Middleburg Air show 2016

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Middleburg Air show 2016

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Middleburg Air show

On Saturday 23rd July the Middleburg Aeroclub hosted an air show co sponsored with Capricorn Engineering and organised by Richard Lovit.

Phillip Lewis chairman of LOMAC in Nelspruit has a good relationship with Aeroclub in Nelspruit. During their last two air shows, one earlier this year and one last year, they were given a slot during the show to fly some models. They also made use of the venue to display models and promote their event that usually happens in August. Phillip received an invite from Middleburg Aeroclub to arrange for a jet demo on the day of the show as well as to display some aircrafts. As it would not be of any significant advertising exposure for LOMAC to advertise so far from Nelspruit, the invite was extended to the local model club but they declined to do a display, the invite was then extended to SAMAA.

Bob Skinner, Sanjay Kana and myself left JHB around 5 in the morning and were met on the highway by Stan Fincham on the way to Middleburg. Arriving at around 7am at the airfield there was a hive of activity and people flocking to the air show. We were joined by Phillip and Kevin from Nelspruit as well as Corrie Coetzee from Cors-air. We were allocated a spot next to the control tower and broadcast centre to pack out our display. We parked two trailers side by side with an awning for shade and erected a chain barrier around the outer edge to keep the public at bay. 5 Jet aircraft’s as well as a control line were put out for display.

Throughout the day we had a lot of interesting passers by asking questions. Bob took a lot of old SAMAA newsletters and these were grabbed up by interested parties. All of us were given VIP passes which entitled us access to the VIP area which was in the hangar where food and drinks were served for breakfast and lunch to all helpers, organisers and pilots.

Our slot was just after 10H00 where we were allocated a 8 minute slot time to fly a demo with 2 jets and a 3rd jet on standby. Phillip marshalled his troops onto the edge of the runway accompanied by a marshal with a two way radio who was in contact with ATC and the air show coordinator. As we got the green light we had two jets in the sky and exactly 8 minutes later we touched down. Corrie flew an Aviation design Super Scorpion and I flew a 2.7m Futura kindly lent to me for the demo by Sanjay Kana. Phillip had a Pilot RC Dolphin on standby.

A special thanks to the organisers for this opportunity and their hospitality, as well as to all who helped us erect our display area and for the loaned aircraft for flying and display. A good day was had by all and a lot of new friends were made. Lastly congratulations to the organisers for a well run air show with a very nice line up of display aircraft ranging from parachutes, aerobatic glider display, to a 4 ship jet display.


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