A large audience enjoys EAA Chapter 322’s February meeting

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On Wednesday 03 February, some 130 members and friends came together at the Dickie Fritz MOTH Hall in Dowerglen for the February meeting of EAA Chapter 322. Chairman Mike Brown continued from where he had left off after the January meeting, in his usual smooth, relaxed bedside manner.

Mike is a full-time Doctor with Hospice so I do not know from where he finds the time to prepare so meticulously for the meetings and apart from the usual formalities Mike has slipped in a new topic called: ‘What did you do last month?’ Aviators are encouraged to send Mike pictures of what they ‘got up to’ in the previous month.
The Chapter’s finances are sound, thanks to the fiscal disciplines introduced by treasurer Mark Clulow. Jeremy Woods, the convenor of the ‘Flying Legends Talk Show’ advised the meeting that the guest on Thursday 11 February is well known aviation personality Charlie Marais. Charlie is a former SAAF pilot and is equally at home flying a fast jet, a Rooivalk helicopter or a light sport aircraft (LSA). Charlie owns a flying school, is a flight instructor and a well known author on all aviation matters. Should be another terrific evening.

The Master of Ceremonies is once again Mike Brown. This man’s talent is boundless. I was ‘fired’ after one attempt at this task late last year after I interviewed flying legend Nigel Hopkins!

The guest speaker at our 322 meeting was Aero Sud Director and aeronautical engineer Rob Jonkers who spoke to the audience about the Siai Marchetti SF260 simulator he has built at his home and then his ride in the real McCoy. Absolutely brilliant. This man’s talent verges on genius. Thank you, Rob, for a fabulous talk. I, and I am sure many others, are in awe of your talent.

So ended another great night, with EAA Chapter 322. Thank you, Mike Brown, for easing into your predecessor’s seat with such ease. Our next meeting will be Wednesday 02 March. Hope to see you there.

Thank you.