Aviation in Springbok
Please note that this article was written in 2007/2008. Facts therefore cover the early period up to 2007/2008.
Mr Joseph Jowell, who started Jowells Transport, played an important role in the establishment of aviation and the stimulation of an interest in flying in Namaqualand through his use of an aircraft as personal transport and the start up of Namakwaland Lugdiens. The latter played an important role in the development of air transport in the northwestern region of the Cape.
Jowell needed a faster means of transport to fulfil all his commitments and as early as 1946 he bought his first aircraft, a Stinson Voyager 150. When this machine was damaged, it was replaced by another Stinson. Later he bought a Cessna 195 (possibly ZS-BYV, which was written off on 18 August 1956) and in 1956 a Beechcraft Bonanza. He never flew his own aircraft and his personal pilots included Bob Brinton, Clarence (‘Mac’) McCulloch, ‘Spooky’ Seib and his sons Neil and Cecil.
Joe Jowell soon became known as ‘the flying mayor’ (he served as mayor of Springbok several times). An article that appeared in The Cape Argus in 1953 mentioned that he had flown more than 250 000 miles since he had bought his own aircraft. By 1957 he was logging about 60 000 miles a year. Joe loved flying because he could relax completely, there were no interruptions and he could catch up on reading reports and planning further activities. Joe’s aircraft was also used to look after his mineral interests as well as in connection with his road transport business. In the case of the latter it would be used as communication medium between the various terminal points on the transport routes, for frequent business visits to Cape Town and the ferrying of drivers to Port Elizabeth to collect new vehicles.
Namakwaland Lugdiens and National Airlines
Namakwaland Lugdiens (Edms) Bpk [NOTE that this is the equivalent of (Pty) Ltd) and that the English titles were Namaqualand Airservice] was formed in 1961 as a subsidiary company of Jowells Transport to provide a scheduled air service between Springbok and Cape Town and to provide a charter air service with Springbok as base. The purpose of Namakwaland Lugdiens was “to provide a link that would satisfy both the company’s expansion programme and Namaqualand’s developmental priorities”. When services commenced in January 1961 (with twice-weekly flights between Springbok and Cape Town), the fleet consisted of a twin-engine six-seat Piper Aztec as well as a single-engine four-seat Beechcraft Bonanza.
During the first few years Namakwaland Lugdiens ran at a loss. However, a subsequent increase in traffic, which can mainly be attributed to the economic upswing as a result of the exploitation of the diamond exploration concessions, resulted in the airline thinking about expanding its services and replacing its aircraft. By 1966 a scheduled daily service (Mondays to Fridays) was operating between Springbok and Cape Town, on which passengers as well as freight were carried. The increasing volume of passenger traffic and freight carried by Namakwaland Lugdiens resulted in the company having to acquire a larger aircraft. In 1969 a new eight-seat Piper Navajo was bought for R100 000, which brought the total number of aircraft owned by the Jowells at that stage to four.
The addition of the Navajo brought a more comfortable and faster air service as well as an extended flight to Alexander Bay. The scheduled services and the chartered aircraft provided the public in this expanding mining area with much-needed fast transportation. Many airfields in the Northwestern Cape were visited by Jowells aircraft. Geologists and mine managers were finding that it saved time to commute between mines in light aircraft rather than to travel by motor car on the poor roads.
After initially having used Youngsfield as base Namakwaland Lugdiens moved to DF Malan Airport (ICAO code FACT) early in 1969. At FACT the aircraft were accommodated in the Cape Aero Services hangars and flights departed from the main domestic terminal. Some of the aircraft in the fleet were based in Springbok (circa 1974 apparently only ZS-NLA, ZS-NLE and ZS-NLH – as reported in ASA October 1974).
Namakwaland Lugdiens fleet in 1974
ZS-NLA Piper PA-23 Apache 160, construction number 23-1701; 1959 model; ex ZS-CLO; sold, written off in accident in 1978.
ZS-NLB(2) Cessna 310N, construction number 0052; ex ZS-FFG, N4152Q; used for mercy flights and charters; for sale, sold in September 1983; still ZS-registered.
ZS-NLC(2) Piper PA-23 Aztec 250E, construction number 27-4733; 1971 model; ex N14169; for sale, sold.
ZS-NLD Piper PA-31 Navajo, construction number 31-320; 1969 model; ex N9246Y; new scheme; still ZS-registered.
The increasing volume of passenger traffic and freight carried by Namakwaland Lugdiens resulted in an eight-seat Piper Navajo being added to the fleet. The addition of the Navajo brought a more comfortable and faster air service as well as an extended flight to Alexander Bay. The photograph, which was taken at DF Malan Airport (ICAO code FACT) on 19 December 1976, illustrates the aircraft in the white, brown and black colour scheme.
ZS-NLE Piper PA-23 Aztec 250D, construction number 27-4147; 1969 model; ex ZS-FWH, N6809Y; sold in June 1984; subsequent identities: VH-NLE and (possibly) N6809Y.
ZS-NLF Piper PA-39 Twin Comanche C/R, construction number 39-59; 1970 model; ex ZS-MRH(2), ZS-IKG, N8904Y; sold in July 1981; subsequent identities G-BZLW (registered 15 August 2000, deregistered 26 January 2001) and N41FT (certificate issued 26 September 2002).
ZS-NLG Piper PA-31 Navajo, construction number 31-303; 1968 model; ex ZS-FNA, N9235Y; still ZS-registered.
ZS-NLH Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche, construction number 30-736; 1965 mode; ex ZS-FZR, CR-AJR, ZS-EIU, VQ-ZIS, N7658Y; for sale; sold; based in UK as N918Y (certificate issued 18 December 2007).
ZS-NLI Piper PA-31 Navajo, construction number 31-355; 1969 model; ex (ZS-OHL), ZS-CHL(2), ZS-MWM, ZS-FWI, N9270Y; by 22 November 1975 into service.
Namakwaland Lugdiens fleet in 1986
ZS-JIB Piper PA-23 Aztec 250E, construction number 23-7554103; 1975 model; ex N54803; up to 5 March 2004 still on ZS-register.
ZS-KKN Piper PA-31 Chieftain 350, construction number 31-8052113; 1980 model ex N3583X; to 9J-KKN.
ZS-MCL Piper PA-31 Chieftain 350, construction number 31-7405253; 11974 model; ex N54730; still registered.
ZS-NLD See 1974 fleetlist for details.
Over the years Namakwaland Lugdiens aircraft carried various colour schemes. In this view, taken on 14 August 1984 at FACT, Piper PA-31 Navajo ZS-NLD (construction number 31-320) is illustrated in a later colour scheme (note the large logo on the tailfin).
ZS-NLG See 1974 fleetlist for details.
ZS-NLI See 1974 fleetlist for details.
ZS-RAW Piper PA-23 Aztec 250E, construction number 7405269; 1974 model.
Examples of routes operated by Namakwaland Lugdiens
Kleinzee Springbok, Upington, Pofadder, Aggeneys to Kleinzee (stops in between on request) and flights to Alexander Bay
Amalgamation with National Airlines
At the beginning of 1986 National Airlines and Namakwaland Lugdiens joined forces and became known as National Airlines. Routes served by the merged company included the mining areas of the Northwestern Cape. Links were also established between the Cape and the Transvaal (as the area was then known) using Lanseria as home base.
National Airlines fleet in 1986
ZS-KAM Beech C90 King Air, construction number LJ-730; ex 3D-ACO.
ZS-KGW Beech 200 King Air, construction number BB-381; ex N4848M.
THE AVIATION SCENE IN GENERAL
Jowells Transport was in charge of the municipal airfield and performed these services free of charge for the municipality, but did charge nominal landing fees of 5s per landing for the use of the facility.
According to Joe Jowell “the Namaqualanders, resistant to innovations, took a long time to become ‘flying minded’”. By 1965, however, there was evidence of increasing traffic. The main contributory factor to this increase in traffic was the economic upswing as a result of mining exploration. The increased diamond-mining activities brought new business to the local airport.
An article in Die Burger of 22 September 1969 (see Joe Jowell) mentions that there were 11 aircraft in total at Springbok Airfield (four for Jowells and seven others, as the mines had their own aircraft as well).
The flying fraternity was alive and well during the 1970s, when private flying was booming and new airplanes came into the country in large numbers. This was during the time when private aviation was strong in South Africa and the diamond trade was flourishing in Namaqualand. Extravagant houses were built in Springbok and most people involved in the diamond trade learnt to fly and bought aircraft for private and business use. A Cessna Skymaster and quite a few Piper Aztecs, Navajos and Chieftains were regular and permanent sights on the old gravel strip. Namakwaland Lugdiens, owned by the famous Jowell family (well known for road transport and the Trencor Group) operated a daily service between Springbok and Cape Town and Springbok and Upington.
In the late seventies more hangars were built and with the strong rand Springbok saw a new Cessna Cardinal (ZS-JKI), Cessna Centurion (Pressurized) and Cessna 206 (ZS-OCC) also operating from the field. Instruction was given in a Cessna 172 (ZS-JCK) by instructors flying for Namakwaland Lugdiens.
When National Airlines took over the daily schedules from Namakwaland Lugdiens Beechcraft Kingair 200s replaced the ageing Piper aircraft. NAC continued this service until the early 2000s, when rising fuel prices and ticket prices no longer made this a viable option.
The old gravel field was also upgraded and tarred. Avgas and Jet-A1 are now available at the field.
AIRCRAFT BASED OR POSSIBLY BASED AT FASB IN THE PAST
Cessna Skylane ZS-CGN
Another company based in Springbok was Chiebella (Edms) Bpk, in whose name Cessna 182A ZS-CGN (construction number 34611) was registered for a while. The image was scanned from a black-and-white negative that was made on 25 February 1977 at DF Malan Airport.
Turbo Centurion ZS-EJB
In 1965 Cessna announced the first turbocharged single-engine aircraft, namely a Turbo Centurion. Private aircraft that used to be based at Springbok Airfield (ICAO code FASB) included one of these. Cessna T210F ZS-EJB (first registered in December 1965 to DJ Schultz, construction number 0080, ex N6180R) has been in Danny de Wit’s family (for images of Danny and his own aircraft see elsewhere) for many years. (However, according to Danny the aircraft is now based at Stellenbosch.) Here the machine is seen at DF Malan Airport (ICAO code FACT) on 30 March 1974. Note the registration letters above the starboard wing.
Cherokee Arrow ZS-FVB
According to AB 1975 Piper PA-28R Cherokee Arrow 180, construction number 28R-31015, 1968 model, was registered to CSA Diamonds of Springbok. The original photograph was taken at FACT on 9 February 1977 (note the Cape Aero Services hangar in the background).
Cessna 172 ZS-JCK
In the late seventies students of the old Koperberg Flying Club (as the local flying club was then known) received instruction in Cessna 172M ZS-JCK (construction number 63991). The instructors flew for Namakwaland Lugdiens and young pilots included Carel Oberholzer and Elsa Hennig, who were both still at school. Carel is the current chairman of the flying club (for images of his aircraft see elsewhere and of him see later as well as the article about the airshow and fly-in that took place from 19 to 21 October 2007). ZS-JCK is illustrated at FACT on 26 February 1977 (note ZS-CGN in the background).
Cessna Cardinal ZS-JKI
With the strong rand Springbok saw several aircraft operating from the field, including ZS-JKI (a Cessna 177B Cardinal, construction number 177-02323). The aircraft is depicted at DF Malan Airport on 5 February 1977.
Cessna Stationair ZS-OCC
The flying fraternity in Springbok was alive and well during the 1970s because of the booming diamond trade in Namaqualand. Most people involved in the diamond trade learnt to fly and bought aircraft for private and business use. The O’Kiep Copper Company owned Cessna U206F (construction number 01837, ex ZS-IOV, N9637G). The photograph (taken on 21 May 1977 at FACT) depicts the stylised logo (OCC) of that company on the tailfin of the Stationair.
The old Koperberg Flying Club was established in the early sixties. A Piper Cherokee and a Piper Tri-Pacer were operated by the club and a resident flying-instructor ensured that new student pilots received training.
In the late seventies the rand was strong and Springbok saw several new aircraft (see above) also operating from the field. Instruction was given in a Cessna 172 (ZS-JCK) by instructors flying for Namakwaland Lugdiens. Young pilots, still at school (Carel Oberholzer and Elsa Hennig), were trained and about seven student pilots were on the books of the old Koperberg Flying Club during this period.
The weakening of the rand and rising fuel prices caused a slow decline in flying activities and the club membership declined to zero. The club was revived in the late 1980s under a new name, Namaventures. Club activities now included flying, 4x4 excursions, parachuting, offroad racing, mountaineering, hiking and river-rafting. Under new management and with a very active club secretary, Ursula van der Westhuizen, the membership boomed again and many successful excursions followed. These activities continued for quite a few years and a large number of social and outdoor activities kept the members busy and interested in the club. With the departure of Ursula, who kept the members active and informed with a monthly news letter, the club membership once again slowly declined. Only the flying members and those interested in aviation visited the club over this dormant period and it was time for a change.
In 1998 the club was revived once again and the name changed to Namaqualand Aero Sport Association (abbreviated NASA) to accommodate the microlight and radio-controlled enthusiasts as well. NASA is a social club with all the members actively taking part in social and flying activities.
During the week and over weekends you will always find a club member fixing, changing, modifying and/or looking at his/her airplane and/or hangar. The club is well known for its social events at the "Abco" hangar and all visiting pilots are always welcome!
The club’s membership is currently at 40 (as at the time this article was written) and the club boasts a relatively wide selection of aircraft. The club is also proud about the fact that under the leadership of Johan Nortje two Whisper Motorgliders and at least one Bushbaby aircraft were built and completed. Johan Nortje is also a microlight instructor and at least two students are undergoing training at any one time.
Meetings take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the clubhouse. There is always some activity at the airfield on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which includes a cup of coffee and a chat. With the club now boasting a liquor license and improved club facilities it has a strong future: promoting flying in the area and growth in membership.
I personally experienced the friendliness and active side of the club when I was invited to join some of the club members on an early Sunday morning flight. I flew as passenger with Jannie de Kock (ZS-VLR) and Di Ellis (ZS-WPE). Johan Nortje (ZS-WLM) and Tinus van Schalkwyk (ZS-VYT) joined us on the leasurely and relaxing flight. The scenery was breathtaking and it was a tranquil experience. We landed on a road on the farm Silwerfontein and stayed for a short while before resuming the flight and returning to FASB.
Breathtaking scenery and a tranquil experience.
Note the microlight in the top lefthand corner.
Whenever I dealt with one of the officials of the Namaqualand Aero Sport Association I found them very friendly and helpful. Di Ellis (the club secretary) even invited me to fly with her in her Venter Cruiser! I took this image on 27 October 2007 while I was flying as passenger with Jannie de Kock.
Here Johan Nortje is pictured on 27 October 2007 while landing on the farm Silwerfontein. He has this Solo Wings Windlass Trike and Whispers ZU-EID and ZU-JWN.
After landing on the farm Silwerfontein.
Jannie de Kock (left) and Di Ellis (Di is the secretary of the flying club) in an amicable mood on the farm Silwerfontein before resuming the early Sunday morning flight
An interesting fact is that many of the club members have more than one aircraft. Details of the aircraft of the club members can be found in the images as well as the captions.
Carel Oberholzer, the chairman of the Namaqualand Aerosport Association, owns this 1981 Baron 58. The aircraft had previously belonged to an NAC director and had just been refurbished and repainted in a beautiful 2003 paint scheme with a new soft gray leather interior when Carel acquired it (he took delivery early in January 2004). He based the decision to buy the aircraft on a love for flying (especially twins) and the necessity to invest in something that would most probably appreciate in value. Carel owns an engineering firm (ABCO Engineering) in Springbok and has business interests in Namibia. He regularly commutes between Springbok and Cape Town for business and pleasure. The Baron has made business and leisure trips a pleasure.
Like other members of the local flying club, Mossie Mostert owns more than one aircraft. This is a view of his Windlass Trike (ZU-AHD) and Cessna FR172J (ZS-PGM) in his hangar.
When I saw Jannie de Kock (one of the NASA club members) in action on 27 October 2007 it was obvious that he enjoys flying his microlight!
Danny de Wit (on the right of the image) is also a member of the local flying club. The other gentleman in the image is Thomas, one of the colourful local characters. He can tell one many interesting stories about some of the pilots as well as other people of Springbok. Thomas has been working at FASB for a long time and in fact learned his trade from his father (Willem, who did the same job at FASB previously).
This picture illustrates Whisper ZU-EID at FASB returning after a flight on 21 October 2007. According to information found on the Avcom website ZU-EID did her maiden flight on 23 November 2006 and Johan Nortje repainted the aircraft with this design, which incorporates a W (for Whisper).
In this image, made on 21 October 2007 at FASB, Whisper ZU-JWN is shown on the flightline. On the Avcom website it is mentioned that Johan has built two of these aircraft with the help of Jannie de Kock (see ZS-VLR) and that after fitting this Whisper with a Hoffmann featherable prop the maximum speed of the aircraft increased by 50 kilometres an hour. Johan has three aircraft: this one is registered under Johalt Beleggings CC and the other two are registered under his own name. If I recall correctly, Johan mentioned that he is interested in selling one of the Whispers.
NASA hosted its annual fly-in from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October 2007 at FASB. Aircraft arrived on the 19th and 20th and departed on the 20th and 21st. The main participants in the airshow, which took place on the 20th, were the South African Air Force (SAAF) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).
SAAF aircraft included an Oryx of 22 Squadron (bambi-bucket fire demonstration), the Astras of the Silver Falcons, two C-47TPs of 35 Squadron (one was used as support aircraft for the Silver Falcons and took part in the airshow and the other brought the Young Falcons) as well as a Cessna Grand Caravan of 41 Squadron (used as jump ship by the Golden Eagles). SAPS aircraft included a Turbo Porter (short takeoffs and landings) and an Aerospatiale Ecureuil (demonstrated how criminals are dealt with).
Civilian aircraft seen at FASB on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday included single-engine piston types (Cherokee Arrow ZS-FGT, Bonanza ZS-KZA, Decathlon ZS-NDS, Centurion ZS-PFU, Mooney ZS-ZAR, F1 Rocket ZU-DND and Sinus ZU-GJN), twin-engine piston types (Aztec ZS-JXL, P166S ZS-NJS and Twin Comanche ZU-EDW), a turboprop aircraft (the Red Cross PC-12), a single helicopter (Robinson R22 ZS-RCT) and a single jet (L-39 ZU-KIM). Local aircraft seen at the airfield during this period included a Beech Baron, Cessna FR172J, some microlights, a Jabiru and two Whispers. Some of the civilian aircraft gave flypasts on the 20th.
A total of 37 aircraft (including local ones) was seen at FASB from 19 to 21 October 2007.
As far as photography is concerned this is a great venue because one can get close to action and the club officials are friendly towards photographers (provided one stays within the safety limits).
(See the photo article of the fly-in under AIRSHOWS, EXHIBITIONS AND FLY-INS for details about aircraft seen at FASB during the fly-in.)
MOVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS 19 TO 29 OCTOBER 2007
Atlas Astras of the South African Air Force’s Central Flying School at Langebaanweg fly regularly to FASB. On 24 October 2007 I observed some Astras doing circuits and mock approaches at the airfield. I was able to identify one of them (2050), but not the others.
Piaggio P166S Albatross ZS-NJS was observed at FASB on 19 to 22 October 2007 as well as 24 and 27 October 2007 and is owned by Doppies Mostert. The Avdex data base gives the construction number of the machine as 454. This aircraft flew with serial number 892 with 27 Squadron of the SAAF. In Brent 85 it is stated that 892 was delivered on 20 November 1973, sold as ZU-ADD (registered 28 October 1992) and reregistered as ZS-NJS on 1 July 1993. An image in my collection shows the aircraft in a colour scheme of overall white with red and blue trim. ZS-NJS was also seen in the current colour scheme at Stellenbosch Airfield (ICAO code FASH) on 30 August 2005 and at Cape Town International Airport (ICAO code FACT) on 28 and 29 November and 1 December 2005.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of South Africa carries out annual and ad hoc aerodrome inspections (including runway inspections) to ensure that airfields and airports comply with regulations. On 24 October 2007 I saw Cessna 402 Businessliner ZS-NVE (construction number 402C-0033 according to the Avdex database) at FASB. The aircraft was specially chartered by the CAA during this period so that this kind of inspection could be done.
SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service
The Flying Doctor and Health Outreach Service in the Northern Cape was launched in 1996 and the dedicated emergency medical service at Kimberley Airport was launched in 2005. From this base the AMS provides rural health outreach and emergency aero-medical services to outlying communities. The service also plays a vital role by providing emergency rescue and air ambulance services as well as a community outreach programme taking critically needed healthcare to impoverished rural communities. Two Pilatus PC-12s are provided for various medical services, to regularly fly specialists to Calvinia, Springbok, Upington, De Aar, Kuruman and Jan Kempdorp and to render ophthalmology services in Barkly-West, De Aar, Upington, Calvinia, Prieska and Postmasburg.
The AMS can trace its origins to the SA Red Cross Air Ambulance Service that was started in 1966 in the Western Cape. The service also plays a vital role by providing emergency rescue and air ambulance services as well as a community outreach programme taking critically needed healthcare to impoverished rural communities.
Significant historical highlights of the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service
1966 The air ambulance service of the Cape Region of the South African Red Cross Society established.
1967 Cessna 205 replaced with Cessna 206 Super Skywagon.
1971 Piper Aztec Spirit of Rotary I introduced [ZS-RCS(2)].
1982 The twin-engine ten-seat Piper Chieftain, the Spirit of Rotary II takes to the sky (ZS-KTU).
1988 Maiden flight of Cessna Citation, Spirit of the Cape [ZS-RCS(3)].
1995 A second Cessna Citation air ambulance service is based in Johannesburg.
1996 The Flying Doctor and Health Outreach Service launched in the Northern Cape.
Maiden flight of the first Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
2000 A helicopter air ambulance service launched in the Western Cape at Cape Town International [possibly ZS-RCS(4)].
2002 A helicopter rescue service started in the Western Cape at Cape Town International [possibly ZS-RCS(4)].
2004 Mpumalanga helicopter service started in Nelspruit.
2005 Emergency helicopter service established in the Southern Cape.
Dedicated emergency medical service established at Durban International (fixed and rotor wing).
Dedicated emergency medical service launched at Kimberley Airport.
Emergency helicopter service established at Richards Bay Airport.
The AMS has bases in the Western Cape (Cape Town and Oudtshoorn), KwaZulu-Natal (Durban and Richards Bay) and Northern Cape [Kimberley, based at Kimberley Airport (ICAO code FAKM)]. In the Northern Cape, the AMS provides rural health outreach and emergency aero-medical services to outlying communities. Two Pilatus PC-12s are provided for flying-doctor and health outreach services, pre- and inter-hospital transfer of patients and emergency medical services. Paediatricians, physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, surgeons, anaesthetists, oncologists, a maxillofacial surgeon and psychiatrists are also flown regularly to Calvinia, Springbok, Upington, De Aar, Kuruman and Jan Kempdorp. Ophthalmology services are rendered in Barkly West, De Aar, Upington, Calvinia, Prieska and Postmasburg.
DETAILS OF A FEW AIRCRAFT
Robinson R22 ZS-RCT
Although Bell Equipment has its own hangar at FASB, Robinson R22 Beta ZS-RCT is actually based in the vicinity of Springbok. The helicopter flew in and out each day on 19 and 20 October 2007 to attend the fly-in.
Froneman F Brayman Trike ZU-BTY is registered to CA van Niekerk of Springbok.
F1 Rocket ZU-DND
Team Rocket F1 ZU-DND is based at Stellenbosch Airfield (ICAO code FASH) and is used by businessman Danny de Wit to attend to his business in Springbok. Danny is also a member of the local flying club. He and his wife arrived on 19 October 2007 at FASB, returned to Stellenbosch on the 23rd and returned to Springbok the next weekend.
The Rocket’s maiden flight took place on 6 June 2005 and the aircraft was completed by Robin Coss Aviation. Danny told me that he has flown about 150 hours since he got the aircraft, averaging about 80 hours per year. Danny’s average flying time between FASH and FASB is one hour 30 minutes and the aircraft can take about 20 kilograms worth of bagage.
According to the Avdex data base Solo Wings Windlass Aquilla ZU-DNR is registered to CH Basson of Port Elizabeth, but the aircraft has probably been sold to a local as I saw it in one of the FASB hangars from 19 to 21 and on
24 October 2007. Otherwise the aircraft was visiting FASB during this period.
When I talked to the pilot (Wil Janssens) of Lambada ZU-VOS and his passenger (Kathleen Debusschere) I was told that they were on a short tour of South Africa. They had originally departed from Brits in the North West Province, and on 24 October 2007 they had flown the sector Kuruman (FAKU) to Upington (FAUP) to FASB. The couple told me that they had enjoyed their flight down the coast in the vicinity of Springbok tremendously before landing at FASB.
AIRCRAFT SEEN FROM 19 TO 29 OCTOBER 2007 AT FASB
|1238||Atlas Oryx||19, 20||22 Squadron, SAAF; airshow|
|2020||Atlas Astra||19, 20, 21||Silver Falcons, SAAF, Falcon 3, Alex MacPhail; airshow|
|2023||Atlas Astra||19, 20, 21||Silver Falcons, SAAF, Falcon 1, Alex van Oostveen; airshow|
|2024||Atlas Astra||19, 20, 21||Silver Falcons, SAAF, Falcon 2, Guy du Sautoy; airshow|
|2025||Atlas Astra||19, 20, 21||Silver Falcons, SAAF, Falcon 4, Scott Ternent; airshow|
|2027||Atlas Astra||19, 20, 21||Silver Falcons, SAAF, spare aircraft, Alex van Oostveen|
|2050||Atlas Astra||24||Central Flying School, SAAF; unable to identify other Astras|
|3012||Cessna 208B||19, 20||41 Squadron, SAAF; airshow, drop aircraft for Golden Eagles|
|6877||C-47TP||19, 20, 21||35 Squadron, SAAF; support aircraft for Silver Falcons and airshow|
|6887||C-47TP||20||35 Squadron, SAAF; brought Young Falcons|
|ZS-FGT||Cherokee Arrow||19||Stayed for about an hour|
|ZS-JXL||Piper Aztec||20, 21||Arrived on the Saturday|
|ZS-KZA||Beech A36 Bonanza||19, 20, 21||Data plate: manufactured by Beech Aircraft Corporation, construction number E-1834|
|ZS-NDS||Bellanca Decathlon||19, 20||Departed on the Saturday|
|ZS-NFZ||Beech Baron 58||19, 20, 21||Carel Oberholzer of ABCO Engineering in Springbok|
|ZS-NIU||Turbo Porter||19, 20, 21||SAPS; airshow|
|ZS-NJS||P166S Albatross||19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27||Doppies Mostert, ad hoc flypasts on 20th|
|ZS-NVE||Cessna 402 Businessliner||24||charter flight to inspect surface of runway|
|ZS-PFU||Cessna 210||20||Arrived during the morning and departed late afternoon|
|ZS-PGM||Cessna 172||19, 20, 21, 24||Local aircraft (Mossie Mostert)|
|ZS-PRX||Pilatus PC-12||19, 21, 24||SA Red Cross AMS; construction number 634|
|ZS-PTX||Pilatus PC-12||29||SA Red Cross AMS; construction number 695|
|ZS-RCT||Robinson R22 Beta||19, 20||Bell Equipment; construction number 2102|
|ZS-RPK||AS350B3||19, 20||SAPS; airshow; construction number 3456|
|ZS-UHE||Jodel Falconar F-12||19, 20, 21||According to Avdex data base registered to CH van der Merwe of Vredenburg|
|ZS-VLR||Cosmos Trike||21, 27||Local aircraft (Jannie de Kock); in hangar (21); early-morning flight (27)|
|ZS-VYT||Windlass Trike||21, 27||Local aircraft (Tinus van Schalkwyk); in hangar (21); early-morning flight (27)|
|ZS-WLM||Windlass Trike||21, 27||Local aircraft (Johan Nortje); in hangar (21); early-morning flight (27)|
|ZS-WPE||Venter Cruiser||21, 27||Local aircraft (Di Ellis); in hangar (21); early-morning flight (27)|
|ZS-ZAR||Mooney Bravo GX||20||Arrived during the morning and departed in the afternoon; construction number 27-0352|
|ZU-AHG||Windlass Trike||19, 21, 24||Local aircraft (Mossie Mostert)|
|ZU-BTY||Brayman Trike||19, 21||Local aircraft; in hangar and outside|
|ZU-DFS||Jabiru Baby||19, 20, 21, 27||Local aircraft (Di Ellis)|
|ZU-DND||F1 Rocket||19, 20, 21||based at Stellenbosch; owner Danny de Wit|
|ZU-DNR||Windlass Aquilla||19, 20, 21, 24||In hangar|
|ZU-EDW||Piper PA-30||20||Arrived and departed on the Saturday; data plate stamped EXPERIMENTAL; construction number 30-178|
|ZU-EID||Whisper||19, 20, 21||Local aircraft (Johan Nortje); tri-cycle gear|
|ZU-GJN||Pipistrel Sinus UL Motorglider||19, 20||Kobus Nel of Nieuwoudtville|
|ZU-JWN||Whisper||19, 20, 21||Local aircraft (Johan Nortje); tail dragger|
|ZU-KIM||L-39 Albatros||20, 21||Airshow, flypasts; arrived on Saturday|
|ZU-VOS||Lambada||24||Wil Janssens and Kathleen Debusschere; tour of SA|
SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Please note: The sections titled “Joe Jowell” and “Namakwaland Lugdiens and National Airlines” as well as some of the text in “The aviation scene in general” are based on Joe Joewell, while the major portion of “The aviation scene in general” and the whole section about the flying club are based on material supplied by Carel Oberholzer, the NASA chairman. Information about the Namakwaland Lugdiens and National Airlines fleets was gleaned from the following Aviation Society of Africa publications:
ASA Newsletters, May, Aug and Oct 1974; May and Sep 1979; Jan 1980
African Air Review March/April, July/Aug and Sep/Oct 1980; March/April, May/June and Nov-Dec 1981; Jan/Feb and March/April 1982; Dec 82/Jan 83; April-June and Oct-Dec 1983; July-Sep and Oct-dec 1984; Oct-Dec 1985; February 1986
The registration details of Joe Jowell’s Cessna 195 are based on information that appeared in the SA Flyer of February 2008.
The section with the heading “SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service” was compiled from information found on the websites of the South African Red Cross Society and SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service.
Other sources used include the following:
Air-Britain Civil Aircraft Registers of Africa 1975 (abbreviated AB 1975), the Air-Britain Civil Aircraft Registers of Africa 1981 (abbreviated AB 1981) and the Air-Britain Civil Aircraft Registers of Africa 1988
85 years of South African Air Force – 1920 to 2005, compiled by Winston Brent; African Aviation Series No. 13 (abbreviated Brent 85)
Joe Joewell of Namaqualand, “The story of a modern-day pioneer”, Phyllis Jowell, assisted by Adrienne Folb, Fernwood Press, 1994 (abbreviated Joe Joewell)
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