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Old Feb 04, 2012, 02:19 PM
Many projects..Little time!
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Nice looking slope Bruce!

It looks perfect for VTPR type flying....

You guys are going to have to show us on Google where your flying sites are!
(So that we can come and visit!)

Is there an old abandoned quarry on the one side of that hill?
Do you approach it past a farm called Welgegund from the Durbanville side?

Great seeing your posts guys!!
It might be the same place.
Very strict access control as all recreational users have been banned from use of this hill but we are in! So we do our best not to pi$$ of the farmer and only use it Sat afternoons or by arrangement.
Give us a shout when you are in town and I'm sure we can make a plan.
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Old Feb 04, 2012, 10:36 PM
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This is exciting to see sloping active in Cape Town. My daughter just got back from there on a missions trip and she took some beautiful photos of their safari at Aquilla Preserve and elsewhere. I immediately noticed there must be some awesome slope sites down there and hope to travel with her next year. We will stay at the Bridges of Hope Acadamy in Franschhoek. Please keep us up to date especially if any VTPR flying. Thanks for posting.

Eric,
Slope VTPR Aerobatics
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 02:25 AM
.....till the wind drops.
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I didn't think it would take you PE okes long to find us..
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Some of us have a slow connection!!
Nice one Bruce!!
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 02:29 AM
I'd rather be out sloping...
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I think some of our members already fly VTPR without knowing it.

This is Martin Venn doing his usual low flying aerobatics at the Hermanus slope, with his giant hawk. Photo: courtesy from Sean Oelofse
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 02:54 AM
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Interesting, does AFC have any relation to the guys who fly thermal style on Rondebosch common? At least that is what they were doing when I was briefly a member circa 1996. I was a young'n then and only recall two names, one John Lightfoot who, I think, worked at Bishops at the time and was well into gliders with his son and another guy who I only know as Mr. Fox who also flew with his son on occassion. Last I heard of these guys was a chance encounter with John Lightfoot when he and his son visited the full size gliding club in Worcester while I was there on a cadet/sponsored youth gliding scheme. I looked them up on the net but their website hasn't been updated in many years.

Sorry to crash your party with my memoirs I just think it's nice to keep in touch. I already asked the PE blokes about Vic Hoxley who took me under his wing when I still lived in PE.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 03:10 AM
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Hermanus January 2012

Anton Benning and myself went through to Hermanus last month to enjoy 2 days of solid flying. We just could not get enough of the AFC sloping event at the end of November '11...we needed some more flying.

Here are some pictures of our recent sloping fix.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 03:43 AM
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Interesting, does AFC have any relation to the guys who fly thermal style on Rondebosch common? At least that is what they were doing when I was briefly a member circa 1996. I was a young'n then and only recall two names, one John Lightfoot who, I think, worked at Bishops at the time and was well into gliders with his son and another guy who I only know as Mr. Fox who also flew with his son on occassion. Last I heard of these guys was a chance encounter with John Lightfoot when he and his son visited the full size gliding club in Worcester while I was there on a cadet/sponsored youth gliding scheme. I looked them up on the net but their website hasn't been updated in many years.

Sorry to crash your party with my memoirs I just think it's nice to keep in touch. I already asked the PE blokes about Vic Hoxley who took me under his wing when I still lived in PE.
http://www.southernsoaringclub.org.za/ were the ones that used to use Rondebosch Common. John Lightfoot and Ed fox (??) are still around but not directly involved with AFC and I'm not sure about Southern Soaring. I think that club has changed quite a bit since the 90s.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Thanks BruceWD,

Those are the guys and yes Ed Fox used to live in the same suburb as me. Last I heard about the Southern Soarers was they started to get more and more people who flew electric compared to those who flew pure sailplanes and a few old hands were getting upset as a result. It sounded like the electrics being flown were electrified versions of IC models rather than any kind of electrified gliders.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 02:18 PM
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The Southern Soarers now operate from Youngsfield, and your summary is about right. I tend to fly my DLG's there when conditions are good.

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Those are the guys and yes Ed Fox used to live in the same suburb as me. Last I heard about the Southern Soarers was they started to get more and more people who flew electric compared to those who flew pure sailplanes and a few old hands were getting upset as a result. It sounded like the electrics being flown were electrified versions of IC models rather than any kind of electrified gliders.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 02:53 PM
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Hey TS
Vic Hoxley is still going strong!
He phoned me this morning to come and join them for some thermal flying out at Cyler Manor....
He still religiously takes the winch out every Sunday.
Not bad for 80 yrs odd
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 12:04 AM
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Anton Benning and myself went through to Hermanus last month to enjoy 2 days of solid flying. We just could not get enough of the AFC sloping event at the end of November '11...we needed some more flying.

Here are some pictures of our recent sloping fix.
Nice shots there Jak!!
That Aermacchi looks sooooo good in the air!!
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 01:34 AM
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Nice shots there Jak!!
That Aermacchi looks sooooo good in the air!!
Thanks! The shot was taken just before the pilots ejected.
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 04:11 AM
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Joined AFC on thursday, and already had an awesome day today on the slope. But I think it might be time to retire the old foamy, but what to get, so many planes so little time -
Welcome on board. How about one of these? One more Mustang to your fleet.

http://www.tuffplanes.com/Products/Mustang48.html
http://www.tuffplanes.com/Products/Mustang60.html
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Welcome on board. How about one of these? One more Mustang to your fleet.

http://www.tuffplanes.com/Products/Mustang48.html
http://www.tuffplanes.com/Products/Mustang60.html
Dude, Tuff Planes closed down ages ago - note that all products are "Not available" http://www.tuffplanes.com/Products.html
Cheers
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 05:42 AM
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Thanks! The shot was taken just before the pilots ejected.
You mean the plane is RIP?
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