AIRSHOW 2025


MEET SOME OF OUR DAREDEVIL PILOTS
Grant Timms

Grant Timms

L-29 DEFLIN JET – Nicknamed “Maya” 

A Sky-bound Marvel Get ready to be amazed by the incredible aviator, Grant Timms, at the West Coast Air Show on 30 September! Grant will take to the skies with the roaring presence of the astounding L29 from Hangar51. The Aero L-29 Delfín, also known as Dolphin and with the NATO reporting name Maya, stands as an impressive military jet trainer.

 

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Starting to fly at the age of 15 and receiving his PPL at 17, Grant’s passion for aviation runs deep. He’s been part of air shows throughout his life, from running them on the ground to becoming one of the stars in the sky. Grant’s aviation career also includes 14 years with Mango Airlines and five years with Global Aviation, further solidifying his expertise and dedication to the industry.

Currently, he serves as a Ferry And Display Pilot for The Flying Lions Acrobatic Team in a #Harvard, a Display Pilot for the Classic Flying Collection in the #chipmunk and #TigerMoth, and an Aerobatic Display Pilot for Hangar51 in an L29 Delfin Jet.

While Grant has an incredible selection of birds to choose from, his first love remains Classic Warbirds. Don’t miss this thrilling performance by Grant Timms and the L29 at the West Coast Air Show!

Let’s delve into the fascinating world of the L29:

L-29 Delfin ZU-DNX – Nicknamed “Maya” with a NATO Code name, the L-29 emerged victorious from a competitive design evaluation in 1961, aimed at finding a new Warsaw Pact basic/advanced jet trainer to replace existing piston-engine trainers. Competing against the Russian Yakovlev Yak-30 and the Polish TS-11 Iskra, the L-29’s straightforward, rugged design and ease of handling made it the standard trainer in Eastern-bloc countries, except Poland. Serving as both a primary jet trainer and an advanced combat/weapons trainer, the L-29’s versatility and reliability were unparalleled.

Dave Mandel

Dave Mandel

L39-ALBATROS JET 

The Thrill-Seeking Aviator in the Skies! Get ready for an adrenaline-packed spectacle at the next West Coast Airshow on 30 September! Meet businessman and daredevil pilot, Dave Mandel, as he takes to the skies in his former military fighter jet, the L39-Albatros, for an exhilarating aerobatic display! Totally in a league of its own, the Aero L-39 Albatros represents a high-performance jet trainer masterfully designed and produced by Aero Vodochody in Czechoslovakia

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Dave’s performance is nothing short of extraordinary, and his mastery of the skies is truly captivating. Keep your eyes glued to the horizon as he takes to the air in his remarkable aircraft, the L39-Albatros. This former military fighter jet, originally built in Czech Republic, exudes power and elegance in equal measure. One of Dave’s signature moves is his smooth low-level knife-edge passes along the crowd line. Brace yourself for an adrenaline rush as he pushes the boundaries of precision and skill, defying gravity with grace and finesse. The sight of the L39-Albatros tearing through the sky is an experience that will leave you breathless.

As a seasoned pilot, Dave Mandel brings his passion and expertise to every aerial performance. Join us at the West Coast Air Show and be part of the exhilarating atmosphere as Dave Mandel showcases his extraordinary talent. Prepare to be enthralled by his high-energy performance and marvel at the seamless synergy between man and machine. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Andre van Zyl

Andre van Zyl

MAGNI GYRO M16

The top GYROCOPTER Display Pilot in SA! Get ready to be amazed by 65-year-old display pilot Andre van Zyl as he takes to the skies in his remarkable Magni Gyro M16 at the upcoming West Coast Airshow on 30 September. The Magni Gyro M16 is a dual trainer aircraft from Italy, and Andre’s skilful manoeuvres will leave you in awe of this versatile and dynamic flying machine. Don’t miss out on witnessing this thrilling display of aerial artistry!

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More about the Magni Gyro M16

The Magni Gyro M16 is dual trainer aircraft from Italy.

Empty weight: 285 Kg / Maximum takeoff gross weight: 600 Kg / Useful Load: 315 Kg / Maximum speed: 115 mph (100kts) / Cruising speed: 90 mph (78kts) / Absolute ceiling: 13,000 ft (4000 m) / Service ceiling: 11,400 ft (3500 m) / Take-off roll (0 wind): +70 m (230 ft) / Landing roll: from 0 to 30 m (0 to 100 ft) / Rate of climb: 950 ft/min (5 m/s) / Fuel tank capacity: 72 lt / Endurance: 3.0 h (with 1/2 hour reserve) / Range (no reserve): 485km

Juba Joubert

Juba Joubert

ALOUETTE II HELICOPTER 

Get ready to delve into the remarkable journey of aviation with Juba Joubert, a true legend of the skies. With a flying career that spans over 44 years, Juba’s story is one of courage, expertise, and unwavering passion for flight.

Born on June 2nd, 1960, in Nelspruit, South Africa, Juba’s deep connection with the skies was fostered early in life, growing up near the majestic Kruger National Park. His strong bond with wildlife instilled a profound respect for nature and its wonders.

 

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Juba’s aviation voyage commenced in 1978 when he embarked on a path that would lead him to become an integral part of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1979 as a pupil pilot. Through dedication and determination, he achieved the distinction of being the first in his group to qualify as a helicopter pilot after mastering the Harvard phase.

His illustrious career unfolded against the backdrop of historic events, including the Bush War of Angola from 1981 to 1987. Juba’s active involvement in defence and international air force rebuilding made him a true aviation hero. He played a pivotal role as a founder member of the esteemed 31 Squadron, contributing to safeguarding borders and shaping aviation history.

Juba’s unparalleled expertise encompasses a spectrum of aircraft, from helicopters like the Puma and Alouette III to fixed-wing planes, including the PC7. His journey is defined by tenacity and resilience, surviving challenges such as tactical low flying and even overcoming the harrowing experience of being shot down in a Mi17 by a Surface to Air missile.

Beyond his military contributions, Juba’s impact extends to the civilian aviation realm. His extensive flying hours of over 10,600 speak volumes about his dedication and commitment to flight excellence. A qualified instructor, Juba has shared his knowledge and skills with future aviators, leaving an indelible mark on the aviation landscape.

As an integral member of Group73, Juba’s remarkable knowledge continues to shape operational military-style flying events. His guidance and tactical acumen contribute significantly to the success of these endeavours.

Juba’s journey is a testament to the boundless spirit of aviation. His legacy resonates through the skies, inspiring generations of pilots to reach for the stars. Join us in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Juba Joubert, a living embodiment of aviation excellence.

Derek Lord

Derek Lord

BOSBOK 

Please welcome Derek Lord, the pilot behind the Bosbok aircraft. The Bosbok, a former South African Air Force (SAAF) plane, holds a special place in aviation history. Derek Lord will be demonstrating the Bosbok’s capabilities and performing various flight profiles that showcase its original role. Prepare to be amazed as this privately-owned Bosbok re-enacts the techniques that made it famous during the South African military operations in Angola.

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Discover the Legendary Bosbok:

Step into the rich tapestry of aviation history as we unveil the remarkable Aermacchi AM.3C Bosbok, an aircraft that etched its legacy in the annals of South African military operations. With a storied past that echoes through the skies, the Bosbok remains a symbol of courage and ingenuity.

A Battlefield Hero:

The Bosbok emerged as a stalwart companion during the South African military operations in Angola between 1975 and 1989. Clad in its distinctive olive-drab/dark earth camouflage, this aircraft became an indomitable force in the theater of combat. Its adaptability was unrivalled, with four underwing hardpoints serving as versatile platforms for an array of ordnance, including machine gun pods, light bombs, and smoke-rocket pods.

Master of Target-Marking:

In the perilous role of target-marking, the Bosbok showcased unparalleled prowess. Employing innovative techniques, this aircraft transformed the skies into a canvas of precision. The method was both daring and calculated: flying at tree-top height, ascending to around 92 meters (300 feet) nearly over the target, aligning its nose with unwavering focus, and releasing rockets. A swift turn and dive followed, whisking the Bosbok back to tree-top level, deftly evading ground-fire.

Rekindling the Legend:

Now, at our upcoming event, you have the unique opportunity to witness history reborn. An ex-SAAF Bosbok, now under private ownership, takes center stage to re-enact the very technique that earned it acclaim. Marvel at the skill and precision as this venerable aircraft demonstrates its legendary target-marking prowess, a tribute to its enduring legacy.

Join us and be part of the journey as we pay homage to the Bosbok’s remarkable contribution to aviation history.

Nico Le Roux

Nico Le Roux

JONKERS SAILPLANE JS1 REVELATION 

Top Glider in the World – An SA Success Story! Get ready to be inspired by Nico Le Roux, a glider pilot and a proud Capetonian, as he presents the award-winning Jonkers Sailplane JS1 Revelation at the West Coast Air Show. Nico’s gliding journey began in 1992, and since then, he has accumulated an impressive 1,350 gliding hours. He is a member of the South African Gliding Team, which achieved second place in the team category during the 2022 competition in Hungary. Nico is also a member of the Cape Gliding Club, based in Worcester, where he continues to train and fly. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness Nico’s extraordinary skills in the JS1 Revelation, a glider with a wingspan of 18m and a reputation as one of South Africa’s great success stories.

Dr Jurie Steyn

Dr Jurie Steyn

AEROSTAR 600A

South African Intermediate Aerobatic Champion. Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of aerobatics with the extraordinary Dr. Jurie Steyn, a name synonymous with precision flight and aviation excellence. As a seasoned commercial pilot and the reigning South African Intermediate Aerobatic Champion, Jurie (JP) Steyn showcases his awe-inspiring skills with his high-speed AeroStar aircraft.

A trailblazer in the aviation realm, Jurie’s extensive credentials include being a former chief pilot for Red Cross air rankings and a grade 2 instructor with over 6000 flying hours. His aviation journey is woven with a passion for flight that goes beyond mere numbers; it’s a devotion that ignites the skies. Currently soaring for pleasure, Jurie also imparts his wealth of knowledge as a part-time flight instructor at Stellenbosch Flying Club in the Western Cape. His dedication to nurturing future aviators underscores his commitment to the aviation community.

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Dr. Jurie Steyn’s symbiotic partnership with the AeroStar creates a mesmerizing dance in the skies, a testament to human mastery and technological innovation. Together, they paint the heavens with a tapestry of skill, art, and precision.

Witness the extraordinary as Dr. Jurie Steyn and the AeroStar take center stage, defying gravity and pushing boundaries at our upcoming event. Prepare to be enthralled by the fusion of a remarkable pilot and an iconic aircraft, an experience that will leave you in awe.

Introducing the AeroStar 600A:

Central to Jurie’s aerial artistry is the remarkable AeroStar aircraft. A creation steeped in history, the AeroStar family of twin-engine light transport aircraft was developed and produced by Ted Smith in the 1960s through the Ted Smith Aircraft Company. At its core, the AeroStar 600 stands as a testament to innovation and engineering prowess.

Certified in 1968, the AeroStar 600A is a twin-engine piston aircraft equipped with retractable landing gear, a true embodiment of aeronautical sophistication. Its spacious PA-600A cabin accommodates up to 5 passengers alongside the pilot, making it a versatile performer. Notably, many AeroStar 600s have taken on the role of freighters, a testament to their adaptability.

The AeroStar’s remarkable capabilities further elevate its status. With a rapid rate of climb at 1800 fpm and a maximum speed of 226 kts, it seamlessly combines power and finesse. Whether cruising at a normal rate of 200 kts or an economical 193 kts, the AeroStar’s versatility is evident. Its stall speed at 85 mph is a testament to the precision engineering that defines its flight characteristics.

James O'Connell

James O'Connell

BOEING STEARMAN

James O’Connell is a seasoned experimental Test Pilot with an illustrious career spanning both the Rotary and Fixed Wing aviation domains. With over 36 years of flying experience, James brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, boasting an impressive 25-year tenure dedicated to experimental flight testing. His extensive flight log includes more than 4000 hours on Rotary Wing aircraft and 1600 hours on Fixed Wing aircraft.

 

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Notably, James served as the lead Test Pilot for pivotal projects, including the South African Air Force A109 LUH helicopter, where he played a crucial role in the replacement of the esteemed ALO III. Additionally, he spearheaded the testing for the Oryx helicopter mid-life upgrade, overseeing the operational release-to-service for both helicopter types. James holds unique experience in arctic operations, having been an integral part of the test team that secured the release-to-service for Oryx M2 helicopter operations in Antarctica.

James is a distinguished, retired senior officer of the South African Air Force, where he dedicated 29 years of service. His roles encompassed operational helicopter piloting and senior Test Pilot responsibilities, where he provided invaluable guidance to the Chief of the South African Air Force on all matters related to flight testing. His professional affiliations include membership in the South African Test Pilot Association, The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and fellowship in the Aeronautical Society of South Africa. Presently, James serves as the Chief Flight Instructor for the Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA)

Beyond his illustrious aviation career, James is a loving husband to Ansie and a devoted father to three sons. He calls Oudtshoorn his home and is deeply passionate about flight testing and exploring uncharted horizons. While he possesses the skill to pilot a wide array of aircraft, his heart finds true solace in the art of hovering, a testament to his unwavering love for the skies.

Established in 2003, TFASA is dedicated to serving the unique flight test and training requirements of both domestic and international aerospace industries. Their comprehensive range of courses caters to a diverse audience, spanning from Class 1 graduate programs tailored for test pilots and flight test engineers to specialised training programs designed for professionals across various roles.

TFASA’s offerings extend to highly detailed technical courses, including flight test instrumentation design and flight control systems evaluation. They pride themselves on being forward-thinking, constantly at the forefront of innovation and technology-driven solutions.

At TFASA, they foster a dynamic and passionate team that thrives on challenging conventional thinking. Their commitment goes beyond professional development; they make substantial investments in character-building for their staff, ensuring a holistic approach to personal and professional growth.

Andrew Blackwood Murray

Andrew Blackwood Murray

EXTRA300I / NASHUA

Andrew Blackwood-Murray, a seasoned aerobatic pilot at the age of 59, boasts an impressive 16,500 hours of flight experience. His journey in aviation began with a remarkable 7-year tenure in the SA Airforce, where he operated Harvards, Bosbok, and Impala jets. Transitioning into a Commercial Pilot role, he dedicated 25 years of his career to South African Airways.

CREDIT: Nashua Extra below photographed by Justin De Reuck

 

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During his time at SAA, Andrew piloted a diverse range of aircraft, including the Boeing 737 200, 300, and 800 series, the Boeing 747-400 and 767, and the Airbus 340. Presently, he serves as a line training and check Captain at Africa Charter Airline, stationed at the bustling hub of Or Tambo International. In this role, he commands the Boeing 737 300, 400, and 500 series.

Adding to his aviation repertoire, Andrew is the proud owner of the Nashua Extra 300LP, a unique aircraft, the sole of its kind in South Africa. Furthermore, he takes to the skies with the renowned Flying Lions Aerobatic team, where he pilots the North American Harvard.

Andrew’s performance at the West Coast Airshow is nothing short of thrilling. It showcases high-energy aerobatics, featuring an array of maneuvers that subject both positive and negative G forces. The Extra is equipped with a formidable 300hp Lycoming 6-cylinder engine, capable of sustaining up to plus and minus 10G. It boasts an impressive roll rate of 400 degrees per second and can reach a top speed of 400 km/hr.

Today, Andrew’s deepest passion lies in the art of aerobatic flying, a discipline he tirelessly hones to elevate his skills as an aerobatic pilot. His journey in aviation, spanning from a wide-eyed air show spectator to a dedicated military aviator and enthusiastic aerobatic performer, embodies the spirit of flight. With boundless enthusiasm, Andrew Blackwood Murray shares his profound love for aviation, inspiring others to embrace the limitless possibilities the skies offer.

Silver Falcons

Silver Falcons

Get set to be captivated as the sky transforms into a canvas for the dazzling performance of The Silver Falcons, South African Air Force’s renowned aerobatic display team! Based at Air Force Base Langebaanweg near Cape Town, The Silver Falcons will grace West Coast Airshow 2023 with their mesmerising manoeuvres. Their precision, skill, and unwavering commitment are a true testament to aviation excellence. Beyond the skies, The Silver Falcons have a mission to boost the South African Air Force’s image, inspire new recruits, and ignite national pride through their awe-inspiring displays.