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Aviation News

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. 

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... 

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
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HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY The Aerospace industry requires advanced technologies

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Local airline group Comair reports its diversification strategy is working 

By: Keith Campbell     12th 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, company CEO Erik Venter told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. “It’s working very well. About 20% of our profits are coming from our... 

Local airline group Comair reports its diversification strategy is working
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Comair CEO Erik Venter

Cyberthreats increasingly worry global aviation industry

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport,... 

Air force capability demonstration 2017 

6th July 2017 The South African air force conducted its annual live fire capability demonstration last month, in which primary air borne military assets flexed their muscle. 

Air force capability demonstration 2017
Air force capability demonstration 2017

Airbus unveils proposed new version of A380 SuperJumbo

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2017 Major global plane maker Airbus on Monday unveiled a proposed refined version of its flagship product, the A380 SuperJumbo airliner. This proposal is designated the A380plus, and is intended to increase the aircraft’s economics and efficiency while retaining passenger comfort.  

Strong South African air traffic growth forecast

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the... 

Freight demand remains robust, profit margins widen

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2017 Yearly growth in air freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) remained robust during the three months ended April, with airline heads of cargo increasingly positive about the outlook over the year ahead. Respondents to International Air Transport Association’s (Iata’s) latest quarterly Cargo Market... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a  major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (Iata) regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cybersecurity is a major concern for the global aviation industry

Initiative addresses barriers to expand aerospace manufacturing

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The aerospace industry has, among others, two important international players – Airbus and Boeing. This applies to local aerospace as well as international aerospace manufacturing industries, all competing to be part of the global supply chain. Aerospace manufacturing in South Africa is dependent... 

Initiative addresses  barriers to expand  aerospace manufacturing
TO INFINITY European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plays an important role in the world’s aerospace manufacturing industry

Local defence sector seeks strategic support from government

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the Government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a recent function... 

‘Stifling legislation’ preventing SA drones industry from gaining altitude 

By: Dylan Slater     23rd June 2017 The drones industry in South Africa has the potential to benefit numerous industries, potentially contributing just under R7-billion this year alone, according to economist Dr Roeloef Botha.  

‘Stifling legislation’ preventing SA drones industry from gaining altitude

Iata forecasts strong growth in South African air traffic and cites its role in the economy

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2017 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the... 

Iata forecasts strong growth in South African air traffic and cites its role in the economy
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
OR Tambo is South Africa’s busiest airport

Institute of Directors guns for SAA chair, Dudu Myeni 

By: African News Agency      20th June 2017 The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) said on Tuesday that the South African Airways (SAA) board and chairperson must fulfil their duties at this critical juncture. This comes after the Mail & Guardian last week reported that SAA chair, Dudu Myeni, had recently missed several... 

SAA to implement turnaround plan 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 Cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) has compiled a five-year business turnaround plan, aimed at improving its financial stability, it said on Tuesday. The national carrier is currently plagued by a weak balance sheet, with projected losses of R3.5-billion for 2016/17– a R 2-billion increase... 

SAA to implement turnaround plan
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South African Airways acting CEO Musa Zwane

Proposed new version of A380 SuperJumbo unveiled

By: Keith Campbell     19th June 2017 Major global plane maker Airbus on Monday unveiled a proposed refined version of its flagship product, the A380 SuperJumbo airliner. This proposal is designated the A380plus, and is intended to increase the aircraft’s economics and efficiency while retaining passenger comfort. The A380plus... 

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