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Only a few days to go to our 2019 Annual Convention  due to take place in Vryheid Airfield KZN

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to register. This information helps us to better plan for your attendance. With over 80 aircraft already registered, and a number of people still to register, we are looking forward to a great weekend with fellow Aviators!

With this Flagship event only a week away, the time has come to release the official programme for the weekend and to pass on some important information. It’s not too late to register.

As with last year, our friends at ATNS have provided an AFIS service for the weekend. AFIS will be available from 12h00-17h0 on Thursday and 07h30-17h00 on both Friday and Saturday, on 120.20MHz.  It is requested that you make your initial call at 10nm’s out, with a Subsequent call at 5nm’s. AFIS will provide guidance from this point. Once on the ground, you will be handed over to a ground frequency, 120.9-MHz, where ground marshals will assist with parking instructions.
NOTAM available on the EAA website HERE.

Neil Bowden, an active member of EAA National and Chapter 322 and organiser of the South African Annual Tour to Oshkosh, has kindly offered to oversee registration of Members at the event. Neil’s Gazebo will be centrally located, and all members are kindly requested to register their arrival. Neil will have a full list of registration.
All 322 members that are fully paid up and have registered at the event, will be issued with a limited addition complimentary 322 50th celebration memrobilia cap. This limited addition will only be available to 322 members participating at the event.
Participants may also confirm their dinner attendance at Registration and receive their access and awards dinner wristbands.

AVGAS and MOGAS will be available. Our generous sponsor, Skeerpoort Verspreiders will send AVGAS all the way to Vryheid for us and service aircraft on the airfield,  throughout the weekend. Craig Cox will be assisting with MOGAS throughout the weekend.
We have had to guess at possible consumption, based on the participants that have registered. We would like to have a better idea to ensure that we have sufficient supply and ask that you indicate your estimate of FUEL ESTIMATE PLEASE

A recent addition to messaging service, Whatsapp, has been the ability to share your live location within chats for up to 8 hours. We believe this is an incredibly helpful tool in ensuring all our aviators arrive at their respective destinations safely. We encourage all members and guest to share the live location a friend or family member before take off. This can be done by opening the respective chat, attaching a location and selecting “Share Live Location” and choosing the time period. See further information HERE.

Starting at 18h30 on Friday evening, participants will be treated to  Horace Blok’s riveting account of Pelican 16, the SAAF Museum Shackleton that forced landed in the Sahara Desert. Braai packs will be made available at R120 per pack, payable at the Club on the evening.

Aircraft judging will take place on Saturday from 11h00 and will close at 14h30. All members wishing to have their aircraft judged must pre-register by Thursday, 25 April 2019. All participants must be fully paid up members of EAA National. A “Judge Me” placard will be distributed digitally to all registered participants before the event and will need to be printed and clearly displayed on the aircraft once parked. On arrival at the event, please advise the ground marshals that you are an aircraft to be judged and they will direct you to the demarcated parking. Your time slot for judging will communicated to you in advance.

Fast becoming a tradition at EAA events, a Fun Rally will be held on Saturday morning. Briefing will be held at 08h30, with the first departures expected at 10h00. A nominal fee of R150 per team will apply and be payable on the day. On completion of the route, a spot-landing competition will be held. Pilots interested in competing only in the spot-landing, can liaise with Rob Jonkers after the Rally Briefing.

An important tradition at any EAA Convention is the selection of informative and educational forums held at the event. The first being held on Friday at 16h00 where Sean Cronin will be leading a discussion on recent improvements in engine technology. On Saturday, Fred Bebbington, supported by Santjie White, will provide some insight into aircraft accidents. This will be followed by a regulatory update from Neil de Lange.

16h00 on Saturday will see the holding of the Annual General Meeting of EAA National. All members are requested to attend. Nomination and Proxy documents will be distributed before the event.  All paid up National members may vote at this event.

This year will see a slight break from tradition in that the Awards Dinner has been made slightly less formal and moved to a more smart-casual affair. A spit braai at the event will be provided at R200 per person and pre-payment and pre-registration is preferred.  Please join us in celebrating in the accomplishments of our members.
Payments can be made to our EAA bank account as follows:
Account Name: EAA of SA
Bank Name: ABSA
Account No: 4045879929
Branch: 632005 – Greenstone
Reference: Your Surname-Dinner
Cost: R200.00 per person
Proof of Payment : Please forward to

Friday – 26 April 2019:
·         07h30: AFIS Active – 120.20
·         11h00: Arrivals
·         16h00: FORUM – Sean Cronin on Engines
·         17h30: Braai Packs available at R120 per person
·         17h30 AFIS Closes
·         18h30: Horace Blok’s talk on Pelican 16
Saturday – 27 April 2019
·         07h30: AFIS Open – 120.20
·         07h00: Breakfast available
·         08h30: Fun Rally and Spot-landing Competition Briefing
·         09h00: Ladies Jewellery making workshop (refer Spouses Program)
·         10h00: Fun Rally Departures begin
·         11h00-14h00: Spot Landings
·         09h30- 14h30: Aircraft Judging Competition (Participants will be advised on their slot on 26April)
·         14h00: FORUM – Fred Bebbington and Santjie White on Aircraft Accidents
·         15h00: FORUM – Neil De Lange – Regulatory Update
·         15h45: Klaus Commemoration Flypast
·         16h15: EAA National AGM
·         17h00: AFIS Closes
·         18h30: Awards Dinner – R200p/p
Sunday – 28 April 2019
·         07h00: Breakfast available
·         Note that AFIS will not be active at all on Sunday. Pilots are to operate according to un-manned procedures and use best-practice Airmanship please.

Accommodation can be sought in Vryheid at the many establishment. Some info is available on our website and can be accessed HERE.
You may prefer to camp at the Airfield. This is permitted and you may choose to camp under the wing of your aircraft or in the allocated “campsite”. Remember to let us know if you plan on camping so that we can try and ensure that we have sufficient facilities available for you. we can only provide for what we know will be required.
Neil Bowden will be setting up camp and has sold out on tent rentals for this event. If you have booked with him prior to Sunday 14April2019, this should be recorded.
You may provide your own camping gear and set yourself up under your wing or in the allocated camp site.

A shuttle service has been arrange for those staying in the town. These 2 vehicles will operate between the Airfield and the town only. Liaise with Sean Cronin at the event with reagrds to shuttle service queries.

A huge thanks to our generous sponsors that have confirmed they will join us and / or assist with prizes :
African Pilot – goody bag items and available at the Airfield
Aviation Direct (Easy Plan / Easy Cockpit) – Annual renewals and spot prizes
AviMap – Spot prizes
Comet Aviation Supplies – Suprise Prize’s and a super “stall” set up at the Airfield
DJA – spot prizes and Available at the Airfield
Extreme Productions – AV and Sound equipment for the event
Goodyear Aviation – 2 sets of tyres and spot prizes can be won and they will be availablea t the Airfield
Pilots Post – spot spizes and available at the Airfield
RAASA – thanks for the support of this event
Skeerpoort Verspreider – Fuel Sponsorship and Supply
Wings ‘n Things – Bose A20 Bluetooth headset and goody bag items for contestants as well as great “stall” set up at the Airfield
Sponsors are welcome to join us and we welcome any sponsorship offered. Contact Marie Reddy 0832597691

The ladies have made arrangements to keep themselves “entertained” at the airfield.  If you have registered and indicated that your spouse would like to participate, they will be contacted by Anthea or Rene.
A social area will be set up for the ladies to relax on Saturday from 09h00-16h00. Pleas come along and network with them.

As an option, Vera Jonkers will host a Jewelley Making Class using precious metal clay from 09h00. A cost of R400.00 will be applicable per person for this class, should you wish to participate Please book with Anthea Cronin in advance 0834571443.


In an effort to support Vryheid SPCA, a special request is made to participants to please bring along any dog or cat food or animal blankets. These will be handed over by the ladies to the SPCA, who are a neighbour to the Airfield.

Please ensure that you have pre-registered as we do need to know the approximate numbers to set up a comfy area for you.
Once again it is important that you pre-register online please. This helps us to plan for your participation with as little inconvenience as possible.

We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s event.

Best regards
Paul Lastrucci
EAA of South Africa


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