Eva's Field Fly-away

Gerald Maddams's picture

On 17 January the EAA Chapter 1502 were treated to a marvellous time and a very fine breakfast at Eva's Field, close to Hilton College. Hosted by Cameron MacKenzie at James and Sue Bentley's beautiful hilltop airfield and home, this meeting of aviation enthusiasts was attended by pilots, wives and sweethearts and plenty of children. The next generation of pilots will come from exciting days like this one.

Cameron has acquired a Carbon Cub kit, and it is being fastidiously constructed by Bentley Aviation at Eva's Field. The beautifully manufactured parts are going together with patience and skilled precision. The sculpturally beautiful bare fuselage and wings were complimented by covered tail feathers as James and his team discover the joy of fabric covering.

The weather had forced a postponement from the previous weekend, and unfortunately the wx again conspired against a mass influx of aircraft - promised from as far away as Kokstad and Vryheid. Nonetheless 4 intrepid aviators flew in and added to the atmosphere as their craft landed on the bowling-green-like lawn. A Trike, Helio Courier, Savage Cub S and a Cessna 172 brought more folk in to sample the eggs benedict, sausages, bacon and rolls and muffins. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate were on tap as well. Each visitor went away with a little goody-bag as well.

As full-size aircraft were not going to occupy the airspace, large models took their place, and we were ably entertained by various RC pilots who put their fine models through their paces.

We, of Chapter 1502, thank Cameron for a splendid breakfast, and we thank Sue and James Bentley for opening their home to us.

Carbon Cub fuselage
The machined flap hinge of the Carbon Cub
Carbon Cub wings
James and a friend covering tail feathers
A Zlin Savage Cub lands at Eva’s Field - EAA Chapter 1502 East Coast
Helio HT-295 Super Courier
The Cessna lands with Barry de Groot piloting