EAA Chapter 322 visit to Krugersdorp Airfield
By Willie Bodenstein
Chapter 322 members of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) of South Africa were invited to visit Krugersdorp Airfield on Saturday 21 January to view the progress of a number of build and restorations currently in progress.
To coincide with the visit three Tiger Moth Club members flew in from Baragwaneth joining two of Krugersdorp's Tigers and a Stampe based at the field. To add flavour to the occasion Roy Watson brought two of his immaculately restored vintage cars.
By then the aroma of Breakfast drew everybody to the clubhouse and the tables were soon packed with hungry visitors and club members.
The first port of call was Kevin Hopper of SkyWorx Aviation's hangar where the Teddy build is slowly progressing. Kevin, the designer of the Teddy has donated a partly completed fuselage and other parts to the EAA. The Teddy build is a EAA sponsored project and all members are encouraged to attend the weekly build days at Kevin's hangar.
Andy has got his next project already lined up. Sharing space in his immaculate hangar is a Piper Cruiser that he intends to restore.
Next up was the hangar of Paul and Peter Lastrucci. Paul is the Chairman of the EAA of SA and Peter is absolute fundi on aircraft engines. They are currently restoring a Piper Cruiser that had been in the family since 1979. ZS-VZU was imported into the country during 1946 by Placo and over the years where owned by a number of people including the late Pieter Cilliers who installed a 150hp engine in the little cruiser. Like all the restoration projects undertaken by the brothers this Cruiser will be better than when it left factory.
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