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Aerospace

High winds force postponement of Karoo rocket launch

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 BAD weather forced postponement of SA Rocketry Association’s Anglo Platinum sponsored “SarAnglo” rocket – but SARA did launch its 1st successful I-class rocket. 

Airbus consolidates position in developing world

20th June 2005 Aerospace company Airbus has announced three confirmed orders from countries around the world. 

While government and professionals debate, amateurs pursue own 'space programme'

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 The South African Rocketry Association, an amateur body, plans to launch a rocket to an altitude of 10 km and has projects to reach 50 km, even 100km. 

Delivery of first South African-made Hawk jets only weeks away

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 THE first 3 SA manufactured Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are currently undergoing pre-acceptance checks before delivery to the SAAF. 

R213-million JIA project launched

3rd June 2005 Gauteng officials yesterday launched the R213-million project to revamp the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) interchange. 

Military aircraft key for SA aero industry

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2005 THE South African government’s decision to join the European Airbus Military A400M transport project will be of enormous importance and benefit to the local aviation industry. 

Management key to aviation competitiveness - Erwin

25th May 2005 Increasing competitiveness in the aviation industry depends on the effectiveness of management in each enterprise. 

Aviation group in R100m expansion

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2005 SA’s largest private-sector aviation industry company Aerosud has decided on a more than R100-million comprehensive expansion and development programme. 

Mbeki says air travel reform key to 2010 World Cup

19th May 2005 Africa's air industry must boost efficiency and cut costs, South African President Thabo Mbeki urged on Wednesday, saying reforms were critical to the success of South Africa's 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Boeing lands new technology

16th May 2005 New York Stock Exchange listed Boeing Company at the weekend delivered a 737 equipped with an advanced landing system that will guide the airplane to runways with improved accuracy. 

Denel breaks into Brazilian market

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 SOUTH Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has broken into the Brazilian market, with a deal to provide support for a Brazilian missile test programme. 

SAA set to grow freight's revenue contribution

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2005 With some air-cargo observers forecasting volumes to triple over the next two decades, South Africa's State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA), is intensifying efforts to devise a comprehensive freight strategy. 

Russian helicopter group setting up SA training school

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 MAJOR Russian helicopter operating company UTAir Aviation is in the process of establishing a training school in South Africa. 

Denel's future strategy clarified

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 SOUTH AFRICAN Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin sketched out the future priorities for State-owned defence industrial group Denel in his recent (April 15) address to Parliament. 

Top-level support for new aerospace network

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2005 SOUTH Africa’s renowned CSIR science council will be providing significant support for this country’s recently-launched Aerospace Network. 

Competition body welcomes SAA's travel-agent move

22nd April 2005 South African regulator the Competition Commission has welcomed the decision by South African Airways (SAA) to stop paying commissions to travel agents. 

SAAF's Hawk choice offers best value for money

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2005 SURVEY of the reasons for SA chosing BAE Systems Hawk trainer. 

New aircraft to inject 'new ways of doing things' into SAAF

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2005 THE introduction of new aircraft into service with the SAAF in the next few years introduce new technologies and new ways of doing things. 

New product to improve worker safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 South African mining houses, petrochemical industries and heavy-industrial companies are increasingly coming under pressure from trade unions to prioritise the safety standards of all employees working in dangerous areas. 

Fluorescent step-nosings promote mine safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Industrial flooring company Toughflex Polymer Systems has, over the past five years, been introducing a new concept in 

Upswing predicted for specialist-flooring market

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 There is an upswing predicted for the specialist flooring market as companies are spending more capital on maintenance and upgrades and, more significantly, there are a number of projects planned this year requiring specialist systems. 

Recently-empowered firm launches new products

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Vinyl flooring specialists Polyflor SA has recently announced its new black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner to be Umnombo Investment Holdings. 

New heavy-duty commercial grade flooring launched

15th April 2005 The largest global producer of wood-based panel products, Sonae Novobord SA has launched a new heavy-duty commercial laminated flooring product specially developed for use in high traffic areas, such as shops, restaurants, hotels and offices. ? 

Safer and faster concrete floor trowels now in South Africa

15th April 2005 The Belgian Full Track power trowels for concrete industrial floors are now being imported to South Africa by Spa Industrial of Benoni. 

Cable-management systems designed for commercial flooring

15th April 2005 Leading manufacturer of electrical accessories and cable management systems Legrand has designed a new cable management system for flooring. 

Saluting female flooring innovation

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 It is a rare occurrence when women are honoured or even given recognition for patented innovations in the engineering industry. 

Second-hand metals create opportunities for nonmetallic products

15th April 2005 During the past few years, the second-hand value of metals has created numerous opportunities for non-metallic products in South Africa. 

New flooring polymer launched

15th April 2005 Johannesburg-based Poly Hi Solidur SA, a leading engineering polymer solutions company in Southern Africa, recently introduced an anti-skid, wear-resistant industrial flooring polymer, called Armor-X, which is specifically suitable for high wear industrial application where traction and grip is... 

Vital new fixing for the grating industry

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 For over 60 years Vital Engineering and Angus McLeod have maintained a reputation for quality and service in the manufacturing of all types of gratings, stair-treads, pressed floors, and safety handrails. 

SA sets up public-private network to pursue aerospace growth

By: Nicola Mawson     13th April 2005 An Aerospace South Africa Network management unit that will unite the government and the private sector in driving competitiveness within the industry will be established within the next few weeks. 

Cheetah beaten by Tiger in Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2005 SOUTH Africa’s Cheetah fighter loses out in competition for interim fighter for Brazil, but R-Darter missile still in contention for BVRAAM requirement. 

Botswana installs new air-defence system

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2005 SPANISH defence electronics and systems company Indra is currently developing a full air defence command and control system for Botswana in a €7,1-million contract. 

AgustaWestland seeks SA ground-support expertise

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2005 MORE details on configuration of SA Super Lynx helicopters & some more on offsets. 

SA missiles system enhanced

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 Details and technical specifications of the Denel Aerospace Systems R-Darter beyond visual range air-to-air missile. 

Brazil makes interim fighter choice

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2005 South African hopes to sell or lease second-hand Denel Cheetah C multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force seem to have been dashed. 

Lesotho may come to South Africa's aid on peaking power

By: Nicola Mawson     18th March 2005 The Highlands of Lesotho could provide the region with an additional 1 000 MW of hydro peaking power if a proposed pumped-storage scheme is found to be economically viable. 

Cheetah in Brazil air force race, but . . .

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 Senior Brazilian Air Force officers have confirmed that SA’s Denel Cheetah fighter and Denel R-Darter missile are in contention for Brazilian requirements. 

Future jet-engine technologies studied

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2005 Around the world, scientists and engineers are working on various advanced and even exotic concepts for future power plants for aircraft, especially for high-speed, high-altitude, low-pollution flight. 

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