Radio License Renewal.pdf Herewith the documents to complete in order to apply for your new license which expired at the end of March. No longer can you just make payment, you need to apply to keep your license. Once complete, send to firstname.lastname@example.org Added: 2013-04-15 12:19
Santjie Whites Mantra.jpg Written by Don Merrill and says everything that Aeroclub's new safety campaign stands for. Let's all make flying safer by beginning with ourselves. Added: 2012-05-28 09:03
AutoGyro Cavalon is decorated with red dot award.pdf 1) The Cavalon is the first gyro to receive this award. There aren't many aeroplanes that has received this honour.
2) Requested by Rotax, Cavalon is the first gyro flying with the new Rotax 912 IS Fuel Injection engine. Added: 2012-03-16 21:27
ARO approval certificates Neil de Lange.pdf It is my pleasure to report that RAASA has reviewed the Manual of Procedure of the SA Gyroplane Association in accordance with Regulation 149 and the associated CATS, and in line with our MOA.
We have had various meeting with SAGPA, and can confirm that we are now satisfied with the MOP, and kindly recommend the approval of the Association as ARO. Added: 2011-12-13 17:39
Gyro HV Curve.pdf Hi Guys
With the latest spate of behind the power curve accidents I thought that it may be useful to have a look at what Greg Gremminger has to say on the matter. I have a lot of respect for his knowledge of gyros. He is the Magni Agent in The USA and would probably base his numbers on the M16. Although most of the article refers to the dangers of the engine quitting in this zone, right at the end he makes the point that even with a running engine you may lose too much altitude to recover if you get too far behind the power curve in this zone.
Although a gyro cant stall, it can lose a lot of altitude before restoring sufficient rotor speed to prevent an unplanned impact with terra firma. We should be aware that in a fixed wing, when you put the nose down, as you gain airspeed the wing immediately starts producing more lift. In the case of a gyro, you first have to convert the airspeed to rotorspeed and there is a lag. This is more evident if the gyro has particularly heavy rotors, which results in a greater lag than lighter rotors. It seems that hitting the ground whilst desperately trying to recover from a behind the power curve event often results in a fire. This may be because you tend to land arse first with a screaming motor at full turbo with a very hot turbocharger and exhaust pipe right behind the fuel tank. Not pretty.
Jonathan Mylrea ZU-DIO Added: 2011-02-13 17:16
Motion Induced Blindness - Attention all pilots, drivers & riders - 2012-03-27 Motion Induced Blindness
This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you're on a motorcycle or bicycle)---AND NOT SEE YOU. From a former Naval Aviator. This is a great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit ...more
Gyro's do's and don't's - Eric Torr - 2012-03-04 a) Let's start with the emergency situation. Engine goes and you are about a 1000 feet off the ground. Result is that you have about 45 seconds before ground contact. A gyro will typically descend at about 1200 to 1500 ft/min. A smart pilot will fly at an altitude that will allow his safe glide to a landing spot, therefore if over a forest are...more
Aero Club Membership - 2012-02-20 Aero Club membership:
The owner of the aircraft needs to belong to Aero Club and one of the affiliated sections if they use an AP (Approved Person).
If the Aircraft are under a Business the membership can be under one of the Directors or the Pilot.
If they use an AME or AMO Aero Club membership are not required. ...more
SAGPA Committee - 2012-02-02 Chairman Johan Meyer
Secretary Gerrit Roux
Treasurer Juanita Kruger
Technical Weidie Vorster
Training Len Klopper
Safety Officer Jacques Swiegers
Events Gauteng Glen Dean
Events Limpopo Pieter Smith
Events North West Thinus Enslin
North South Event Coordinator Paul Roux
Events KZN - vacant ...more
Aeroclub Meeting 27 January 2012 - 2012-02-02 20120127 Aeroclub Meeting
1. Aeroclub has completed implementation of a new member management system. This membership system should now allow members to renew their membership online. Please refer to the Aeroclub website for details. All members should have received a notifications token. Renewals can still be done at Aeroclub offices as well, b...more
Whale Run - Jean tresfon - 2011-11-11 Last month Jean Tresfon, Len Klopper, Patrick Owen, and Weidie Vorster had an incredible flight along the coast to Hermanus for a bit of whale spotting... follow the link for the photos.
First Gyro Flight in SA - 2011-10-22 The very first gyro flight in South Africa (a Cierva C.19 Autogiro piloted by Roy Tuckett) took place in Durban on the 22nd June 1932.
A very interesting account of the event is to be found on Alan Taylor's website http://www.fad.co.za/Resources/aviation/alan/rotor.htm ...more
1st Aero Club News Letter - 2011-09-08 1st Aero Club News letter.
It was suggested by Athol Franz based on the successof his African Pilot weekly newsletter that Aero Club should embark upon a similar news letter to keep members in the loop on many matters we are workingon and are involved with for recreational aviation.
We look forward to suggestions for a name for the monthly newsle...more
An Aviation Poem - dedicated to the people we can't help but miss every day - 2011-08-22 An aviation poem
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
GIROKOPTER VLIEGDAG BY DIE GARIEPDAM DORP - STORIE DEUR GERRIE VENTER - 2011-07-22 GIROKOPTER VLIEGDAG BY DIE GARIEPDAM DORP.
'n Groot aantal van 73 Girokopter- vlieeniers het op Vrydag, 20 Mei by Gariepdam dorp bymekaar gekom vir 'n groot Girokopter vliegdag en dit was volgens mnr. Gerrit Roux, die onder-voorsitter van die Suid-Afrikaanse Girokopter-vereniging verseker 'n Suid-Afrikaanse rekord vir die aantal vli...more
This is not your father's gyroplane - 2011-02-16 Taken from:
This is Not Your Father's Gyroplane
By Timothy OConnor, CFI
Greg Gremmingers Magni M-16 gyroplane
Rotorcraft were born on January 9, 1923, when Juan de ...more
Garden Route Jolly - Jonathan Owen - 2011-02-14 Go to Gallery to see the pics.
It was two years ago that I made my first ever trip to South Africa and experienced flying in their magnificent late Summer. Standing in a windswept gliding airfield in Sussex, the previous October, waiting for my second training flight of the day, hopefully longer than the 7 minute...more
Basic Information About Balancing Machines - Francois Strydom - 2011-01-23 Basic Information About Balancing Machines -The world of dynamic unbalance is___-Shonan Shimadzu Co_, Ltd....more
Flyer's Prayer - 2011-01-19 Flyer's Prayer
By Patrick J. Phillips
When this life I'm in is done,
And at the gates I stand,
My hope is that I answer all
His questions on command.
I doubt He'll ask me of my fame,
Or all the things I knew,
Instead, He'll ask of rainbows sent
On rainy days I flew.
The hours logged, the status reached,
The ratings ...more
Aviation's best kept secret - 2011-01-19 Gyroplanes, Gyrocopters and Autogyros -
Aviations best kept secret
Do they all mean the same thing?
In general, yes, but there minor technical differences
The term Autogyro is used to describe the first style of gyroplanes.
Gyroplane Accidents 1985 - 2005 - 2011-01-19 Title:
Gyroplane Accidents 1985-2005: Epidemiological Analysis and Pilot Factors in 223 Events
Gyroplanes (autogyros) are regarded as a relatively safe, stable type of general-aviation aircraft. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) categorizes them as sport pilot/...more
History of the Autogyro - Eric Torr - 2011-01-19 History of the Autogyro
Now that it is known how autogyros work, some of their characteristics of flight, and how those characteristics differ from airplanes and helicopters, it would be nice to know how all this developed. The early history of the autogyro is basically a history of one man, don Juan de la Cierva....more
Why would you want to fly a Gyro? (27/12/2010) - 2011-01-19 Why would you want to fly a gyro?
Very few forms of powered flight can give you the unobstructed view that a gyro can. They are fun, exciting, and affordable. If you want to fly safely and inexpensively, gyros could be the aircraft for you. They can be flown low and slow or quick and sharp. They can be flown enclosed or open. And you don't...more
M22 Cyclic Joystick Failure - Len Klopper (17/12/2010) - 2011-01-19 Everytime a student, pupil or pilot arrives with a Magni M22 Voyager I get a little voice in the back of my head that says, who trained this guy, how well does he fly, what if he freezes on the controls, what if his stick comes out? What control do I have as an instructor from the rear with no controls?
North meets South - Francois Strydom (14/12/2010) - 2011-01-19 The recent NORTH MEETS SOUTH set wheels in motion that cannot be stopped. The prime mover of this event, Johan Stemmet, has started a movement that must have surprised even himself. It seems as if the Gyro fraternity has fallen into an apathetic state and needed a push start. What became quite evident after this event was that a breath of fre...more
So true - 2011-01-05 "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."~ Leonard da Vinci
Little Wing Autogyro - 2010-12-31 The Little Wing Autogyro
Will Kriek beat these records?...more
Amelia Earhart and the Autogiro - 2010-12-29 Amelia Earhart
"Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." Amelia Earhart.
Amelia made many demonstrations with autogiros and in September of 1931 while attending an airshow in Detroit, Michigan she crashed her autogiro on landing. Her newly married husband and...more