World Airnews Magazine December 2019





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Reaction Engines’ Mach 5 engine 22

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Captain Scully Levin honoured 38

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Look out for the flaws 8 - 9

Seven mistakes when buying an aircraft 10

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It’s been a tough month for South Africa’s

aviation industry and it does not look like

things are going to improve anytime soon.

Some sectors are now baying for blood, loudly

calling for the national carrier SAA to be shut

down after it – again - failed to deliver its annual

report by the statutory September deadline.

At the time of writing, the strike by SAA

staff members who are affiliated to Numsa

and SACAA (South African Cabin Crew Association)

was in full swing with passengers

inconvenienced, travel agents scrambling

around to find alternative flights and mud

flying between the two parties.

It’s over wages, as usual. The unions have

demanded an 8% increase while airline

management – of a technically insolvent

entity - have offered 5.9%. Management

want to cut jobs and restructure to get the

place working but employees are not taking

this lying down. All of this, while you and

I, have in September forked out another

R5.5-billion for help the beleaguer airline.

The whole situation lends itself to irony

when you think that that Public Enterprises

Minister Pravin Gordhan has asked Parliament

for an extension to finalise their financials and

total estimates put the bailout bill since June

2017 to date more than R15.7-billion.

Ho hum…

Of deepening concern though, is the

unfolding crisis that is happening at South

African Airways Technical (SAAT) the

maintenance and service leg of the aviation

industry. What is really going in here? We

need some answers please.

In October the South African Civil Aviation

Authority issued the aircraft operator

with a prohibition order which stopped

aircraft under its watch from operating

pending the compliance with safety standards.

SAAT was accused of using ‘fake parts’ on

planes after a Mango flight was forced to

turn back on September 2 following technical

problems. At the time, SAA blamed

component failure for the problem and

then dismissed the claims as false.

A CAA inspection led to five findings

of non-compliance as it turned out SAAT

employed unqualified personnel – who

did not meet the standards - to sign off on

maintenance work. This led to the grounding

of 44 Comair, Mango and SAA planes.

After all how can you put an aircraft into


service when the person who has signed it

off doesn’t know what he/she is doing?

The issues within SAAT have already cost it

one of its clients. Comair has announced that

it is moving its servicing and repairs overseas,

saying it would be joining forces with Lufthansa

Technik. It also initiated registration of an

AMO (Approved Maintenance Organisation).

The strike this week will further complicate

matters as there will not be anyone to fix any

problems or conduct any weekly checks on

aircraft needing this. The longer the strike

continues the more this headache will turn

into a migraine beyond proportions.

It’s worth noting Comair is headed by

Glenn Orsmond, whose appointment

as Mango chief executive was rescinded

allegedly at the instruction of Public

Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, who

preferred Nico Bezuidenhout who took up

his post also in October and whose highest

qualification is a matric certificate.

But that is beside the point. Back to the drama

at SAAT, an investigation by a well known

Sunday newspaper revealed the SAAT head

honcho – recently appointed - Adam Voss was

allegedly responsible for a helicopter crash

that killed 10 people in Indonesia in 2011 after

he ignored international aviation safety advice.

World Airnews | December 2019

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By Heidi Gibson

Voss was employed by PT Nusa Halmahera

Minerals, a joint venture between Newcrest

Mining Limited and PT Aneka Tambang, as

a general manager responsible for aviation

to manage the helicopters that transported

miners to the Gosowong Mine on the Island

of Halmahera from 2005 until he resigned

after the crash on August 3, 2011.

The report alleged, Voss had “cut corners”

to save costs by changing the mining

company’s minimum aircrew experience

and training requirements despite repeated

warnings from supervisors that the company

was now flouting aviation laws. The

victims included two South Africans.

Voss allegedly failed to disclose this when

he applied for the SAAT job in June this year.

But that is okay because SAA spokesperson

Tlali Tlali said Voss had been appointed

because of his “impeccable credentials.”

On August 3, 2011, the Bell 412 helicopter

operated by Nyaman Air crashed near

Manado, resulting in the death of 10 people,

including two Australians and six Indonesians.

The crash was blamed on bad weather

such as strong winds and heavy clouds.

According to sources, Voss left the company

after the accident and joined Toll in Australia

as their maintenance manager based

in Brisbane. He then went on to Fiji Airlines,

ending up in Jet Airways as vice-president,

engineering. The airline subsequently shut

down and Voss made his way to SAA.

All of this begs the question where does

the buck stop and with whom? Isn’t it

about time that government stepped up

to its responsibilities and sorted out the

whole mess? If they don’t do what they are

supposed to do it seems the whole sector

will soon be in complete melt down. Q

For the first time ever travellers from the

United States can fly direct non-stop

between New York and Cape Town and vice versa

– and it is all thanks to United Airlines who has

promised the first flight will take touch down at

Cape Town International Airport on December 16.

The service will make use of the long range

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and - for the

moment - will be operated on a seasonal basis,

three times a week.

The aircraft will depart New York/Newark Liberty

International - one of New York’s three major

airports, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

at 20h50 and arriving at Cape Town the following

day at 0545 and then departing Cape Town on

Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 20h30 arriving

back at Newark at 06h00 the following day.

At Newark Liberty International Airport United Airlines is the

largest operator providing onward connections to some 80 destin

a ti o n s

For the average 15 hour flight between the two centres, the

Dreamliner offers a three class layout – 48 business, 88 Economy

Plus (with a 15 cm leg room increase) and 116 Economy seats.

At the centre of the planning stage for the joint venture between

United Airlines and several government and other organisations

in the Western Cape is Bob Schumacher, one of United Airlines’

Managing Directors, sales.

At the launch media briefing, Schumacher said initially around

80% of the passenger traffic would be American tourists but would

include the business sector should the service be expanded beyond

the initial seasonal service.

All of this, he said, would depend on the availability of aircraft

where two of the present 25 Boeing 787-9 aircraft in the United

fleet would be committed to the Cape Town route. Another consideration

to expand would be economic, he said. Further expansion

United Airline customers

travelling within

North America will begin flying

the friendly galaxy onboard allnew

Star Wars-themed Boeing

737-800 aircraft with a re-designed

onboard experience that

celebrates the movie.

The new paint design captures

the exotic atmosphere of

the Star Wars galaxy and features

imagery of famous Star

Wars spacecraft, including the

X-wing and TIE fighter starships.

The aircraft's tail is in coloured

lightsaber – the weapon of the

Jedi – against a black backdrop

on each side, reflecting the two

sides of the Force. United cabin

crew will greet customers with

classic Star Wars-themed music

and distribute commemorative

pins throughout December in

celebration of the movie's premiere.

Customers will be able

to track the Star Wars flights

online from anywhere around

the world using the FlightAware

online platform.

From left: Tim Harris, Bob Schumacher, James Vos and David Maynier

World Airnews | December 2019

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By Louis Vosloo

into other African destinations are not planned at this stage.

David Maynier, the Western Cape Minister for Finance and

Economic Opportunities, said this would have a positive effect for

the economy of the Western Cape that currently boasts the third

largest number of foreign tourists after the United Kingdom and


James Vos, Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for Economic

Opportunities, emphasised that as a co-founder of the air connectivity

initiative, the city sees the benefit of the new air service

not only the time and money spent by visitors, but the creation of

an estimated 900 new jobs and an estimated R421 million injection

by 2021.

Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment

promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape

predicted a positive future for the air service for the 200 000

visitors from the United States visiting the Western Cape and the

70 000 visitors from the Western Cape visiting the United States

per annum .Q


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World Airnews | December 2019

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Buying an aircraft is an important investment and the many aspects of aircraft

ownership should be seriously considered before signing on the dotted line

The pre-purchase inspection is a very

important and often an over looked

precaution when deciding whether to purchase

an aircraft. This is especially important

when buying a used aircraft. Have a pre-purchase

inspection completed; as this will help

avoid any surprises. Many aircraft have underlying

flaws that would cost thousands of Rands

to correct and these will be found when you do

a pre-purchase inspection. Then prospective

buyers can ask the current aircraft owner to

correct them, or negotiate new price.

Another thing to consider is time between

overhaul (TBO). Verify that parts can be

obtained for the aircraft, and that local

mechanics can work on it. Always fly the

aircraft before you buy; this is the most

straightforward way to get a good feel for

whether the aircraft is a good fit for you.

Thoroughly examine aircraft records and engine

logs, looking for unusual entries. If you see

an entry for “Replaced sections of fuselage skin”

you should be suspicious of a gear-up landing.

Do some research on the cost and availability

of aircraft insurance?

With a little advance planning and some

research, your aircraft purchase will be a

memorable experience, for the right reasons!

Generally speaking major factors that

affect resale value are:

• Engine hours: perhaps the most common

influence on resale value. The closer an

engine is to its recommended time between

overhaul (TBO), the less its value. Equally important

is a record of consistent use coupled

with a good maintenance program. Regular

use helps keep seals and other engine components

lubricated and in good shape.

• Equipment: such as avionics, air conditioning,

de-icing gear and interior equipment.

The big item here is usually avionics that

can easily double the value of some older

aircraft. Also, older equipment is generally

more expensive to maintain.

• Airworthiness Directives: ADs are issued

for safety reasons and are a fact of life

for most every aircraft. Once issued,

owners are required to comply with the

AD within the time period allotted. It’s

important to look at the AD history of an

aircraft. Check the nature of the ADs and

whether they are recurring or one-time

compliance. Make sure the logbooks

show compliance with all applicable ADs.

• Damage history: major repairs can affect

the value of an aircraft significantly, but

may be hard to pin down. A damage

history will decrease the value of an aircraft,

depending on the type of accident,

nature of the damage and the degree

to which major components have been

involved. Any aircraft with a damage

history should be closely scrutinized to

make sure it has been properly repaired

in accordance with the applicable FAA

regulations and recommended practices.

• Paint/interior: used on occasion to give

"tired" aircraft a quick facelift. Check

new paint jobs carefully for evidence of

corrosion under the surface. Interior items

should be checked for proper fit and condition.

Done properly, both items enhance

the value of the aircraft.

• Overhauls: Be careful of the terminology

used to describe engine condition. A top

overhaul involves the repair of engine components

outside of the crankcase. A major

overhaul involves the complete disassembly,

inspection, repair and reassembly of an

engine to specified limits. If an engine has

had a top or major overhaul, the logbooks

must still show the total time on the engine,

if known, and its prior maintenance history.

A "zero-time" engine is one that has

been overhauled to factory new limits by

the original manufacturer and is issued a

new logbook without previous operating

history. As a general rule, an aircraft with a

"zero-time" engine has more value than the

same aircraft with an overhauled engine.

World Airnews | December 2019

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• Test Flight: It is always a good idea to

fly the aircraft before you make your

final decision. During the flight, carefully

check all equipment and systems to

determine if they are fully functioning.

During the start open the window to

listen to the engine. If it sounds rough,

don’t even take the plane up. Watch

all the gauges during takeoff. Do the

engines operate smoothly? Do a few

turns. How does the aircraft feel? Check

all the avionics.

• The pre-purchase inspection: A mechanic

should inspect the plane before

you buy it. During this inspection, make

sure you confirm that the ADs (airworthiness

directives) are up to date, all

maintenance was performed and recorded

correctly, and all inspections are

current. For the best results, find a mechanic

who is familiar with the make and

model so that he/she knows which areas

to focus in on. A pre-purchase inspection

should include at least a differential

compression check on each cylinder of

the engine. A mechanical inspection,

the aircraft logbooks and other records

should be carefully reviewed. AD compliance,

the status of service bulletins

and letters, and aircraft/component

serial numbers. Ideally, the mechanic

you select to do the inspection should

have experience and be familiar with

the problems that may be encountered

on that type of aircraft. Part of your

pre-purchase inspection should include

an analysis of the spare parts market.

Difficulty in acquiring spare parts can

cost you a lot of time and money, and

ultimately risk grounding your aircraft

• Aircraft Records: Make sure the following

documents are available and in

proper order for the aircraft: Airworthiness

certificate, engine and airframe

logbooks, aircraft equipment list, weight

and balance data, placards, owner's


handbook. Missing documents, pages or

entries from aircraft logbooks may cause

significant problems for the purchaser

and reduce the value of the aircraft.

• Unusual/Exotic Aircraft: Generally,

the more unique the aircraft, the more

unique the problems. Out-of-production

aircraft may cause difficulties because

of parts shortages or unusual design

features. Check on parts availability and

product support for any older model. In

the case of a homebuilt, keep in mind

that you are buying an experimental

aircraft that has been handcrafted. You

may find some mechanics reluctant or

unwilling to perform maintenance on

such aircraft because of their unfamiliarity

with the design and construction, or

because of liability concerns.

• Final Inspection: Aircraft owners are required

to keep records of all inspections

and maintenance required by regulations,

as well as any major repairs and alterations.

Before purchasing an airplane,

you should study the airplane's engine

and airframe logbooks to determine

if the maintenance and recordkeeping

requirements have been fulfilled.

Check for the following information:

the total time in service of the airframe, engine(s),

and propeller(s); current status of

any life-limited parts; time since overhaul

of any component that is required to be

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• Airframe

• Paint

• Corrosion

• Fabric

• Attachment points

• Control cables/pulleys

• Control surfaces

• Fuel tanks/lines

• Doors/windows, emergency


• General condition

• Landing Gear

• Tires

• Brakes

• Shock absorbing


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• Retraction system

• Shimmy damper

• Gear attach points

• Microswitches

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• Cabin Interior

• Cockpit controls

• Circuit breakers/


• Instruments

• Avionics

• Seatbelts

• Seats/tracks/


• Ventilation/heat

• Interior fabric

• Door/window seals

• Window/windshields

• Lighting

• Engine Systems

• Corrosion

• Induction system

• Turbocharging system

• Exhaust system

• Ignition system

• Electrical system

The FARs also includes inspection

requirements for specific equipment. For

example, if the airplane has a transponder,

you should check the logbooks to ensure

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• B a tt e r y

• Cooling baffles

• Control cables

• Lubrication system

• Starter

• Filters

• Vacuum system

• Fuel system

• Engine mounts

• Seals

• General condition

• Propeller(s)

• Blade conditions

• Hub conditions

• Governor

• Spinner

• Seals

• Deicing

• Cylinders

• Compression

• Oil Consumption

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The most important thing with all

of this is that you need to do your

research. Buying used or new both come

with the responsibility of the buyer to

know what they’re getting into.

Acquiring your own aircraft takes

some thought and planning. If you know

what you’re doing and have a good team

to help you, the process can go fairly

smoothly. But, if you haven’t bought a

plane before or if you want to try and

“wing it”, you can be in for some exciting


Here are some of the biggest mistakes

that can happen along the way.

The best place to start is an analysis of

your future travel needs, and look at how

your needs have changed over the past

few years. The initial purchase cost is the

first piece to consider, but there are also

the ongoing operating and maintenance

costs which are often overlooked or underestimated.

Are you a weekend pilot or a business

pilot? Do you fly mostly fair-weather

flights in the local area, or do you log

hours on long cross-country flights in

instrument meteorological conditions?

The type of flying you do will largely

determine what kind of airplane you will

need and what features and capabilities

it will need to have.

• Jets versus Propellers – Jets are

obviously much faster, but are more

expensive to buy and operate

• New versus Used – Used planes cost

less than new planes, but may have

more mechanical problems. This does

not mean that used planes are unsafe.

The average general aviation airplane

is over 20 years old

• Homebuilt versus Popular – Homebuilts

often are faster, lighter and

may cost less to operate (if you built

it yourself, you may be able to do

your own maintenance). However if

you build it yourself, there is work in

assembling, you need a place to put

it together, and if you sell it, you may

be liable for any problems the future

owner has. If you buy it used and fully

assembled, you somewhat at the

mercy of the mechanical skills of the

previous owner.

• Classics and Antiques – Older planes

have stylistic appeal and are popular

at air shows. Classic usually refers to

planes build between 1945 and 1955.

Antique usually refers to plans build

before 1945.





• Performance – What is the range?

Manufacturers calculate the maximum

distance the plane can fly at 75% power

without refuelling. Will the plane be

able to land at your local airport? Standard

airports have 3,000 to 4,000 feet

runways, local strips may be smaller.

• Cruise – How fast do you need to

travel? Cruise speed is measured as

the speed at 75% power, and is usually

expressed in statute miles per hour

• Number of Seats – How many seats

will you need? Most planes can

effectively carry fewer passengers and

luggage than the number of seats they


• Seating Configuration – What is your

seating preference, Tandem v. Sideby-side?

Tandem may be faster due

to narrower configuration and may

give the pilot more visibility and more

legroom. However, side-by-side seating

makes communication between

occupants easier.

• Avionics Level – What are the level

and condition of the instruments

and other electronics? Multiple

communication radios are helpful

for longer flights or flying in congested


• Construction - Low wing generally

have better flight visibility for flying in

crowded airspace; High-wing airplanes

may be better for sightseeing. Which

is more appropriate for your personal

o b j e c ti v e?

• Landing gear – Which type of gear do

you prefer, Conventional or Tricycle

Gear Landing gear – Conventional is

more rugged and may have lower wind

resistance, however a tricycle gear

is less complex and may have lower

maintenance costs.

• Age – How old is the plane? Will you

easily be able to find replacement


• Physical condition – Look for rust,

cracked paint, and worn parts.

• Engine – Note the manufacturer and

size. Continental and Lycoming are the

most common, and therefore the least

expensive to find replacement parts.

Also consider fuel consumption. Will

you easily and cheaply be able to fill

up with the right kind of fuel?

• Gross – What is the capacity of the

plane? It’s measured as the allowable

total weight of the plane, passengers

and cargo

• Useful Load – Similar to gross, the useful

load measures carrying capacity.

It’s the gross weight minus the weight

of the empty plane.

• Stall – What is the stall speed (usually

expressed in statute miles per


• Cost – How much will it cost you

every year? Include purchase costs,

storage costs, maintenance costs, and

flight costs.


• Inspect the plane yourself

• Fly the plane yourself

• Have an experienced mechanic look

the plane over

• Verify that the seller has legal rights

to sell the plane.



• What is the airframe and engine flight

ti m e

• When was the last major overhaul,

the last annual inspection and the last

avionics check?

• List all applicable airworthiness directives

and ask whether or not the plane

is in compliance

• What were the compression readings

for each cylinder at the last time measurements

were taken

• What is the damage history, major

and minor (if any)

• What avionics does it have? How old

is it?

• Overall condition of the interior and


• What price?


Walk around the plane, noticing whether

the plane is sitting level. Look at paint

for consistency; it may be an indicator of

replacement parts. Make sure the paint

is not cracking or flaking. The wear on the

paint is a good indicator of how the plane

has been treated. Has it been left outside

baking in the sun and buried under snow,

or has it been stored in a covered hangar?

Also look for dents, rust and missing pieces

to get a general sense for how well the

plane has been maintained.

Inside the cabin check how well the doors

close? Is the interior worn? Does it smell?

Look at the avionics. Does the plane have a

Mode C transponder? Does the plane have

an emergency locator transmitter? If it is

missing either, find out why.

Examine the log books. Look for the

frequency of flights, repairs and inspecti

o n s .Q





Louise Pietersen, a broker at DJA

Aviation (Pty) Ltd, recently rejoined the

team. She looks back at her journey

back to her second home

After school I

started out in

the health and beauty

sector as a student at

Isa Carstens in Stellenbosch,

where I studied

to become a health and

skin care therapist. After

completing my diploma

I went overseas for a

couple of years but soon

returned to South Africa.

I had developed carpal

tunnel syndrome - a

common condition that

causes pain, numbness,

and tingling in the hand

and arm. The condition

occurs when one of the

major nerves to the

hand is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. This

left Louise unable to pursue her career.

“I had to find something else to do and ended up working at Dennis

Jankelow and Associates (now DJA) for the Reach for a Dream Aircraft

raffle. It was only a temporary position until the raffle at the end of

that year. I was employed as an admin assistant and so my career in

general aviation started in April 2004. I never knew that what started

out as a temporary position would became my new career path.

“As admin assistant I studied additional insurance courses and

worked my way up to become an aviation insurance broker. I spent my

first 11 years in the industry at DJA where I trained under the mentorship

of some of the pioneers in the South African Aviation Insurance

Industry,” said Louise.

“While I was there I did the certificate of proficiency and the ICIBS

(Intermediate Certificate in Business Studies) together through the

Insurance Institute of South Africa, which is the equivalent to a NQF

level 4.

Then I left DJA and moved to an Aircraft Risk Company where I

worked as aviation Insurance Handling Broker, managing a wide variety

of aviation insurance risks from Helicopter fleets, Turboprops and

Jets to small piston aircraft. I worked in this field for almost four years.

“Earlier this year DJA approached me to re-join their team and I’m

happy to say that I returned “home”, where it all started for me.

I’m looking forward to this next phase of my career and will continue

to strive for excellence in my work and providing the DJA clients

with the high level of service and dedication for which the company

has been renowned for many decades.”

Louise is a member of the UK based Chartered Insurance Institute

or CII and has completed her Charted Insurance Institute insurance

certificate. She is busy with her CII Insurance Diploma (which is equivalent

to a NQF level 5). Q

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The African Airlines Association

(AFRAA) in partnership with Air

Mauritius kicked off AFRAA’s 51st Annual

General Assembly with a call to support

African airlines achieve sustainable

operations for improved air connectivity

in Africa.

This year’s Assembly was officially

opened by the President of the Republic

of Mauritius and brought together more

than 400 delegates from across

60 countries.

Under the theme “Success in an

integrated and interconnected Africa”,

AFRAA secretary general Abderahmane

Berthé said in an effort to boost the

competitiveness of African airlines the

association had created the AFRAA consulting


“This will serve as a knowledge and expertise

hub for the African air transport

market. Furthermore, our vision, mission

and strategic objectives have been

revamped to ensure we can better meet

the needs of African carriers so they can

become key players and drivers of African

economic development,” he said.

He said the governance framework of

the Association has been redesigned to

enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

CEO Air Mauritius Somas Appavou said,

“Most agree that in order for African aviation

to achieve its true potential, a major

paradigm shift is required; not only among

key players, but also among all stakeholders

within the continent’s aviation

ecosystem. Improved collaboration among

African airlines is probably the single most

urgent target we must set for ourselves

because alone, no African airline will successfully

overcome the hurdles of scale and

the high cost base that are holding back

the African aviation industry.”

Appavou also reiterated his wish for

the creation of a first African Alliance.

Deliberations over the course of the

51st AGA featured high level partners

such as the International Civil Aviation

Organization, the International Air Transport

Association (IATA), the African civil

aviation commission and others. Panel

discussion participants tackled matters

of interest of the African air transport

market including the reconciling of the

Single African Air transport market with

airline strategic plans, growth avenues

to be found in positive synergies and the

next steps towards enhancing competitiveness

to boost employment creation,

revenue generation and continued

economic transformation.

AFRAA currently represents more than

85% of the air transport market in Africa

and has recently grown its fraternity with

five new members namely: Safarilink aviation,

Air Djibouti, Air Senegal and Uganda

National Airlines and Air Peace. Q

The International Air Transport Association

(IATA) has asked authorities

in Africa to focus on four priorities to

help economic and social growth within

the continent.

Speaking at the 51st AFRAA AGA, director

general and CEO International Air Transport

Association Alexandre de Juniac said it was

appropriate to meet in Mauritius as this is

a country that relies on air transportation

to connect it to the world. And it has built

one of Africa's strongest economies with

aviation as a central pillar.

“Across the African continent, the

promise and potential of aviation is rich.

Already it supports (US) $55.8 billion in

economic activity and 6.2 million jobs. And,

as demand for air travel in Africa more than

doubles over the next two decades, the

critical role that aviation plays in Africa's

economic and social development will grow

in equal proportion,” he said.

While the environment is a big challenge

for all the industry and may not be top of

mind yet for aviation in Africa, it is key for

tourism markets in Europe,” he said.

For Africa, he said the four critical priorities

are safety, cost-competitiveness,

openness and gender diversity.


“The loss of ET302 earlier this year was a

tragic reminder of the importance of that

priority. The accident weighs heavily on the

entire industry. And it created fissures in

the globally recognised system of aircraft

certification and validation. Rebuilding

public confidence will be a challenge. A

harmonised approach by regulators to

returning the aircraft to service will make a

major contribution to this effort.

“We must never forget that global standards

have helped to make aviation the safest

form of long-distance transport. And there is

a good example of that in the safety performance

of African airlines. The continent had

no fatal jet accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

That is largely due to the co-ordinated efforts

of all stakeholders with a focus on global

standards, guided by the Abuja Declaration.

There is still more work to do.”

He said more states needed to incorporate

the IATA Operational Safety Audit

(IOSA) into their safety oversight systems.

“This is already the case for Rwanda,

Mozambique, Togo and Zimbabwe and it is a

membership requirement for both IATA and

AFRAA. IOSA is a proven global standard that

delivers demonstrably better performance.

He said smaller operators should consider

becoming IATA Standard Safety Assessment

(ISSA) certified as not all operators can

qualify for the IOSA registry, either because

of the aircraft type they operate or because

their business model does not allow

conformity with IOSA standards. But ISSA

provides a valuable operational benchmark

for smaller carriers.

He said IATA is working closely with

AFRAA to grow the ISSA registry among

airlines in this region and congratulated

SafariLink on becoming the first ISSA

registered carrier in the region earlier

this year.


He said African carriers lose (US) $1.54 for

every passenger they carry, as the high cost

of jet fuel has contributed to these losses.

“User charges are excessive. They

account for 11.4% of African airlines'

operating costs. That is double the industry

average,” he said.

“And there is a plethora of taxes and

charges, some unique like Redevance fees,

Hydrant fees, Railage fees, Royalty Fees

and even Solidarity taxes.

De Juniac asked government to implement

three actions in relation to this: to

follow ICAO standards and recommended

practices for taxes and charges, disclose

hidden costs such as taxes and fees and

benchmark them against global best practice,

and eliminate taxes or cross-subsidies

on international jet fuel.

“This is an issue in 19 African states namely:

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon,

Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia,

Gabon, Libya, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique,

Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and Zimbabwe.

He said IATA had success in clearing the

backlog in Nigeria and significant progress

had been made in Angola.



A further priority for governments is

liberalizing intra-Africa access to markets.

“The high barriers that African states have

erected between their neighbours are evident

in trade levels. Less than 20% of African trade

is within the continent. That compares poorly

with Europe at 70% and Asia at 60%,” he said.

IATA is promoting three key agreements

which, when combined, have the potential to

transform the continent. These are the African

Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which

came into force in July, the African Union (AU)

Free Movement Protocol that would ease the

severe visa restrictions that African countries

impose on African visitors and the lastly the

Single African Air Transport Market—or SAATM.

“My message to governments on this triumvirate

of agreements is simple—hurry-up! We

know the contributions that connectivity will

make to the SDGs. Why wait any longer to give

airlines the freedom to do business and Africans

the freedom to explore their continent?”


Africa can be proud of its leadership in

this area. Women are at the helm of four

African airlines—far better representation

than we see anywhere else in the industry.

He asked all airlines to sign-up to the

IATA 25by2025 Campaign which will help us

address gender imbalance globally.

25by2025 is a voluntary programme for

airlines to commit to increasing female

participation at senior levels to at least 25%

or to improve it by 25% by the year 2025.

“We are the business of freedom. And

for Africa that is the freedom to develop

through our critical role in enabling connectivity

and the UN Sustainable Development

Goals. We do that by facilitating (US) $100

billion of trade annually, “ said de Juniac. Q

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Last month we looked at Decision

Making Under Pressure. This month

we tackle Stress - the perception of a

catastrophic outcome. SAA pilot and CRM

training manager and safety investigator

David Doull focuses on two areas - coping

with acute stress and chronic stress at the

level of the individual.


“I felt the nose of the Beech 1900 yaw as

I rotated. The left engine was changing

pitch (the compressor was seizing). It was

summer in Kabul (Afghanistan), elevation

5800 feet, aircraft at max weight. The right

hand engine was now at the torque power

limit, rudder against the stop and the

speed just above red line. We just did not

climb. The gear came up when wallowing

in ground effect and the roof top aerials

were just below our wings. The terrain was

rising ahead, I thought that the only thing

I could do was pick a street to crash into. I

remember a pulsing feeling in my neck, my

right leg shaking against the rudder pedal

and I heard my hyperventilating breathing.

It was a familiar feeling for an ex-paramedic

- the feeling of your life being threatened.

“Something happened at that moment

of recognition. I went from thinking this

was the end to, first, confidence that stress

makes me stronger and, second, rage at the

thought of my life being prematurely ended

on contract, away from home, on a relatively

low salary and in the war-torn, dust

bowl of Kabul. Perhaps if it had been the

Maldives with good pay it would’ve been

different. I flew that B190 out of danger

with a toddler tantrum. It was an involuntary

re-action. My brain became self-centred,

aggressive and hyper-vigilant. I did

what I had to do (stuck to priorities). I gave

myself targets to achieve such as “just get

100 fpm climb” or “just get past that hill”

(goal-directed). I thought about what was

about to happen (anticipation of time).”

Each goal achieved, no matter how small,

I told myself I was dealing with it. I was

fighting my way out. As part of anticipating,

I constantly made a plan B. I chose a new

crash site every few seconds and I thought

about what I would do if the other engine

failed. But I stuck to plan A and it worked;

an unstoppable cycle of priorities, goals

and time built into forward thinking of

what is about to happen.

If acute stress is new to you then you

must learn to tame panic; redirect it,

recognise that your body is rising to the

challenge and apply a recipe that works

(e.g. Aviate, Navigate, Communicate, Assess,

Action, Time evaluation). This will help

focus your attention on the right priorities,

goals and time awareness. If you feel your

heart rate racing, focus on your breathing.

Take deep, slow breaths to keep your

body in the optimum zone. Train yourself

under stressful situations to get used to the

feeling and to build confidence. Over-learn

what you will need to apply and practice

multi-tasking. The real world happens all

at the same time and you need to learn to

multi-task and shed less important things.

Lastly, try to be as mentally flexible as you

can; go with the flow and adapt to reality

(‘Safety at the Sharp End’ by Flin, O’Connor

& Crichton).


“It was a sunny afternoon at Johannesburg

when I woke up with a helluva fright. We

were downwind on an instrument arrival.

I turned to the pilot flying and said, please

watch me I’ve just fallen asleep for the

third time since top of descent”. After the

flight, at a quiet moment, I thought to

myself “David, what are you doing being at

work like this?” Then I thought about the

denial; finances, family member recently

diagnosed with cancer, studying, extra

work, a full roster, small kids at home, not

enough time with my wife, struggling with

sleep, the list went on. We all have a list,

sometimes it’s not the length that counts,

it’s what is on the list.

Chronic stress has three core skill sets,

Flexibility, Tolerance and Optimism (Emotional

Intelligence by Prins, van Niekerk &

Weyers). Flexibility involves managing your

perception and becoming an observer.

Change drives innovation and your problem-solving

skills. It is our ability to adapt

that makes us strong. Observing your own

thoughts and feelings puts you in command.

So redirect them; motivate and reach out

to others, be accepting (show forgiveness)

towards yourself and ask “How have I played

a role?” It is important to make friends with

your thoughts, understand them and decide

which ones you will keep or change.

Increasing stress tolerance involves three

main areas; lifestyle, mindfulness and

changing automatic thoughts. Sleep lots, eat

healthy, don’t smoke, take alcohol in moderation

and do 20 mins of exercise per day.

Make time for your mind, allow thoughts to

pass through and be solution focused. Spend

10 mins a day clearing your mind. When

we say or think words like “should, must,

always, never” or phrases like “I’m hopeless;

nothing ever changes; this always happens

to me” these are automatic thoughts.

Change them to functional thoughts, for

example: a near collision (translates to you

as “You stupid idiot”) becomes “Nobody is

perfect, we’re lucky.” Force your thoughts

into accepting what you can’t change and

changing what you can.

Lastly optimism involves three aspects;

manage your expectations, persistence and

trust. Expect setbacks, they’re temporary.

Failure is okay, quitting is not. Open up

communication with people to develop

trust. The more meaningful the connection

you have with a person, the luckier you will

feel to be alive. Q

HSH Aerospace Finishes, in its

development programmes, has

decided to pay particular attention to the

African continent.

HSH South Africa office, in addition to

their diverse clientele from Brazil to Canada,

including the Middle East, India and

Japan, will be the starting point to better

service for potential African customers.

Currently in the HSH African family are Egypt

Air, Kenya Airways, RwandAir and the Airbus Industry

Component in South Africa, it would like

to welcome other members wishing to make

use of HSH Aerospace Finishes ECO-FRIENDLY

products, following the world trend towards

the respect of nature are welcome.

Taking into account the growth of air

transport in Africa, according to industry

estimates, the maintenance of existing

fleets and support for new acquisitions, HSH

AEROSPACE FINISHES is in a position to offer

its technical support with low cost solutions,

an excellent performance and, last but not

least, rapid drying, an advantage that cannot

be neglected specifically during in situ

interventions, during

aircraft stops.

The HSH laboratory,

in their office

in Brussels, has the

possibility in 48 hours

create any requested

colour, according to

the sample provided

by the customer, and

send the final product

to its destination,

bearing in mind, in this

case, that the shipping

costs will be lower

than those incurred

that fall within the classification of Dangerous

Goods, HSH products are water-based and not

classified as Dangerous.

HSH Aerospace Finishes offers its customers

in addition to its technical support and,

if necessary, a course held by its specialised

technician, necessary for the knowledge and

training of painter team.

For the past couple of years an HSH representatives

has been present at all the industry

conferences organized by AfBAA, MRO Africa,

Aviation Africa on the African continent namely

Cairo, Nairobi, Kigali, Johannesburg and Cape

Town reflecting the growing interest in this company

in the air transport sector of the continent.

What a better opportunity to offer aeronautical

operators to preserve an ever better appearance

of their aircraft interiors, to respect passengers

and provide them with a greater comfort?

For more information contact Business

development manager sub-Saharan Africa

Mauro de Nicola Mobile: (27) 83 2674988

and email Q

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The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard is

internationally recognised as the world’s leading QMS. It

is designed to assist companies in meeting statutory and regulatory

requirements in their service and delivery and to offer their

customers the satisfaction of knowing that this service delivered

will meet the very highest international standards.

ISO 9001:2015 assures customers of consistency and excellence

in service delivery.

Apart from the company itself becoming more cost effective

through the integration and alignment of internal processes, a

company boasting ISO 9001:2015 certification enjoys greater

credibility and is assured of customer satisfaction and improved

customer loyalty. Improved communication, planning and administration

guarantees consistency in delivery and this, in turn, leads to

repeat business from customers who expect the highest standards

of delivery.

The Flight Safety Group is pleased to announce that all five companies

comprising the Group are now ISO 9001:2015 certified.




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The Australian contingency of the Group, namely:

• Flight Safety (Pty) Ltd

• Flight Safety Helideck Certification (Pty) Ltd

• Aeronautical Enterprises (Pty Ltd)

have all been ISO 9001:2015 certified by Lloyds Register for many


The South African contingent of companies in the Group, namely:

• Helideck Certification-Africa (Pty) Ltd

• Flight Safety Africa (Pty) Ltd

Have recently been audited by Lloyds Register and it can now be

confirmed that all five companies in the Flight Safety Group are ISO

9001:2015 certified by Lloyds Register.

The ISO 9001:2015 Certification of the 5 companies is for:

Helideck, Helipad, Layout Design, Friction Testing, Safety and

Operational Assessments and Certifications.

The Flight Safety Group is unique as the only group of companies

internationally with this all-inclusive ISO 9001:2015 certification. Q


Edward Baig describes how

he landed a small private jet,

Cirrus VisionJet, at New York's

Stewart International Airport

simply by pressing a button to

activate autonomous landing


The jet's safe return system,

which is expected to be

approved soon by the Federal

Aviation Administration, is

meant to address the problem

of pilot incapacitation




don’t have a pilot’s licence. I’m not

crazy about heights. I’m not even great

at flight simulators on a computer.

None of these obstacles, however,

stopped me from landing a small private jet

recently at Stewart International Airport in

New Windsor, New York. It was easy, really.

OK, full confession: Actually, the plane

landed itself. I merely pressed a single red

button on the roof of the main cabin, transforming

it into an autonomous aircraft.

I was aboard a (US) $2.75-million Cirrus

Aircraft Vision Jet, newly outfitted with an

aptly named safety system called safe return,

which is in the final stages of getting approval

from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Prior to my, um, act of heroism, we had

been flying at an altitude of about 10,000

feet after taking off from Westchester

county airport in White Plains, New York.

All kidding aside, the safe return system

is designed to address a dead serious problem:

What happens if the pilot becomes

incapacitated and is unable to act? In just

such an emergency, the system can let any

passenger safely land the plane.

There was a pilot during my demo flight,

but still the prospect of having me land a

self-flying plane was enough to put some

other newspaper staffers off. They turned

down the invitation to capture the moment

from the cockpit.

Safe Return has to able to solve two main

problems, the most obvious of which is to

return everyone to the ground safely.

But it must also perform this rescue mission

without disrupting the flight patterns

or risking the safety of all the other planes

in nearby airspace.

“When you automatically turn that plane

into an autonomous vehicle, the plane starts

acting as if the pilot were still doing things,”

said Ben Kowalski, senior vice president for

sales and marketing at Cirrus Aircraft.

The plane has databases of the terrain

and possible obstacles (like mountains

and cell towers). It gets real-time weather

and wind information. And it knows the

weight, how much fuel remains, and all

the nearby airports where an emergency

landing is possible, including the lengths of

all runways.

After determining the proper path based

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on all these considerations, the system

uses text-to-speech software to broadcast

its whereabouts to air traffic control.

Kowalski said it goes something like this:

“Aircraft 149 Victor Bravo, we have an

emergency onboard. The pilot is incapacitated.

I’m 15 miles north of White Plains,

and I’m going to land at JFK on runway 27.”

There’s no particular challenge to push

the button – it’s easily reached by an adult

in the cabin. (The plane seats five adults

and two children.) But you can only assume

that panic will set in during a real crisis in

which the pilot has a heart attack, seizure

or something else goes wrong.

The system tries its best to calm everyone

down by mimicking what, well, a pilot

might say. For example “safe return activated,

landing in 13 minutes.” A moment

later, “safe return activated, landing in 12

minutes.” And so on.

Meanwhile, the screens in the cockpit

show that safe return is activated and

warns passengers not to touch anything.

If there is a situation where a passenger

inadvertently (or intentionally) pushes the

button, the pilot can override the self-landing

system with a control on the yoke.

The turbine aircraft has other built-in

safeguards. For almost three years, Vision

Jet has a standard parachute system that

promises to safely bring the plane down in

case of engine failure. This latest innovation

takes care of the human element,

rather the missing human element." Q

Article courtesy: https://www.usatoday.







Piper Aircraft, headquartered in

Vero Beach, announced they will

soon offer a general aviation aircraft

that will be able to land by itself with

just a push of a button.

Piper said the technology, known as

the HALO Safety System, enables their

new M660 SLS planes to safely land at

the nearest suitable airport - if the pilot

is incapacitated.

Once engaged, either automatically or

by a passenger, the Halo system assumes

control of all of the aircraft's systems.

Rolls-Royce has announced plans

to expand their global network of

engine overhaul services to support growth

of the large aero engines.

With the forecast to grow from more than

4,000 today to approximately 6,500 in the

mid-term – and even further beyond that

– Rolls Royce expects demand for overhaul

services to increase over the coming years.

The planned expansion comes as the

long-term focus of their business moves towards

managing the aftermarket potential

of our fleet of widebody aircraft engines.

The further expansion of the company’s network

of engine overhaul facilities underpins

their commitment to reducing the impact on

customers with in-service Trent 1000 issues.

In Germany, part of the Rolls-Royce

Deutschland site in Dahlewitz will transition

into an overhaul services hub with the

capability of handling widebody engine

overhauls. The Rolls-Royce Canada site in

Montreal, which currently services business

jet engines, will also be repurposed to become

a widebody engine overhaul facility.

These moves come in addition to ongoing

investment in the UK, Derby site that is positioned

to become the company’s engine

overhaul Centre of Excellence.

The Rolls Royce Derby team is developing

new overhaul techniques and will provide

training to the wider network. Continued

investment in overhaul facilities in Bristol

and Inchinnan to enhance their capacity

to undertake overhauls of the Trent 700

engines is also planned.

Rolls-Royce civil aerospace services director

Dominic Horwood said, “Expanding capacity



It also communicates with air traffic

control facilities regarding the new flight

plan and estimated time of landing,

according to Piper.

“The aircraft will acquire the best

place to land, go to the airport, land,

shut down by itself without any interaction

from any occupant," said Piper Vice

President of Marketing Ron Gunnarson.

The technology is able to account for

runway size, wind, time, fuel range, glide

path, weather conditions and the terrain

as it seeks the nearest suitable runway.

After landing, Piper says Halo will activate

the braking system to finally stop the

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in our network of service facilities follows

previous announcements about increased

provision for engine overhaul through Authorised

Maintenance Centres at Delta Tech Ops,

Sanad Aerotech and Standard Aero.

“We are focused on expanding our

existing global network to address the

growing demand for overhaul services and

to provide our customers with even better

service solutions both now and into the

future,” said Horwood. Q

plane, even shutting off the engine and

providing how to exit the aircraft safely.

Piper says this is the first general aviation

aircraft in the world to be certified

with this capability.

The company said certification of the

M600 SLS is imminent. If you are thinking

about making a purchase, Piper said

the price is (US) $2.994 million.

The company has built twice as many

planes this year as it did just two years

ago. Q

Article courtesy: https://www.wptv.


Garmin has announced a revolution

in general aviation - the first

Garmin Autoland system.

In the event of an emergency, autoland

will control and land the aircraft without

human intervention.

The autoland system determines the most

optimal airport and runway, taking into

account factors such as weather, terrain, obstacles

and aircraft performance statistics.

“Today, aviation is forever changed as

we introduce one of the industry’s most

significant innovations – the first autoland

system for general aviation aircraft,” said Cliff

Pemble, Garmin president and CEO.

“The unveiling of autoland demonstrates

Garmin’s deep commitment to develop advanced

technologies that enhance aviation

safety and save lives.”

In the event of an emergency, the pilot

or passengers on board the aircraft can

activate autoland to land the aircraft with a

simple press of a dedicated button.

Autoland can also activate automatically

if the system determines it’s necessary.

Once activated, the system calculates a

flight plan to the most suitable airport,

initiates an approach to the runway and

automatically lands the aircraft – without

pilot or passenger intervention.

“The vision and development of the world’s

first autoland system for general aviation

was a natural progression for Garmin as we

looked at our aircraft systems and existing

autonomous technologies and recognized it is

our responsibility to use these building blocks

to deliver a technology that will change lives

and revolutionize air travel,” said Phil Straub,



Garmin executive vice president and managing

director of aviation.

“Congratulations to the entire Garmin

team for executing upon a tremendous

vision that will transform the industry,

forever change lives and help protect the

most valuable contents in and around the

aircraft – our children, family and friends.”

The system will automatically communicate

with air traffic control (ATC), advising

controllers and pilots operating near the

aircraft of its location and its intentions.

Throughout an autoland activation, the

system provides simple visual and verbal communications

in plain-language so passengers

in the aircraft know what to expect. The flight

displays show the aircraft’s location on a map

alongside information such as the destination

airport, estimated time of arrival, distance to

the destination airport and fuel remaining.

Airspeed, altitude and aircraft heading

are also labelled in an easy-to-understand

format. Passengers also have the option

to communicate with ATC by following

instructions on the display using the touchscreen

interface on the flight deck.

The Garmin auto throttle system is used to

automatically manage aircraft speed, engine

performance and engine power so the aircraft

can climb, descend or maintain altitude

as needed during an autoland activation.

On approach to land, the system initiates

a controlled descent to the airport. If the

aircraft needs additional time to descend or

slow down during the approach, the autoland

system initiates a standard holding procedure

and extends the landing gear and flaps. Once

in landing configuration, the aircraft begins

its descent to the runway. On the runway, automatic

braking is applied while tracking the

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runway centreline to bring the aircraft to a

full stop. Engine shutdown is also automated

so occupants can safely exit the aircraft.

At any time, a pilot can easily deactivate an

autoland activation. With a single press of the

“AP” autopilot key on the autopilot controller

or the autopilot disconnect button on the controls,

an autoland activation can be cancelled.

The flight display shows a message that

confirms autoland has been de-activated

and in the event of an accidental deactivation,

the system shows passengers how to

re-activate autoland if needed.

Garmin Autonomí encompasses autoland,

Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) and Electronic

Stability and Protection (ESP). These

technologies add to the safety enhancing

tools and capabilities of a Garmin-equipped

flight deck. For example, in the event an

aircraft loses pressurization, EDM is capable

of automatically descending the aircraft to

a preset altitude without pilot intervention

to help avert hypoxic situations.

ESP further enhances the Autonomí suite

by working to assist the pilot in avoiding

unintentional flight attitudes beyond that

for normal flight. ESP works in the background

while the pilot is hand flying the

aircraft to help pilots avoid inadvertent

flight attitudes or bank angles.

Should the pilot become inattentive while

hand-flying the aircraft and exceed pre-determined

pitch, roll or airspeed limitations,

Garmin ESP activates and the pilot will feel

pressure on the flight controls that guide

him/her back to a recommended flight limit.

Autoland will soon be available as part of the

G3000 integrated flight deck on the Cirrus Vision

Jet and the Piper M600, pending Federal

Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. Q




43 Air School Pty Ltd has announced

that they are now the sole distributers

of the full Pipistrel Aircraft range in

South Africa and Portugal.

We looked extensively at what product

we would like to represent and train with

into the future before deciding on Pipistrel.

During a recent visit to the Pipistrel factories

and flying most of these aircraft for evaluation,

43 signed a Sole Distributor agreement

with Pipistrel (Portugal & South Africa).

Our criteria were as follows:

1. Safety

2. Durability

3. Economy

4. Technology

5. Future Sustainability

6. Adaptability

7. Support and scale

8. Market possibilities

9. V e r s a ti l i t y

10. Simplicity

Pipistrel ticked all those boxes and a few

others. For example on Safety, the aircraft

are all equipped with ballistic parachutes

that can save the crews and the aircraft in a

real emergency.

All Pipistrel aircraft are really precisely

build. They are designed by 3D printing

technology and then produced by the latest

composite technology materials, giving

them unmatched strength and aerodynamic

drag efficiency that is class leading. On the

economy side the electric versions of the

Alpha 121SW Trainer, which will be the first

fully certified electric training plane, has

economies of operation that is unmatched.

“In my 40 years in the aviation industry,

I have never seen anything as efficient as

these aircraft. The technology in manufacturing

gives these aircraft a major advantage

in efficiency on all fronts. We are proud to

partner with Pipistrel and 43 will be developing

programs to integrate the aircraft into

our training programs in the future.

“The Virus SW121, selected for flight training

by 43 is an aircraft fully EASA Type-certified

for day and night VFR and intentional

spins, running on automotive fuel, giving us

the flexibility to use these aircraft also for our

expansion plans into Europe and India in the

near future. The follow-on for us to enter aircraft

sales focused business, to our product

range was inevitable and we believe we have

chosen the best product to represent the

future of flight training and general aviation”

said Attie Niemann, the 43 Air School CEO.

43 has been evaluating many options to renew

its fleet in the future and at the same time

entering aircraft sales, but only if that solution

can offer significant savings and benefits

through technology. In South Africa the poor

infrastructure, high unemployment rates, and

stagnant economies will force us to innovate if

we want to stay relevant, thus newer and more

economical products are the way to do it.

Pipistrel Aircraft represents the best of

what technology has to offer aviation and we

believe it will make flying affordable again

to us and private owners. It also aligns with

a programme that addresses the economic,

environmental, and social needs of our environment

and aligns with our visionary goals

for the future with the soon-to-be certified

first electric aircraft initially confirmed to the

traffic pattern.

Running on electricity instead of fossil fuels

reduces the fuel cost by up to 80% and the

hourly cost of electricity can be further reduced

if we look into solar and wind projects

of our own in the near future. There will also

be significant associated savings on maintenance

in the switchover to the products that

Pipistrel offers.

“Dealing with 43 Air School immediately

felt right. The more I learned about their

tradition, values, immense size of operation

and attention to detail and environment,

human touch, quality, safety and efficiency,

the more I was convinced that forming this

partnership is the winning factor for Pipistrel’s

long term presence in Africa. I look forward

to introducing exciting novelties and

opportunities to Pipistrel enthusiasts in the

region,” said Ivo Boscarol, founder, owner

and president of Pipistrel Group.


43 Air School, Africa’s leading ATO, has

branches in Port Alfred, Port Elizabeth,

Johannesburg and soon Europe, providing

the industry’s most advanced and respected

Airline Pilot Training models with unmatched

facilities and abilities to deliver these

courses. Delivering a unique value-adding,

best practice and carefully designed and

managed Airline Training Programmes

from selection to Airliner Type rating, 43

is still the only Pilot Training Organization

accredited by SACAA to offer the integrated

Airline Pilot Program. Recently 43 Air School

was voted the best Aviation Company

and runner up Aviation Safety at the CAIA

Awards by the South African Civil Aviation



Pipistrel is a world leading small aircraft designer

and producer. With 30 years of experience

Pipistrel has gained significant international

reputation and delivered unique, innovative

products to passionate customers on all

continents. First-to-fly an electric two-seater

in 2007 and an electric four-seater in 2011,

Pipistrel won the NASA challenge for the »best

small aircraft in the world« three times and the

“European Business Award” for Innovation in

2010. Pipistrel has produced more than 1,500

aircraft to date. The Pipistrel Vertical Solutions

team has designed eight different electric

aircraft since 2007 and has developed aircraft

propulsion systems for NASA and Siemens’s

aircraft. The company holds an EASA Design,

Production and Maintenance Organisation

Approvals and has the capability of bringing a

new aircraft design concept from a basic idea

into a certified design, ready for production.

Pipistrel won a tender of Indian Armed

Forces to supply 194 aircraft to the Indian

Air Force, Indian Navy and National Cadet

Corps. Because of all these achievements,

the president of the Republic of Slovenia

decorated the Pipistrel team with the highest

civil award in the country: the Golden Order

for services to the Republic of Slovenia. Q

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By Woodrow Bellamy III

Photo supplied by Thales

Imagine a hypersonic passenger aircraft

that would cut the journey time between

London and New York to around two hours.

At Mach 5, or five times the speed of

sound, the aircraft would complete a trip

across the Atlantic in around 120 minutes.

Mach 5 is more than twice as fast as

the cruising speed of Concorde and over

50% faster than the SR-71 Blackbird – the

world’s fastest jet-engine powered aircraft.

A flight across the Pacific would take

roughly three hours. Flight times from London

to Sydney could be 80% shorter. Who

needs Elon Musk?

Reaching these speeds would require

an aircraft engine that has

never previously existed.

But last week, the world got

a glimpse of a new future

via a project which has been

germinating for 30 years.

Reaction Engines was

founded in 1989 by three

propulsion engineers from

Rolls Royce: Alan Bond, Richard

Varvill and John Scott

Scott. Their idea was that in

order for an engine to reach

hypersonic speeds, the air

going into it would have to

be rapidly cooled, otherwise

the engine would melt.

Reaction’s breakthrough

was inventing a “precooler”

or heat exchanger which can take the air

down to minus 150 degrees centigrade in

less than a 20th of a second.

These ultra-lightweight “heat exchangers”

would enable aircraft to fly over five times

the speed of sound in the atmosphere.

Thus the SABRE – Synergetic Air-Breathing

Rocket Engine – was born. The Sabre engine

“breathes” air to make 20 per cent of the

journey to orbit, before switching to rocket

mode to complete the trip.

Last week, Reaction Engines passed a

significant milestone. It successfully tested

its innovative precooler at airflow temperature

conditions representing Mach 5.

The ground-based test at the Colorado Air

and Space Port in the US, saw the precooler

Reaction Engines has demonstrated its precooler chilling air

in Mach 5 conditions in less than 1/20th of a second

successfully operate at temperatures of

420ᵒC (~788ᵒF) – matching the thermal conditions

corresponding to Mach 3.3 flight.

But this technology wouldn’t just be

applicable to hypersonic flight.

The precooler technology, developed by

Reaction Engines, would significantly enhance

the performance of existing jet engine technology,

along with applications in automotive,

aerospace, energy and industrial processes.

Reaction Engines has attracted development

funding from the British government, the U.S.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

(DARPA) and the European Space Agency. It’s

also raised over £100m from public and private

sources and has secured investment from

BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Boeing’s venture

capital arm HorizonX.

Reaction is expected to

start building and testing a

demonstrator engine next


The success of Reaction

Engines to date is a sign that

the ‘AerospaceTech’ sector

is now booming. It is most

certainly not alone.

Last month, Boeing and the

UK government launched a

£2m accelerator program to

look for new innovations in

this area. Boeing’s HorizonX

is backing the initiative. Q

Article courtesy https://

Thales plans to bring its experience

in providing helmet mounted

display technology for military pilots to

the business jet market with the newly

upgraded version of TopMax - the first

wearable head up display which is on

track to receive a technical standard

order (TSO) and certification for business

jet operations.

The initial version of TopMax was first

introduced at the 2016 National Business

Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation

Conference and Exhibition (BACE),

and Thales has kept its capabilities relatively

the same. However, the form factor

and ergonomics of the design has been

significantly improved since then based on

pilot feedback.

During this year’s NBAA BACE a group of

Thales test pilots and engineers provided

interested parties with a demonstration of

the upgraded version of TopMax. It weighs

just over one pound, features an optional

visor and the feel of the headset is not as

bulky or heavy as the previous version.

Once on the headset becomes an intuitive

system providing the pilot with effectively

all of the same information–such

as flight path vector, airspeed, altitude,

attitude and waypoints - out ahead as

one would see on a head down primary

flight display.

Thales recommends placing the HUD in

front of the pilot’s dominant eye and the

information remains fixed- a 360-degree

view of unlimited terrain, cueing functions

and an extended virtual head down

display constantly within the pilot’s direct

line of vision.

Other TopMax features include visualisation

of cross wind headings, synthetic

runway, extended visual centreline and a

three-dimensional display of traffic. There

is also off-axis symbology and, if the aircraft

is equipped to feed ADS-B In traffic to the

HUD, the pilot can also see other aircraft in

nearby airspace.

Synthetic vision system imagery is also

visible on the HUD, and it can be coupled

with any available enhanced vision system

camera as well.

“By wearing the device, we move away

from the standard limitation of the head up

display with a fixed combiner in front of us.

We developed a small ship set for it. All you

need is the headset and a small computer

that is about the size of an iPhone to enable

the functionality,” said Yanik Doyon, Thales

director of sales for TopMax.

One of the unique features of TopMax

is also how it will display and raise pilot

awareness about important flight environment

information, such as how close they

are to an upcoming runway or what the

aircraft’s heading is if they happen to look

to their left or right.

Doyon said Thales envisions pilots mainly

wearing TopMax during the takeoff, approach

and landing phases of flight.

“Head up displays, have a synthetic

runway, but only when you're aligned with

the runway, which sort of defeats the purpose,”

Doyon said.

“On TopMax, if the pilot looks to their left

or outside the cockpit, they’ll still see the

runway and be able to start their approach

to be straight aligned with the centre line

of the runway.”

Doyon said over the last year nearly 200

pilots had tried out the TopMax, some in

full flight simulators and other in-flight. He

said some civilian pilots trying out TopMax

were “reluctant to put something on their

head” and the new version is the fourth

design iteration of TopMax. However,

none said it was too bothersome to wear

while flying.

Thales will need to work through some

regulatory challenges to get TopMax certified

and ready to start shipping to customers,

as currently the FAA does not actually

have a technical standard order (TSO) for

wearable HUDs, so the very criteria for that

must be developed and met first.

The French manufacturer has partnered

with StandardAero in an effort to work

toward certification of TopMax for the

Bombardier Challenger 350, with other

aircraft models planned in the future.

FAA certification for TopMax is expected

by the end of next year, according to


“Certification is ongoing. We’ve defined

what needs to be done with the FAA. We

feel that heads up display-like technology

is going to become pretty much

standard on almost every new business

jet. TopMax is more than just a HUD and

we’re confident we have something that

is ready to disrupt the business jet industry,”

Doyon said. Q

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By Vladimir Karnozov

India’s IndiGo has placed a firm order for 300 A320neo Family

aircraft – making this one of Airbus’ largest aircraft orders ever

with a single airline operator.

Comprising a mix of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft,

this will take IndiGo’s total number of A320neo Family aircraft

orders to 730.

“This is an important milestone, as it re-iterates our mission to

strengthen air connectivity in India, which will in turn boost economic

growth and mobility. India is expected to continue with its strong

aviation growth and we are well on our way to build the world’s best

air transportation system, to serve more customers and deliver on our

promise of providing low fares and a courteous, hassle free experience

to them," said Ronojoy Dutta, chief executive officer of IndiGo.

“We are delighted that IndiGo, one of our early launch customers

for the A320neo, continues to build its future with Airbus, making

Indigo the world’s biggest customer for the A320neo Family,”

said Guillaume Faury Airbus chief executive officer.

"We were believers in IndiGo from day one and are thrilled to be

able to perpetuate this most fruitful partnership,” said Christian

Scherer Airbus chief commercial officer.

“IndiGo has brilliantly demonstrated the relevance of the

A320neo for leading low cost operators, and the A321neo - and

now the A321XLR - provide our operators with the logical next step

in cost efficiency, passenger comfort and market coverage.”

“The fuel-efficient A320neo family aircraft will allow IndiGo to

maintain its strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel



VIPAero has announced the opening

of its executive handling station

in Luanda after the company

was granted a handling license

by the Angolan CAA - INAVIC on

September 26.VIPAero Angola

has solid experience in aircraft

management, operations, charter

and maintenance and has played a

leading role in the executive aviation

industry in Angola since 2011. “It

was only natural for VIPAero to

open a FBO in Luanda. We believe

this will be the perfect platform to

continue delivering services to its

trusted customers at the highest

standard of the industry,” said

Fernanda Lobo, marketing manager.

VIPAero also delivers certified

EASA Part 145 line maintenance

in Luanda. “We look forward to

welcoming you on your next stop to

Luanda, Vipaero style,” she said.

efficiency with high standards of reliability. The choice of engine manufacturer

for this order will be made at a later date,” said Riyaz Peermohamed

chief aircraft acquisition and financing officer of IndiGo.

IndiGo is among the fastest growing carriers in the world. Since its

first A320neo aircraft was delivered in March 2016, its fleet of A320neo

Family aircraft has grown to 97 – making it the world’s largest.

The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from the A321LR. The

aircraft will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to

4,700nm - with 30 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared with

previous generation competitor jets. Q

Two neighbouring African countries,

Niger and Nigeria, are looking to acquire

additional Mil Mi-35 helicopters (NATO

reporting name “Hind”),

according to officials from

those countries who spoke

at the “Russia-Africa”

heads-of-state summit and economic

forum held recently in the Russian

city of Sochi.

On the sidelines of this assembly,

Russian president Vladimir Putin held

personal meetings with Mahamadou Issoufou,

president of Niger and Muhammadu Buhari

from Nigeria.

Addressing the “Russia-Africa” forum, Putin said that the

backlog of African orders for Russian weapons had risen to (US)

$15 billion, making the arms trade second in volume after food

export to the continent. According to other officials, this year

will see shipments of weapons into Africa worth (US) $4 billion,

compared to an average of some (US) $2 billion observed earlier

this decade.

The “Russia-Africa” forum attracted 6,000 envoys from 100

nations, including more than 40 heads of state. Among other

things, they were shown a defence exposition focusing on

aviation and army equipment at the Sirius Science and Art

Park. Among other exhibits on display at Sochi, there was an

improved Mi-35P in a completely localised version with Klimov

VK2500P engines, modern sighting and navigation systems and

an extended arsenal of air-launched munitions. Noting that

African countries operate over 250 Mi-24/35 series rotorcraft,

Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky said, “This is a relatively

large fleet, whose presence creates a substantial market

for repair, maintenance, and upgrade and provides a base for

international co-operation.”

Armed with a 23-mm twin-barrel fast-firing cannon, 80-and 122-

mm unguided rockets and Ataka ATGMs, the Mi-24/35 series is the

only attack type in the inventories of both the Nigerian Air Force

and Niger Air Force. They have both used the type against separatist

and terrorist movements, most notably Boko Haram, an African

affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Apart from close air

support missions, the Mi-35M can transport up to eight armed

soldiers in the rear fuselage section, or two wounded on stretchers

accompanied by a medical assistant, making it instrumental in

support of the army fighting terrorist groups.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has Africa’s largest economy but

has long been suffering from religious divides and terrorist movements,

the latter targeting non-Muslim communities and oilfields.

In countering this threat, the Nigerian armed forces-ranked among

the top five on the continent-have been increasingly reliant on Russian

expertise and equipment. The 10,000-strong Nigerian air force

operates a mix of Western, Chinese, and Russian aircraft, including

about 20 Mil Mi-8/17/24/34/35 helicopters.

A longstanding operator of the Soviet-era Mi-24, Nigeria placed

an initial order for the vastly improved Mi-35M back in 2014 (along

with six Mi-17s). Having received six such rotorcraft, the customer

firmed up the option for six more in October 2015.

Although all of them should have arrived by 2018, Nigeria’s

ambassador in Moscow, Steve Davis Ugba, told local journalists on

October 11 that only six Mi-35Ms had been delivered so far. Even

though he did not give an explanation for the delays, they are likely

to have been caused by US sanctions on the Russian military-industrial

complex, making it difficult for foreign customers to make

payments when shopping in Moscow.

While acknowledging issues with contract materialisation, the

ambassador, nonetheless, stated that the remaining six helicopters

will arrive “soon.”

He added that Abuja remains interested in co-operation with

Moscow. “Let me stress that, without Russian assistance, the war

on terror in my country would have faced big challenges. Therefore,

we are interested in the procurement of weapons and their

timely shipment,” said Ugba.

Among other points of particular interests, he mentioned the

equipment combat-tested in Syria, such as the Sukhoi Su-30 multirole


Meanwhile, in January the Nigerian air force lost a Mi-35M,

which crashed near Damasak in the north-eastern state of

Borno when on a strike mission to render close air support for

the troops combating insurgents. Shortly after the defence

ministry released a video depicting another Mi-35M undertaking

accurate missile strikes at night on a Boko Haram convoy in

the same area. Attrition has reduced the nation’s “Hind” fleet to

fewer than a dozen serviceable examples, urging Abuja to seek

ways to replenish it.

The smaller Niger Air Force operates a handful of Russian-made

helicopters. In 2016, it ordered two Mi-35Ms, with delivery expected

soon. According to Russian media, during “Russia-Africa”

forum, talks were held concerning 12 additional rotorcraft. Kalla

Ankourao, Niger’s minister for foreign affairs, co-operation and

regional integration, commented that his country will employ Russian

attack helicopters on anti-terrorist operations. Q

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The first summit and economic

forum Russia and Africa took place

recently at Sochi, the capital of the Winter

Olympics 2014 on the shore of the Black

Sea. “The velvet season” with temperatures

around +25 °C supported by Russian

hospitality brought the unprecedented

meeting to a great success.

All 54 Africa nations sent their high-ranking

delegations with over 40 national

leaders as the heads. Eight major African

integration associations and organisations

were presented at the event.

The summit was co-chaired by the

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his

Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The Arab Republic of Egypt is the Russia’s

key partner on the continent with a lion’s

share of (US) $20 billion all Africa trade.

Russian export to the

continent consists of

more than 80% with

food, machinery and

arms as the leading

triad. And indications

are Russia is going to

extend its defence

related export to the

African countries. The

latest version of the

front-line fighters MiG-

35 was displayed at the

Forum premises being

teamed with Mi-35PM

combat helicopter

while two Sukhoi


Superjet 100 aircraft (a business jet and

a two-class liner in Aeroflot colors) were

present at the Sochi airport.

Putin mentioned that Russia has concluded

agreements on military-technical co-operation

with 30+ countries to whom Russia

deliver defence hardware. Some of these

contracts are done on a charity basis with

an African debt cut-off date announced by

the Russian president.

According to Putin the main obstacles

to African continental development are

terrorism, extremist ideology, transnational

criminality and piracy. He openly blamed

the so-called “Arab spring” as an instrument

of North Africa destabilisation. He also

condemned the Libya bombing which had

“perverted the sense of the UN resolution”.

Putin confirmed that Russia would continue

training African military and homeland

security personnel which at present represent

more than 20 nations.

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By Yuri Laskin

Dmitry Shugaev, the head of federal

service on military-technical co-operation,

said that the Russian defence export portfolio

for African nations exceeded (US) $14

billion including (US) $2 billion. He said that

Russian annual defence trade with Africa

comprises 30-40% of the total volume and

included not just direct delivery but also

upgrade and maintenance packages.

The FS VTS director named the hit list

of the arms sales which include MiG and

Sukhoi family fighters, Mi-17 and Mi-35

helicopters, air defence systems, such as

Pantsir and Tor, plus the Kornet ATGW. “We

have a long waiting list for Kornets”, said

Shugaev. He also confirmed that Egypt is

going to equip the French-built Mistral-type

LHD with the Russian equipment including

Ka-52 helicopters.

“The issue on the agenda is to further

outfit Mistral ships with our armament and

Ka-52 helicopters. We

are involved in serious

co-operation with that

country,” said Shugaev.

He added that Russia is

currently also conducting


with Egypt about the

delivery of rotorcraft,

electronic warfare and

air defence systems,

stressing that the

country “is a leading

partner not only on the

continent but generally

in the sphere of

military and technical


Shugaev mentioned Angola

as another strategic partner of

Russia in Africa. During recent

the MAKS International air

and space salon Angola signed

a couple of contracts for the

Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopter

repairmen. He said Russia had

concluded 12 Su-30K multifunctional

fighter delivery to

the African nation.

Meeting the Luanda’s

requirement Russia is going to

establish a service and maintenance

centre for former

Soviet and Russian defence


President of Uganda –

another Su-30 user – directly addressed

President Putin on extra deliveries of combat

aircraft and tanks on a credit as well as

“fast cash” payment schemes.

According to the Rosoboronexport (Russia’s

sole state mediator in defence trade)

CEO Alexander Mikheev, Russia delivers

(US) $4 billion worth of weaponry to nine

African states this year. He disclosed that

70% of this went on air force and air defence

equipment while helicopters, tanks,

APCs and small arms share the rest. He said

the African programme on military-technical

co-operation is substantial and included

different ways of payment including state

and commercial credits.

According to FS VTS officials, in the near

future Russia will focus on creating service

maintenance and repair centres around

Africa to support earlier delivered equipment.

Negotiations are being held with Angola,

Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and South

Africa about this.

Indications are Russia is going to adopt

“a low-key and soft power” system to

strengthen co-operation with the African

nations. The recent sensational visit of two

strategic Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to South

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Africa was mentioned. A pair

of Tu-160 accompanied by Il-76

military transport and AN-124

Ruslan heavy-lifter travelled

11,000 km - with refueling - to

land at the Waterkloof airbase

at the same time the summit

took place. The Russian MoD

statement named the purpose

of the visit as “bilateral military

co-operation development

between Russian and South

African Air Force”.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 display

at Sochi airport is self-explainable.

The Sukhoi Commercial

aircraft company has

developed a special model to

conquer the African market. The plane has

100 passengers capacity and seems to be

extremely efficient at the lines with 50,000-

200,000 passengers’ annual volume. Keeping

in mind that the continent population

is expected to reach two billion within 20

years with the double GNP simultaneously,

the SCAC estimates an annual growth of

the passengers flow as 5%. At the same

time most of the African fleet is quite old -

with over 15 years of service. SCAC considers

South Africa, Nigeria, Angola and North

African countries as the most promising

customers. Q







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Development and production activities completed in

record time

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first NH90 Sea Lion

naval multi-role helicopter to the Federal Office of

Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service

Support (BAAINBw), with a further two to be delivered at the end

of the year.

In total, 18 Sea Lions have been ordered for the Germany Navy,

with deliveries expected to be completed in 2022. The selection of

the Sea Lion as the successor to the Sea King was made in March

2013 and the corresponding contract was signed in June 2015.

“I am proud of our teams who worked hard to meet the ambitious

delivery schedule of our customer, whose continuous support

has also been key in making it happen,” said Wolfgang Schoder,

CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland.

“During the summer, we successfully completed demonstration

flights involving the German Navy and BAAINBw to verify the Sea

Lion capabilities for search and rescue as well as special forces missions.

I am confident that these helicopters will bring next-generation

capabilities to the German Navy, and I’m committed to ensure

the best level of support for the Sea Lion fleet.”

When deployed, NH90 Sea Lions will take on a wide range of

roles including search and rescue (SAR), maritime reconnaissance,

special forces as well as personnel and material transportation

missions. In addition to its land-based use, the Sea Lion will also

operate on Type 702 (Berlin class) combat support ships.

Thanks to its multi-role capability and growth capability, the Sea

Lion will not only replace the German Navy’s Sea King Mk41 fleet

but significantly enhance its operational capabilities.

The fly-by-wire flight controls of the NH90 Sea Lion reduce the

crew’s workload thanks to its high precision and ease of use, which

particularly come to the fore in over-water hovering, even in poor

weather conditions.

The German Navy has also recently opted for the naval version of

the NH90 to succeed its 22 Sea Lynx Mk 88A on-board helicopters

that have been in service since 1981.

Five nations are already using the NH90 in its naval NFH (NATO

Frigate Helicopter) version and have completed more than 50,000

flying hours in SAR, humanitarian and military missions, with the

90 helicopters that have been delivered so far.

The 399 helicopters that make up the worldwide NH90 fleet have

already completed over 230,000 flying hours. This first Sea Lion is

also the 400th NH90 helicopter to be delivered. Q

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Dan Mercer's


round-Britain flight

Fanging it just 20 metres above the sea’s surface in a Spiire,

and travelling at a cool 250 knots doesn’t really rate as

responsible flying. Doing it through The Needles on the Isle of

Wight? That is exactly what Dan Mercer did.

This was part of a journey around the entire coastline of Britain

that Dan and his friend and co-pilot Duncan, completed earlier

this year, to raise awareness for the need of new blood donors in

Great Britain. Dan has worked alongside Iridium for 20 years, which

is where his connection with Spidertracks comes in. Iridium helps

power Spidertracks’ technology, so it was a no-brainer using a

Spider unit during the adventure.

Having a Spider in the cockpit meant the team had the reassurance

that someone back at HQ was watching their progress in

real-time, especially seeing as they were spending significant flying

time over remote regions of the country and water.

It also meant those following the journey and those who were

expecting his arrival could see their flight path online, and could

roll out the welcome mat, so to speak, at just the right time.


The first overnight stopover on this epic fundraiser flight was

at Goodwood Aerodrome near Chichester. Home to Boultbee

Academy, it’s the only place in the world still training Spitfire

pilots. They have four restored Spitfires in their fleet; two of

which are rare two-seater TR9 training planes, and the other two

being single-seater Mark 9’s. One of these is known as the City of

Exeter Spitfire, and other, the

Silver Spitfire, which has been

restored in polished aluminium,

and currently on its own world

tour, also using a Spider.


Dan parked his R44 next to

the City of Exeter Mark 9, and

proceeded to spend some time

in Boultbee’s special simulator.

This has been built from

genuine Spitfire parts, over half

of which saw service in World

War II, offering the pilot an ‘as

close as you can get’ experience

of handling and flying the real thing- in fact, it's used as part of the

training hours for the Spitfire type rating.

Naturally, Dan and Duncan both tried their hands at ‘threading

the Needle’ - flying between the Isle of Wight’s rocky landmarks at

speeds that would be reckless in real life (unless you had a Messerschmitt

on your tail, obviously, which Dan may or may not have

been imagining). The duo made the real-life pass through The Needles

in the R44 the following day, in decidedly bumpy conditions.

From there, it was go, go, go - a journey that Dan and Duncan

both admit was tiring but more rewarding than both initially imagined.

They stopped each night at local landmarks, visited a variety of

blood banks, and educated and encouraged locals to “pledge a

pint” for a cause that the pair both are highly passionate about.

The life of Dan’s wife was saved by a vital blood transfusion after

suffering unexpected internal bleeding and Duncan received a

transfusion on the very first day of his life.

“The white cliffs of Dover, the counties of Devon and Cornwall,

the West Coast of North Wales, Caernarfon, the English Lake

District, and all the way around the Scottish Highlands were simply

spectacular,” said Dan.

One fond memory was landing in a remote spot called Wardhouse

in Scotland where, after setting down in front of a spectacular

ruin, the helicopter was greeted by friends and locals from the

village with a picnic on the grass.


“It was an amazing flying experience,” said Dan.

“We saw just about every type

of British weather, good, bad

and highly changeable. We met

the most wonderful people in

the hospitals, the blood centres,

airfields, castles, pubs and hotels

all the way round.”

And of course having the

Iridium network and Spidertracks

providing flight following capability

meant that - despite being

at times in very remote locations

- eyes were always on them and

their location was known at all

ti m e s .Q


Airbus Helicopters’ unmanned VSR700 demonstrator

performed its first flight under a new configuration at

a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence, taking off and landing

several times while tethered to the ground. Its longest flight lasted

about 10 minutes, according to the Toulouse-based manufacturer.

The VSR700 programme, based on a modified Cabri G2 equipped

for autonomous flight, was launched two years ago on a request

from the French Navy. That prototype flew frequently in 2017,

but Airbus has since redesigned the aircraft to be fully unmanned

rather than optionally-manned.

Designed as a multi-mission UAS for naval use, the VSR700 offers

sensory performance comparable to other naval helicopters as

well as additional targeting and search-and-rescue capabilities,

according to Airbus. The aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight is

between 1,100-2,200 pounds and it can operate in existing ships

alongside a helicopter with a lower logistical footprint, the company

said in a press release.

The new VSR700 prototype is a “step change” from the demonstrator

that flew in 2017, according to Airbus, with a specialised set

of avionics, an advanced flight control system, a payload bay in place

of the pilot station, and a sleeker, more aerodynamic airframe.

The unmanned helicopter has a maximum speed of 114 mph, a

ceiling of about 20,000 feet and an endurance of eight hours with a



full tactical load, which Airbus claims is the “best endurance of any

vertical takeoff/landing unmanned aerial vehicle in its class today.”

“The VSR700 is a fully-fledged unmanned aerial system, capitalising

on Airbus Helicopters’ extensive experience of advanced autopilot

systems and engineering expertise to provide modern militaries

with new capabilities”, said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.

“This first flight of the VSR700 prototype is a major milestone for

the programme as we make progress on the operational demonstrator

for the French Navy that will perform trials in 2021 in

partnership with Naval Group.” Q

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significant and iconic day for the

SAAF and aviation in Africa and

the country took place recently

On the day two Tu-160 strategic bombers

of the Russian Aerospace Forces landed at

Waterkloof Air Force Base in South Africa.

This was the first time that these Russian

Strategic Bombers visited Africa. The images of

the magnificent TU-160 coming in to land and

the impressive size of these white planes will be

etched in the minds of those who saw them.

The two planes departed from Engels

Air Force base in Russia, refuelled over

the Caspian Sea and then flew non-stop to

South Africa. The flight path followed was

over the Indian Ocean. They did not cross

any African country until reaching South

Africa where they entered South African

airspace in the vicinity of Richards Bay.


During the flight they covered about 11 000

km and were in the air for about 13 hours.

The purpose of the visit was to improve

relations between the Russian Aerospace

Forces and the South African Air force and

had been many years in the planning. It is

understood that the planes would also undertake

further flights while in South Africa.

The two planes were not the only visiting

Russian planes. An Antonov 124 and Il 62 had

arrived a couple of days earlier. Despite being

overshadowed by the TU 160’s, the Ant 124 is

a very impressive plane in its own right.

The visit by the Russian Aerospace Forces

included a seminar with the SAAF on search

and rescue.

The Tu 160’s known under their NATO

codename of “Blackjacks” are also known

in the Russian Aerospace as the “White

Swans”. And this they are, impressive in

their anti-flash white, graceful to look at

Text and photos by Pieter Cronje

and very much a reflection of a swan.

But as a swan, can be very dangerous.

The two planes landing at Waterkloof AFB

were unarmed but they are capable of

carrying nuclear weapons.

The two aircraft are RF-94102 and RF-

94112, and individually named "Vasily

Reshetnikov" and "Ivan Yargin" or “Ivan

Yarygin”. It is understood that all Tu-160s

in the Russian Aerospace Forces are named

in honour of top Russian fighter pilots who

flew during the Second World War. These

two planes are part of the approximately

16 Tu 160’s in the Russian inventory.

Although the Tu-160 is very rarely seen

outside of Russia, they have previously been

deployed to Venezuela and Syria. With the

SAAF celebrating their 100 year anniversary

in 2020, it is hoped that this won’t be the

last visit of these planes to South Africa, and

others might also accompany them. Q

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Etihad Airways, the national airline

of the UAE, celebrated the Boeing

787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled

services from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg

and marked the occasion in style.

An exclusive gala dinner held at the Summer

Place in Sandton was attended by local

officials, diplomats, corporate

partners, members of

the travel industry, media,

and Etihad representati

v e s .

Etihad first introduced

flights to Johannesburg on

1 December 2005, one of

the first major African cities

on its expanding global

network and increased it

to daily in July 2007. To

meet demand for a more

comfortable and personalised

travel experience,

the airline has added the

state-of-the-art Boeing

787-9 Dreamliner on the

route to demonstrate

its commitment to the

important South African


Karlene Barkley, Etihad

Airways country manager



for South Africa said, “We continue our

commitment to serving the South African

market, building on the strong relationship

enjoyed between our two countries. Etihad

embodies the best of the UAE, carrying the

spirit and ambition of our nation to South

Africa, and vice versa, and celebrating it

through our shared values, genuine Arabian

hospitality, heritage and tradition.

“Etihad commenced flights between

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Dreamliner 787-9 in the Etihad livery

South Africa and the UAE almost fourteen

years ago, and since the launch of our first

flight, we have carried approximately 1.7

million guests on this popular route to Abu

Dhabi and onwards to key destinations

popular with our South African customers,

including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangkok and

Phuket, among others. We thank our guests

and partners here in South Africa for their

unwavering support and loyalty.”

The two-class 787-9s

serving Johannesburg

feature industry-leading

cabins with 28 Business

Studios and 271 Economy

Smart Seats. Etihad is currently

in the process of

reconfiguring its Dreamliners

to also feature new

Economy Space seating.

The introduction of the

aircraft will also see an

increase in cargo capacity

on each flight.

Etihad has a codeshare

partnership in place with

South African airline, Kulula,

which provides travellers

with easy onward

connections onto Kulula

services from Johannesburg

to Cape Town,

Durban, East London, and

George. Q



South African aviation innovation

company, Sentian Aerospace has

walked away with top accolades at the fifth

annual Avi Awards ceremony.

The event is part of the Avi Afrique summit

held in Johannesburg, Gauteng in South

Africa and is hosted by the Air Traffic and

Navigation Services to recognise individuals

who have contributed to innovation, elevate

the aviation industry through intelligent design

of products and processes, and enhance

the capabilities of the aviation industry.

“Our awards winners truly impressed us

with their innovative and unique aviation

concepts which speaks volumes of the

sheer talent we have and also bodes well

for future innovation and development,”

said Thomas Kgokolo, interim CEO of ATNS.

Sentian Aerospace won the Overall Winner

award for the design of its Unmanned Aerial

Vehicle (UAV) that can carry up to 15kg of

payload over 1400 kilometres nonstop. This

eliminates the need for runways and heavy,

complex launch equipment. Furthermore,

the hovering ability allows for stationary surveillance

of infrastructure such as stockpiles,

power lines and pipelines.

After take-off, the Sentian Aerospace

UAV switches to cruise mode in the fixed

wing mode to save on energy consumption,




The winners are Sentian Aerospace. Pictured here (left to right)

are Simphiwe Thobela, ATNS chairman, Thomas Kgokolo,

interim CEO, ATNS and Dalumuzi Dube, Edmund Moyo, Nigel

Nkundhlande (holding cheque) and Ishmael Chiremba

allowing for long distance and endurance

missions while carrying payloads. Muzi

Dune, CEO of Sentian Aerospace said, “The

idea behind our design was reduce the cost

of aerial transport. A typical helicopter can

cost in excess of R10 000 an hour and we’d

like to cut it down to about R2 000 an hour.

“We believe Sentian Aerospace is uniquely

positioned as we can in the future also

offer services and products that can save

lives such as delivering critical medical

supplies to rural hospitals.”

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The Sentian Aerospace UAV features the

following technical specifications: cruise

speed - 120km/h, maximum speed - 280km/h,

minimum speed - 0km/hr (hover), endurance

-12 hours (engine: payload as fuel), endurance

– two hours (full electric) and range - 1400km.

School learner from N.M.Tsuene High

School in Ga-Rankuwa, Gauteng Samuel

Nkgoeng won the Avi Award for his unique

concept of lowering a wind turbine in an

aircraft to provide energy to power small

electrical items. Q



The national carrier of the Cape

Verde Islands, Cabo Verde Airlines,

has said it planned to begin flight

services to Lagos this month.

The airline said that the direct flights

from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Verde had

been designed to boost tourism and

travel between both countries.

The Chief Executive Officer and President,

Cabo Verde Airline, Jens Bjarnason,

said the carrier’s Boeing 757-200 would

be deployed for five times a week flight

from the Murtala Muhammed International

Airport, Lagos to its hub in Sal,

Cape Verde.

“We are excited to add the most populous

country in Africa as one of our destinations.

Nigeria has a vibrant travel sector and

we look forward to servicing our customers

and connecting them to Cape Verde and

beyond seamlessly,” he said.

Bjarnason stated that passengers should

look forward to comfort, quality and a memorable

travel experience on their aircraft

which had 161 economy class seats and 22

executive Morabeza premium-class seats.

The Nigerian Country Manager, Cabo

Verde Airlines, Tariye Orianzi, said the carrier

would target African entrepreneurs, leisure

and business travellers as well as world travellers

with its competitive pricing and offers.

She said this would include a Cape

Verde stopover programme at no additional

ticket costs.

Orianzi said, “Cape Verde is a member of

ECOWAS, making it visa free for Nigerians.

Cape Verde has some of the most beautiful

untouched natural Islands in the world.

“We hope to bring the Cape Verdean

culture and colours to all corners of the

world, as our mission suggests, connecting

four continents while also serving

as the gateway for fast travel. We also

believe the addition of this route will

improve tourism in Africa.” Q

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Words Jo Lamb and photos Nick Frey MAF

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots,

an international Guild founded

1929 in order to represent pilot and navigator

interests within all areas of aviation, has

honoured South African pilot Captain Scully

Levin with a Master Air Pilot Certificate, an

award in recognition of long service and

consistently high standards in one or more

branches of professional flying.

This certificate, signed by HRH The Duke

of York Prince Andrew, the Grand Master of

the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, was

presented to Captain Levin in London last

week. It honours the esteemed few within

the aviation industry globally who, over

several years, have displayed those qualities

of pilotage, air navigation, airmanship

and character which have brought honour

and respect to the profession.

Captain Levin’s nomination for this

tribute was unanimously accepted by the

board of Trophies and Awards committee

as meeting the standards of excellence

required for this most deserved accolade.

In congratulating Captain Levin and awarding

him his certificate, Master of the Honourable

Company of Air Pilots, Malcolm White

OBE, said that this was a recognition for his

splendid record as a pilot, reflecting on an aviation

career of achievement and distinction.

Levin qualified as a pilot in the South

African Air Force in 1964 and has since

amassed over 29 600 hours of flying time

on over 180 different types of aircraft, a

feat met by very few in the aviation industry

globally. He was a pilot on SAA’s local,

regional and international routes for over

38 years and since his retirement from SAA,

has continued to make a valuable contribution

to the South African airline industry as

consultant and display pilot.

Captain Levin’s achievements in aviation

have long been recognised in South Africa

and in 2012 he was awarded The Order

of the Baobab in Bronze by the Presidency

for his immense contribution to and

achievement in aviation, both as a pilot

and trainer, in South Africa and internationally.

He is also the sole winner thus far

of SA Flyer Magazine’s “Lifetime Aviation

Achievement Award”, which he received

in 2009. Q

The most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury,

fearlessly took the co-pilot seat in a Cessna Caravan 208

aircraft to reach Ebola-effected cities in east Democratic Republic

of Congo recently.

Flying with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), the world’s largest

humanitarian airline, Welby took an aerial view of two Ebola-effected

hot zones before landing in Beni and Butembo where the virus is being

contained by an army of health workers and humanitarian NGOs.

Following strict WHO anti-contamination procedures, the

Archbishop toured Beni and Butembo hospitals, which have been

transformed into Ebola treatment facilities.

The sites are a hub of medical activity with quarantine units, screening

centres and blood-testing tents set up to combat the disease.

Welby is an experienced MAF passenger, previously visiting

Uganda in 2017 and South Sudan in 2014 to honour those whose

lives had been devastated by the ongoing civil war.

The Archbishop is impressed by MAF’s humanitarian lifeline, and

when sensing some nerves before take-off, he said to everyone on

the plane, “You have nothing to worry about. MAF fly in the most

difficult places in the world, landing at the most difficult runways

and they do it with the highest safety standards.”

Throughout the Ebola crisis, MAF has been on standby to offer

emergency evacuation flights, deliver blood samples and fly those

working to combat the virus.

Thousands of vaccines have been delivered because MAF planes

can transport them quickly and safely.

Boxes of scrubs, gloves and oxygen tanks have been flown and

the WHO has been able to reach areas in the middle of nowhere.


Archbishop Justin Welby sits in the co-pilot seat with

MAF, the world’s largest humanitarian airline

The situation is complex, and with the threat of violence now increasing

in the DRC, MAF is seen as a safe and trusted way to travel

and transport vital equipment.

MAF Pilot Nick Frey was honoured to fly the Archbishop and his

team to see first-hand how medical assistance is being sped to the

heart of the Ebola crisis.

“It’s not every day that the Archbishop of Canterbury is your

co-pilot! He is a very kind and energetic man of God, and it was

a real honour to fly him to see the lifesaving work taking place in

Beni and Butembo. The medical teams are doing an amazing job,

and it’s wonderful that MAF can play our part by flying key people

and equipment to help fight this terrible disease,” he said. Q




Leonardo has signed a distributorship

agreement with Absolute

Aviation group in South Africa for the

civil and commercial market.

The agreement, which has the potential

to be extended to other southern

African nations in the future, includes

the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109

GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins,

the AW169 light intermediate and the

AW139 intermediate twin types.

Absolute Aviation Group has also

signed a contract for an AW119Kx and

an AW109 Trekker, with a commitment

to purchase further units from the

various models in the next couple of

years. Deliveries of the two aircraft are

expected in 2020.

The order marks the entrance of the

AW109 Trekker, the newest light twin

model in the Leonardo product range, into

the South African market and builds on

the significant, well established success of

other AW109 variants in the country for a

variety of roles. This latest AW119Kx order

also grows the presence of the unique

single engine helicopter in the country.

A ten-day demo tour of an AW119Kx

was recently completed at airports

in four different regions in South

Africa to showcase its extraordinary

capabilities in terms of performance,

advanced avionics, reliability, and


The demonstrations were said to be a

significant success by the nearly 50 operators

who were given the opportunity to

experience firsthand - its performance

and power margins, the capability to fly

and carry out its mission in demanding

windy conditions, in addition to its outstanding

safety standards. Q


Ghana Airports Company Limited

has extended its agreement

with SITA to manage and support all

airport passenger processing, baggage

management and airport operations

systems across Kotoka International

Airport’s newly commissioned Terminal

3 for the next five years.

The technology will be vital in positioning

the airport as the pre-eminent hub in

West Africa, leading the way in passenger

automation and operational efficiency

and follows SITA’s deployment of these

systems in October last year in support of

the opening of the new terminal.

These systems include common use

check-in desks and self-service check-in

kiosks, allowing the airport to maximize its

capacity by enabling airlines to cost-effectively

share the same infrastructure. The

airport will also make use of SITA’s state of

the art baggage management technology

that will assist airlines in reconciling and

tracking bags across the journey.

On the operational side, SITA’s Airport

Management Solution will simplify planning

and real-time operational control by

facilitating collaborative decision-making

among stakeholders while optimising the

use of airport resources. It will also support

revenue management with its billing

and reporting functionality.

Over the next five years, SITA will be

responsible for the maintenance and

operations of these key systems and

integration with other airport systems.

Yaw Kwakwa, managing director Ghana

Airports Company said, “Having implemented

many of the solutions in use at Terminal

3, together with their experience across

numerous African airports, SITA were best

placed to support the management of these

vital systems that underpin the smooth

operation of Kotoka International Airport.”

Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle

East, India and Africa said, “With a rapidly

expanding economy in Ghana, Kotoka

International Airport has emerged as one

of the main and fastest-growing hubs on

the continent. We are pleased to support

the smooth operation of this important

hub. It is an endorsement of SITA’s experience

and proven technology that today

is used in many airports across Africa.”

Operating in 45 of the 54 African

countries, SITA supports a growing footprint

of airports across the continent,

including key hubs such as OR Tambo

International in South Africa and Bole

International Airport in Ethiopia. Q

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Miles said he grew up on airfields.

His parents started flying

microlights when he was years old so pretty

much every weekend thereafter he was at

an airfield of some description. Throughout

his school years his interest in aviation grew

and in Matric he completed his PPL. During

his tertiary education he completed his commercial

licence and started a small charter

company based out of Rand Airport.


CemAir’s roots were in a partnership which

purchased a Cessna Caravan in 2001 for a

lease in Tanzania. Over the next few years

they bought, lease and sold several aircraft

but in early 2006 when we purchased the

last three Beech 1900C’s from the Rossair

liquidation the enterprise became a little

large to operate as a partnership and it was

time to formalise it as a company. Miles

equity partner, Brian Bendall owned and ran

Cemcrete, a company specialising in cement



World Airnews recently caught up with Miles van der

Molen. Following their renewed aircraft operating

certificates from the SACAA, the CEO of CemAir has

promised to resume flights to popular destinations in the

country and hinted there might be more in the making

based products so CemAir was the logical

name for the aviation offshoot. “Sadly we

lost Brian in an accident in 2008 so our

connection to the sister company is no

longer but the name remains, “said Miles.


Miles said that the Margate route has shown

consistent growth since its launch. “From the

outset we planned on a two year period to

establish the route and we are on track with

this plan. In order to build confidence in the

service we operated all flights even when

passenger loads were very low,” he said.

“We have aggressively increased our

schedule to create a regular and convenient

service for our customers,” he said.

Miles flies himself and has a SA and US

ATP with around 4000 hours.

“I fly the 1900’s but mostly for ferry and

test flights, only occasionally on commercial

flights,” he said.

He has a Piper Malibu Jetprop which he

flies for personal use, for the occasional out

of town crew change, to attend meetings

and launches for their scheduled network.

He is not type rated on the CRJ as yet.


The Beech 1900 was an aircraft Miles

always admired. “It just seemed to be the

right mix of speed utility and size for our

environment,” he said.

“Being a popular choice and well supported

it was a great choice as a young company

entering the market,” he said.

When he saw an advert for the auction

of the last three Beech 1900’s from

the Rossair liquidation he knew this was

the opportunity the company had been

waiting for.

“Once established in the 1900 market

we looked at which aircraft type we would

acquire next. We evaluated several types in

various seating classes and eventually shortlisted

the CRJ and its very capable sister the

Dash 8. The CRJ was chosen because Miles

believed that the range and speed advantages

would make it a more suitable aircraft for

the African environment.



The company hopes in the future to add a

Dash 8 to their fleet.


CemAir have operated to Kuruman and

Sishen for more than 18 months now. This

service is almost exclusively used by business

travellers as the Northern Cape is booming

with mining activity. The flights operate

weekdays with no service on weekends.

They launched Plettenberg Bay at the end

of March 2014. As the winter months are low

season, Cem Air has seen an uptake of interest

more recently and a great deal of interest

for flights towards the end of the year. The

service operates twice a week and there is

the option of an onward flight to Cape Town

on some of these. Miles is expecting this sector

to be popular with foreign travellers.

In March 2015 the Johannesburg-Bloemfontein

route was launched using a CRJ

200 - where they go head to head with SA

Express – it is doing well.


“In house maintenance is an absolute necessity

for our operation,” Miles said. With

their aircraft spread out over many locations

across the continent the maintenance and

logistics support is a core activity.

Cem Air has comprehensive capabilities

for the types they operate including airframe,

avionics and instrument support.

“We only outsource specialised tasks

such as engine heavy maintenance and unit

repairs on avionics. Our facility is for the

support of the operation. We don’t undertake

third party maintenance work.”


“Airshows such as the Margate show where

we met are so valuable and it’s at these

times the seeds of aviation dreams are

sown,” he said. Event such as these help

to share the wonder of aviation with the

public and encourage participation, he said.

“And the more people that participate

the bigger the sector will get. It’s as simple

as that. KZN is leading the way and the

province and the municipalities are actively

promoting aviation, these initiatives are

beneficial to the sector in the long term.”

Compared to most countries South Africa

has a vibrant general aviation sector particularly

at the NTCA level, said Miles. “This market

is cost sensitive an any cost reduction

will be rewarded with growth,” he said.

“There is no gentle way of stating this. The

commercial aviation sector is dominated by

the obvious state owned operators. This has

distorted the industry and with ever increasing

barriers to entry from regulatory requirements

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He said realistically to start an airline now

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and then have to face the prospect of a price

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Charter is, in Mile’s view, an industry of

almost infinite variation in its requirements

for speed, range, capacity and mission type.

“As we have restricted our fleet to two

aircraft types, and don’t act a broker, we

have a limited product to offer the market.

We therefore have chosen to market our

capacity to the larger and more reputable

charter companies and brokers, giving

them a dependable and non-competitive

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Director General Blaise Diagne Aeroport

Dakar, Xavier Mary has said the company

plans to expand the airport terminal

following an upsurge in traffic.

In an exclusive interview with World

Airnews, Mary said the airport recorded

10% traffic growth in 2018 and hoped to

have a five or six percent growth this year.

He said the airport is becoming too small to

cater for three million passengers per year.

“I want to increase my traffic. We want to

give our best to the customers, the passengers

and also the airlines. Customers are the

people that pay us money. So, we have to do

our best to ensure that everybody is happy.

We also have to do our best to promote the

destination and to create a safe and secure

environment for businessmen to come to

Senegal. This is our responsibility,” he said.

airports have benefitted from this programme

and as part of the capacity building

process on the African continent, more and

more ACI certified African experts are being

used as assessors during APEX reviews.”

Director general of Blaise Diagne

aeroport, Dakar, Xavier Mary

side (non-aeronautical sources of revenue).”

He said that results from the corridors

of air transport research show that airport

expansion and growth is in favour of private

equity injection and management of airports

are said to be more efficient under the

private sector.

The legislator proposed the unbundling

of FAAN to improve performance of the

airports under privatisation.

Chief executive officer of Ropeways

Nigeria Ltd, Dapo Olumide called on the

Nigerian airspace management agency to

reduce over-flight charges in order to enable

more airlines overfly Nigeria’s airspace and

make more money for developing airports


In his remarks, president of Aviation Safety

Round Table Initiative or ASRTI Gbenga

lowo appealed to the leadership to show

more commitment and willingness towards

improving airport infrastructure.

from air accident reports released by the

Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the

objectives of promoting air safety cannot

be actualised.

Nigeria’s former representative at the African

Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Fidelis

Onyeyiri stated this at the quarterly business

breakfast meeting of the Aviation Safety

Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) held in Lagos.

Onyeyiri said the prevailing practice of

publishing air accidents without any follow-up

investigation reports or emphasis of

safety recommendations would not help to

prevent a re-occurrence.

Onyeyiri was sacked as director general

of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)

shortly after the Bellview air crash of

October 22, 2005 and Sosoliso airlines

crash of December 10, 2005 said, “We

have to break out of the circuit of looking

for culprits. The goal of accident investigation

is accident prevention. Actions

must therefore be taken after the release

of accident reports so that the relevant

safety recommendations can be examined

and implemented.”

that is part of our strategy today” he said.

Mendis said the most important corporate

social responsibility from AWA’s

perspective, is to make air travel more accessible

and affordable to more and more

people in the sub-region.

“When you look at the safety records of

travelling by road in Nigeria and Ghana,

the safest thing you can do for someone is

to give him the ability to travel safely and

value his time.

“If someone is coming from Tamale to

Accra for instance, the bus takes 12 to 14

hours and there have been so many crashes.

Every day, you read of bus crashes. But

if you take a flight, it takes one hour and

you will make it here safely.

“That is the best thing you can do; build

people’s confidence in air travel and give

them accessibility to enable them do

business in our country, visit their families

and so forth. That is the kind of CSR better

than any donations or any other thing you

can ever offer. I genuinely think that our

entire model is a community based model,”

said Mendis.






Thirteen aviation safety professionals

from West Africa have graduated from the

APEX Safety Assessor Training Programme

conducted by the Airports Council

International (ACI).

The graduates were presented with the

certificates of graduation at the recent 28th

ACI annual general assembly, conference

and exhibition held at Kempinski Hotel in

Accra, Ghana.

The graduates included safety and

environmental officers, airside operations

officers, aerodrome fire officers and

rescue officers.

Secretary General of ACI, Ali Tounsi said,

“The APEX Safety Assessor Training programme

was set up primarily to meet industry

demands to enhance the level of safety at

airports by conducting peer reviews between

member airports. To date, around 50 African



Arik Air has resumed flights to Owerri – a

destination which it initially suspended.

Airline chief executive officer Roy Ilegbodu

said, “We made a promise to our

esteemed customers that we will return to

the routes that were suspended earlier in

the year and our resumption of flights to

Warri and now Owerri is a promise kept.”

The airline said it will return to other suspended

destinations as well as open more

routes to cope with passengers demands.

Arik Air suspended flights to Owerri early

2019 due to operational problems and since

then, passengers have been yearning to return,

said Banji Ola, the airline’s spokesman.

Services to Warri resumed in September.

Methods to improve the state of airport

infrastructure across Nigeria formed

part of discussions at a colloquium held

recently in Lagos.

Chairman house of representatives committee

on aviation Nnolim Nnaji suggested

in his presentation at the event that the

remittances from internally generated

revenues of the airport authority should be

retained for the development of airports


“The 25% remittance from Federal

Airports Authority of Nigeria should be

stopped. Government should create a consolidated

account where this money will be

paid. From there we set up a 10-year rolling

plan on how to develop airports infrastructure

instead of government taking this

money. The money is supposed to be used

to develop airports infrastructure,” he said.

Nnaji said that Nigeria was yet to exploit

“up to 10% of the possible non-aeronautical

revenues because our airports are not yet

developed to the level of harnessing the

revenue potentials available on the land

Air Cote D’Ivoire has commenced discussions

with the African Development Bank

about possible bank support for financing

its intended aircraft acquisition.

AfDB senior transport engineer Patrick Tamba

Musa said the bank had developed a framework

and guidelines document with the aim of

easing access to finance for African airlines.

He said the framework was developed

through collaborative approach with major

African aviation stakeholders and is consistent

with AfDB’s 10-year strategy.



Until emphasis is given to the implementation

of relevant recommendations


Africa World Airlines (AWA) based in Accra,

Ghana has opened its ninth route in less

than six years and has remained profitable

for four years.

Airline chief operating officer Sean Mendis

said the goal of the airline is to become

the dominant carrier initially in Ghana, and

then, throughout the West African region.

“We are not going to try to do this in one

year or two years. We are going to have slow

and steady growth. We like to think that

we are now at a position where people are

realizing what we can bring to them in terms

of value as a regional partner. That is what

we have been able to achieve in terms of

profitability. And of course, with infrastructure

of the new airport in Accra, it is going to

help realise the vision of making Accra the

primary West African aviation hub.”

Mendis said the airline is exploiting the advantage

of partnerships to pursue its vision.

“To this extent, we are partners with SAA,

Emirates, Qatar, Ethiopian and others. So,


Chief executive officer Nigerian Airspace

Management Agency (NAMA) Fola

Akinkuotu expressed optimism that the

challenge of radio blind spots in some parts

of the nation’s upper airspace would soon

be history.

This, as the ongoing deployment of VSAT

network and VHF radio systems, is yielding

positive results.

NAMA recently completed the installation

of a VSAT station at the Jos airport in

Plateau State and integrated the VHF radio

into the network in that sector.

Akinkuotu said the installation of the

VSAT stations will be done at 26 airports

while the VHF radios will be installed

at 14 strategic remote sites to finally

eliminate radio blind spots in the upper

airways segment of the entire Nigerian

airspace. Q

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By Mary de Klerk

Photos by Mary de Klerk and Rob Jonkers

The final results for all competitors were:

1st Nov 2019 | Stellenbosch | Southern Route


POS Pilot Name Navigator Name Aircraft Make Aircraft



1 Olivier Riviere Jerome Jireau C152 ZS-KEO 66 0 0 75 10 0 151

2 Michal Wieczorek Mary de Klerk C152 ZS-PLU 51 0 0 75 30 0 156

South Africa and the South African Power Flying Association

(SAPFA) has won the bid to host the 2020 World Rally Flying

Championships and Stellenbosch airfield in the Western Cape

has been selected as the airfield of choice.

Previously SAPFA hosted the 7th World Rally Flying Championships–

Stellenbosch Airfield in 1991, the 13th World Rally Flying

Championships– Pilanesberg Airfield, 2003 and 20th World Precision

Flying Championships – Brits Airfield in 2011.

Next year the Aero Club of South Africa and the South African

Power Flying Association will be celebrating their 100th centenary

birthday. This World Championship competition will take place

15th to 21st November 2020.

The sport of rally flying is aimed at improving fundamental flying

skills to enable a team (rally crew of two) to navigate and handle

their aircraft under visual meteorological conditions (VMC) as independent

of technical subsystems as possible.

Up to 80 teams from the following countries are expected to

participate: Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary,

Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Poland,

Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Each country will also bring additional crew in the form of international

judges, team managers, judge observers, engineers, supporters and

families. In total in excess of 300 of the “crème de la crème” of international

aviators and their families are expected to visit South Africa.

In preparation for this event, SAPFA decided to hold a ‘mini training

session’ in Stellenbosch from 30th October to 2nd November.

The objective was to bring all parties together in order to execute a

‘mock event’ utilising all available services in order to iron out any

potential wrinkles ahead of the main event next year.

The opportunity to practice in Stellenbosch was snapped up by

the French, Polish, Swiss and Austrian international teams. The

South African teams including current and potential Protea members

also participated. An interesting mix of two united teams from

different countries also took part. Michal Wieczorek from Poland

flew with Mary de Klerk from South Africa and Mauritz du Plessis

flew with Nicola from France.

Some teams arrived a few days early to take advantage of some

tourism opportunities. The plan was to run open practice days

from Wednesday to Friday and then the competition on Saturday

2nd Nov. But no one had considered SA would get to the World

Cup rugby finals so the plan was changed.

The competition was flown on Friday 1st November to allow

all participants to watch the game live in the various SFC hosting

restaurant facilities. Training then resumed after the match on

Saturday 2nd November.

The competition route was to the south east of Stellenbosch, with

high overcast weather predicted with strong upper winds of up

to 20 kts. The route took the teams just south of Sir Lowry’s Pass,

remaining in the high ground and mountain areas until a steep descent

to the coast to Voelklip, then along the coast all the way past

Hermanus, with whales visible just off the river mouth in Walkerbay.

From there the surprise steep climb up Maanskynkop, everybody

had to snake their way over the top, and then into the Caledon valley

up to the Theewaterskloof dam, and then back over the ridge of the

Hottentots-Holland mountains to find the sharp bend in the railway

line that goes up Sir Lowry’s pass, then to the finish point through

Kleinnek which is just abeam the Helderberg. This was a very scenic

route, as the whole Cape is, with many of the competitors being

distracted from flying the route because of the amazing scenery.

The French team was well supported by their French sporting

federation had to stick strictly to the team managers rules for

training with little ‘free time’ to play. This discipline showed up

in their final results with all six French teams finishing in the top

10 positions.

The South African rally flying national championships will take

place at the Stellenbosch flying club from 2-4 April 2020 from

where the final Protea team to represent South Africa at the World

Championships will be

selected. Ideally SAPFA

are hoping to select

an “A” team and a “B”

team to give some

newbies the opportunity

to experience a real

World Championships

Event. Jonty Esser

has been appointed

as chief Protea team

coach and will be

publishing a training

schedule soon. Any

further information

and be mailed to info@ Q

RIGHT: Celebrating

Rally Veteran Ron

Stirk’s 70th Birthday

on 1st Nov 2019

ABOVE: First placed Olivier Riviere and Jerome

Jireau with Colin Jordaan and Frank Eckard

3 Alexis Fuchs Adele Schramm C152 ZS-MXS 189 0 0 45 60 0 294

4 Stéphane le Camus Charles Chauve C152 ZS-MXS 237 0 0 135 10 0 382

5 Paul Upravan Marjorie Perrissin-Fabert C152 ZS-PLU 385 0 0 105 60 0 550

6 Werner Unold Esther Rimensberger C152 ZS-POY 324 0 0 245 10 0 579

7 Sebastien Anquetil Benoit Letellier C152 ZS-KEO 374 0 0 190 60 0 624

8 Antony Russell Pamela Russell C172 ZS-OHI 150 0 0 300 200 0 650

9 Jonty Esser Sandi Goddard C172 ZS-SMS 343 0 0 460 120 0 923

10 Mauritz du Plessis Nicola C172 ZS-OHI 578 0 100 150 170 0 998

11 Hans Schwebel Ron Stirk C172 ZS-SLM 509 0 100 440 0 0 1049

12 Ashleigh Prinsloo Marko Nel C152 ZS-SLM 618 0 100 530 20 0 1268

13 Shane Britz Karen Stroud Savannah ZU-FNF 769 0 0 480 60 0 1309

14 Rob Jonkers Martin Meyer Harmony ZS-SMS 434 0 0 635 300 0 1369

15 Andre Kluyts Don Lucas C172 ZS-MCW 889 0 200 735 120 0 1944

16 Leon Bouttell Karyn Purchase Savannah ZU-FNF 1120 0 100 725 40 0 1985

The picturesque Stellenbosch Airfield

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Melbourne, Florida – In response

to the growing demand for

more qualified IT experts in the

business aviation sector, Satcom

Direct (SD), the business aviation

solutions provider, has strengthened

its industry-focused training


The second edition of aeroIT,

SD’s aviation IT certification, is

available with renewed content

and an exam updated to reflect

the changes. SD’s training programmes

have been added to the

curricula offered at both FlightSafety

International and Embry-Riddle

Aeronautical University and the

number of SD digital self-learning

courses has grown.

Revisions to the aeroIT course

place more focus on cyber security,

the latest communications systems

and information technology

advancements to ensure aviation IT

professionals’ knowledge is current

with the most recent developments.

The revised exam, designed to

test candidates’ understanding of

developing connectivity technologies,

will enable existing aeroIT

certificate holders to renew their

existing qualification.

The updated aeroIT course

now forms part of FlightSafety

International’s new Cabin Master

Technician programme.

Embry-Riddle has also approved

the inclusion of aeroIT as part of its

new Bachelor’s degree, Aviation

Maintenance Science with an area

of concentration in cyber technology,

avionics and security. The

first group of students taking the

program began studies this year.

Students completing the courses

can take their exam on campus

or via the digital Questionmark

platform which SD administers.

The aeroIT course is also

available through SD’s recently

enhanced Learning Management

System which provides computer-based

training with videos and

digital material.



A round up of aviaon news briefs

from around the world


Las Vegas, Nevada – Airbus Corporate

Jets (ACJ) have launched

the website, allowing

VIP travellers to easily plan their

world above the world travel with

ACJ charter operators.

The new website will appeal to

VIP travellers, because it groups

together information about the

Airbus corporate jet offerings of

12 operators - such as details of

their spacious cabins, characteristics

and tailored on-board

services in one place.

Its simplicity enables users to

find details about each ACJ VIP

charter offering in a single click.

Customers can then select the

desired ACJ operator and be

taken seamlessly to the website

of their chosen ACJ charter

provider, allowing them to book

securely and with confidence at

no extra cost.

“For the first time we have connected

business jet travellers to

ACJ operators - just click to book

a unique flying experience,” said

ACJ president Benoit Defforge.

ACJ operator fleets include

the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320

and ACJ340, all of which deliver

impressive combinations of comfort,

range and reliability. Visit the




Rotterdam, The Netherlands

– APOC Aviation has sold two

CFM56-3 engines (Serial numbers:

856622/857283) in a multi-million

dollar transaction with a national

carrier. Both are now installed on

Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

With one just out the shop and

each having a 4,000 flight-cycle

capability before servicing, these

engine assets are the first in a series

of transactions underway at APOC.

Anca Mihalache, vice president

engine trading APOC Aviation said,

“We are focusing on supplying en-

gines with a range of flexible finance

options. Our customers need to

ensure they can remain in profitable

operation with minimised downtime

and it is our mission to provide engines

that are ready to fly supported

by our stock of surplus parts.

“Some operators are extending

existing leases on current engine

options and this is keeping values

buoyant whilst new generation

technology enters the market. However,

the CFM56-3/5B/-7B and the

V2500-A5 engines are still experiencing

frequent trades with demand

expected to grow as more engines

are removed for maintenance.”

APOC is focused on the most

commonly used aircraft Airbus and

Boeing narrow bodies.

Mihalache said that 2019 is seeing

fast expansion into the leasing

of engines, aircraft, landing gears

and APUs.

Currently APOC has offices/warehouses

located in the Netherlands,

Lithuania, Florida and Colombia

however before end of 2020

strategic spares hubs will be identified

in mainland China with extra

warehouses/offices opened in the

USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.

This expanding global footprint sees

annual revenues predicted to reach

(US) $100 million by 2022.

The SD Entry into Service facility delivers

essential aviation IT training to existing and

new customers on board their aircraft




Zug, Switzerland – Vertis Aviation

has strengthened its ultra-longrange

charter offering with the

introduction of a Bombardier Global

5000 to its charter portfolio. The

latest addition to the Vertis Charter

Management Programme (VCMP)

will be marketed exclusively for

charter through the international

Vertis network of offices spanning

the North Americas, Middle East,

Africa and Europe.

The privately owned and

operated Global 5000 is based at

London Luton Airport.

“This is a fantastic new aircraft

to have on offer for our clientele,”

said Catherine Buchanan, COO

of Vertis Aviation. “There has

been a distinct change in market

behaviour as charter demand

for business airliners has shifted

to the large-cabin, long-range

jets. The high levels of comfort,

always-on connectivity and

flexible performance capabilities

make these aircraft types a great

alternative and it is a valuable

addition to our mix.”

“In addition to incredibly

smooth operating performance

our customers expect

high-quality cabin comfort as

well as reliability. The Global

5000 ticks all those boxes so

we are excited to add it to our

VCMP ahead of the winter season.

We expect it will interline

with our light jet and rotary

charters to reach the select

ski-resorts around Europe and

the USA,” said Buchanan.



Vilnius, Lithuania – A narrow-body

ACMI operator Avion

Express has announced record

quarterly production results.

During Q3 2019 the airline

flew over 27,400 block hours,

increasing the year-on-year

production result by 28%. September

year to date production

results increased by over 15%

– the company flew over 50,000

block hours in the three quarters

of 2019.

CEO Darius Kajokas said,

“Busy European summer

season led to significant

growth in the demand for

ACMI services. This year

we expanded our fleet to 22

aircraft, the biggest fleet in

the history of our company,

and consolidated all our

efforts to assist European

scheduled and charter airlines

with their growth plans

and capacity needs and this

resulted in overall growth of

our production.

“I would like to thank our

professional team for their

hard work and dedication,

which is fuelling our results.

At the same time, I would

like to express our gratitude

to the clients who choose

our services. Their trust

motivates us to move further

and develop our services.”

For the remaining period

of European high-season

Avion Express will continue

to provide ACMI services to

Onur Air and SunExpress,

while Avion Express Malta

will continue operating for


At the same time, Avion

Express is working on

expanding its client base

and has recently signed an

ACMI contract with VietJet

Air, an international low-cost

airline from Vietnam. According

to the wet-lease agreement, six

aircraft – three Airbus A320 and

three Airbus A321 – will be flying

for the Vietnamese carrier until

the end of February 2020.

Four of the aircraft started

operations in Vietnam in




Rotterdam, The Netherlands

– Max Wooldrik, managing

director of APOC Aviation, an

aircraft and engines leasing,

trading and part-out specialist,

has won the Airline Economics

’40 Under 40’ awards for 2019.

APOC Aviation was also

nominated again by Deloitte for the

‘Technology Fast 50 - 2019’ achieving

recognition once more as one

of the fastest growing technology

companies in the Netherlands.

“APOC Aviation has a reputation

for being an entrepreneurial

business” said Wooldrik.

“From a personal perspective, I

am really proud of our successful

crowd-funding initiatives which

have generated investment capital

for the business, our best-inclass

IT platform which drives

leasing and stock management

to optimise revenues, and our

new facility where we have tripled

our inventory space to further

streamline the business and

sustain exemplary service levels.

We’ll also be expanding our global

footprint in Asia and the US with

dynamic plans for spares hubs to

serve our airline customers.”

Wooldrik was nominated by

colleagues and peers as one

of the current business leaders

aged below forty years who,

they believed, was deserving of

recognition for his contribution

to the aviation industry.

In an overwhelming response

to the publishers the talent and

skills of forty young, dynamic

people was acknowledged at a

special ceremony in New York

during the ‘Growth Frontiers’

conference last week. Q

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report by Albinus Chiedu

The air transport industry has embraced digitalisation

of systems and the upgrade of airport technologies to

optimise operational efficiency, improve passenger experience,

create new revenue opportunities and improve aviation


How financially prepared are airports in Africa for this venture?

This formed part of the discussions at the 28th ACI annual general

assembly conference and exhibition held at Kempinski Hotel,

Accra, Ghana recently.

The theme of the conference was ‘Smart Airports in Africa, Are

We Ready?’

Director, strategy and business development ACI Africa Romesh

Bhoyroo said the ACI had identified financing of airport technology

infrastructure as one of the challenges ahead in the course of

implementing the APEX safety programme.

“There is a very high cost in terms of finance to be invested in

what is changing but are we ready for this cost journey?” asked

Justine Sushi from Tanzania.

“There are many airports in Africa struggling with digital

transformation but when technology is transforming, it always

transforms in an expensive way. There is a need to seek a way of

financing technological advancement so that both big and small

airports can keep moving,” Justine said.

Most airports in Africa are small and their needs in terms of

traffic volume and revenue capacities vary as much as each other.

For this reason, participants agreed that playing catch-up in terms

of technological upgrades has to be on a case by case basis.

“Small airports lack the capacity to invest significantly in building

new big airports,” said Ahmat Hassan Orozi representative of

director general ASECNA.

Olivier Baric, aviation director African region, EGIS appealed to

airport technology service providers to identify the peculiar needs

of small airports and develop a wide range of services to carry

them along.

“There is no one cap fits all solution,” said Indranil Gupta, managing

director GSEZ airport Gabon.

United States transportation and safety administration (TSA) and

international finance corporation representatives

presented their technology funding support offers which participants

considered expensive.

TSA representative in West African region Gary Pleus said an

innovation task force was founded in 2016.

“A five year membership costs (US) $5,000.00 but one of the

benefits from this is access to sophisticated passenger screening

which, for example, does not require passengers to remove their

shoes and clothes during screening.

IFC’s principal investment officer, Ramatou Magagi said the IFC

had decided to support projects that are energy efficient. She said

for such projects to be approved, they have to be 20% more energy

efficient, 20% more water efficient and certified by a third party.

“We seek to make airports as green as possible. There is software

that indicates how green an airport is. Focus is on Africa and

developing countries and IFC owns the programme, supported by

the British Government,” she said.

The week-long event was opened by Ghana president Nana Addo

Dankwa Akufo-Addo with over 300 delegates in attendance. Q

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carry you into a band new year

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Smart, Integrated, Unified

The only way forward for

airport solutions

Johnson Controls’ demonstrates industry experience

Every day, airport executives and staff meet the needs of a population the size of a city. They’re

responsible for assuring the safety and comfort of passengers, tenants, employees and visitors. It’s

thus critical that airport facilities operate at the highest levels of efficiency and reliability. Smart airport

solutions are emerging to fill gaps, enhance functional capabilities and deliver advances never before

possible. Johnson Controls provides airport technology solutions that improve passenger satisfaction

and security, while enhancing business operations.

Smart, automated, personalised

Around the globe, airports are transforming, investing in in intelligent digitised solutions that create a

platform for future growth. Their key focus areas are:

•• Strengthening security

•• Increasing operational efficiency

•• Improving the passenger experience

Integrated Airports Solutions

Johnson Controls’ suite of airport solutions address security, HVAC, building management systems,

energy management, fire detection and suppression, integrated operations centres and operational


These smart solutions are augmented by an industry-leading Operational Intelligence platform that can

automatically integrate and analyse data from multiple sources and generate meaningful business insights

from operational data.


Technology Contracting at Nashville


Johnson Controls will deliver building-wide systems

integration for Nashville International Airport’s (BNA)

growth and expansion plan. As part of the project,

Johnson Controls will also provide early engagement

technology design-assist services.

The integrated technologies that will help BNA

become a smarter airport include Johnson Controls’

Metasys Building Management System, fire detection

and alarms, a communications backbone and highspeed

network, a multiple user flight information

display system, integrated communication systems,

Wi-Fi and distributed antenna systems, and common

use equipment for ticketing and gate management.

Airports need more effective security to combat increasingly sophisticated security and cybersecurity

threats. Johnson Controls’ airport security solutions include perimeter intrusion detection, detectors and

scanners, electronic access control, digital video and self-learning video analytics, solutions for secure voice

communications and as well as RFID.

CEM AC2000 for Muscat


Smart solutions add immense value. Increased connectivity, mobility, intelligent input, analytics and

the scalability of cloud technologies enable seamless and personalised communication, automation,

self-service, intelligent resource allocation, improved decision-making and management, and

enhanced productivity.

Johnson Controls’ suite of specialised Smart Airport Solutions deliver proven solutions to real airport

problems. They have been chosen by leading airports around the world, including Heathrow, John

Lennon, San Diego International, Toronto Pearson International, Atlanta International and Muscat

International to name a few.

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CEM AC2000 from Johnson Controls is a

specialist Access Control solution for airports,

and has been used by the world’s leading

airports for over 25 years. It has most recently

been selected to secure Muscat International

Airport, the largest airport in Oman. Muscat

International Airport is currently undergoing

expansion to grow its capacity to handle 12

million passengers annually. CEM AC2000 has

a number of features for airports, including

intelligent IP card readers, touch screen card

readers, passenger segregation, check-in

desk enablement, air-bridge monitoring and

vehicle management.

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Energy management

Energy typically constitutes 10-15% of of the total airport operating budget. Of this, about 35% is is used by

HVAC. Increased HVAC efficiency, reduced energy costs and lower emissions are key targets for airports.

Metasys 10.0 BMS for Adelaide

Airport, Australia




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Johnson Controls was recently selected to to

deliver a world-class HVAC control system

(BMS), access control and security management

platform for the Adelaide Airport services

upgrade and terminal expansion project. The

Metasys 10.0 BMS is is designed to to deliver more

unified building management functionality with

smarter building automation, faster responses

to to critical alarms and new integrations with fire

detection, security and lighting systems – all

with visibility from a single common interface.

Johnson Controls is is able to to offer their customers, new and existing, a full range of of building automation

solutions that can be offered as as a Technology Performance Contracting model, bringing investors and

customers together with engineered solutions for their airport requirements. Should you be interested

in in discussing your security and building automation needs with JCI, please contact Marius Brits at at or or on +27 82 389 5540. We look forward to to exceeding your expectations.

Let us take you

to new heights

The combining of of Johnson Controls and Tyco creates greater value and more innovation in in our security solutions products,

protecting what matters most. We can look after any kind of of environment, all all the while allowing the user to to be be kept informed

of of what is is happening through integrated systems management. Our intelligence-based offerings cover applications from

intrusion/perimeter protection to to specialized hazard/fire detection and control, and everything in in between.

To To find out more, contact a a representative from your area:


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+27 18 18786 1062

+27 21 21551 5513012

+27 31 31569 2626

Aerial Drone Applications

North-West, South Africa

Farm D70, Leguaan Leap R560, Skeerpoort, 0232

Tel: +27 (0)12 880 1928

Contact: Shaun Davies

Description: Drone operator specializing in aerial mapping,

photography, depth elevation models, surveillance,

videography and more.

Aerial Vision Africa (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Unit 1, Oxford Office Park, Centurion, Pretoria, 0157

Tel: +27 (0)12 880 0145

Contact: Dean Polley

Description: Aerial Vision Africa offers a full range of

turnkey unmanned aerial systems solutions, through our

unique SSASS offering, comprising specialised sensors

seamlessly integrated with state-of-the-art aircraft and

software, and supported by professional services. Our

fully managed services are backed by highly experienced

pilots and ground crew, avionics and ancillary support

specialists in addition to a number of tailored financial


Aeronautical Aviation

Gauteng, South Africa

Hanger 202, Gate 7, Lanseria International Airport,

Krugersdorp, 1748

Tel: +27 (0)11 659 1033

Contact: Clinton Carroll


Description: Aeronautical Aviation, based at Lanseria

International Airport, is an African leader in the repair,

installation and overhaul of aircraft instrumentation, avionics,

electrical, autopilots and accessories since 2005.

We provide superior, reliable, and cost effective services

for a broad spectrum of the aviation industry, including

general/commercial/corporate aviation, helicopter operations,

and government and military customers.

We are committed to providing our customers with outstanding

quality and service. Our company was built on

integrity, honesty, and excellence in every aspect of the

services we have to offer. We also believe in keeping the

cost reasonable, while maintaining exceptional quality

that either meets or exceeds Original Aircraft Manufacturer

(OEM) specifications.

Aeronautical Society

of South Africa

Gauteng, South Africa

PO Box 11928, Die Hoewes, 0163

Tel: +27 (0)12 841 4953

Contact: (Mrs) Biffy van Rooyen

Description: The Aeronautical Society of South Africa

(AeSSA) is a fully-fledged division of the Royal Aeronautical

Society (RaeS). Through its long and distinguished

history (established in 1866), the Royal Aeronautical Society

(RAeS), with headquarters in London, has evolved as

the global focal point for the entire aerospace community.

With a membership approaching some 20 000 worldwide,

the society has divisions and branches spread around the

globe and accommodates all individuals and companies

associated with and having an interest in aerospace.

Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Grand Central Airport, New Road, Midrand, 1685

Tel: +27 (0)11 266 2626

Contact: Lynne Carstens

Description: Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space

and related services. It has maintained a presence in South

Africa since 1994. Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, is

headquartered at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, South

Africa. The Grand Central base is home to the company’s

regional Helicopters and Defence & Space businesses.

As a world-leading aerospace company, Airbus designs,

manufactures and supports a range of 100-600

seat commercial airliners, military transport and special

missions aircraft, helicopters, rocket-launchers and satellites.

It also provides a comprehensive array of aviation,

space and geo-intelligence systems and solutions to

government and civilian customers.


Gauteng, South Africa

6 Coombe Place, Sandton, 2128

Tel: +27 (0)11 476 0000

Contact: Roxanne Diegaardt

Description: Aircademy is an internationally renowned

supplier of professional CPL, ATPL, IR, PPL e-books via

the Aircademy app. The e-books cover all subjects and

topics that a pilot must know to pass the theoretical examination

and the practical flight test.

We build our expertise on co-operations with flight

schools, manufacturers and authorities such as Lufthansa

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Aviation Training, Austro Control etc. Our training material

is compliant to EASA and ICAO and is customisable to

regional needs.

Strong connections to flight schools, training facilities,

aviation authorities and examination software providers

were established and have led to our products being

seen today as standard reference for training, examinations

and aviation authorities.

Airlines Association of Southern Africa NPC

Gauteng, South Africa

Emerald BVLD, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, 1749

Tel: +27 (0)11 609 0050

Contact: Chris Zweigenthal

Description: Airline Member Organisation

Avcon Jet Africa

Gauteng, South Africa

Grand Central Airport, Midrand, 1685

Tel: +27 (0)11 312 5676

Contact: Juan Stoltz

Description: We are a global company providing a

single aviation key turn solution to our aircraft owners,

able to support and assist our clients not only in their

aviation requirements but also able to support in luxury

travel to Africa.

Avcon Jet Africa’s training division offers PPL to

ATPL training as well as hour building packages that

include flying safaris through the African bush. The

training centre extended its capabilities with Multi

Engine training for advanced training and corporate

charters for luxury safaris. We also extend to our clients

the opportunity to experience the full self-fly bush

experience in Africa.

Avex Air Training (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

57 Loper Ave, Aeroport, Spartan Ext 2,

Kempton Park, 1619

Tel: +27 (0)11 974 4855

Contact: Chester Chandler or

Description: Avex Air Training has been a household

name in the Southern African aviation industry for 55

years. We are the proud agents for Jeppesen, NavBlue,

ATP, ICAO and stockists of IATA publications. We publish

our proprietary Avex Air Student Pilot Study Manuals and

student pilot supplies.

New service: AOC - Aircraft Operators Consultancy:

Technical document development and specialist consulting

support for all Part 93, 121, 135 operators, AOC,

AMO and ATO organisations.

Aviation4SA (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Clark Street, Eldoraigne, 0157

Tel: +27 (0)83 231 5896

Contact: Craig Wood

Description: We provide aviation legislation direct to

your smart phone or tablet, on- and off-line. This includes

CAT's & CAR's, ACTS, AIC's, AIP's, proposed amendments

and more. Current and cross referenced and easy

to use. Aviation legislation at your fingertips.


Gauteng, South Africa

65 Serenade Road, Elandsfontein, Germiston, 1406

Tel: +27 (0)11 828 0800

Contact: Dean Marcus

Description: Since its establishment over 40 years ago,

Aztec has predominantly focused on the importation,

design, manufacture, integration and support of AC &

DC power systems for the Aerospace & Defence, Data

Centre, Energy Storage, Mining and Telecommunications

industries. Today Aztec is Southern Africa’s leading

aircraft battery and GPU specialist and is an SA CAA

approved AMO for aircraft batteries. Aztec is proud to

represent a number of the world’s leading Aerospace &

Defence OEM’s including in particular EnerSys / Hawker,

Concorde, JBT AeroTech and others – all of which manufacture

the world’s leading products within their fields

of expertise.



Texas, United States

3255 Bell Flight Blvd, Fort Worth, 76118

Tel: +27 (0) 82 376 0550

Contact: Lynette Loosen

Description: Thinking above and beyond is what we

do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the

experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound

barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were

aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced

tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future

of on-demand mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned

subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic

locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter

of our workforce having served, helping our military

achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional

experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably.

And always, with safety at the forefront.

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Century Avionics


Gauteng, South Africa

Hangar M1, Gate 5, Lanseria

International Airport,

Johannesburg, 1748

Tel: +27(0)11 701 3244

Contact: Carin van Zyl

Description: Century Avionics has been in business for over

40 years and is located at Lanseria International Airport. We

specialise in general aviation avionics for fixed- and rotary-wing

aircraft together with handheld units and headsets.

We offer a wide range of general aviation avionics solutions,

including cockpit upgrades. We excel in Avionics

Sales/Marketing, Installations, Repairs/Maintenance,

Support and Certification, making us a one-stop avionic


We are also an in- and out of warranty service-centre for Bose,

David Clark and Lightspeed headsets. We are approved dealers

for a host of avionics manufacturers (Garmin, Honeywell, Avidyne,

McMurdo ELT, Genesys Aerosystems and many others)

and constantly aim to offer our valued customers the widest

range of products and capabilities. Longstanding customers attest

to our professional commitment and fast and friendly service.

Our AMO and Design Organisation is approved in

South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Malawi and

Zimbabwe. Century NAVCOM, our Design Organisation,

along with our qualified and experienced Certification

Department, will assist with Avionics STC Application/Development

and/or Modification Approvals.

Citronol Hand Cleaner Pty Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Unit 2, 53 Mastiff Road, Midrand

Industrial Park, Commercia, Midrand, 1685

Tel: +27 (0)11 310 7155

Contact: Victor Hyam

Description: Citronol is a manufacturer of industrial and

house hold cleaning products. Products manufactured

such as hand cleaners,barrier creams and degreasers for

the industrial ,commercial and retail markets. We specialise

in product formulas that have industrial cleaning

strength but are still safe for the user and biodegradable.

The Commercial Aviation

Association of Southern

Africa NPC

Gauteng, South Africa

CAASA House, Lanseria International Airport, Lanseria, 1748

Tel: +27 (0)11 659 2345

Contact: Sam Keddle

Description: The Commercial Aviation Association of

Southern Africa NPC (CAASA) is a non-profit organisation

formed in 1944 to promote and protect the commercial interest

of the general aviation industry in South African Aviation.

Our member companies include airport operators,

non-scheduled operators, business aircraft operators, flying

training organisations, aircraft maintenance companies

and companies offering a whole range of supporting and

retail services. If you are a company trading or operating in

general aviation, then you should be a member of CAASA.

Davies Branding & Ink

North-West, South Africa

Farm D70, Leguaan Leap, R560, Skeerpoort, 0232

Tel: +27 (0)12 880 1928

Contact: Debbie Davies


Description: Suppliers of branded and unbranded

products, including apparel and display items. Corporate

clothing, promotional banners such as pull up banners,

gazebos, canvas prints, country and company flags,

point of sale items, corporate gifts. (pens, notepads etc).

DJA Aviation (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Building 8, Parc Nicol, 3001 William Nicol Drive, Johannesburg,


Tel: +27 (0)11 463 5550 / 0800 FLYING

Contact: Jackie Nieuwoudt

Description: DJA Aviation (Pty) Ltd is South Africa’s largest

dedicated aviation insurance broking firm. With a team of highly

experienced aviation specialists, it’s the greatest concentration

of aviation insurance knowledge, expertise and experience available

on the African continent. DJA provides insurance portfolios

for its customers, which are balanced between cost, coverage,

service and security. DJA is part of the i capital Group and is an

Authorised Financial Services Provider (FSP No: 15808).


Heli Management Services

Gauteng, South Africa

111 Sunset Dr, Lanseria, 1748

Tel: +27 (0)82 444 2625

Contact: Johannes Nell

Description: Heli Management Services has the sole

agency for SkyTrac of Canada in Southern Africa. SkyTrac

offers two units for Satellite based flight following. Voice

messaging services are available with an optional unit. The

ISAT-200 unit can also act as a mini HUMS system and the

data can be downloaded after a flight or via live broadcast.

Jim Davis Publications

Western Cape, South Africa

107 Platrug Avenue, Hoekwil, 6638

Tel: +27 (0)72 188 6484

Contact: Jim Davis

Description: Writer and publisher of aviation related publications,

particularly flying training manuals and material, Jim Davis

is also writer and publisher of the books "PPL", "So Others

May Live", "Flying in Africa" Volumes 1 and 2 and "Flight Tests".

A columnist for "Australian Flying" magazine, Jim Davis also provides

legal Expert Witness advise relating to aviation accidents.

Johnson Controls

Gauteng, South Africa

42 Electron Avenue, Isando,

Johannesburg, 1600

Tel: +27 (0)82 389 5540

Contact: Marius Brits

Description: The future is being built today, and Johnson

Controls is making that future more productive, more secure

and more sustainable. We create intelligent buildings,

efficient energy solutions and integrated infrastructure

that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise

of smart cities, airports and communities. At its core, that

promise is about delivering innovation that make people’s

lives – and the world – better.

For a single building or an entire airport facility, Johnson

Controls offers an unmatched portfolio of integrated solutions—optimizing

performance at every phase.

From Design and Supply to Implementation and Servicing

of Integrated Security & Fire Systems, Heating,

Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Lighting

solutions all in one Performance Contracting model.




Western Cape, South Africa

190A Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, 8001

Tel: +27 (0)82 254 7984

Contact: Phillip Kent

Description: Whether you’ve just entered the industry, or been

part of it since the Wright brothers, you will know that aviation

applications and the adjacent legal processes can be complex,

tiresome and technical. Often more so than flying actual

aircraft. Legalese recognises the need for a tailored legal assistance

to aviation companies making applications to aviation

regulators. With budget considerations and a scarcity of legal

experts in the aviation industry, aviation companies often do

not have the option to approach a traditional law firm. That’s

where we come in. With a client base of over 500 companies

and a decade of experience in aviation and related regulations,

Legalese offers a complete service offering across all

areas of aviation legal processes, applications and renewals.

Leica Geosystems

Gauteng, South Africa

PostNet Suite 662, Private

Bag X29, Gallo Manor, 2052

Tel: +27 (0)11 312 7450

Contact: Bianca Kruger

Description: Revolutionising the world of measurement and

survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon,

creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet.

Known for premium products and innovative solution development,

professionals in a diverse mix of industries, from aerospace

to security, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs.


Mega Aero Training Academy

Gauteng, South Africa

Northern Perimeter Road, Eastern Precinct, Bonaero, 1627

Tel: +27 (0)11 395 4144

Contact: Lerato Teffu

Description: Mega Aero Training Academy (Pty) Ltd is a subsidiary

of the Safomar Group and was founded in 2010 for the

purpose of addressing the specific training needs of the aerospace

industry. Our programme has evolved into one of the most

respected professional development programs on the continent.

MATA is the professional training choice of the South African/

African aerospace community. The Academy is a fully SACAA

certified Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) offering training for

apprentices / learners as well as an Aviation Technical Training

Centre (ATTC) that performs training for technicians. MATA is also

accredited by the Transport Education and Training Authority

(TETA), the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) and ISO:

9001:2008 accredited with SACAS. MATA provides specialised

training for the Aviation Industry as well as a refined course

curriculum for each of the following trades: Aircraft Mechanics,

Aircraft Instrument Mechanics, Aircraft Electrical Training, Aircraft

Radiotrician Training and Aircraft Avionician Training.


National Airways Corporation (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Hangar 104C, Gate 15, Lanseria Airport, 1748

Tel: +27 (0)11 267 5000

Contact: Karin Roodt

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Description: Aircraft sales and security

Passerine Aircraft

Gauteng, South Africa

90 2nd Ave, Kew, Johannesburg, 2090

Tel: +27 (0)78 714 7480

Contact: Matthew Whalley

Description: Passerine is building the next generation

drone. We have built a high-performance longrange

drone able to operate without ground

infrastructure due to our bio-inspired (leg) launch


Pilatus PC-12 Centre Southern Africa

Gauteng, South Africa

Hangar 41, 42 Rand Airport Rd, Airport Park,

Johannesburg, 1401

Tel: +27 (0)11 383 0800

Contact: Pascal Wyss

Description: Pilatus PC-12 Centre Southern Africa is the

sole distributor in Southern Africa for Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

Since 2007, PCSA has grown the supported the ever

expanding fleet of PC-6, PC-12 and PC-24 aircraft on

the African continent.

Pratt & Whitney

Canada Customer

Service Centre

Europe GmbH


Gauteng, South Africa

Hangar 32, Lanseria Airport,

Johannesburg, 1748

Tel: +27 (0)71 403 5247

Contact: Kaval Shah


Description: Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer

Service Centre is the customer service organisation

providing OEM support to operators in Africa offering

services on all P&WC engine models.

Pratt & Whitney Canada local support is provided

out of Lanseria International Airport. The local team

provides comprehensive support from technical via the

Field Service Representatives, sales via the Regional

Sales Manager and on wing services via the Mobile

Repair Technician.

Please contact the team for all requirements in

support of your P&WC engines from troubleshooting

assistance, repair/overhaul solutions, engine sales and

rentals or on wing services including borescope and

Hot Section Inspections.

Professional Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd

Gauteng, South Africa

Professional House, 1 Ashenti Road, Lanseria International

Airport, Lanseria, 1748

Tel: +27 (0)11 701 3320

Contact: Rob Garbett

Description: Rob Garbett is CEO of Professional and is a

life Fellow of both the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

(IoD) as well as The Council of the Johannesburg Metropolitan

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Honorary

Director of the Civil Aviation Association of Southern Africa

(CAASA). Rob also serves on the BRICS Aviation Committee,

representing general aviation, and has served on the Civil Aviation

Regulations Committee (CARCom) for nearly fifteen years.

Gerhard van Zyl is the Group Operations Director who

joined Professional in 2004. Gerhard holds a B-Com degree

(major law), a private pilot’s licence. He has extensive international

experience which has included specific focus on

logistics and supply chain management in Africa. Gerhard’s

prime responsibilities are operations, sales and client liaison.

David Alexander, as General Manager, joined Professional

in 2009. David holds the ICAO AVSEC Professional

Manager Qualification and is widely recognised as one

of South Africa’s eminent authorities on air cargo security.

The company now specialises in all aspects of air cargo

security, training, airport management and all matters surrounding

compliance with SACAA security Regulations.

Professional has diversified into other activities some of

which have been placed in separate companies. These

activities include logistics security, airport management,

international container security, specialised staff recruitment,

polygraph services and augmented reality.

Safomar Aviation


Gauteng, South Africa

2 Avalon Road, Modderfontein, 1609

Tel: +27 (0)11 397 6260

Contact: Lerato Teffu

Description: Safomar Aviation (Pty) Ltd creates a leading

competitive edge to commercial/corporate & general aviation

customer by providing a full support solution across

all platforms though its divisions.

We specialise in supporting our customers in the

aviation industry - both Operators and Maintenance

Facilities – by providing them with world-class products

and services. Our key focus is on everything from day

to day sales to long-term strategic projects. Our solutions

are specifically tailored to our customer’s business

model. This is based on our belief in providing a bespoke

solution to each and every customer, as to better cater

for the uniqueness that exists within every business and

organisation. We take great pride in our thoroughness,

and stake our reputation on our attention to detail and our

ability to manage the most complex of projects and logistical

requirements. We look forward to working with you

and helping streamline your business and operations.


Gauteng, South Africa

18 Suni Road, Corporate Park South, Midrand, 1685

Tel: +27 (0)11 314 0152

Contact: Joey Schulz

Description: Simuflight has been in the business of training

flight deck excellence for 16 years, specialising in integrated

type specific simulator and flight training. This includes type

conversions, proficiency check preparation / IF renewals

and recurrent training on the Beech 1900, B200, Cessna

C208 and Boeing 737 - NG. We operate the only caravan

simulator in Africa. Other courses available are: CRM, MCC

(B1900 or generic turboprop), GPWS, EFIS, CFIT, GNSS,

RNAV and PBN. Only grade II and higher qualified instructors

with type and/or airline experience are used.

Spidertracks Ltd

Western Cape, South Africa

M05 building, Bakers Square, Paardevlei, Firgrove Rural,

Cape Town, 7130

Tel: +27 (0)66 203 6205

Contact: Pieter Cronje

Description: The industry leader in flight data, Spidertracks

offers simple and intuitive solutions aimed at making

the aviation community a safer place in which to live and

operate. Track, manage, and communicate with your aircraft

anywhere in the world.


Gauteng, South Africa

Hangar 25, Lanseria International Airport, Lanseria, 1748

Tel: +1 902 315 4764

Contact: Alex Youngs

Description: StandardAero is one of the world's largest

independent providers of services including engine and

airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engine

component repair and engineering services.

StandardAero’s Lanseria facility, located conveniently

close to Johannesburg, offers full MRO support for the Pratt

& Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop as an OEM-authorized

Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF). The facility also provides

service center level support (up to HSI) for the P&WC

PW100 turboprop and JT15D turbofan. In addition, we offer

local PT6A/PW100 support to customers in East Africa from

our Nairobi, Kenya facility, located at Wilson Airport (WIL).

Starlite Aviation Group

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Hangar 123, Virginia Airport, Durban North, 4051

Tel: +27 (0)31 571 6600

Contact: Lynne Ross

Description: Starlite is a diverse company offering integrated

aviation solutions for a wide range of services and

products. Spanning 20 years of operating in 30 countries on

5 continents, we remain committed to providing our clients

with the finest service. We are long term partners to corporate,

commercial and military customers. We supply aircraft

for emergency relief contract work, Oil and Gas support,

HEMS services, and passenger and cargo transport. We

operate maintenance organisations, a highly successful aircraft

sales and charter division, and a world renowned pilot

and drone training school. Starlite operates an extensive

fleet of rotor and fixed wing mission-ready aircraft from key

locations, providing 24-hour response world-wide.


Gauteng, South Africa

Castle View North, 495 Prieska Street, Erasmuskloof Ext. 3,

Pretoria, 0048

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 1500

Contact: Frikkie Botha

Description: Tellumat Air Traffic Management (ATM) has

a strong track record in the industry with over 40 years’

experience within South Africa’s Defence Force and many

Southern African commercial airports. Together with Original

Equipment Manufacturers, we supply, install, commission,

upgrade, support and, most importantly, maintain

a diverse portfolio of compliant air traffic management

equipment and systems across civil and military airports

with special focus on: AGL; Navaids (ILS, DVOR, NDB);

VHF Air-band Communication & Voice Recording; Weather

Systems; Procedure Designs. Our mission: to ensure

airspace safety by supplying and maintaining compliant air

traffic management systems to new and existing customers

in developing markets.

UAV Inspection



Western Cape, South Africa

28 Burnham Road, Plumstead, 7800

Tel: +27 (0)83 540 3601

Contact: John Woodman

Description: UAV Inspection was founded with the

goal of providing a specialist inspection service utilising

UAVs, or drones, by seasoned inspectors. Our

inspectors hold certifications with API and NACE and

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B oeing said that its Australian

subsidiary has used systems developed

in that country to enable a pair of

unmanned, subscale, jet-powered test

aircraft to conduct a semi-autonomous

teamed flight for the very first time.

This is part of the development of the

Airpower Teaming System for the Royal

Australian Air Force, which is centred on a

stealthy ‘loyal wingman’ drone intended to

work together with that service's manned

platforms, including its F-35A Joint Strike


Boeing Australia announced the successful

test, and released an accompanying

video, on social media.

The Chicago-headquartered plane

maker had officially unveiled the Airpower

Teaming System (ATS) effort at the Avalon

Air Show in Australia on Feb. 27, but the

news had already emerged, including on

The War Zone, the day before.

Boeing is under contract to build an

initial demonstrator as part of the previously

classified Loyal Wingman Advanced

Development Programme, which dates

back to 2018.

The Australian government expects to

spend (US) $28.5 million on the project

over the next four years and Boeing is

also helping with funding the work on the

demonstrator through a separate agreement

to invest around (US)$42 million, in

total, on various research and development

programmes in Australia.

"We successfully achieved our first

autonomous teamed flights using high-performance

jets as test beds and Australiandeveloped

missions systems technology!"

Boeing's announcement on Facebook said.

"Our team tested the jets’ abilities to safely



The programme is using lower-end jet drones to help demonstrate

the concept that will eventually use stealthy fighter-sized drones

communicate and co-ordinate with each


The two jet-powered drones reportedly

flew at speeds up to around 186 miles per

hour during the test flight. Boeing did not

elaborate on any of the specific test points,

but did add "next, we’ll try more complex

maneuvers, increasing teaming formation

numbers and more complex missions."

We do know that the Royal Australian

Air Force's (RAAF) goal is for the final

ATS combat drones to be able to operate

independently or in concert with manned

platforms, using a new control architecture

to autonomously maintain formation with

other aircraft and perform various tasks.

The technology that Boeing is testing

now with these subscale drones aligns well

with that plan.

It also makes perfect sense to be

developing this control architecture now

so that it is as mature as possible when the

demonstrator is ready to fly. In February,

Boeing said that this prototype was already

under construction and was scheduled to

have its first flight next year.

The company's plan is to “fly, test and

fail . . . and get this exciting kind of quick

learning" using the ATS demonstrator,

Shane Arnott, head of Boeing's Phantom

Works International.

"That becomes a real advantage for us to

go fast and get to trust the product quicker,

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By Joseph Trevithick

which is what autonomy is all about."

"This is an innovation programme for

the RAAF. It is not a capability delivery," he

continued, explaining that it would offer

Australia an opportunity to further explore

manned-unmanned teaming concepts of

operation, broadly. "This is an opportunity

for them to try before they buy, but do it in

a meaningful way."

The RAAF already expects the 38-footlong

ATS loyal wingmen, which will use a

bizjet-class jet engine and have a range of

around 2,000 nautical miles, to eventually

be able to perform a wide variety of

missions working together with various

manned aircraft. This includes fighters such

as its F-35As and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets,

as well as its EA-18G Growler electronic

warfare aircraft, E-7A Wedgetail airborne

early warning and control platforms, and

P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes.

With the exception of the F-35A, these are

all notably Boeing products, too.

The unmanned aircraft will have a modular

design with the ability to accommodate

"snap-on, snap-off" payloads to rapidly

reconfigure them for different missions.

Initially, this could include various sensor

packages or electronic warfare systems.

Exactly how much autonomy the drones

might have would "depend on what the

system is paired with, what it does, what

the effect is, and who does what in the


teaming system,” Kristin Robertson, vice

president and general manager of Boeing

Autonomous Systems said earlier.

“Somewhere in the equation there will be

a man in the loop, from a ground station or

controlled from commercial derivatives or

fighters. I would characterize the autonomy

as actionable intelligence.”

For Australia, this could offer a major

boost in capability at a relatively low cost

and without the time and expense required

to train traditional pilots. Tethered to

manned aircraft via datalink, the ATS

drones could provide the pilots of manned

aircraft with a more comprehensive picture

of the battlespace around them and help

them detect threats faster in order to

avoid or neutralize them. Combined with

the drone's stealthy design, this could be

particularly valuable for helping to further

reduce the risks to higher cost assets, such

as the F-35, when penetrating deep into

heavily defended areas.

The modular nature of the design also

supports the goal of the rapid integration

of new capabilities and payloads with

minimal cost and effort. As time goes on,

armed versions of the ATS unmanned

aircraft could help increase the magazine


K enya Airways has received the prestigious African Airlines

Association (AFRAA) Airline of the Year Award for Best Improved

in Intra-Africa Connectivity.

According to AFRAA, the award recognized Kenya Airways for

its remarkable contribution to intra-Africa connectivity through

opening up the highest number of intra African routes within

AFRAA membership in 2018.

Since 2018, Kenya Airways has opened four routes in Africa

including Mauritius, Mogadishu and Malindi and increased

frequencies and capacity to destinations such as Cape Town,

capacity, sensor diversity, and more of a

mixed manned-unmanned force, or even

just operate as autonomous swarms.

Really, this is a low-risk way for the RAAF

to explore semi-autonomous concept of

operations, in general. ATS may turn out to

have limited potential, but it is extremely

cost-effective and could serve as a valuable

stepping stone to future unmanned


“We also don't know the origins of the

lower-end surrogates that Boeing used in

this particular test, but they are intriguing

in their own right. They could be scaled into

larger formations and swarms for further

testing even beyond the Airpower Teaming

System program.

This is all in line with a broader concept,

called Plan Jericho, which the RAAF is

implementing across the force. This is

focused on leveraging advancements in

artificial intelligence, machine learning,

unmanned platforms, and other high

technology endeavors to find ways to

expand capabilities within the limits of

the country's relatively overall small force

structure. Other countries are increasingly

thinking along similar lines and the number

of programmes concerned with developing

loyal wingman-type unmanned aircraft

around the world is growing.

With this in mind, Boeing is already eying

pitching variants or derivatives of the ATS

concept to other similarly sized militaries.

The company said it will be able to craft

and scale the exact capabilities of the

unmanned aircraft to meet the demands of

potential customers.

“Allies around the world are looking

for ways to maximize and extend their

[force] structures," Robertson said.

"Autonomous systems and some of the

technologies behind them can make more

of a game-changing leap in affordability

and quantity, to complement their existing


The autonomous teamed flight test

shows that Boeing is already making

important progress in software that will

form the backbone of the ATS effort and

that its team in Australia isn't even waiting

for the demonstrator to be ready to start

showing off what the complete system may

be capable of in the future.

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the sustainable development of Africa.

Recently, Kenya Airways was voted Africa’s leading airline,

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as Africa’s leading airline, economy class during the World Travel

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A quarry, a prison site or a religious

location? Purdue University engineering

and liberal arts researchers are using

drones to help answer the question about

the past use of an island of Turkey.

Dana Island is located off the southern

coast of Turkey. Many stories have been

floating around regarding the history of

the island, which is one reason researchers

from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts

decided to explore the geography and

artifacts from the island.

This past summer, a group from Purdue’s

Lyles School of Civil Engineering joined the

researchers on the island to use drones

and LiDAR, light detection and ranging,

mapping systems to better understand the

island’s history.

The work also is part of the College of



Liberal Arts’ ROSETTA initiative, focused

on remote sensing technologies and

techniques in archaeo-anthropology. The

initiative builds on the world reputation

of CLA researchers in socio-human and

remote sensing.

“We proved the high potential for our

technology to be used for data collection

for archaeological documentation,”

said Ayman Habib, Purdue’s Thomas A.

Page Professor of Civil Engineering and

co-director of the Civil Engineering Centre

for Applications of UAS for a Sustainable

Environment (CE- CAUSE).

“We have opened the door to new and

different methods and research problems

in accurate mapping of real-world objects

and locations.”

The team of engineers used the drone

and system technology they created to

do flyovers around the island and chart

measurements from the LiDAR point

clouds and aerial photographs. They are

combining that work with the discovery of

artifacts from the liberal arts researchers

to put together historical information

about the use of the island, where objects

related to shipbuilding and quarries have

been discovered.

“This was our most challenging work yet

involving our drone and mapping systems,”

Habib said.

“We faced major challenges in getting the

equipment to the island and then working

around the dense vegetation and some


Other members of the Purdue team who

worked on Dana Island include Nick Rauh,

a professor of classics; Angus Moore, a

Ph.D. student in earth, atmospheric, and

planetary sciences; and Evan Flatt, a senior

research engineer with Purdue’s college of

engineering. Q

T he British budget

airline has announced plans to

become the world’s first major

airline to operate a carbon

neutral network.

Starting today, the European

carrier will operate net-zero

flights. This means it will offset

all of the carbon emissions

made by the fuel from its flights

by supporting several eco-led

schemes, including forestry,

renewable and community

based projects.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s

CEO, said in a statement,

“Climate change is an issue

for all of us. At easyJet we are

tackling this challenge head on by choosing

to offset the carbon emissions from the

fuel used for all of our flights starting today.

In doing so we are committing to operating

net-zero carbon flights across our network

– a world first by any major airline.

“We acknowledge that offsetting is only

an interim measure until other technologies

become available to radically reduce

the carbon emissions of flying, but we want

to take action on carbon now.”

The airline says it will support the

development of hybrid and electric planes

and work with others across the industry

to ‘reinvent and de-carbonise aviation over

the long-term’. To show this commitment,


easyJet has signed a Memorandum of

Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for

a joint research project on hybrid and

electric aircrafts.

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum

for the Future, said in a statement, “Carbon

offsetting can only be a bridge to future

technological developments, and it will be

important to seek out each and every way

of reducing carbon emissions. Beyond that,

the whole industry needs to come together

more effectively to decarbonise this critical

sector just as quickly as possible.”

While easyJet is the first major airline

to commit to carbon offsetting, IAG - the

parent company to British Airways -

announced in October it would be carbon

neutral by 2050 and would start offsetting

all domestic flights next year. German

airline Lufthansa launched Compensaid, its

carbon offsetting platform, in August which

allows travellers to track and offset their

individual carbon footprint.

It's not just airlines moving towards more

sustainable practices.

To celebrate its 25th birthday last

week Eurostar announced several new


It launched its first plastic-free train and

will commit to planting a tree for every

train service that operates across its routes

from January 2020. Q


V irgin Atlantic is set to elevate the on-board experience of

its passengers as well as increase capacity on African routes as it

plans to deploy the Airbus A350 to Lagos and Johannesburg.

The airline will deploy the ultra-modern aircraft on London

route with effect from August 2020 while the aircraft will debut on

Johannesburg route in March, 2020.

Virgin Atlantic's brand new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft features

the airline’s redesigned upper class cabin and unique new social


The new Virgin Atlantic's A350-1000 is configured with a total of

335 seats including 44 seats in Upper Class, 56 seats in Premium



Economy class and 235 seats in Economy class.

With a totally redesigned Upper Class cabin complete with Loft

area as well as tailcam and new in-seat ordering feature, this new

aircraft is revolutionizing travel.

Customers flying between London and Lagos and between

London and Johannesburg will love to fly on this new aircraft and

will enjoy the onboard experience of the newly redesigned cabins.

Virgin Atlantic currently deploys the Airbus A340-600 on its daily

service between London Heathrow and Lagos. A Boeing 787-9 is on

the London-Johannesburg service.

Virgin Atlantic’s first A350 took to the skies in September with

an inaugural flight to New York. It ordered a total of 12 A350-1000

aircraft, with them all scheduled to join the fleet by 2021.Q

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the extremely safety-conscious nature of

the aviation industry, it is unlikely to plan

future aircraft on unproven technology.

What we are more likely to see for

short-haul flights in the next 20 to 30 years

are hybrid aircrafts that combine current

turbofan engines with new electric propulsor

systems. This more flexible hybrid

system could be optimised to provide the

high thrust required for take-off and the

energy density needed for a long cruise.

This is an area being actively pursued in

the E-FanX project, which involves Airbus,

Rolls-Royce and Siemens teaming up to

develop a hybrid-electric propulsion flight


Using a British Aerospace 146 aircraft,

which usually carries around 100 passengers,

they plan to replace one of the

aircraft’s four Honeywell turbofan engines

with a propulsor fan driven by a 2MW

electric motor.

In the project’s initial phases, the

electricity will actually be supplied by a

Rolls-Royce AE2100 gas turbine housed in

the aircraft’s fuselage. But the E-FanX will

still be an important step in the evolution

of hybrid electric technology. Airbus said it

wants to make this technology available for

100-seat aircraft by the 2030s.

It’s also possible to equip a plane with

multiple small electric propulsors in a socalled

distributed propulsion system that is

more efficient than traditional designs that

use two large turbofans.

This idea can be taken further by

combining the separate fuselage and wings

into a single ‘blended wing body’, more

efficiently integrating the propulsors with

the airframe in a more aerodynamic design.

This could reduce the amount of energy the

aircraft would need by 20pc.

But neither of the world’s two main

aircraft manufactures, Boeing and Airbus,

are actively pursuing blended wing

technology. Such a major design shift has

too many technical challenges to make

it commercially viable right now. For

example, most airports wouldn’t be able to

accommodate a blended-wing aircraft.


Unfortunately, for the type of flights most

of us take there is currently no practical

alternative to jet-fuelled turbofans. For this

reason, the main aircraft engine manufacturers

are investing heavily in improving

their current engine technology.

The International Air Transport

Association estimates that each new generation

of aircraft is, on average, 20pc more

fuel-efficient than the model it replaces

and that airlines will invest (US) $1.3trn in

new planes over the next decade.

For example, Rolls-Royce’s most recent

engine, the Trent XWB that powers the new

Airbus A350, is marketed as “the world’s

most efficient large aero-engine”. Airbus

claims the engine will help the A350 to

achieve “25pc lower operating costs, fuel

burn and CO² emissions when compared

with previous-generation aircraft”.

The next generation of Rolls-Royce

engine, the UltraFanTM, will offer a further

20pc to 25pc reduction in fuel consumption

and CO² emissions and is due to enter into

service in 2025.

But it’s worth remembering that aviation

currently contributes only 2pc to 3pc of

global CO² emissions. This compares to

about 30pc to 35pc for the whole transport

sector, and another 30pc to 35pc for

electricity generation.

The number of air passengers is expected

to double over the next two decades, but

so are total emissions so this is unlikely to

make aviation a bigger part of the problem.

Reducing aviation emissions by 20pc per

generation of aircraft probably might not

make a sustainable improvement. But if

hybrid aircraft are made a reality, then

flying really could become even less of a

contributor to total emissions than it is

today. Q

By Duncan Walker


T he UK government plans to ban

the sale of new conventional petrol and

diesel cars by 2040. Clearly the plan is

for all citizens to be driving electric or

hybrid-electric cars, or - better still - riding


But can electrification help cut emissions

from that other carbon-intensive form of

passenger transport, flying?

This is a complex question and one where

size matters. It is possible for small aircraft

to be powered by electricity. In fact several

companies are already developing small

electric aircraft and they could come on the

market within the next few years.

But for the large aircraft we all use more

frequently, it is unlikely to happen any time

soon. The problem isn’t the propulsion

technology but the energy storage. Jet fuel

contains around 30 times more energy

per kilogramme than the most advanced

lithium-ion battery currently available.

The world’s largest passenger plane,

the Airbus A380, can fly 600 passengers

15,000km in a single flight. But, according

to my calculations, with batteries it could

only fly a little more than 1,000km.

Even if all the passengers and cargo

were replaced with batteries, the range

would still be less than 2,000km. To keep

its current range, the plane would need

batteries weighing 30 times more than its

current fuel intake, meaning it would never

get off the ground.

This trade-off is particularly bad for

long-haul flights because the fuel makes

up half of the aircraft’s weight at take-off.

What’s more, a conventional plane gets

lighter as the fuel is consumed, but an

electric aircraft would have to carry the

same battery weight for the entire flight.

Size matters.

For a five- to 10-seat light aircraft, fuel

is likely to make up 10pc to 20pc of the

aircraft’s weight. Simply swapping the fuel

for batteries might still reduce the distance

the plane can fly by an impractical amount.

But replacing two or three passengers with

additional batteries would give a range of

500km to 750km, compared to a fuel-powered

range of more than 1,000km.


However, there could be another option.

Israeli firm Eviation recently revealed a

prototype version of what it claims will be

the world’s first commercial all-electric

passenger aircraft.

The aircraft, named Alice, doesn’t just

swap jet fuel for batteries but is a whole

new design concept that improves the way

the propulsion system is integrated into the

airframe. Carrying nine passengers with

a range of 1,000km, Alice is expected to

enter service in 2022.

Alice may be a practical alternative for

small, regional journeys but not for most

scheduled passenger flights, even shorthaul

ones. So how can electrification help

here? Improving battery technology is one


A new technology known as lithium-air

batteries can theoretically reach the same

energy density as jet fuel. However, they

are still at the laboratory stage. Given





I n their second such event since 2018, ICAO and the European

Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) brought together South

East Asian aviation officials to discuss ways to improve local

co-operation and strengthen regional safety performance.

The jointly-hosted ICAO-EASA Forum on Civil Aviation in South

East Asia explored key objectives of the recently approved

Asia-Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Plan (AP-RASP), and

took stock of the regional initiatives underway supporting the

implementation of the Beijing Declaration which was adopted at

last year’s Asia and Pacific Ministerial Conference.

The 2019 event’s way forward conclusions noted the

volume of safety data produced in the aviation sector and

encouraged stakeholders to process and share data to enhance

aviation safety through a data driven approach; endorsed the

benefits of closer cooperation between States, ICAO and with

Regional Safety Oversight Organisations, like EASA and other

related agencies, to continue to improve aviation safety for the

travelling public; and recognised the ICAO-EASA Forum as a key

platform to facilitate the dialogue between national aviation

authorities and stakeholders.

As a final conclusion, it was agreed to promote a 3rd ICAO-

EASA Forum with an agenda focused on discussing the main

safety topics in more detail. Q

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Port Harcourt International Airport (image courtesy:

E fficient airports are drivers and

catalysts of socio-economic development.

But, as a critical air transport

infrastructure, how such facilities are run

to attract passengers, cargo and other

activities has become a subject of global


According to studies by the Central

Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United

States, a few years ago, there are over

43,982 airports and air fields across the

globe, under public/private ownership and


In Africa, there are over 400 airports, majority

of which are grossly under-utilised.

Experts say the ownership and management

of airports are more critical than

activities that take place in such facilities.

In the last few decades, there has been

a shift from direct government ownership,

financing and management of airports to

greater private sector involvement.

Private sector management of airports

has many advantages, such as efficiency

Plans by the Nigerian government to concession some international

airport terminals has triggered a debate on what model of

running airports can achieve efficiency.

Some experts say adopting a template that is in place across the

globe is a viable option, writes Kelvin Osa-Okunbor

associated with greater specialisation;

access to new sources of investment and

stimulation of aviation-driven economies.

However, private ownership and

operation of airports comes with a high

degree of market power and monopolistic

tendencies, which result in the benefits not

being passed on to airlines and consumers.

To drive efficiencies in airports, the

International Air Transport Association

(IATA) has said governments must take

urgent steps to ensure airports are not

moved from public monopoly to private


Since the 1980s, the trend towards

airport privatisation has been steadily on

the rise, as governments and airports look

to private money to fund expansion.

According to a recent report by the

Airport Council International World (ACI),

14 percent of airports have some level

of privatisation, from corporation-led

management to varying types of public-private

partnership agreements.

A range of trends are making privatisation

more attractive, with the most potent

being a rise in passenger traffic.

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Airports are therefore under increasing

pressure to expand infrastructure and

services to meet demands. But the rise in

operating costs and national budget cuts

have made this increasingly unattainable

for the public sector. Cash-strapped

governments privatise airports to increase

investment without impacting their

national coffers.

Nevertheless, privatisation in some

countries is receiving increased pushback

from airline organisations and industry


At this year’s IATA general meeting, CEO

and director-general, Alexandre de Juniac

urged governments to take a cautious


He said that there has not yet been an

example of privatisation that has delivered

the promised benefits of greater efficiency

for airlines, as well as a better experience

for customers.

“Our members are very frustrated

with the state of privatised airports,” he

said. “By all means, invite private sector

expertise to bring commercial discipline

and a customer service focus to airport

management. But our view is that the

ownership is best left in public hands.”

IATA carried out research that showed

how privatised airports often end up

costing passengers more. The argument

is that unlike the airline industry - where

variety and competition between players

drives down prices for consumes - airports

can become monopolies, imposing high

prices on airlines and passengers.

ACI said it is neutral in the privatisation

debate. However, in June 2018, it stated

that “privatisation has been shown to be

a successful means by which to fund infrastructure

development, while government

spending cannot be relied upon as it has

been in the past.

“Forty of the highest revenue earning

airport groups are fully or partially


In Nigeria, stakeholders are not on the

same page as the rationale for concession

or privatisation of the terminals is slated by

the government.

The federal government last year listed

the Murtala Muhammed International

Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe

International Airport, Abuja; Aminu

Kano International Airport, Kano and

Port Harcourt International Airport, Port

Harcourt as terminals up for private sector

take over.

Even though transaction advisers were

appointed, the lack of industry acceptance

of the proposal has continued to block the


In a recent interview in Lagos, chief

executive officer, Belujane Konsult, Chris

Aligbe, said the concession of airports

remained the way forward, but government

must ensure the process of delivering

the airports into private hands should be

transparent and free of intrigue.

Other industry players disagreed. They

said the proposal could trigger a round of

job losses as the government is yet to state

categorically how labour issues would be


A financial expert and chief executive

officer, Katari Consult Limited, Ali Magashi,

said the infancy state of airport facilities

would not attract any investors.

He said efforts to either privatise or

concession airports may not materialise

until the government invested sufficient

funds in airport infrastructure to make

them attractive.

He said Nigeria should stop trying to copy

other models of airport concession/privatisation

done in other countries without first

getting local input.

Magashi said airports that had been

privatised or concessioned in Europe,

United States and Asia, had done so

because passenger traffic had prompted

such an initiative.

Chief Executive Officer, Ropeways

Transport Limited, Dupo Olumide said

airports would be attractive to investors if

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja .Photo image


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a workable template was put in place to drive its implementation.

He said investors would be interested in the land on which

airport terminals are built as this provided security of investment

and the air side should stay under the control of government.

Chairman, House of Representatives committee on aviation,

Nnolim Nnaji, said concession/privatisation of airports had

become imperative because many Nigerian airports managed by

government were gross under-utilised and under-developed.

He said the results of air transport research showed that airport

expansion and growth favoured private equity injection as airport

management is more efficient under the private sector.

He said, “The last ten years have seen these results in favour of

privatisation but there are doubts also about the continuation of

this trend in the future.

“In Nigeria, the story has been one experiment, too many

challenges. The first experiment we had in this sector, which was

the build, operate and transfer (BOT) arrangement the Federal

Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) entered with Bi-Courtney

Aviation Services at the Murtala Mohammed Airport local terminal

(MM2.), has been riddled with controversies leading to many court


“For Nigeria, the biggest challenge of privatisation may be job

loss from downsizing. Airports absorb many Nigerians seeking job.

But, unfortunately, the size of the airports has not significantly


“Secondly, the peculiarity of Nigerian airports, development

model and the critical role the airport plays where it is seen as a

catalyst for business activities, does not necessarily make profit as

long as it meets the socio-economic needs.

“Thirdly, national security issues, where the nation’s gateway

may be open to abuse.

“Fourthly, passenger traffic, though Nigeria is a great nation,

her air transportation usability is far below her population ratio,

making some airports redundant while some are overly active. This

is as a result of low middle class capacity.” Q




C omair Limited has been officially recognised by the Top

Employers Institute as a Top Employer 2020 in South Africa.

Organisations certified as Top Employers dedicate themselves

to providing the very best working environment for employees

through their progressive ‘people-first’ HR practices.

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink says, ‘To become

recognised as a Top Employer, an organisation will have to prove

that the implementation of their people strategies enriches the

Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano



FOR 2020

world of work of their employees. The certified participants are

a shining example of a dedication to people practices as they

continuously commit to empowering their employees for a better

world of work. Congratulations!’

Wrenelle Stander, Comair’s Joint CEO said “An integral part of

Comair’s success is the people we employ. As Comair we strive to

be an employer of choice and invest significantly in the relationship

with our people by delivering a holistic employee value

proposition. We are proud to be certified as a Top Employer 2020

in South Africa.” Q

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B inter of Spain celebrated the

incorporation of the first E195-E2 jet into

its fleet at a ceremony at Embraer’s main

facility in São José dos Campos.

The airline is the first European customer

to receive the biggest of the three members

of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial

aircraft. Binter has placed firm orders for

five E195-E2s.

“We’re extremely proud to deliver

the first E195-E2 in Europe to such an

accomplished regional airline. Binter will

showcase the very best of the airplane as

it expands its network to more cities,” said

John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer

Commercial Aviation.

“Today´s event is very special for all of


B oeing said it expects the

737 Max airplanes, which was

grounded after two crashes

which killed 346 people, to

resume flying in January,

delaying its return by one


In a recent statement, the

group said it still hopes to

receive certification next

month from the US Federal

Aviation Administration (FAA),

allowing it to resume Max

deliveries to airline customers

us, who are part of Binter. This Embraer

E195-E2 aircraft is an important step in

the history of our company that will also

become a jet operator. This new milestone,

which coincides with the celebration of

the 30th anniversary of Binter, adds more

advances to the ones that we have made

in recent years, and that help to pursue

our main objective: the improvement of

the connecting of the Canary Islands, both

inter-island and with external destinations,”

said Binter president, Pedro Agustín

del Castillo.

The acquisition of the E195-E2s is part

of Binter’s overall fleet modernisation

initiative. Each aircraft is configured with

132 seats in single class. The new aircraft

will be deployed across a route network

that includes eight cities in the Canary

Islands, nine cities in Africa and two in

before the end of the year.

"In parallel, we are working

towards final validation of the

updated training requirements,

which must occur before the

Max returns to commercial

service, and which we now

expect to begin in January,"

Boeing said.

It had previously planned for

the plane to resume flying in


The 737 Max planes have

been grounded globally since

mid-March, following the

deadly Lion Air crash in October

last year and the Ethiopian

Airlines crash in March this


Companies also need to

take into account the time

needed to train pilots and

install modified software on

the aircraft before they can

re-enter regular service.

Boeing also said that it

has completed the first of

five milestones it must meet

before returning the Max to

service: a multi-day simulator

evaluation with the FAA to

"ensure the overall software

Portugal. Last year, Binter carried 3.6

million passengers.

In April, the E195-E2 received its

type certificate from three regulatory

authorities: ANAC, the Brazilian Civil

Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de

Aviação Civil); the FAA (US Federal Aviation

Administration) and EASA (European

Aviation Safety Agency).

Flight tests confirmed that the aircraft is

better than its original specification. Fuel

consumption is 1.4% lower than expected -

that’s 25.4% less fuel per seat compared to

the current-generation E195.

Like the E190-E2, the E195-E2 has the

longest maintenance intervals in the

single-aisle jet category with 10,000 flight

hours for basic checks and no calendar limit

for typical E-Jet operations. Q



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system performs its intended


The group said it still needs

to run a separate, multi-day

simulator session with airline

pilots to "assess human factors

and crew workload under

various test conditions", before

FAA pilots conduct a certification

flight of the final updated


After this, Boeing said, a

report will be released for

a public comment period,

followed by final approval of

the training. Q



S AS planes are getting a new design

for the first time in over 20 years. It’s a

fresh take on the simplicity of Scandinavian

design, with features that represent the

airline’s sustainable and competitive


“We’re proud to be able to offer high

quality products that help customers like

SAS differentiate themselves and make

a statement about who they are,” said

Robert Rijnsburger, area sales manager,

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings.

The airline’s new Airbus A350 and

A320neo, the most modern and fuel-efficient

aircraft on the market, will be the first

in the SAS fleet to feature the new looks.

Rijnsburger said, “The high-performance

coatings used in the new SAS design offer

a number of benefits. With fewer layers

of colour, the weight of the aircraft can be

significantly reduced - helping to save fuel

and reduce CO² emissions. The coatings

are also more durable so the aircraft won’t

need to be repainted as frequently.”

To achieve the desired look, the new


livery uses Aerodur 2121 CF primer and

sealer 42240, Aerobase base coat in grey

and blue and an Aerobase base coat special

effect, as well as an Aviox clear coat. The

result is an elegant design that’s all about

the details.

As travellers remain strongly connected

to SAS’s signature blue color and logo,

those were important parts of the design

to get right. Blue now extends from the tail

down the body of the aircraft, while a large

silver SAS logo has been added to the front.



include the

choice of a

fresher shade

of grey for

the fuselage,



flags and



dressed up

with blue SAS


For one last touch to honor SAS’s heritage,

when the plane flies overhead, you’ll

be able to see the word “Scandinavian”

from the ground.

While the redesign started with the

fleet’s newest aircraft, the existing fleet will

also be updated.

As each plane goes in for its routine

five- to six-year repaint, it will emerge with

the new livery. By 2024, the whole fleet

will feature the new design coated with

AkzoNobel aerospace coatings. Q

D e Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has announced that

the Republic of Ghana has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase up

to six Dash 8-400 aircraft.

The country recently announced plans to launch a home based

carrier in Accra, Ghana to serve domestic, regional and international


"We are very excited to be working with De Havilland Canada

to develop our fleet with a modern aircraft that will support the

development of our new national airline and provide a strong

foundation as we work to build a broader network and become

the aviation hub of West Africa ," said Joseph Kofi Adda -minster of


"The Dash 8-400 aircraft provides the proven reliability and

performance we are seeking and will be a great asset to our airline.

"We are committed to offering our communities state-of-the-art

air transportation, and the Dash 8-400 aircraft offers the perfect

mix of passenger amenities, cargo capacity, operational economics

and environmental credentials to meet our requirements.

“We are looking forward to finalising a purchase agreement with

De Havilland Canada in the near future and securing up to six Dash

8-400 aircraft for our fleet," said Adda.

"It is always a source of pride when our Dash 8-400 aircraft is

selected by a new operator and we welcome this opportunity to

work with the people of Ghana as they establish their home based

carrier," said Todd Young , chief operating officer, De Havilland




"The advanced Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to prove its

capabilities across Africa's diverse landscape and we are confident

that its hot-and-high performance, as well as its short take-off

and landing capability will meet the demands of Ghana's warm,

dry coastal areas, its hotter, more humid regions, as well as any

challenging airport operations."


The Dash 8-400 aircraft is the latest in the Dash 8 Series family.

Designed as an advanced, 21st-century turboprop, it provides

unmatched performance and operational flexibility.

The Dash 8-400 aircraft is nimble enough for a steep approach,

yet tough enough to land on unpaved runways. It's the only

turboprop in its class certified for high altitude airports.

Offering the versatility of turboprop economics with jet-like

performance, the Dash 8-400 can be adapted to many business

models, delivering 30 per cent less fuel burn than competing jets,

while cruising 160 km/h faster than conventional turboprops.

Its large propellers operate at a lower RPM, generating more

power with less noise and making it a friendly option for city

centres. With industry-leading passenger experience, operating

costs and environmental footprint, the Dash 8-400 aircraft is the

pinnacle of the modern turboprop.

The Dash 8 Series aircraft, the Dash 8-400 has logged almost

seven million flight hours with over 60 owners and operators in

almost 40 countries. With a dispatch reliability rate of over 99.5

per cent, the aircraft has transported more than 400 million

passengers worldwide. Q





T he regional aviation and Chinamade

aircraft development forum 2019

was held recently in Yanliang, Xi'an

Held under the theme of "Discussing

and Sharing Ideas to Promote the

In-depth Cooperation of OBOR Civil

Aviation", nearly 200 guests attended.

Participants represented a variety of

sectors such as the CAAC, Pacific-China

Friendship Association, local governments,

airport groups, airlines, financial

institutions, AVIC and news media.

Civil aviation officials from ten different

countries attended the event and

conducted extensive discussions on a

range of topics such as the development

and co-operation of aviation industries

in OBOR countries, the building of

regional aviation environment, airport

operation and the development of

China-made regional aircraft.

At the event, the Aviation Industry

Development Research Centre of China

issued a Market Forecast Report for Civil

Aircraft in China 2019-2038.

As a regional aircraft manufacturer,

AVIC and its subsidiary Xi'an Aircraft

use the "Modern Ark" series aircraft

as a platform and have committed to

building a civil aircraft industry chain

and ecosystem while providing products

for the market. So far, a total of 109 MA

series aircraft have been delivered to

customers in 19 countries across four

continents, operating 268 air routes.

In addition, events such as the MA

Series Aircraft Customer Conference

2019 and Operating Authorities Partner

Conference for Modern Ark Aircraft

have also taken place. Q

PassionAir became the first Bombardier operator

in Ghana in 2018 ordering three Q400 aircraft

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B oeing has rolled out its new passenger

spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, from

the Florida launch site. The vehicle is set

to take off from next month.

It will be the first time that a spaceflight-ready

version of the capsule has

exited the hangar.

Now the capsule will be mated on top

of the rocket that will take it to space - an

Atlas V manufactured by the United

Launch Alliance.

On December 17th, the rocket and

capsule are slated to take off from Cape

Canaveral, Florida - without any crew

members on board - and then dock with

the International Space Station.

If successful, this demonstration mission

could pave the way for NASA astronauts to

fly on the Starliner sometime next year.

Boeing has been developing the Starliner

spacecraft for NASA as part of the space

agency’s commercial crew programme,

an initiative to fly astronauts on US-made

vehicles once again. Since the end of

the Space Shuttle programme in 2011,

NASA astronauts have had to ride on

Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to get to the

International Space Station, a partnership

that costs NASA (US) $85 million per seat.

Boeing is one of two providers for the

commercial crew programme, along with

rival SpaceX, which has been developing

its own passenger spacecraft called

the Crew Dragon. The two have been

in an unspoken competition with one

another to fly humans first, though Boeing

has seemed to lag behind SpaceX in


SpaceX already launched its Crew

Dragon once in March, on an un-crewed

flight test to the International Space

Station. The flight demonstrated the Crew

Dragon’s capability to dock with the ISS

and then return home safely.

After that flight, however, the same

Crew Dragon that flew to the ISS suffered

a major failure when it exploded during

engine testing on the ground. The setback

caused a significant delay to SpaceX’s

development schedule, and now it’s

unclear which company will be the first to

fly people.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine

recently claimed that if testing goes well,

SpaceX could fly people as early as the first

quarter of 2020. However, no target dates

have been set yet.

In the meantime, Boeing is now less than


a month away from Starliner’s first flight to space.

After the Atlas V puts Starliner in orbit, the capsule is tasked

with meeting up with the space station and automatically docking

with one of the available ports on the ISS. Following a brief stay,

Starliner will then depart and come back to Earth, where it will

attempt to land at one of five locations in the western US.

A combination of parachutes and airbags are designed to land

the Starliner gently on solid ground.

While no people will be on board the capsule in December,

Boeing plans to fly a dummy - just like SpaceX did - wearing one

of the blue pressure suits the company developed for future

astronauts. While SpaceX’s dummy was named Ripley after the

lead in the Alien franchise, Boeing has named its mannequin Rosie,

after Rosie the Riveter.

“Rosie is a symbol of not only the women who are blazing a

trail in human spaceflight history, but also of everyone who has

shown grit and determination while working tirelessly to ensure

the Starliner can transport astronauts safely to and from the

International Space Station,” Leanne Caret, president of Boeing’s

defence, space and security division.

Boeing’s milestone comes just a week after a damning report

was released by NASA’s Office of Inspector General, claiming that

rides on Boeing’s Starliner will be incredibly expensive.

The report argued that one seat on Starliner will cost (US) $90

million - more than a seat on the Soyuz and much more than the

(US) $55 million a seat on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will cost.

The audit also revealed that Boeing had received an extra (US)

$287 million to the company’s supposedly fixed-price contract

to prevent delays to the commercial crew programme, (US) $187

million of which the inspector general considered unnecessary.

The report even hinted that Boeing was threatening to leave

the Commercial Crew programme if it didn’t receive more money.

Additionally, the report found that SpaceX was not given the

opportunity to receive additional funding to its contract.

Both NASA and Boeing vehemently disagreed with many of the

conclusions drawn by the OIG report. Boeing said it rejects the

estimated pricing of its Starliner seats and that the company never

threatened to quit the programme. The company also said that the

cost discrepancies between Boeing and SpaceX can be attributed

to the fact that SpaceX had a significant lead in development time.

Boeing noted that the Crew Dragon is an upgraded version of

SpaceX’s cargo Dragon, which has already been flying to the station

for years and received additional NASA investment long ago.

Despite all this, Boeing is still forging ahead and the Starliner

could finally see space before the end of the year. As for when

people will fly on either Boeing’s or SpaceX’s vehicles, that’s still an

open question.

The recent OIG report noted there are still many hurdles for

both companies to overcome and that it is very likely that neither

SpaceX nor Boeing will be certified to regularly transport crews to

the ISS before summer of 2020. Q

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T he Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine has received certification to

power the Airbus BelugaXL air transporter.

The certificate, awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency

(EASA), marks another milestone for an engine that has been a

leading member of the Trent family for almost 25 years.

The Trent 700 has established itself as the clear engine of choice

for the Airbus A330, the basis of the BelugaXL design, which has

enjoyed a 90 per cent market share over the last four years.

Adair Swan, Rolls-Royce, Trent 700 programme director and

civil aerospace said, “Certification marks another milestone in an

incredible Trent 700 journey that is an integral part of the Trent

success story. We are very proud that the Trent 700 will power

what will be a deeply-loved aircraft, supporting the delivery of

parts to Airbus’ assembly lines across Europe.”

The Trent 700, which first entered service in 1995, has now

clocked up more than 50 million engine flying hours - the equivalent

of flying around the world more than 1,000 times.

More than 2,000 Trent 700s have been delivered, making it

Rolls-Royce’s best-selling engine, and helping the company to

increase its widebody market share from 13 per cent in 1995 to

nearly 50 per cent today.

Rolls-Royce has drawn on its Trent 700 experiences to help

create the Trent 7000 engine which powers the Airbus A330neo

aircraft. The Trent 7000, the seventh member of the Trent family,

incorporates the latest technology from the Trent XWB, the world’s

most efficient large civil engine. Q

B ecker Avionics has brought a new

intercom system to the market that makes

it easier for pilots to listen to multiple

radios at once using 3D audio. The system,

AMU6500, is parallel to the company’s

DVCS6100 intercom system with 3D audio


The AMU6500, which is compatible

on both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft,

can operate four radios per unit; up to

three AMUs can be installed in an aircraft,

allowing for pilots to operate up to 12

transceivers and 12 receivers.

When 3D audio is activated on the

system, pilots can have multiple radios

on, yet still be able to focus on one radio

frequency at a time.

“The advantage of 3D audio is you can

have multiple radios running and your brain

will split them,” said Lee Benson, senior

consultant for Becker Avionics. “If you want

to listen to the left radio, you listen to the

left radio and the right radio goes away,

and vice versa.”

The 3D audio feature relies mainly on the

human brain’s ability listen to a particular

conversation in one direction, and tune

out all other sounds coming from other

directions. For example, on an air medical


flight, the patient’s headset can be set to

12 o’clock, allowing the flight nurse sitting

in front of them to listen to them more


Then, if hospital calls come through at

the same time, those radio frequencies

will sound as though they are coming from

a different direction. The flight nurse can

then choose which radio they would like to

focus on.

“I used to be the chief pilot for LA County

Fire,” said Benson.

“You’d have two or three radios running

at the same time, and you’d be turning

volumes up and down and shutting them

off. You’re just constantly working, trying

to keep up with the communications. With

the AMU, you just leave all the volumes

where they’re at.”

David Oglesbee of Becker said the 3D

audio system takes about 30 minutes to

get used to, “and you have it 100 percent

figured out.”

The box will have the future capability

to split between the pilot and co-pilot,

allowing each one to listen to their own

radio frequencies from one unit.

The box was also designed to be tactile

for pilots when in use, so they can feel the

clicks of the knobs as they turn them, or

the buttons as they push them. This is to

ensure pilots “don’t accidentally hit buttons

By Dayna Fedy

while flying 100 knots,” Oglesbee said.

The company believes the AMU6500 will

be most beneficial for operators that need

the capabilities of an intercom system,

but don’t have the budget for a more

expensive unit. The system will also benefit

law enforcement operators and private

operators of light-to-medium aircraft like

the Bell 505, Oglesbee said.

The AMU6500 has been in development

for roughly six years, and many agencies

have now procured or are in the process of

procuring the system.

The system is night vision goggle

compatible out of the box, and Bluetooth


“Bluetooth is important because a lot

of agencies are now carrying Bluetoothenabled

headsets,” said Benson. “So, if a

police officer has his own special frequency,

he can tie into the [AMU] system.”

Oglesbee said the AMU6500 is priced for

the market; the company wanted to keep

the price of the system competitive while

still offering the capabilities that operators


Becker Avionics had the AMU6500, as

well as its DVCS6100 system, on display

at this year’s Air Medical Transport

Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, allowing

show goers to experience the 3D audio

capability. Q



T he 2018 South African Customer

Satisfaction Index (SA-csi) for Airlines

conducted by Consulta shows that

low-cost, domestic airlines are still leading

when it comes to meeting the needs of

South African consumers.

The latest Customer Satisfaction Index

for airlines polled customers of British

Airways (Comair), FlySafair, Kulula, Mango

and South African Airways (SAA). FlySafair


leads the SA-csi ranking, with 78 points out

of 100, followed by British Airways (Comair)

which scored 75.7 and Kulula Airlines

reached 74.4 - all in leader positions.

Mango scored on par with the industry

average with 74 points. South African

Airways (SAA) lagged behind with 68.8 and

well below the industry par of 72.4.

Air transport is a key driver for the South

African economy. However, customer

experience when dealing with airlines is

particularly vulnerable to dissatisfaction,

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especially in South Africa where customers

have been let down due to airline closures

such as Velvet Sky and 1time.

This is a major risk, as airline profitability

in the Africa region is low - according to

IATA, African airlines reported a (US) $400

million net loss in 2018 and are expected

to report losses of (US) $300million in

2019. One of the key challenges is that

few airlines in the region are able to

achieve adequate load factors to generate

sustainable profits. Q

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D enel’s chief financial

officer is cautiously optimistic

that the conglomerate is

turning around and headed for

financial sustainability, with

major restructuring underway

at the group.

This was said by Carmen

le Grange at the recent sixth

annual Aerospace, Maritime

and Defence conference.

The event saw the outgoing

South African secretary for

defence Sam Gulube and other

captains of industry tackle the

current state of the defence

sector and its future. It also

saw United Nations officials

explain their procurement

processes and opportunities

for the local industry.

Le Grange told hundreds of

delegates that Denel was still

facing a number of challenges. In the 2018/19 financial year the

company’s revenue was down 38% to R3.8 billion, compared to

R5.8 billion the year before.

Similarly, cash in 2018/19 was R575 million (from R1.3 billion

the year before), and research and development funding R108

million (down from R769 million). Denel made a R1.749 billion

loss in 2018/19 compared to R1.053 million the year before – the

conglomerate last made a profit in 2016.

A number of factors are making it difficult to turn things around

more quickly, including low production activity, labour under-recoveries

despite headcount reductions, high interest expense, cost

to exit loss-making divisions and onerous contracts, and continued

liquidity challenges.

However, Le Grange is confident of improvements in future years

due to the R1.8 billion capital injection from the state as well as

better leadership from the new board appointed in May 2018.

Denel is co-operating with the state capture enquiry and Special

Investigating Unit (SIU) in pursuing criminal litigation to recoup and

claw back financial losses emanating from state capture.

“The future can’t not have a Denel in it,” le Grange said.

“It would not be a good thing if Denel is liquidated as we play a

critical part in industry. We plan to improve in future years and in

the next budget we will get a charge from the shareholder.”

To transition to the future, Denel plans to exit some areas and

keep other core products and systems, namely artillery, missiles,

infantry systems, the Overberg Test Range, systems integration

division, cyber capabilities and Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

Strategic partnerships will be developed regarding aircraft and

engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), the Rooivalk

attack helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicles, maritime MRO and

armoured vehicles.

In terms of loss-making divisions, the group will exit the aero

structure business (it came out of the A400M contract at the

beginning of this year); exit the foundry (this was built for PMP in

1970s and requires investment; exit the “huge” property portfolio;

exit the gear ration division of Denel Vehicle Systems, as well as

Denel Sovereign Security Solutions, the canine unit of Denel Land

Denel will exit loss making projects such as the A400M Airbus Military contract

Systems, Spaceteq and insurance company Densecure.

Changes are also planned for the optronics side of the business.

Denel is open to investment, particularly regarding companies

that can invest in equity, can provide access to additional markets,

have a proven track record and protect existing jobs. Denel is

currently examining 40 expressions of interest in the company.

Le Grange noted some progress in the turnaround to date.

This includes an order intake of R7.8 billion in 2019/20 compared

to R509 million in 2018/19; the signing of a R6.3 billion export

order (the largest to date); a solid order backlog of R17.4 billion

covering four years of sales revenue; exiting onerous contracts that

should save R250 million per year; and the reduction of operating

costs by R500 million, including R15 million at head office level. Q

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Denel will continue with the Rooivalk - a third generation

attack helicopter engine, maintenance and overhaul.

Photo: Warren Rohner / Wikimedia Commons



X in Ning, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering

at Penn State, is applying the ancient folding art of origami to

reconfigurable, multi functional materials that could be used to

build structures in harsh environments, such as outer space.

His work was recently recognised by the Applied Mechanics

Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The division awarded Ning a Haythornthwaite Foundation

Research Initiation Award, which provides one year of seed funding

to continue pursuing his project.

Ning received the award at the ASME’s annual International

Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November in

Salt Lake City, Utah.

“I’m very excited that the potential of this work is being

recognised by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division,” Ning said.

“I’m just starting my second year as an assistant professor at Penn

State, and this recognition helps me feel like I’m on the right track

with my current research.”

Ning studies how to make electronics as thin and flexible as


As a post-doctoral research associate, he worked in the laboratory

of John A. Rogers, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical

Engineering and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University.

There, Ning developed electronic devices with the aim of improving

human health monitoring and medical care.

“It’s different, to go from human bodies to outer space, but the

underlying principles are similar,” Ning said.

“Ultimately, the electronics need to be super thin, highly flexible

and able to constantly monitor and adjust to external stressors.

This project is just taking it to a much larger scale.”

In his current research, Ning works to develop electronics that

can be folded for their journey to space and then assembled into a

larger structure once in orbit.

“You can’t put a full structure into a rocket and launch it,” Ning

said. “There’s not enough room for large structures. With this

work, we can fold up the components, reducing the space they

occupy, making it easier to transport them to space.”

Ning has already made a few small and simple structures out of



foldable electronics. He is now working on scaling up the work, as

well as adding sensors to the modules to monitor such things as

temperature, humidity, radiation and more.

“There are a lot of stressors in space that could negatively impact

the electronics and larger components of these structures,” Ning

said. “Of course, we want to make them as flexible as possible for

travel, but they also need to be strong enough to resist degradation

that could result from any of these stressors.”

Ning will present his progress at the 2020 International

Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition meeting.

“It’s nice to be recognised by my field, and I hope this year’s work

will lay the foundation for more funding,” Ning said.

Ning’s research involves both graduate and undergraduate

researchers. In addition to his research activities in foldable and

deployable structures, Ning developed and teaches a combined

senior- and graduate-level course: AERSP 497/597 Deployable


“With the integrated research and educational approach, I hope

to educate the next-generation aerospace engineers who can push

the boundaries of future large-scale space structures,” Ning said.

The Robert M. and Mary Haythornthwaite Foundation

supports scientific

research, primarily

research in the field of

theoretical and applied

mechanics. Robert


was the founder and

first president of the

American Academy of


Students in Xin Ning’s

course made origami

models to represent

potential foldable structures

to be deployed in

space. Q

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Mechanical engineering PhD

student Shannon Zirbel and a team

of students work on a solar array

prototype that uses Origami


I talian defence and aerospace group

Leonardo has invested in a company

developing solar-powered drones potentially

capable of unlimited flight with no

refueling, it said.

The drone, which is expected to begin

autonomous flights next year and go into

production in 2021, can operate from

existing airbases around the world and

remain airborne for much longer than

current aircraft.

Leonardo gave no financial details of

the deal, but said it would become lead

investor in and main industrial partner

to Skydweller Aero Inc, and would lead

marketing of the drone in Italy, the United

Kingdom and Poland.

Chief Executive Alessandro Profumo said

the deal would, “improve the company’s

competitive advantage in the aerospace

business for the next 20 years”.

Leonardo said the system would comply

with European export laws and would not

be subject to international arms trafficking


Development and construction of the



aircraft will be carried out at the Skydweller

facility in the Castilla-La Mancha region of

Spain, Leonardo said. Its aircraft division

will help development and engineering via

a dedicated team.

Various groups including Airbus (AIR.PA),

Boeing (BA.N), Facebook (FB.O) and Google

(GOOGL.O) have looked at solar-powered


However, development has been

hampered by issues such as installing solar

panels that generate enough power for

flight without adding too much weight to

the aircraft.

Leonardo said Skydweller had already

developed a “proven and mature” aircraft

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This Embraer KC-390 was seen transiting

through Malta on its way to the Dubai

Air Show. The aircraft was delivered to

the Brazilian Air Force on 4th September.

It carries the serial number FAB2853.

Embraer has high hopes for this new

airlifter especially as the tie-up with

Boeing should be sealed by March

next year. Photo by Rowen Aquilina

that had successfully circumnavigated the

globe in 2016.

Its first development phase would focus

on converting the aircraft from a manned

platform to an “optionally piloted vehicle”

by building in autonomy algorithms.

A second phase would develop a fully

autonomous unpiloted aircraft, capable of

standing up to a range of environmental


Drones capable of flying as long as

the sun shone would have widespread

applications in areas ranging from the

military to communications, navigation,

and weather and environmental, and

infrastructure monitoring. Q

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Sales of (US) $54.5 billion made and record attendance figures

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E xhibitors, delegates and sponsors

alike all agree. The Dubai Airshow 2019

was hailed a success after a lively week of

trading came to a close.

With more than 1,288 exhibitors in

attendance, 161 aircraft on the event’s

static display and a packed schedule of

conferences and keynotes, the programme

was the show’s busiest to date - evident

in the footfall fingers of 84,043 trade

attendees. Sales boomed with the order

book on site reaching (US) $54.5 billion by

close of business.

There were 100 new exhibitors, including

Saudi Arabia’s The Helicopter Company,

who came on board as a key event

sponsor. CEO Yahya Homoud Alghoraibi

said the firm’s first show had been “very


“We have done more than we expected.

We met and had discussions with a lot of

companies and we saw a lot of customers

and shown our aircraft to many people. We

are very happy with what has taken place.

We are a new company, so relationships

matter a lot. Communication matters as

well, and Dubai Airshow is one of the best


Making its debut this year was EDGE, a

group comprising 25 local entities working

in five aerospace capability clusters, which

launched shortly before the show.

Among the firms that are under the EDGE

umbrella is Al-Tariq, and its CEO Theunis

Botha said the Dubai Airshow had been a

great way to establish the brand’s presence

in the region.

“EDGE has been very well received. We

were very busy and were inundated with

requests and interest from several friendly

nations around us. I think we had an

excellent show, with lively interest in our

product range. This was exciting stuff.”

In addition a host of speciality conferences,

that featured industry-specific

keynotes, Q&A sessions and networking

opportunities, attracted huge crowds of

professionals. Held over two days, the

Global Air Traffic Management (GATM)

conference looked at the future of traffic

control, with virtual towers proving to be a

particularly hot topic.

Cargo Connect, a show within the show

focused on the air freight industry, with

data sharing across both geographical and

business boundaries being a key focus.

A growing focus on space exploration

regionally was recognised with its own

conference programme, opening with

Women in Space, hosted by the UAE Space

Agency and that featured speakers from

the UN and Boeing, among others.

Aimed at examining the key role female

scientists, researchers, engineers and

astronauts will play in the future of the

global space industry, the conference

proved a huge draw.

Former astronaut, from the European

Space Agency Claudie Haigneré, said

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she found the level of engagement very


“I felt that really something is going on

here, and I was impressed because this

shows a real possibility for change. The new

generation coming up so this is refreshing.”

The Space Tech Talks schedule looked

in-depth at the technological advancements

needed for the next generation of

space exploration, and the impact they are

expected to have on the wider world.

In fact the impact of technology and

space research across all aspects of the

industry was evidenced across the show

floor, where exhibits ranging from Dubai

Police’s new flying bike for hard to reach

emergencies, new products in the medevac

field and the first commercial space flight

suits from Virgin Galactic, were all on show.

Commenting on the show’s culmination,

Michele van Akelijen, managing director

of show organisers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle

East said, “We always want to outperform

our last show, and 2019 went above and

beyond expectation. The business done

alongside an engaging and innovative

programme of conferences, exhibits and

flying displays is evidence of this.

“We have already seen exhibitors

rebooking for the next one, and we look

forward to seeing what the next two years

of aerospace development will bring in our

2021 edition.”

The Dubai Airshow will return from 14 -

18 November 2021.Q

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DUBAI 2019

being adopted by Emirates is

designed to use “flight data

generated by the aircraft

and its systems and applies

proprietary data management

and analytics technology to

help Emirates better manage

their fleet, providing previously

unavailable insight into their

operations,” according to GE.

“We are keen on having pilots

review their performance and

become more active in achieving

best safety standards while

optimizing operations,” said

Hassan Alhammadi, divisional

senior vice president of flight

operations for Emirates.


Boeing also received interest

for airline investment in digital

upgrades in Dubai this year.

South African low cost carrier

FlySafair signed an agreement

to join more than 300 other

airlines using Boeing’s maintenance

performance toolbox.

The technology is described

by Boeing as an online system

capable of generating two and

three-dimensional (3D) graphical

user interfaces, combined

with advanced data mining and

search capabilities, to improve

the way airlines locate and

access relevant maintenance

information on-demand.

Inside the cockpit, Middle

East Airlines (MEA) selected

Honeywell Aerospace to supply

an integrated avionics suite for

its new purchase of 11 Airbus

A321neos, four A330neos and

four A321XLRs.

MEA’s new Airbus fleet will

be equipped with Honeywell’s

integrated multi-mode receiver,

IntuVue RDR-4000 3D weather

radar, Pegasus II flight management

system and enhanced

ground proximity warning


Lebanon’s state-run airline

will also equip the new aircraft

with an emergency locator



transmitter (ELT) and traffic

collision avoidance system

Mode S transponder from


“Our avionics portfolio helps

airlines create a path towards

future EASA and FAA safety

mandates and provides pilots

with crucial flight information in

the most efficient way possible.

This makes it easier for them

to select optimal routes and

navigate inclement weather,”

said Raghed Talih, the head

of Honeywell’s Middle East

Aerospace division.

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P rominent Middle Eastern

carriers, including Emirates,

Middle East Airlines and Qatar

Airways among others made

significant investments in new

in-flight connectivity, digital

analytics and avionics upgrades

during the first two days of the

2019 Dubai Airshow.

Here are some of the

highlights of those deals that

reference the continuing

trend of operators investing

in technologies that digitally

transform the way they fly and

maintain their aircraft.

On the connectivity front,

Qatar Airways surprised the

connected aircraft ecosystem

by becoming the first airline

in the Middle Eastern region

to adopt Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight

connectivity service.

Under the agreement the

airline will install 2Ku connectivity

and live television across

70 of its in-service aircraft.

According to Gogo, Qatar will

be upgrading its fleet of Boeing

787-8, 787-9 and Airbus A380s

with the new technologies.

The upgrade will involve

the replacement of antennas,

along with the installation of

new modems; wireless access

points (WAPs) and new line

replaceable units needed to

enable 2Ku across the targeted


Qatar Airways CEO Akbar

Al Baker described being able

to provide passengers with

“an excellent connectivity

experience with Gogo 2Ku.”

"Having access to the

internet, and being connected

and available is critical for

passengers, and the demand

for bandwidth will only

increase," Al Baker said.

Qatar’s investment in Gogo is

the airline’s second major connectivity

investment in recent

years, after becoming the first

Middle Eastern carrier to start

operating what it describes

as “super Wi-Fi,”

with Inmarsat’s GX

Aviation connectivity

in 2018.

GX connectivity,

enabled by

Honeywell’s JetWave

satellite communications


- which includes

a Multi-Channel

Satellite (MCS)

terminal, antenna

controller, modem

and router hardware,

and a tail-mounted

antenna dual

receivers - is featured

across a combined

fleet of 130 Airbus

A350s and Boeing

777s operated by


Ashi Hoseini, manager of

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

systems at the airline, recently

said that the airline is also

paying close attention to the

future potential promised by

low earth orbit (LEO) satellites

and would like to see their

use of connectivity eventually

support artificial intelligence

and machine learning


Emirates, another major

Middle Eastern carrier also

known for investing in the

newest connectivity, made

another type of acquisition in

Dubai this year.

Emirates are adopting GE

Aviation’s electronic Flight

Operations Quality Assurance

(eFOQA) and Flight Pulse data

analytics platforms for its A380

and B777 pilots.

GE describes FlightPulse

as a mobile application that

uses aircraft data and “smart

analytics” to enable pilots to

access their own flying metrics

and trends. Pilots can see

and review snapshots of their

performance at takeoff, cruise,

landing, descent and ascent at

different times to see where

they could be saving fuel.

The eFOQA service

A ir Arabia, the United Arab Emirates-based low-cost carrier

signed a firm order at the Dubai Airshow for 120 Airbus aircraft,

featuring 73 A320neos, 27 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs.

The carrier is already an Airbus-only airline, with a fleet consisting

of 54 A320neo family aircraft, including the A321LR. With the

addition of this aircraft - especially the A321XLR - the airline has

the opportunity to expand its network.

“Air Arabia’s fleet growth strategy has always been driven by

commercial demand and we are glad to announce one of the

region’s largest single-aisle orders with Airbus to support our

growth plans,” said Adel Al Ali, CEO of Air Arabia.

“The addition of the A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR complements

our existing fleet and allows us to expand our service

to further and newer destinations while remaining loyal to our

low-cost business model.”

The longer-range XLR variant can fly up to 5,400 miles, about is

15% more than the A321LR predecessor, which Air Arabia already


Currently, Air Arabia operates from three hubs: Sharjah, UAE

(SHJ), Casablanca (CMN) and Alexandria, Egypt (HBE). Given

the airline’s current fleet, its Morocco operation allows it to fly

nonstop between London Gatwick (LGW) and Marrakesh (RAK),

Tangier (TNG) and Fez (FEZ).

With the addition of the A321XLR to its fleet, which the carrier

expects to begin taking delivery of in 2023, Air Arabia will now

have the option to fly from its two hubs in Egypt and the UAE to

the UK. However, it hasn’t made any official announcement if that

is in its plans.

The order from Air Arabia was the second big order for Airbus

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B oeing’s MAX sales resurgence continued

on the third day of the Dubai Airshow

as the company announced a commitment

from Air Astana for 30 MAXs and finalized

a firm order behind the scenes for 20 more.

Boeing also announced its first new

widebody business, from Ghana’s new

national carrier.

The Air Astana letter-of-intent is for 30

MAX 8s, which will be flown by the Kazak

flag carrier’s FlyArystan low-cost subsidiary

launched in May. Delivery dates were not


The second deal, finalized by an unnamed

customer, is for 10 MAX 7s and 10 MAX

10s, a person with knowledge of the deal


The customer plans to unveil the order in

the coming weeks, the person said. Boeing

declined to comment on the 20-aircraft


Air Astana launched in 2002 with a pair of

737NGs, but currently has none in its mixed

fleet of 37 Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer




“Today we operate both 757s and 767s

and we believe that the MAX will provide a

solid platform for the growth of FlyArystan

throughout our region, once the aircraft

has successfully returned to service,” Air

Astana president and CEO Peter Foster


The deals announced in Dubai - including

a 10-aircraft SunExpress firm order

represent a major boost to what has been a

sagging MAX backlog.

The reported total of undelivered

aircraft has been falling despite Boeing not

recording any deliveries since the MAX

global fleet’s mid-March global grounding

following two fatal accidents in less than

five months.

While Boeing has denied that airlines

have cancelled MAXs as a result of the

crisis, the order backlog has fallen despite

the fact that deliveries were paused in


Jet Airways’ collapse removed about 125,

but other changes, including some swaps to

other models, pushed the decline to about


The SunExpress deal was the first

announced MAX firm order since the crisis

started. Boeing has booked several others

by undisclosed customers, including one

MAX business jet.

International Airlines Group announced

intent to buy 200 at the Paris Air Show in

June, but the deal has not been finalized.

The MAX remains grounded, and

deliveries paused, while Boeing finalizes

mandated changes to the aircraft’s flight

control system and training. Regulators,

led by the FAA, have not committed to a

timeline for completing their review of

the changes, though Boeing has expressed

optimism that initial approvals would come

by the end of 2019.

Separately, Boeing on unveiled an MOU

for three 787-9s from Ghana’s government.

Ghana is working with Ethiopian Airlines to

set up a new national carrier that will be

based in Accra.

The Ghana deal is Boeing’s first new

widebody business unveiled at the show.

Earlier, it named Biman Bangladesh as the

customer for two undisclosed 787s added

to the company’s backlog in October and

highlighted EgyptAir’s decision to lease two

additional 787-9s from AerCap that are in

the lessor’s order book. Q

E mirates confirmed an order for 50

A350-900 aircraft powered by Trent XWB


As it approaches five years in service, the

Trent XWB has now achieved more than

five million flying hours in service with

29 operators flying to 130 destinations

and demonstrated an excellent dispatch

reliability of 99.9 per cent.

This is the Power of Trent – a family of

seven engines, which have completed more

than 140 million flying hours since the very

first engine, a Trent 700, went into service

in 1995.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum,

Emirates chairman and chief executive said,

“We are pleased to sign a firm order for


50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce

Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough

review of various aircraft options and

of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’

long-standing strategy to invest in modern

and efficient aircraft, and we are confident

in the performance of the A350 XWB.

“Complementing our A380s and 777s,

the A350s will give us added operational

flexibility in terms of capacity, range and

deployment. In effect, we are strengthening

our business model to provide efficient

and comfortable air transport services to,

and through, our Dubai hub.”

Sheikh Ahmed said, “This (US) $16 billion

deal reflects our confidence in the future

of the UAE’s aviation sector, and is a strong

affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a

global nexus connected to cities, communities

and economies via a world-class and

modern aviation sector.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce president

civil aerospace said, “We are very proud

that Emirates has chosen to enhance its

fleet with the A350-900 powered by our

Trent XWB.

“We appreciate the trust placed in us by

Emirates, which reflects the confidence

they have in the performance of this


“We look forward to this order further

enhancing our partnership for decades to


Rolls-Royce’s relationship with Emirates

began in 1996 with selection of Trent

power and this Trent XWB will be the

fourth member of the Trent family to

operate in their fleet. Q


H orizon, the Middle East’s

largest independent helicopter

flight training academy

supporting commercial and

military operators, signed

a purchase agreement with

Entrol for a Bell 505 FTD level 2

simulator, valued at (US) $1.5


The signing took place on the

sidelines of the Dubai Airshow


Meeting the latest training

technology needs, the simulator

is based on the Bell 505 helicopter

and is equipped with the

latest avionics glass cockpit. It



features a 200º x 70º spherical

visual high-resolution database

with mission scenarios and a

vibration system to increase

the realism of training.

Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri,

CEO of Horizon said, “Flight

simulators are essential for

pilot training, and we are

confident that our new FTD

simulator will significantly

enhance the efficiency of our

training, as it simulates realistic

learning environments on a

single-engine aircraft.”

The simulator will be used in

Horizon’s Basic Flight Training

(BFT), Instrument Rating (IR)

and Commercial Pilot License

(CPL) courses as well as mission

training in a multi-role capacity.

During the general handling

phase, instructors will be able

to demonstrate

every task from prestart

and start to

flight manoeuvring

and shut-down.

In addition, it

will enable pilot

training on handling

emergencies and

the corresponding

procedures for a

safe recovery of

the aircraft. During

the instrument

phase, it will create

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a comprehensive instrument

meteorological conditions

(IMC) learning environment. Q


A ir Peace, Nigeria and West Africa's largest airline, signed a

contract for three additional E195-E2s, confirming purchase rights

from the original contract, signed in April this year.

These E195-E2s will be included in Embraer's 2019 fourth-quarter

backlog and have a value of (US) $212.6 million, based on

Embraer's current list prices.

Set to be the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa, Air Peace's firm

order, announced in April this year, is now for 13 E195-E2s with 17

purchase rights for the same model.

The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.

"The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our operations in

Africa and this new order is a further confirmation of our 'no-cityleft-behind

initiative which we shall continue to execute", said Air

Peace Chairman Allen Onyema.

He said "We have received impressive data about the aircraft's

economics now that is in revenue service and this was a driver

to place this new firm order with Embraer. We look forward to



receiving our first aircraft, which will enhance connectivity in

Nigeria and the African region, while feeding long-haul flights from

our Lagos hub."

"Air Peace will love the aircraft's efficiency and the passenger will

experience an unparalleled level of comfort, especially in first class

- Air Peace is the launch customer for Embraer's new premium

staggered seating option", said Raul Villaron, vice president sales,

Africa and Middle East, Embraer commercial aviation.

"We look forward to supporting Air Peace's growing E2s fleet

and to deepening our fruitful partnership."

Air Peace subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper, started operating six

ERJ145 jets last year on short thin routes. That experience with

Embraer's products and services, including the pool programme,

and the undeniable economic benefits of right-sizing aircraft for

the mission, was a key factor in selecting the E2.

Air Peace's E195-E2s will be configured in a comfortable dual

class arrangement with 124 seats. Air Peace operates more than 20

local, regional, and international routes and has strategic plans to

expand those routes. Q

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Following the release of the final investigation report of Lion

Air Flight 610 by Indonesia's National Transportation Safety

Committee or KNKT has prompted Boeing to issue a statement

expressing their hearelt condolences to the families.

“We mourn with Lion Air and we would like to express our deepest

sympathies to the Lion Air family," said Boeing president and

CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

"These tragic events have deeply affected us all and we will

always remember what happened."

"We commend Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee

for its extensive efforts to determine the facts of this accident,

the contributing factors to its cause and recommendations

aimed toward our common goal that this never happens again."

"We are addressing the KNKT's safety recommendations, and

taking actions to enhance the safety of the 737 MAX to prevent

the flight control conditions that occurred in this accident from

ever happening again. Safety is an enduring value for everyone at

Boeing and the safety of the flying public, our customers, and the

crews aboard our airplanes is always our top

priority. We value our long-standing partnership

with Lion Air and we look forward to

continuing to work together in the future."

Boeing experts, working as technical advisors

to the US National Transportation Safety

Board, have supported the KNKT over the

course of the investigation. The company's engineers

have been working with the US Federal

Aviation Administration (FAA) and other global


regulators to make software updates and other changes, taking

into account the information from the KNKT's investigation.

Since this accident, the 737 MAX and its software are undergoing

an unprecedented level of global regulatory oversight, testing

and analysis. This includes hundreds of simulator sessions and test

flights, regulatory analysis of thousands of documents, reviews by

regulators and independent experts and extensive certification


Over the past several months Boeing has been making changes

to the 737 MAX. Most significantly, Boeing has redesigned the way

Angle of Attack (AoA) sensors work with a feature of the flight control

software known as Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation

System (MCAS). Going forward, MCAS will compare information

from both AoA sensors before activating, adding a new layer of


In addition, MCAS will now only turn on if both AoA sensors

agree, will only activate once in response to erroneous AOA, and

will always be subject to a maximum limit that can be overridden

with the control column.

These software changes will prevent the flight control conditions

that occurred in this accident from ever happening again.

In addition, Boeing is updating crew manuals

and pilot training, designed to ensure every

pilot has all of the information they need to fly

the 737 MAX safely.

Boeing continues to work with the FAA

and other regulatory agencies worldwide on

the certification of the software update and

training program to safely return the 737 MAX

to service. Q

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