Wynand Uys from Hoedspruit Flying Club, has been in communication with Frank Eckard for three years, arranging this event, and finally the weather and dates coincided. Eleven teams registered, two of them from Tzaneen and one from Krugersdorp. The remainder were resident pilots, and it is clear from the good results that Wynand's training in rally flying has stood them in good stead. Other clubs holding rallies should watch out when one of these teams compete.
The weather was perfect on the ground, with a 10 knot wind creating some challenges after take-off. When not focussing on the rally, the competitors were treated to some of the most beautiful scenery in our country, against a backdrop of the Blyde River Canyon.
First Place Martin den Dunnen with Frank and Wynand
Bruce McDonald and Hoedspruit Flying Club hosted a braai and prize-giving after the competition in Bruce's hangar which is fully equipped for the purpose, with a deck and a view of the mountains.
Second Place Uys van Rensburg with Frank and Wynand
Two of the teams, both from Hoedspruit, scored zero for navigation, which is a superb result. They were Uys van Rensburg, Barry van der Merwe and Don Scott, Joe Meyer.
Third Place Don Scott with Frank and Wynand
Martin den Dunnen won the spot landing competition and a cash sum of R1000 sponsored by Deon Grovť of Flag Steel, Acornhoek.
A prize of 100 litres of Avgas was donated by Wynand Uys to the first-place team, and bottles of wine donated by Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning to second and third-placed teams.
The top 5 results were as follows:
Position Pilot Navigator Aircraft Total Score
1 Martin den Dunnen Jaco Scheepers Cessna 206 152
2 Uys van Rensburg Barry vd Merwe Jabiru 4 234
3 Don Scott Joe Meyer Cessna 172 265
4 Wynand Uys Philip Uys Jabiru 4 344
5 Neil Marx Edrean Ernst Cessna 172 372
We are hoping to make this an annual event - so look out for dates next year and mark it on your calendar so you don't miss it.