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Fly Away takes to Free State skies

The 2019 NAC Fly Away takes to Free State skies

This year’s ever-popular NAC Fly Away, held in May, saw 80 aviation enthusiasts descending on the southern Free State for a weekend of fun, fancy flying, and even a little bit of time travel.

The event was held at the Letsatsi Game Lodge, with guests landing at a beautiful 1 400m tar runway on a neighbouring farm, Landfontein. A total of 24 fixed-wing aircraft made the journey, ranging from Vans RVs, Beechcraft Bonanzas & Barons, Piper Cherokees, Cessna 182 & 210s and Cirrus SR22s. Four helicopters rounded out the attendees, including three Bell helicopters and a Eurocopter.

The all-weekend event kicked off with a Friday evening welcoming party, which was held in an outside boma at Letsatsi Game Lodge, where guests were treated to a traditional South African braai. Saturday began in Bethulie with breakfast and a talk by Mr Anthony Hocking, author and owner of the Royal Bethulie Hotel, which is home to around 20 000 books from his 120 000-strong collections.

After dispensing with the intellectual portion of the agenda, it was time to get the adrenaline racing with a Bell 407 aerial display over Letsatsi, expertly-piloted by NAC’s Alister Brown. This was followed by some clay pigeon shooting with the NAC team and a late afternoon fun flying rally around the expanse of the southern Free State.

Guests pulled out all the stops on Saturday evening for the annual NAC Fly Away Formal Dinner, donning spectacular outfits for a Time Traveller-themed ball.

The 2019 NAC Fly Away will go down in the books as a resounding success, made possible by the enthusiasm, passion and involvement of South Africa’s incredible flying community.

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