EVENTS CALENDAR

Events 2023

March (date tbc) Marksmen Training Camp Venue – tbc
April (date tbc) Marksmen Training Camp Venue – tbc
5-6 May SAAF Museum Annual Airshow Swartkops AFB FASK – South Africa
13 May Lowveld Airshow Nelspruit FANS – South Africa
17 – 20 May SAC National Aerobatic Championship Tempe FATP – South Africa
20 May Tempe Airshow Tempe FATP – South Africa
3 June Parys Airshow Parys FAPY – South Africa
10 June Newcastle Airshow Newcastle FANC – South Africa
16 June Sky Grand Prix South Africa Virginia FAVG – South Africa
17 June Maputo International Airshow Maputo – Mozambique
26 August Bethlehem Airshow Bethlehem – South Africa
1 September Children’s Flight Orient Airfield – South Africa
2-3 September Rand Airshow Rand Airport – South Africa
23 September FASHKOSH Stellenbosch Airshow Stellenbosch – South Africa
End of September Jingmen Airshow Jingmen – China
Early November Nanchang Airshow Nanchang – China
  • Air Shows
  • Aerobatic Competitions
  • Marksmen Training Camps

Johnie Smith was an obvious choice for the Right Wing position. He’s a rock solid character and an exceptionally talented pilot, both attributes being essential qualities for the spot. He’s a highly respected senior member of the Sport Aerobatic Club of South Africa and has represented South Africa many times at World Aerobatic Championships both as pilot and judge. He’s also a hugely experienced agricultural pilot and owns a very successful crop spraying business in the Lowveld.

Johnie did all his formation training with the Marksmen under the guidance of Sammy, Mark and Eugene. Ground school began in February 2022. After 2 days of ground school, 60 briefings, 60 training sorties and 60 debriefs, Johnie received his display authorisation and final assimilation into the team in August of 2022.

Gary Glasson is a pillar of the Sport Aerobatic Club of South Africa. He’s an ex-chairman of the club and notably one of the very few pilots in the world capable of flying a Pitts Special in the Unlimited Class to a very high standard. His skill as a pilot, and the consistent high standard he sets for himself combined his humble good humour made him an obvious choice for the team. We had to drag him kicking and screaming through the initial stages of his formation training as he refused to believe that he possessed the talent for the task. I’m happy to say that once he finally realised that he was totally wrong in this regard, his learning curve became uncommonly steep!

Gary received most of his airborne instruction from his best mate Eugene Du Preez, with Mark flying lead for them. Ground school began in February 2022 and after 2 days of ground school, 60 briefings, 60 training sorties and 60 debriefs, Gary received his display authorisation and his final assimilation into the team in August of 2022.