The Peter Hengst Memorial Fun Rally was held at Brits on Saturday 21 November with 7 teams having entered.
The event was split with 3 teams electing to be scored under Fun Rally scoring rules and 4 team being scored under advanced scoring rules.
The challenging route made for some interesting results.
Sean Murphy and Carl were clear winners in the fun class with a score of 560 followed in second place by Andrew and Hugh Lane with a score 1520 and with Nic Christodoulou and Andre Kluyts in third place with a score of 1648.
The competition in the open class was a lot tighter with the first 3 places being separated by only 61 points. Frank and Cally Eckard took first place with 532 points, Hans Schwebel and Ron Stirk in second place with 562 points and Rob Jonker and Martin Meyer in third place with 593 points.
As usual the Brits Flying did not disappoint and provided a fantastic venue with good food and cold drinks.
This year’s EAA Sun & Fun flying event was planned somewhat differently from previous years where precision rallies were held, with a view that for EAA members a more fun flying event was needed to be tried out.
This task was left to Rob Jonkers and Martin Meyer to devise a new kind of rally format, a big risk to take in the realm of the tried and tested rally formats. The prime objective was to make it real fun, with easy to follow routing.
Thus over the last four weeks, a route schedule was hatched with a route proving flight undertaken to check that the route would be do-able and interesting to fly. The outcome was a route through the scenic Magalies valley, north up through the platinum belt, then south-eastwards along the crocodile river into game bush country.
The format was in the form of a pre-defined route map that was available prior to the event starting for everybody to either plan their route with traditional map plotting tools or to program their GPS’s.
Saturday 3rd October on the Highveld dawned with excellent weather prospects, no rain forecasted and no wind, a real perfect day out for flying, especially for rally pilots. Teams started to arrive before 8 am, with the competition directors Rob Jonkers and Martin Meyer setting up the maps and route packs at the Harvard Café function room.