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African Pilot’s March 2019 edition
The distribution of African Pilot’s March edition was completed by 25 February and by all accounts, this edition is selling very well. This edition features business at Rand Airport, Business Jets, Supersonic Business Jets as well as the famous DH Mosquito. I would like to thank all those businesses that supported this magnificent edition with an incredible cover picture by Gavin Conroy from New Zealand.
African Pilot’s April 2019 edition
The April edition will feature business at Wonderboom National Airport and Turboprop Aircraft types. For this reason, I have worked over the past few weeks at Wonderboom National Airport to interview customers, take pictures and videos of various aspects at the airport. With the launch of APAdigital, I have been filming extensive video footage at the airports in order to produce videos that illustrate the various regional airports experience. The closing date for the April edition was on Friday 8 March, but we still have some capacity to publish late advertisements, so long as these get to us by close of business today Monday 11 March 2019.
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Video of the week: Barrier of Spears
In KwaZulu-Natal, the land of the Zulu people, there is a mountain range with cliffs that resemble sharp spears rising up into the South African landscape. The locals have named this range, uKhalamba – ‘Barrier of Spears’. Red Bull announces the official release of ‘Barrier of Spears’ on Red Bull TV. This project is especially close to our hearts as we follow the journey of the Red Bull Air Force, as they search for new jumps and lines in our own very backyard – the majestic Drakensberg. The team which includes John Devore, Miles Daisher and Mike Swanson join local wingsuit pilot, Julian Boulle as they face up to 11,000 feet peaks and temperamental weather in the hopes of making history on the African continent. You will not want to miss this beautifully shot short film.
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
African Pilot appointed by AERO South Africa to produce official exhibition catalogue
In addition to having been appointed an official ‘media partner’ this past week, African Pilot has been appointed as the official Exhibitors’ Catalogue partner for this prestigious event. This means that ALL exhibitors that have already reserved their show stands with AERO will be included within the show catalogue. Our team is looking forward to working with all aviation exhibitors as well as the show organisers to make this event most successful.
For further information please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130
Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: email@example.com Thank you.
AERO South Africa scheduled for 4 to 6 July Wonderboom National Airport
AERO SA is already 63% sold out and set to be Africa’s largest General Aviation trade show. This event will cover the full spectrum of services and products for the General Aviation industry. Great news, because last year African Pilot partnered with AERO South Africa as a ‘media partner’. However, this past week African Pilot was appointed to manage the AERO South Africa official exhibition catalogue. This is a great honour for our team of creative designers and operational staff who will ensure that only the finest exhibition catalogue is delivered to the AERO team. For advertising positions within this exhibition catalogue please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries for the 2019 PTAR are open
SAPFA has given the President’s Trophy Air Race a ‘facelift’. The format has been changed to the new and exciting Speed Rally format that has proven to be liked by many Air Racers. Reserve Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 May 2019 at Saldanha Bay. Click on the link below to enter:
Major changes are:
⦁ All aircraft handicaps are set back to zero after each race. If you are happy with your handicap from previous races then you have the option not to undertake a test flight test as this is not compulsory. However, a flight test will be available to determine your new handicap.
⦁ Handicap will not change after day one (Friday) of the PTAR, unless the judges see a big discrepancy, which may require an additional test flight
⦁ Pre-printed maps are provided 20 minutes before your take-off time with the route and magnetic headings
⦁ The PTAR 2019 can expect around 12 turn points left and right
⦁ Turn points are given as clear photographs for referencing
⦁ As in the past, PTAR will not allow GPS nor auto-pilot to be used during the race, unlike the Speed Rallies
⦁ The handing out of race numbers is an exciting event on the Thursday evening, not to be missed as all pilots are introduced to the racers with theme songs, video content and great entertainment
⦁ All loggers have been upgraded to provide altitude accuracy of between 5 and 30 feet
⦁ The only way to be excluded is to fly 100 feet or lower on any part of the race route, whilst any other infringement will be given time penalties.
Johnty Esser will be available to chat with the entrants on Cell: 082 855 9435 – If I don’t answer please send me a WhatsApp message or e-mail: email@example.com.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
SAAF members arrested for fraud
It appears that three SAAF personnel have been involved in the defrauding of SAAF’s leave and subsistence and travel (S&T) budgets. The arrest of a colonel, warrant officer and flight sergeant based at SAAF headquarters in Pretoria between 1 and 4 March military police (MP) was the outcome of a joint MP / Defence Intelligence investigation. The trio faces charges in connection with defrauding the State on discounting leave as well as using forged signatures and submitting fraudulent guest house accommodation invoices. An SA National Defence Force (SANDF) statement has it that an amount of R1.1 million is involved.
All three were informed of charges against them and released on leave pending finalisation of suspension from service. They are also prohibited from entering SAAF headquarters to prevent interference with the investigation, which is ongoing. Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, SANDF Director: Corporate Communications, said the trio have not entered pleas yet and will appear in military court on a date to be determined by prosecutors from SANDF Legal Services.
In the 2018/19 financial year, the Department of Defence (DoD) established the Directorate Anti-Corruption and Anti-Fraud (DACAF) as a nodal point responsible for forensic auditing and related issues. It is also tasked with ensuring evidence of corruption and fraud in the national defence force and the department is handed to the Military Police Division (MPD) for further investigation. The 2018 year saw finalisation of 44 corruption and fraud cases in the DoD/SANDF. Three were brought to DACAF’s attention by government’s national anti-corruption hotline with the remaining 41 reported to the DoD’s own anti-corruption hotline. SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke commended the swift action of military law enforcement officials in apprehending the suspects.
Aero Club air week at Middelburg
The Middelburg Aero Club opened the airshow 2019 season with a BANG! Congratulations to the Middelburg team and especially, Richardt Lovett and his extensive team of amazing specialists who ensured that the Aero Club of South Africa’s various sections were welcomed and comfortably accommodated by the hosts. Thanks to Juba Joubert for flying me in the Alouette II helicopter to capture many overhead pictures of this amazing event. Although the actual airshow part only started at midday, it was only completed well after dark with a hot air balloon night glow followed by a magnificent fireworks display. Then the well-attended formal dinner in Richardt’s beautiful hangar followed, where various prizes were awarded to the winners of the successful Speed Rally organised by Jonty Esser of SAPFA. Amazingly Jonty and his son were first placed across the line in the Speed Rally, having flown a very accurate course.
The airshow was filled with unusual displays that certainly entertained the crows of an estimated 5000 people. Of course, Brian Emmenis and his Capital Sounds team were at their very best with information on what was happening all the time. ATC, show director, show safety and all officials work together in absolute harmony so that this was a very safe event, which is a great start to the South African airshow season.
This was a weekend with a difference where all the sections of the Aero Club of South Africa were represented including the new sport of drone racing. Congratulations to Alan Evan Haynes (General Manager), Paul Lastrucci (Chairman) and Rob Jonkers (Vice Chairman) of the AeCSA. A full report with pictures taken by Charlie and Fiona Hugo, Christine and me will be published in the April edition of African Pilot.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
African Pilot’s 2019 calendar
We will publish the aviation calendar within APAnews three months ahead, but you can always visit African Pilot’s website: www.africanpilot.co.za if you would like to obtain the full calendar for the entire year.
Please take note that the Race for Rhinos scheduled for 27 to 30 June has been cancelled by the organisers. However, there is some talk about a scaled down version taking place at Matsieng in Botswana. As soon as this has been confirmed, African Pilot will keep you informed about the details.
12 to 14 March
Saudi Airshow Thumah Airport, Riyadh
13 to 15 March
Ageing Aircraft & Aircraft Corrosion seminar at OR Tambo International Airport
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FASHKOSH at Stellenbosch airfield
Contact Anton Theart Cell: 079 873 4567 E-mail: email@example.com
SAPFA Virginia Fun Rally – Virginia Airport
Contact Mary de Klerk cell: 084 880 9000
Coves airfield fly-in (west of Hartebeespoort Dam)
Contact: JP Fourie E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083-625-4804
Thys Kuhn E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082-568-5614
Jan Hanekom E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083-279-6572
Robertson Annual Breakfast fly-in
Contact Alwyn du Plessis Cell: 083 270 5888
Pilot Career Show venue TBA
Contact Greta Senkevie e-mail: email@example.com
Uitenhage Air Festival
Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 320 2615
4 to 14 April
Stars of Sandstone Ficksburg, Eastern Free State
10 to 13 April
AERO Friedrichshafen, Germany Global show for General Aviation
Contact Stephan E-mail: email@example.com
The 27th AERO, with its comprehensive range of products and services on offer, will be held on Lake Constance as Europe’s general aviation center. The spectrum of aircraft exhibited in Friedrichshafen will extend from gliders and ultra-lights to Echo class planes through to helicopters and business jets. Drones for civilian use and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air taxis of the future will play a role at AERO. Electric flight will be even more prominently exhibited at the e-flight-expo. Avionics Avenue, the Engine Area and Be a Pilot are areas that will round out AERO’s specialised exhibits and programming. The Flight Simulator Area will appeal to both beginners and experienced pilots among the trade visitors.
SAPFA EAA Convention Adventure Rally – Vryheid
Contact Rob Jonkers cell: 082 804 7032 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 to 28 April
EAA National Convention in Vryheid
Contact EAA National Committee Marie Reddy
SAAF Museum airshow (no official confirmation has been received)
Contact Officer Commanding E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 012 351 2290
10 and 11 May
Lowveld airshow at Nelspruit airport
Contact Monica Fourie Tel: 083 619 3597 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
10 to 12 May
Contact Dave O’Halloran E-mail: email@example.com
10 to 12 May
NAC annual fly away Letsatsi Game Reserve
Contact Deon Wentzel Cell: 082 458 5719 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 to 17 May
NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show near Bothaville, Free State
Contact Wim Venter Tel: 086 004 7246 E-mail: Wim@grainsa.co.za
SAPFA Sheila Taylor Fun Rally – Krugersdorp Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
18 & 19 May
SAC Free State Regionals Tempe Airport
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Botswana International Airshow Matsieng Aerodrome (FBMA)
Contact Hentie de Wet E-mail: email@example.com
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Ethiopian Airlines plane crash kills 157 on board
According to the Ethiopian’s state broadcaster all 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800MAX, which crashed six minutes after take-off are dead. The plane took off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday but crashed around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 08h38 local time. The broadcaster, EBC, says the passengers included 33 nationalities.
The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent. The Plane Spotters civil aviation database shows that the plane was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in mid-November. The last deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was in 2010, when the plane crashed minutes after take-off from Beirut killing all 90 people on board.
Official statement from Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit). The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08h38 local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08h44. At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.
It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight. Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information centre and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March.
American tourists die in helicopter crash in Kenya
Four American tourists and their Kenyan pilot died after their helicopter crashed in a national park.
Anders Asher Jesiah Burke, Brandon Howe Stapper and Kyle John Forti, all from California, have been named as three of the four who died late Sunday in the crash at Central Island National Park. The pilot was identified early on Monday as Captain Mario Magonga, the personal pilot of Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto.
Will Angola receive K-8 jets?
After one of the jets was seen in Angolan markings, it appears the Angolan Air Force will be receiving an unknown number of K-8 Karakorum trainer and light attack aircraft from Chin. A photograph appeared on Chinese social media showing Luo Ronghuai, president of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), inspecting a Hongdu facility. A single K-8 jet with the Angolan Air Force (FANA) roundel on its tail could be seen in the background.
The aircraft had a cover over its cockpit and the leading edge of its tail had been removed, indicating it was either still under construction or getting ready to be shipped. It is not clear how many K-8s Angola has ordered or when the order was placed. Angola has not acquired much equipment in the past from China, instead relying on Russia.
Angola has been receiving vast amounts of new military hardware, including Mi-171Sh armed helicopters and Mi-24/35 attack helicopters from Russia and refurbished Su-30K Flankers from Belarus. It has also received AW109 and AW139 helicopters from Italy and is expecting three C295 maritime patrol aircraft from Airbus.
Hongdu has already sold a number of K-8s to African countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana, Egypt and Namibia. In fact, most exports of the low-cost aircraft have been to Africa. The K-8 was designed in China by the China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, but the primary contractor is the Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation. It is also produced by Pakistan’s Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.
The K-8 has a top speed of 800 km/h and is powered by a Ukrainian AI-25TLK turbofan or a Chinese WS-11 (an AI-25TLK clone) developing 1 680 kg of thrust. However, some export models are powered by the TFE731-2A turbofan developing 1 600 kg of thrust. Maximum take-off weight is 4 470 kg and maximum range 2 200 km. Export versions are usually better equipped than the models in service with China (JL-8) and feature components such as Martin Baker ejection seats, a glass cockpit with head up display and multi-function displays and ability to carry PL-5E/PL-7 air-to-air missiles and a 23 mm gun pod.
First Sirkosky S-92A for Africa
At the Heli-Expo in Atlanta Everett Aviation announced the addition of a first Sikorsky S-92A ® to its fleet in readiness for an anticipated expansion of operations throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are delighted to be introducing the S-92A to the Everett fleet,” said Simon Everett, CEO. “Many countries across sub-Saharan Africa are seeing a tremendous boom in infrastructure and civil engineering projects and our new S92 is ideally suited to supporting those missions.” Everett continued.
“This particular helicopter is equipped with a highly versatile utility interior which can seat up to 19 passengers in standard configuration, or mix passengers with stretchers or cargo in a combi configuration. We also see opportunities for the S-92A in the offshore role in our region and we plan to offer that configuration to our clients soon.” Everett continued. “This S-92A will be the largest civilian helicopter of its type in our region. Everett’s S-92A ® is expected to arrive in East Africa in mid-April and will initially be based at Everett’s class leading headquarters facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Shoreham airshow pilot acquitted over crash deaths
The pilot of a jet which crashed at the Shoreham airshow killing 11 men has been found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence. Andrew Hill’s Hawker Hunter exploded in a fireball on the A27 in Sussex on 22 August 2015. The former RAF pilot (54), denied deliberately beginning a loop maneuver despite flying too low and too slowly. Karim Khalil QC, defending, argued that Hill had been suffering from ‘cognitive impairment’ when the jet crashed.
The Old Bailey jury deliberated for seven hours over three days and there were gasps from the families in the courtroom with many in tears as the verdicts were read out. Judge Mr. Justice Edis told the relatives: “I am enormously impressed and grateful for the dignified way you have all behaved. I can see that you are upset and you are absolutely entitled to be but despite being upset you have behaved in a way which does you great credit.”
On the steps of the court, Mr. Hill read out the names of all 11 victims and said: “A number of people were fatally injured. I am truly sorry for the part I played in their deaths and it is they that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
The former RAF instructor claimed he had blacked out in the air, having experienced ‘cognitive impairment’ brought on by hypoxia possibly due to the effects of G-force. He ‘miraculously escaped’ when the aircraft broke up and he was thrown into a ditch. He suffered head injuries and fractures to his ribs and spine and was placed in an induced coma before being discharged a month later. Mr. Hill told the Old Bailey he had no memory from three days before the crash to when he woke from his coma and had spent the last three years ‘trying to resolve what happened’.
In 2017 a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch found the disaster was caused by pilot error after the plane was too slow and too low during the loop maneuver. The organisers of the Shoreham Airshow have denied any responsibility for the crash. Colin Baker, director of the event, said: “I feel pretty satisfied that what we did in the preparation for the airshow and during the airshow was all that could be done. “We very much regret what happened but I really don’t think we could have done anything different prior to the accident to avoid the situation.”
Air Medical Group Holdings places orders for 21 Airbus Helicopters
Longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) will add a total of 21 helicopters to its fleet for air medical transport missions. The agreement, announced at the Heli-Expo 2019 trade show in Atlanta, USA, consists of a mix of single-engine H125 and twin-engine H135 helicopters, with nine of the orders confirmed in 2018 and deliveries planned over three years beginning in 2019.
AMGH is one of Airbus Helicopters’ largest customers, with a current Airbus fleet of nearly 85 helicopters. In 2018, the company merged with ground ambulance operator American Medical Response (AMR) to form Global Medical Response (GMR), a leading medical transportation company. GMR operates in total some 306 helicopters, 7,000 ground vehicles, 100 fixed wing aircraft and 111 fire vehicles and transported more than 13 million patients in 2018.
Kopter Group and Louisiana State announce a new helicopter facility
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Kopter Group’s CEO Andreas Löwenstein have jointly announced that Kopter will establish a new production facility for its SH09 helicopter in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kopter will lease a 84,700 sq. ft. facility from the Lafayette Airport Commission, which owns the state-of-the-art helicopter assembly buildings. This future production and support center comes in addition to the already existing and soon to be expanded Kopter sites in Switzerland and will serve customers throughout the Americas. It is planned that it will ultimately source from US suppliers parts representing more than 50 percent of the SH09’s value.
The State of Louisiana initially funded construction of the $25.3 million Lafayette facility on a 14.7-acre airport site. Kopter plans to make an important additional capital investment in new equipment and building extensions. Kopter will begin hiring of personnel later this year and prepare operations by mid-2020. Deliveries of locally assembled helicopters will start in 2021. Kopter intends to create at least 120 new direct jobs by 2025 in Lafayette, while production should ramp up to an anticipated volume of around 100 SH09 per year.
In the framework of a thorough site selection process, Kopter Group conducted formal discussions with Louisiana Economic Development (LED) for several months. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered the company a competitive incentive package. Kopter joins now a growing list of companies active in the helicopter sector in Louisiana, including offshore operators Bristow Group, Era Helicopters, PHI Inc. and RLC; and the medical air transport leader Metro Aviation. This major step for Kopter’s development in the US follows the formation in July 2018 of a fully owned US subsidiary, Kopter North America LLC. Christian Gras is the CEO of this subsidiary.
Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B helicopters
Sikorsky has announced new plans for its S-92 helicopter line that will re-designate fielded helicopters as the S-92A+ after modification and newly produced aircraft as the S-92B. The two variants will share a nearly identical configuration, with S-92B helicopters also featuring enlarged cabin windows and plans for a common cabin door suitable for offshore and SAR configurations. The announcement came at the 2019 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show.
The S-92 helicopter boasts a best-in-class safety record and sets the industry standard for reliability. These changes to the venerable S-92 helicopter will introduce new technology that is focused on reliability and operating cost reduction, while at the same time delivering increased capability. Changes will increase commonality of the aircraft between the offshore, SAR, and utility configurations and allow for speedier reconfiguration between roles, making it an even better choice for operators that want a diverse aircraft capable of multiple missions. Sikorsky expects to launch an hourly aftermarket support program, reflecting a targeted economic improvement of the S-92A+ and S-92B, that will be available concurrent with deliveries.
FlightSafety offers new courses for Airbus helicopters in Denver
FlightSafety International offers new Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 and AS350B3 courses at its Learning Centre in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Centre now offers FAA-approved Part 142 Initial, recurrent and prior experience courses for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2. Other new programmes include EC130T2 initial, recurrent and recent flight experience night vision goggle courses as well as AS350B3 differences training to the AS350B2 and AS350B3e/H125.
In addition to the comprehensive ground school portion of the EC130T2 courses, pilots will have the opportunity to review and practice routine, abnormal and emergency procedures in the Level D qualified simulator. They will do so under a broad variety of weather and environmental conditions.
The series of NVG courses for the EC130T2 are provided in the full flight simulator and are designed to meet the night vision goggle requirements of 14 CFR sections 61.31(k) and 61.57(f) and (g).
The Denver Learning Centre currently offers a wide variety of training programmes using simulators for the single-engine Airbus AS350 B3, Airbus EC130T2, Airbus EC135 and Bell 407GX helicopters.
Airbus debuts five-blade H145
According to Airbus Helicopters a simpler, more robust five-bladed main rotor will give the Airbus H145 increased useful load, improved ride comfort and reduced maintenance considerations. Debuting at Heli-Expo in Atlanta this week, the H145 gains a main rotor blade that in turn allows for a smaller rotor diameter while also providing a 331-pound increase in useful load. With the new bearing-less main rotor, the H145 now has a useful load equal to its empty weight. ASA certification is planned for early 2020, according to Airbus, with deliveries later that year. Airbus will also be offering the new main-rotor as an upgrade to existing H145s. The new H145 gains Airbus’ Airborne Communication System (wACS), which allows ‘seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.’ wACS is a wireless air-to-ground network using Wi-Fi and Satcom to capture and report operational data to reduce maintenance costs and downtime.
Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft sets business jet flight record
A Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft has completed the longest range business jet flight in history, successfully completing an 8,152-nautical-mile flight non-stop, pushing the boundaries of business travel. The award-winning business jet departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 07h12 local time and arrived at Tucson International Airport at 08h19 local time, completing the long-range speed record flight for the city-pair. Since its entry-into-service, the Global 7500 jet has emphatically proven itself to be the highest-performing aircraft in the industry and this record showcases the real-world capabilities of this impressive aircraft. With a top speed of Mach 0.925, the aircraft has unquestionably shown its ability to fly even further than any other business jet with its advertised range of 7,700 nautical miles.
The achievement of a flight that reaches 8,152 nautical miles clearly demonstrates that the aircraft is the only business jet with the high-performance capabilities required for long flights. Providing access to these demanding, long-range routes is an invaluable resource for customers. Over the past two months, the Global 7500 jet has demonstrated exceptional performance and reliability, this first aircraft has completed more than 170 hours of flight around the world. The Global 7500 aircraft offers spaciousness that is unique among business jets, with its award-winning interior featuring a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces. The Global 7500 aircraft also debuts Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat, which was meticulously designed for maximum comfort and will be exclusive to the new Global family of aircraft. This record is pending certification by the National Aeronautic Association. The flight was performed under certain operating conditions.
40 aircraft destroyed by tornado
The tornadoes that ripped through the US southeast last weekend wreaked havoc in Lee County, Alabama, killing 23 people and also cut a path of destruction at the Eufaula airport. At Wheedon Field, approximately 35 miles south of Columbus, Georgia, approximately 40 aircraft and virtually all of its buildings, including 25 hangars, were destroyed. No injuries were reported, though the Dothan Eagle reports that two firemen at the nearby station survived by ‘hunkering down’ whilst the tornado whisked through. Aerial footage reveals the intensity of the tornado, with airplane parts strewn over a wide area and a hangar collapsed on top of a HondaJet. CNN reported that one of the tornadoes that touched down in Lee County to the north had been upgraded to an EF-4 intensity, suggesting winds of up to 170 MPH. The one tornado was said to have a ground track nearly a mile wide.
Chinese airline sues passenger looking for luck
Chinese carrier Lucky Air is suing a passenger who threw two 1 yuan coins into the engine of the airliner he was boarding … ironically for good luck. His action caused the flight to be cancelled and the airline says that cost them the equivalent of $21,000 and affected 162 passengers. The UK newspaper The Daily Mail reports that the 28-year-old man, who was identified only by his surname Lu, admitted to tossing the coins into the left engine of the airplane on 17 February. It caused the flight to be grounded for security reasons and was eventually cancelled. It was reported that Lu was traveling with his wife and one-year-old child. He was boarding from the tarmac and tossed the coins into the engine as he walked to the airplane. He was detained by authorities for seven days after they were found on the ground during a pre-flight check, according to the report. The other passengers were flown to their destination the following day after the airplane was carefully inspected. The practice is apparently rare but not unheard of. Twice in 2017, elderly women were detained but not charged after tossing coins into airplane engines.
Airbus to open a flight academy and extend training services to cadet pilots
In order to meet the high market demand for cadet pilot training in Europe (94,000 new pilots over the next 20 years), Airbus has decided to open its own flight academy and extend its training services offering by adding ‘ab-initio’ to its portfolio. Leveraging cross-divisional synergies, the Airbus Flight Academy Europe, based in Angoulême, France, will use Airbus standardised instructors to deliver the ab-initio Pilot Cadet Training programme approved by EASA at the end of 2018, complementing the intermediate and advanced training phases that are already available and provided in the existing training network on 17 sites worldwide.
The Airbus Flight Academy Europe aims to train up-to 200 pilot cadets per annum. Using a modern fleet of both single and multi-engine aircraft equipped with full digital cockpit technology as well as the latest flight simulators, the training programme will equip students with the skills and mindset required to become ‘operationally-ready pilots’ focusing on the all-important development of key pilot technical and behavioural competencies.
The Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme is open to high school graduates 18 years and older worldwide. Candidates will undergo online and on-site screening tests before being eligible for training which will include 750 hours of ground school, plus 200 hours of flight training. Airbus Flight Academy Europe, formerly known as Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus.
New urban air mobility showcase planned for AirVenture 2019
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh welcomes cutting edge innovation to this year’s event with the addition of the Urban Air Mobility Showcase as part of the ‘World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.’ The showcase is part of Aviation Gateway Park at the 67th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention between 22 and 28 July at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Latest News for Urban Aviation, EAA’s Urban Air Mobility Showcase will highlight autonomous air vehicles, hover bikes, personal air vehicles and leader VTOLs (Vertical Take-off and Landing vehicles). There are also scheduled speakers, forums and an executive roundtable that brings industry leaders together to discuss the rapid evolution of this technology.
The Urban Air Mobility Showcase is one of the four featured areas at EAA’s Aviation Gateway Park, which also encompasses the Aviation Innovation Showcase, the Education and Career Center and the Park’s forum pavilion. The focus throughout Aviation Gateway Park is on innovation and possibilities within the world of flight.
“Oshkosh has long been synonymous with showcasing innovation and progress in aviation,” said Naish Gaubatz, Editor of TransportUP. “It’s the perfect place to introduce the exciting breakthroughs in Urban Air Mobility that are on the horizon and given TransportUP’s close connection to this community, AirVenture is an ideal location for the support and showcase of this technology from new and existing aviation partners.”
Boeing introduces new unmanned system for global defence customers
Boeing has introduced its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Designed for global defence customers by Boeing Australia, it is the company’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. The aircraft will complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft.
A model of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow by the Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP. As a research and development activity, the Australian Government and Boeing will produce a concept demonstrator called the Loyal Wingman an advanced development programme that will provide key learnings toward the production of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System.
“The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will provide a disruptive advantage for allied forces’ manned / unmanned missions,” said Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems. “With its ability to reconfigure quickly and perform different types of missions in tandem with other aircraft, our newest addition to Boeing’s portfolio will truly be a force multiplier as it protects and projects air power.”
The Boeing airpower teaming system will:
⦁ Provide fighter-like performance, measuring 38 feet long (11.7 meters) and able to fly more than 2,000 nautical miles
⦁ Integrate sensor packages onboard to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and electronic warfare
⦁ Use artificial intelligence to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft.
⦁ “This aircraft is an historic endeavour for Boeing. Not only is it developed outside the United States, it is also designed so that our global customers can integrate local content to meet their country-specific requirements,” said Marc Allen, president, Boeing International. “The Boeing Airpower Teaming System provides a transformational capability in terms of defence and our customers (led by Australia) effectively become partners on the programme with the ability to grow their own sovereign capabilities to support it, including a high-tech workforce.”
As the crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a five-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.
Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in a Marine uniform is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken Marine leans down and motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy’s ear.
Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother’s hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt. All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause.
As the Marine slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve. “Excuse me, sir,” she asks quietly, “but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?”
The Marine smiles serenely and gently confides, “I showed him my pilot’s wings, service stars and battle ribbons and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose.”
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