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African airlines switching to more economical regional airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the twenty-seventh African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) on Thursday... 

Fujairah International Airport expansion programme, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Abu Dhabi Airports Company is widening the existing runway at the Fujairah International Airport from 46 m to 60 m. 

South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Africa offers great opportunities for business aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 There are significant growth opportunities for business and charter aviation in Africa. Already, there are 481 registered private jets in Africa and the continent's year-on-year business aviation growth is 44%. So highlighted ExecuJet Aviation Group GM: Flight Operations Philip du Preez at the... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Bigger turnout anticipated at DroneCon

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 This year, DroneCon will have more than 40 keynote speakers made up of international and local experts, discussing different topics and issues within the drone industry. DroneCon and Centurion-based company United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz states that the conference, taking place for the... 

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

Backlog in application process stifling drone industry in South Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 The lack of urgency in processing commercial drone operating licences and the registering of drones is stifling the drone industry in South Africa, says Cape Town-based drone pilot training school UAV Industries director Ken Venn, who is also a board member of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft... 

Aerovision South Africa

11th May 2018 Cape Town-based aerial surveying and remote-sensing specialist Aerovision South Africa is the developer of the ALTiMapper AV-01, a remotely piloted fixed-wing mapping aircraft. The company also undertakes custom builds for various commercial remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) applications.... 

Rocketmine

11th May 2018 A small South African born company, drone service provider Rocketmine, has become a drone data service giant in a short space of time. Rocketmine started as a small team that identified a gap in the mining market in 2012. Founding member and MD Christopher Clark has a passion for using technology... 

How Trump's steel tariffs kick the can business

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 Dan Vincent is in a bind. The president of Pacific Coast Producers (PCP) plans to use around 700-million tin-coated steel cans this year for tomatoes, peaches and pears from 168 growers here in California. 

DST outlines plans to boost mining, manufacturing

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its investments in innovations in mining, with R186-million over the next three years being earmarked for targeted research and development to modernise South Africa’s mining industry. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is... 

Airbus commissions Imperial Logistics to procure, supply tools

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Aeronautics company Airbus has hired logistics service provider Imperial Logistics to procure and distribute metal cutting tools such as milling cutters, drills and countersinks for its German production facilities.  

Paramount in talks to boost Saudi arms industry

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African defence company Paramount Group is in talks with the Saudi Arabia government to establish production facilities in the kingdom, its chairman said on Monday. Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest arms buyers, is seeking international partners to develop its manufacturing... 

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Drones soaring in Rwanda

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th April 2018 Drones, or remotely piloted aerial vehicles, are becoming the rising star of electronic innovation. They are being used increasingly in a variety of applications, ranging from construction to surveillance and agriculture, besides others. Worldwide, sales of such contraptions totalled $145-million... 

US aluminium trade group calls on Trump to avoid quotas

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 A US aluminium trade group said US manufacturers rely on foreign metal and called on the US government to avoid quotas on nations exempted from tariffs on aluminium imports. US President Donald Trump last month announced a 10% tariff on aluminium imports to counter what he has described as... 

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

SAA awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both business and economy class, for a sixteenth consecutive year.  

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain a foothold in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in the safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

SAA must look to Ethiopian Airlines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th April 2018 Late last month, the top brass at South African Airways (SAA) was in the National Assembly, briefing Parliamentarians about the perennial ills at the national carrier. New CEO Vuyani Jarana, who, together with board chairperson Johannes Magwaza, led the delegation, painted a rather depressing... 

Zimbabwe government buys Boeing planes, leases them to new airline

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Zimbabwe has bought two Boeing 777 aircraft and an Embraer plane from Malaysia, the finance minister said on Wednesday, adding the planes would be leased to a new local airline until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returned to profitability. Patrick Chinamasa said Harare had agreed with an... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during this month so far. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion. The first... 

Deripaska's Rusal and aluminium market roiled by US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 Russian aluminum maker United Co. Rusal’s stock plunged about 40%, while prices of the metal surged, after US sanctions on the company and its billionaire owner Oleg Deripaska prompted the producer to warn of potential debt defaults and “materially adverse” consequences. The stock fell to... 

Airport business model under threat globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a boom... 

Cattle class

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th April 2018 I was in Uganda. Lovely people, beautiful scenery, traffic nightmare, airport nightmare. Entebbe International Airport is 40 km from the capital, Kampala. It takes two hours to travel from Entebbe to Kampala. Departing, your baggage is X-rayed three times and you are metal-detected three times.... 

South Africa’s Airport Expansion: What Impact Will It Have on the ZA Economy?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2018 South Africa’s two main airports: Cape Town International (CTIA) and OR Tambo International Airport just outside Johannesburg are set for a $540 million upgrade. The upgrade is part of an ambitious project to develop South Africa’s aviation industry, which should give the economy a much-needed... 

Next-generation Boeing jets to lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

Oversight structure set up to monitor implementation of SAA’s latest turnaround plan

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2018 A formal oversight structure, involving the National Treasury, as well as executive and nonexecutive directors from South African Airways (SAA), has been established to monitor the implementation of a “revalidated” turnaround strategy at the lossmaking and heavily indebted national carrier.... 

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