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Aerospace

Airliner purchase agreement signed by Tanzanian government

     26th August 2016 The government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners, multinational aerospace and transport company Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced late in July. The aircraft will be delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration and will be used for... 

AISI to focus on technology-based supplier development

     26th August 2016 Hosting the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) for the tenth year, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says the programme will focus on technology-based supplier development for the aerospace industry this year. The initiative has been established for the... 

AISI to focus on technology-based  supplier development

Aviation bureau approves maintenance service provider

     26th August 2016 Aerospace engineering and component services provider Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, earned certification by civil aviation authority the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) in April this year.  

Contractor sponsors winning team at rocketry challenge

     26th August 2016 Five students from Odle Middle School in Bellevue, Washington, took first place in the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow in July. The US team, sponsored by American defence contractor the Raytheon Company, bested teams from the UK, France and... 

Contractor sponsors  winning team at  rocketry challenge
SECOND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY 2016 marks the second year in a row in which a team from the US claimed the international title

Electric propulsion the future of aircraft

By: Sebastian Whyle     26th August 2016 As battery systems improve, there is a shift towards electrically powered aircraft, which is causing a rapid change in propulsion systems in the aerospace industry, says South African aircraft manufacturer The Airplane Factory (TAF) director and shareholder Mike Blyth.  

Electric propulsion the  future of aircraft
AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY In the small aircraft arena, continuing innovation has resulted in safer and faster small aircraft being manufactured

UAVs lead way for smaller aerospace manufacturers

By: Sebastian Whyle     26th August 2016 Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly referred to as drones – have led the way in introducing smaller manufacturers to what has typically been a large-scale industry, says South African aerospace-focussed programme National Aerospace Centre (NAC) director Philip Haupt.  

UAVs lead way for smaller aerospace manufacturers
Photo by Duane Daws
AEROSPACE SECTOR GROWTH An increase in interest around UAVs and the manufacturing of complete aircraft has been observed over the past few years

Airbus-approved supplier homes in on international contracts

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 Having received direct approval in 2014 from aerospace major Airbus that it is a credible supplier, Cape Town-based machined components supplier Daliff Precision Engineering aims to secure machining contracts from international Airbus Tier 1 suppliers within the next year. “Daliff is able to... 

Airbus-approved  supplier homes in on  international contracts
REPOSITIONED ENGINEERING Daliff re-engineered several machining processes and enhanced its quality-control systems

Airline manufacturer continues growth trend in Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 In the past two years, European airliner maker Airbus has added eight African and Indian Ocean airlines to its regional operators’ base, continuing a growth trend that began in the mid-1970s and which is firmly on track to meet the region’s future needs for over 970 new aircraft over the next 20... 

Airline manufacturer continues growth trend in Africa
ASCENDING AFRICA Airbus customers in the African region account for 255 orders since 1974 while there are currently 209 Airbus aircraft in service with 38 carriers in the region

Indra SA

By: Samantha Herbst     28th August 2015 Spanish multinational consulting and technology firm Indra SA is a Level 3 BEE company with a range of services and solutions for several sectors, including air traffic management; defence and security; and infrastructure. This include rail, road traffic, ports, waterways, airports, public... 

Indra SA

Local factory developing new-generation certified training aircraft

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 Light-aircraft manufacturer The Airplane Factory has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Belgium-based aerospace company Sonaca to develop and produce a certified new-generation training aeroplane for global use. The companies signed the JV agreement at the end of July, Airplane Factory... 

Local factory developing new-generation certified training aircraft
TAKING FLIGHT The new certified aeroplane will be suitable for use in flying schools, recreation and other limited commercial purposes throughout the world

Reconnaissance aircraft poised for commercial production

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 Having celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft’s (Ahrlac’s) first flight in July, South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group says it will soon be able to set/finalise the aircraft’s specifications to move into... 

Reconnaissance aircraft poised  for commercial production
EN ROUTE Paramount Group aims to produce between 10 and 15 Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft a year at its new production facility

Support initiative gaining ground, boosting supplier development

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 In aiming to identify a business growth opportunity in the local aerospace industry, the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) at the end of last year assisted Cape Town-based machining and assembly company Daliff Precision Engineering in developing a mounting tray to support avionic... 

Support initiative gaining ground, boosting  supplier development
MARKET APPROACH The design and production of a 3/8 mounting tray will now enable a full range of mounting trays to be developed locally

Tech investment boosts manufacture of aircraft composites

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites has invested in new machining and manufacturing technology, valued at about R20-million, to increase its competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. AAT Composites’ key capabilities include the... 

Tech investment boosts manufacture of  aircraft composites
HIGH VOLUME AAT Composites uses press claves and autoclaves to manufacture sophisticated composite parts, with a moulding capacity of more than 10 000 items a month

Aerosud Aviation prepares for new opportunities, challenges

     5th September 2014 Aerosud’s flagship company Aerosud Aviation has come a long way since 2000, when the company’s diversification into commercial aviation as a manufacturer and supplier of parts and accessories to Boeing and Airbus started in earnest. The company succeeded in winning its initial contract with... 

Aerosud Aviation prepares for new opportunities, challenges

African airline signs letter of intent

     5th September 2014 Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace and an African airline and existing Bombardier customer, signed a letter of intent in July to acquire five CSeries airliners. Based on list pricing, the order for five CSeries aircraft is valued at about $365-million. 

Aircraft set to boost African aerospace industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company Paramount Group says the development and production of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is expected to significantly boost jobs and skills in the African aerospace industry. Several local... 

Company on schedule to supply generators

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 Barloworld Power Rental, Cat dealer for Southern Africa will supply prime power generators to the eighth Aerospace and Defence Show (AAD) 2014, which will be held at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, in Pretoria, from September 17 to 21. The tender to supply the generators was awarded last year and... 

Factory notches up 200 aircraft

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 Light-aircraft manufacturer The Airplane Factory delivered its two- hundredth airplane in June, having started production of its light and light sport aircraft in August 2010, says Airplane Factory co-founder and director James Pitman. The business, located at the Tedderfield Airpark in Eikenhof,... 

Geotech Aviation

     5th September 2014 Geotech Aviation is a division of Geotech Airborne, an airborne geophysical survey company, which provides full service in helicopter and fixed-wing geophysics. It offers high-end technical services in the fields of active and passive electromagnetism, state-of-the-art gravity, high sensitivity... 

Science council supports aerospace industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), a drive by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that is hosted and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, is achieving its goal of bridging the gap between the South African aerospace industry and... 

Strong order book drives new growth era

     5th September 2014 State-owned defence group Denel’s financial results for 2013/14 show revenue growth of 17%, improved profits and the largest multi-year order book in its history – more than R30-billion to be executed over the next 20 years. “We can safely state that Denel has now returned to profitability on a... 

Aerospace centre plans to expand human capital development support

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 The National Aerospace Centre (NAC) reports that it is planning to expand its skills development programmes by deploying them at more universities throughout South Africa to ensure the growth of skills development in the industry.  NAC acting director Philip Haupt says the centre plans to... 

Defence technology supplier explores benefits of UAVs

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 Defence, security and technology systems company BAE Systems says unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasing within the defence industry in South Africa and worldwide. In Massachusetts, in the US, BAE Systems has introduced one of the smallest multispectral sensors available for unmanned... 

UAVs greatly benefit local industry

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 Understanding the vast benefits of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology is a strategic priority for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as it is proving to have many applications within society worldwide. “As a result, UAV research is being done through a joint effort... 

UAVs greatly benefit local industry
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENTUAVs can provide significant collateral surveillance capability to support among many other roles, the anti-rhino poaching efforts in South Africa

UAVs may lead to fewer pilots in future

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 Although unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the greatest potential to grow the South African aerospace industry, Southern African Women In Aviation (SAWIA) pilot Amanda Kandawire says the technology may reduce demand for pilots in future. “I am not sure whether I accept UAVs in the industry... 

AAD 2012 sets standard for African aviation

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 The organisers of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) are confident that this year’s event will impact positively on the local economy – not only through tourism but also through the business deals that are expected to be concluded during and after the event. AAD 2012 will be held at Air Force... 

Aeronautical software company to introduce product upgrade

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 Aerospace and automotive software reseller, CNC Design Consultants (CDC), in partnership with France-based product lifecycle management solutions company Dassault Systèmes, will release an upgraded version of Dassault Systèmes’ existing Computer-Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application... 

Air force base prepared for AAD

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 The City of Tshwane will host the return of Africa’s largest exhibition of air, sea and land capability, Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012, which will take place at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof. The last three AAD exhibitions were held at AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town, while AFB Waterkloof... 

Hybrid aircraft to debut at AAD

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 Bush and amphibian non type certified aircraft (NTCA) hybrid, the C-Wolf aerial utility vehicle (AUV) will make its debut at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012 exhibition. Nicknamed Boeremeisie, the C-Wolf AUV is the result of an idea conceptualised by aviation enthusiast Wolfgang... 

New products showcased at AAD

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 Defence, aerospace and security company Land Systems South Africa, which is 75%-owned by global security and defence company BAE Systems, will launch two new products at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012 expo in September. The company, which comprises three businesses ¬– OMC, Gear Ratio... 

SA space industry making headway

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 South Africa is gaining ground in the development of space technology, especially in the field of micro and nano satellites, says South African Council for Space Affairs (Sacsa) chairperson Dr Peter Martinez. He is also at the National Research Foundation’s South African Astronomical Observatory... 

Chipmunk to return to flight by year-end

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th September 2011 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum anticipates that its 1940s DHC-1 Chipmunk T M10 aircraft will be back in flying condition by the end of the year. 

Local innovation key to international competence

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th September 2011 To retain their relevancy as international manufacturers and service providers, South African aerospace companies must continuously invest in innovation and explore new product spheres, says privately owned aerospace company Aerosud programme director Rob Jonkers. 

SA holds significant UAV production potential

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th September 2011 Scope remains for South Africa to use local skills to create market-leading unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for a broad spectrum of countries, despite the US and Israel's success in the global UAV market, says missile and UAV company Denel Dynamics executive Tsepo Monaheng. 

Aerospace company advances its footprint

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 Aerospace company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel Group, is embarking on an aggressive marketing strategy to pursue markets beyond South Africa’s borders. 

Society prepared for international aerospace symposium

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 The International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2010 will be held from November 23 to November 25, in Cape Town, and will be convened by the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) and the Flight Test Society of South Africa. 

Working towards an updated local aerospace skills strategy

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 To determine what aerospace skills are needed in South Africa and to enable tertiary institutions to structure relevant courses to meet the industry’s long-term demands, a well-defined, updated and relevant aerospace sector strategy is needed, says National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE)... 

Council aims to make 
wind tunnel facilities more accessible

By: Lindsey Berry     4th September 2009 The defence, peace, safety and security unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is aiming to source funding to make the CSIR’s wind tunnel facilities available to academic institutions. 

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