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Aerospace

First Denel Agusta A109 helicopter takes off

13th September 2004 The first locally assembled Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) took to the skies last week, and successfully completed a series of acceptance test flights at Denel's Kempton Park facilities, adjacent to Johannesburg International Airport. 

Defence expo bigger than ever

By: Keith Campbell     10th September 2004 SOUTH Africa’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exposition, the leading such show in Africa and one of, if not the, most important in the Southern Hemisphere, will this year be bigger than ever before. 

First SA fighter in final-assembly phase

By: Keith Campbell     3rd September 2004 THE first Gripen International 4th generation multirole fighter for the SAAF is now in final assembly at the Saab plant in Sweden. 

SAA’s modernisation advances with delivery of new plane

25th August 2004 National airline South African Airways (SAA) yesterday took delivery of its first Airbus A319 twin-engined jetliner as part of its modernisation effort. 

Travel insurance takes off

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th August 2004 Over the years South African companies have significantly increased their business dealings in Africa, and this has, in turn, augmented the travel insurance business. 

Integration of SA systems into Hawk advances

By: Keith Campbell     20th August 2004 THE prototype of the SAAF version of BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainer is more than 33% through its flight development programme for local avionics systems. 

Details on State defence firm’s reorganisation emerge

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2004 FIRST details have emerged about the restructuring of South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Negotiations between SAA and Nigeria still on track

23rd July 2004 Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin has dismissed speculation that negotiations between South African Airways (SAA) and Nigeria have reached a deadlock. 

Fighter plane offset deal yields 67 new ventures

23rd July 2004 The UK’s BAE Systems and Sweden’s Saab AB have launched 67 new business ventures in South Africa, in the fulfilment of their combined offset obligations tied to South Africa’s $2,2-billion procurement of new Hawk and Gripen aircraft for the South African Air Force, the companies... 

SAA on track to join global alliance

By: jenny furness     16th July 2004 All being well, within the next few months, South African Airways (SAA) should be a fully-fledged member of airline network Star Alliance, SAA spokesperson JJ Thabane said yesterday. 

SAA remains committed to alliance choice

By: jenny furness     12th July 2004 There is unlikely to be any change in strategy on South African Airways’ (SAA) decision to join the Star Alliance airline network, despite the resignation of CEO Andr 

SA grating firm secures global orders

5th July 2004 A South African producer of serrated grating has completed a 400 t export order for Chiyoda in Saudi Arabia. 

Hawk production under way in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 The first BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are now moving down the production line at Denel Aviation’s plant 

The CSIR provides support for the defence department

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 A core function of the CSIR Defencetek business unit is to operate as a Defence Evaluation and Research Institute (Deri) on behalf of the South African Department of Defence (DoD). 

Africa’s business aviation sector shows signs of recovery

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 THE second quarter of this year has, at last, seen the recovery of the business aviation sector in Africa and South Africa from the global slump which followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, now known simply as 911, from the American practice of putting the... 

Fast-tracking aviation maintenance

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 Africa’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, SAA Technical, last week launched a state-of-the-art multipurpose docking system, which will give technical staff easy access to various types of planes. 

Grintek awarded big aviation communications contract

18th June 2004 Aviation equipment specialist Grintek Aviation Systems has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract by National Airports Corporation (NACL), in Zambia, to upgrade its VHF communications network. 

Aviation firm gets global wings

By: Keith Campbell     11th June 2004 SA aviation company Execujet is well on the way to successfully globalising itself. Execujet companies now operate on five continents. 

Boron composites may repair ageing aircraft

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th June 2004 A composite technology which has been stagnant in South Africa for the past five years could well be the solution for cost-effective repairs of commercial aircraft, especially in Africa, where air traffic is predicted to double by 2010. 

Brazil advances aerial crop surveillance

By: Keith Campbell     11th June 2004 TWO research institutions in Brazil have developed, and are now patenting, an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) specifically for agricultural use. 

SAA Technical invests to stave off Asian competition

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th June 2004 Africa’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, SAA Technical, yesterday launched a state-of-the-art multipurpose docking system, which will give technical staff easy access to various types of planes. 

Air-traffic control opportunities abound

By: Keith Campbell     4th June 2004 SA technology group Grintek reports a growing demand across Africa for ground-based civil aviation navigation and air traffic control systems. 

Researchers work on cloud-piercing radar project

By: Keith Campbell     4th June 2004 SA companies & research institutions are working together to develop a synthetic apperture radar (SAR) for airborne and space-based applications. 

Aerospace corrosion product finds new applications

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 Randburg power transmission company Entramarc has introduced a new corrosion-protection product to the South African market. 

SAA set to join global airline alliance

By: jenny furness     1st June 2004 South Africa’s national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), will this week sign on as an observer member of the 15-airline Star Alliance airline network and will now actively pursue full membership. 

Three airports to upgrade aviation systems

26th May 2004 Aviation products specialist Grintek Aviation Systems has been awarded a contract to supply new direction finding systems to the George, Lanseria and Kimberly airports. 

Brazil still considering Cheetah

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 South Africa’s Denel Cheetah C fighters are still in with chance to become interim fighter for Brazil. 

Call for consolidated SA space policy

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th May 2004 A while ago President George W Bush announced ambitious space plans that included manned missions to the moon, and to Mars. The statement generated excitement, as it was intended to do. 

Big superalloys project is set for take-off

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2004 An exciting new phase in the beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral wealth has been opened by the initiative and imagination of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM, formerly Anglovaal Mining Avmin), namely the local production of superalloys. 

FULL FORCE: Full force: Big superalloys project is set for take-off

By: Keith Campbell     30th April 2004 An exciting new phase in the beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral wealth has been opened by the initiative and imagination of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM, formerly Anglovaal Mining Avmin), namely the local production of superalloys. 

Techno integration begins on South Africa’s new fighters

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 WITH the first Gripen International fighter for the South African Air Force moving down the production line at Saab’s factory in Sweden, the process of integrating an advanced technology South African system with the Swedish aircraft type has already begun. 

SA earning its wings in unmanned air vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 In the high-tech – and high cost – world of the modern aviation industry, there is a sector where South Africa can compete globally with the design and manufacture of complete systems and not just subsystems and components. That sector is unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

National casting technology centre being assessed

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The need for a state-of-the-art advanced national casting centre has been highlighted as a leading initiative within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), which is an implementation strategy in support of the South African government’s integrated manufacturing strategy... 

The Wright brothers: when engineers were also pilots

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th April 2004 The Wright brothers were not actually part of aviation in the modern sense. They were engineers. They built the aircraft themselves and worked out how they hung together. 

New antiskid engineering polymer for equipment and flooring

16th April 2004 An anti-skid, wear-resistant floor polymer has been developed for high-wear industrial applications where traction and grip are important. 

Sole licensee appointed for handrail installer

16th April 2004 Pietermaritzburg-based Kwazulu Balustrades, was recently appointed sole approved licensee for South African designer, manufacturer, supplier and installer of stainless steel balustrading and handrail systems, Steel Studio. 

Moisture meter safeguards against damage to wooden and laminated floors

16th April 2004 One of the biggest problems in the wood- and laminate-flooring industry is that of excess moisture.? 

Local company secures sole agency for Malaysian firm

16th April 2004 Local company Barrow Flooring has formalised a sole-agency agreement with Universal?Flooring, of Malaysia.? 

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