The purpose of the navigation and map reading exercise organised by Johan Botha and Trevor Davids that was held at Secunda Flying Club was to test and hone the navigation skills of the participating aviators.

Johan Botha and Trevor Davids

At the pilots briefing Johan Botha the safety director for the day briefed as follows:
ďThe safety of the pilots and aircraft are of utmost importance. You have the responsibility for your safety and your crew and to ensure that you and your navigator have a pair of eyes on the lookout for other aircraft at all times. Please ensure that you have enough fuel on board to complete the exercise with the required reserve

The pilots were required to nominate an average airspeed and finish time for the exercise. The total distance of the navigation was 109.9 nautical miles. Seven photos of turn points were included in the packs and the navigators were required to take their own photographs of the turn points which were matched after the event.

The score sheet indicated that 10 points would be lost for every minute that the pilots where late and 10 points for every minute that they were early. The pilots earned 50 points for each correct turn point substantiated by the photographs taken by the navigator.

The course and the photographs

Turn point 2 had to be determined by the navigators as it was not plotted on the map.

The first plane left the airfield at 11:05 and the last plane arrived back at the airfield at 13:05. The exercise ended with a spot landing at the Secunda Airfield under the watchful eye of Safety Director Johan Botha and Marshall Trevor Davids.

The placing's for the navigation and map reading competition were as follows:

Aircraft Pilot Navigator

ZS - CNJ JP Very P Greyling

ZS - PLA P Neethling A Roos

ZU - NAI M Pretorious C Le Grange

ZS - OZI R Kamffer G Williams

ZS - ELN F du Plessis F du Plessis (Son)

ZU - DRO R van Staden R Ueckermann

The winning teams were:

1st Place ZU - NAI, M Pretorious & C Le Grange. 2nd Place ZU - DRO, R van Staden & R Ueckermann. 3rd Place ZS - ELN, F du Plessis & F du Plessis (Son)

The Spot Landing was won by:

ZU - DRO R van Staden R Ueckermann

The exercise ended with a braai and an afternoon with lots of fun and laughter amongst the aviators and their families at Riaan Kamffer's hangar.

Events 2014

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