JIM DAVIS SHARES THE DELIGHTS OF THE MAGIC GROB (Text: Jim Davis Images: Guy Leitch) – There was this guy in Uitenhage who did his whole PPL on one drum of fuel. That’s 40 hours on 40 gallons, He was flying a Grob G-109. The Grob 109B is a wonderfulRead More →

This brief reminiscence brings to an end the series of anecdotes from Doc Mark Holliday reflecting on his many outlandings experienced during thirty years of competitive gliding. MY VERY FIRST SA NATIONALS competition was back in the good old days in Vryburg. I had leaking waterbags, so I launched anRead More →

POSITION REPORT (SAFlyer June 2021) – ‘INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED FROM STUPID GOVERNMENT’ THERE IS AN ENDURING PERCEPTION in Africa that general aviation (GA) is the plaything of rich whites. So we continue to lose airports to population pressure and land hunger. This is exacerbated by the location ofRead More →

(Dr Mark Holliday) – One of the wonderful things about gliding is that you learn the names of obscure turn points and can thereafter talk authoritatively about the geography of rural farmlands. Daniel Rodic, the famous Russian fighter pilot, who settled in South Africa and flew gliders claims his Afrikaans wifeRead More →

Mark Holliday The Mafikeng pre-World Cup Competition in 2000 served both as a pre-World Cup dress-rehearsal and the South African National Champs, in order to select the South African team for the 2001 World Champs. I had logged several hundred practise hours over the preceding months and spent a lot of timeRead More →