Sunday, December 20, 2009


I've taken many photos in the past of fine machinery at JOMAC. None had the elegance of Barry's Motoring Piece.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


My Grandmother used to say, "If it's not red hot or nailed to the ground, someone will steal it". She lived in gentler times.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Another photo from Hermanus -- Chris Adrian's 1/4 scale SG 38.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Anton Benning at Hermanus 2009 with his PSS 1/6 scale Impala.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Here's a clip of musical aerobatics at the World Air Games in Italy this year. I wish I could fly like that.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

No photo today, got trapped on the wrong side of the cycle race. Very annoying.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Stuart's new motor -- 110 cc DLE.


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vintage Aircraft October 2009



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Ken's Aerobatic Fox.


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New roof for the conveniences.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Ken's is bigger than mine. (In fact I think Ken's is bigger than anyone else's at JOMAC)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Windy. Just me and Charlie at the field and he was spraying weed-killer on the runway. Dirty job but someone must do it.
I flew once, mostly with negative ground speed, and then called it a day.

Saturday, October 3, 2009






Denis' Miles Magister, back from Oudtshoorn.


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Here's a clip of the take off.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Ken's Sky on aerotow behind the new tug. Notice the cunning use of the foot on take off.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lawrence's electric ducted fan SU 34 had it's first flight, flew very well.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Spring is here.


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Here's a clip of some of the flying.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


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Here's a clip of Steve's DR 1

Sunday, August 30, 2009



A plague of locus... er, helicopters


Saturday, August 22, 2009


Andy's airborne video system, I'd love to post a clip on the BLOG.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Adrian's new glider tug, simple and robust. Powered by a Saito four stroke.


The replacement wall around the club house area.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Jon Hancock's 1/3 scale DH Tiger Moth.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


The Special General Meeting passed the amendments to the JOMAC Constitution, (on a very cold and windy morning).

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Patrick's twin Mustang. Sounds good and flies very well.


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Here's a (very) short clip of it landing.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A gentle breeze and many thermals, no excuse for glider pilots to land. To quote Wallace and Gromit -- "A Grand Day Out".

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Juan and Grant loading their pattern aircraft into Juan's new trailer.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Ken's Sky and Howard's, well whatever it is.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Building the new wall around the Club House area.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Old Timers and Vintage Aircraft number 223, June 2009

If you look carefully, in the background you can see Charlie wearing Long Trousers. A sure sign that Winter is upon us.

Mike's Powerhouse.

Flemming's Buzzard Bombshell.

Colin with his Super Buccaneer.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A collection of scale aircraft, including...

Ted's Dornier and...


Denis' Zero.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


After a week or so when it was cold and wet, today the weather was perfect. All the usual gliding suspects were there; Howard, Adrian, Francois, Basil and Flemming.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Mark carrying out some maintenance.



The engine went well after a plug change.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Francois' new Verso. Had some good flights from the bungee.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Steve's DR1, a most realistic flyer.


The Transvaal Airforce.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Spot Landing

I was flying a Gentle Lady on Sunday. My daughter built it about twenty years ago. It is a veteran of many encounters with the earth and other objects. Once the bungee line caught on a Skywalker being flown by Andre, (may he rest in peace). The point is, this aircraft knows how to fly. It has forgotten more about the art than I'll ever know.

It was quite windy and as I was circling in some dodgy lift I lost sight of the aircraft. I though I would see it again after it had turned 180 degrees: but no, nothing visible. A few minutes later I heard the dread sound of an aircraft hitting something solid. 

I made a search of the surrounding area. After twenty minutes or so I called it a day and walked back towards the pits. At that point Howard called out asking me if I had lost an aeroplane. I replied yes, to which he suggested that I look on the clubhouse roof. 

I've always found Howard's suggestions useful and this one was no exception. There, on the roof was the Gentle Lady. It had landed, on it's own, perfectly, and without damage.



Sunday, May 10, 2009


Flemming, Howard and Alex, Francois in the background.

Align Center
Basil and Adrian.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jomac Pilots at the Sungazer

A group shot of the good glider turnout, at the annual Sungazer Scale slope event.



26 pilots entered ,to fly their scale ships, which ranged in size from a 1mtr Fox
to the 6mtr Lak with 4-4.5mtr ASW'S 27/28/29 being very popular. The vast majority
being scratch built locally.



Ken's Slingsby Sky being readied for flight.



As usual, Ken seen chilling out, had a good selection of world class scale models.

Saterday being a great day weather wise , sunday was cold and really blew a little strong initially improving later.Monday the wind dropped off and swung to the south slope.


The LAK 19 which had its wings featured recently in the vacumn bagging "how to" was maidened,and proved to be a great flier and structurally sound, so once again proving this is a good way to build composte wings. The aspect ratio is a very high 35.6 to 1 and the flex was a lot less than expected.



Saterday evening we had a big get together around the braai and shared notes on the days flying event. This is not a club event and is great to see pilots from Durban, Gauteng and even Welkom attended.

Monday saw Jomac's Howard and friends arrive to check out the scene and hopefully next year more of these guys will enter this social event.
Cheers
Mike

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Francois with his new Blaster 2 DLG.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Colin's pilot looking shell-shocked after an unfortunate mid-air event