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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
French inventor Franky Zapata has revealed a ‘Segway of the sky’; the Zapata Ezfly hoverboard. Zapata amazed the world in 2011 with the release of the world’s first water-propelled hoverboard, known as the Flyboard. The Ezfly is a relatively simple-looking machine: a pair of handgrips projecting up from a small baseboard equipped with a series of jet thrusters. Once airborne, the rider can steer with their body weight; just like on a Segway. With a top speed of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), the Ezfly can reach an incredible height of 10,000 feet (1.8 miles / 3km). Now this is what I call real fun!
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
On 13 February 2018 Emirates celebrated the first anniversary of its flagship A380 service from Dubai to Johannesburg. The state-of-the-art aircraft debuted on the route on 1 Feb 2017 and continues to offer South African travellers a veritable travel experience aboard the world’s first full double-decker aircraft. Since its launch, EK763/764 have flown approximately 4.7 million kilometers between the two cities, spending some 250 days in the air. In its first year of operation on the route, Emirates has enjoyed a healthy overall load factor. The A380 offers a total of 516 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Emirates employs more than 230 South African pilots as well as over 550 cabin crew members some of who are specially trained to operate its A380 fleet. To meet the growing demand for highly skilled commercial pilots, Emirates planned South African road show will kick off during April 2018. Emirates operates four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, three to Cape Town and one daily flight between Dubai and Durban.
We look forward to welcoming you to our first EAA Auditorium event of 2018. Our famous Braaimeesters, will be on duty to ensure that your tummies are full and our head barman, will your take care of your beverage requirements. The film is a new National Geographic movie, Living in the age of AIRPLANES. As you can imagine, the photography is stunningly beautiful. The story reveals the affect that flight and therefore, airplanes, have had on the world, since the first flight, in 1903, by the Wright Brothers. The film reveals things that many of us, that we have not thought about. Please indicate your attendance by dropping an email to email@example.com. We’ll do our best to accommodate your request for that seat(s). There is no cost attached to the attendance of this event.
EAA Auditorium Convenor
Contact Tel: (+971) 44312299 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Feb to 1 March HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas, Texas, USA
Contact: Karen Gebhart E-mail: email@example.com March SAPFA Virginia Fun Rally – Virginia Airport
Contact Mary de Klerk E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 084 880 9000
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Contact Pieter Venter E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to 11 March Aero Club of South Africa Air Week at Middelburg airfield
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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.
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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 151614 April Robertson annual Fly-in breakfast
Contact Alwyn du Plessis E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 083 270 5888
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: firstname.lastname@example.org April to 1 May NAC annual fly-away 10th edition
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27 to 28 April EAA National Convention Vryheid Airfield over the last weekend in April. Besides a great expected turnout of aircraft, a fantastic venue and a superb function being organised by the Vryheid Wings Club, you can also win a trip to the world’s greatest aviation event – Oshkosh AirVenture! By making sure you are an EAA (South Africa) member, pre-registering and attending the event, you will stand in line to win this exciting prize! The draw will take place at Vryheid at the awards dinner on the airfield. Contact Marie Reddy firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 804 703228 April Wings & Wheels Uitenhage
Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 320 26155 May SAAF Museum Swartkops Airshow theme ‘Our Indomitable Spirit’
Contact Officer Commanding E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 012 351 2290
7 to 9 May Airport show in Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact Reed Exhibitions Middle East E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org May Lowveld Airshow at the Nelspruit Airfield Tel: 013 741 6412
Contact Monica Fourie E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 083 619 3597
12 May Swellengrebel Flying Club 60th birthday fly-in
Contact Pieter Venter E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
17 & 18 May 8th Aviation Training and Education Summit Shanghai, China
Contact Josephine Zhu E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: email@example.com May CAASA Conference to be held at Lanseria
Contact Louise Olckers Tel; 011 659 2345 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to 26 May President’s Trophy Air Race Tempe Airfield, Bloemfontein
Website: www.sapfa.org.za E-mail: Race@sapfa.org.za
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Race director Robin Spencer-Scarr: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 May Matsieng Airshow
Contact Riaan van Vuuren E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +26 771 66 1201
29 to 31 May European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.
Contact Bianca Dorneanu E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +32 2 766 00 72
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started playing a major role in this mission and has intensified air operations in North Eastern Nigeria. Operations between 20 and 22 December neutralised scores of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Tumbun Rago, a settlement in the northern fringes of Borno state, bordering Lake Chad. The operations started with an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. This was followed by air interdiction to strike the identified targets. Then came Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) missions after the strikes to assess the nature and extent of damage to the targets. Finally, follow on mop up operations by helicopter gunships at multiple locations enhanced the degree of target neutralisation. A similar operation was carried out by NAF in conjunction with the Nigerian Army (NA) on 3 and 4 January 2018 in Sambisa, Njimia and Camp Zairo. These operations constitute a classic example of air power employment in anti-insurgency operations.
The only combat aircraft in the NAF inventory at present are 14 Chinese built F7 procured between 2005 and 2008. MiG-21s and Jaguars have been phased out. For counter insurgency (COIN) operations, the NAF has 13 Alpha Jets, 23 L-39 and 12 MB-339 aircraft, besides 11 attack helicopters made up of Mi 24/Mi 35s. The further growth trajectory of Nigerian air power can be assessed by analysing its defence budget and likely procurements. The proposed defence budget for 2018 with an allocation of $1.5 billion has nearly 77 per cent earmarked for salaries and overheads. This limits the funds available for modernisation and up-grading. Out of this limited modernisation budget, an allocation of $66.32 million is planned for aviation assets, including payment for three light utility helicopters for the army, two helicopters for the air force, one UAV for the navy and for the maintenance of two Alpha Jet aircraft and one C-130 transport aircraft. Nearly 53 per cent of the money earmarked for aviation assets is for part payment for the acquisition of three JF-17 Thunders from Pakistan.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Last week Asia’s biggest aviation show opened at the Changi Exhibition Centre and Airbus is at the heart of it. The Singapore Airshow, held every two years, is where partnerships are forged and deals are sealed in the Asia-Pacific region. Airbus was the largest international exhibitor at the show, reflecting the company’s commitment to this part of the world. Airbus boasts a strong industrial presence in the region and relies upon some 600 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers across 15 countries. Asia-Pacific nations are also an increasingly rich source of partnerships for innovation, new technologies and digitalisation.
The Asia-Pacific region accounts for a third of Airbus’ new business and an equal third of the company’s order book. In fact, the region is the fastest growing market for each Airbus business: commercial aircraft, defence, space, helicopters and innovation; and the range of Airbus products at the Singapore Airshow reflected this.
Airbus showed its newest jetliner, the A350-1000 that was joined by its largest military transporter, helicopters, satellites, an autonomous parcel delivery drone and more. Airbus is well positioned to showcase its aerospace leadership and demonstrate that ‘We Make it Fly.’ In addition to aircraft on display, Airbus has an area dedicated to the company’s growing services business, as well as video presentations of key innovative projects.
The FAA warns that engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney for the latest Airbus A320neo single-aisle jetliner pose a shutdown risk. The warning comes after European regulators raised their concerns about potential inflight shutdown and rejected take-offs. The FAA warning, issued on 14 February 2018, cites a ‘knife edge seal failure’ in the engine that could lead to an engine stall ‘and consequent inflight shutdown and rejected take-offs,’ the agency said in an airworthiness directive (AD). The FAA’s warning comes after a similar action by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 9 February 2018. The agency issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus A320 and A321 (the A320-271N, A321-271N, A321-272N) aircraft indicating that several occurrences of engine in-flight shutdown (IFSD) and rejected take-off (RTO) have been reported on these Airbus A320neo-family planes. A total of 98 engines could be affected, with 43 confirmed to have the problem and the rest possibly affected, Pratt & Whitney told Reuters.
On 10 February 2018, news emerged that Airbus halted deliveries of its A320neo jets powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and halted pre-delivery test flights. By 12 February, Airbus had grounded 11 of the 113 Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neos currently in service, with the 43 in-service engines affected. As a result, the European plane maker’s shares fell significantly. Pratt & Whitney is one of two engine suppliers for the best-selling A320neo-family aircraft, the other being its rival CFM International.
Airbus and Boeing depend on the U.S. support for the nuclear deal because of the number of U.S. components in all their jets. On the other hand, Iranian officials say that deals to buy the Sukhoi aircraft will not need the U.S.’s OFAC approval as the modifications that the Russian manufacturer made to its Superjet-100 has less than 10 percent of U.S. components. Speaking to the Iranian news agency Tasnim, the secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines Maqsoud Asadi Samani described Super-100 as a suitable option for Iran. He also remarked that Sukhoi’s presentation of the jet was part of the company’s efforts to catch up with Western plane manufacturers for a share of Iran’s market.
Back in July 2017, the Iranian news agency Fars reported that Russia and Iran signed a contract on deliveries of several SSJ100 jets during the MAKS-2017 airshow in Moscow, Russia. But the Russian Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company, manufacturer of Sukhoi Superjet 100, officially refuted such media reports. The SSJ100 jet, which made its maiden flight in May 2008, is a twin-engine 100-seat airliner worth up to $25 million. It would not be a replacement for the larger jets already on order from Airbus and Boeing, but it may be a useful alternative for short-range domestic or regional services. It would also send a message to Western companies that Iran is considering all options.
GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboprop (AT) engine successfully completed its first test run on 22 December 2017. The AT is the first commercial aircraft engine with 3D-printed components that make up 35% of the Advanced Turboprop engine parts. According to the manufacturer, the 3D printing technology, together with dozens of other new technologies, allowed the reduction of 855 conventionally manufactured parts to only 12 additive parts. These parts include sumps, bearing housings, frames, exhaust case, combustor liner, heat exchangers and stationary flow path components. Additive components reduce the AT’s weight by 5% and improves specific fuel consumption (SFC) by 1%.
The 1,240 SHP-rated Advanced Turboprop engine is in the family of turboprop engines aimed at BGA aircraft in the 1,000-1,600 SHP range. The AT will begin certification testing in 2018. The engine will power Textron Aviation’s Cessna Denali, which is expected to fly in late 2018. The AT features 16:1 overall pressure ratio, enabling up to 20% lower fuel burn and 10% higher cruise power ‘compared to competitor offerings in the same size class’, GE notes. At a TBO of 4,000 hours, it should offer 33% more time between overhaul. It is also the first turboprop engine in its class to introduce cooled high-pressure turbine blades and two stages of variable stator vanes. When installed on the Denali, the engine is expected to allow for a larger cabin experience with a 6000-foot cabin altitude at a 30,000-foot cruising altitude.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has honoured its high flying executive Andrew Fisher following his record-breaking feat of travelling around the globe in the fastest time and in the fewest number of flights. Clocking a flying time of 52 hours and 34 minutes, Andrew managed to beat the previous record by 3 hours and 13 minutes and using only four scheduled commercial flights instead of five to achieve his lifelong ambition. The Guinness World Records has officially declared his successful attempt a world record. Andrew’s journey covered 41,375 km on scheduled flights operated by Air New Zealand, KLM and China Eastern that took him from Shanghai to Auckland; Buenos Aires to Amsterdam and back to Shanghai.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have finally achieved my dream,” recalled Andrew, Etihad Airways Vice President fleet planning, after touching down at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. “Although I managed only 16 hours of sleep throughout the journey, I still felt fresh, perhaps due to the adrenalin and excitement at completing this unique experience and it’s a great feeling to be part of a company that encourages and enables its employees to pursue their dreams.”
Having joined Etihad Airways in 2007, New Zealander Andrew has a passion for studying airline route networks and schedules, meticulously charted his journey. He targeted the record for over 20 years and was first keen to attempt to break it as a teenager. “Planning the trip was a matter of identifying the most suitable qualifying antipodal city pairs and then finding the best routes, schedules and tightest possible connections within the right window of opportunity.”
On 13 February Airbus announced that its long-range aircraft A321LR successfully completed nonstop flight between Paris (France) and New York (U.S.) for the first time. According to the manufacturer, the A321LR ‘has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft today’ as it is able to fly 7,400 kilometres nonstop. The aircraft, powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A engines, flew from Le Bourget Airport near Paris to the New York region’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The A321LR is the next step of Airbus’ twin-engine A321neo that has captured more than an 80 percent share in its middle-of-the-market category. Airbus expects the A321LR to continue this trend. The manufacturer also notes having already received over 100 orders for the aircraft with the first customer delivery expected in late 2018. The A321LR performed its maiden flight on 3 January 2018 and the transcontinental flight is part of nearly 100 hours of flight tests in advance of the jetliner’s airworthiness certification, expected in the second quarter of 2018.
The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), said the FDR data decoding of the crashed of Saratov Airlines An-148 jet is now concluded. The preliminary findings in an ongoing investigation point to the icing of plane’s avionics as a possible cause of the fatal accident. After decoding the FDR data of the crashed An-148, the investigation team has found that ‘the heating of all the three Pitot probes were in the OFF position’ during the fatal flight, the IAC revealed in a statement on 13 February 2018. The investigating team found that the emergency situation started to develop about 2 min 30 s after the lift-off, when the plane was at the height of approximately 1300 m and with the IAS of 465-470 km/h. At this point the disagreement in the values of speed received from the air data module at the left pilot’s station and from the standby air data module started to occur.
The IAC explains that after the single signal ‘MATCH IAS’ was generated (annunciation for the flight crew) for the third time, the flight crew disengaged the autopilot and the rest of the flight was conducted in the manual mode. The collision with the ground occurred at about 11:27:05 – approximately six minutes after the aircraft started its take-off. “Based on the analysis of the recorded data and the studies of the similar accidents in past, it could be concluded that the inflight emergency situation might have been caused by the incorrect speed readings shown on the cockpit instrument panel, which in their turn could be related to the Pitot probes’ iced condition with the heating system set to OFF,” is written in the IAC’s statement. The jet was carrying 65 passengers (including three children) and six cabin crew on board and all were killed.
On 12 February 2018 Airbus shares fell after sources reported that the European plane maker stopped delivering its A320neo jets powered by Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan (GTF) engines and halted pre-delivery test flights after the latest in a series of engine hiccups. Reuters reports: Airbus shares, which hit a record high of €94 in January 2018, were down by 1.1 percent at €82.61 in early session trading on 12 February making the stock the worst performer on France’s benchmark CAC-40 index.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) on 9 February 2018, for Airbus A320 and A321 (the A320-271N, A321-271N, A321-272N) aircraft indicating that several occurrences of engine in-flight shut-down (IFSD) and rejected take-off (RTO) have been reported on these Airbus A320neo-family planes. The statement reads: “While investigation is ongoing to determine the root cause, preliminary findings indicate that the affected engines… are more susceptible to IFSD. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to dual engine IFSD.”
The directive also states that to address this potential risk, Airbus issued an alert operations transmission (AOT) to operators of the affected engines providing instructions to ‘de-pair’ those engines and discontinue extended range two-engine planes operations (ETOPS) for aircraft fitted with affected engines. EASA’s safety directions ban operators with planes that use two affected engines from flying them within three flight cycles. Aircraft with one affected engine are restricted from certain long-range flights. Aircraft using alternative engines from CFM International, the joint venture between GE Aviation, a division of General Electric of the U.S. and Safran Aircraft Engines, a division of Safran of France, are not affected.
Airbus claims to be ‘assessing the situation’ together with Pratt & Whitney. ‘Pratt & Whitney, the engine manufacturer, is investigating the root cause of this new finding with the full support of Airbus,’ is noted in a statement by the French manufacturer. ‘The efforts of both companies are directed to support customers and operators to minimize any disruption’. Likewise, Pratt & Whitney claims it is ‘in close contact’ with customers to address the knife edge seal in the High-Pressure Compressor (HPC) aft hub problem on the PW1100G-JM engine. The company highlights that this issue is ‘isolated’ to a ‘limited subpopulation’ of engines.
“We have identified the potentially affected engines and communicated with our customers. As a precaution, aircraft with these engines will be addressed in a manner consistent with the operational instructions issued by Airbus and coordinated between Airbus and Pratt & Whitney as needed,” is noted in a statement by the engine maker. It has been reported that so far Airbus has grounded 11 of the 113 Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo-family jets currently in service, with 43 in-service engines affected in total, all from the most recent suspect batch. As a result, India’s largest carrier IndiGo, world’s largest customer for Airbus’s A320neo jets, was forced to withdraw three affected planes from service and cancel some flights on 10 February 2018, following EASA’s instructions.
WORLD DRONE NEWS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 3rd Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium between 6 and 8 March 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. The Symposium will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, industry and academia to discuss the latest issues related to the burgeoning use of unmanned aircraft and their integration into the US National Airspace System.
As it did at last year’s Symposium, the FAA will operate an on-site resource center to help owners and operators with airspace authorisations, waivers, understanding the Part 107 small UAS rule and other policies and regulations. Economic prosperity and world class leadership in this country begins with innovation and the UAS community is leading the way.
Unveiled by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the Tsaigumi will be used to enhance the NAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. On 15 February the aircraft was unveiled in a ceremony attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who said “this outstanding accomplishment holds promise of both military and economic benefits to the nation. From the military perspective, the added capacity for ISR provided by Tsaigumi UAV would undoubtedly boost ongoing and future security operations”. He said series production would create employment and generate export revenue.
The Tsaigumi UAV was produced by NAF aerospace engineers in collaboration with UAVision of Portugal. Capable of day and night operations, it has an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15 000 feet and a mission radius of 100 km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 95 kg and its payload is an electro-optic / infra-red camera system. The Tsaigumi UAV could be used for many tasks, such as ISR, policing, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol, pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties. In addition, it could be deployed for the protection of wildlife, weather forecast and telecast. In the maritime domain, the Tsaigumi UAV could be used for search and rescue, coastal monitoring and patrol of Nigeria’s Exclusive economic zone.
Should you miss out on any edition of APAnews, please visit the website: www.africanpilot.co.za and click on the APAnewslink on the front page. All past weekly APAnews publications have been archived on the website.Until next week, please be ‘Serious about flying’.Athol Franz (Editor)
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