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Aerosud’s new partnership with DB Schenker South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 DB Schenker South Africa was chosen following a survey of 22 of the largest international logistics service providers, as it would best support Aerosud’s current and future logistics requirements. This is a powerful partnership. Aerosud is the largest privately owned Aerospace manufacturing... 

SAAF Museum Spitfire fighter project at ‘critical point’

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2018 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum project to rebuild, into flying condition, one of only two Supermarine Spitfires in South Africa has reached a critical point, requiring significant investment to be able to effectively proceed. The Spitfire is a Mark IXe, built in May 1945 and delivered... 

Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The Aeronautical Society of South Africa’s (AeSSA’s) yearly conference will take place at Hoogeind Manor, in Somerset West, on October 24 to 25 and is themed Aerospace for All. The theme captures the increasing relevance of aeronautics and space to achieve outputs for economic and societal... 

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2018 The latest model in Europe-based aerospace group Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family, the A321LR, made its maiden flight from Hamburg in Germany on Wednesday. The aircraft is MSN7877 and is a long range version of the A321neo (new engine option), hence the suffix “LR”. It is powered by CFM... 

Playing Games At Work Pays Off For South African Team In Global Challenge

1st December 2017 A team of South African supply chain professionals recently proved that playing games at work can get you far; in this case, as far as Lisbon, Portugal, for the global finals of “The Fresh Connection Challenge”, an innovative business simulation game that is delivering big benefits for companies... 

Airbus’s A330neo type makes first flight, while Air Mauritius accepts its first A350XWB

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on October 19, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

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,... 

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... 

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

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,... 

Airbus A400M may have won $2bn Indonesian order – reports

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

A400M reportedly wins second export order

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simula- tion, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted, that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simulation, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 The rise of additive manufacturing technology, or three-dimensional (3D) printing, is spurring accelerated levels of development in a broad range of items, as concepts can be manufactured at a fraction of the costs and time it would otherwise have taken to develop parts using conventional... 

DA allegations on aerospace village baseless – Davies 

By: African News Agency      18th September 2015 The trade and industry department has dismissed as baseless allegations by the Democratic Alliance that more than R90-million was spent on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) and that there was no commercial activity or any of the promised 1 000 jobs. “The Department of Trade and Industry is... 

Over R90m spent on Centurion Aerospace Village but nothing on site – DA 

By: African News Agency      17th September 2015 More than R90-million had been spent on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), launched in 2008, but there is neither any commercial activity nor any of the around 1 000 jobs promised, Democratic Alliance MP Patrick Atkinson said on Thursday. “I first became aware of the CAV after a parliamentary... 

Support initiative gaining ground, boosting supplier development

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 In aiming to identify a business growth opportunity in the local aerospace industry, the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) at the end of last year assisted Cape Town-based machining and assembly company Daliff Precision Engineering in developing a mounting tray to support avionic... 

Airliner manufacturer’s big re-engining programmes advancing

By: Keith Campbell     12th June 2015 Global major airliner manufacturer Airbus has nearly finished the development of the first of its aircraft re-engining programmes. This re-engining is known as neo, for new engine option. This is for the single-aisle (or narrow body) A320 family. (The other is for the twin-engined widebody A330... 

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has confirmed that its large-area high-speed selective laser melting (SLM) system, also known as the Aeroswift project, is on track to produce the system’s first industrial... 

Multimillion-rand skills development programme launched

20th February 2015 In partnership with the Department of Military Veterans (DMV), privately owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group announced in September that they will establish a multimillion-rand high-technical-skills development programme, aimed at advancing the South African defence industry... 

Boeing strengthening its already significant cooperation with SA

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2014 Major US aerospace group Boeing is continuing to strengthen its cooperation with South African companies and institutions. “We already have strong relationships with Aerosud, with Cobham Aviation (wi-fi antennas) and with 43 Air School,” points out Boeing Commercial Airplanes Director:... 

European airliner company deepens presence in China

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) which reconfirms a programme to establish a Completion and Delivery Centre for A330 wide body airliners in Tianjin. The TJFTZ... 

Aerostructures triple alliance to boost SA aerospace industry

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2014 South African aerospace companies Aerosud and Denel Aerostructures (DAe) signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with European major airliner company Airbus at the DAe plant at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, on Tuesday. The MoU creates an industrial and research... 

New South African aircraft makes first public flight

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2014 South Africa's latest aircraft design, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), made its first public flight at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria, on August 13. The actual maiden flight took place at the same airfield in late July and the aircraft had, by the time... 

Good times, bad times

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2014 There has lately been some quite important news from, and affecting, the local defence industry. For example, it has been announced that, provided all the regulatory and other approvals are obtained, State-owned defence group Denel will acquire the entirety of BAE Systems Land Systems South... 

South Africa’s latest aircraft design makes its first public flight 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2014 On August 13, South Africa's latest aircraft design, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft, made its first public flight.  

New SA aircraft flies in public for first time  

By: Keith Campbell     13th August 2014 South Africa's latest aircraft design, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), made its first public flight at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria, on Wednesday. The actual maiden flight took place at the same airfield late last month and the aircraft has now... 

Latest Airbus airliner completes Johannesburg test programme 

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus’ latest design, the A350 XWB, completed a short period of flight tests in South Africa on Monday and departed for Australia on the next leg of it current trials programme. The aircraft involved, MSN005, is demonstrating the new type’s readiness to undertake... 

SA-designed and -built aircraft enters test phase

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th July 2014 A locally designed and built aircraft has entered ground-testing phase at the Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria, marking a significant milestone for South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group. 

Airbus seeks to help strengthen SA aerospace company

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2014 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, part of the aerospace and defence Airbus Group, wants to help South African company Denel Aerostructures (DAe) to expand into the commercial aircraft aerostructures sector. DAe is part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group and is one of three... 

High-performance reconnaissance aircraft takes to the skies in test phase  

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th July 2014 The Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac) has reached the ground-testing phase at the Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria, marking a significant milestone for South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group.  Ahrlac is a compact twin-boom, single-engine... 

From engines and new fuels to connectivity, Airbus pushing innovation envelope

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus spends some €2-billion a year on research and development (R&D), research and technology (R&T) and innovation. Airbus is part of the larger Airbus Group and it is important to stress that this is the figure for the airliner company and not the group as a... 

SA has ‘no choice’ but to move towards advanced manufacturing 

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2014 South Africa has no choice but to develop its advanced manufacturing capabilities. The structurally high wages of the country and its poor labour productivity relative to other export-orientated countries hampers its global competitiveness, a panel of experts says. While advanced manufacturing... 

From engines and new fuels to connectivity, Airbus pushing innovation envelope

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus spends some €2-billion a year on research and development (R&D), research and technology (R&T) and innovation. Airbus is part of the larger Airbus Group and it is important to stress that this is the figure for the airliner company and not the group as a... 

Airbus A350-XWB development fleet complete

By: Natalie Greve     20th June 2014 With the first flight on Friday of Airbus’ A350-MSN005, from the Toulouse-Blagnac airport, in France, the aircraft manufacturer’s five-strong A350-XWB development fleet is now complete and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year. The first customer aircraft would be delivered... 

Real Economy Report: The best of 2013 

12th December 2013 Welcome to the 2013 roundup of Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report, which reflects on a selection of stories that made news headlines this year. 

New-generation Airbus incorporates key components made in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2013 On June 14, the first example of European manufacturer Airbus’ latest airliner family, the twin-engined wide body A350 XWB, made its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac Airport, in south-west France. (Throughout this story, the name Airbus means the airliner manufacturer and not the European... 

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