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African Pilot’s May 2019 edition
The May edition features most Helicopter Types and Helicopter Operations as well as HAI Heli-Expo, which is the largest helicopter exhibition in the world, organised by Helicopter Association International. At the same time, our team has completed African Pilot’s annual African Pilot Service Guide to be distributed together with the June edition. The printing of this edition is complete and the distribution is also almost complete. I would like to thank all our valuable advertisers that supported this exciting edition as well as our annual Aviation Services Guide.
African Pilot’s June 2019 edition
African Pilot’s exciting June edition will feature business at Lanseria International Airport, the South African Power Flying Association’s (SAPFA) President’s Trophy Air Race (PTAR) to be staged in Saldanha (Western Cape), South Africa’s EAA National Convention in Vryheid (KZN) and the Lowveld airshow (Nelspruit airfield), scheduled the weekend before this edition goes to print. In addition we will be featuring the US EAA’s Sun ‘n Fun staged in Florida as well as the annual AERO Friedrichshafen European trade show staged in Germany. Indeed this is a very busy time within the South African aviation calendar. African Pilot continues to be the foremost aviation publication that continuously brings the most important aviation events to its readers every month. For advertising positions please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: email@example.com. Thank you.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Tragic accident takes Jan and Engela Kemp
On Friday afternoon whilst flying to the Nylstroom area, Jan and Engela Kemp were killed when the Piper Tomahawk in which they were flying impacted a rocky hill. Over many years, I have become good friends with Jan, who was best described as a passionate EAA member who started the Volksrust EAA Chapter. At the same time, the love of his life Engela was the most interesting person always to be seen with a huge smile. God speed to the two of you and may your journey to that great hangar in the sky be filled with incredible memories.
Goodbye to Bob Ewing
Another wonderful EAA member and good friend was Bob Ewing, who also passed away on this past week. Bob and I go back to the great EAA Margate days when he was the national president and I was the marketing / PRO for EAA national. Bob was a career instructor and avid aviation enthusiast who spent the latter years of his life in Port Alfred working as a senior instructor at 43 Air School. Bob brought plenty of character to the EAA movement with his excellent leadership and love for people. Once again, we wish you a safe journey to that great hangar in the sky.
AERO South Africa
Africa’s first general aviation trade show continues to gain momentum with the introduction of Demo Flights, Africa’s first ever ‘Park & Sell’ and Wonderboom’s biggest largest fly-in yet. From 4 – 6 July 2019, Wonderboom National Airport in Pretoria, Tshwane, will open its doors to welcome over 4000 registered trade visitors looking to experience the latest in the general aviation industry.
The three-day event is presented in partnership with AERO Friedrichshafen: Europe’s largest general aviation show and will feature the latest products and innovations from local and international exhibiting companies, a wide spectrum of aircraft on display, as well as free-to-attend workshops where visitors can stay abreast of the latest developments.
On Saturday 6 July, AERO South Africa will host an official fly-in for visitors travelling to the show with their own aircraft. They will be part of Wonderboom’s biggest fly-in yet. “With less than three months to go, we are truly excited about the launch of this show and what it means for the local industry,” says Shaun Swart, Head of Business Development at Messe Frankfurt South Africa. “There are so many exciting features planned for the show including Africa’s first ever ‘Park & Sell’ aircraft market. With the positive feedback we have been receiving from the general aviation community, AERO South Africa is set to become the ultimate gathering place for industry leaders and stakeholders,” adds Swart.
Covering various aspects of general aviation, visitors can expect to see and experience some of the largest manufacturers and suppliers to the industry, including: African Pilot, Garmin, Bose, Stemme, Jeppesen, Bell Helicopter and Daher to name a few. Absolute Aviation, the biggest distributor of Textron Aircrafts in Africa, has confirmed its participation with a massive 500sqm stand.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
ABSA Lowveld airshow
This past Saturday Kishugu Aviation and the Lowveld Aero Club staged the annual airshow, this year named after the main sponsor ABSA – the ABSA Lowveld airshow. The show only started at 14h00 as an afternoon airshow so that there would be no repeat displays. This also allowed visiting display teams time to fly to Nelspruit and undertake their familiarisation flight before the actual show. In a departure from what we have become used to at airshows around South Africa, I understand that the main sponsor wished to have Radio station Disk Jockeys (DJs) driving a serious sound system that boomed across the airfield, but was mainly directed at the VIP area. I must say that after leaving the venue at about 19h30 on Saturday night it took several hours for our hearing to return to normal. This also meant that Brian Emmenis was not in a position to deliver his usual information about who was flying what, whilst at the same time the dance music totally drowned out all aircraft engine sounds.
However, this was a safe airshow that attracted thousands of spectators to view excellent displays that took place in fine weather for most of the day. The show ended with an amazing fireworks display that was truly one of the finest I have seen in South Africa. Congratulations to Johan Heine, Naranda Leeuwner and Monica Fourie for splendid organisation. A full report with pictures from Christine Brits, Charlie and Fiona Hugo and some from me will feature in the June edition of African Pilot. I spent most of the day shooting video footage for African Pilot’s new video platform and the resulting short movie will be aired on next week’s APAnews once our team has completed the post-production work.
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.
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
Contact Johan Pieters E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 923 0078
5 to 8 June
Zimbabwe Air Rally
Mel Cooper Cell: + 263 773 218426 E-mail: email@example.com
6 and 7 June
Africa Drone Conference – Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Contact Simon Mkitlane E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011 886 0433
SAPFA Bethlehem Speed Rally – Bethlehem Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser e-mail: email@example.com cell: 082 855 9435
10 to 16 June
SAPFA World Precision Flying Championships – Castellon Spain
Contact Hans Schwebel cell: 082 656 3005 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 to 23 June
SAC National Championships venue TBA
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
21 to 23 June
EAA Chapter 322 flight training Boot Camp at Mwala Lodge
Contact Neil Bowden Cell: 084 674 5674 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Relibile Mofokeng E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 073 837 0162
Reefsteamers train, plane, vintage car event from Krugersdorp to Magalies
Contact Ian Morrison e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
23 to 28 June
South African Hot Air Balloon Championships Skeerpoort North West Province
Contact Richard Bovell e-mail: email@example.com
27 to 30 June
SAC National Championships Malelane airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 to 6 July
AERO South Africa Wonderboom National Airport, Pretoria
Contact: Tel +27 120 599 6151E-mail: Konstantin.vonVieregge@za.messafrankfurt.com
After months of planning and preparations, the Aero South Africa team is excited to announce that visitor registrations to Africa’s inaugural trade show for the general aviation are now OPEN. Exhibitors will cover the full spectrum of services, so this is the ideal place to source new products, view the latest technology and even sell or buy new aircraft. Daily seminars will be FREE to attend. Secure your FREE visitor pass online now and get ready to discover the latest industry innovations available to the African market: https://www.tisevents.co.za/Event/AERO/Default.aspx?id=3651
CAASA AGM at CAASA House Lanseria International Airport
Contact Tel: 011 659 2345 e-mail: email@example.com
12 to 14 July
Taildraggers Fly-In at Nylstroom
Contact Richard Nicholson Cell: 082 490 6227 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA Hoedspruit Fun Rally Hoedspruit Civil Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
22 to 28 July
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Camping on the airfield contact Neil Bowden E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotels in Appleton contact Calvin Fabig E-mail: email@example.com
Action, education, entertainment and everything in between makes EAA AirVenture Oshkosh your perfect, affordable northern hemisphere summer destination! For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with dazzling displays of aerobatics, informative programmes and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, concerts to keep you rocking into the night and much, much more. Fun for the whole family that you will only find in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration!
25 to 27 July
SAPFA Air Navigation Race (ANR) Nationals at Brits airfield
Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 083 269 1516
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Mission Aviation Fellowship responds to second Mozambique cyclone
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), operating as Ambassador Aviation in Mozambique, is once again conducting aerial assessments to determine what aid is needed in northern Mozambique areas hit by Cyclone Kenneth on 25 April. MAF conducted similar assessment flights when Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique farther south five weeks earlier.
The Nampa, Idaho-based Christian aviation organisation began conducting assessment flights on Saturday, 27 April. While the assessment team noted the cyclone created a narrow band of destruction, they described it as “horrific damage with many villages flattened by the storm.” The flight team observed significant damage on the island of Matemo, the mainland coastal area directly west of Matemo, and the area of Mucojo farther north. In these areas they observed villages entirely flattened. In some areas, the location of homes was only discernible because of the visible grid of pathways left behind. While additional flights were planned for Sunday, persistent rain prevented assessment and relief flights. Cyclone Kenneth is now a tropical storm with significant rain. MAF did have a relief flight reach the island of Ibo on Monday with tarps and food.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Boeing 737 skids off runway into St. Johns River at NAS Jacksonville
On Friday night, a chartered Boeing 737-800 belonging to Miami Air International arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida slid off the runway into the St. Johns River. There were 136 passengers and seven aircrew on board and all have been accounted for. Minor injuries have been reported, treated at the scene and those requiring additional treatment were transported to a local hospital. There were no fatalities.
Navy security and emergency response personnel are on the scene and monitoring the situation, according to a news release posted on the NAS Jacksonville Facebook page.
A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office marine unit was called to assist with the evacuation of the airplane, which came to rest in shallow water in the river and did not submerge.
US Air Force F-35As conduct first combat employment
On 30 April two S Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft conducted an air strike at Wadi Ashai, Iraq, in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. This strike marked the F-35A’s first combat employment. The F-35As conducted the airstrike using a Joint Direct Attack Munition to strike an entrenched Daesh tunnel network and weapons cache deep in the Hamrin Mountains, a location able to threaten friendly forces. “We have the ability to gather, fuse and pass so much information that we make every friendly aircraft more survivable and lethal,” said Lt. Col. Yosef Morris, 4th Fighter Squadron commander and F-35A pilot. “That, combined with low-observable technology, allows us to really complement any combined force package and be ready to support AOR contingencies.”
The F-35As, recently deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, joined the Combined Forces Air Component team in the US Central Command area of operations on 15 April. This marks the F-35A’s third deployment and first to the CENTCOM AOR. In preparation for deployment, crews prepared and trained on the aircraft for the AFCENT mission. “We have been successful in two Red Flag exercises, and we have deployed to Europe and Asia,” said Morris. “Our Airmen are ready and we’re excited to be here.” Red Flag is the US Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise which includes US and allied nations’ combat air forces. “The F-35A has sensors everywhere, it has advanced radar and it is gathering and fusing all this information from the battlespace in real time,” said Morris. “Now it has the ability to take that information and share it with other F-35s or even other fourth generation aircraft in the same package that can also see the integrated picture.”
Superjet lands in flames in Moscow killing 41
New video has emerged showing the Aeroflot Superjet 100 that burned at a Moscow airport was not on fire when it landed but caught fire on the runway after an extremely hard landing and bounce. The right engine erupted in flames on the second impact in the fuzzy surveillance tape. At least 41 people were killed and an unknown number injured in the accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday 5 May. The aircraft was almost fully engulfed in flames by the time it had rolled out. The aircraft had just taken off on a flight to Murmansk with 79 people on board. Initial reports said an inflight engine fire occurred early in the flight but the video clearly shows the fire started on the ground.
The aircraft erupted in flames in full view of the main terminal and Russia’s main investigative bureau has been called to investigate. The crew reported a lightning strike shortly after take-off and returned to Moscow. There were reports the crew aborted one landing attempt and the accident happened on the second try. After the aircraft stopped, passengers jumped to safety from the front emergency slides and fled from the runway. Some of them were carrying baggage. The Superjet 100 has been in service for eight years and Aeroflot is the main operator. About 300 are in service.
A380 scrapping begins
Only 12 years after their entry to service, crews have begun dismantling two Airbus A380s for scrap at a French airport. The ex-Singapore Airlines airframes were the first to carry passengers in 2007 and were returned to a leasing company by the airline after their 10-year term expired. The leasing company made the call to part them out after it couldn’t find any buyers. The cannibalisation began last week at Tarbes Lourdes Airport near the Spanish border. First to go were the Rolls-Royce Trent engines. Both aircraft have empty nacelles, already. One is missing its radome and the rudders are gone on both. The Singapore livery was painted over before their flight to the mountains more than a year ago. Singapore still has 19 A380s but the airline is opting for volume over luxury with older 379-seat versions (with 12 private suites) being converted to carry 471 passengers.
P-51 reunion highlights AirVenture’s salute to World War II ace Bud Anderson
World War II ace Clarence ‘Bud’ Anderson, a National Aviation Hall of Fame member who was a triple ace during World War II, will be saluted during warbirds activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. The programme will be highlighted by a reunion of North American P-51 Mustangs, the aircraft flown by Anderson in his ‘Old Crow’ markings during the war. EAA has invited all flying P-51 aircraft to Oshkosh for the event, particularly for a salute to Anderson during the Thursday, 25 July afternoon airshow.
Those flying demonstrations are part of AirVenture’s ‘Push to Victory’ theme for World War II anniversaries, which also encompasses the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy.
“Bud Anderson is well known and lauded for his courage and abilities as a flying ace from World War II, so EAA wants to bring together as many P-51 Mustangs as possible to salute him,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programmes, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “His entire aviation career is also one for the record books, deserving of recognition at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and another ‘Only at Oshkosh’ moment.”
Anderson, who earned more than 25 awards during his military career, served with the renowned 357th Fighter Group based in England during World War II and totalled 16¼ air victories. His unit was credited with more than 600 air victories in 15 months, the highest pace of victories during the war. Following the war, Anderson flew and led flight test programmes in Ohio and California and also led fighter squadrons during post-war Korea and in Vietnam. He retired from the US Air Force in 1972 and worked for more than a decade in flight test operations for McDonnell Aircraft.
ACJ319neo sets record during test flight
The first ACJ319neo successfully completed a 16-hour and 10-minute test flight on 26 April, setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew. It flew from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 min ETOPS rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certified. The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after ACJ319neo flight trials are completed. The ACJ319neo is derived from the A320neo airliner family, which features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets. K5 Aviation’s ACJ319neo is fitted with five additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold and includes improvements such as a lower cabin altitude for greater passenger comfort.
Corporate jet orders and commitments for A320neo Family-derived aircraft now total 14.
Former Airline Transport pilot sentenced to prison
In April Angelo Efthimiatos was sentenced in a US District Court, Burlington, Vermont, to 15 months’ imprisonment, 12 months’ supervised release and a $100 special assessment fee. This sentence will be served concurrently with an 18-month sentence imposed on Efthimiatos by the Southern District of Iowa for violating terms of his prior Federal supervised release. He has been in custody since April 2018 and will receive credit for time served. On 6 December 2018, a Federal jury convicted him of knowingly and wilfully flying an aircraft without an airman’s certificate.
The investigation revealed that just after midnight on 10 April 2018, Efthimiatos piloted a Piper aircraft from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to North Clarendon, Vermont. At the time, he lacked a valid airman’s certificate from the FAA, which revoked it on 1 July 2014, after Efthimiatos was convicted in Federal court for using an aircraft to transport 50 kilograms or more of marijuana. The revocation order stated that his airman’s certificate had been permanently revoked and that FAA would reject any future pilot certificate applications he submitted. The order also required him to surrender his airman’s certificate to FAA, which he failed to do. The US DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, whilst the FAA provided substantial assistance.
ASX launches seed equity round
Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX), an aviation technology start-up, is re-imagining personal air transportation with the mission to offer urban commuters a cleaner, faster and affordable transportation alternative in support of Uber Technologies Urban Air Mobility programme, UberAir. From its headquarters at the historic Detroit City Airport, the ASX team is developing an electric vertical take-off and landing tilt-wing (eVTOL) aircraft affectionately dubbed MOBi-One. The goal is to produce and operate fleets of safe and reliable aircraft that will make smart cities even smarter, vastly reduce commute times while producing zero operational emissions.
Raytheon directed energy systems down multiple drones in USAF exercise
Raytheon’s advanced high power microwave and mobile high energy laser systems engaged and defeated multiple unmanned aerial system targets during a US Air Force demonstration. The mature HPM and HEL technologies offer an affordable solution to the growing UAS threat. The HEL system, paired with Raytheon’s Multi-spectral Targeting System, uses invisible beams of light to defeat hostile UASs. Mounted on a Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle, the system detects, identifies, tracks and engages drones. Raytheon’s HPM uses microwave energy to disrupt drone guidance systems. High power microwave operators can focus the beam to target and instantly defeat drone swarms. With a consistent power supply, an HPM system can provide virtually unlimited protection. Raytheon’s HEL and HPM were the only directed energy systems that participated in this Air Force experimentation demonstration. The event expanded on previous directed energy demonstrations such as a US Army directed energy exercise held in 2017.
One day, the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee.
Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said:
“What a cute little plane. Did you make it yourself?”
Our hero the Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: “I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like that and I’ll have enough parts for another one.”
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