As Rand Airport has a long and rich history that not everyone is aware of, we decided it good to share some of the highlights out of its historical archives, beginning with correspondence relating to the upgrading and opening of the aerodrome itself.
The official opening of the airport was in December 1931. Although the airport was in operation before that, upgrades amounting to £67,258 (a hefty sum in those days) sparked the need for an official opening with all the trimmings, and putting Rand Airport’s inauguration date down in the history books as 19 December 1931, marking this December past as its 84th anniversary.
Piston engine aircraft types over 600 Kg
In keeping with African Pilot’s aircraft type surveys, this 2016 piston engine aircraft survey has relied on information sent to our editorial team as well as that which has been gathered from the websites of various piston engine aircraft manufacturers. Unfortunately, it appears that certain piston engine aircraft types in this category are no longer supported in southern Africa. Whilst the sales of certain piston aircraft types are holding their own, others have fallen victim to the worsening economic situation throughout the world as well as very high AVGAS prices.
Aviation Museums of Alberta, Canada
During a recent visit to Canada's province of Alberta, Divan Muller had the opportunity to visit some unique aviation museums. It is estimated that there are more than 300 000 South Africans living in Canada at the moment. Therefore, when visiting friends or relatives in Canada, why not make use of the opportunity to see some of the country's vintage aircraft?
Warbirds at the Goodwood Revival
Whoever said that the warbird fraternity in England is not growing and is unsustainable, was not at the Goodwood Revival in the south of England from 11 – 13 September 2015.