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Aerospace

100 Years of Flight: How South Africa benefitted and contributed

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2003 The first heavier-than-air aircraft to be designed in South Africa – indeed, probably in the whole of Africa – specifically for powered flight was the product of South African aviation pioneer John Weston. 

First Hawk fighter-trainer arrives in SA

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th November 2003 The first BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainer (Lift) for the South African Air Force (SAAF) has arrived in the country. 

Navy ready to play catch-up on SAM technology

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 The SA Navy’s new corvette, SAS Amatola, will be the service’s first ship to be equipped with a surface-to-air missile system. 

Ted Jarvis, Andrew Mentis

14th November 2003 Full name: Edward (Ted) Jarvis Position: MD, since September 1996 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer of open steel flooring (grating), expanded metals, tubular handrailing systems and highway guardrail Date and place of birth: October 16, 1944, Johannesburg Education: Matriculated from... 

Air and defence show already on the runway

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 ALTHOUGH 11 months remain before the start of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2004 the forecast looks good, with about half of the exhibition space already provisionally booked. 

Production of SA fighters under way

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 THE manufacture of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) new Gripen fighters has started at Saab’s newly-commissioned Gripen export production line in Sweden. 

Window opens for Rooivalk in Brazil, but prospects for Cheetah sales fade

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Addressing journalists at a press conference in the south of Brazil recently, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), General Luiz Carlos da Silva Bueno, confirmed that his service has identified a need for an attack helicopter. 

Swedes see more business spinoffs in SA

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2003 SWEDISH aerospace group Saab AB, manufacturer of the advanced Gripen multirole fighter, is seeking to grow its business with its South African partners. 

Risk-sharing opportunity for aviation sector

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2003 An opportunity the SA aviation industry could use to develop new work & preserve & improve design & engineering capacity is that of risk-sharing partnerships 

Gauteng govt to establish precinct in Joburg CBD

21st October 2003 In what is seen as a show of confidence in the renaissance of the Johannesburg inner city, the Gauteng government has announced plans to house its departmental buildings in a single government zone within the city. 

SA in big aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and developed further. 

Aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and further developed. 

Aircraft maintenance: preparation in 3D

By: Karel Smrcka     10th October 2003 The Aitram program for virtual aircraft maintenance offers many advantages, including learning by doing, reduced training time, cost and risks, and complex learning material that can be taught in an easy comprehensive manner. 

Solar-powered electric planes – it’s about time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th October 2003 As we chug towards the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight one can’t help but notice that all aeroplanes run on avgas or gasoline, even after 100 years. 

UK aerospace showcase expo to be held in SA

By: laurian clemence     7th October 2003 A division of the British government, UK Trade and Investment, will be holding a mini-aerospace exhibition in Johannesburg on November 19, in a bid to boost trade between the two countries within the aerospace sector. 

R228m being spent on advanced air-traffic system

By: nkolola halwindi     3rd October 2003 With a possibility of a 100% increase in air traffic movement over the next ten years, it is imperative that industry participants tackle any shortcomings in the current air traffic control system with some urgency, believes Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) MD Dr Johan Van Vollenhoven. 

Boeing, CSIR cooperation is no ‘phantom’

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2003 SOUTH African scientists and engineers could find themselves working on aspects of advanced projects for the giant US aerospace group Boeing, as a result of discussions being held between Boeing’s research and development (R&D) arm, popularly known as the Phantom Works, and the CSIR, on... 

Possible SA spin-offs from India’s aircraft purchase

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2003 The recent selection by India of Hawk 100 advanced jet trainers could create links between the South African and Indian aviation industries. 

SA premier destination for global projects

8th September 2003 Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Ben Ngubane says South Africa is continuing to position the region as a premier destination for globally significant, cutting-edge projects, especially in the field of Astronomy and research. 

Transport group gears up for R80bn investment

By: Deborah Spicer     5th September 2003 Transport parastatal Transnet announced at its yearly results last month that it will spend R10,5-billion for the financial year starting in April as part of its five-year R30-billion capital expenditure programme. 

UK defence order to benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 THE British government’s decision to order Hawk Mk 128 advanced trainers from BAE Systems means work for South African companies Denel Aviation and Aerospace Monitoring Systems (AMS). 

SA’s aircraft deal appears competitive

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 Article compares price SA is paying for 28 Gripen and 24 Hawk with rpices Austria is paying for 18 Typhoon and UK for 44 Hawk. 

Materials take off in aerospace

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd August 2003 If land transport is one of the biggest users of materials, the aerospace industry is where they push materials to their limits. 

SAA mulls local engine shop

By: Zonika Botha     15th August 2003 Leading aircraft-engine manufacturer CFM International, a 50:50 joint venture company between General Electric of the US and Snecma Moteurs of France, has over 300 engines operating in various aircraft in Africa. 

Govt still looking for Denel partner

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2003 THE government is still looking for a strategic partner for State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Brazil mulls Rooivalk purchase

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2003 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is interested in acquiring South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

Brazil defence export drive could benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 DECISIONS being made in Brazil could have benefits for the South African defence industry, as well as make new technologies available to the South African National Defence Force. 

SA, Brazil strengthen defence industrial ties

By: Keith Campbell     25th July 2003 Given the dramatic acceleration in political and economic ties between Brazil and South Africa, it should come as no surprise that this process also includes the strengthening of oper-ational, technological and industrial relations in the related fields of aerospace and defence. 

Air traffic monitoring system welcomed for SA

24th July 2003 A local aviation risk expert has welcomed the introduction of an Advanced Air Traffic Monitoring system to South Africa's main centres, but says that the rest of Africa needs to catch up. Head of Alexander Forbes Aviation Division in Cape Town Chris Readman says the primary benefit of installing... 

UK engineering group sells polymers unit

22nd July 2003 British engineering group Smiths Group said yesterday it will sell its polymer business to Sweden's Trelleborg AB for 495-million pounds in cash to focus on more profitable units. 

Two engine bidders shortlisted by SAA

By: Zonika Botha     18th July 2003 Multinational engine manufacturer International Aero Engines (IAE) and CFM International, a 50:50 joint-venture between General Electric of the US and Snecma Moteurs of France, are the two companies shortlisted to equip South African Airways (SAA’s) new single-aisle Airbus 319 and A320... 

Pebble-bed reactor takes off

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th July 2003 You may know that Eskom has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to go ahead with an experimental nuclear power station at the Koeberg site. 

SA's other offset programme

7th July 2003 The distinction of being the parastatal which makes the most purchases in foreign-denominated currencies is likely to remain with South African Airways (SAA) depite the Spoornet locomotive investment programme and other tenders which are to be awarded shortly. 

SA's other offset programme

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 The distinction of being the parastatal which makes the most purchases in foreign- denominated currencies is likely to remain with South African Airways (SAA) depite the Spoornet locomotive investment programme and other tenders which are to be awarded shortly. 

Salt camera take galaxy snaps

2nd July 2003 Scientists and engineers working on the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) camera, known as Salticam, reported yesterday that they have achieved “engineering first light”, using the digital CCD camera to snap test pictures of galaxies and stars. 

Cheetahs to be out-flankered?

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2003 THE chances of South Africa selling ex-South African Air Force (SAAF) Cheetah C supersonic multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) now hang on whether or not the latter is allowed to go ahead with its FX advanced fighter programme in the near future. 

SKA would hold many benefits for local industry

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th June 2003 South Africa submitted its bid to host the world’s biggest radio telescope, the $1-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) last Friday, to a panel of international experts who will select the host country on the basis of a comprehensive set of criteria. 

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