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Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

Boeing enters partnership to develop supersonic business jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it is partnering with much smaller US aeronautics company Aerion to accelerate and complete the design, development and production of the latter’s AS2 supersonic business jet. The partnership includes the making of a “significant” investment in Aerion... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

SA Express says it has been vindicated after protracted dispute with Solenta Aviation

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 A Gauteng high court ruled in favour of SA Express following a protracted contractual dispute between the airline and charter operator Solenta Aviation in an arbitration hearing on Monday.   Solenta Aviation applied for the liquidation of the airline over an unpaid R87.3-million it owed the... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

FBO goes international at OR Tambo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 Privately-owned company Fireblade Aviation is the first fixed-base operator (FBO) to cater for arriving and departing international travellers, operating at OR Tambo International Airport. An FBO is an aviation facility within or close to an airport, usually owned and managed separately. Globally... 

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

Embraer, Boeing deal approved by the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The Brazilian Government has approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian Government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto over mergers, take-overs, and... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced late on Wednesday (South African time) that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas, in the US State of Virginia, on Tuesday. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden... 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

SAA appoints former prosecution chief to its group executive 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2019 Embattled State-owned flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that Advocate Vusi Pikoli had been appointed as the airline’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. He will take up the post on February 1. Pikoli is currently an advisor to the Minister of State Security. He was,... 

Western Cape spends millions on drought relief

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 The Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department will have spent R78.2-million by March 31 on drought alleviation projects across the province. The average dam level in the Western Cape was 51% on Monday, nearly double the 26.5% recorded in the... 

SA Express airline hopes to break even by FY-end – spokesperson

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 State-run South African airline SA Express, which has seen several executives suspended over graft allegations, hopes to break even by the end of the financial year, its spokesman said in a radio interview on Friday. He was speaking ahead of the relaunch of the airline's flights from Cape Town to... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2019 The Brazilian government announced on Thursday that it had approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto... 

Bloodhound supersonic car project, UK and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th January 2019 The Bloodhound project, to set a new world land-speed record, is back on track. 

SA Express reintroduces routes from Cape Town

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2019 State-owned local regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that it would be reinstating its flights between Cape Town and Bloemfontein and Cape Town and Walvis Bay (in Namibia). “Cape Town is one of our most important hubs and we are delighted to be back, offering our services to... 

Rolls-Royce plans to launch all-electric aircraft in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce is leading a highly specialised challenge of building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, which is planned to take flight in 2020 on the Welsh coastline. The zero-emissions plane is expected to travel at a target speed of more than 300 miles per hour... 

Air Tanzania becomes first African-based Airbus A220 operator

By: African News Agency      21st December 2018 Air Tanzania as become the first African carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft, the newest addition to the Airbus family of commercial aircraft, the companies said on Friday. Representatives from the airline as well as Tanzanian government officials alongside executives from the... 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet  

1st November 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet last month officially launched and welcomed the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. Simone Liedtke reports. 

France to decide by 2020 on next generation aircraft carrier

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 The French military is studying what sort of aircraft carrier should replace the Charles De Gaulle, and should decide by the end of 2020, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday. “The new French carrier will be floated by 2038,” she said on BFM television. “We must define its missions,... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

SA Express on track to relaunch Cape Town base by January 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 State-owned airline SA Express is charting a new path, since having returned to the skies in August, which is evidenced in the way it has managed to stabilise the business and maintain its operational performance in the past two months. To date, eight of its 18 aircraft have been recertified to... 

SKA South Africa confident radio interference issues with aviation will be solved

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th October 2018 South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) strategy and business systems head Dr Adrian Tiplady told Engineering News Online on Tuesday that he was certain that concerns regarding radio frequency interference (RFI) on the SKA telescope from aircraft, and the need to maintain aviation... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet will, on October 25, officially launch and welcome the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. The aircraft, which was developed by Swiss original-equipment manufacturer Pilatus, is the first of its type... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Luxembourg Protocol can reshape African rail industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The adoption of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention can be a solution to unlocking billions of dollars of investments from private investors into Africa’s rail industry. The new treaty, which will provide a Luxembourg-based central international registry of ownership of railway... 

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Electric cars one more time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th October 2018 Audi recently flighted a number of advertisements about its new all-electric car. This is due in 2019 and, if my job was to be an electrical reviewer, I might well go on from there, citing charge times, range, power performance and how to jump-start it if the battery is flat. But I am not going... 

Project Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project, UK and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind Project Bloodhound, has run into serious financial trouble. 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet on Monday welcomed the first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft in Africa to its premises at Lanseria International Airport, in Johannesburg. ExecuJet, which held a photo opportunity on Monday, is the first business aviation company in Africa to operate and manage a Pilatus... 

TNPA tests helicopter service at Cape Town port 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. With Cape Town having been plagued recently by... 

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has forecast that airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region will suffer total losses of $300-million for this year. This would be in sharp contrast to the expected total profit of $33.8-billion for the global airline... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

ACSA reports fall in earnings in line with lower aeronautical charges

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported recently that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it was... 

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