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Panorama Airfield
Kromvlei Road, Alberton, 1448
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Monday - Sunday
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+27 (0)83 440 6623
   

“The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.”

 
  Panorama Flight Park was founded in 1980 when two friends Gary Holmes and Bill Anderson who had both trained to fly Trikes at Bapsfontein decided they wanted a field closer to home. Situated just outside Alberton on the Swartkoppies road on the way to Eikenhof it grew from one hangar to where today it houses over 50 aicraft, trikes, fixed wings and gyros and sports three runways, a clubhouse as well as a flying school.  
 

The field is home to a number of springbok trike pilots, as well as the home of Helga Muller, a sprightly grandmother who has been flying trikes for most of her life. Helga always had a dream to fly to Namibia and on 10 April 2010 she departed from Panorama Airfield on a round trip of 4,000 km that would last for 48 days returning on the 27th of May 2010. Her ground crew for the trip was her daughter and two grandchildren, grandson Ryan, then eleven, flew in the rear seat of her Raptor. They encountered strong winds and lots of rain but the Raptor just kept going averaging 80km per hour for the trip.  
  Panorama is just a short hop from Tedderfield, Bara, Circus and Vereeniging and ideal for a Sunday morning breakfast, hot coffee and refreshments, prepared by Helga herself @ Soggy's, the Panorama Airfield Club House.  
       

Panorama airfield also home to the Johannesburg Flying Academy established in 1984, out of the love of flying. Offering professional training by dedicated and qualified instructors. Johannesburg Flying Academy is an approved Civil Aviation Flight school SACAA/1043/ATO, Pilot Training for National Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence, Hour Building, Hire & Fly, Conversions and Renewals.
Johannesburg Flying Academy Office: (+27) 064 756 6356

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FUN FACT
Zebra stripes aicraft arriving 2014 at Panorma Airfield from Petit was Rodney Ben and son Ivan in the Dornier 27 and Kobus and Andre in the Cessna 185 each aircraft sporting a variation of Zebra stripes. Rodney's Dornier was soon after returned to its original military colours, the Zebra scheme having been applied for her role in a German film.

A feature film was made about the life of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek, the SA Based Dornier Do 27 (ZU-LLU) belonging to Rodney Benn was used for the filming and was painted in the familiar Zebra pattern.

The Do 27 was made famous by the Academy Award winning film maker and environmental activist Bernhard Grzimek in his 1959 documentary wildlife-film; 'Serengeti darf nicht sterben'; (Serengeti Shall Not Die) which was developed with significant cooperation by his son Michael.