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Bona Bona Fly In 2022

Bona Bona Fly In 2022

Bona Bona Lodge Fly-In 2022

Suddenly the sky was filled with Gyrocopters at Bona Bona Lodge.

Gyro owners from as far as Limpopo, Gauteng and Bloemfontein seized the opportunity to be part of the first Fly-Inevent held from 27-29 May at BONA BONA LODGE outside Wolmaransstad in Northwest.

A group of 11 Gyrocopter pilot friends with their spouses took off from Lephalale, Kitty Hawk, Bapsfontein, Tempe, Microland and Zastron to meet for a pit stop at Parys where the girls embraced the cold with a sherry and pilots with a hot coffee while refueling. The flight to Bona Bona was pleasant, spotting some rhino, buffalo and other game species on the way.

What a sight it was to see the infrastructure of Bona Bona Lodge and a 1.2 Km airstrip while circling to prepare for landing. ATC was of the best, and I must mention also very accommodating. The security under which we had to leave our gyros was of the best. As gyro owners, we would like to thank Bona Bona for their generosity for sponsoring a large proportion of the fuel and other promotional gifts.

The presentations made by Garmin and BOSE were informative with the service given to upgrade GPS software. The entertainment, or rather the party of aviators from all types of aircraft then started. Saturday evening Joe Black entertained us. This event was unique as pilots from different aircraft could share and enquire about their toys and abilities. The food and entertainment were first- class. Our accommodation was more than four stars as we all mentioned at breakfast how evident the perfection is in all aspects of the lodge and its services. Thanks to the Ernst Family for their hospitality and generosity. We made so many new friends during this Fly-In and will absolutely recommend this to other aviators for next year.

As a result of the experience and facilities, Bona Bona Lodge offered, SAGPA (South African Gyro Pilot Association) is busy with discussions to host SAGPA Annual Fly-In at Bona Bona

Watch this space asinformation will be shared soon.

Article wrote by Heilet Grobler






Bona Bona Fly In 2022

SAGPA North meet South 2021

Gariep Dam

SAGPA North meet South 2021

Held at the Gariep Dam 29th April 2021 to 2nd May 2021

Just north of the town of Gariep, in the middle of a wide grassy valley, lies one of the best small airfields in the country. Once handling busy traffic during the construction of the dam, Gariep Dam Airfield has two long and wide tarmac runways, taxiways and an apron. With a game reserve on one boundary and the dam only a few kilometres to the east, wild life is plentiful nearby. A high ridge several kilometres away to the north forms a long silhouette and shelter against the northerly winds. To the west, the tree-lined Orange River slowly winds its way and long journey to the Atlantic.

SAGPA North meet South 2021

SAGPA North Meet South 2017

Letsatsi Private Game Lodge - Gariep

Another North meet South where Gyronauts could get together to just have some fun and talk about the remarkable machines we fly!!

The weekend consisted of a detailed program, filed with lots of laughter, teambuilding and flying! 

For Full set of Photo's please visit the SAGPA Facebook Page - 

Article as published in the October 2017 SA Flyer Magazine written by Jean Tresfon

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SAGPA North Meet South 2017

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