A BUSY WEEK FOR THE JHB EAA CHAPTER 322 MEMBERS
By Karl Jensen
The presentation was led by Paul Potgieter and the Aerosud aerodynamicist Gus Brown. The AHRLAC prototype wing has now been tested to 4.5G and the major airframe components have been removed from the jigs. The incredible accuracy of the build resulted in a difference in wing bend over 12.5m of 0.3mm. We were treated to a close-up inspection of the aircraft, but photos were not permitted. Aerosud is a centre of excellence that all South Africans can justly be proud of.
Paul Potgieter and Gus Brown (seated)
When Nigel Hopkins arrived, he showed a personal inflight video of advanced formation aerobatics in a pair of MX2's and explained to an awestruck audience the physiology of an aerobatic pilot during manoeuvres that change from -5 to +10G's in a heartbeat. The explanation of the design of aerobatic sequences and the safety margins is scientific with entry gates that are never exceeded. Nigel is A320/319 Chief Training Captain in SAA and has an inside track which he shared with us on the Airbus Industry view and adaptation of altered standard operating procedures to try and prevent loss of control in unusual attitudes that might result from upsets such as thunderstorm and inadvertent severe turbulence penetration.
Nigel in his MX2
Simuflight Mandela Day EAA Young Eagles
Simuflight's Chief Instructor, SAA A340 Captain, Hayden Tunmer and SIMUFLIGHT's Ruan van Zyl manned the simulators. Within 30 minutes Hayden had some of the lucky youngsters able to carry out a take-off, a flight around Table Mountain in Cape Town and a semblance of a survivable landing in the Caravan simulator. Joey Shulz, wife of SIMUFLIGHT's owner, provided a braai for everybody present. An investment in youth is an investment in the future - well done to all at Simuflight.
Ruaan van Zyl, EAA Young Eagle co-ordinator Dr Mike Brown, SAA F/O Moses Tashabalinganda, Capt Hayden Tunmer, Joey Shulz, Clair Schulz and Raymond Zambon
Karl Jensen and aspirant pilots from the Hillbrow Twilight Shelter………….. Natrinias Masinga & Xolane Sebiya In the Beech 1900 simulator
Karabo Phakedi at SIMUFLIGHT's entrance
Paulina Sebopelo and Lebogang Maphosa from Modimole in SIMUFLIGHT's Caravan simulator
Warmbaths Falcons Flying Club Neil Armstrong Memorial Breakfast Fly-in
Visiting aircraft at Warmbaths……….. Hugo Visser from Petit's Alouette III
A local Thunderbird with a strange registration
The Warmbaths airfield eating area
Warmbaths also known as Bela Bela is in flat countryside and this event is really worth attending. I will be back again next year.
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