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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:58
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RV aircraft from all over South Africa flew in to the Boschkop-based Kitty Hawk Aerodrome on
14 September to celebrate these versatile aircraft.

I wonder if Richard Van Grunsven ever envisaged what life had in store for him when he modified his Stitts Playboy to create the Van’s RV1 in 1965.


A mass formation of RV aircraft, totalling 15 aircraft in three waves of five

I also wonder if he knew what an incredible following his designs would have and could imagine the sheer volume of Van’s aircraft that would economically and rather rapidly dash across the skies of the globe. What an incredible story!


Ryan Beeton from the Raptors formation aerobatic team celebrated his birthday

When I arrived at Kitty Hawk, I met with Nigel Musgrave, who acted as safety officer on the day, and airport manager, Dawie Pretorius, who was also in close attendance. I could see that the airfield had been carefully prepared with whitewash laid down to demarcate the designated parking areas.


Frank van Heerden took some time out to inspire a future aviator

Arriving between 7 am and 8 am, there were quite a few aircraft on the ground already. When I spoke with André Burger from Wonderboom, he indicated to me that he and his family had already visited the Vereeniging and Vaal that morning with his RV10. They decided to make a beeline for Kitty Hawk to enjoy the scrumptious breakfast that was on offer.


The club house at the fly-in day
Photos: Jaco Pitout

At this time the arrivals were coming in thick and fast with Ricardo Afonso and his team from ATNS providing assistance with a temporary flight information service at the airfield.

I took up position towards the end of runway 19 and captured some of the arrivals. Not only RV aircraft took to the skies to enjoy the day.


The Raptors aerobatic team broke off and demonstrated how they would practice for air shows

The highlight of the day was a mass formation of RV aircraft, totalling 15 aircraft in three waves of five aircraft. After the mass formation fly-past, the Raptors aerobatic team broke off and demonstrated how they would practice for air shows in the Kitty Hawk aerobatic box.


Puma Energy’s Flying Lions Aircraft were flown by Scully Levin and Arnie Meneghelli

One of the official sponsors of the day was Puma Energy. They brought two of the Flying Lions Aircraft for a display, flown by Scully Levin and Arnie Meneghelli.


All too soon it was time for the visiting pilots and aircraft to depart for their various airfields

Frank van Heerden and the team at Kitty Hawk certainly did themselves proud with yet another excellent, well organized RV fly-in.


In front of the hangars

Events such as these would not be possible without sponsors. Robin Coss Aviation, Sport Plane Builders, Adventure Air, Shell and Puma Energy made a contribution to the success of this fly-in.

 

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