Inside the December edition of African Pilot:
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1
There is an ongoing debate about ‘warbirds’, especially the more historically significant. Should they be grounded and tucked away as static displays in museum, or is it acceptable to fly them? Every time a warbird crashes, the debate starts again, driven normally by people who do not own them or have anything to do with operating them. Indeed, having been closely involved with warbirds for some 14 years now. I have never heard a restorer or operator advocate grounding.
Boeing support Tracey Curtis-Taylor’s South Africa to England flight
With support from Boeing, pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor was based at ExecuJet’s FBO at Cape Town International airport before taking-off on her 7,000-mile (11,000-kilometre) solo journey to England. Flying a reconditioned 1942 Boeing Stearman open-cockpit biplane, Tracey’s flight will endeavour to retrace Lady Mary Heath’s 1928 historic flight between South Africa and England.
SAAF weapons’ capability demonstration
On 24 September the SAAF held the second of its annual weapons’ capability demonstrations at Roodewal bombing range in Limpopo. Prior to departure a media briefing was held at AFB Waterkloof when Lt. Gen. Msimang and others in the top structures of the SAAF outlined the current state of the SAAF and answered questions from the media.
Aircraft of the HMS Ark Royal ‘R09′
Over the last century, Britain has produced several remarkable aircraft carriers and many world class carrier-based aircraft. In this edition of African Pilot, we will look at one of these aircraft carriers, as well as her aircraft.
NBAA convention 2013 success for business aviation
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington DC the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organisation for companies which rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show.