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2012 CIVA Meeting summary
Please read the detailed summary of the 2012 CIVA meeting courtesy of Nick Buckenham and the BAeA;
More CIVA news for their website www.fai.org/aerobatics.
From the pen of Barrie Eeles
View from the cockpit
Hello Everyone, would you believe that 2012 is over, it’s been a very busy year and finding my feet has been interesting to say the least, and thus I have been a bit slow with my news letters.
Well here goes for the final news letter of 2012, may you all have had a Merry Christmas, and that 2013 will be one of our best years in Aerobatics.
First of all a BIG THANK YOU to all our active members for again leading the way in such a safe & good year of Aerobatic Contest, it’s a privilege to lead you all, and share the same airspace. “Go Big - Go Safe - Go Inverted”
At this point, I would like to appeal to all those members that have not flown in a contest for some time or have not competed yet, please make 2013 that year that we get to see you again, our sport has grown somewhat since you were last around, so come on in, the “Air” is warm, Box is cold and everyone is friendly!!. Come on JOIN in the fun!!
Since my last letter we have had three contests, namely WP Regionals, NW Regionals & Ace of the Base, I will elaborate later in the letter. But some big breaking news is for the first time in our Aerobatic history we were able to do the entire scoring process remotely at the Ace of the Base. Welcome to the technological age in Aerobatics!!
We had Natalie sitting in Hong Kong and we sent her the score sheets via wi-fi and she punched the scores in, and everyone got their scores directly to their smart phones. Now being at that contest was awesome, as there was a buzz of anticipation as everyone waited for their scores, it was a bit slow at times, but that can be fixed. All in all we went green, paper – “less” scoring, and it was AWESOME!!
Watch this space for some more exciting news with regard to scoring, we intend bringing I-Pads in for the judges next – Instant scoring!!
What 2013 has in store.
We have a big year ahead, and our calendar (see web site) is Jam packed again, so let’s see you all at every competition.
We will again send a team to WAC to be held in Texas USA, good luck to the Unlimited team. Train hard – Go bigger this time lads!!
Also we have earmarked a number of guys for the 2014 Advanced Team, 2013 nationals will be a tough one, as the first cut to the squad of 12 will be announced based on position. The advanced class has never seen such a big contingent!
The Team for 2014 YakWac will also be considered in 2013, so if you flying a Yak now’s your chance to show what you got !!!
We have some new rules effective 1st of January, please see SAC website - please make yourself aware.
If you did not know by now, I am pleased to announce that we have won our Bid to host the 2014 Yakwac & Intermediate world championships – to be held at Mossel Bay.
A big thanks to John Gailard, Stu Saward, Annie Boon, the Team from Mossel Bay Flying club led by Hans, and the Council of Mossel Bay our main sponsor, for all your efforts in making this possible – good luck to you all as we start the preparation!
(GO BIG - GO SAFE - GO INVERTED!!)!
New Rules for contests - some with immediate effect.
The new 2012 SAC Regulations booklet is available on the Briefing Room page. Please check to see if your Free sequence is legal. Effective from 1 January 2013.
RULE:- Please be aware as of our last committee meeting – the SAC has now arrived in the technological age, all your contest paperwork, including your entry form and payment have to reach the scorer (Natalie) 4 weeks prior to that contest you intend entering (Use Email, I-Phone, I-pad - whatever means!!).
REASON: - It is a tremendous effort to have this all done and ready on the day AND for the “Contest Director” to plan (fuel, accom, judges, food etc) for his /her contest, therefore we are now applying the “International rules”.
PENALTY:- If you choose to submit your paperwork late, each week getting closer to the contest will attract a R100 additional fee per week, if payment is received at the contest it will be double the entry fee. (There are more penalties but don’t go there!!) let’s be NICE!!
REQUEST FROM THE CHAIR: Come on guys lets make it simple to compete – “AFTER ALL WE ARE PILOTS” this should be easy after learning Aerobatics!!
BEWARE: Check out the new Contest Rule!! Don't say you didn't know. Also, a heads up for the new rules to flying general aerobatics, coming shortly.
Ace of Base.
Ace of Base was held on the 8th of December 2012 back at the original home of aerobatics BaraG, unfortunately the 1st of December the weather did not play it’s part and thus caused a postponement.
With this we only had 11 entries, and it also caused other problems such as no scorer, shortage of Judges and no registration person.
Anyway we managed to get things under way, at this point I must say a big thanks to Helm & Trish for coming to judge for us on such short notice, that was really awesome to have them on board again and much appreciated.
Registration went well, as most of this was done the week before by Natalie, Thanks Nat’s.
Flying got under way around 9am, and the box was really well marked so that helped everyone a lot, I decided to take a huge leap of faith and do the scoring remotely with Natalie in Hong Kong, thank goodness that worked well, Big Thanks to Natalie here, but also well done as we managed to get it all done.
Well we saw some good flying, and the scores were flowing, and in no time we were through the first half of the day, we had a quick break for the Judges and then back to it for the Free’s, by 14h00 the competition was complete, and Nigel then did an impromptu display for all in attendance, just in time, as he landed the heavens opened and let us have a proper highveld thunder shower, complete with hail, very scary for the pilots!! Big thanks here to all the guys that got soaked while trying to get planes under cover!!
We all scuttled to the club house for cover and we were served with an awesome spit braai lunch sponsored by the light plane club, big thanks to Noel and all the guys. While we were taking lunch, I sent all the score sheets of to Natalie, and by the time we were done eating, the scores were in.
Just as the rain stopped we started the awards, the winner of Ace of Base Rob Du Plooy Congratulations, also to Pierre Du Plooy & Ben Meyer for Second and third respectively. Also to all the pilots for making a huge effort to get to Bara G. See the Web site for all the results.
At this point I would like to thank all the judges and scribes for assisting on the day, and a big thank you to my Son Tristan who helped with the scoring & registration paperwork with out him I would not have managed, also to everyone from BaraG for being such great hosts, we hope to be back for next year.
Well, with all the days events done, most of the guys made a quick dash for home, to miss the next thunder storm that was in bound.
North West Regionals
The day started off with some low cloud and we all thought we were not going to fly, but thank goodness the cloud started lifting.
With that Cliff started the briefing and thanked everyone for their efforts, he then handled the briefing matters and the flying got under way, we had 16 pilots competing due to the weather.
We had a whole bunch of new judges in the capable hands of chief judge John Gaillard, which was really good to see, and of course we must make mention of Mike, Charlotte & Natalie, for making the trip, a big thanks!.
During the day we had to make a mad dash for cover as a big thunder storm came across, in that time a couple of guys made a mad for home, giving up in case they got closed in. Well it wasn’t long and we pulled the aeries out and flew the last few sequences, which then brought the day to a close.
The results were tallied, and the overall winners declared by Cliff. Well done to Steve Brown on winning the overall spot to become the North West Champ, and to Leigh Le Gonidec on get a well deserved second place, also not to mention our stalwart Bertus Du Preez who came third a mean feat considering he was flying Advanced, well done. See all the results on our website.
In closing a Big thanks to all the pilots, officials, Cliff & Len and his volunteer helpers for again making it another awesome event at the Klerksdorp – North west Regionals.
PetroSA Cape Regionals
The Cape Regional Aerobatic competition was held in Mossel Bay on the 29th September 2012 with 10 competing pilots. Bad weather in true Cape Style was a big worry for many pilots, with most of the guys sneaking in on the Friday and early Saturday morning. Friday night, we were all entertained by the aero club with a fantastic delicious spit braai at the club.
Saturday kicked off with a visit by the Mayor of Mossel Bay and the Cape Minister of Sport and Cultural Affairs. The weather was beautiful, with clear skies… but, winds now started to plague the competition. After waiting for the wind to die down, briefing took place and consensus was reached to go ahead.Dick Henry kicked off the flying, and flew no less than 5 times during the day as we had graduate students to take care of. Thankfully, Uncle Dick managed to get through everything and complete his 3 sequences for Sportsman too without being too tired! Flying continued throughout the day and we eventually finished up around 5:30pm. The day ended with a few flips and a fantastic display by Patrick in his Extra300L and Martin Venn in his RV7.
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