Chapter 1502

East Coast Chapter, including ;Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and surrounds

President:Gerald Maddams
Vice PresidentRussel Smith
Secretary:Alan Lorimer
Treasurer:Mervyn Roberts
Safety Officer:Chris Hicks
Events Co-ordinatorKevin Cox
Meetings:The 2nd Sunday of each month
Venue:Grass Roots Airfield

Chapter 1502 News

Laid Back


The East London EAA members may be living in a laid-back part of SA, but they certainly are very capable of putting together an enjoyable Convention.
I have attended all of them and this year's one was again well organised with the boys living up to their reputation. Thank you all!
The AGM attendance was excellent and very lively at times. Thanks Paul for all the hard work.
This year, I decided to hang up my boots as aircraft judge after two and a half decades of it. Time for a change...

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Chapter 1502 Mountain Fly-away


by Gerald Maddams - President EAA Chapter 1502 East Coast

EAA Chapter 1502 member Hannes Scharf and a team of helpers and supporters opened up the delightful destination of the El Mirador gliding airstrip to members of EAA 1502, the Pietermaritzburg Aero Club and other interested aviators from all points of the compass.

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ZS-APY 75th Birthday Party


by Chris Hicks Chapter 1502, photos by Steve McCurrach, AirServ

Aeronca Chief ZS-APY 75 years old
(A part of SA’s Aviation Heritage)

The longest registered aircraft in South Africa turned 75 on 16 May, and the occasion was celebrated with 50 guests in attendance at her home airfield, Grassroots at Cato Ridge, ZS-APY is a 1939 Aeronca Chief, two seater, high wing tail-dragger, owned by the Tyre Kickers Syndicate in which Chris Hicks (and his son Nigel) are the last remaining members.

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Safety Officer Workshop Spin-off


by Chris Hicks

It is now 47 years since I was asked to leave the University of Natal and since then studying anything except aviation related subjects has not been a priority. Now I had to attend a Safety Workshop at Rand Airport and was expected to concentrate for two full days, fat chance.

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