Swift Flite’s Gulfstream IIB
The Grand Rand Airshow usually has a large business jet demonstration flight scheduled as the final display and this year on Sunday 21 August it was the turn of Swift Flite’s Gulfstream GIIB which was superbly displayed by Captains James Lloyd and Larry Beamish.
Swift Flite is a fully licensed air charter operator based at Lanseria International Airport. The company has provided tailor-made charter flights into Africa and further afield since 1993. Swift Flite was founded by David James and Nola Kropman and is one of the leading aircraft charter and management companies. The company has a flawless safety record and has many blue chip companies as part of its customer base.
Grand Rand Airshow 2016
Usually one of the finest airshows on the annual calendar, this year the Grand Rand airshow certainly did not disappoint the thousands of spectators who flocked to the historic Germiston now Ekurhuleni airfield on Sunday 21 August.
Although the organisers had planned the finer details to perfection, the stiff August winds played their part in making flying conditions challenging for the pilots on the day. At the start of the day, the wind was tolerable, but by mid-afternoon the wind had become rather unpleasant. However, this did not appear to deter the spectators, because the venue appeared to be filled to capacity. As usual there were many food vendors in attendance and a team of excellent cleaners tasked to pick up the litter that is usually associated with South African public events. In addition, the large flea market provided for many impulse sales to spectators. Unfortunately, aviation exhibitors appeared to be relegated to the outer areas of the vast ramp, which considering that this was an aviation event was rather disappointing.
What is next for the A380?
After announcing a production cut in July; the future of Airbus’ A380 aircraft was placed under further scrutiny with some people even predicting the move could signal the death knell of the programme. In June 1994, Airbus announced a plan to develop a very large airliner, designated the A3XX. Whilst Airbus considered several designs, including an unusual side-by-side combination of two fuselages from its A340, the largest Airbus jet at the time, the A3XX was pitted against Boeing’s new large aircraft successor to the 747. Between 1997 and 2000, as the East Asian financial crisis darkened the market outlook, Airbus refined its design, targeting a 15–20% reduction in operating costs over the existing Boeing 747-400. The A3XX design converged on a double-decker layout that provided more passenger volume than a traditional single-deck design,in line with traditional hub-and-spoke theory as opposed to the point-to-point theory with the Boeing 777, after conducting an extensive market analysis with over 200 focus groups.