Makwassie Mid Winter MOJO 2013

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Makwassie Mid Winter MOJO 2013

Unread post by mikev » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:22 pm

Incredible as it sounds, it is time again to start the planning process for this year’s

MAKWASSIE MID WINTER MOJO!!

Let it be known far and wide that EAA CHAPTER 1504, the Klerksdorp Pilot’s Association and the farming community of Makwassie wishes to extend a warm and hearty welcome to all our flying friends.

It is our chapter's annual initiative to support the EAA Young Eagles programme, this year to take place on 15 June. It is a long weekend, with plenty time to recuperate.

We were informed by a learned friend from Norway, Mr Calle Hedberg that we are not allowed to use the name of SWARTPAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for our firebreaks here on the farm. Apparently the primary reason for this is that we lack the lazy turning ceiling fan, a nose picking, garlicky breath, cigar smoking official and the obligatory buzzing fly!

Hence forth this firebreak will be known, only to Calle as: SWARTPAN INTERNATIONAL GRASSPORT! (SIGP for short) Saddest part of this is that Calle will probably be halfway around the world by this time, as he had been prepping for his round the world venture for the best part of six months or more now. Good Luck Calle!

I shall not be telling you any more stories, lies or other exaggerations about his event (we hope), and certainly not about the history thereof, but those so inclined are free to visit these pages:

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The paragraph above is not because I do not wish to bore the quick, bright and inquisitive mind of the reader with old details, it simply proves that I am too lazy to render a précis of it here!!

We shall not be offering the Pewter labelled wine bottles again, unfortunately! Those that got one the previous years, hang on to it, it will have huge collection value in about two thousand years.

Before I forget, of course, a reminder to everyone that every single thing on this weekend is free! Yes, especially the beer and spirits after flying.
PROGRAMME

The basic programme still remains the same as last year with the following notable exceptions:

1. Alex Lombaard is now part of the furniture for this day! He will entertain the children, parents and visitors with the customary introduction to Model and R/C aircraft, WITH A SPECIAL SURPRIZE TO ALL!!

2. Hannes Vorster impressed so many last year with his talk on realizing aviation dreams, we decided he has much more potential and we shall handcuff him to the (NEW!!) Public Address trailer. (Go Build-it, Go!! Thanks Deidre, Hannes and Ben, for the loan of the trailer, not the handcuffs!) Every few minutes we shall stuff his face with coffee, pancakes and other sweet munchies and demand his continuous comment on all the aspects of the day, including aircraft and their crew.

3. We were promised attendance by an ATC from the Eastern Cape. This in my opinion had become crucial now, from lessons learned last year.

4. Early morning from 06:00 the urn will be boiling. Coffee, tea, juice, muffins and other goodies will be ready and waiting for everyone.

5. All visiting aircrew will be served a continental breakfast on arrival, and a range of refreshments will be available for the duration of the day in a specifically dedicated area.

6. At 08:00 the registration and organising of children will commence, in order for Young Eagle flights to start at 09:00 sharp. (More later for pilot info)

7. Incoming flights are urged to arrive sufficiently prior to 08:40 to ensure the commencement of the primary focal part of the day’s programme which is the Young Eagles flights as mentioned.

8. WARNING!!: It had come to our attention that last year many pilots had extreme difficulties in finding the position of SIGP. Apparently Makwassie is so far of the beaten track that even GPS signals arrive a week late.

9. Fortunately we have a remedy in the form of Andrea Antel, from AVIATION DIRECT! She had graciously sponsored each participating YE pilot a year’s subscription for EASYPLAN!!( http://www.easyplan.co.za )

10. Local supporters had all chipped in to cover an amount of fuel for all YE pilots, as much as the budget will allow. It is not possible at this time to confirm the amount we shall have available.

11. As stated the YE flights start at 09:00 sharp, and we are going to attempt to finish at 12:00 or as close as possible to that time.

12. Lunch will be served at conclusion of the YE flights, marking the end of the official part of the day. A rest period of approximately two hours will follow, with club and any other social flights and interactions for the remainder of the day until sunset.

13. We are probably not going to have the Pietenpol ready for this flying day. The entire concept was a bit ambitious for a full scholastic workload and we are in the process of re-evaluating the building of this aircraft at the school.

14. At sunset, the braai fires and heating chimneys will be lit, beers cracked open, mampoer shooters will be dispensed, properly appreciated and sighs of content will prevail.

15. There will be one minor point to note: We are very worried about covering the cost of glasses, therefore all heli- and gyrocopter pilots attending will have their drinks served in old jam tins in order to minimize the loss of glasses dropped due to residual vibration levels and so on...!!

16. Accommodation will be camping on the farm at no cost.

17. Some 30 beds available at a local hotel at R50pppn, no dinner or breakfast. The shuttle will leave at 23:30 for town, and back the next morning at 06:00. Some pilots may share in dormitory type rooms, so first come first served for the honeymoon and presidential suites. All same price, so the fight will be interesting to watch.

18. A short sermon will be held early Sunday morning with entirely voluntary attendance.

19. After the sermon, muffins and coffee will be served before the long flights home.

PILOTS’ INFORMATION
VENUE

Farm LAT/LONG: 27˚21’3” S and 25˚56’18” E

The farm is situated seven (7) Km west of Makwassie town, and is bordered by the R502 to the north, and the Jhb-Cape railway line on the south.

The two (graded and checked for rocks) runways are mown grass, 1,4 (36/18) and 0,8 (27/09) Km in length respectively and 40m wide, crossing at right angles. I have had a King Air and a Ravin 500 in here before with lots to spare.

No hangarage will be available for the day.

The windsock is at the intersection of the runways, but we shall have a ground radio, with possibly an ATC for the day.

Approaching from the south will have you crossing the railway line, but on the correct approach angle for the 1,4Km runway threshold, you should clear the structures by approx 50+ ft.

Prevailing wind is from the NW.We anticipate using the cross runway for parking and admin of the Young Eagles between flights.

Contact numbers:
Mike Visagie 0828599332

Registration: (just to get the numbers right)
joni@ganglere.com 0765277229
Please let know: Pilot Licence, type Aircraft, no of Pax to visit, YE participant or not.
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Re: Makwassie Mid Winter MOJO 2013

Unread post by mmoarm2 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:21 am

We are likely not going to contain the Pietenpol set because of this traveling day time. The complete concept was obviously a bit driven for a full scholastic workload and we are while re-evaluating regarding this particular planes with the institution. :mrgreen:
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Re: Makwassie Mid Winter MOJO 2013

Unread post by mikev » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:34 am

Not sure who mr mmoarm 2 is, but most certainly a spammer. Burn him!!

On with the MOJO!

MAKWASSIE MID-WINTER MOJO UPDATE
Excitement is mounting, preparations are taking more focussed shape and the children are starting to enquire with unconcealed enthusiasm on when (They know exactly when, but hearing it sounds so good!) the next VLIEGDAG is taking place? Will it still be free? Is it really their turn this year? Can their favourite hunting dog come too? And so on....!
Mothers and grandmothers are eagerly sharing the duties of baking koeksisters, beskuit and other good stuff and biltong hunters are eyeing the calendar to make sure we have adequate supplies for the day!
Whilst several members of Chapter 322 had already confirmed attendance and reserved their places in the Grand Peperboom Lodge, they eagerly keep enquiring about several aspects and offered bribes to bump the others out of the only two suites in the hotel but there are still lots of places available for visiting pilots. The cost will be R50/head. Shuttle services will be laid on. The more adventurous pilots will be camping on the airfield in caravans.
The more observant readers of this may notice remarkable similarities between this text and programme and the previous one posted on Avcom some two odd months ago. They will be quite correct, and rude comments are quite expected for a very brief period!
Please note however the change on the layout of the airfield and a newly added taxiway!
The Grader used for the preparation of this added taxiway was a Gallion. A big brute of a machine! It was brand new, with sharp hydraulic responses to input and a pleasure to drive, operate and behold..................in 1970!
Since then it was used, abused, crashed, thrashed and eventually sold at auction to a local farmer whom had graciously lent it to us for this important work. It came filled with diesel and hydraulic oil which promptly boiled out onto the cabin floor, necessitating the wedging of the operators feet against the floor throttle, which did not work and several other bumps and gadgets long since altered and cut away or added, intent or purpose unknown.
What it did not come with, was operating instructions, several warnings and other modern niceties as everyone in a proper modern working environment is so used to.
The grading part went very well, minor issues did not impede too much apart from the half revolution steering lag, front wheel hydraulic leaning seals adjusting themselves continuously into any direction causing the machine to bolt into any direction at no moment’s notice, blade height adjusting itself also in height or angle with me playing the hydraulic equivalent of the 1812 ouverture with the canon shots supplied by various wheelbarrows and or bicycles crushed into oblivion!
Upon getting it started again to my great relief the next morning, I was very surprised to notice all of my workers sparking to some grader resistant form of stout cover and peering nervously at me in the grader cabin. Their discomfort gradually changed as they noticed my departure through the farm gate back to hopefully as far away as possible.
Later I had some minor labour issues as they all demanded to be issued with HSEE-WBP ratings. (Only those whom have shared experience of runaway earthmoving machinery would know the acronym stands for High Speed Escape and Evade Wheel Barrow Pilot!!)
They did mention however that any attempt to use that same grader again will necessitate a written notice one week in advance in order for their own notice of funerals, sick mothers-in-law or similar to be prepared and submitted. The request was duly noted and filed, to every body’s great relief, not least of all my own.

PROGRAMME
The basic programme still remains the same as last year with the following notable exceptions:
1. Alex Lombaard is now part of the furniture for this day! He will entertain the children, parents and visitors with the customary introduction to Model and R/C aircraft, WITH A SPECIAL SURPRIZE TO ALL!! Alex confirmed the availability of a RC Drone with a live onboard camera feed that will be displaying live in the bigger hangar whilst we are doing our talking things!!
2. Hannes Vorster impressed so many last year with his talk on realizing aviation dreams, we decided he has much more potential and we shall handcuff him to the (NEW!!) Public Address trailer. (Go Build-it, Go!! Thanks Deidre, Hannes and Ben, for the loan of the trailer, not the handcuffs!) Every few minutes we shall stuff his face with coffee, pancakes and other sweet munchies and demand his continuous comment on all the aspects of the day, including aircraft and their crew.
3. Early morning from 06:00 the urn will be boiling. Coffee, tea, juice, muffins and other goodies will be ready and waiting for everyone.
4. All visiting aircrew will be served a continental breakfast on arrival, and a range of refreshments will be available for the duration of the day in a specifically dedicated area.
5. At 08:00 the registration and organising of children will commence, in order for Young Eagle flights to start at 09:00 sharp. (More later for pilot info)
6. Incoming flights are urged to arrive sufficiently prior to 08:40 to ensure the commencement of the primary focal part of the day’s programme which is the Young Eagles flights as mentioned.
7. WARNING!!: It had come to our attention that last year many pilots had extreme difficulties in finding the position of SIGP. Apparently Makwassie is so far of the beaten track that even GPS signals arrive a week late.
8. Fortunately we have a remedy in the form of Andrea Antel, from AVIATION DIRECT! She had graciously sponsored each participating YE pilot a year’s subscription for EASYPLAN!!( www.easyplan.co.za )
9. Local supporters had all chipped in to cover an amount of fuel for all YE pilots, as much as the budget will allow. It is not possible at this time to confirm the amount we shall have available.
10. As stated the YE flights start at 09:00 sharp, and we are going to attempt to finish at 12:00 or as close as possible to that time.
11. Lunch will be served at conclusion of the YE flights, marking the end of the official part of the day. A rest period of approximately two hours will follow, with club and any other social flights and interactions for the remainder of the day until sunset.
12. At sunset, the braai fires and heating chimneys will be lit, beers cracked open, mampoer shooters will be dispensed, properly appreciated and sighs of content will prevail.
13. A short sermon will be held early Sunday morning with entirely voluntary attendance.
14. After the sermon, muffins and coffee will be served before the long flights home.

PILOTS’ INFORMATION
VENUE

Farm LAT/LONG: 27˚21’3” S and 25˚56’18” E
The farm is situated seven (7) Km west of Makwassie town, and is bordered by the R502 to the north, and the Jhb-Cape railway line on the south.
The two (graded and checked for rocks) runways are mown grass, 1,4 (36/18) and 0,8 (27/09) Km in length respectively and 40m wide, crossing at right angles. I have had a King Air and a Ravin 500 in here before with lots to spare.
No hangarage will be available for the day.
The windsock is at the intersection of the runways, but we shall have a ground radio, with possibly an ATC for the day.
Approaching from the south will have you crossing the railway line, but on the correct approach angle for the 1,4Km runway threshold, you should clear the structures by approx 50+ ft.
Prevailing wind is from the NW. We anticipate using the cross runway for parking and admin of the Young Eagles between flights.
There is now an added taxi way! It was suggested by the members of Chapter 1504 in order to facilitate a more conducive flow of activities without having to backtrack along the active runway.
The taxiway runs from the western end of the shorter runway (09) southwards along the farm fence line with a gradual turn to the threshold of runway 36.
This taxiway will enable us to board pax en masse into the faster aircraft, get them to taxi off, then board the slower aircraft en masse with their following to the active runway.
It is anticipated that the faster and bigger aircraft will have a slightly longer route to allow us to safely see off the slower ones then allow everyone to land again in take off order for the process to be repeated.
PIETENPOL
The Pietenpol project as planned was not successful, sad, but true!
Fortunately several members of Chapter 322 offered to take on the challenge of finishing the construction of the aircraft as donated by Graham Haird. I believe it may happen in Krugersdorp, with various people involved on various levels clearly offering a much greater chance of completion.
Additionally the initial airframe I had purchased will be donated to Chapter 322 as well, where it will be amalgamated with another hangar queen Pietenpol offering a probable second aircraft to be completed.
Karl Jensen mentioned possible auctioning of these aeries later to generate funds that can be used for further similar projects. That is the way to go, in my opinion!

REGISTERING
Please do start registering attendance as set out below. We do this as a community activity, with no commercial incentive which means we have a very tight budget due to the severe regional drought. We have to keep a very beady eye on the budget this year!
Contact numbers:
Mike Visagie 0828599332
Registration: (just to get the numbers right)
joni@ganglere.com 0765277229Please let know: Pilot Licence, type Aircraft, no of Pax to visit, YE participant or not.
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