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African business aviation association joins global industry body

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2017 The five-year-old African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), which was founded in May 2012 and currently has 121 members, has become the fifteenth member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which is the global industry association for the business or executive aviation... 

New technologies promise to improve air traffic management

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Air traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM) agencies need to embrace new technologies in order to further improve air safety. This was stressed by Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (Canso) Director General Jeff Poole at the recent Canso Global ATM Safety Conference 2017 in... 

Bloodhound supersonic car project, Uk and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 The Bloodhound successfully concluded its first official run in October. 

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport runway project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Kenya Airports Authority is planning to build a second runway at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

Kenya Airways completes $2bn debt restructuring

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 Kenya Airways has finished restructuring $2-billion of debt, the carrier said on Wednesday, completing a key part of its turnaround plan after heavy losses. The airline's top shareholder, the Kenyan government, and 11 local lenders converted the bulk of their debts into shares, helping to relieve... 

South African commercial aviation activity consolidates modest recovery

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) reported on Monday that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a disappointing first quarter”. The Caai is a composite index created to provide an indicator of... 

Second runway to be built at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 A second runway is to be built at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in an effort to transform the airport into a world-class facility. The new runway, to be built at a cost of $351.8-million, is designed to ease pressure on the exiting runway and to nearly double the aircraft... 

Bloodhound ‘is go’, supersonic car driver announces

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 “We came to show the world Bloodhound is go,” says Bloodhound supersonic car (SCC) driver Andy Green. The Bloodhound in October proved to be top dog as it successfully concluded its first official run, stretching its legs at 200 mph (322 km/h) on the Newquay Airport runway, in Cornwall, in the UK. 

Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This was highlighted by Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German... 

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... 

Zwane must be probed on State capture and Gupta relations – DA 

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 There are enough grounds to establish an ad hoc committee of inquiry into Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s relationship with the Gupta family and allegations of State capture, said James Lorimer from the Democratic Alliance (DA). Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the... 

US agency Nasa planning to soon build low sonic boom demonstrator aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2017 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) had completed the design of, and hopes to soon build, a technology demonstrator aircraft to establish that it is possible at attenuate sonic booms to such a degree that it will permit overland supersonic commercial flight. Construction... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and South African industry must adapt

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is now under way. And there is no way that South African industry can avoid or escape it. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation robotics, additive manufacturing... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and SA industry must adapt

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is now underway. And there is no way that South African industry can avoid or escape it. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, “big data”, the Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation robotics, additive... 

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has acquired four dual-seat Mirage F1 fighter aircraft to enhance its existing pilot training capability.  

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on Thursday, 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... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 St Helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. 

Zuma unveils OR Tambo statue in commemoration

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th October 2017 The life of former African National Congress (ANC) president Oliver Reginald Tambo was commemorated on Thursday with the unveiling of a new statue of the former anti-apartheid struggle stalwart at international arrivals at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma... 

Africa’s State-owned airlines underperforming

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 State-owned airlines in Africa are not operating at the capacity they should be, says Boeing sub-Saharan Africa MD Miguel Santos. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s forty-seventh annual general assembly, in KwaZulu-Natal, he noted... 

Aviation industry key to supporting tourism sector

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Aviation plays a central role in supporting the tourism sector, with over 54% of international tourists now travelling by air, KwaZulu-Natal economic development, tourism and environmental MEC Sihle Zikalala said at the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s forty-seventh annual general... 

Africa urged to set the trends in digital innovation

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 African countries have the potential to set trends rather than follow them in a world dominated by hurtling changes in information technology (IT), delegates attending the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have heard. Digital and technology transfer expert Lee Naik said over 300-million customers... 

Bloodhound supersonic car project, Uk and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 The Bloodhound will, most likely, not travel from the UK to South Africa’s Hakspeenpan in 2018 to attempt a new world land-speed record of 1 600 km/h. 

Embraer to open Johannesburg aviation training centre

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Aviation systems engineering and manufacturing firm Embraer will open an aviation training centre at the OR Tambo International airport, in Johannesburg, in the first half of next year. The facility will be the first of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training for qualified pilots,... 

Strike looms at South African Airways

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 South African Airways (SAA) warned on Tuesday, that its operations may be disrupted after one of the labour unions served the embattled airline with a notice of intention to embark on industrial action at its aircraft maintenance unit. This comes after the airline’s maintenance subsidiary, SAA... 

Airports Company achieves its best-ever profits

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) achieved a profit of R2-billion for the 2016/2017 financial year (FY), it announced recently, up from R1.9-billion for the FY 2015/2016. “This is probably the best set of results we’ve presented in the history of the company,” affirmed CEO Bongani Maseko at... 

Move to single-pilot operation would undermine air safety, says aviation expert

By: Keith Campbell     29th 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). He was... 

SAA cuts back on domestic, regional flights

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 Effective October 29, South African Airways (SAA) will reduce its daily Port Elizabeth and East London flights, along with some of its flights to Central Africa, as it continues to monitor route performance. The State-owned airliner on Wednesday said it had made some capacity adjustments to align... 

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. However, commercial users of drones are being constrained by generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is illegal to... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Those were the days . . .

By: Riaan de Lange     15th September 2017 It's Sunday afternoon. It’s hot and humid. You can smell the sea in a faint breeze that barely manages to rattle the leaves of the trees, which have been scorched and hardened by the sun. It is one of those vegetating Sunday afternoons, when you silently salute the inventor of the television... 

It’s time to counter antinuclear propaganda

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th September 2017 Of all sources of electricity, nuclear is the safest, cleanest and cheapest. These are all easily provable assertions, yet, in the open forum of public debate about nuclear power, issues such as provable claims count for little. An unfortunate development in international public debate has been... 

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... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

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... 

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