The Gauteng Regional Large-Scale Aerobatics Competition 2019

By Stefan Coetzer

On Sunday the 9th of June, Gauteng had their first LSA competition after the nationals. With the weather turning cold and windy on Sunday it didn't competitors from showing what all their hours of practice were for.


The judges for the day


Some of the planes in the pits

Inspired by full-scale aerobatics, Large Scale Aerobatics South Africa (LSA) strives to fly scale or semi-scale aerobatic model aircraft in a competitive and realistic manner that is challenging for the contestants as well as interesting for spectators.


The first class up for the day was Basic with the only pilot Abram Grobler, who flew an Edge 540 that looked almost scale like precision.


Lionel Whitecross's YAK 55m taking off


Abram landing his Edge

Sportsman had four pilots flying and also featured a few pilots that had entered their first competition and all of the pilots said they are definitely returning for the next competition. In this class, we had three pilots competing with Yak's and one with an Edge 540. Matthys Botha won this class with a score of 78.2%. Second to him was Steven Black with a score of 76.9% and third was awarded to Neil Twoney with a score of 66.2%. Lionel Whitecross with a score of 61.9% secured fourth.


Two yak's in the pits


Matthys and his caller having a post flight chat

The next class up was advance and featured two pilots with Stan Finch and Ian Edward that both flew in the previous LSA competition last year. Both pilots showed off their top skill but at the end of the day Ian Edwards won with a score of 80.3% with Stan Finch second on 67.6%.


Two Yak's and an Extra in the Pits


Justin's plane on the ground after his flight

The next class up was advance and featured two pilots with Stan Finch and Ian Edward that both flew in the previous LSA competition last year. Both pilots showed off their top skill but at the end of the day Ian Edwards won with a score of 80.3% with Stan Finch second on 67.6%.


Ian taking his plane back after his flight


Who is really the pilot of this plane?

The Last class flown for the day was the unlimited class and featured two of the top pilots in south Africa. Jacques Alberts and Josh Twoney kept the competition close and showed us why they are two of the best pilots. Jacques Alberts took the honours this time round with a score 79.7% while Josh posted a 72.4%.


Jacques's extra taking off


Josh's plane under wraps

With new pilots coming in to the LSA scene, I think there are still bigger events coming in the future of the Gauteng region


Pushing instead of taxiing


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