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PILOTS AND PLANES

Prepare to be amazed as we introduce you to the talented pilots and their extraordinary aircraft that will grace the skies at our upcoming airshow. From adrenaline-pumping aerobatics to graceful maneuvers, each pilot brings their unique skills and passion for flight to the forefront of our event.

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Get ready to witness the precision and daring of our aerial performers as they take to the skies in a dazzling display of aviation mastery. Marvel at the sleek lines and powerful engines of our featured aircraft, from vintage classics to cutting-edge modern marvels.

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Brian Emmenis

Meet Brian

The Voice of Aviation Early Beginnings: Brian hails from the vibrant Goldfields of Welkom, Free State, where his passion for performance and aviation began to take flight. Theatrical Roots: After completing his education and military service, Brian found himself immersed in the world of live theatre with PACOFS (Performing Arts Council of the Orange Free State), where he honed his craft for many years. Taking to the Skies: In 1984, Brian's journey in aviation kicked off with his inaugural airshow in Welkom. Since then, he's become a staple in the aviation community, hosting countless airshows and aviation events across South Africa. Global Recognition: Brian's talents have taken him far beyond South African borders. From broadcasting at prestigious events like the Royal International Air Tattoo to collaborating with renowned aerobatic teams like the Red Arrows, his expertise has been sought after worldwide. Awards and Accolades: Over the years, Brian has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Paul Tissandier Diploma from the Federation of Aeronautics in Switzerland and the Order of South African Airforce Association (Bronze). His commitment to aviation and humanitarian causes has earned him recognition from organizations like the Civil Aviation Authority and Rotary International. Continued Commitment: Brian's dedication to aviation extends beyond the airshow circuit. He serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the SAPS Airwing Reserve and actively contributes to organizations like the Civil Aviation Authority and Airshow South Africa. Television Presence: Brian's charismatic presence has graced the screens with aviation-related television programs, including Discovery Wings, further solidifying his status as a respected figure in the industry. Join Brian on His Aviation Journey: Explore the skies with Brian as he continues to inspire and entertain audiences with his passion for aviation. From captivating commentary to unparalleled expertise, Brian is the voice of aviation you don't want to miss. Experience the Thrill: Don't miss out on the excitement! Stay tuned for Brian's latest ventures and catch him in action at upcoming airshows and events across the globe. Follow Brian's Adventures: Connect with Brian on social media and stay updated on his latest endeavors in the world of aviation. LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

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Andrew Blackwood-Murray

Meet Andrew

A soaring testament to passion and precision in the skies. With over 16,000 hours of flight under his belt and a repertoire of 30 aircraft, Andrew's journey began at the tender age of 19, igniting a lifelong love affair with the clouds. By day, Andrew commands as Senior Check Captain at SAA on the Boeing 737 Freighter, but his true essence is found amidst the thrill of aerobatics. Sponsored by NASHUA, he dances through the air in his Extra 300 LP, captivating audiences with high-energy maneuvers in the Advanced Aerobatic Category. Andrew's roots trace back to 7 years of service in the SAAF, where he honed his skills amidst iconic aircraft like the Harvard and Cessna Caravan. Today, alongside his roles with the Flying Lions and the Harvard Club of SA, he continues to push boundaries in both solo performances and formation flying. Beyond the cockpit, Andrew finds solace in pursuits like trail running, golf, and tennis, but his heart truly soars when inverted in the sky. Join us as we witness the skyward symphony of Andrew Blackwood-Murray, known by his call sign "Nashua Extra," as he takes flight in the Polokwane Airshow.

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Menno Parsons

Meet Menno

A visionary of the skies whose journey into aviation has been nothing short of remarkable. Born with a passion for flight that knows no bounds, Menno's story is one of inspiration and dedication. By day, Menno is the mastermind behind Master Power Technologies, but his true calling lies amidst the clouds. With over 1359.5 hours in fixed-wing aircraft and 879.8 hours in helicopters, Menno's expertise spans across 20 different aircraft, a testament to his unwavering commitment to mastering the art of flight. Despite starting his flying career at the age of 33, Menno's ascent in the aviation world has been meteoric. His love for warbirds and helicopters has taken him to new heights, soaring above the clouds in iconic machines like the North American P-51 Mustang and the Bell 407 Helicopter. But for Menno, the true joy of flying lies not just in the cockpit, but in sharing his passion with others. Whether it's thrilling airshow displays or inspiring the next generation of aviators, Menno's enthusiasm knows no bounds. Join us as we witness the skyward symphony of Menno Parsons, known by his call signs "Mustang" or "Ice-Pack," as he takes flight in the Polokwane Airshow, where each display is not just a highlight, but a celebration of his lifelong love affair with aviation.

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Oscar Goudriaan

Meet Oscar

Prepare to be mesmerized by the graceful artistry of Oscar Goudriaan, a titan of the skies whose passion for flight knows no bounds. Born on March 31st, 1966, Oscar's journey into the heavens began at the tender age of 14, marking the inception of a lifelong love affair with aviation. By day, Oscar leads as the Managing Director at Oranje Mynbou en Vervoer, but it's in the vast expanse of the skies where he truly thrives. With an impressive total of 5,000 hours in gliding and 3,500 hours in powered flight, Oscar's mastery extends across a spectrum of aircraft, including single and multi-engine crafts under 5,700 kg. Oscar's illustrious flying career is punctuated by his crowning achievement as the World Gliding Champion in the Open Class of 2001, a testament to his unparalleled skill and dedication to the craft. While his accomplishments are many, Oscar's heart belongs to the ethereal world of gliding. As the embodiment of tranquility and precision, he takes to the skies in his Jonker Sailplanes JS1, showcasing the sublime beauty of glider aerobatics with each graceful maneuver. Join us as we witness the soaring symphony of Oscar Goudriaan, known by his call sign "Glider," as he graces the skies of the Polokwane Airshow, where the silence speaks volumes and the grace of flight knows no bounds.

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