Mossel Bay ready to welcome top aerobatic pilots

Published on : Thursday, July 10, 2014

0fe256496d8c5f086b0c7fbacf571783_LMossel Bay is ready to welcome South Africa’s top aerobatic pilots next week when the 2014 National Aerobatic Championships get under way at the Mossel Bay airfield from Thursday, 17 February 2014 to Saturday, 19 February 2014.
The event takes place under the banner of the Sport Aerobatic Club of South Africa and is hosted by the Mossel Bay Aero Club. It is also supported by the Mossel Bay Municipality which will provide emergency services as well as other logistical support. The Executive Mayor of Mossel Bay, Alderlady Marie Ferreira, will open the event officially on 17 February 2014.


The Championships follow the successful Cape Regional championships that were held in Mossel Bay from 31 January 2014 to 1 February 2014 and which culminated in the announcement of the South African Advanced Aerobatic team that will compete in the 11th World Advanced Aerobatic Championships from 7 August 2014 to 16 August 2014 in Slovakia.


The 2013 National Champion, Nigel Hopkins, is expected to defend his title in Mossel Bay and he will face stiff competition from fellow Unlimited Pilots Patrick Davidson, Barrie Eeles (chairman of the Sport Aerobatic Club), Mark Hensman and Bertus Du Preez. It will also be a tough Advanced Contest for the balance of the SA Advanced Team, Johnnie Smith, Mark Sampson, Charles Urban and Elton Bondi as they battle it out for the New  Advanced National Champion.
A total of 30 aircraft are expected to participate in the championships. The Mossel Bay Aero Club plans to make it a festive occasion and entry will be free.


Lloyd Lester will be the contest director while John Gaillard will be the chief Judge at competition.


Mossel Bay will also be the venue for the Intermediate and Yakwac World Championships this year. The provisional dates for this are 26 November 2014 to 6 December 2014.


Source:- Mossel Bay


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