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The 5th Limeacres fly in was held on the weekend of 27th April to 1st May 2017. The event is sponsored by the Petra Diamond mines and Electr-Comp Kimberley. Special thanks goes to GM of Petra Diamond mine, Luctor Roode for making this facility available every year.
The event is organised by Brian Smith from Kimberley Radio Flyers. A total of around 25 pilots attended from around the country with the furthest travelled were Craig Robinson and his two sons all the way from Cape Town. The guys from Cape Town, Gauteng and Upington were the first to arrive on Thursday with the rest only on Friday and Saturday.
It was significantly warmer this year than other years. The wind was pleasant in the morning but started picking up with a slight cross wind in the later part of the afternoon, never the less this did not stop the guys flying and having fun.
A very large range of aircraft were present ranging from gliders, small electrics, large scale to some awesome Turbine jets. A large amount of jets were present and four successful maidens were done on three large jets and one trainer jet. Well done to Alex Kuys, Brian Smith, Jan van Soest and Andre Killian.
Very few casualties were had, the only serious one was when a Drastik wing decided to clap hands in mid air leaving a fuz and stab to travel downwards like an arrow towards the ground. Very little damage to wing other than a broken spar but nothing left of the fuz.
The local town folk were involved with serving lunch and refreshment on two of the days, this was very well appreciated. Saturday evening all pilots, wives and pilots supporters were treated to a dinner in the hotel dining room, the hotel underwent an entire face lift from the bottom upwards, it was a pleasant surprise to all. Ten out of ten to the management they were superb and the supper was of top quality as well. A prize giving was held and every pilot was handed a gift pack put together by the sponsors.
A special mention must go to a pilot who I know has attended many fly ins around the country but very seldom flies more than 3 flights on a foamy. He goes with a car or trailer full of planes and loves to sit and watch others fly and have fun. This was his first time to Limeacres, he brought 3 jets with, assembled one and had it maidened for him and he even got some time to fly it himself. Well done Andre Killian keep it up it will get easier.
Owen Smith who ran the previous events was not there this year as he had an eye operation. Owen you were surely missed, your brother Brian tried to be as witty as you but did not succeed as well, he did a good job nevertheless.
All pilots who attended had a great time and are looking forward to the event next year.
Thank you to all the organisers and friends who attended, see you all next year.