Roll out of the 50th JS1 Revelation: 3 August 2013

Jonker Sailplanes celebrated a significant milestone when the 50th JS1-Revelation was rolled out of the Potchefstroom factory on 2 August. At the same time the company’s new manufacturing facilities were officially opened, and the SACAA Type Certificate for the JS1-C 18/21 was formally handed over following approval granted in March this year.

The 50th JS1-Revelation has serial number 1C-050 and belongs to Mr Bill Gawthrop from the US. It is fully equipped with both 18m and 21m span tips as well as an M&D TJ-42 turbine engine.

Jonker Sailplanes co-founder Uys Jonker entertained guests at the event, including clients and suppliers, officials from the Civil Aviation Authority as well as representatives of the Department of Trade and Industry and North-West University as well as the mayor of Tlokwe (Potchefstroom), prof. Annette Combrink, with a presentation on the history of the company and a glimpse of what the future holds. After a tour of the production facilities, S/N 50 was pushed from the final assembly area and a cork was popped in celebration.

 

Minutes later, pilots Laurens Goudriaan and Uys Jonker put the impressive jet power of the JS1 on display with a formation fly-by. The final highlight was when Oscar Goudriaan put his 18m span JS1-C to the test in a magnificent aerobatic display. And while the guests enjoyed a true South African braai, Oscar entertained the onlookers with some breathtaking low level jet-powered passes, including a touch-and go. Thank you, Oscar!

Jonker Sailplanes heartily thanks everyone involved in making this event a success, and especially to Zelldra Lombard and Antoinette Coetzee for the organisation, in-between their normal engineering and HR work. Hats off to everyone!
 

  Mr Brian Wilford of CAA hands over the
Type Certificate for the JS1-C
 
 
 

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