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Krugersdorp Shelia Taylor ANR Nav Rally 08.05.2021

By Russell Dixon-Paver

A cool winter morning dawned fair, with a huge cloud bank, just above the horizon to the South West. Teams and aviation enthusiasts started arriving and coffee and breakfast was soon flowing from the revamped kitchen in the clubhouse. Just before 09:00 the weather closed in with a short downpour, causing spirits to sink somewhat.


Not to be put off by the typical “HMS Krugersdorp four seasons”, Francois Tolmay welcomed everyone on behalf of Krugersdorp Flying Club and Frank Eckard started the team briefing, outlining the really simple rules and stressing safety and having fun – “aviation with a purpose”. He had not been speaking long, when the weather started to clear, so he gave some “clearing time” by giving a brief background and description of the various SAPFA events and how the Air Navigation Rally format fitted in. The point was made that provincial and national colours could be earned by achievements in the ANR discipline.

This gave time for the weather to clear for a delayed start and four teams participated. Due to the small field there were two “runs”, one following features, like roads and landmarks, and one without, to add some extra challenge of skills to plan and fly. Cally distributed the map, photographs of the start and finish points, minute marker and printed team schedule of starting slots, including start point, start gate and end gate, with calculated distances and times, based on the nominated speed of each team. The small field also gave opportunity for Frank and Cally to spend time assisting each team with some coaching in their preparation, if needed.


Frank busy with the briefing.
Teams, Organisers and CAA representatives.

Let the route planning begin!
Graciously sponsored goodie bags and the floating trophies.

Cally making sure everyone has their documentation, while Frank concentrates on downloading tracking data and crunching the numbers.

Cally and Frank in action
The four teams get airborne.

Presentations of certificates, trophies and goodie bags.

Run 1:
Rank Points Pilot Navigator
1 1025 John Shaw Chris Shaw
2 1192 Gert Verbaan Francois Tolmay
3 1229 Johann Nel Susan Nel
4 3675 Leon Meintjies Tobie Weeber

Run 2:
Rank Points Pilot Navigator
1 1532 John Shaw Chris Shaw
2 1821 Leon Meintjies Tobie Weeber
3 2147 Gert Verbaan Francois Tolmay

Rank Points Pilot Navigator
1 2557 John Shaw Chris Shaw
2 3339 Gert Verbaan Francois Tolmay
3 5496 Leon Meintjies Tobie Weeber

Thanks to Krugersdorp Flying Club for hosting the event, Frank and Cally for the event organisation, sponsors and CAA representatives for a safe, fun and well-run event.

The My Aviation Life RAR ANR Rally Wonderboom 7 March 2021

By Willie Bodenstein​

Four weeks ago, a number of young aviators with a vision and a passion had completed and were ready to launch their ‘My Aviation Life’ aviation network when one of them remarked; “Wont it be wonderful if we can have a race that will be live streamed as part of the launch?”

On Saturday 6 March, that dream became a reality when the network was launched at Wonderboom’s Villa San Giovanni’s restaurant.

My Aviation Life’s Percy van Staden, Goitseoane, Moabi Ntlhaile…
…and Lesang Tshoke

They got SAPFA, the South Africa Power Flying section of the Aero Club of SA on board. SAPFA has been organising rallies for years and Frank and Cally Eckhard and Rob Jonkers, Chairman of the Aero Club, assisted with the planning of a short ANR (Air Navigation Race).

The teams and rally planners

Ten teams from various flying schools and some private entries entered. However, on race day only, five arrived, four teams from Grand Central Based Superior Pilots Services and one private team, Andre Burger and Laurie Hillhorst.

The five teams that did not make it were the eventual losers as the event was brilliantly organised, a learning experience and an opportunity to compete in a serious race.

The first team to take of was that of pilot Andre Burger and navigator Laurie Hilhorst, who flew a Vans RV 10.
Next to be away was the Cessna 172P with pilot Jishkaar Singh and navigator Shelby van Popering on board.
Third away was the Cessna F172N piloted by Mathew Paton with Mohammed Vanker navigating.
Following them was the Cessna 172M with Sachin Amarath piloting and Darion Murphy navigating
Last away was the Piper Pa-28R-200 Cherokee flown by Wian Minne with Marno vd Westhuized navigating
The track

The course lay-out was based on an air navigation race track in which teams fly a corridor with turn points. Based on each team’s speed, it was estimated that teams should complete the track in 30 minutes. The race culminated in a spot landing with teams being penalised heavier for landing short rather than landing after the line.

The track
Percy van Staden, Goitse Diale, Lesang Tshoke with Wian Minne and Marno vd Westhuizen who finished first in the landing competition
Goitse Diale, Percy van Staden, Lesang Tshoke with Shelby van Popering and Jishkaar Singh finished second
Goitse Diale, Percy van Staden, Lesang Tshoke with Sachin Amarath and Darion Murphey who finished 3rd
Percy van Staden, Goitse Diale, Lesang Tshoke with Andre Burger and Laurie Hilhorst who was the oveall winners
Percy van Staden, Goitse Diale, Lesang Tshoke with Shelby van Popering and Jishkaar Singh who was second overall
Percy van Staden, Goitse Diale, Lesang Tshoke with Sachin Amarath and Darion Murphey who finished third overall

Judging by comments from those present there could be no doubt that the event was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We understand that the organisers are planning to hold regular events spread throughout the country and this initiative deserved the support of all with a passion for aviation

SAPFA ANR – Brakpan 15 August 2020

By Rob Jonkers. Photos by Willie Bodenstein

We are in one of the most unusual times in recent history, the year 2020 having such a perfect ring to it, has turned into a nightmare for many, with tragic economic fallout consequences as a result. Since April, the lockdown restrictions curtailed flying operations severely as well and with concerted efforts together with the regulator we were able to re-open to a limited extent flying, first for maintenance, then for proficiency and shortly thereafter the means to hold events.

Participants and officials
This Brakpan ANR was the first aviation sporting event held under Covid conditions, where specific Covid compliances had to be put into place to uphold social distancing and protection.



Some of the participating aircraft

Once the date was decided on and published, the competitor slots were snapped up within a day to make up 20 aircraft which we had decided on as the maximum which would result in 40 competitors and with 10 officials and photographers would make up the 50 as the maximum count.

Nigel Musgrave and Frank Eckard

Nigel Musgrave was our Safety and Compliance officer for the day, and also doubled as the landing marshal together with Derek Hopkins, with Frank & Cally Eckard as the route planners and organisers. As it turned out there were eventually only 16 competitors as four dropped out, some with aircraft troubles, and others finding the forecasted windy conditions a little challenging.



More participating aircraft

And for sure the windy conditions proved challenging for all, with between 15 – 20 kts on the ground and between 20 – 25 kts with a 10 kt gust differential. Briefing was a little later than normal at 9 am, to give everybody an opportunity to arrive given Covid registration protocols having to be carried out, and from there with Frank providing the plan for the day which would consist of two routes to be flown, the first one fairly easy with a 0.5 nm corridor, and the next one hard with more acute turns and a corridor width of 0.3 nm.



Some serious route plotting

Once the briefing was over, everybody got down to plotting and the first aircraft was off at 10.15, that of Jonty & Jonathan Esser in their C150, followed by the rest of the field in 5 minute intervals, all flying at 80 kts. The visibility was for sure not great, lots of haze and windswept dust making the longer view ahead difficult to see, and trying to keep an even speed proved virtually impossible, and as the timing is only measured at the start and finish, flying initially downwind you could allow the timing to drift, just to catch up again one the last two or so legs to be “in-time” over the finish. Headings did not feature much while flying, having to lay off due to the strong wind, it was best just to fly on map features.

In an ANR, the crew in fact both are navigators, the pilot navigating the LH corridor boundary and the navigator navigating the RH corridor boundary, and it being vital that both communicate map features to match what is going on over the ground. The maps were provided at a scale of 1:200 000, and here in SA the feature updates were last done in 2015, making some parts of the route difficult to recognize where urban development has occurred since then, nothing to make it even more challenging.

After the first route was done, and mostly everybody had made a good score, the teams got on with plotting the 2nd route, with the first aircraft off at around 1 PM, with the wind having picked up even more, which made this route particularly tough with the twisty turns, which the scores would reflect.

Derek Hopkins at the spot landings


Participants at the spot landings

After each round, the flight was finished off with a spot landing, in gusty conditions it was tough to achieve good landing scores, but some at least would be able bingo the line. After everyone was back, scoring started, but with some logger and software challenges, it took a bit of time, with prize giving taking place at around 3.30 PM.

The results were separated into two classes, Sportsman class and Unlimited, the Unlimited teams being Proteas.

Overall winners in the Sportsman Class were Apie & Frederik Kotzee in their Robinson R44 ZS-HRS,

 in 2nd place Eugene van Staden & Munaf Mubarak in their Sling ZU-IBH,

 and in 3rd place Hendrik and Jandre Loots in the sling ZU-IHK.

 In the Protea class, in 1st place were Jonty & Jonathan Esser in their C150 ZU-BLL,

in 2nd place Nigel Hopkins and Mary de Klerk in their RV8 ZU-NDH

and in 3rd place Hans Schwebel & Ron Stirk in the C150 ZS-NBT.

For the landings both landings counted towards a score, landing before the line attracting more penalties than after the line. In the Sportsman class in 1st place were Fanie Scholtz & Herman Haasbroek, in 2nd place Andrew lane & Angie Maroun and in 3rd place Apie & Frederik Kotzee. In the Unlimited class in 1st place were Nigel Hopkins and Mary de Klerk, in 2nd place Martin Meyer and Rob Jonkers and in 3rd place Mauritz du Plessis & Sandi Goddard.

Many thanks to the Brakpan club for hosting this event and to Jonty Esser for making all the logistic arrangements, Frank & Cally Eckard for all the route planning and scoring and Nigel Musgrave for carrying out the Compliance and safety duties. As a precursor event for more to come, we should be able to continue along the lines as we learnt for this event. Our planning for the next event will be in Secunda as a Speed Rally, and with Level 2 lockdown restrictions coming into force shortly, we will be engaging with the regulator on the requirements related to level 2.

One of the more perfect tracks of the day on the 2nd route.