Team Leader: Scully Levin leads the Gabriel Wings Aerobatic Team. On the 8th October,
2013 he will be celebrating fifty years of flying, having flown solo only nine days
after he turned seventeen in 1963. Scully has over 27 000 hours of flying experience
and in between his primary career as an airline pilot, he has been flying as a professional
airshow pilot for over thirty years. Scully’s favourite airshow aircraft is the Pitts
Special S2B, which he describes as the “Ferrari of the skies”. After having reached
SAA’s mandatory retirement age of 63, Scully joined mango Airlines where he flies
the Boeing 737-
Right Wingman: Arnie Meneghelli, aged 66, flies as the right wingman. Arnie is a very successful businessman and founded Academy Brushware with his father many years ago. Arnie is a huge aviation enthusiast and likes nothing better than getting to fly airshows on the weekends. He is also
an aircraft collector and owns a number of unique vintage and state of the art aerobatic aircraft.
Arnie has 5 500 hours of flying to his credit, which, given that he flies only on the
weekends, is a considerable amount.
Left Wingman: Sean Thackwray flies on Scully’s left hand side. Sean is a Senior First
Officer with South African Airways and flies the Airbus A340 on international routes.
By the end of 2013 or early in 2014, he is likely to be upgrading to the rank of
Captain and he will then fly the Airbus A319 on SAA’s domestic and regional routes.
Sean learnt to fly in the South African Air Force, and having a natural aptitude
for aerobatic flying, he was earmarked for further training as a fighter pilot. After
completing his initial fighter-
Soloist: Ellis Levin flies the solo routines in the distinctive black and red Pitts
Special. Ellis learnt to fly when he was still at school and inherited his love of
aerobatic flying from both his grand-
Displays scheduled for 2013 and 2014
Zandspruit Aero Estate Airshow at Hoedspruit
Rand Airport Airshow
4th, 5th, 6th October
Parys Dome Festival….
Dragon Boat Races on the Vaal River ……
Pylon Racing at Parys Airfield
14th and 15th December
International Power Boating Races on the Vaal River
downstream of Vereeneging.
“Cancer 100” at Swartkop Air Force Base, Randfontein Show,
Windpomp Festival at Naboomspruit, Landrover Festival
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