Saturday morning arrived and it was a great day for flying as a result aviators from all over Gauteng , North West and Limpopo made their way to Rustenburg Flying club for one of their wonderful breakfast Fly-ins.
Rustenburg sports a 1225m tar runway designators 16/34 and ample parking for visiting aircraft. The GPS coordinates are S25°38.94' / E27°16.48' and lies at an elevation of 3700ft.
Brits Airfield as always supported their neighbours very well with many of their members making the flight across the mining area. Roel Jansen lead the charge in his unique BMW powered Trike, Arjan Schaap, Daniel Ralefeta and Simon Thladi made up the glider contingent. Simon aero-towed Daniel from Brits to the Rustenburg area where he released the K-7-Schleicher Glider to land safely.
Arjan Schaap in his Wisper Motor Glider
Daniel Ralefeta and Simon Thladi
The regular fly-in supporters from the EAA chapter 322 also made their way to Rustenburg Airfield, Marie Reddy headed up the female aviators division in her Icarus, Marie flew this little aircraft solo to Mosselbay a few years ago. Veteran pilots and aviation ambassadors Karl Jensen and Jeff Earl kept everyone entertained sharing flying stories at the breakfast table, Karl flies a beautifully maintained Cessna 170 “Pixie Plane” and Jeff arrived in his Super Cub.
A gaggle of Bat Hawks from the nearby Silver Creek Estate was joined by Giles Holland-Ramsay in his Icarus, Giles owns the Mamagale Mountain Lodge which is nestled in the Magaiesberg near the Buffelspoort Dam.
The pilots that travelled the furthest to join the breakfast was Richard Nicholson and his sonRichie, unfortunately they made their way from Nylstroom by car as they had to attend a sports event in Rustenburg.
Throughout the morning Skydive Rustenburg were active taking up load after load of skydivers of all experience levels, Graham Field decided to drop-in with a expert landing on the grass in front of the clubhouse. Graham and his wife Danielle run Skydive Rustenburg and are always available for advice or introductory tandem jump.
Atlas Angel from Skydive Rustenburg
Big thanks must got Koubus and his team for putting together a wonderful meal as always at Rustenburg and to Junita for the photos, Junita is a student pilot at Rustenburg air school and should be going solo very soon.
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