Posts by Alicea

JS Production interrupted by Covid-19

Production at JS was unfortunately interrupted by the Corona virus. The South African Government has followed world best practises to slow down the spread of the COVID-19/Corona virus.    At this moment there are more than a thousand cases of infection reported in South Africa, including five fatalities.  Eight cases have been reported in the North West province. As a result, the South African Government announced a twenty-one-day lockdown, effective from Thursday 26 March 23:59 PM. ...

MD-TJ 42 Jet Turbine Race

The MD-TJ 42 Jet Turbine creates the most versatile sailplane sustainer system ever made. The installation weighs a mere 17kg and with an additional 17kg of fuel an amazing 150km range is possible, climbing 2m/s at 140km/h. In the unlikely event that you are late with that critical appointment with your dear partner, you may even blast home at 220 km/h, saving the day in heroic fashion. OR, you can (in Red Bull Air Race...

Congratulating the best women glider pilots in the world – 10th Women’s World Gliding Championship

Jonker Sailplanes would like to congratulate the best women glider pilots of the world with their stunning performance Down Under! We particularly would like to congratulate all the winning girls: – Mélanie Gadoulet (France) in 18m class. – Sarah Kelly Arnold (USA) Standard class – Elena Fergnani (Italy) Club class. Team JS is especially proud that the best girls selected JS3s in the 18m Class: Mélanie took the gold medal with team mate Anne just...

Sailplane Grand Prix Series 10 – 2nd Qualifying Round South Africa

The Sailplane Grand Prix Series 10 – 2nd Qualifying round, hosted by Akavlieg Potchefstroom Gliding Club, was held from 3 January 2020 – 11 January 2020. Oscar Goudriaan (SA)  reigned champion followed by Louis Bouderlique (France) and Marcus Nouwens (SA), all flying JS3. Fourteen pilots competed where seven flew JS3s, six JS1s and one a Ventus 2cxM. Regardless of European like weather conditions pilots had great fun! The following video shares more about the event....

100 Maiden Flights – by AP Kotze

I started gliding in 2004 at Potchefstroom gliding club after attending a training day during the final year of High school. Being from a small town, approximately 50 km north of Potchefstroom, and being involved in farming activities during most of my time there my original plan was to become a veterinarian. One flight in a glider however convinced me that I might be better off pursuing a career in engineering. By chance I also...

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