RV's at Parys 2015
By Willie Bodenstein
Saturday 21 March 2015 Parys was the place to be. Close to fifty aircraft arrived at this friendly field to celebrate Vans RVs, the most successful kit built aircraft in the history of aviation.
Fanie, owner of the Montgolfier Restaurant in jovial mood
Before the rush at Parys Airfield
RV's at Parys is part of the extremely successful Pylon Time Trials, the brain child of Scully Levin and Frank King but unfortunately like so many other events organised for this time of the year the weather on Saturday did not play ball. Twenty five entries were received for the time trials but because of the weather only twelve competed of which only three qualified, nine having missed the turning points.
The briefing was held in Scully's hanger were he thanked the sponsors and welcomed all the competitors. Besides the usual Pylon Racing formation workshops were also arranged. The purpose of this is to qualify as many pilots as possible in formation flying so that in the future proper racing between the pylons can take place. Currently, equally matched aircraft take part separated by twenty seconds during take-off. Cliff Lotter, "Mr Fix it", explained the radio procedure and Pierre Gouws, "airshow performer extraordinaire" advised the formation what was expected of them.
Cliff and Pierre
Competitors, organisers and officials
Two of Eqstra flying Lions Harvards were present but because of the inclement weather the program was shortened and they only did two demonstration laps.
The only non RV participant was Brian Appleton in his classic de Havilland Chipmunk
To top off a day filled with action Nigel Hopkins in the MX2 and Neville Ferreira in the Slick 540 showed how high speed, high G aerobatics is done.
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