.3 00:36.41 136.31 Ken Heuer
Andrew Currin
Tvl
None
50 42 ZS-FBK Cessna C182K 230 139.9 00:45.41 118.96 Willie Du Plessis
Deon Matthysen
K Z N
Zululand FC

1995 PTAR - Trophies

1995 President's Trophy Air Race

Port Alfred 11 to 13 May 1995

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 45 ZS-KJI Mike Howell/Sarel van der Merwe
Beech A36
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 33 ZS-LOM Chris Steenkamp/Danie Terreblanche
Cessna C210 STOL
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 8 ZS-JKA Sias Delport/Frikkie van Zyl
Beech A36
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 40 ZS-LPW Clive Kewley/Jonathan du Rand
Piper PA28-180R
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Peter Walker
Beech F33A
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 45 ZS-KJI Mike Howell/Sarel van der Merwe
Beech A36
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 4 ZS-JFN Tommy Marx/Marion Marx
Beech A36
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 32 ZS-ETX Rob Turner/Johan Ehmke
Cessna C210
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 45 ZS-KJI Mike Howell/Sarel van der Merwe
Beech A36
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 12 ZS-FJV Nina Steenkamp/Frikkie Lubbe
Cessna C172
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 50 ZS-PTC Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer/Alf J Coetzer
Beech E55
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 7 ZS-MDT Carel Grobler/Henk Freeke
Cessna C414
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 43 ZS-LBO Warren Collier/Rob Dowding
Cessna C182RG
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 24 ZS-JOS Maruis Eksteen/Johan Laubscher
Cessna C310R
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 45 ZS-KJI Mike Howell/Sarel van der Merwe
Beech A36
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 33 ZS-LOM Chris Steenkamp/Danie Terreblanche
Cessna C210 STOL
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 49 ZS-DZZ John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Piper PA24-400
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving The Most Meritorious Performance 23 ZS-FLR Ron Pollock/Ed Emary
Beech V35A
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 19 ZS-MFH Henk Klopper/Kim Morton
Cessna C210M
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 50 ZS-PTC Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer/Alf J Coetzer
Beech E55
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 43 ZS-LBO Warren Collier/Rob Dowding
Cessna C182RG
Durban Wings Club Trophy The Pilot of the First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 49 ZS-DZZ John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Piper PA24-400
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Peter Walker
Beech F33A
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 9 ZS-NAD Faan van Tonder/Hannes Roets
Beech F33A
Professional Aviation Trophy The First Turbine Rated Pilot/Navigator Home 33 ZS-LOM Chris Steenkamp/Danie Terreblanche
Cessna C210 STOL
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 14 ZS-FWB Anthony Frankel/Chris Chapman
Beech D55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 50 ZS-PTC Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer/Alf J Coetzer
Beech E55

1995 PTAR - Exclusions

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
10 ZS-LPY 00:04:00 Not seen at Queenstown
56 ZS-MZC 00:04:00 Not seen at Cathcart

1994 President's Trophy Air Race

1994 President's Trophy Air Race
Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 26 to 28 May 1994
Pictures and article by John Miller

Cold and windy conditions at Tempe for the 1994 President's Trophy Air Race.Cold and windy conditions at Tempe for the 1994 President's Trophy Air Race.In Cessna's 1979 model 310R brochure, the blurb at the back quotes a top speed figure of 207 knots at sea level and 195 knots at 75% power at 7500ft. That this year's handicappers gave 1994 race winners Werner and Johan van Gruting a speed of 188.50 knots should, therefore, come as no surprise. Over the two days of the competition, the Van Gruting brothers managed an actual speed of 201.30 knots and yet competitors were still poking around the 310's airframe for hidden speed mods. It didn't help that the only other 3108 in the race, ZS-JOS flew at 193 knots which doesn't explain anything.

Aero Club of South Africa boss and past race winner, Mike van Ginkel summed it up, "The only entrants ultimately satisfied with the handicappers are the winners". This year, the competition, sponsored by aviation finance group MLS Bank, produced more than its usual bevy of objections, most of them aimed at the handicappers, which many thought they were running the race against. To make matters worse, weather conditions over the two day event should have favoured the higher powered aircraft - winds on the first day were gusting to 25 and 30 knots at times. Although the first three places were taken by a fast twin and two high performance singles, Free State farmer, Charlie Bosman's fast B58 Baron was the next twin home at only 12th place. In between were plenty of 'low powered' singles. Last year's winners, Steve Hartley and Joe Grove flying the same Baron B55, ZS-OOG claimed a compass malfunction, which left them well out of the race after the first day and second from last overall. Steve was seen consoling himself on the floor of the Bloemfontein Flying Club bar after the first day's racing.

Chris Briers puts the wheels away quickly but still battles against the handicappers.Chris Briers puts the wheels away quickly but still battles against the handicappers.There were 67 competitors this year and judging by the show of hands at the prize giving ball, 50% were first time entrants. On the first day the fastest aeroplanes launch first at one minute intervals and the order is reversed on day two with separation based on first day results. The competition is essentially won by flying straight, accurately and figuring out the best height under the prevailing winds. Those serious about winning often practice low-level navigation for weeks prior to the contest and the top teams navigators will call out check points some two minutes before they appear along the course, also giving plenty of time to warn the pilot at each turn point - usually over an airfield. Needless to say, GPS is banned. Entrants further prepare by polishing their aircraft and extract maximum performance by flying with the ball in the middle at power settings a thin line from never-exceed limits. Winning can be a matter of seconds, and turbocharged aeroplane pilots have to decide if the extra time climbing to take advantage of their blowers is worth the effort - at around race heights - typically between 5000 and 7000ft, turbo'd engines have the barest advantage which is taken into consideration by the handicappers anyway. Van Ginkel, himself a winner in 1969 and 1972 has won by a nail-biting seven minutes and eleven seconds over a 1000nm course and reckons the first ten crews across the line on the second day will have made virtually no mistakes.

1994 PTAR - van Gruting: van Gruting Brothers - 1994 Winners.1994 PTAR - van Gruting: van Gruting Brothers - 1994 Winners.The race has an excellent record of safety, but isn't always without incident. This year, Carltonville team Bill Stewart and Johann van Rensburg had an engine stoppage and skillfully forced-lobbed onto a dirt road near Ladybrand without damaging their Turbo Arrow lll. Bloemfontein Pilot Jack Onderstall made a successful precautionary landing in a field a few miles short of Tempe after suffering a fuel leak.

It was suggested by one long time pilot that the disatisfaction over handicapping has turned competitors away from the race - something which needs to be addressed. The system appears to be confusing and perhaps needs explaining - the race committee has recorded individual aircraft speeds throughout the past 30 years and many parameters are taken into account including crew experience. The number of entrants has reached 120 in the past and the organisers need to look at their publicity and media efforts to attract greater interest in the event. The air race is an exciting occasion for all participants and hones both flying and navigation skills - the weekend is strong on aviation-talk, the prize giving evening is splendid and the event attracts great support from NAC, the Bloemfontein Flying Club and Midwest Aviation, not to say those most valuable of sponsors - MLS Bank.

1994 PTAR - Full Result

1994 President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloemfontein - 26 to 28 May 1994

Total Distance: 636.12 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 51 ZS-KRK Cessna C310 285 188.5 00.12.22- 201.30 Werner van Gruting
Johan van Gruting
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
2 2 ZS-RMA Beech F33 285 165.3 00:10.49- 173.80 John Mayer
Marius Els
Tvl
None
3 4 ZS-JFN Beech A36 285 163.4 00.09.20- 170.54 Tommy Marx
Marion Marx
Free State
Welkom FC
4 32 ZS-IKJ Piper PA28-180 180 123.8 00:08.13- 127.22 André Koen
Neels Erasmus
K Z N
Pongola FC
5 11 ZS-FIE Cessna C172I 150 110.5 00:06.37- 112.78 Essie Esterhuysen
Kobus van der Kolf
Tvl
Aero Club
6 12 ZS-FJV Cessna C172 150 110.5 00.06.36- 112.78 Frikkie Lubbe
Nina Steenkamp
Cape
Upington FC
7 15 ZS-JLD Piper PA28-R200 200 138.5 00.06.27- 141.99 Andries Botha
John McDonald
Free State
Parys FC
8 33 ZS-LOM Cessna C210N 285 162.5 00.06.21- 167.40 Chris Steenkamp
Danie Terblanche
Cape
Upington FC
9 62 ZS-KAL Beech F33A 285 165.3 00:06.18- 170.08 Barry Dix-Peek
Albert Stewardson
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
10 68 ZS-ISW Piper PA28-R200 200 138.5 00.05.56- 141.67 Jeff Shaw
CC Berriman
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
11 16 ZS-LBO Cessna C182RG 235 150.3 00.05.47- 154.02 Peter Bouwer
Chris Booysen
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
12 54 ZS-FBT Beech 58 285 189.3 00:05.36- 195.13 Charles Bosman
Anton van Wyk
Cape
None
13 8 ZS-JOS Cessna C310R 285 188.5 00:04.37- 193.35 Marius Eksteen
Gerhard Hattingh
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
14 43 ZS-LAI Cessna R182RG 235 150.3 00:03.05- 152.18 Rob Dowding
Warren Collier
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
15 22 ZS-MLX Cessna R172K 195 124.8 00:02.59- 126.21 Phillip van Niekerk
Maurice Nathan
Tvl
Aero Club
16 26 ZS-JIG Cessna C182Q 230 135.2 00.02.22- 136.50 Lumon Stadlander
Renette Stadlander
Free State
None
17 20 ZS-KVT Cessna C172RG 180 134.3 00:02.13- 135.63 Ivanhoe Perelson
Dave Perelson
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
18 50 ZS-PIC Beech E55 285 192.1 00:02.06- 194.53 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Alf J Coetzer
Free State
None
19 18 ZS-NHZ Piper PA31-350 350 191.0 00.01.49- 192.76 Michau Huisamen
Peter Meyer
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
20 3 V5-JFP Beech V35B 285 165.3 00:01.28- 166.52 Bennie du Plessis
Jannie Visser
Namibia
None
21 34 ZS-KCD Beech 58 285 189.3 00:01.20- 191.02 Norman Dixie
Geoff Henschel
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
22 14 ZS-DYK Mooney M20C-Mrk21 180 146.5 00:01.16- 147.25 Rodney Redhill
Roland Grinker
Tvl
E A A 322
23 69 ZS-LSZ Cessna C210L 285 163.3 00:00.58- 164.37 Rob Turner
Richard Thornton
N/Tvl
Defence FC
24 9 ZS-LCC Piper PA28-181 180 127.7 00:00.48- 128.25 Hannes Roets
Gerrie van Hiekerk
Tvl
J.L.P.C
25 37 ZS-MLZ Piper PA31-310 310 198.0 00:00.19- 198.79 Chris Briers
Tony Straughan
Tvl
Letaba FC
26 48 ZS-WSE North Am Harvard 550 162.0 00:00.10- 162.27 Chris Kyle
John Sayers
Tvl
None
27 57 ZS-LUH Cessna C210 285 164.3 00:00.02- 164.37 Dave Mandel
Simon Mandel
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
28 19 ZS-MFH Cessna C210M 285 163.3 00:00.16 163.52 Henk Klopper
Kym Morton
Tvl
None
29 59 ZS-CMU Cessna 182C 230 133.3 00:00.59 133.08 Roland van Tonder
Gert Ehlers
Tvl
None
30 29 ZS-DZE Piper PA28-140 150 116.2 00.01.08 115.86 Anthony Fuller
David Forster
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
31 25 ZS-KVN Cessna C210N 285 164.3 00:02.00 163.10 Jabra van Wyk
Newton Walker
Cape
Upington FC
32 44 ZS-IHO Beech B55 260 186.5 00:03.20 183.85 Philip Gidish
Richard Gundersen
Tvl
Brakpan/Benoni
33 27 ZS-KNJ Cessna C182RG 235 150.3 00.03.25 148.62 Charl Starke
Neville Strauss
Cape
None
34 63 ZS-KEM Mooney M2OJ 200 159.6 00.03.26 157.45 Phillip Bierman
Houkie Mostert
Free State
Vanderbijlpark FC
35 56 ZS-MZC Beech F33 285 165.3 00.05.32 165.22 John Legh
Graeme Clarke
Tvl
Aero Club
36 65 ZS-LAD Mooney M2OJ 200 159.6 00:05.56 155.91 Arthur Engelbrecht
Dudley Snell
Tvl
Benoni/Brakpan
37 21 ZS-KLA Beech A36TC 300 181.9 00:06.51 176.21 Nigel Townshend
Steve Dewsbery
Tvl
Aero Club
38 64 ZS-KSF Cessna C172 160 115.3 00:06.51 112.98 Anthony Miller
Dick Stear
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
39 57 ZS-EBJ Piper PA28-140 160 117.2 00:08.22 114.41 Robert Grantham
Juan Venter
Bop
Beuchamp Proctor
40 6 ZS-ECJ Beech V35B 285 165.3 00:09.04 159.43 Anthony Franckel
Ian Solomon
Tvl
None
41 47 ZS-MGS Beech F33 285 165.3 00:10.59 157.84 Neil Hellmmn
Denise Hellmmn
Tvl
None
42 52 ZS-MEA Piper PA28-R201T 200 158.8 00:11.08 151.82 Willie Coetzee
Chris Gerber
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
43 10 ZS-JMW Cessna C177RGII 200 142.7 00:11.09 137.09 Johan Bence
Peter Franks
Free State
Bloemfontein FC
44 58 ZS-EOX Piper PA28-180 180 121.9 00:11.15 117.80 Louis Potgieter
Boet Kleinhans
Free State
Parys FC
45 60 ZS-JIA Piper PA28-180 180 123.8 00:13.23 119.12 Louis Kritzinger
Johan Loubscher
Free State
None
46 12 ZS-FBK Cessna C182 230 135.2 00.14.59 128.51 Willie du Plessis
Deon Matthysen
K Z N
Zululand FC
47 46 ZS-MTO Cessna C210T 285 169.9 00:15.11 159.43 Gerhard Streicher
Cornelius Ferreira
Tvl
Secunda FC
48 10 ZS-CBE Mooney M20C 180 142.7 00.16.37 134.48 Louis Farrell
Carel van Vuuren
Free State
None
49 41 ZS-DOB Beech G35 225 157.8 00:16.42 147.93 Mark Holliday
Robin Holliday
Tvl
Lanseria FC
50 45 ZS-IAM Cessna C182N 230 135.2 00:19.18 126.71 Sarel v d Merwe
Mike Howell
Cape
None
51 53 ZS-ICX Piper PA28-R200 200 137.1 00:21.20 127.48 Peter Minchin
Richard Roberts
Bop
None
52 70 ZS-PFC Cessna C172H 145 108.6 00:23.27 101.94 Jozua Cloete
Dave Naude
Tvl
Defence FC
53 36 ZS-EMU Piper PA28-180Vp 180 124.3 00:27.23 121.39 Robert L Myburgh
Graham Ross
Tvl
Aero Club
54 7 ZS-MDT Cessna C414 310 202.0 00:28.05 176.21 Carl Grobler
Henk Freeke
Tvl
Potchefstroom
55 35 ZS-FHM Mooney M20G 180 144.6 00:30.20 139.19 Pieter Nel
Eben Mocke
Cape
Upington FC
56 38 ZS-FJT Cessna C172 150 110.5 00.33.07 100.97 Dieter Bock
Christo Lombard
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
57 17 ZS-CHN Mooney Mark20 150 137.1 00.33.57 122.33 Jan Hanekom
Willie Venter
N/Tvl
Defence FC
58 40 ZS-EUM Beech A23-24 200 124.8 00:34.56 112.38 William Mutlow
Marco Fourie
N/Tvl
Defence FC
59 1 ZS-OOG Beech B55 260 186.5 00:54.19 159.83 Steve Hartley
Joe Grove
Tvl
None
60 39 ZS-EXO Piper PA28-140 160 117.2 00:57.16 99.70 Johan Cronje
David Hattingh
Tvl
Defence FC

1994 PTAR - Trophies

1994 President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe - Bloemfontein 26 to 28 May 1994

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 51 ZS-KRK Werner van Gruting/Johan van Gruting
Cessna C310
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Maruis Els
Beech F33
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 4 ZS-JFN Tommy Marx/Marion Marx
Beech A36
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 32 ZS-IKJ André Koen/Neels Erasmus
Piper PA28-180
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Maruis Els
Beech F33
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 12 ZS-FJV Frikkie Lubbe/Nina Steenkamp
Cessna C172
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First Free State Pilot Home 51 ZS-KRK Werner van Gruting/Johan van Gruting
Cessna C310
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 69 ZS-MLZ Chris Briers/Tony Straughan
Piper PA31-310
Springall Trophy The First Bophuthatswana Pilot Home 67 ZS-EBJ Robert Grantham/Juan Venter
Piper PA28-140
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 51 ZS-KRK Werner van Gruting/Johan van Gruting
Cessna C310
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 20 ZS-KVT Ivanhoe Perelson/Dave Perelson
Cessna C172RG
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 50 ZS-PTC Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer/Alf J Coetzer
Beech E55
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 18 ZS-NHZ Michau Huisamen/Peter Meyer
Piper PA31-350
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 32 ZS-IKJ André Koen/Neels Erasmus
Piper PA28-180
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 48 ZS-WSE Chris Kyle/John Sayers
North Am Harvard
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Maruis Els
Beech F33
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 51 ZS-KRK Werner van Gruting/Johan van Gruting
Cessna C310
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 14 ZS-DYK Rodney Redhill/Roland Grinker
Mooney M20C-Mrk21
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 32 ZS-IKJ André Koen/Neels Erasmus
Piper PA28-180
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 51 ZS-KRK Werner van Gruting/Johan van Gruting
Cessna C310
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 62 ZS-KAL Barry Dix-Peek/Albert Stewardson
Beech F33A
Durban Wings Club Trophy The Pilot of the First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 68 ZS-ISW Jeff Shaw/CC Berriman
Piper PA28-R200
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Marius Els
Beech F33
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 9 ZS-LCC Hannes Roets/Gerrie van Niekerk
Piper PA28-181
Professional Aviation Trophy The First Turbine Rated Pilot/Navigator Home 2 ZS-RMA John Mayer/Marius Els
Beech F33
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 54 ZS-FBT Charles Bosman/Anton van Wyk
Beech 58
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 28 ZS-KBM W Stewart/F van Rensburg
Piper PA28-R200

1994 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
4 ZS-KOV Stuart Connacher
Rob Connacher
Cessna C182 Missed all turning points Day 1
23 ZS-FLR Ron Pollock
Grant Emary
Beech V35A Returned early after getting lost
24 ZS-PAP Frans Rossouw
Roelof McDonald
Piper PA28-140 Missed all turning points Day 1
28 ZS-KBM W Stewart
F van Resnburh
Piper PA28-R200 Forced landing near Ficksburg Day 1
31 ZS-NGN Carlo Talevi
Cilliers Manser
Cessna 170A Did not start Day 2
55 ZS-EHG Jack Onderstall
Lynette Jeppe
Cessna C172 Forced landing on way to Tempe Day 1

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
1 ZS-OOG 00:20:00 Missed turning point Ficksburg
35 ZS-FHM 00:20:00 Missed turning point Ficksburg
36 ZS-EMU 00:20:00 Not seen at Philippolis
40 ZS-EUM 00:01:00 Turned short Bethulie
56 ZS-MZC 00:05:00 Wrong direction Ficksburg
60 ZS-JIA 00:01:00 Turned short Bethulie

1992 SP Air Race - Full Result

1992 State President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Vereeniging - 28 May to 31 May 1992

Total Distance: 627.0 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 14 ZS-DYK Mooney M20C 180 137.1 00:16.10- 145.68 Rodney Redhill
Roland Grinker
Tvl
Aero Club
2 63 ZS-DWH Mooney M20E 200 143.7 00:15.11- 152.55 Paul de Vos
Wynand Serfontein
Tvl
Pietersburg FC
3 20 ZS-KKZ Beech 55 260 179.2 00:14.54- 192.89 Marius Els
Peter Walker
Tvl
Aero Club
4 19 ZS-LJG Cessna C170B 145 107.6 00:13.46- 112.00 Johan Dorfling
Diane Norton
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
5 50 ZS-IMM Beech 55 260 179.2 00:12.30- 190.54 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Alf J Coetzee
D.F.S.
Bloemfontein FC
6 24 ZS-ULL Mustang 200 145.6 00:11.08- 154.02 Bev Hall
None
Tvl
East Rand FC
7 49 ZS-JFD Beech S35 285 165.7 00:10.43- 173.89 John Sayers
Chris Kyle
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
8 41 ZS-EUO Cessna 170 145 108.2 00:10.43- 111.63 Mark Holliday
Robin Holliday
Tvl
Lanseria
9 43 ZS-IKJ Piper PA28-180 180 122.9 00:10.22- 127.20 André Koen
C.S. Jacobsz
Tvl
Pongola
10 59 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 164.8 00:10.09- 172.46 R Seddon
John Mayer
Tvl
Vic's Flight Cntr
11 45 ZS-KJI Beech A36 285 163.4 00:08.56- 169.99 Mike Howell
S J vd Merwe
Cape
Aero Club
12 1 ZS-LOC Beech A36 300 167.1 00.08.48- 1173.8 M Steer
S Low
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
13 4 ZS-JFN Beech A36 285 163.4 00:08.36- 169.74 George Marx
Marion Marx
O F S
Welkom Flying Club
14 25 ZS-KNU Beech A36 285 163.4 00:08.31- 169.67 Newton Walker
E E Walker
Cape
Aero Club
15 69 ZS-JTG Cessna 182Q 230 136.2 00:08.16- 140.39 S S van der Merwe
R van Niekerk
N. Tvl
Pretoria FC
15 31 ZS-NDE Cessna 177RG 200 138.0 00:08.03- 142.19 Carlo Talevi
Cillier Manser
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
17 33 ZS-MAA Beech 55 285 187.5 00:07.30- 194.78 Willem Banard
Philip Barnard
O F S
Durban Wings Club
18 57 ZS-LEA Piper Pa28-235 235 132.4 00:06.48- 135.64 Dieter Boethke
J Geldenhuys
N. Tvl
Pietersburg FC
19 44 ZS-IHO Beech 55 260 179.2 00:06.47- 185.18 P S Gidish
James Du Preez
Tvl
Benoni-Brakpan
20 64 ZS-JGJ Piper PA28-151 150 112.4 00:06.15- 114.53 F S King
J A Campbell
O F S
Parys Flying Club
21 9 ZS-MZF Cessna C210L 285 165.3 00:06.03- 169.81 Hannes Roets
Gerrie van Niekerk
Tvl
J L P C
22 10 ZS-LWO Beech 55 260 184.2 00:06.02- 189.8 Lynn Scott
Andy Scott
Tvl
Aero Club
23 60 ZS-LBO Cessna 182RG 235 150.3 00:05.53- 153.91 Neville Haller
Rob Dowding
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
24 29 ZS-NEB Beech B55 260 179.2 00:05.46- 184.25 D H Kaye
D J Kotze
Cape
Cape Aero Club
25 3 ZS-IBB Beech V35A 285 164.8 00:04.41- 168.24 F P Swart
J D Visser
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
25 61 ZS-MFE Beech F33A 285 164.8 00:04.36- 168.18 J van der Walt
M C van Sittert
O F S
Welkom Flying Club
27 26 ZS-KVT Cessna C172RG 180 130.5 00:04.36- 132.61 Peter Bouwer
Chris Booysen
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
28 27 ZS-KYK Cessna C172RG 180 130.5 00:04.27- 132.54 H J Christie
Dr F de Wet
O F S
Bloemfontein FC
29 39 ZS-KWC Cessna 182RG 235 150.3 00:03.32- 152.45 R A Garlick
Wayne Dedwith
O F S
Parys Flying Club
30 34 ZS-KCD Beech 58 285 186.5 00:03.07- 189.42 Norman Dixie
C L Brock
O F S
Bloemfontein FC
31 2 ZS-KPN Mooney M2OJ 200 155.9 00:03.03- 157.89 D Lindsay
R Lindsay
Tvl
J L P C
32 12 ZS-FIE Cessna C172 160 113.8 00:02.37- 114.71 J L Esterhuysen
Z P Esterhuyzen
Cape
EAA.
33 70 ZS-JLW Piper PA28-250T 250 182.9 00:01.48- 184.51 K F Ehmke
B J Smit
Tvl
Defence FC
34 48 ZS-JFX Beech 58 285 186.5 00:01.33- 187.94 S Saitowitz
G Saitowitz
Tvl
Aero Club
35 22 ZS-KVC Cessna C210M 285 165.3 00:01.32- 166.42 P van Niekerk
M Nathan
Tvl
Aero Club
36 38 ZS-LCC Piper PA28-181 180 124.3 00:01.32- 124.93 J D P van Zyl
A. Marques-Pinto
Tvl
Aero Club
37 23 ZS-MLX Cessna R172K 195 124.8 00:01.18- 125.33 F B Coetzee
A P Coetzee
Tvl
Aero Club
38 77 ZS-JWM Beech 58 260 185.2 00:01.03- 186.16 R Staniforth
G Uyss
Tvl
Aero Club
39 47 ZS-IBG Beech V359 285 164.8 00:00.41- 165.29 Ms V Wollenschlaeger
Peter Norton
Cape
Stellenbosch
40 21 ZE-NCV Cessna C172XP 195 124.8 00:00.22- 124.94 Dana Bensch
Johan Langenekker
Tvl
J L P C
41 15 ZS-JYV Cessna C172 160 114.8 00:00.22 114.67 A H le Roux
M J W du Plessis
O F S
Aero Club
42 71 ZS-KBM Piper PA28R201T 200 163.4 00:00.30 163.04 W Stewart
A Tuck
Tvl
Aero Club
43 62 ZS-JMW Cessna 177RGII 200 138.0 00.00.39 137.66 Johan Bence
Peter Franks
O F S
Bloemfontein FC
44 87 ZS-EBJ Piper PA28-140 160 117.2 00:01.53 116.51 Robert Grantham
Toy Carelse
Bop
Beuchamp Proctor
45 30 ZS-KOW Cessna 182Q 230 136.2 00:02.03 135.19 D D van Reenen
W A Odendaal
O F S
Aero Club
46 65 ZS-LAD Mooney M2OJ 200 155.9 00:03.12 153.85 A G W Engelbrecht
P G Morley
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
47 40 ZS-JXE Cessna R172K 195 124.8 00:03.32 124.99 Ms Anne Berghout
Heidi Roos
Tvl
Pretoria FC
48 11 ZS-IHI Beech F33 285 164.8 00.05.14 163.91 Lucas Wiese
Neville Strauss
Cape
Aero Club
49 51 ZS-MYO Cessna C172 150 108.4 00:05.15 106.78 H A Boshoff
J Kotze
Tvl
Aero Club
50 52 ZS-VHW H36 Dimona 80 100.0 00:06.15 98.36 Leon Bornman
J D van Niekerk
Tvl
Aero Club
51 56 ZS-RGN Cessna 182Q 230 136.2 00:07.47 132.46 John Legh
Graeme Clarke
Tvl
Aero Club
52 46 ZS-MSA Cessna C210T 285 170.8 00:07.56 167.79 Herman Cowley
Michael Visser
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
53 36 ZS-EMU Piper PA28-180VP 180 122.9 00:09.09 119.32 Robert L Myburgh
Robert C Myburgh
Tvl
Aero Club
54 42 ZS-MAH Cessna R172K 195 124.8 00:11.21 120.26 P G W Grobler
D H J Conradie
Tvl
Aero Club
55 5 ZS-EJY Cessna TU206A 285 146.6 00:12.12 139.94 R W van Zyl
M van Zyl
Tvl
Aero Club
56 35 ZS-EFE Piper PA28-235 250 139.9 00:12.32 133.66 S Jager
A Jager
Tvl
Aero Club
57 6 ZS-NAY Beech F33A 285 164.8 00:13.50 155.38 A M Lowman
Ms M I Lowman
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
58 7 ZS-GLS Beech 58 285 186.5 00:13.53 192.33 N Schwartz
R Schwartz
Tvl
Tvl Flying Club
59 28 ZS-KIC Piper PA28R201T 200 163.4 00:15.36 153.03 D Tweedley
H Tweedley
Cape
George FC
60 13 ZS-TOM Navion 285 154.0 00:18.08 144.46 P A Theron
Robbie Robinson
Tvl
Aero Club
61 18 ZS-JYY Beech V35A 285 164.8 00:18.41 155.15 Dennis Jankelow
Matthew Jankelow
Tvl
Aero Club
62 16 ZS-MLA Piper PA28-180R 200 138.0 00:21.57 130.36 Gerhard Seidler
Andre Kolb
Tvl
Unitas
63 67 ZS-ISW Piper PA28-2000R 200 138.0 00:22.09 127.62 Jeff Shaw
CC Berriman
Tvl
Aero Club
64 37 ZS-MUN Piper PA34-200T 200 183.8 00:22.20 165.71 A J de Graaf
M J Lombard
Tvl
Aero Club
65 53 ZS-CYL Piper PA24-250 250 154.0 00:28.21 137.98 G Schmidtke
Lex Edy
Tvl
Aero Club
66 68 ZS-LPA Piper PA28-180R 180 132.8 00:30.08 120.03 Clive Kewley
Make Ferreira
Natal
Durban Wings Club

1992 SP Air Race - Trophies

1992 State President's Trophy Air Race

Vereeniging - 28 to 31 May 1992

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
State President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 14 ZS-DYK Rodney Redhill/Roland Grinker
Mooney M20C
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 63 ZS-DWH Paul de Vos/Wynand Serfontein
Mooney M20E
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 20 ZS-KKZ Marius Els/Peter Walker
Beech 55
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 68 ZS-LPW Clive Kewley/Make Ferreira
Piper PA28-180R
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 14 ZS-DYK Rodney Redhill/Roland Grinker
Mooney M20C
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Pilot Home 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Di Norton
Cessna C170B
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First O F S Pilot Home 60 ZS-IMM Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer/Alf J Coetzer
Beech B55
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 69 ZS-JTG S v d Merwe/R van Niekerk
Cessna C182O
Gatsby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Di Norton
Cessna C170B
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 69 ZS-JTG S v d Merwe/R van Niekerk
Cessna C182O
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 41 ZS-EUO Mark Holliday/Robin Holliday
Cessna C170
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 70 ZS-JLW K Ehmke/B Smit
Piper PA23-250T
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 14 ZS-DYK Rodney Redhill/Roland Grinker
Mooney M20C
Dolf Kruger Trophy The First Homebuilt Aircraft Home 24 ZS-ULL Bev Hall/None
Mustang P51D
C A A Trophy For Professionalism 20 ZS-KKZ Marius Els/Peter Walker
Beech B55
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 20 ZS-KKZ Marius Els/Peter Walker
Beech B55
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Di Norton
Cessna C170B
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 14 ZS-DYK Rodney Redhill/Roland Grinker
Mooney M20C
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 43 ZS-IKJ Andre Koen/C Jacobz
Piper PA28-180
Vickers Trophy The Competitor Giving The Most Meritorious Performance (Built, test flown and raced with no navigator) 24 ZS-ULL Bev Hall/None
Mustang P51D
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the Fastest Time 33 ZS-MAA Willem Barnard/Phillip Barnard
Beech B55
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 19 ZS-LJG Johan Dorfling/Di Norton
Cessna C170B
Durban Wings Club Trophy The Pilot of the First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 49 ZS-JFD John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech S35
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 31 ZS-NDE Carlo Talevi/Cillier Manser
Cessna C177RG
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 9 ZS-MZF Hannes Roets/Gerrie van Niekerk
Cessna C210L
Lanseria Trophy The Pilot of the First Lanseria Based Pilot Home 49 ZS-JFD John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech S35
Professional Aviation Trophy The First Turbine Rated Pilot/Navigator Home 20 ZS-KKZ Maruis Els/Peter Walker
Beech B55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 20 ZS-KKZ Maruis Els/Peter Walker
Beech B55
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 54 ZS-EXV F van Rensburg/F Benedek
Piper PA28-140
Robert Holliday Trophy The Most Helpful Organiser Kassie Kasselman

1992 PTAR - Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Pilot
Navigator
Aircraft Reason for exclusion
54 ZS-EXV F van Rensburg
F Benedek
Piper PA28-140 Retired - mechanical problem

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
7 ZS-GLS 00:20:00 Decision of Race Jury
11 ZS-IHI 00:04:00 Missed Orkney turning point
13 ZS-TOM 00:02:00 Too high at Orkney
18 ZS-JYY 00:04:00 Missed Orkney turning point
18 ZS-JYY 00:00:30 Turned short at Harrismith
24 ZS-ULL 00:01:00 Turned early after take-off
24 ZS-ULL 00:02:00 Pulled up sharpley at finish
40 ZS-JXE 00:04:00 Turned short at Utrecht
46 ZS-MSA 00:04:00 Missed Orkney turning point

1992 SP Air Race - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Vereeniging ? 74.3 74.3
? ? 55.0 129.3
? ? 64.3 193.6
? Vereeniging 102.2 295.8

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
Vereeniging ? 142.4 142.4
? ? 72.2 214.6
? Vereeniging 116.6 331.2

Total Distance - 627.0 Nautical Miles

1991 SP Air Race - Full Result

1991 State President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Tempe, Bloem - 31 May to to 1 June 1991

Total Distance: 874 Nautical Miles

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
1 32 ZS-KRW Cessna C210N 285 165.0 00:16:15- 173.9 Werner van Gruting
J C Bruce
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
2 25 ZS-JCY Cessna C177B 180 127.7 00:16:06- 132.9 Ms I Perelson
D Perelson
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
3 20 ZS-KKZ Beech 55 260 188.0 00:11:19- 196.3 Peter Walker
Marius Els
Cape
Aero Club
4 15 ZS-JYV Cessna C172 160 118.2 00:10:59- 121.2 AH le Roux
BJ Kruger
OFS
Aero Club
5 35 ZS-LHE Mooney M20J 200 159.6 00:10:55- 165.1 D Mostert
AL Mostert
Natal
Pietermaritzburg FC
6 41 ZS-EUO Cessna C170B 145 110.9 00:10:20- 113.4 M. Holliday
RPM Holliday
Tvl
Wits FC
7 4 ZS-JFN Beech A36 285 168 00:10:01- 173.6 G Marx
MV Marx
OFS
Welkom FC
8 49 ZS-JFD Beech S35 285 169.7 00:08:18- 174.6 John Sayers
Chris Kyle
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
9 31 ZS-RGW Cessna C210L 300 170 00:08:14- 174.7 Carlo Talevi
Cillier Manser
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
10 51 ZS-KFB Piper PA28-180 180 128 00:08:08- 130.6 Noel Drew
Robert Fletcher
Natal
Durban Wings Club
11 2 ZS-KPN Mooney M20J 200 159.6 00:07:42- 163.4 D Lindsay
R Lindsay
Tvl
J L P C
12 50 ZS-IMM Beech 55 260 188 00:07:34- 193.2 Jacobus (Koos) Coetzer
Alf J Coetzer
OFS
Aero Club
13 54 ZS-KOT Cessna 182Q 230 138 00:07:33- 140.8 C Conradie
TH du Toit
Beauchamp
Proctor
14 58 ZS-WFI M.Schmidt ME108 300 145 00:06.40- 147.7 N A vd Walt
N Napier
N/Tvl
PAC+322
15 3 ZE-KAE Beech V35B 285 169.3 00:06:34- 173.0 JD Visser
FPC Swart
Cape
Algoa Flying Club(Nav)
16 59 ZS-RMA Beech F33A 285 169.3 00:05:21- 172.8 John Mayer
R Sedden
Tvl
Aero Club
17 74 ZS-KWY Piper PA28-236 235 140.9 00:05:14- 142.9 J Cohen
SA Nash
Tvl
Aero Club
18 60 ZS-LBO Cessna 182RG 235 155 00:05:00- 157.3 Neville Haller
Rob Dowding
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
19 67 ZS-ISW Piper PA28R200 200 139.9 00:04:45.- 141.7 Jeff Shaw
CC Berriman
Tvl
Wits FC
20 17 ZS-MZF Cessna C210 285 168.1 00:04:09- 170.4 AJ Hodgson
GW van Niekerk
Tvl
Krugersdorp FC
21 47 ZS-IBG Beech V35B 285 169.3 00:03:57- 171.5 Ms V Wollenschlaeger
Nico Gordon
Cape
Stellenbosch
22 22 ZS-MLX Cessna R172K 195 128.6 00:03:23- 129.7 P van Niekerk
M Nathan
Tvl
Aero Club
23 77 ZS-JWM Beech A55 260 188 00:02:59- 190.0 R Staniforth
M van Duyn
Tvl
Aero Club
24 55 ZS-MRO Cessna C210M 300 168.1 00:02:58- 169.7 P Barnes
D Pretorius
Tvl
Aero Club
25 30 ZS-KOW Cessna 182Q 230 138 00:02:56- 139.1 DD van Reenen
WA Odendaal
OFS
Aero Club
26 68 ZS-LPW Piper PA28R180 180 137 00:02:23- 137.9 Clive Kewley
A Beach
Natal
Durban Wings Club
27 11 ZS-IHI Beech F33A 285 169.3 00:02:08- 170.7 LAJ Wiese
J L Esterhuizen
Cape
Aero Club
28 6 ZS-ALH Beech 58 285 194 00:01:56- 195.4 Chris Briers
SM Pinchen
Natal
Durban Wings Club
29 9 ZS-LHM Cessna FR172J 210 132 00:01:32- 132.5 Hannes Roets
R van Niekerk
Tvl
J L P C
30 14 ZS-DYK Mooney M20C 180 143.2 00:01:26- 143.8 Rodney Redhill
Roland Grinker
Tvl
Lanseria
31 93 ZS-LYC Beech 58 300 197.8 00:00:56- 198.5 Gary Phillips
CHS vd Westhuizen
Tvl
Aero Club
32 39 ZS-DXM Piper PA28-235 250 139.9 00:00:07- 139.9 M Grobler
Ms V Grobler
N/Tvl
Aero Club
33 48 ZS-SCM Piper PA34-200 200 159.6 00:00:42 159.3 AP McIntosh
J A Campbell
Natal
Pietermaritzburg FC
34 36 ZS-KXS Cessna 182RG 235 155 00:01:19 154.4 N Sutherland
BR Sutherland
Tvl
Aero Club
35 90 ZS-MAT Beech 58 285 l94 00:01:42 192.8 HJ Minny
PC Volschenk
Tvl
Klerksdorp FC
36 89 ZS-MMS Beech F33A 285 169.3 00:01:47 168.3 RP Cameron
LB Robertson
Tvl
Aero Club
37 61 ZS-JPH Beech 55 260 188 00:01:55 186.7 Andrew Torr (Jr)
TE Schlebusch
Tvl
Aero Club
38 44 ZS-IHO Beech 55 260 188 00:02:07 187.9 P Gidish
JE du Preez
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
39 8 ZS-KCI Beech A36 285 168 00:02:39 166.6 MT Steer
P Low
Natal
Duban Wings Club
40 28 ZS-JLF Piper PA28-140 160 120.1 00:02:45 119.4 PA Gibbs
D Tweedley
Cape
George FC
41 7 ZS-JYY Beech V35A 285 169.3 00:02:46 167.8 Nigel Forrester
R Forrester
Tvl
Aero Club
42 27 ZS-KCD Beech 58 285 194 00:03:48 191.3 R Cilliers
J Cilliers
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
43 5 ZS-GLS Beech 58 285 194 00:04:00 191.2 N Schwartz
R Schwartz
Tvl
Tvl FC
44 46 ZS-PJC Beech F33A 285 169.3 00:04:55 166.7 AM Lowman
MI Lowman
Tvl
Durban Wings Club
45 26 ZS-FLT Beech E33A 285 169.5 00:05:16 166.7 AJ van Wyk
JP Steyn
Cape
Good Hope FC
46 85 ZS-NAS Piper PA28-180 180 127.2 00:05:33 125.5 PF Pelser
C de Lange
Tvl
Lanseria FC
47 52 ZS-FZY Siai-Marchetti 260 178 00:05:43 175.8 VS Brito
A Stewardson
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
48 34 ZS-JTG Piper PA32-300 300 145.6 00:06:34 143.0 ND Dixie
CL Brock
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
49 1 ZS-LXR Beech 58 285 194 00:07:11 190.4 B Dunn
KJ Grove
Tvl
Aero Club
50 69 ZS-KNY Cessna 31OQ 260 188 00:07:59 182.8 G Oelofse
G Price
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
51 75 ZS-JIC Piper PA28R200 200 139.9 00:08:19 136.9. Ms P Tiedemann
H Tiedemann
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
52 57 ZS-LEA Piper PA28-235 235 137.5 00:08:47 134.4 DHP Boethke
BH McDouqall
N/Tvl
Pietersburg FC
53 92 ZS-ECA Beech B35B 275 169.3 00:09:01 164.5 WJ Coetzee
MH Wessels
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
54 37 ZS-ISV Piper PA28-235 235 137.5 00:09:10 134.3 Shawn Smith
Chris Booysen
Cape
Algoa Flying Club
55 13 ZS-MFL Cessna C210T 310 194 00:09:21 187.5 P A Theron
Robbie Robinson
Tvl
Aero Club
56 62 ZS-JMW Cessna 177RGII 200 140.4 00:09:34 136.9 JD Bence
PM Franks
N/Tvl
Pietersburg FC
57 33 ZS-AJT Beech D-17S 450 161.5 00:10:19 156.5 WH Barnard
PA Barnard
OFS
Durban Wings Club
58 29 ZS-JYM Cessna C210 285 165 00:10:32 159.7 ER Lindemann
CJ Maritz
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
59 76 ZS-CPO Cessna 175 180 122.9 00:11:16 120.3 B Grant
J Grant
Tvl
Grand Central
60 63 ZS-DWH Mooney M20E 200 155 00:11:25 149.9 P de Vos
R Warncke
N/Tvl
Pietersburg FC
61 73 ZS-IHS Beech V35B 285 169.3 00:12:49 162.6 J Martin
N Goosen
Cape
Good Hope FC
62 19 ZS-DZE Piper PA28-140 150 119.1 00:14:55 115.2 DC Forster
T Fuller
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
63 38 ZS-LCC Piper PA28-180 180 128 00:14:59 123.5 JDP van Zyl
A Pinto
Tvl
Aero Club
64 78 ZS-IUJ Cessna 182 230 138 00:17:06 132.1 FJ Fick
RM Lyle
Cape
Aero Club
65 80 ZE-LNB Piper PA32RT 300 179 00:19:45 167.7 PE Kolver
MJW du Plessis
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
66 94 ZS-JGJ Piper PA28-151 150 119.6 00:21:23 114.0 S King
H Rossouw
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
67 70 ZS-CBU Piper PA28-180 180 127.2 00:21:32 120.9 KF Ehmke
BJ Smit
N/Tvl
Defence FC
68 66 ZS-MRF Cessna 177RG 200 140.4 00:22:45 132.3 F van Rensburg
L H Raijmakers
Tvl
Vanderbijl FC
69 18 ZS-DPN Piper PA28-180 180 127.2 00:23:07 121.0 G Lilley
J Martin
N/Tvl
Aero Club
70 12 ZS-MHP Piper PA46-310 310 208.5 00:25:14 190.9 Spencer Murray
Sutton Murray
N/Tvl
Aero Club
71 21 N2879A Piper PA28R201T 201 170 00:25:21 157.1 D Bensch
JJ Langenegger
Tvl
Aero Club
72 83 ZS-JUH Piper PAC34-200T 200 189.5 00:25:44 173.4 D Dormehl
CL Joubert
Tvl
Aero Club
73 88 ZS-LGL Piper PA28-180 180 128 00:25:48 120.4 DVF de Villiers
B Gruar
Tvl
J L P C
74 16 ZS-MVM MooneyTLS(M20M) 270 211 00:26:24 190.7 Tony Torr(Snr)
B Thomae
Tvl
TAC
75 42 ZS-EJY Cessna TU206A 285 155 00:26:43 143.7 RW van Zyl
Ms M Schrader
N/Tvl
Aero Club
76 87 ZS-EBJ Piper PA28-140 140 120.1 00:28:03 112.9 T Carelse
R Grantham
Beauchamp
Proctor
77 86 ZS-JHW Piper PA28-160 160 122 00:28:30 115.4 SE Coetzee
D de Villiers
Tvl
Aero Club
78 56 ZS-MLU Cessna 182P 230 138 00:30:33 127.7 W Manthe
GE Snyman
Natal
Margate FC
79 71 ZS-KBM Piper PA28R201T 201 170 00:32:09 154.0 WM Stewart
AL Tuck
Tvl
Aero Club
80 91 ZS-MXL Piper PA28R200 200 139.9 00:33:23 128.5 AF van Zyl
B Fincham
Tvl
PAC
81 84 ZS-ECP Cessna 182 235 138 00:33:48 126.7 P Boer
FC de Wet
OFS
Bloemfontein FC
82 99 ZO-CYL Piper PA24-250 250 160 00:34:13 144.9 GA Schmidtke
KH Kincaid
Tvl
Aero Club
83 79 ZS-SWL Cessna 402A 300 210 00:38:19 182.1 E Ribbink
D Ribbink
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
84 23 ZS-MFI Cessna T210C 310 194 00:41:38 168.1 R Perlman
C Perlman
Tvl
Aero Club
85 40 ZS-MWL Cessna C172 160 118.2 01:19:24 100.3 OJ Mackenzie
SL Lugg
Tvl
Brakpan-Benoni
86 82 ZS-JIF Piper PA28-180 180 127.2 01:33:33 103.7 A Fanaruff
L Basson
Tvl
Aero Club

1991 SP Air Race - Trophies

1991 State President's Trophy Air Race

Tempe - Bloemfontein 30 May to 1 June 1991

Trophies

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
State President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 32 ZS-KRW W van Gruting/J C Bruce
Cessna 210N
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 25 ZS-JCY Ivanhoe Perelson/Dave Perelson
Cessna C177B
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 20 ZS-KKZ Peter Walker/Maruis Els
Beech 55
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the fastest time 93 ZS-LYC Gary Phillips/C H J vd Westhuizen
Beech 58
Vickers Trophy The Competitor giving the Most Meritorious Performance 41 ZS-EUO M Holliday/R P M Holliday
Cessna C170B
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 25 ZS-JCY Ivanhoe Perelson/Dave Perelson
Cessna C177B
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 35 ZS-LHE D Mostert/A L Mostert
Mooney M20J
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 41 ZS-EUO M Holliday/R P M Holliday
Cessna C170B
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 58 ZS-WFI N A van der Walt/N Napier
ME108
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First O F S Pilot Home 32 ZS-KRW Werner van Gruting/J C Bruce
Cessna C210N
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Province Pilot Home 25 ZS-JCY Ivanhoe Perelson/Dave Perelson
Cessna C177B
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna HOME 32 ZS-KRW Werner van Gruting/J C Bruce
Cessna C210N
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 51 ZS-KFB Noel Drew/Robert Fletcher
Piper PA28
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 20 ZS-KKZ Peter Walker/Maruis Els
Beech 55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 20 ZS-KKZ Peter Walker/Maruis Els
Beech 55
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 35 ZS-LHE D Mostert/A L Mostert
Mooney M20J
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award(Open honesty - leading to increased handicap) 41 ZS-EUO M Holliday/R P M Holliday
Cessna C170B
Gastby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 32 ZS-KRW Werner van Gruting/J C Bruce
Cessna C210N
Stayer's Trophy The Crew Continuing and Finishing Under Exceptional Conditions (Throttled back due to loose prop blades) 29 ZS-JYM E R Lindeman/C J Maritz
Cessna C210
Durban Wings Club Trophy The First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 49 ZS-JFD John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech S35
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 31 ZS-RGW Carlo Talevi/Cillier Manser
Cessna C210L
Lanseria Trophy The First Lanseria based Pilot Home 49 ZS-JFD John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech S35
Bloemfontein Flying Club Trophy The First Team with less than 1000 Hours 31 ZS-RGW Carlo Talevi/Cillier Manser
Cessna C210L
Professional Aviation Trophy The First Turbine Rated Pilot/Navigator Home 20 ZS-KKZ Peter Walker/Maruis Els
Beech 55
John Sayers Trophy The Crew of The First Turbocharged Aircraft Home 13 ZS-MFL P A Theron/Robbie Robinson
Cessna C210T
Badian Bosch Memorial Trophy The First Port Elizabeth Pilot Home 25 ZS-JCY Ivanhoe Perelson/Dave Perelson
Cessna C177B
Kassie Kasselman Trophy The First Father and Son Combination Home 35 ZS-LHE D Mostert/A L Mostert
Mooney M20J

1991 SP Air Race - Exclusions

Penalties

Race No A/c Reg Penalty Reason
1 ZS-LXR 00:02:00 North-West of Gate
12 ZS-MHP 00:02:00 North-West of Gate
18 ZS-DPN 00:02:00 North-West of Gate
44 ZS-IHO 00:02:00 North-West of Gate
52 ZS-FZY 00:02:00 Too low - pulled up through gate
59 ZS-RMA 00:01:00 Too low - pulled up through gate
65 ZS-LAD 00:02:00 North-West of Gate
67 ZS-CPO 00:02:00 North-West of Gate
86 ZS-JHW 00:02:00 Parallel to finish line
11 ZS-IHI 00:00:30 Turned short at Edenburg
20 ZS-KKZ 00:00:30 Turned short at Edenburg

1991 SP Air Race - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Upington 261 261
Upington New Tempe 261 522

Day 2

From To Distance
Nm
Cumulative
Distance
New Tempe Dewetsdorp 42 42
Dewetsdporp Edenburg 42 84
Edenburg New Tempe 45 129
New Tempe Wesselsbron 72 201
Wesselsbron Cristiana 65 266
Christiana New Tempe 86 352

Total Distance - 874 Nautical Miles

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

Margate, 27 to 30 May 1988.

By Vic Kaiser

With clear skies virtually throughout the country the first of the competitors arrived at Margate as early as Thursday afternoon. Friday morning we looked set for yet another cloudless day and the official route was released at 08h00. The rest of the competitors arrived during the course of the day, the last registration being at 16h30.

Everybody proceeded to San Lameer where the sponsors BMW (S.A.), hosted a cocktail party and a warm welcome was extended to all by Mr. John Jessup (member of the Management Board - Marketing) of BMW (S.A.).

Pre-race briefing was held early on Saturday morning and already there were signs of low cloud drifting up from the south. By 08h30 the skies could no longer bear their load and we were treated to some of the heaviest winter rains seen in years. The first leg was postponed till Sunday and while some competitors returned to their rooms to prepare the alternate route, others ventured to the gambling dens of the Wild Coast Casino.

Sunday morning we were greeted by warm and cloudless skies and the Lear 25d was first off on the route to Underberg - Ladysmith - Weenen and then back to Margate - taking only 38 minutes to complete this course. Next off was the Cessna Citation 11, also requiring only 50 minutes to complete the course. The rest of the field followed at 10h30 at one-minute intervals after both jets had returned safely.

The first feedback came from our Marshal at Ladysmith, Des Tarboton, who overheard the following conversation between Durban AIC and an S.A.A. Airbus - "We're overhead Ladysmith at a groundspeed of 460 kt and we have an unidentified light aircraft below us, that is out accelerating us".

The whole field returned safely with only four competitors missing the turning point at Underberg. As one of the competitors was unable to depart from Lanseria on Saturday morning due to weather, he only arrived after the start of the race and was then sent round the course with a video camera. The video recording was superb and undoubtedly confirmed his flight to all the checkpoints.

The two jets were again sent off first on Monday proceeding to Magwa Tea Estates, then on to Barkley East, Kokstad and then back to Margate. The rest of the field was started at 10h25 with the first aircraft off being the Cessna 170. Drama struck when the Beechcraft Sundowner developed engine trouble shortly after take off and was forced to return to Margate whilst the start was still in progress. Unfortunately, two of the Bonanzas were delayed by one minute whilst the Sundowner returned to land.

First across the line was the Beechcraft Baron of last year's winners, John Sayers and Chris Kyle, followed also by previous winners Peter Walker and Marius Els in their Beechcraft Baron. The rest of the field followed shortly afterwards with the last aircraft returning at 13h45.

A special mention should be made of the one overseas entry - a Beech 23 G-BDYL piloted by T. Rose (U.K.) and navigator E. de Villiers (S.A.). More overseas entries should he encouraged.

The prize-giving banquet was held in a marquee at San Lameer, magnificently decorated in an aviation theme by BMW (S.A.). Unfortunately, the Natal Mercury Trophy for the First National Pilot was erroneously awarded. After reconciliation, the trophy was awarded to Chris Proctor and Andrew Campbell of Pietermaritzburg.

On behalf of the organisers, I'd like to express my thanks to the following people: BMW (S.A.), Gill Kaiser, Peter Wood, Graeme Conlyn, Margate Municipality, Refuellers, Air Traffic Control, André Steyn, Sue MeGlashan, Schwartz Jewellers, National Airways Corporation, all the Marshalls, Time Keepers, Airport Management, Department of Civil Aviation, San Lameer staff, Handicapping Committee and Aero Club of South Africa, all the competitors for another safe, incident-free race.

1988 SP Air Race - Full Result

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

Held at Margate - 27 to 30 May 1988

Pos Race
No
Reg Aircraft HP H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Speed
Knots
Pilot
Navigator
Province
Club
01 7 ZS-MTD Lear 25D         R Schwarts/A Potgieter
G Pretoruis
Tvl
02 49   Beech B55         John Sayers
Chris Kyle
Tvl
Krugersdorp
03 37   Beech B58         Peter Walker
Marius Els
 

1988 SP Air Race - Trophies

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

Margate - 1988

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
State President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 7 R Schwartz/A Potgieter/G Pretorius
Lear 25d
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 49 John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech B55
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 37 Peter Walker/Maruis Els
Beech 58
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the fastest time 7 R Schwartz/A Potgieter/G Pretorius
Lear 25d
Vickers Trophy The Competitor giving the Most Meritorious Performance 7 R Schwartz/A Potgieter/G Pretorius
Lear 25d
Wakefield Trophy The First Woman Pilot Home 43 Maureen Forrester/Aloma Stevens
Beech 36
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Kwa Zulu Natal Pilot Home 28 C J B Proctor/A Campbell
Piper PA28-180
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 7 R Schwartz/A Potgieter/G Pretorius
Lear 25d
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 20 H Steyn/A G Steyn
Cessna C172 XP
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First O F S Pilot Home 4 G Marx/Dr F G van der Merwe
Beech A36
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Province Pilot Home 77 B Lipschitz/S Lipschitz
Beech 58P
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 20 H Steyn/A G Steyn
Cessna C172 XP
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 28 C J B Proctor/A Campbell
Piper PA28-180
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 49 John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech B55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 49 John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech B55
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 39 M Otto/J van Wyk
Mooney M20
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 1 D C Dove/A W Dove
Piper PA28-235
Gastby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 20 H Steyn/A G Steyn
Cessna C172 XP
Stayer's Trophy The Crew Continuing and Finishing Under Exceptional Conditions (Entered for 12 years in same aircraft) 15 ZS-FHA Alan Hodgson/Cecil Hodgson
Piper PA28-235
Durban Wings Club Trophy The First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 16 N Tones/M L von Guilliaume
Piper PA 28-140
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 49 John Sayers/Chris Kyle
Beech B55
Lanseria Trophy The First Lanseria based Pilot Home 3 J Errans/A Moolman
Beech B58
Commercial Aviation Trophy The Pilot Giving the Best Performance 6 Aaron Searle/Morris Jackson
Cessna Citation
Turbocharged Class The First Turbocharged Aircraft 77 B Lipschitz/S Lipschitz
Beech 58P
Turbine Class The First Turboprop/Turbojet Aircraft 7 R Schwartz/A Potgieter/G Pretorius
Lear 25d
Sportsmans Class The First Team with Less Than 1000 hours 20 H Steyn/A G Steyn
Cessna C172 XP
E A A Class The First Experimental/Homebuilt Aircraft 8 D Loyally/D Hopkins
Long Geezer

1988 SP Air Race - Improving your chances - 1

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

IMPROVING YOUR CHANCES OF A WIN

A series of three articles written by Vic Kaiser prior to the 1988 Air Race

Part 1

Due to the high level of competition that has developed over the past years, I feel it is time to give the less experienced competitors some guidelines and techniques to improve their performance in this race.

First and foremost is NAVIGATION. The shortest distance between two points is the straight line that joins them (correct for the distances covered in this event). Unless you fly the track represented by that line on your map you will he covering a longer distance and hence reducing your chances of gaining time. Now if you are on your desired track you should also have no problem in locating the turning point early and position yourself such that you can be seen and positively identified. Penalties must be awarded if you are not identified at a turning point.

Another factor to consider under navigation is the TERRAIN you cover. Study your route carefully on the preceding day and calculate the change in elevation of the terrain enroute. Depending on the excess power. climb performance, of your aircraft, decide then when and where to climb. Rather climb early and plan for a "cruise climb" where you decrease your speed by say 10 knots whilst climbing at 200 - 300 fpm rather than flying right up to the high ground and then executing a steep climb at a much lower speed.

Associated with terrain are UP/DOWN DRAUGHTS as well as WIND. When flying in an updraught don't try to maintain level flight but rather maintain your attitude and use the updraught to gain altitude which you can later trade for extra speed. Conversely, when encountering a downdraught fly down with the draught as far as possible changing your attitude gradually to avoid contact with the ground rather than an abrupt attitude change to maintain altitude. If however, you are very low, this obviously may not be possible.

While the above reasoning applies to crossing a ridge at say 90 degrees, when flying parallel to a ridge, you may choose to maintain a constant altitude and use the updraught to increase your speed.

Similarly expect updraughts on the windward side of the high ground and downdraughts on the leeward side and then apply the technique as discussed above. Bear in mind the manoeuvre limits of your aircraft when you encounter turbulence associated with the wind formations surrounding high ground.

Should the terrain be very flat and free from man-made obstructions and power lines AND you have the confidence and ability to do so you may elect to fly in "ground effect". When flying in ground effect, the cushion of air below you generates additional lift. Now if you were to keep your height constant and hence your lift, you will find that your true airspeed will increase slightly whilst maintaining a constant height above the ground. Just remember to trim slightly nose up when applying this technique. This technique, however, is not recommended whilst flying over undulating terrain, as you will be in this year's race.

However, ground effect is only effective up to a height of approximately 1/2 a wingspan. As you can see not only is it extremely difficult to fly at such a height, but additional problems with low level navigation are also encountered. (SAPFA note - this practice is actively discouraged as it increases risk significantly with an extremely low probability of a speed gain)

If you experience a tail wind cruise climb to gain altitude but remain in the tail wind as long as possible so as to maximise its effect.

Bear in mind however, if you climb too high you may he climbing "out of" a tailwind "into" a headwind segment and thereby cancel out any advantage given by the tailwind. Try to ascertain every few 100 feet whether you are gaining or losing in groundspeed before continuing. A good cue to look for lower down is to watch the ground features such as windmills, to determine the actual wind effect. The altitude gained, i.e. potential energy, can then be converted into a higher airspeed, kinetic energy. When approaching the turning point remembering that turn radius increases with an increase in speed. In order to minimise your radius of turn you will now have to increase your load factor, "g". Know your aircraft's structural limits as well as your own "g" capability and execute a minimum radius turn without "blacking-out" or high speed stalling whilst flying the track plotted on your map.

Also correlate the effect of a tail wind on your present leg to the next leg, as it may give you a headwind component on your next leg and thereby force you to alter your altitude. Similarly, when experiencing a headwind, change your altitude so as to minimise the negative component for the shortest time possible. Also ensure you are on track all the time whilst flying into a headwind, as any deviation will mean extra distance to be covered and hence a longer time spent in the headwind.

This article will be continued in next month's issue and we will take a look at other factors, such as drag, weight, C of G, trim as well as various other flying techniques. By analysing each of these effects on your performance we hope to improve your chances of winning this race.

1988 SP Air Race - Improving your chances - 2

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

IMPROVING YOUR CHANCES OF A WIN

A series of three articles written by Vic Kaiser prior to the 1988 Air Race

Part 2

In last month's article we looked at Navigation, Terrain, Wind and Draughts associated with terrain. As promised we will look at a few more factors starting with DRAG.

We all know what drag is and how it affects our aircraft in general, but lets take a closer look at the various components of drag. We can divide TOTAL DRAG into two major components viz ZERO LIFT DRAG and LIFT DEPENDANT DRAG. Firstly lets analyse zero lift drag.

Zero lift drag can be further divided into 3 parts viz:

  • 1. Surface friction drag
  • 2. Form drag
  • 3. Interference drag.

Surface friction drag, as the name implies, is dependant on the smoothness of your aircraft's skin. If you polish your aircraft well and remove any unnecessary "dents" in the leading edges of your aircraft, you will minimise surface friction drag as the whole surface area of the aircraft has a boundary layer, and thus causes surface friction drag. Form drag is a factor that really only the manufacturer can minimise in the design of the aircraft. Likewise the interference drag which, for instance is found where the wings meet the fuselage etc. As a competitor in this event, you are not allowed to "fill" the rivets of the fairings in order to reduce interference drag, as that renders your aircraft as non-standard.

Next we look at LIFT DEPENDANT DRAG which we categorise into:

  • 1. Induced drag or vortex drag.
  • 2. Increments of;
    • (a) Form drag
    • (b)surface friction drag
    • (c) Interference drag.

As you remember from basic principles there exists a positive pressure below the wing and a negative pressure above the wing. Now the difference in pressure between upper and lower surfaces causes air to spill around the wing tips and to form vortices. The effect of these is to produce a downflow past the wing additional to that resulting from the production of lift. This additional downflow causes additional drag and is known as induced drag.

The factors affecting induced drag are:

  • 1. Planform
  • 2. Aspect ratio - as a pilot you have no influence on either 1 or 2.
  • 3. Lift and weight.
  • 4. Speed.

Consider weight. The higher your weight the more lift required, at a given speed to support this weight. If you require more, lift, you require a greater pressure differential between upper and lower surfaces and hence a stronger vortex resulting in higher induced drag. Keep your aircraft weight to a minimum whilst making sure it remains standard.

Lastly we look at SPEED. At a given weight. lift remains constant during level flight. Should you now increase the speed in our lift formula
L=Cl .5 P V2 S
we can see that in order to keep LIFT constant we must reduce our Cl (angle of attack). Now from the previous discussion, when we do this, we decrease the pressure differential between upper and lower surfaces thereby decreasing the vortex as well as the induced drag. After all the purpose of this race is to fly as fast as possible, and if you do this with your minimum permissible weight. you will minimise your induced drag.

Next we will look at C of G position. If we have an aft C of G we need a "lifting" force in level flight. In order to get an upward moment from the tailplane our elevator will be deflected downwards slightly, the mean camber of the whole tail section now being the same as that of the wings. The tail section now produces additional lift and if we look back at our lift formula, we can see that with all other factors contact, the V2, being TAS, must increase.

However, small and insignificant these factors may seem, remember that if you gain 1 knot at a handicap speed of 150 knots, you should gain 52,45 seconds over an average course distance. Now if you can improve your performance by say 3 knots. you gain over the whole race is already 5 minutes over your fellow competitor, in a similar aircraft who has not prepared his aircraft to fly only 3 KNOTS faster.

And finally consider your engine and your propeller. Your propeller is like a rotating wing and exhibits the same properties as an aerofoil. So if you file out all the "nicks" and polish both sides of your propeller, without removing the paint as such, you can reduce your propeller drag and at least gain 1 of the 3 KNOTS you are looking for. Set your mixture at the correct setting for your power setting and remember that provided you keep the engine parameters below the red line, you should not damage your engine in the race. The final do's and don'ts will be continued in the next issue.

1988 SP Air Race - Improving your chances - 3

1988 State President's Trophy Air Race

IMPROVING YOUR CHANCES OF A WIN

A series of three articles written by Vic Kaiser prior to the 1988 Air Race

Part 3

As promised, here is the final of three articles to help you in this years' race.

In my first article I spoke about NAVIGATION and that the shortest distance between the turning points is the straight line that joins them. A lot of competitors remain within 500 m on either side of their desired track by zig-zagging from one feature to another to make good their plotted track. Although this is acceptable, it is not the shortest distance to get you to the turning point. Rather fly a CONSTANT HEADING towards a major feature further along your track and make small heading changes to adjust for drift than criss-crossing over your track several times. Remember every time you make a turn through more than 10 degrees you are slowing down your forward progress over the ground.

Now what happens when you MISS A TURNING POINT? The only way to avoid people from purposely turning short of a turning point and thereby flying a shorter distance and hence gaining incalculable time advantage, is to disqualify them from the race. Now should you inadvertently miss a turning point but wish to remain in the race, you must navigate back to the turning point and the extra time you take to do this, is the penalty you will loose for having missed the turning point in the first instance. So the sooner you turn back to the turning point, the less the time lost. However, remember there are other competitors on the same route and do not turn blindly in front of them.

Whilst on the subject of turning points I would like to remind you of the HEIGHT at which you should cross the turning point. The marshalls on the ground must visually, unassisted by binoculars, be able to read either your race numbers or aircraft registration. At 200 ft agl this is easily accomplished. If you are higher than this, it is possible misread either of the above and if you are lower than this the time period in which the marshall visually sights your aircraft is too short.

Next I will discuss the turning technique when approaching your turning point. It is always preferable to approach your turning point with excess height rather than at very low level. Firstly, positively identify the actual marshalling point at least 5NM out. Then look at your next leg and see what immediate feature there is on your next track. Locate this feature on the ground. Now lower your aircraft's nose and allow the speed to increase up to the yellow band on the ASI while still pointing directly at the turning point marshalls. Level off at approximately 200 ft agl and maintain this speed till within approximately 300 m from your turning point before applying approximately 60 degrees of bank and increasing your "g" loading to just off max "g" permissible. Ensure that you do not lose height, start looking for the ground feature you located on your next leg, and roll out on this feature. Give your DI/compass time to settle down and before realigning and proceeding on your next leg. Obviously these figures will vary with varying aircraft speed and must be adjusted accordingly.

Finally a few DONT'S for the race:

  • 1. Don't do a 360 degree turn in the vicinity of a turning point.
  • 2. Don't pull up when passing over a turning point.
  • 3. Don't overtake another aircraft on the inside of a turn.
  • 4. Don't approach the turning point more than 90 degrees out from the inbound track.
  • 5. Don't forget to transmit your position two minutes prior to reaching the turning point.
  • We look forward to seeing you all in Margate. Good luck!

1985 State President's Air Race

1985 Barnib State President's Air Race

Held at Virginia Airfield, Durban - 31 May to 1 June 1985

By Allan Blain and Colin Jordaan

For the first time in many years a coastal venue was chosen for the 19th State President's Trophy Air Race. The coastal weather again showed its moody and unpredictable nature, but luckily held up and allowed competitors to complete the event.

Race 26 Junkers JU 52 pictured with the crew.Race 26 Junkers JU 52 pictured with the crew.Some early arrivals on Wednesday 29th May saw the dark, wet, cold and windy side of Natal weather, but preparation day, Thursday 30th, was magnificent. And as old friends from past races were reunited, aircraft were being tested by the handicapping committee, and slowly the old excitement always generated by the S.P., started building up.
As the route was only announced the day before the race, eager pilots and navigators filed into the Elangeni Hotel hall for the briefing that night. Most pilots were staying at the Elangeni and accommodation proved to be very enjoyable. That night the traditional Mayoral Cocktail Party was held, and was as drab as always.

This year the mood of the race was somewhat more staid and dignified as apposed to some previous years (Vryheid comes to mind immediately). Possibly the current economical climate made the entrants more aware of the costs of the Race, leaving them a little more sober. As it was, only 61 aircraft completed the event, substantially down on previous years. After giving the pilots their briefing, Mike Hartley stressed the safety aspects of the race, and wished all pilots godspeed.

And so the first race day, Friday, dawned and after a superb Southern Suns breakfast on the Elangeni pool deck, everyone set course for Virginia. Pilots were frantically polishing and preparing their aircraft to get just that extra knot or two that can mean victory. Some aircraft owners even go to the trouble of re-spraying their aircraft before every S.P., thats real dedication for you. Some go to even greater lengths to prepare their aircraft and its a pity that many don't ever see the reward for those extra rands spent on being more competitive. Here we refer specially to a veteran of past races, Danie Pretorius. However take off time approached and the hot ships, who leave first for safety reasons, were fired up and ready.

Previous years winner Robbie Schwartz and the Trophy in 1994.Previous years winner Robbie Schwartz and the Trophy in 1994.At one minute intervals, starting at 11.00 am, aircraft left Virginia airport, and the race was on. Here I sign off and leave Colin Jordaan, veteran Springbok Pilot to give you his version of the first days route - Hibberdene - Kokstad - Weenen - Virginia.

Ever since the takeoff format for the first day was changed, (in the interest of safety the fast planes go off first) I have found the first day in the previous three races to be a bit boring. Having been placed at the back of a gaggle of Skylanes this year, my pilot, Harry Donde and I, were looking forward to "eating" a few before we got back to Virginia.

After take off on 05, Harry flipped it over the dune and was back on the deck in seconds, heading straight for the harbour mouth entrance. After quite a few test runs at Grand Central we had determined that our Skylane does absolutely no better one metre off the ground than at five. That's of course if there is no headwind! We had a howling one.

Picked up the crane at the entrance, one degree left to take us around the outside. Decided to go over the top of the Bluff. Skylane in front of us had stayed low going around the left. His mistake. We "ate" him after about another four minutes. Total elapsed time, eight minutes and he had taken off one minute ahead of us.

Some of the competing aircraft at VirginiaSome of the competing aircraft at VirginiaSet heading to Hibberdene. The straight line was going to take us about two miles out to sea. We went for it. Scanning engine instruments suddenly took on a new meaning. By the time we dipped a wing over Hibberdene, we had "eaten" two more Skylanes and Donde and Jordaan were grinning like the cat that got the mouse. Total elapsed time, twenty-five minutes.

Set course for Kokstad. Heavy crosswind from the left, no choice but to climb slowly to get out of very heavy turbulence and also to clear the 7000 ft mountain 20 miles short of Kokstad. Height required over Kokstad - 5300 ft. 300 F.P.M. descent after the mountain should do it. We "ate" our fourth Skylane going over the mountain but he had more height and beat us into the turn. These were our old adversaries In ZS-KOW and last year they had proved to be faster than us in a straight line although we had beaten them overall. 50 Minutes gone and we had caught up 2 minutes on KOW. It was going to be a good race, or so we thought. Climbed high for the leg to Weenen to get the roaring tailwind. Quick ground speed calculation gave us 171 knots, 31 knots up on handicap.

Neck and neck with KOW over the right-hander at Weenen. Something was going wrong. We should have pulled away by now. We then realised that our plane was obviously faster at lower altitudes, so it was on the deck. All the way to Melmoth and Umhloti river mouth, which was the finish for day one. As we dropped into the thicker air, we managed to pull away slowly and crossed the line 7 seconds ahead of KOW, nearly "eating" an Arrow that was obviously out for a Sunday cruise.

Competitors attach race numbers in preparation for day one.Competitors attach race numbers in preparation for day one.That evening after a second briefing at 5.00 pm, pilots and navigators were treated to a cabaret show at the Elangeni. By now the customary bickering about all things handicapped, was well underway. This is one aspect of the race that should be turned into a commercial proposition. I am convinced a long-playing record featuring the mind boggling variety of criticisms, objections, advise and very occasional praise of the Handicapping Committee would go gold in months. The best way to confuse an S.P. competitor is to simply tell him not to come next year if he is all that miserable about his handicap speed. That, is naturally, out of the question.

Saturday arrived and competitors woke up to a dark broody and overcast day. The take off was postponed until 1.00 pm to enable the dignitaries to enjoy the sights of the start. There was naturally some muttering about that. Even though it was cool, take off at midday still meant a bumpy ride, and the weather looked more threatening as 1.00 pm approached. But the rain stayed away and with a few slower aircraft dwarfed by the junkers on the threshold, the flag dropped and the second and last stage got underway. I was on board Iron Annie, but more about that next month. The route for Saturday was Umhlanga, Ulundi, Piet Retief, Wakkerstroom, Virginia, and I'll let Colin tell you more.

It was obvious when I opened the curtains of my hotel room that it was going to be a fast plane's race. Low cloud and blustery south easter blowing. We might as well have been In Cape Town.

Just touching the waves, a competitor completes day one at Umhloti.Just touching the waves, a competitor completes day one at Umhloti.Harry and I were lying in seventh place in his Cessna Skylane. I had calculated that we were 2 min 25 secs down on our handicap time for the first day. Marius Els and Vic Dickerson in their B55 Baron were already in the lead, having bettered their handicap time on the first day by 1 min 54 secs. It is amazing how you throw away tried and tested strategy when you know you have no chance of winning. Our first two legs to Ulundi and Piet Retief were forecast to have tailwinds. Instead of climbing, we decided to stay low and utilize ridgelift to improve our speed. It didn't work. By the time we got to Piet Retief, KOW was catching us fast. We were starting to pass quite a few planes now and at Piet Retief we got our first glimpse of the Junkers. They were going great guns and although their handicap was 20 knots slower than ours we hadn't overtaken by the time we turned over Wakkerstroom. It was actually a beautiful sight to see those three loaned Harvard engines belching out smoke as Capt. Gus Schoeman wound up the boost to clear the mountains on the way to Utrecht. We "ate" the Junkers clearing the mountains but found ourselves being zapped by Alan & Cecil Hodgson in ZS-FHA, a Cherokee 235. This was the first plane to pass us and we still had 155 miles to go. Only two other planes ahead at this stage. The Navion and the Doves in their 235. Beautiful up-draughts over the Buffelsrivier, saw the ASI almost going up into the red. Our big wing seemed to be giving us more lift than the Hodgsons 235 and we started to gain again slowly.

Race Winners - Maruis Els and Vic Dickerson with State President P W Botha.Race Winners - Maruis Els and Vic Dickerson with State President P W Botha.At this stage, Brian Wallace in the right hand seat of the Junkers, calmly informed me (in between mouthfuls of caviar) that my boss, Capt. Schoeman, was ordering me to do two 360's to the left, starting NOW! Hardly heard him because we had just spotted Marlus Els and Vic Dickerson shooting through underneath us, and this with still another 100 miles to go. There was nothing left to do now but pray.

With only 15 miles left to go, the visibility was dropping fast, with quite a few showers in the Hazelmere Dam area. The Barons were coming through thick and fast but we were still the leading Cessna. Suddenly this Cardinal RG was filling our rear windscreen and slipping through past us to beat us across the line by mere seconds.

Left turn heading 060°, maintain 300 ft to the rocks, climb to 1000 ft and left turn back to the field. By this time 4 planes had slipped in front of us but what the heck. The positions over the line were all that counted. Our 10th place enables us to keep our boast about the only team flying the same aircraft being in the first ten, four times in a row.
We'll be back next year like all the rest, bitten by the bug. We'll have to think about a different aircraft though. We're convinced no Skylane will ever win the race for quite a while. Mind you, that's what all the losers were saying about their aircraft. To Marius & Vic, well done, see you again next year.

Aeronews cover page - Virginia 1985Aeronews cover page - Virginia 1985And first over the line, literally seconds ahead of the 2nd placed Navion (Ret Orsrnond '83 winner) was ZS-KKZ, a Beech B55 with Marius Els and Vie Dickerson taking the ultimate prize in Power Flying. A word must be said about Vic, as I don't think there is a more deserving winner. He has been very well placed many times in the S.P., and is extremely competitive, and works extremely hard. This competition was very rough, with 2nd and 3rd going to the winners of the last two years races.

And another Race ended, another victory for one lucky pilot and navigator. But as our State President said at the Prize giving banquet during a rather entertaining speech; in essence, all the pilots are winners, and its a pity there can only be one Victor. Aero Club Chairman, Major General James Gilliland, introduced President Botha, who handed the trophy to an overawed Vic Dickerson and Marius Els. He then presented the President with a number of prizes and it was gratifying to see President Botha's appreciation, and hear the words of praise he had for our Aero Club Chairman. It was also good to see such a senior group of dignitaries present at the banquet, that apart from a dreadful consomme soup, was a very elegant occasion. The evenings prize-giving continued and finally, dodging all the paper planes, happy and sad pilots said farewell for another year. And one more in a long line of fine races drew to an end.

P.S. A special thanks to Barnib for their sponsorship, thanks to Mike Hartley, Charles Wotherspoon and Jane Davidson, thanks to the Handicapping Committee and all the judges and marshals and timekeepers. Thanks to Trevor Conlyn for a lift on the B19, to Joe Papke for being the nice guy he is. Absolutely no thanks to Glen Ball and Paul Botha who by means of forcing a dozen milk stouts down my throat, made me a vary confused editor.

Flying the Junkersin the Air Race

1985 SP Air Race - Trophies

1985 State President's Trophy Air Race

Virginia Airport, Durban - 1985

Trophy Name Awarded to Race A/c Reg Pilot/Navigator
Aircraft
State President's Trophy The Competitor gaining most time on Handicap 3 ZS-KKZ M H O Els/V E Dickerson
Beech B55
Air Charter Trophy The Second Pilot Home 49 ZS-BSZ E G Orsmond/B Hansen
Navion
Vincent Maclean Trophy The Third Pilot Home 7 ZS-JFX R L Schwartz/D East
Beech E55
Natal Advertiser Trophy The Competitor covering the course in the fastest time 7 ZS-JFX R L Schwartz/D East
Beech E55
Vickers Trophy The Competitor giving the Most Meritorious Performance 59 ZS-LPY H R Hodgson/Mrs G Hodgson
Cessna 206
Natal Mercury Trophy The First Natal Pilot Home 33 ZS-KGX V P Bricknell/M J Rabec
Beech B58
Hoofstad Pers Trophy The First Transvaal Pilot Home 3 ZS-KKZ M H O Els/V E Dickerson
Beech B55
Northern Review Trophy The First Northern Transvaal Pilot Home 40 G Bouwer/D M Visser
Piper PA28-235/250
Phoenix Volkswagen Trophy The First O F S Pilot Home 49 ZS-BSZ E G Orsmond/B Hansen
Navion
Stellalander Trophy The First Cape Province Pilot Home 17 ZS-EKE F van der Merwe/L Nell
Piper PA28-140/150
Comair Trophy The Pilot of the First Cessna Home 6 ZS-JYU F P Foley/W E Spense
Cessna C177RG
Placo Trophy The Pilot of the First Piper Home 5 ZS-ELO D E Dove/A W Dove
Piper PA28-235
Beechcraft Trophy The Pilot of the First Beechcraft Home 3 ZS-KKZ M H O Els/V E Dickerson
Beech B55
Carletonville Trophy The Pilot of the First Baron Home 3 ZS-KKZ M H O Els/V E Dickerson
Beech B55
Southern Africa Mooney Trophy The Pilot of the First Mooney Home 50 ZS-KPN D Lindsay/J Wessels
Mooney M20J
Preller/Germishuys Trophy Handicapping Committee Award 5 ZS-ELO D E Dove/A W Dove
Piper PA28-235
Gastby Trophy Best Handicap Performance on First Day 3 ZS-KKZ M H O Els/V E Dickerson
Beech B55
Stayers Trophy The Crew Finishing under Exceptional Circumstances 13 ZS-DYK P A Theron/J E Sumner
Mooney M20C
D P Kelly Trophy First Delmas Pilot Home 54 ZS-IBY P W Knoesen/Dr N J Gilliland
Beech B58
Durban Wings Club Trophy The First Durban Wings Club Pilot Home 33 ZS-KGX V P Bricknell/M J Rabec
Beech B58
J L P C Trophy The First Johannesburg Light Plane Club Pilot Home 50 ZS-KPN D Lindsay/J Wessels
Mooney M20J
Chris Swart Krugersdorp Trophy The First Krugersdorp Pilot Home 32 ZS-IYB L C Rinkel/I Rinkel
Cessna C210
Lanseria Trophy The First Lanseria based Pilot Home 3 ZS-KKZ M H O Els/V E Dickerson
Beech B55
Commercial Aviation Trophy The Pilot Giving the Best Performance 26 J G Schoeman/B J Wallace/S Levin/T Steyn
Junkers JU52

1985 SP Air Race - The Junkers J52

1985 Barnib State President's Air Race

Held at Virginia Airfield, Durban - 31 May to 1 June 1985

The Junkers J52

By Allan Blain

Iron Annie, a name I can no longer use comfortably since flying in the beauty, or is it the beast. Confused? Well, it all started when I was invited by SAA staff to fly the second leg of the S.P. Trophy Air Race in the J U 52.
At the appointed day and time I arrived and was shown to my seat by a charming hostess. I was then welcomed by the crew of Joe Prozesky, Brian Wallace, Scully Levin, Captain Gus Schoeman, our "hosty" Antoinette Durand, and flight engineer, Theo Steyn.

1985 SP Air Race - The Junkers J52: The event of the year, the Junkers flying in the S.P1985 SP Air Race - The Junkers J52: The event of the year, the Junkers flying in the S.PFirstly, I must compliment SAA and especially those who have lobbied from within the organisation to keep the Junkers flying, and making appearances at airshows. It is vitally important as it is our historical link to our flying heritage, and an incentive to all to keep flying.

Secondly, let's get back to the flight. We took off in rather inclement weather just before lunch, and the noise is immediately an overwhelming reminder that she is powered by three Harvard engines. Even with the industrial earmuffs we wore for the flight, it was deafening. Once fitted with the upholstery of the airline model it will be much quieter, but even so air travellers of old must have had strong eardrums. Flying in those days must have been a rather grand affair. The hostess had only a few people to look after and could give each passenger special attention. Each passenger had his own window and a large comfortable seat. Antoinette did a fantastic job of feeding us from a mouthwatering menu which consisted of caviar, crayfish tails and wines of outstanding quality. Yours truly had not one, not two, but three crayfish tails. It was heaven on earth, or accurately in the sky. I don't think there is any finer platform for observing any aviation event, and watching the competitors pass us way below was fantastic.
The Junkers JU 52 landing at Virginia.The Junkers JU 52 landing at Virginia.To coax more speed out of the supercharged engines we stayed at over 3 000 ft agl for most of the race. Tension mounted as the other aircraft started catching us, and later as the hotships started passing us. By now crew and passengers alike were one team and we shouted encouragement to our pilots. As we finished our coffee and pralines, we started the descent for Durban and the end of the race. Soon the coastline was in sight, and we crept over the last ridge before Virginia. As we flashed over the tower, Scully Levin changed the props to full coarse pitch, and with a mighty roar we zoomed over the crowd at the finish. The strong ground winds gave Capt. Gus Schoeman some trouble and we finally landed on the third attempt. That was a flight I will never forget, as it not only gave me an insight into the early days of commercial airlines, but was a ringside seat to one of the world's finest aviation events, the S.P. Trophy Air Race.

All the SAA staff that fly or maintain the J U 52 do so in their spare time, and they must be complimented for their dedication. And me, well they can take away my Bop TV, but they can never take away my experience of flying in that grand old dame, the one I now call "Beautiful Betty"!

1984 State President's Air Race

1984 State President's Air Race

Held at Bethlehem Airfield - 1 to 2 June 1984

By Dietlind Lempp

EVEN THE SLOWEST GET THERE EVENTUALLY!

Our official entry form for the State President's Trophy Air Race 1984 looked a little bit strange, to say the least. Aircraft: Motor Glider Grob G109B ZS-VAB; Pilot: Brian Arton, hours on type: nil; Navigator: Dietlind Lempp, hours on type: 15. The Grob was the boss' newest toy, one of only a few in the country, and the same boss had, on the evening before the race, ordered Brian and myself to enter. The Handicapping Committee, usually called "the people who everybody loves to hate", didn't really know what to do with us and had given us a handicap of 104 knots, which made us the slowest aircraft in the race and was still quite a few knots faster than we ever hoped to be.

1980 SP Air Race - Bethlehem Airfield: Bethlehem Airfield1980 SP Air Race - Bethlehem Airfield: Bethlehem AirfieldAnyway, after we had put our beautiful little motor glider with the long white wings on (Brian reckoned you don't strap yourself in, this one you put on) we taxied out to the starting point, right through the dust of 72 other aircraft, who had taken off before us. Brian got the quickestconversion in history; this was probably also the first time in the history of the race where the pilot was pattered through the take-off. Shortly afterwards we had a small fight in the cockpit: wanted to get the prop into coarse pitch (airspeed 65 knots, rpm 2300, pull pitch control once) and Brian did not want to slow down to perform this silly "gear-change". I won, and soon we were happily cruising along a couple of feet above the grass. This being my first introduction to crop spraying type operations I nervously called out every power-line, telephone wire or tree I saw looming up ahead of us, but Brian seemed to be quite used to this type of thing and I soon settled down with my maps. No ADF or VOR, no gyro, no DI in this aircraft; our maps were the only thing to rely on.

The leg to Vryheid was quite uneventful, except for a big "thump" all of a sudden: a little bird seemed to have committed suicide somewhere. I quickly released my harness (strapped in you can hardly scratch your right ear with your left hand) and turned around. After having established that both wings and the tail plane were still where they were supposed to be, all was well again. We made use of ground effect and also had the benefit of quite a bit of convective lift from some of the fields, and by the time we got to Vryheid we were quite happy with our groundspeed.

Vryheid to Ermelo was a different matter; we had to climb some mountains, which at an indicated speed of somewhere between 70 and 80 knots was not exactly a great pleasure. We also weren't very happy about the comments of the spotters at Ermelo, which ranged from "Welcome, speedy" to "See you on the way home". The latter they did and even had the cheek to wave to us, big deal when you fly a Cardinal! On this final leg to Bethlehem we struggled against a headwind, but it was good fun to observe the dassies dashing for cover (and a peasant woman walking on the fields as well). Once Brian went temporarily IF as I refolded my map, the Grob cockpit is not exactly designed to spread out three sheets of 1 : 250 000 charts.

Dietlind Lempp (centre), ground crew Jeroen Heimink and a spectatorDietlind Lempp (centre), ground crew Jeroen Heimink and a spectatorFinally, we gloriously crossed the finish-line, only about 12 minutes late. On final there was again some confusion in the cockpit as I tried to get Brian to perform all sorts of tasks which he thought to be a bit silly. For an experienced crop-sprayer usually flying turbine powered brutes it was indeed strange to change gears and approach high and close the throttle and change hands and regulate his descent with the spoilers and approach at 62 knots and pull the spoilers out a bit more after the wheels touched. Brian crowned the confusion with an excellent landing! As we taxied in the homebuilt Condor UIM crossed the finish-line - and he had taken off just before us. We weren't the slowest aircraft in the race after all!

At the fuel pumps we proudly signed the slip for 72 litres of Avgas, which compared favourably with the 45 litres OIL which Ret Orsmond (the boss) had used in the Bullthrush!

Day two saw us taking off first. Again we fought along at an average altitude of about 30 feet AGL. The topocadastral 1 : 250 000 brought some surprises, on the map everything was blue, on the ground it was brownish-grey. Geneva turned out not to be Geneva, but finally we were back on track. Then they started overtaking us, all those "fast" aircraft: the Cherokee 140s first, then the Cessna 172s. After Schweizer-Reneke the larger Cessnas zoomed past, then the Bonanzas and Mooneys and finally the Barons and our boss in the Bullthrush. Coming into Bultfontein, dead on track, a Mooney was overtaking us on our left, cutting in front to pass the turning point on the right hand side. We had some interesting moments, and I had my eyes more outside the cockpit on other aircraft than on ground-features and my map.

1984 SP Air Race - Competitor: Avron Bane - Navigator and Aaron Searle in ZS-LOD, a B36TC at the 1984 Air Race1984 SP Air Race - Competitor: Avron Bane - Navigator and Aaron Searle in ZS-LOD, a B36TC at the 1984 Air RaceOn the evening of the first day our faithful ground crew had laborious replaced the aileron tapes to seal the gap between wing and aileron and make our little Grob faster. Those tapes now had decided to go their own way, at least partly. They were, half on, half off, trailing as long white streamers behind the wings, causing the most unwanted thing in any air-racers life: draaaaaaaag!

We scraped along the boundary fence of Willem Pretorius Game Reserve because of Air Nav Regs and minimum heights over game parks and all that. Then some nasty soul put some mountains right on our track, which we took on the upwind side, hoping for ridge lift. But the air was absolutely
stable and we had to rely solely on the 87 horses provided by our 2.5 litre converted Volkswagen engine.

Again we crossed the finish-line, with six or seven aircraft, including a Baron, coming in behind us. Our faithful ground-crew awaited us with beers, three cheers to them. They were a bit apprehensive when they saw the long streamers trailing from the wings and thought for a moment that we had interrupted some poor farmer's means of communication with the outside world.

We had completed the 727 nm course over the two days in a total of 7 hours and 31 minutes, which worked out to be an average ground speed of 96.6 knots. For this we had used 150 litres of fuel or exactly 20 litres per hour, flying at full throttle from the moment the starter dropped his flag to the minute we crossed the finish line.

All in all, both Brian and I enjoyed the race tremendously. It was good fun, even though we did fly the slowest aircraft in the race. The Vickers Trophy (for the people who tried the hardest?) beautifies Brian's untidy desk and reminds us of a very enjoyable weekend.

1980 State President's Trophy Air Race

1980 State President's Trophy Air Race

Pietermaritzburg to Ermelo, 30 to 31 May 1980.

HISTORIC WIN FOR WOMEN

Maureen and Juliette triumph in 1980 State President's Air Race

By Godfrey King

The 1980 State President's Air Race, held over the Republic Day weekend, saw a historic finish with an all-female team coming in ahead of the field for the first time. Pilot Maureen Forrester, and navigator Juliette Serrurier, both of Johannesburg, were several minutes ahead of the second-placed aircraft - and 27 minutes and 35 seconds ahead of handicap - in their Beechcraft Sundowner at Ermelo's aerodrome on May 31.

The moment of triumph as Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr Kobie Coetzee, hands the State President's Trophy to Maureen Forrester (left) and Juliette Serrurier.The moment of triumph as Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr Kobie Coetzee, hands the State President's Trophy to Maureen Forrester (left) and Juliette Serrurier.For Maureen it was a particular triumph, as last year she was pipped at the post to lose the trophy by only 14 seconds.

In 1979 Maureen had Jeanette Fraser-Jones as her navigator, and, when Jeanette was unable to team up with Maureen again for the 1980 race, Juliette stepped in as a last-minute replacement. The couple had never flown together before, but that did not deter them from showing the men a clean pair of heels.
The race started at Pietermaritzburg on May 30, with competitors flying to Vanderbijlpark via Mkuze, Zululand. Then they flew to Ellisras and on to Ermelo, which had been chosen for the finish as the town was celebrating its centenary.

"Our flight went very well," said a jubilant Maureen. "Juliette kept us on track and we were never more than a few miles off course." "We had a fantastic tail wind of 30 knots and at Mkuze we were nine minutes ahead of our handicap. At Vanderbijlpark we were 20 minutes ahead of handicap."

There was a VIP reception at Ermelo Aerodrome for the first team home and the photograph shows (from left): Mr H J Otto, Mayor of Ermelo; Maureen Forrester; Mr Kobie Coetzee, Deputy Minister of Defense; Juliette Serrurier; and Mr H J Tempel, MP for Ermelo.There was a VIP reception at Ermelo Aerodrome for the first team home and the photograph shows (from left): Mr H J Otto, Mayor of Ermelo; Maureen Forrester; Mr Kobie Coetzee, Deputy Minister of Defense; Juliette Serrurier; and Mr H J Tempel, MP for Ermelo.

Maureen said they were unaware of their position at the finish because they had been tuned in to the wrong frequency. "It was only when we climbed out of the aircraft that we heard that we were first."
Although Juliette is actively connected with aviation - she is a member of the Beechcraft Sales team at Rand Airport - Maureen only took up flying three years ago . . . and then it was only because of an argument she had had with her husband, Nigel, the winning navigator in the 1978 State President's Air race.

A housewife and mother of two boys aged seven and eight, Maureen explained that she had told Nigel that there should be more women in the race. "But Nigel, being the male chauvinist that he is, said I was just a dumb housewife and that women, anyway, only fooled around in the air," she said.
"I wanted to prove to him that he was wrong - and I went solo after only nine-and-a-half hours. But when I obtained my licence he said, 'Any monkey can fly' so I was doubly determined to beat him". And beat him she did.

For the past two years Nigel has had to eat humble pie, trailing his wife - who only has about 150 hours of flying experience as one of the "also ran's". This year, navigating a Beechcraft Baron with Graeme Conlyn as pilot, Nigel could only manage 15th position.

Mr Matthys de Wet collects his trophy for coming second, as well as the Place trophy for the first Piper home, from Deputy Minister of Defense, Mr Kobie Coetzee, while Mr Charles Wotherspoon, vice-chairman of the Aero Club of South Africa, looks on.Mr Matthys de Wet collects his trophy for coming second, as well as the Place trophy for the first Piper home, from Deputy Minister of Defense, Mr Kobie Coetzee, while Mr Charles Wotherspoon, vice-chairman of the Aero Club of South Africa, looks on.

In 1978 the Graeme Conlyn/Nigel Forrester team won the event. Last year's winners, Allan Hodgson and his father Cecil, could only come 47th this year.

Not only did Maureen and Juliette capture the State President's trophy, but they also collected the Wakefield trophy for the first female pilot home; the Hoofstad trophy for the first Transvaal aircraft home; and the Beech trophy for the first Beechcraft home.

After the race, Maureen paid full tribute to Juliette's help - "she was fantastic and kept telling me to relax" - and said she thought it had been a very well organised race.

Maureen, whose main pastimes are tennis and bridge, aims to "have a go at the race again, next year." She wants to accomplish a hat-trick, she says.

Somewhat overshadowed by the women was Mr. Matthys de Wet, of Mooinooi in the Transvaal, who came second in his Piper Tomahawk. It was a notable achievement nonetheless - for he flew solo without a navigator. Last year he also flew solo, winning the Handicapper's Trophy for his sterling effort.
Although one aircraft blew a tyre on landing at Ermelo, there were no major mishaps during the race. The trophy for the fastest time - 224,9 knots - was won by W.A. Burgener (pilot) and K.D. Heinemann (navigator) in an Aerostar. The Vickers trophy for the most meritorious performance was won by W.H. Barnard (pilot), and A.D. du Plessis (navigator) in a Baron.

1980 SP Air Race - Full Result

1980 State President's Trophy Air Race

Pietermaritzburg to Ermelo - 30 to 31 May 1980

Pos Reg Aircraft H/Cap
Knots
Gain(-)
Loss
Pilot
Navigator
01 ZS-JHY Beech Sundowner C23   0:27:35 M Forrester
J Serrurier
02   Piper Tomahawk PA38-112   0:22:51 M J de Wet
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03   Siai-Marchetti S205-20R   0:21:35 I J Hancock
T K Arnold
04   BE 17   0:20:24 A J Torr
R Thomas
05   Cessna 172N   0:17:59 A K le Roux
S J G Stadtlander
06   Cessna 182C   0:15:35 L J Haasbroek
J Celliers
07   Piper PA28-235   0:15:12 J P Poulus
G Krohn
08   Cessna 182   0:15:03 B D Honiball
T Honiball
09   Cessna 177   0:14:05 P van Zyl
F Lemmer
10   Piper PA28-235   0:12:50 B T Zeederberg
J B Filmer
10   Rockwell 112A   0:12:50 V MacLean
C Liebenberg
12   Cessna 206   0:12:51 D Mann
13   Piper PA28-140   0:12:22 C P Collen (Snr)
F J v Zyl
14   Cessna R182   0:12:21 W C Angus
A Purchase
15   Beech Baron 58   0:12:04 G Conlyn
N Forrester
16   Beech Bonanza A36   0:11:51 D Gerrand
D J Pretorius
17   Piper PA-24-260   0:11:37 G G Schurmann
C de Bruyn
18   Beech Baron 58   0:10:58 R L Schwartz
D East
18   Piper Arrow-PA28R180   0:10:58 P Reichel
F Botha
20   Piper PA28 Arrow   0:10:53 D J van Vuuren
G Gast
21   Cessna C182   0:10:50 Dr I J Maré
D Maré
22   Piper PA28-180   0:10:38 R D Waldek
R Brown
23   Piper PA28-180   0:10:30 W L Roos
J van Eck
24   Beech Bonanza K35   0:10:25 C Thom
F Thom
26   Beech Baron E55   0:10:23 A Searll
A Bane
26   Beech BE 23   0:10:12 J Gash
D M McCallum
27   PBN Trislander   0:09:49 M Summerley
B Preller
28   Beech Baron E55   0:09:27 H B Redman
R Livingston
29   Mooney M20-F Executive   0:09:16 F Zondagh
F Edwards
30   Beech BE 55   0:07:53 B Clarke
J Clark
31   Beech BE 55   0:07:52 J E Heynike
G W Wessels
32   Piper PA28-235   0:07:35 T C Birkett
R W Birkett
33   Piper PA32-300   0:07:21 T van der Woude
J B G Ferris
34   Piper PA28R-200   0:07:05 J H Viljoen
T D A M de Marillac
35   Piper Arrow 111   0:06:16 P M Goldin
A Cigler
36   Cessna 172RG   0:06:07 J P Bernberg
J W F Swart
37   Beech Baron 58   0:05:46 D E Savage
V McWilliams
38   Cessna Skylane 11   0:05:43 H Donde
Dr P Foox
39   Cessna 172   0:05:38 J N B Sanderson
N Uys
40   Cessna 182   0:05:34 C C C Arnoldi
P E J van Rensburg
41   Cessna 182   0:05:21 R Laurens
P Toxopens
42   Cessna 182   0:05:18 H van der Laan
C Malan
43   Beech Bonanza V35B   0:04:53 V E Dickerson
S L Adams
44   Cessna 310N   0:04:44 M J C Bicknell
C H Boucher
45   Beech BE 33C   0:04:42 V Paoloni
M D Ras
46   Cessna 210   0:04:37 A Moolman
E J G Pomeroy
47   Piper PA28-235   0:04:30 A J Hodgson
C Hodgson
48   Piper PA44-180   0:04:25 W K van der Spuy
J A Earle
49   Piper PA32R-300   0:03:02 J W Taylor
A I Taylor
60   Cessna Cl77 RG   0:02:58 C R Laing
B Taverner
61   Cessna 3l0Q   0:02:44 T W Martin
P Gough
52   Mooney M20K   0:02:42 P D T Joffe
C Joffe
53   Aerostar 601 TS60   0:01:47 W A Burgener
K D Heinemann
64   Beech V35B   0:01:46 F van der Merwe
M Barker
65   Mooney M20   0:01:38 C P Collen (Jnr)
F M Espag
56   Beech Bonanza F33A   0:01:28 P J Clarence
C Marais
57   Beech V35B   0:01:20 N J Gilliand
P W Knoesem
58   Cessna 210   0:01:16 M Wales
L Nichols
59   Piper PA34-200   0:00:54 R B Vos
C Elgar
60   Beech Bonanza F33A   0:00:51 B Coetzee
N Pienaar
61   Beech Baron 55   0:00:49 L Edelstein
B Kayser
62   Piper PA28-180   0:00:21 J van Zyl
T Martins
63   Beech A36 Bonanza   -0:0:27 L Robertson
P Hopwood
64   Beech Baron E55   -0:01:46 W H Barnard
A D du Plessis
66   Piper PA28-235   -0:03:05 D C Dove
R Dove
66   Mooney M2OJ   -0:03:16 D C Lindsay
H Hodgson
67   Cessna 172   -0:03:26 J A Pienaar
J Martins
68   Beech V36B   -0:04:34 J D Visser
F Yeats
69   Beech BE 65 8800   -0:05:03 S Ord
Capt L Kay
70   Cessna 206   -0:05:21 C T Voget
J Galway
71   Beech Baron 58TC   -0:06:07 R K G Smith
H J H Boulton
72   Cessna 210   -0:06:08 L C Rinkel
F L Grove
73   Cessna 177RG   -0:07:48 G H Smith
S G de la Harpe
74   BA55   -0:09:06 M Snoyman
D T O Koller
75   Beech 58 Baron   -0:09:28 Cpt G Cassel
Cpt K Lanzenhoffer
76   Piper PA28R-200   -0:09:56 W Stewart
E Ribbink
77   Cessna 182   -0:10:12 R A L Joffe
0 Hekrath
78   Cessna 310   -0:10:34 D D Rosslee
R de Wet
79   Piper PA28-151   -0:11:11 M 0 Basson
B Dickman
80   Cessna 175 Skylark   -0:12:18 J D Grant
1 B Grant
81   Beech BE33   -0:13:04 D J Visser
J Ferreira
82   Beech B55   -0:13:10 G Abraham
P Theron
83   Cessna C177 Cardinal   -0:14:49 E L Buswell
J Pullen
84   Cessna 210   -0:17:03 R J P van Tonder
J Ferguson
86   Piper PA28R-201T   -0:24:37 M Baikie
J D v d Merwe
86   Piper Lance PA32R-300   -0:42:48 H P Pretorius
A J Kemp
87   Cessna 21OL   -0:50:08 M J Zeller
D Herald

1961 Governor-General's Cup

The last time the Governor-Generals Cup was awarded was in 1961. The event was held on 26/27 May 1961, the last weekend before the Republic of South Africa came into being.

The race has the traditional routing of a course that covered at least 1 000 miles and entered all four of the provinces. The race started at the Baragwanath airfield in Johannesburg and finished at Benoni. The route was going to be via Kimberley (refuel), Ladybrand, Harrismith to Ladysmith for a night stop) and then to Benoni via Nelspruit, Tzaneen (refuel) and Potgietersrus but the route was shortened to avoid the Drakensburg.

An article in the 30 March 1961 issue of Flight magazine (see attached) indicated that this would be the last race and that "the organisers of the 1961 race, mostly loyal monarchists, have decided that if this year's race is to be the last it shall certainly be the best" This statement obviously created a stir as a retraction was published in the 27 April issue of the magazine (attached).

The race was one by Mr A P Nieman in a Fairchild 24. There were 37 finishers out of a field of 39. A report on the race was included in the Flight of 22 June.

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1939 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Full Result

1939 Governor-General's Cup

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft Pilot/s
1 9 ZS-AOC BA DOUBLE EAGLE E. U. BRIERLEY
2 15 ZS-AHA LEOPARD MOTH J. D. DALRYMPLE
3 13 ZS-AID CESSNA C.34 J. WILLIAMSON
4 1 ZS-AML FAIRCHILD 45 F. C. ELLIOT-WILSON
4 5 ZS-BBC BEECHCRAFT C17L O. THANING
6 22 ZS-AIV LEOPARD MOTH H. CALDERBANK
7 4 ZS-ANO SPARROWHAWK C. ERASMUS
8 7 ZS-AKG HORNET MOTH G. K. JONES, J. J. OOSTHUIZEN
9 8 ZS-AOA HORNET MOTH F. ALLEN, T. G. PAGET
10 18 ZS-AEP LEOPARD MOTH R. M. COULL
11 16 ZS-AOY MILES MONARCH E. PHILLIPS
12 17 ZS-ACR PUSS MOTH J. BOWIE
13 26 ZS-AMR MAGISTER E. N. DONNELLY
14 12 ZS-AOS HORNET MOTH P. MURDOCH
15 2 ZS-AFS LEOPARD MOTH H. P. BLINKHORN
15 21 ZS-AKT RAPIDE D. MAIL
17 11 ZS-APX HAWK MAJOR J. M. PROUT
18 20 ZS-ANN HORNET MOTH P. HOLT
19 3 ZS-AHF HORNET MOTH C. F. KALLENBACH
20 10 ZS-AKA HORNET MOTH L. R. SPOOR, E. J. PEALL
21 25 ZS-ANT WACO UEC A. VELCICH

1939 Governor-General's Cup Air Race- Exclusions

1939 Governor-General's Cup

Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft Pilot/s Reason
6 ZS-AFU WACO UIC J. T. SLABBERT Retired
14 ZS-AHH HAWK MAJOR D. C. ROXBURGH Retired
19 ZS-AMJ REARWIN 6000M A. M. MILLER Retired
23 ZS-AMU MAGISTER B. de VILLIERS Retired
24 ZS-AIX CESSNA C.34 D. DUNN, D. MILLIGAN Retired

1939 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Statute Miles
Cumulative
Distance
Durban (Stamford Hill) Matatiele
Matatiele Aliwal North (lunch stop)
Aliwal North Kimberley

Day 2

From To Distance
Statute Miles
Cumulative
Distance
Kimberley Baragwanath (landing)
Baragwanath Ladysmith (landing)
Ladysmith Durban (Stamford Hill)

A short course was flown over Durban before the finish line.

1938 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Full Result

1938 Governor-General's Cup

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft Pilot/s
1 12 ZS-AKG HORNET MOTH J. J. OOSTHUIZEN, D. P. McKEOWN
2 18 ZS-ANN HORNET MOTH W. T. B. TASKER
3 8 ZS-AKA HORNET MOTH L. R. SPOOR
4 21 ZS-AMT MAGISTER E. N. DONNELLY
5 16 ZS-AHG HORNET MOTH W. NICHOL
6 10 ZS-AFH WACO CJC J. T. SLABBERT
7 2 ZS-AEK LEOPARD MOTH R. M. COULL
7 7 ZS-AII HORNET MOTH W. F. du PLESSIS
9 17 ZS-AEP LEOPARD MOTH G. K. JONES, KELLY
10 9 ZS-AIV LEOPARD MOTH H. CALDERBANK
11 22 ZS-AML FAIRCHILD 45 E. McCONNELL, F. C. ELLIOT-WILSON
12 1 ZS-ANO SPARROWHAWK V. SMITH
13 6 ZS-AFS LEOPARD MOTH H. P. BLINKHORN
14 19 ZS-ADW GIPSY MOTH NORTON, BRINTON
15 4 ZS-BBC BEECHCRAFT C17L O. THANING

1938 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Exclusions

1937 Governor-General's Cup

Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft Pilot/s Reason
15 ZS-AOT HORNET MOTH C. ERASMUS Disqualified
3 ZS-AIX CESSNA C.34 C. F. KALLENBACH Retired
5 ZS-ANM DRAGONFLY D. A. de R. LABISTOUR Retired
11 ZS-ANX BUCKER JUNGMANN K. KATZENSTEIN Retired
20 ZS-AEX STINSON F. R. SLABBERT, J. WILLIAMSON Retired
13 * * * Scratched
14 * * * Scratched

1938 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Statute Miles
Cumulative
Distance
Durban (Stamford Hill) Bloemfontein 142 142
Bloemfontein Kimberley 94 236
Kimberley Baragwanath 278 514

Day 2

From To Distance
Statute Miles
Cumulative
Distance
Baragwanath Vryheid 202 202
Vryheid Durban (Stamford Hill) 144 346

Total distance - 860 statute miles

1937 Govenor-General's Cup

Thanks to Alan Taylor, renown South African aviation historian, the full results and exclusions of the 1937, 1938 and 1939 Governor-General's Cup have now been published on this site.

Alan has also written a short biography on Roy Coull, the winner of the first Race. This book, titled OF MOTHS AND MARAUDERS, is available on the internet.

It was interesting to note that the pilots that did not do well in the 1937 Race were unhappy with the handicap system. Looks like nothing has changed in 70 odd years.

The first race covered 1 000 miles and passed through all four provinces. (Natal, Transvaal, Orange Free State and the Cape). Prize money was in the order of £1 000.

Second in that year was Johannes Slabbert in a Waco and third was Rhenia Slabbert in a Hornet
Moth. Rhenia (no relation to Johannes) was the only woman entrant and ended only 3 seconds behind the second placed aircraft.

Full results of the 1937 to 1939 races can be found Here

1937 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Full Result

1937 Governor-General's Cup

Pos Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft Pilot/s
1 15 ZS-AFZ HORNET MOTH W. H. HULETT, R. M. COULL
2 6 ZS-AFH WACO CJC J. T. SLABBERT
3 13 ZS-AHG HORNET MOTH F. R. SLABBERT, R. NICHOL
4 10 ZS-AHF HORNET MOTH W. STERNE, A. H. DOWNING
5 11 ZS-AIV LEOPARD MOTH H. CALDERBANK
6 19 ZS-AII HORNET MOTH E. F. J. L'STRANGE, W. F. du PLESSIS
7 22 ZS-AKA HORNET MOTH L. R. SPOOR, E. PEALL
8 17 ZS-ACR PUSS MOTH O. G. DAVIES, W. MOSSOP
9 12 ZS-AEJ LEOPARD MOTH E. L. DREW, R. M. APTHORP
10 8 ZS-AGZ PUSS MOTH J. H. N. HOBDAY
11 9 ZS-BBC BEECHCRAFT C17L O. THANING
12 14 ZS-AJY BUCKER JUNGMANN K. KATZENSTEIN
13 7 ZS-AID CESSNA C.34 J. WILLIAMSON
14 20 ZS-AIX CESSNA C.34 R. H. PRELLER
15 2 ZS-AFS LEOPARD MOTH H. P. BLINKHORN
16 1 ZS-AJT REARWIN 90 C. F. KALLENBACH
17 5 ZS-AHV DRAGONFLY S. L. WALTERS
18 24 ZS-AIZ RYAN ST-A R. COPPEN
19 16 ZS-AFU WACO UIC F. ALLEN, J. D. SCOTT
20 3 ZS-AFM MILES HAWK G. A. McPHEE
21 23 ZS-AHS REARWIN 7000 G. J. DE VOS
22 18 VP-YBI HEINKEL He64C C. H. PERREM
23 26 ZS-AGV REARWIN 90 C. St. ARNAUD

1937 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Exclusions

1937 Governor-General's Cup

Exclusions

Race
No
A/c Reg Aircraft Pilot/s Reason
4 * REARWIN 90 F. W. I. MAXWELL Scratched
21 * BUCKER JUNGMANN H. MASSER Scratched
25 * REARWIN 90 J. THERON Scratched

1937 Governor-General's Cup Air Race - Route

Day 1

From To Distance
Statute Miles
Cumulative
Distance
Durban (Stamford Hill) Ladysmith
Ladysmith Baragwanath

Day 2

From To Distance
Statute Miles
Cumulative
Distance
Baragwanath Bloemfontein (landing)
Bloemfontein Kimberley (Fuel stop)
Kimberley Bethlehem (landing)
Bethlehem Durban (Stamford Hill)