Aviation fans head to Stellenbosch

A vintage Howard touches down.

Dubbed FASHKOSH, a play on Stellenbosch’s official airfield name FASH – and OSHKOSH, the single biggest airshow and gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the world, which takes place annually at Oshkosh in Wisconsin, USA, the 2019 Stellenbosch Airshow takes place on Saturday March 23.

On Friday March 22, there is a practice day for the participating pilots, and the Stellenbosch Flying Club will host a youth development day with around 200 pupils from local schools attending, where they will have the opportunity to gain first hand insights into possible careers in aviation.

They will also be able to get up close to the participating pilots and aircraft, in particular the South African Airforce.

The program for show day provides non-stop Adrenalin and entertainment, with the line-up consisting of the following:

Power paragliders

Large scale model jets

The biggest SA flag skydiver (a first for Stellenbosch)

South African Airforce Silver Falcons L39 fighter jet

Ex SAAF Bosbok

Glider and tug display

Vintage De Haviland Tiger Moth and Chipmunk display

Emergency vehicle cavalcade

Bell 407 helicopter

Vintage Howard display

Vintage Cessna 195 display

Boeing 737 airliner display (First for Stellenbosch)

The HULK Sonerai 2 aerobatic display

Pilatus PC24 Business jet (First for Stellenbosch)

Motor glider display

Raptors formation aerobatics display (First for Stellenbosch)

RV solo aerobatic display

Gyrocopter M16 display

Shock Cub display (First for Stellenbosch)

Team Extreme aerobatic display

Aviat Husky short field performance display (First Stellenbosch female display pilot)

Nashua Extra 300 (First for Stellenbosch)

T6 Harvard display

Vintage Boeing Stearman display

Black Hawk Helicopter display (First for Stellenbosch)

Huey Helicopter display

Piper Malibu display (First for Stellenbosch)

Piper Aerostar display

Airborne armed response and medevac demonstration (First for Stellenbosch)

Working on Fire demonstration.

World-renowned airshow commentator Brian Emmenis and Capital Sounds will bring visitors informative and entertaining commentary, and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

There will be a wide variety of food vendors , and Stellenbrau will be serving their products in the beer tent and a number of wine producers from the area will have their produce available for tasting and sale.

The Stellenbosch Airfield is located at Aerodrome Road, off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

Gates open for spectators at 8am, with visiting aircraft of various descriptions flying in until the emergency cavalcade procession at 10.15am, whereafter the show will be opened by the skydivers.

Tickets are available online at Webticket, at R150 for adults and R100 for children. Children under four enter free. A few tickets will be available at the gate.

Flying-in aviators are welcome to fly in, and are required to register their intention to do so by emailing airshow@stelfly.co.za, or WhatsApp the club GM Anton Theart on 079 873 4567.

For more information, visit www.stelfly.co.za or www.airshowsa.org.za