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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
At 07h00 on Sunday morning, CemAir flights remain suspended as the airline continues to work with the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to resolve its safety clearance issue. CemAir flights were suspended on Friday 2 February, after the SACAA withdrew the airline’s Certificate of Airworthiness for 12 of its planes. The initial withdrawal was meant to have expired at 05h00 on Saturday, but on Sunday morning the airline posted a statement saying it is working together with carriers in order to accommodate affected passengers as it remains grounded.
CemAir confirmed that as planned a meeting was held with the Regulator, the SACAA on Saturday at 13h00. The airline said the meeting was constructive and resulted in agreement of the steps required to resolve the matter. “Both organisations would commit the necessary resources to expedite the action items and processes needed to achieve a resumption of service.” In the interim the airline is making alternate arrangements for passengers where possible. “We are working closely with other carriers to accommodate our passengers with minimum inconvenience. Alternately all passengers can apply for a full refund. Passengers are advised to call centre on 0861 236 247 for further information. Understandably we are experiencing high call volumes and appreciate your patience during this time.”
Further announcements will be made as information becomes available. Some passengers have vented their frustration, while others showed support for the airline during this crisis.
Cemair’s CEO Miles van der Molen said “At five minutes to midnight on Friday night I was emailed a letter from the Flight Operations side of the SACAA informing me that from 06h00 am on Saturday morning 12 of our aircraft were grounded. I picked this e-mail up at 04h20 this morning. It stems from an issue was raised yesterday during an annual AMO audit where it was found that company authorisations for release had been issued to three licensed engineers on the avionics side for electrical, avionics and instrument when they only qualified for certain aspects. An action plan was provided to the Airworthiness division that would have the matter rectified by Monday 5 February, this was accepted. Most of the issues related to compass swings. As the three engineers are locally based this issue affects effectively all of our local aircraft. Obviously, we continue to work to resolve the issue.”
What a shocking situation, which is almost unbelievable. To ground a successful privately-owned airline for something this trivial in the way the SACAA did is a complete nightmare for this growing business. Why was no notice of intension given and then on a Friday night just before midnight is questionable behaviour on the part of the regulator?
Aviation Calendar 2018
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Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 269 151610 February SAPFA AGM Rand Airport at 14h00
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 804 7032
15 to 17 February SAPFA committee bosberaad – Paddafontien, Thabazimbi
Contact Nick Swardt Cell: 082 441 8011 or Alan Hussey Cell: 072 82 2341
26 Feb to 1 March HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas, Texas, USA
Contact: Karen Gebhart E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 March SAPFA Virginia Fun Rally – Virginia Airport
Contact Mary de Klerk E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 084 880 9000
9 to 11 March Aero Club of South Africa Air Week at Middelburg airfield
Contact Alan Evan-Hanes E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event will be planning for:
- Spot landing competitions (for everything that got airborne, including hot air balloons and gyrocopters
- Fun rallies for all aircraft types and speeds (short duration introduction navigational rallies)
- Fly markets (sell the aviation things you no longer need)
- On airfield camping. Arrangements are being made for those who want to but do not want to carry a tent – just like Oshkosh, which will be managed by Neil Bowden. In addition, I will be present with my trailer top camper for the two nights.
- Drone racing
- Forums on various topics
- Introduction to Aerobatics – all classes and judging initiation
- Balloon nightglows (needs to be seen)
Anything that flies (except mosquitos) are welcome. This is an aviation event for aviators. Lots of Avgas available. Come showcase your plane and in turn get to look at all the things you wanted to. The sky will be kept as open as possible for you to fly, take a friend for a flip.
Contact Andre van Rooyen E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 417 017412 to 14 April SAPFA Rally Nationals and Fun Rally at Brits Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 269 1516
14 April Robertson annual Fly-in breakfast
Contact Alwyn du Plessis E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 083 270 5888
14 April Zebula Airshow
Contact Hans Potgieter E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 460 4970
AERO dedicates itself to offering a significant collection of aviation related products and accessories. Exhibitors will be showing engines, modern ultra-lights, powered aircraft, avionics and related products and services. Over the years, this show has gained a huge reputation from all over the world and the positive reaction from the attendees have motivated the exhibitors to improve the existing range and manufacture more such effective spare parts and products.21 & 22 April SAC KNZ regionals – Ladysmith airfield
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: email@example.com
27 April to 1 May NAC annual fly-away 10th edition
Contact Deneys Potgieter E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cell: 082 891 4354
27 to 28 April EAA National Convention Vryheid Airfield
Contact Marie Reddy email@example.com
28 April SAPFA EAA Convention Fun Rally Vryheid Airfield
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 804 7032
28 April Wings & Wheels Uitenhage
Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 320 2615
5 May SAAF Museum Swartkops Airshow
Contact Officer Commanding E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 012 351 2290
7 to 9 May Airport show in Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact Reed Exhibitions Middle East E-mail: email@example.com
Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 269 151611 to 13 May Battlefields Country Lodge Annual fly-in Website: www.battlefieldslodge.co.za
Contact Dave O’Halloran Tel 079 496 5286 E-mail: email@example.com
12 May Lowveld Airshow at the Nelspruit Airfield Tel: 013 741 6412
Contact Monica Fourie E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 619 3597
12 May Swellengrebel Flying Club 60th birthday fly-in
Contact Pieter Venter E-mail: email@example.com
15 to 18 May NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show near Bothaville, Free State
Contact Wim Venter Tel: 086 004 7246 E-mail: Wim@grainsa.co.za
16 to 18 May Drone Con 2018 Vodaworld Centre in Midrand
Contact Byron Walters E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
17 & 18 May 8th Aviation Training and Education Summit Shanghai, China
Contact Josephine Zhu E-mail: email@example.com
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org May CAASA Conference to be held at Lanseria
Contact Louise Olckers Tel: 011 659 2345 E-mail: email@example.com
24 to 26 May President’s Trophy Air Race Tempe Airfield, Bloemfontein
Website: www.sapfa.org.za E-mail: Race@sapfa.org.za
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 804 7032
Race director Robin Spencer-Scarr: E-mail: email@example.com
26 May Matsieng Airshow
Contact Riaan van Vuuren E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +26 771 66 1201
29 to 31 May European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.
Contact Bianca Dorneanu E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +32 2 766 00 72
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
The air forces of Chad and Cameroon will soon be introducing Cessna Grand Caravans into service after aircraft were delivered from the United States. Two Grand Caravans in military camouflage were seen transiting Gran Canaria, Spain, on 12 January. Although they had their roundels partially taped over, it was possible to make out yellow and red markings indicating Cameroon’s Air Force is the recipient. The temporary registration numbers (N339ZZ and N337ZZ) indicate the Cessna 208Bs were manufactured in 2016 and are owned by the United States Air Force. According to the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) records, late in 2017 the aircraft were had temporary extended range fuel systems installed, probably for the ferry flight to their destination.
L-3 Communications was contracted to configure the aircraft for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) role, because the aircraft are intended to combat terrorism. The United States has donated a number of Caravans to African countries in support of peacekeeping and counter-terror operations. The Niger Air Force received two Cessna 208Bs in July 2013. In June 2014 the US government donated two new Caravans to the Mauritania Islamic Air Force to boost its capacity to conduct patrols to counter maritime crimes and regional terrorist groups. Another recipient of Caravans from the United States is Uganda, which received two aircraft on 16 March 2015, to support the Ugandan contingent battling al Shabaab militants in Somalia.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Solomon Debebe, MD EAA said, “As part of our pan-African Airline, the aviation academy needs to build skilled man power in the African continent. Today’s trainees are models for this objective. I also believe that the training they attended would be contributing positively towards their performances as they return back home.” The trainees have extended their gratitude to the academy for the professional service rendered to them. They also pointed out that their stay at the academy was fruitful, warm and very educating. Ethiopian Aviation Academy expects to receive more trainees from these countries and others in Africa in the months to come.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Since 2011, KAI has concluded export contracts for the supply of 64 T-50 aircraft valued at $ 2.9 billion. Of these, 12 aircraft of the FA-50 version were ordered by the Air Force of the Philippines. The Air Force of Iraq purchased 24 T-50s. Indonesia received 16 T-50 aircraft. In addition, KAI expects to sell its aircraft to the US, Argentina and Botswana.
According to a forecast by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with the population of around 210 million, Pakistan’s air travel market continues to grow. The current annual growth rate of Pakistan’s aviation industry is considered to be at around 9% and could continue until 2020.
Under the firm order, Rostec leasing subsidiary Aviacapital-Service will supply Aeroflot with 50 MC-21-300 aircraft on operating leases. Aeroflot will thus become the largest Russian lessee of the latest Russian-built aircraft. The leasing payments and reserves for maintenance will total more than $5 billion. The aircraft will be configured for Aeroflot to carry 169 passengers, with 16 business-class and 153 economy-class seats. In the first phase of the contract the aircraft will be delivered with engines produced outside Russia. From the 26th aircraft Aeroflot has the option to receive aircraft with new Russian-built PD-14 engines, which are currently undergoing certification testing.
The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Aeroflot in the first quarter of 2020, with the order planned to be completely fulfilled by 2026. Each aircraft will be leased for a term of 12 years, with the option of two-year extensions on the lease no more than three times. Aeroflot plans to operate the aircraft on both domestic and international routes. “This agreement underscores that Russia’s civil aviation industry is making a comeback and taking its place among leading global manufacturers. The MC-21 represents a genuine breakthrough achievement for the aviation industry,” said Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov. “The aircraft uses cutting-edge materials and the latest generation of systems, created by leading Russian companies. Elements of the MC-21 that Rostec produces include titanium and composite parts, on-board electronics, chassis components, other systems and the ‘heart’ of the aircraft – the PD-14 engine. We believe that this engine will be selected by Aeroflot as the primary power plant for the MC-21.”
The MC-21 is a medium-haul, narrow-body aircraft produced by Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corp., UAC) in cooperation with leading Russian manufacturers. Rostec subsidiaries involved in the production of the aircraft were VSMPO-AVISMA, United Engine Corporation, Technodinamika, Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies and RT-Chemcomposite.
On 15 December 2017, Aerion and Lockheed Martin announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2. Over the next 12 months, the companies will work together to develop a framework on all phases of the programme, including engineering, certification and production.
Lockheed Martin is known for developing supersonic combat aircraft the F-16, the F-35, and F-22, as well as the Mach 3+ SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. During the last two and a half years, Aerion advanced the aerodynamics and structural design of the AS2 through a previous engineering collaboration agreement with Airbus. Through that effort, the two companies developed a preliminary design of wing and airframe structures, systems layout, and preliminary concepts for a fly-by-wire flight control system. In May 2017, GE Aviation announced an agreement with Aerion to define a supersonic engine for the AS2. The latest announcement with Lockheed Martin further positions Aerion as the leader in the nascent sector of civil supersonic aviation.
Haaretz news reports that a severe shortage of security personnel is forcing Israeli airlines to cancel several international flights. Sun d’Or announced it was pulling three routes and Israir one for summer 2018. Such security impediments will make it difficult for Israeli airlines to keep up with increased air travel, particularly during the busy summer season. Air travel in and out of Israel has surged since the 2013 Open Skies agreement with the EU. Israelis are reportedly flying abroad in record numbers and incoming tourism is increasing rapidly as well. But Israeli airlines cannot meet the demand due to the shortage of security personnel to provide the high level of security the government requires.
According to Israeli law, all flights by Israeli airlines leaving the country must be accompanied by a security agent. A severe shortage of such personnel led to some 500 flights from Israel being cancelled between April and October of 2017. Now, after failing to get security approval, Sun d’Or, the charter subsidiary of El Al Airlines, stated it was pulling flights to Ibiza (Spain) and Corsica (France) slated for summer 2018.
On Monday an American aircraft conducting surveillance in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet, in an incident the Pentagon describes as dangerous.
In a news release, the DoD reported that on 29 January 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27. This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within ‘five feet’ and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27’s jet wash. The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes. The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity, the Pentagon said.
The collaboration between the Red Bull Air Race and Air BP that began with the 2017 season has been extended for a further three years. As official fuel and carbon reduction partner, leading international aviation fuel and services supplier Air BP provides fuel for cutting-edge race planes and a great deal more. Safety, efficiency, carbon reduction and an eye to the future are all part of this unique collaboration.
With a presence in over 50 countries and more than 800 locations, Air BP is a natural fit for the Red Bull Air Race and its globe-spanning World Championship. “There is a lot to what they are doing and how they are helping us,” says Red Bull Air Race Technical Manager Jim Reed. Of course, the quality of the fuel itself is paramount. Without a high standard of fuel, race crews would struggle to find optimal engine settings. Challenger Class pilot Kevin Coleman of the USA comments, “Having high-quality, dependable fuel is key to the Red Bull Air Race. There are a million things going through a pilot’s mind on a race weekend, but when Air BP provides the fuel, I know it’s clean-running and dependable.”
The Red Bull Air Race uses 8,000 to 10,000 litres of fuel for each race week (plus jet fuel for helicopters involved in production), so, especially with varying regulations for transportation of fuel worldwide – management of logistical issues is vital.
WORLD DRONE NEWS
The military drones are expected to hold the largest market share in 2017. Military drones are being used successfully by defence agencies across the world to guard their borders, enforce law and for combat missions. Commercial drones are expected to hold the largest market share by 2023 and grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the rising demand for drones and drone-generated data in commercial applications. Also, in some countries, the rules for operating drones in the airspace have been relaxed, thereby boosting the adoption rate of commercial drones.Among all the components, camera is expected to hold the largest share of the market during the forecast period. Camera systems are used in UAVs continuous video monitoring, investigation, remote surveillance, border security and protection of critical infrastructure, thermographic inspection of inaccessible buildings, firefighting and law enforcement applications. The high rate of adoption of cameras for military and commercial applications is a key factor driving the growth of the UAV drones market for cameras. However, the market for sensors is expected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2017 and 2023.
Among all the major applications of the commercial drones, the market for media and entertainment is expected to hold the largest share in 2017. Drones offer numerous advantages over other methods of capturing images; some of the benefits offered by drones include lower costs and improved quality of films and photos. This is the main driver for the growth of UAV drones market for media and entertainment. The market for precision agriculture is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
In terms of different geographic regions, North America is expected to hold the largest market share in 2017. UAVs have been extensively used by the US in strikes against terrorist outfits in Syria, Libya and Iraq. In Canada, UAVs have been used in diverse environments and high-risk roles such as atmospheric research including weather and atmospheric gas sampling and oceanographic research. The market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2017 and 2023.
The interior region of Silhouette is a national park, with some of the richest biodiversity in the entire Indian Ocean. It is also home to several, critically endangered, plants and animals. In order to keep track of the different species on the island and gain insights into the unique ecosystem, an up-to-date map is an essential tool. However, this was not possible for half a century due to its rough environment with mountaintops up to 740m and its remote location. The hybrid mapping drone Marlyn has enabled cartography professional TFC International to map this tropical island paradise, kicking off the project for mapping the entire Silhouette national park with great detail. These flights prove again that Marlyn is capable of mapping under these extreme conditions.
“The outdated and inaccurate map is our only means of planning and guiding expeditions. During our trips, we can encounter cliffs or impenetrable areas that are not shown on the current map, forcing us to abort the mission prematurely”, conservation officer at the Island Conservation Society, François Baguette explains. He goes on: “The high-resolution photographs and maps made by Marlyn will help us to better understand this area and will enable us to better plan our expeditions, saving us a lot of time and valuable manpower.”
“With this project, we are seamlessly pursuing the vision of our company: empowering professionals across industries to effortlessly gather geospatial data from the sky, enabling them to make more informed decisions, more efficiently and effectively”, mentions Sander Hulsman, CEO of ATMOS UAV. He adds “Where all other hybrid drones quit, Marlyn continues. Her ability to withstand winds up to 6Bft during all phases of the flight from take-off to cruise and landing makes her a truly unique professional mapping tool that proved to be essential for this project. We are very proud that TFC International selected our flagship model Marlyn for this beautiful and challenging project.”
As Marlyn has what it takes to map this island given the extreme conditions, I am confident she is capable of mapping any other project all over the world. The combination of having only a handful of small take-off points in combination with the mountains, ever-present wind and heat make mapping the Silhouette island a big challenge. Conventional drones that fly like helicopters lack the endurance and fixed-wing drones need a large empty space to take-off and land which is not available. “When we found out about Marlyn’s unique ability to take-off and land vertically under windy conditions combined with a high flight autonomy, we knew this is exactly the drone we needed for this wonderful project”, says Jean-François Rossignol, director of TFC International. He continues: “As Marlyn has what it takes to map this island given the extreme conditions, I am confident she is capable of mapping any other project all over the world.”
For most of us, flying on an airliner means buying an (often expensive) ticket and dreading the security line. Neither of those things is true for 66-year-old Marilyn Hartman, who has been arrested for at least the 10th time for avoiding security and airline personnel to board an airliner. Hartman’s most recent trip was from Chicago’s O’Hare to Heathrow in London. Somehow, she managed to get past the TSA with no boarding pass or ID and ‘blended in’ with passengers while boarding the airliner.
According to a report from Fox News, whilst this is Hartman’s 10th arrest for being a stowaway, she has slowed down some. She was arrested eight times in in 2014. She was caught twice in two months in 2015 and has also tried the stunt in California and Arizona. She even has spent a year in jail for her repeated offenses and was released on probation to a nursing home in December 2015. It is not clear how she got past TSA, but video cameras around O’Hare show Hartmen wandering around the airport for two days before finally making it on to a flight. Once on board, she hid in the lavatory until she could find an empty seat. The crew notified Heathrow that they had a stowaway on board and authorities were waiting for the plane when it arrived. When she could not show a passport, she was sent back to the U.S. and was arrested on arrival back at O’Hare. A spokesman for TSA said Hartman was screened at the security checkpoint, but somehow managed to get through without a ticket. The spokesman said that it was not clear how she managed to evade federal authorities.
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