Chapter 1502 - KZN News

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by Gerald Maddams

We were blessed with exquisite flying weather on 12 April, and 35 aeroplanes of all descriptions descended on Steve Bolt's lovely long strip near Winterton for our breakfast fly-away to the nearby Waffle Hut. Good food was had, lots of conversation was entered into, and new and old members got to know each other a little better. 
Chapter 1502 had an enlightening and rewarding afternoon on 25 April when Sakkie de Lange and his colleague, Darryl, from Air Traffic Control at FAPM visited Grass Roots airfield to lead a discussion on improving radio communication whilst flying in the Pietermaritzburg area.

About 45 aviators from the GA community listened to Sakkie present some of the awkward situations that us pilots create for him and other ATC folk countrywide. He tabled some possible solutions and patiently fielded questions and suggestions from the audience. A talk that should have lasted an hour ran on for nearly two, before we forcibly brought it to a close, as Sakkie should have been in Nelspruit and had delayed his departure to spend that valuable time with us. 

A very big ‘thank you’ to ATCs everywhere, and particularly to Sakkie and Darryl for giving up their Saturday afternoon for our edification and delight.