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Aviation News

Kenya Airways asks State to help it with growing competition

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Kenya Airways has started talks with the government, seeking its help in coping with competition from foreign carriers operating flights to its Nairobi hub, its chairman said on Thursday. The airline, part-owned by the state and Air France-KLM, is restructuring its finances to cut huge debts and... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Airports company reports its most profitable year ever 

By: Keith Campbell     18th September 2017 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) achieved a profit of R2-billion for the 2016/17 financial year, it was announced on Monday, up from R1.9-billion for the financial year 2015/16. “This is probably the best set of results we’ve presented in the history of the company,” affirmed CEO Bongani... 

Airports company reports its most profitable year ever
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Terminal buildings at OR Tambo International Airport, from the runway side. (The aircraft is an Embraer ERJ-145 of SA Airlink)

Two pilots are safer than one – aviation expert 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Proposals that airlines could move single-pilot operation, in place of the current system of pilot and co-pilot (more formally, Captain and First Officer), in order to reduce costs, are most ill-advised, affirmed Comair crew resource management specialist Michael Bowyer (himself a pilot) on... 

Two pilots are safer than one – aviation expert
Photo by Airbus
Airliners should always have a pilot and co-pilot: two unidentified Airbus test pilots on the flight deck of an A320

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

Treasury to give SAA R10bn in special appropriation

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 National Treasury has agreed to give South African Airways a special appropriation of R10-billion by the end of September, director general Dondo Mogajane told MPs on Wednesday. “It will be for R10-billion, we have decided, because that will cover everything,” he said during a briefing on the... 

Treasury to give SAA R10bn in special appropriation

Comair shows strong profit growth in tough conditions

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Comair issued its annual financial results on Tuesday, reporting a 54% increase in profits to R297m and a 28% increase in cash generated by its operations. Comair operates under its low-cost airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways... 

Construction begins on $700m airport project in eastern Rwanda

By: John Muchira     8th September 2017 Construction has started on a $700-million airport project in eastern Rwanda, which the country's government says will be a major boost to efforts to integrate the East African Community and boost intra-Africa trade. "Bugesera International Airport is [also] an important part of Rwanda's strategy... 

Gap in aviation safety regulation is under scrutiny

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2017 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is planning to discuss and examine the status of what are known as Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (Atsep) in South Africa. Atseps are the engineering technicians responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of ground-based air... 

Comair dealing with poor economic situation in SA 

     7th September 2017 The weak South African economy is affecting the local airline sector. Keith Campbell reports on how one local airline group, Comair, is meeting the challenge. 

Comair dealing with poor economic situation in SA
Comair dealing with poor economic situation in SA

Outa now takes aim at Denel chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) this week laid charges of corruption at the Brooklyn police station against State-owned Denel chairperson Dan Mantsha over his alleged involvement in State capture. Outa COO Ben Theron on Friday said the organisation believed Mantsha, who was appointed as... 

Ghana officials showcase progress on international airport project

By: David Oliveira     1st September 2017 The construction of a new terminal at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA), in Accra, is expected to transport five-million passengers a year once completed in April next year. The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with a $120-million facility, will not only improve... 

Industry support evident despite challenges

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 Although the lack of meaningful government involvement has been one of the biggest challenges in the industry, the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) still get support from the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s... 

Local aviation industry needs to be technology ready

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 With commercial aviation a market that is rapidly growing globally, aviation components supplier Aerosud Aviation MD Johan Steyn says there is a need to stay abreast of technological advancements if South Africa is to remain competitive in aviation manufacturing. Owing to this, he notes that,... 

Local aviation industry needs  to be technology ready
Photo by Duane Daws
HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY The Aerospace industry requires advanced technologies

New tech could prevent collisions between manned aircraft and drones

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The latest generation of aircraft transponder technology, known as ADS-B, offers to provide the safety and security necessary to prevent collisions between manned aircraft and civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, popularly known as drones) and so will allow drones to be operated in controlled... 

Self-protection system set for 2020 completion

     1st September 2017 Helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters has contracted defence and security company Saab to produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) self-protection system for the H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters, with deliveries scheduled for 2020. 

SAA to introduce network changes

     31st August 2017 South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed it will introduce network changes on the domestic and regional segments of its route network, as part of its implementation of a new five-year corporate plan that seeks to return the company to financial sustainability in the shortest time possible. "The... 

Don't panic, we are not funding SAA – GEPF

By: News24Wire      31st August 2017 The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) assured its members, pensioners and beneficiaries that it has not received any proposal to help fund South African Airways (SAA). GEPF is Africa’s largest pension fund with more than 1.2-million active members from more than 325 government departments,... 

Brown urges recapitalisation of SA Express amid questions over waste

By: African News Agency      30th August 2017 South African Express CEO Victor Xaba was forced to concede on Wednesday that the loss-making airline did not take firm enough action on irregular spending, after Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown reiterated that it needed a cash injection from the State. “Let’s say in all fairness not... 

South Africa mulls merger of three State-owned airlines

By: Reuters     30th August 2017 South Africa's government is considering merging its three state-owned airlines into one entity, and offering a 25% stake of the holding company to a private equity partner, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday. The loss-making South African Airways, its low-cost arm Mango and SAA Express, which... 

South Africa mulls merger of three State-owned airlines
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

It's official: Vuyani Jarana is SAA's new CEO

By: News24Wire      30th August 2017 Newly appointed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has signed his employment contract with the national carrier, spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed on Tuesday. “SAA is pleased to announce that Mr Vuyani Jarana has accepted its offer of employment with the airline. 

South Africa pushes Angola to pay debt owed to airline SAA

By: Reuters     30th August 2017 South Africa will press the newly-elected Angolan government to pay R850-million it owes struggling South African Airways (SAA), the finance minister said on Tuesday. The airline runs one of Africa's biggest fleets but is loss-making. SAA is owed a total of some R1-billion in revenue earned in... 

South Africa's Cabinet to make final decision on SAA by end Sept – Gigaba 

By: Reuters     25th August 2017 South Africa's cabinet will make a final decision on how to recapitalise State airline South African Airways (SAA) by end September, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday. The airline runs one of Africa's biggest fleets but is loss-making. It received state funds in July to help to repay... 

Govt urged to sell loss-making SAA

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 Government should get out of the commercial airline space and sell the loss-making South African Airways (SAA), according to Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Janine Myburgh. “SAA has become a black hole that is simply consuming the resources of the country, and it would be... 

Govt urged to sell loss-making SAA

South Africa considers Telkom stake sale to fund SAA bailout – Treasury

By: Reuters     24th August 2017 South Africa is considering selling its stake in landline provider Telkom to fund a R10-billion ($757-million) bailout of South African Airways (SAA), a Treasury spokesperson said on Wednesday. The airline runs one of Africa's biggest fleets but is loss-making. It received state funds in July to... 

South Africa considers Telkom stake sale to fund SAA bailout – Treasury

The 'missing link' in aviation safety under scrutiny

By: Keith Campbell     23rd August 2017 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is planning to discuss and examine the status of what are known as Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (Atsep) in South Africa. Atseps are the engineering technicians responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of ground-based air... 

The 'missing link' in aviation safety under scrutiny

Latest technology promises to solve drone/manned aircraft interaction problem

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The latest generation of aircraft transponder technology, known as ADS-B, offers to provide the safety and security necessary to prevent collisions between manned aircraft and civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, popularly known as drones) and so will allow drones to be operated in controlled... 

Latest technology promises to solve drone/manned aircraft interaction problem

Comair expects up to 104% rise in FY headline earnings a share

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 JSE-listed Comair expects to report an 85% to 104% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share to between 67c and 75c for the financial year ended June 30. Earnings a share are expected to be between 49% and 68% higher year-on-year, at between 62c and 70c. 

SA air traffic company focuses on safety and the environment

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), is working hard to improve air safety in the country. “During the 2015/2016 [financial year] our safety performance was not as we would have liked it to be, with a record low of 34 Risk Safety Index [RSI],”... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry

     11th August 2017 With a focus on pursuing additional market sectors, such as the aerospace industry, last month, heat-treating company Diamond Heat Treat purchased a TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with six-bar gas quenching to expand its capabilities. The TITAN H6 vacuum furnace is one of industrial vacuum and... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry
Photo by Bloomberg
PURSUING INDUSTRIES Diamond Heat Treat will use the TITAN vacuum furnace to pursue the aerospace industry

Sacci, Outa welcome appointment of Jarana as SAA CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2017 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday welcomed the appointment of Vuyani Jarana as the new CEO of South African Airways (SAA). He is the first permanent CEO to be appointed at the airline since 2014.   “He is a person... 

Comair reports its diversification strategy is working

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2017 South African airline group Comair Limited’s strategy of countering the weak local air passenger market by diversifying its business is proving successful, reports company CEO Erik Venter. “It’s working very well. About 20% of our profits are coming from our non-airline businesses and we’re... 

Airbus DS test flies its new UAV in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2017 South Africa’s Overberg Test Range was the site of the first flight of the Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) Sagitta jet-powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) demonstrator, the European company announced on Tuesday. The aircraft, a flying-wing design, flew autonomously over the test range (which... 

Airbus DS test flies its new UAV in South Africa
Photo by Airbus DS
The Sagitta UAV in flight at Overberg

SAA will publish outcomes of its internal report into its losses – board

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2017 The board of directors of State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) issued an assurance on Monday that “it does not condone nor will it cover up any acts of impropriety at SAA”. This followed the publication of a series of stories in the media about the airline, which the... 

SAA will publish outcomes of its internal report into its losses – board
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A340-600 of SAA

Outa welcomes Myeni’s SAA departure  

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday welcomed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s announcement that South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni would not serve another term on the board.  Her term expires on August 31 and a new board chairperson will be appointed at the SAA... 

Outa welcomes Myeni’s SAA departure
Photo by Duane Daws
SAA Chair Dudu Myeni

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities
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