2009 SA National Landing Championships
BRITS – FABS – 3 & 4 JULY 2009
By Mary de Klerk
Jan Hanekom – 3rd PlaceThe South African Landing Championships were held last weekend at Brits Airfield out in the North West Province. This is a very popular venue with local Gautengers for many reasons. It is unmanned, the approach is clean and flat, there is plenty of parking space, fuel is on hand, but most importantly the club house always sports a friendly face with a hearty “bord kos” and hot coffee.
This year saw a record entry of 32 participants. The entries comprised five Microlights, seven Virtual Aviators, nine Sportman’s Class and eleven Open Class pilots.
2008 SA National Landing Championships
20 – 21 June 2008
……and the 2008 South African Landing Champion is…….(drumroll….) WALTER WALLE!!!!
Walter Walle, Jacques Jacobs and Ron StirkSo who is Walter Walle?
This young man hails from Germany. He started his flying career in Bloemfontein by winching gliders and soon progressed to flying gliders. He spent twenty years instructing on Glider Flying, four of which he acted as CFI and seven as Chairman of the Bloemfontein Flying Club.
2007 SA National Landing Championships
Story by Johan Naude
Martin Deysel on his way to Provincial ColoursA cosy fire was crackling in the fireplace, while the organizers of the National Spot Landing Championships discussed the final preparations for the event in the clubhouse of the Bloemfontein Flying Club. The go/no-go depended on two issues. One, will there be enough participants to make it a worthwhile exercise, and two, what will the weather be like.
2006 SA National Landing Championships
The first South African Landing Championships was held at New Tempe Airfield on Saturday, 9th December 2006.
The competition was run along the same lines as the landing section of the World Precision Flying Championships and comprised four different landings viz a normal landing, two glide approaches, one flapless and a normal landing with a two meter barrier 50 meters before the landing box.
A number of potential competitors and organisers could not make it to Tempe as the weather conditions along the coast from George to Durban were terrible, with low cloud and rain. Walter Walle had to give up his place as competitor to assist Hennie Stander and Jacques Jacobs with the organisation and scoring.