Bat Hawk – Aerial Surveillance Machine
The new South African Bat Hawk has been designed and developed by Micro Aviation South Africa primarily for surveillance and is the most affordable light sport aircraft on the market. Several major design changes were incorporated into the Bat Hawk, which included a larger six-cylinder Jabiru engine with more substantial cheek plates and engine mountings and increased all up weight to 540 kg.
Southern African Airlines
Since our January 2012 survey, fierce competition between southern African domestic and regional airlines has seen the demise of both 1 time airlines and Velvet Sky. The latter was never going to last anyway. FlySafair attempted a start in November 2013, but the application brought before the South African licensing council failed due to an objection by Comair, where the reason presented was that Safair did not have sufficient South African ownership according to the requirements of the licensing council. Another newcomer fastjet is based outside South Africa and supplies low cost services to Dar Es Salem. Competition is expected to increase in 2014 as the various low-cost airlines make further inroads into the ‘full service’ airlines business.
A new Gazelle in South Africa
"Duxford is a special place for many. Flying Legends is just one of several airshows held there each year. For the warbird enthusiast, I doubt that there is another airfield or airbase in the world that has as much history and nostalgia than Duxford. It is also where the ex-servicemen from the WW2 era come and visit each year, although those numbers are dwindling fast." - Pete van der Spek