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Aerospace

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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)... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Local industry must find its niche in global aerospace sector

By: Lindsey Berry     4th September 2009 The National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE), an initiative launched and supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, is under way with a project to assess the skills requirements in the local aerospace industry with the intention of identifying skills required to enhance the global... 

New aircraft to touch 
down in Africa in 2011

By: Lindsey Berry     4th September 2009 Specialised consulting company Silver Solutions has been appointed as the local representative for US freight aircraft manufacturer Freight Feeder Aircraft Corporation (FFAC) to introduce FFAC’s air freight feeder aircraft, the Freight Feeder 5000 (FF5000), into the African market. 

Ground power units supplied to African clients

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2009 Aerospace equipment supplier Aztec Electronics has supplied a number of 28-V dc 400-Hz combination converters, which supply power to aircraft as they dock on the ground, to a series of African military clients. 

Aerospace research goes commercial

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2009 When South African President Kgalema Motlanthe’s signed the Bill that will see the creation of South Africa’s own space agency later this year, many were relatively unaware of South Africa’s rich involvement in space research over the decades. 

Why a South African national space agency?

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2009 When South African President Kgalema Motlanthe's signed the Bill that will see the creation of South Africa's own space agency later this year, many were relatively unaware of South Africa's rich involvement in space research over the decades. 

Centre of excellence promotes aerospace industry skills needs

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th September 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formulated the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE) in 2005 under a policy to establish industrial centres of excellence to provide specific support to specific emerging sectors to mitigate a skills shortage in the aerospace industry. 

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum to be introduced across Africa

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th September 2008 Aviation maintenance company Interjet Avionics and Maintenance GM for Avionics Paul Ludick believes that the most relevant change pending in African aviation is the implementation of Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) in Africa. 

Skills shortage in the general aviation industry

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th September 2008 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) CEO Kim Gorringe says that the shortage of skills has almost reached crisis proportion. 

Airline group commits $34,9bn to airline orders

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 Middle Eastern airline Emirates Airways (Emirates), part of the Emirates Group, has committed $34,9-billion to airline orders. 

Increased flight offering prompts regional airport expansion projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 Increased flight offerings at Lanseria International airport (Lanseria International) have prompted a number of expansion projects, reports Lanseria International airport manager Gavin Sayce. 

Local aeronautical company harbours African aspirations

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 South African aeronautical instrumentation company Aeronautical Instrumentation, part of the Aeronautical Group of companies, is hoping to expand its African business interests during 2008. 

National airline grounds planes in profitability move

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 South Africa’s national airline South African Airways (SAA) has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft in a move to achieve sustainable profitability, reports SAA spokesperson Robyn Chalmers. 

Clear skies for South African aviation industry

By: Guy Copans     7th September 2007 The South African aviation industry is in a healthy state at present, with a buoyant aircraft market, owing to growing interest in aircraft acquisitions by private owners and industry bodies. These developments are having positive effects for other aviation areas such as maintenance, says... 

Government support required to grow aerospace industry

By: Guy Copans     7th September 2007 Creating a skills base with which fuels growth, and incubating the technologies that will support South Africa's growing relevance, are the main challenges for South Africa's aerospace industry, says private sector aviation company Aerosud MD Paul Potgieter. 

Aircraft acquisition has positive effect on SA economy

By: Guy Copans     7th September 2007 The acquisition in 1999 by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), in a joint venture contract, of 24 Hawk Lead-In Fighters and 28 Gripen Fighters from defence and aerospace companies BAE Systems and Saab, has had a positive chain effect on the South African economy, creating jobs... 

Clear skies predicted for aerospace industry

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 The institutional and policy framework of South Africa’s first industrial centre of excellence is now in place to facilitate fruitful cooperation between academia, government and stakeholders in an aerospace industry that is full of potential. The National Aerospace Centre of Excellence... 

OR Tambo acquires super jumbo loading bridges

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 Mission critical technology solutions provider FMC Technologies South Africa (FMCTSA) was awarded a contract on December 9, 2006, by OR Tambo International Airport for the supply of 18 passenger loading bridges. 

SA firm wins award and champions composite technology

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 Mission system integration specialist Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE), of Midrand, is entering 2007 confident it can capitalise on the technologies that won it accolades and key contracts in 2006. 

Uncertainty continues in attack-helicopter programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2007 January sees South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel still on tenterhooks over the outcome of Turkey’s programme to acquire new attack helicopters. 

New flight guidelines for giant Airbus

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2006 As a result of the continuing flight test and development programme of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has issued new guidelines for horizontal and vertical separation between A380s and other aircraft,... 

First cockpit simulator heads for mid-2007 completion

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2006 Following its success in creating a flight simulator based on the nose section of a scrapped South African Air Force Mirage F1CZ fighter, local enterprise Dooley’s Flight Simulation is now in the process of producing a flight simulator for young pupil pilots seeking private pilot’s... 

Aviation giant restructures to meet major challenges

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2006 EUROPEAN airliner manufacturer Airbus is busy reorganising its management system, following the recent turbulence which hit the group. 

New East African low-cost carrier takes to the skies

By: Nelendhre Moodley     28th November 2006 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Tuesday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its inaugural service from Nairobi’s main International airport to the coastal hub of Mombasa on Friday November 24. 

SA defence industry aspires to bigger share of national defence spending

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa�s State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the proportion of the national defence budget used to acquire systems from local industry � not just Denel � will increase significantly in the near future. 

Defence lab to the President's rescue

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2006 Having shower is normally a simple thing – but if you want to have one while flying at 10 000 m or more, then things can get surprisingly complicated. 

Brazilians marketing surveillance aircraft to SA for Fifa World Cup

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2006 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took advantage of the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2006 exhibition, held last month at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, in Cape Town, to market to South Africa its capabilities in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sphere. 

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