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Airline safety in Africa getting better and better

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 16 minutes ago The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported “strong progress” in airline safety in Africa last year. This was part of a world-wide improvement in safety, revealed in the global airline industry representative organisation’s 2017 safety performance data, released on Thursday.... 

South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline reports record performance

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 South African private-sector airline group Comair, operator of the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, has announced that it had achieved a record performance for the first half of the current financial year (July 1 to December 31, 2017). Earnings before interest,... 

SNC-Lavalin awarded Engen refinery shutdown contract

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2018 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a $12.4-million contract for the February 2018 refinery turnaround at the Engen crude refinery, in Durban, for Engen Petroleum. The scope of work on this project involves the planning, preparation and execution of all mechanical activities on the North Complex and... 

Rwanda to issue mining licences to boost investment by a fifth

By: Bloomberg     21st February 2018 Rwanda will issue 50 new licences to mine metals including gold, tin and tantalum this year that may help boost investment in the East African nation by a fifth, the Rwanda Development Board said. The state-run board expects to attract $2-billion of investment in 2018, compared with $1.67-billion... 

New helicopters ordered for TNPA's Durban, Richards Bay ports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded negotiations and signed an agreement for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new helicopters to service the Durban and Richards Bay ports, as part of its helicopter marine pilotage service - one of only three countries in the world to... 

Fireblade executive terminal at OR Tambo airport is now handling international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2018 The Fireblade Aviation Fixed-Base Operations (FBO) terminal at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handled its first international flight last week, the company reported on Tuesday. A FBO is a private air terminal, to cater for VIP and VVIP passengers, flying into, out of and within a... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 People are concerned about noise, emissions and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, general director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Record performance by South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th February 2018 South African private-sector airline group Comair, operator of the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, announced on Tuesday that it had achieved a record performance for the first half of the current financial year (July 1 to December 31, 2017). Earnings before... 

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

Iata welcomes latest African ‘open skies’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the launch of the African Union’s (AU’s) Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. This is intended to improve intra-African air transport links by “opening up” the skies above the continent. The initiation of the SAATM... 

Embraer proclaims E190-E2 the world’s most ecofriendly narrow-body jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, has announced that flight tests have confirmed that its new E190-E2 airliner is the most efficient single-aisle airliner in the world. The E190-E2 is the first member of the group’s new... 

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... 

AU launches single African air transport market

By: Anine Kilian     30th January 2018 Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who, at the weekend, took over as president of the African Union (AU), on Sunday also announced the launch of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). The SAATM is the first AU Agenda 2063 flagship project and is aimed at creating a single unified air transport... 

Ekurhuleni unlocks investment opportunities

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 With globalisation causing more reliance on air commerce to trade goods and services, the speed and agility that aviation offers become key differentiators for firms and cities that want to stay competitive, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon environment and planning... 

Aerotropolis market access to foster economic growth

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 A successful aerotropolis has to ensure that the benefits associated with international air connectivity, such as market access and attractiveness for investment, will support economic activity, says consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV’s subsidiary Netherlands Airport Consultants... 

Plans in the pipeline for new ATNS development

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 As part of the City of Ekurhuleni’s aerotropolis framework project, South Africa’s air traffic management agency Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) plans to relocate and consolidate its divisions to the ATNS campus in Isando, Ekurhuleni. Construction is expected to start in July. “We want... 

Gruyere construction nearly one-third complete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2018 The Gruyere gold project, which Australian junior Gold Road and South African major Gold Fields are building in a 50:50 joint venture near Laverton, Western Australia, is advancing according to schedule. With early works at Gruyere having started in December 2016, construction has now been in... 

Global air travel passenger demand growth strengthens

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 The International Air Transport Association said in a statement on Thursday that global passenger traffic results for November 2017 showed continued robust demand. Total revenue passenger kilometres rose 8% compared with November 2016 – the fastest growth rate in five months – and up from a 7.3%... 

Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform

     10th January 2018 For improved agility in implementing control system projects Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by... 

UAE to resume flights to Tunis, ending row over ban on women

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it would resume flights to Tunisia after an exchange of security information, resolving a row over a ban on female Tunisian passengers. A statement by the foreign ministry on state news agency WAM said the decision was taken in light of extensive... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success 

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul. The term RPAS refers to the more common... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

European technology groups cooperating on electric propulsion for airliners

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft which will be test flown in the near term, the three enterprises... 

Global air cargo rising, aviation working to revamp operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 In a year characterised by positive growth, global air cargo is setting the stage for dramatic modernisation and transformation, the International Air Transportation Association (Iata) said on Wednesday. Air cargo accounted for about $6-trillion in the value of goods, representing 35% of global... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 Globally, airport capacity and airline demand for access to airports have not kept pace with one another, setting global aviation on a path to chaos should mitigation measures not be taken with urgency, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Passenger load factors are... 

Iata prioritises safe integration of drones into airspace

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2017 Given the evolution of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly referred to as drones, the International Air Transportation Association (Iata) is working on three specific focus areas to ensure this new branch of aviation is safely integrated and transitioned into the global airspace. The... 

Global air transport set for strong 2018 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2017 Despite entering what is typically considered the downturn year of a cyclical period in air travel, the aviation industry is expected to continue its strong growth in 2018, underpinned by strong global economic growth. While the past three cycles in air travel lasted around eight years before... 

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... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC), in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in... 

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft. This is intended to be test flown in the near term, the three... 

MOD Resources gets go-ahead for further exploration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 ASX-listed copper miner MOD Resources has received approval from the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to start drilling on a farm north of its T3 copper project, doubling its approved exploration area to 100 km2, while opening up additional airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey... 

Airlink to seek regulatory approval to merge with low-cost airline Safair

By: African News Agency      27th November 2017 Airlink and Safair, two independent South African aviation groups, have said that they will on Tuesday apply to the Competition Commission for approval to unite under the common umbrella of the Airlink group of companies. The proposal sees the Airlink and low-cost FlySafair airlines and Safair's... 

Katoro adds Lidar survey to Imweru PFS

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2017 Aim-listed Katoro Gold has expanded the prefeasibility study (PFS) of its Imweru gold project, in Tanzania, to include a light detection and ranging (Lidar) survey. The Lidar survey, which has been commissioned without compromising the timeline or budget, will use pulsed laser light to create a... 

Modest recovery in South African commercial aviation activity consolidated

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) has reported 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... 

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... 

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Applications for industrial lining solutions provider Groupline Projects’ (GLP’s) Armacoat and Armasteel composite repair systems seem to be “unlimited”, as the company embarks on a quest to tailor the repair solutions – tried and tested in the mining sector – for other industries, says GLP GM... 

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