Gliders thrill at SCARF’s open fly-in day

Aerotow flyer Clint du Toit maidened his majestic 8m Arcus glider at the recent open fly-in day hosted at SCARF.

FLYERS started arriving early and visitors from Howick, Pietermaritzburg and Durban arrived with big trailers at the exciting South Coast Association of Radio Flyers (SCARF) open fly-in day recently.

Unfortunately many of the club’s own members had to work and were unable to attend. Although it was a warm day, the wind came up at times and landing proved challenging.

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The aerotow flyers brought huge gliders, including a majestic 8m Arcus glider, maidened by owner Clint du Toit. The motorised glider takes off by itself, but is difficult to keep level on one wheel while taking off. All eyes were on it and Clint thrilled the crowds by flying it twice.

SCARF member from Durban, Dean Steenmans, maidened Malcolm Carlyle’s 120cc Decathlon, that flew like a dream after a few flies. Malcolm was a very happy chap and flew his plane often for the rest of the weekend.

Dennis and Dean Steenmans admire the impressive Ultimate Bi-plane.

A lot of aerotowing was done by Dean and his stick, who took 6m gliders up until they reached a suitable release height. Even the vultures loved the gliders and at one stage there were quite a few flying amongst them.

Visitors from Kingsburgh Club had a ball and Dean and Dennis Steenmans assisted in getting their models airborne. Johan Kritzinger finally flew his Spitfire after it had been standing for a long time.

Dean Halley from Durban wowed with his glider flying, as well as with a lovely Messerschmitt that drew a lot of attention.

Together with Johan de Lange, the pair entertained with their extremely fast and manoeuverable flying wings.

Clive McInnes delighted spectators with his Sukhoi, young Christian Fourie flew his helicopter and Russel Conradt entertained everyone with his flying and his humour.

Dennis enjoyed his Ultimate Bi-plane, Albert van Eeden had quite a few models in the sky and his flying skills are returning after his eye operation.

Dennis buddy boxed with a few members and assisted John Warren who was at the field for the first time since his operation.

SCARF flyer Christian Fourie from Shelly Beach flew his helicopter at the open fly-in day.

Jamie Stedman flew his new stick successfully and club members were happy to see Walter Kuhn and Wessel and Christian Fourie back. Everyone enjoyed a festive braai and the camaraderie around a roaring fire in the boma, thanks to Dennis. Thanks also go to Kitty Steenmans and Linda Fourie for the delicious salads and dessert.

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