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P. J. O’Rourke
Changes to APAnews from this week onwards
Due to the incredible changes in all our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in the complete lockdown of South Africa over the past five weeks as well as the same situation that has happened throughout the world, changes will be coming to your regular Monday editions of APAnews. From this week, instead of trying to fit all the news into a single weekly APAnews, we will also be providing the aviation industry with a Thursday edition.
However, this will be rather brief so that African Pilot can provide the aviation industry with the latest regulatory developments in our country as well as news about how industry bodies such as the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (CAASA), Aero Club of South Africa (AeCSA), Airlines Association of South Africa (AASA) as well as information from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and Airports South Africa (ACSA) news. Throughout the lockdown period, I have been in contact with the various professional aviation bodies and it is abundantly clear that all of these organisations are working very hard behind the scenes to assist with the opening up of General Aviation over the coming weeks. Any news that you may receive will be most welcome. Please send this to me on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
African Pilot’s position
All members of our staff will have their computers at home so that they can continue to work remotely. However, it is likely that some parts of General Aviation will be allowed to return to work, meaning that I will work from my office where I have extensive resources. Adrian and I will be available on our respective e-mails and cell phones:
Athol Franz Cell: 082 552 2940 E-mail: email@example.com
Adrian Munro Cell: 079 880 43 59 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulinah Motlhabi E-mail: email@example.com (for account related queries)
African Pilot’s May edition
The digital May edition featuring Helicopters is complete and presently in its circulation phase. However, if you did not receive your copy, please let me know so that we can send you a FREE copy. This edition also features the proposed liquidation of South African Airways, Airline destiny post COVID-19, Birth of the Boeing 737, end of ‘Her Majesty’ Boeing 747, Aero Commander flight to South Africa from the USA, the Red Baron, the first mid-air collision between airliners, Digital Transformation in Aviation amongst other articles. Getting your eyes into a digital copy is easy: Just go to our website: www.africanpilot.co.za and register. If you experience any difficulty please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sort this out for you.
The following is a link for the full May 2020 edition in magazine view format:
African Pilot’s June edition
Our team has started on the production of the June edition that should be featuring business at Lanseria International Airport. However, depending on what category General Aviation is returned to after the end of phase five of the lockdown, I will decide on the appropriate course of action. However, due to the present COVID-19 situation we have decided to delay the production of our annual Aviation Services Guide to later in the year. The deadline for the June edition has been revised to Friday 15 May and I wish to thank all contributors and advertisers for their wonderful support during this sad period in South African and indeed world history. For advertising positions please contact Adrian Munro at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: email@example.com
About African Pilot
There is no doubt that African Pilot provides the finest overall media reach of all aviation publications in Africa where we are in a position to provide professional video and stills photography, website development, social media platforms, company newsletters as well as several other important media services to our customers. Naturally the monthly printed magazine has an incredibly long shelf life due to its excellent design and layout. Then of course the monthly magazine is also available as a digital edition where ALL advertisers have enjoy the direct routing to their websites at a touch on a smart phone or tablet as well as a click of the mouse on a computer screen.
CAASA information about COVID-19
Covid-19 in South Africa
During this this Global Pandemic, for information on our South African response and Status please visit:
Government Gazettes: Www.gpwonline.co.za
For Covid-19 numbers updates, the link below takes you to WHO: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/weekly-surveillance-report
DOT have centralised the applications of Cargo Team,
I am stationed with Mr Owen Rikhotso if I am not on call on: 072 623 4370
Any questions or assistance with, DIRCO, ATNS, ACSA and CAA and have Team on ground.
Mashupjwe Andries Ntjane: 083 633 4305
Please note and share with companies the following generic email addresses to access the COVID 19 loan facilities:
NEF – Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (011) 305 8888
IDC – email@example.com or 0860 693 888 or www.idc.co.za
SEFA – 0860 663 7867 and www.smmesa.org.za applicants can register and apply for funding.
Documents regarding Covid-19: 30.04.2020
South African public warned about a new trend exploiting the impact of the COVID-19
These reports are produced by Mike Bolhuis: Specialist Investigators into Serious Violent and Serious Economic Crimes: Mobile: 082 447 6116 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The National Lockdown has resulted in restricted public movement which may have reduced certain types of crime and violence but has increased others.’
An increase in theft and robberies during the Lockdown
• Criminals and criminal gangs are taking advantage of the Lockdown situation.
• Criminals have decided to use the national lockdown as an opportunity to target individuals in shopping centres and shopping queues.
• In most cases, people stand outside shops in queues before they can enter. This is owing to social distancing and the fact that only a certain number of people may go into the stores at a time.
• People in queues outside shopping centres become soft targets for criminals. They have cash and certain valuables on them, like cell phones, jewellery etc.
• Criminals are also likely to target the business itself depending on how big the group is.
• These criminals are likely to be armed and extremely dangerous.
Causes of the type of crimes
• The national lockdown has led to unemployment, salary cuts and poverty.
• Lack of security services patrolling the area.
• Shortage of police personnel.
• The ease with which criminals can escape and hide.
• Lack of witnesses.
Advice and recommendations
• Be alert while standing in the queue – do not be busy on your cell phone.
• Do not carry large sums of cash with you. Make a list of the essentials needed and take only that amount of cash with you.
• Leave all other valuables at home.
• Leave your handbag and cell phone in the boot of your vehicle/car.
• Use delivery services where possible.
• Be observant at all times be aware of shoppers around you and of anyone following you in the parking area.
What to do should a theft occur
• Hand over whatever the robbers demand from you – immediately and without argument.
• Stay calm.
• Be vigilant but do not make eye contact.
• Do not behave aggressively.
• Always follow their instructions.
• Try to memorise details such as appearance, clothing accents tattoos etc.
• Report the incident immediately.
Ladies and gentlemen as well as all my friends in aviation
We have ALL received e-mail notifications, SMS messages and even Watts Up messages trying to entice unsuspecting persons to reply. Do not do this! Please simply delete the message and then make sure the message has been deleted from your deleted / junk folder. During this COVID-19 shutdown period this is especially important since the scammers are ever more active trying to solicit your perceived sympathy and insecurity during this time.
Unfortunately, I personally been advised about tragic stories where individuals and aviation companies have lost significant amounts of money through scams. For this reason, it is very important to address this subject with all your staff members so this will also protect your business. The fact is that once the scammer has obtained access into your business, it will be very difficult and expensive to clear your business from the damage this will do to all elements of your company. Often what appears to be a legitimate enquiry can lead to the shear destruction of your business online marketing. The simple solution is to ensure that your company has a significant firewall, IT backup from a reputable company that you trust, company staff education that addresses the obvious shortfalls and the simple rule: Don’t’ ever open any attachment that is not directly recognised. Please don’t’ become a victim as this surge accelerates during these uncertain times.
Because I really care about your business, for further information on how to protect your business against scammers, I am willing to assist everyone in aviation to protect their individual businesses at no cost. Please e-mail: email@example.com. Thank you.
Aero Club of South Africa (AeCSA) news April 2020
By Rob Jonkers – Chairman
It seems like a lifetime has passed since the lockdown started now exactly a month ago and even while seemingly having plenty of idle time, am sure everybody has been figuring out how to keep economically active in some measure while at home. The entire aviation space has almost virtually evaporated, from airlines to our members involved in Recreational Aviation, where we do not have much sight of the short to medium term future activity levels that will be allowed.
It has been an auspicious start for the new executive committee, who in the background have been keeping busy transitioning into the new team and redefining the roles and portfolios, which is now complete and on the AeCSA website. I also thank council for your confidence placed in the new team at the helm of the AeCSA that is now a unified structure. We are also moving our digital meeting platform to Zoom being the industry benchmark and we have conducted successful Exco meetings using this platform. Our office team, Sandra and Charne are fully operational in their homes, including telephone service, thus any administration matters and member support can be dealt with.
As we went into lockdown, the EAA initiative led by Karl Jensen coordinated a tremendous amount of effort to coordinate Operation Life Flight as a means to support the Government in transporting critical supplies. At this point in time no requirements have come up, but as we move into the arena of lifting restrictions, we may be still called upon. We thank Karl and the team behind him for the efforts made so far.
The Aero Club Exco had a meeting with the SACAA ASO on Thursday 23 April, where the topics that were presented at the Industry Liaison Forum (ILF) were tabled, primarily dealing with the revision plans for Part 149 that govern our AROs. All the AROs attended a four-day workshop in October 2019 to provide valuable inputs, but subsequently not much movement has taken place. The SACAA has assured us that progress will be made shortly as it hinged upon the regulator first signing off a General Aviation Safety Strategy (GASS) document that was achieved at the end of March, which we should also get sight of soon.
As we are shortly entering a Level 4 lockdown state and attempting to interpret what and what not is allowed. The fact that we are at five weeks of zero aviation activity and with the issues of recency and the maintenance state of our aircraft, we also discussed this with the regulator so that specific flights would be allowed to support keeping our aircraft healthy. As a result, the AeCSA submitted a letter on Sunday 26 April to the Department of Transport (DoT) and the SACAA requesting that our members with powered aircraft in all disciplines be allowed to exercise their aircraft solo for a limited duration flight within the bounds of the home airport. If the DoT / CAA require oversight for this, the Aero Club and its AROs will be able to manage a permit system that authorises our members to fly their aircraft. Although this is a basic and minimum request, we deem it appropriate at this time that we should be well positioned in the short term to request further flight requirements as the restrictions ease. We will keep you posted of our success of this application.
As discussed in the March Communique, most aviation events have cancelled or postponed up to end of June, whilst the likelihood of events happening this year at all is still in the balance. We will have to review these with time and we get to understand what will be allowed at the different lockdown levels. All the AeCSA Centenary events have been cancelled this year and will be looked at in 2021. However, we are progressing well with the Centenary yearbook being compiled by John Illsley, with some of the last information sourcing being gathered. We will be sending out a prospectus shortly that will outline what the book will contain and taking pre-orders.
These may be trying times, spare a moment when you can to renew your membership if not yet done so, we need the funds to support our Recreational Aviation Freedom. https://aeroclub.blueboxonline.com/?
Finally, some wise words
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Until next week, please be ‘Serious about flying’.
Athol Franz (Editor)