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African Pilot’s May edition
The digital May edition of African Pilot featuring Helicopters is complete and has been fully circulated. 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:
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African Pilot’s June edition
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 level 4 lockdown, it appears that many of Lanseria’s businesses will not be able to return to normal activity during the month of May. Now that EAA AirVenture 2020, Oshkosh has officially been cancelled for 2020, African Pilot will fast forward its annual Light Sport Aircraft feature, but this time with a considerable difference in that we will explore the many LSA types well beyond what have been traditionally available in this country. Also, due to the present COVID-19 situation we have decided to delay the production of African Pilot’s annual Aviation Services Guide to later in the year.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
SAA defies shutdown as unions claim labour court victory
In defiance of the 8 May deadline for cessation of operations given by the airline’s business rescue practitioners, South African Airways is to continue conducting services for present. Unions are claiming a Labour Court victory after they brought a case to halt a retrenchment process for the carrier’s personnel. SAA says it will ‘continue to operate’ repatriation and cargo flights during May and beyond.
“We are responding pro-actively in those instances where there is a need for essential humanitarian cargo for our country and for the neighbouring states to be uplifted,” said interim SAA executive chair Thandeka Mgoduso.
SAA added that it will ‘honour all existing commitments’ to provide air transportation services to its customers, pointing out that it has received requests for repatriation from several regions including the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. Union NUMSA and the cabin crew association SACCA have ‘secured a victory’ against ‘unfair’ retrenchments following an urgent application at the Labour Court, says NUMSA general secretary Irvin Jim. The South African Federation of Trade Unions, with which NUMSA is affiliated, said that the action has stopped the…business rescue practitioners in their tracks.
The federation added, it was always irrational and illogical for the practitioners to rush retrenchments without first producing the rescue plan and accused the government of failing to protect citizens’ interests. SAA’s rescue practitioners had opposed the unions’ court application but have yet to detail their next steps in the saga.
South Africa’s government has signalled that a new airline could emerge from SAA but the situation is uncertain given the increasingly bitter conflict with the practitioners and lack of progress with establishing a transition between the old carrier and a new business.
Editor comments: I am not altogether sure where many of the unions in South Africa received practical business education. However, one issue is clear, when there is no more cash and the coffers run dry, then where are the salaries coming from? Let’s face facts: When all of this COVID-19 hysteria is over and airlines open their booking portals, with the knowledge you have about SAA’s past 25 year history of continuous government bailouts, would you risk paying valuable money to fly on this airline?
Maintenance flights during lockdown
This notice is applicable to aircraft maintenance engineers, approved persons, ground Staff, inspection
and servicing or maintenance of aircraft as per the Regulations issued under Government Gazette No.
43271 of 4 May 2020.
2. Purpose of this General Notice
This General Notice serves to address all maintenance related flights necessary in terms of the Civil
Aviation Regulations, 2011 (as amended) and as recommended by aircraft and aircraft engine
manufacturers. South African Civil Aviation Authority (‘SACAA’ has put in place a contingency
requirement to cater for the COVID-19 pandemic circumstances to ensure acceptable level of aircraft
continuing airworthiness during the lockdown period.
3. Background: this is repetitive
The objective under Level 4 is to take extreme precautions to limit transmissions and outbreaks while allowing some activities to resume.
4. Maintenance Related Flights as published in Government Gazette 43271
Following the issuance of the Regulation by The Minister of Transport (Government Gazette 43271
dated 4 May 2020) in line with the regulations promulgated by the Minister of Corporate Governance
and Traditional Affairs published on 30 April 2020 this Notice provide the aviation industry the necessary guidance for compliance.
4.1. Certificate of release (CRS) is due to expire during lockdown
4.1.1. This provision is applicable to application for Special Flight Permit to aircraft with a valid certificate of airworthiness (C of A) or valid authority to fly (ATF) but the CRS is due to expire during lockdown.
4.1.2. To conduct the necessary or requisite positioning or ferry flight for maintenance purposes.
4.1.3. The applicant must submit a copy of the current CRS if annual maintenance inspection is
4.1.4. If hourly or cycle based maintenance inspection is due the applicant must submit a copy of
the current CRS and the Flight Folio.
4.1.5. The applicant must also submit confirmation letter form the AMO where the aircraft is booked for such maintenance.
4.1.6. Special flight permit application will also be required for a resultant return flight (ferry flight from maintenance facility back to base).
4.1.7. No application fee for special flight permit necessary under these circumstances.
4.2. Certificate of release (CRS) expired during lockdown
4.2.1. This provision is applicable to application for Special Flight Permit to aircraft with valid certificate of airworthiness (C of A) or valid authority to fly (ATF) but the CRS has already expired during lockdown and prior to the issuance of this notice.
4.2.2. SACAA Approved Person, AME or AMO must inspect and release aircraft for the intended flight with entry in the logbooks or a CRMA from the AMO. Updated flight folio with entry certifying that the aircraft is safe for the intended flight.
4.2.3. The applicant must submit a copy of the previous or expired CRS.
4.2.4. The applicant must also submit confirmation letter form the AMO where the aircraft is booked for such maintenance.
4.2.5. Special flight permit application will be required for a resultant return flight (ferry flight from maintenance facility to base).
4.2.6. No application fee for special flight permit necessary under these circumstances.
4.3. Continued Airworthiness flights recommended by aircraft or engine manufacturer
4.3.1. Application for Special flight permit is required but no application fee for special flight permit necessary under these circumstances.
4.3.2. The applicant must submit an extract from the manufacturer’s documentation stipulating the required continued airworthiness flights and the associated specific requirements as applicable.
4.3.3. The applicant must also submit a copy of the current CRS.
4.3.4. The special flight permits will be issued for take-off and landing at the same airport or airfield.
4.3.5. The flight will be restricted to 50nm radius from the relevant airport or airfield.
4.4. Maintenance Check / Test Flight
4.4.1. Although the Privileges of an AMO Approval holder that are under CAR 145.02.8 remain
unaffected during the lockdown period, however, since flights are prohibited during lockdown, AMO’s, operators or owners of locally registered aircraft that intend to perform Test Flights after Maintenance are required to apply for a special flight permit.
4.4.2. The contracted AMO of an Operator or Owner of an aircraft may make an application for a
special flight permit in all instances where a Test Flight is required and obtain such permit prior to finally handing over the Aircraft to Flight crews who will be conducting the Test Flight.
4.4.3. The applicant must submit evidence from the manufacturer’s attesting that a maintenance
check/test flight is recommended after such maintenance.
4.4.4. No application fee for special flight permit necessary under these circumstances
4.4.5. The flight will be restricted to 50nm radius from the relevant airport or airfield.
4.5. Ground Engine Run
4.5.1. All aircraft shall be maintained or preserved in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements and it is the responsibility of the owner and operator to ensure that the necessary requirements are complied with.
4.5.2. All aircraft engine ground runs are to be conducted by either a pilot, approved person or aircraft maintenance engineer as required and in accordance with the requirements of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations 2011
4.5.3. No additional or further SACAA approval necessary or required for ground engine run.
4.6. Submission of the Special Flight Permit application form
4.6.1. Application form applicable for ZS registered aircraft is CA 21-15.
4.6.2. Application form applicable for ZU registered aircraft is CA 24-05.
4.6.3. The referenced application forms are available on the SACAA website under the Airworthiness portal.
4.6.4. Special flight permit applications must be submitted to armstrongJ@caa.co.za
4.6.5. Where an applicant may be aware that the ferry flight to the maintenance facility, maintenance check/test flight and return flight (ferrying the aircraft back to base after maintenance) for the aircraft concerned may be achieved within a period not exceeding 30 days, may include such a statement in their special flight permit motivation. SACAA may consider issuing three special flight permits for all three activities from a single submitted application form.
5. Effective date: This Notice is effective from the date of issue as indicated above.
6. Comments or queries: For any comments, suggestions or general queries regarding this Notice please contact: Lobang Thabantso, Acting Senior Manager, Airworthiness Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile: 083 461 6508
Issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority
Latest government announcements
Hopefully most South Africans watched President Ramaphosa’s speech last night, where unfortunately he did not provide any much-expected relief dispensations towards business in South Africa. However, what we do know is that lock-down stage three will be implemented at the end of May in most parts of our country. My observations are that ordinary South African citizens are becoming increasingly angry with the regulations, especially due to police brutality with the arrest of innocent citizens, whilst thousands of convicted criminals have been released.
From an aviation perspective, we will have to wait for the Department of Transport (DoT) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to announce what specific relief will be granted to General Aviation in the coming days. As soon as I have this information that is reliably being distributed from the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (CAASA) and the Aero Club of South Africa (AeCSA), I will share this with all of you. You may well ask; do I receive any information directly from the regulator? The answer is YES, but always in the form of a WhatsUp and never in a direct e-mail. I have requested information, but it appears that many persons working for the SACAA are still ‘on holiday’ and will remain away from work on full pay as long as they possibly can. SHAMEFUL when there are so many of us in aviation trying to work through these difficult times and we are all going that extra mile to ensure that we remain in business.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Latest news from the South African Power Flying Association (SAPFA) By Jonty Esser
Firstly I would say a BIG Thank You to the Aero Club of South Africa with Rob Jonkers at the helm for working continuously to get GA flights going again, and I believe I speak on behalf of the GA community * The hard work paid off last week when Rob managed to get the Special Flights for maintenance of our engines approved. The Aero Club of South Africa is meeting with the SACAA and some Government officials, calling for the total lift of General Aviation and flight training in this week.
What is SAPFA doing?
SAPFA has been exploring a new VIRTUAL flying competition which looks to be very exciting and will open up the competitions to anyone pilot or not into our competition world.
SAPFA has also started a proposal for the National Rally Flying Competition to be held without a gathering of crews or officials, more on this will follow soon…. watch this space 👀
Pilot Insure Speed Rallies
Sadly, due to the nature of this exciting event and the gathering of huge crews and officials we will need to wait for the correct level of lockdown or relief on the restrictions before even thinking of hosting an epic event of this nature.
Your Race Master is Back Babe: I would like to thank David from Pilot Insure for helping stand in for me while I was not available to be Your Race Master. David will be assisting me (Jonty Esser) in the future at these Prestigious and Exciting Speed Rallies as soon as we are back in action.
I will be opening the group for everyone to post again, please keep it aviation related and be positive, we understand there is a lot of fake news going around, the idea is to keep our like-minded people together in these depressing times and keep the positive side up. We will do everything in our power to get us back in the air again.
Living up to the Aero Club of South Africa’s slogan: ‘Preserving the Freedom of Flight’
Jonty Esser SAPFA Chairman
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WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Coronavirus is forcing businesses to go digital
The global onset of the COVID-19 virus will have a drastic impact on the way organisations interact with their staff members, businesses, suppliers and customers. This event is a wakeup call for organisations on the vital importance of digitalisation throughout every touchpoint of their business. It is not just about the way in which you manage your operations and production, but digital innovation has become critical to how you interact with your customers and as the COVID-19 virus has shown now, how you interact with your own staff. This event more than any, will rapidly show businesses which meetings and processes should have been digitalised by now.
We live in a global world, where business can be managed anywhere and interaction needs to be fast, seamless but also user-friendly to the point where it’s easy for anyone to interact and communicate. The complicated must become simple. Meetings no longer need to be face-to-face, nor does customer interaction; in fact, far from it. The value of digital channels, products and operations is now obvious to organisations everywhere.
Businesses have started shutting down and sending employees to work from home in the hopes to stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve of impact. In the ideal digital world, this should have minimal impact on a business. The technology and solutions are already available. Switching to a digitally enabled organisation does not have to involve a complete re-engineering of business processes; rather it is a re-imagining of the business processes. Businesses that can shift technology capacity and investments to digital now, will be able to mitigate the impact of the outbreak and keep their companies running now and in the long term. Not only will businesses need to re-engineer the way they interact with customers, they will also need to redesign internal communication and collaboration frameworks, leveraging technology and digitally-enabled processes to allow for business to continue as usual and have the resilience to continue despite economic threats and challenges.
COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the global economy as it increasingly disrupts production, supply chains and travel. With that in mind, organisations should consider any potential legal risks and how to protect themselves against them. Now with the increased demand of remote working, it is crucial to simulate or create an imitation of operations similar to the environment your employees are used to. Businesses need to prepare IT systems now to handle the vast increase safely and reliability in remote working and the digital fulfilment of market demand.
As the virus continues to spread, economic symptoms are emerging: Dozens of large-scale organisations have already begun announcing they will not be achieving their financial goals. These announcements coupled with the impact of supply-chain disruptions and dampened consumer demand will see a drastic drop in economic performance. Organisations need to take themselves out of their comfort zone and fully embrace appropriate technology and digital solutions to make the impossible possible.
With the COVID-19 pandemic declared a national disaster in South Africa; businesses need to consider how they are going to maintain normal operations if employees are quarantined or asked to stay home for whatever reason. Amidst fears of possible food shortages and the like, businesses are considering more urgent things, such as: who will answer the office phone if we are all asked to stay home for a few weeks? How will my call centre keep operating if no-one is allowed into it? Technology can help, in a number of ways. Aside from providing an option for companies looking to manage the impact of the shutdown mobile / remote working also offers opportunities to keep employees off congested roads during peak hours, provide them with flexible work hours that enable higher quality of life and reduce expensive office space costs by moving some workers home permanently.
Reliable power continues to be an issue across the country but have you noticed that with few exceptions, no one has experienced serious power outages during this shutdown time? What few power outages have occurred can be mainly attributed to ageing municipal infrastructure and the lack of maintenance over many years of the electrical distribution system. This is the time to take advantage of solar power solutions and an abundance of other solutions on the market.
Connectivity: mobile networks provide LTE connectivity, which is adequate for day to day business use, for employees who do not have fibre or ADSL at home. Dongles with dedicated data SIMs can also be purchased and issued to keep employees’ personal and business use separated and manage costs. Managing a remote / mobile workforce is no longer the daunting task it was ten years ago. With modern technology, many companies elect to work virtually, only meeting online or for weekly, monthly or quarterly get togethers. For more traditional organisations this could be an opportunity to explore more flexible work hours, to meet the needs of their employees and work around ongoing considerations such as load shedding and high traffic volumes.
The reason why I placed this edited version of a document that crossed my desk is to draw attention to what is changing in our world. Over the past two months, I have observed (as we all have) the many significant changes to what we all knew as ‘normal’. My personal perdition is that ‘nothing will be the same again!’ Yet life will go on post COVID-19, but things will be rather different and perhaps even better than before!
Already within the publishing business we have seen many casualties where many well-known magazines have ceased publishing. I believe that at African Pilot, we made the correct decision to stop printing and rather concentrate on the publishing of a high-quality digital magazine, which in fact has been the case for the past 12 years anyway. Realistically when one looks at the options, the on-line publication is far easier to access during these times and African Pilot has provided all past 2020 magazine FREE of charge anyway.
By adding the Thursday edition of APAnews that will mainly deal with regulatory and ‘breaking news’ features, I believe that African Pilot is providing an exceptional service to all people in aviation as well as many people that are interested in what is happening in our country. This message has been endorsed by many individuals who have communicated with me over the past two months with their individual suggestions and request for assistance as far as regulatory issues are concerned. Thank you everyone. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
World’s largest aircraft Antonov An-225 joins fight against Covid-19
The world’s largest aircraft, Antonov An-225 Mriya started participating in the COVID-19 crisis effort. The giant completed its first commercial flight between Tianjin, China and Warsaw, Poland, transporting medical equipment, including seven million masks. On 11 April, the 290-foot wingspan plane powered by six engines took off from its base in Kiev Hostomel Airport (GML), Ukraine and made a refuel stopover in Almaty International Airport (ALA), Kazakhstan. The next day, it continued its journey to Tianjin International Airport (TSN), China. According to the Polish company KGHM, which chartered the aircraft, it took more than fifteen hours to fill the cargo hold of Mriya (UR-82060) with medical supplies.
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Until Monday, please be ‘Serious about flying’.
Athol Franz (Editor)
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