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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... 

Siemens to cut 6 900 jobs to tackle flailing turbines business

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 Siemens will cut about 6 900 jobs, or close to 2% of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division, which has been hit by the rapid growth of renewables. Most of the cuts, about 6 100, will be made before 2020 at Siemens's Power and Gas division, which once thrived on supplying large... 

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... 

High-tech SA firm aiming to revolutionise production of electronic components

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 A small South African high-technology company is seeking to revolutionise the production of a key category of components for aerospace electronics and radars by using additive manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D Printing). The company is NewSpace Systems (a finalist in this year’s Western... 

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... 

Solar to power ahead as it emerges as ‘cheapest’ source of generation

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 The World Energy Outlook 2017, released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in London on Tuesday, presents a base case scenario that foresees the world’s growing energy needs being met increasingly by renewables and natural gas over the coming 25 years, as “coal strikes out” and nuclear’s... 

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... 

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... 

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Gauteng Provincial Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport (LIA), and planned projects around it, for the development of the north west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the recent official opening of the new Control... 

ACSA CEO to chair international organisation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) CEO Bongani Maseko has been appointed chairperson of the world governing board of the Airports Council International (ACI), the trade representative of the world’s airports, for a two-year term. ACI serves 623 members operating 1 940 airports in 176 countries... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation and competition in information and communication technology (ICT), as well as easier access to research and development (R&D) tax incentives, would significantly help... 

Global airline association predicts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that 7.8-billion people will travel by air in 2036. This will amount to a nearly 100% increase over the figure of 4-billion air passengers expected for this year. This projection is based on a average compound annual growth rate... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 “Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation, competition in information and communication technology, as well as easier access to research and development tax incentives would significantly help to create jobs... 

Innovative fit-out boosts ‘green’ status of GE Africa Innovation Centre

     1st November 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon was tasked by GE Global Properties to design and fit-out the GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC), the first green- and LEED-certified GE building in Sub-Saharan Africa. GE opened its first African-based innovation centre... 

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... 

Global aviation industry faces Renaissance, creating openings for South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 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) in Pretoria by US National Aeronautics and... 

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... 

Initiatives aim to reduce carbon footprint and production costs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Current initiatives in the global synthetic fuels (synfuels) industry are focussing on using coal feedstock more efficiently to reduce operational and capital costs of production, states chemicals process engineering company Holland and Hausberger CEO Dr Brendon Hausberger. 

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.  

International airline body forecasts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2017 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that 7.8-billion people will travel by air in 2036. This will amount to a nearly 100% increase over the figure of 4-billion air passengers expected for this year. This projection is based on an average compound annual growth rate... 

Arconic sinks on earnings miss; appoints former GE boss as CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2017 The New York-listed equity of alloy metals specialist Arconic dipped on Monday after the company reported disappointing third-quarter results. The New York-headquartered company revealed a headline profit of $132-million, or $0.25 a share, compared with $137-million in the comparable quarter of... 

Rotary table shot blast machine: what it is and how it works

     23rd October 2017 Shot blasting is a technique used to clean, reinforce (by shot peening) or polish various types of material, especially metals. The versatility of this method is so impressive that it is also used to achieve artistic effects on glass, stone, marble and wood. 

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... 

African airlines to incur $800m loss for 2017

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Although the global airline industry is expected to post a $31-billion net profit this year, African airlines will once again incur losses of up to $800-million. Southern African Development Community airlines are expected to incur a combined $350-million loss, of which about $100-million will be... 

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... 

Urgent action required to address airline industry skills crisis

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Southern African airlines will face a potentially crippling shortage of skills, while also failing to hit employee transformation targets, if governments do not fix basic and tertiary education, the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned. Speaking at the AASA’s forty-seventh... 

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide an “unmatched” range of construction equipment for sale or to rent for the construction industry as part of its goal to grow consistently and sustainably. 

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,... 

Mercedes-Benz Vans, Matternet and Siroop start pilot project for drone deliveries

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans, US drone systems developer Matternet and Swiss online marketplace Siroop have started a pilot project in Zurich, Switzerland, to test a van-and-drone-based system for on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods. The pilot project is the first time that extensive beyond-line-of... 

Govt bailouts won’t help SAA, says former finance minister Trevor Manuel 

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Former South African finance minister, Trevor Manuel, said on Tuesday that government bailouts would not help the country’s state-owned airline to escape its troubles, insisting that South African Airlines (SAA) needed to get serious about its corporate governance. This comes after the South... 

No early ‘re-tyre-ment’: NitraLife’s nitrogen tyre inflation - extending tyre life and improving cost-savings in the commercial transport sector since 1996

     29th September 2017 Nitrogen tyre inflation has over the years become well-known, and is no longer the sole preserve of specialist tyre users such as the international motorsport or commercial aviation sectors. In fact, it is even conveniently available today on the forecourts of many petrol stations in South... 

Fastjet to raise cash to fund South Africa, Mozambique growth

By: Reuters     29th September 2017 African budget airline Fastjet Plc said on Friday it would raise not less than $44 million, in part through a placing, to fund expansion in South Africa and Mozambique. Fastjet plans an accelerated bookbuild to raise gross cash proceeds of $28 million and would sell 60 million shares to Solenta... 

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... 

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... 

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