African Pilot’s July edition
The July edition is complete and the distribution started today. This edition features Aviation Training Organisations and Flight Schools. In addition to the aviation training feature, this bumper July edition has more than 40 feature articles to keep you entertained. I also wish to thank our advertisers for their continued support through this lockdown period. Since African Pilot is no longer printing the digital magazine is available FREE of charge anywhere in the world. Through this COVID-19 period of three months, we have grown African Pilot’s footprint four times over.
African Pilot’s August edition
The August edition of African Pilot will feature all the aviation businesses at Lanseria International Airport. Next week Adrian and I will start visiting Lanseria to take pictures and obtain information from as many aviation businesses based at the airport as possible. The material deadline for the August edition is Friday 17 July. For advertising opportunities please contact Adrian Munro at e-mail: email@example.com or Cell: 079 880 4359. Thank You.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
SACAA or South Africa’s regulator
Please refer to the amended NOTAM regarding approvals below:
I have translated the original text to ensure that it is readable and intelligible, whilst I have edited out the spelling and grammatical errors as well as duplication of text within the original NOTAM.
A1772 for Scheduled Operations
A1773 for General Aviation, ATO and Aerial Operations
Per the NOTAMs pasted below written approval from Department of Transport (DoT) is required for flights as indicted in A1772 for Repatriation, Evacuation and Air Ambulance Services. Flight approvals are no longer required for the rest of the flights detailed in A1772 an A1773. However, you are required to comply with the requirements specified in the NOTAMS. These NOTAMS must be read together with the Regulations contained in Government Gazette Notice Number 43375 of 30 May 2020.
A1772/20A02 NOTAMR A1758/20
A) FAJA FACA FAJO B)2006011356 C)2006301800 EST
All international and regional flights are prohibited irrespective of the risk category of their country of origin, except for those flights authorised by the Ministry of Transport (DoT) or flight authorised within this NOTAM. For international flights, only technical, overflights and aircraft wishing to refuel. No passengers Flight Maintenance or Technical flight may disembark. Disembarkation of Cargo Crew is permitted subject to quarantine laws applicable. Cargo flights will be subject to sanitation requirements. Aircraft in a state of emergency (additional standby staff will be available at FAPE, FABL, FAUP, FAPP and FAKN to FALE, FAOR and FACT).
1) Repatriation of foreign nationals to their respective countries is allowed subject to the following conditions:
A) Charter flight may enter with crew, whilst no passengers are allowed.
B) Crew may not disembark and operators of such flight to ensure that the flight and duty times are adhered to under all circumstance through the provision of a relief crew.
2) Evacuation of South African nationals from foreign countries is allowed subject to the following conditions:
A) Passengers should have fully paid return flight ticket.
B) Passengers will be quarantined for up to 21 days.
C) Crew may disembark subject mandatory quarantine laws as applicable.
3) Air ambulance operations are allowed subject to the following conditions:
A) Medical evacuation flight may not carry passengers other than crew and patients.
B) Crew and patients shall be subject applicable quarantine laws. Flights not for the purposes of repatriation, evacuation, aircraft in state of emergency, domestic and international air cargo or air ambulance operations are required to obtain written permission for each flight from the Department of Transport (DoT), prior to the flight departing.
4) Air operations are permitted to operate domestic flights to transport passengers for business purposes and essential services, including associated maintenance related flight.
5) Scheduled passenger flights may only operate to and from the following airports: FAOR, FALA, FACT, FALE. Diversion airport FABL.
6) All above operations to submit COVID-19 procedures to SACAA for approval prior to operations to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liaison with the Department of Transport (DoT) for approval for 1, 2 and 3 above must be made in writing and submitted to Andries Ntjane e-mail email@example.com and Owen Rikhotso e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A1773/20A02 NOTAMR A1759/20
A) FAJA FACA FAJO B)2006011402 C)2006301800 EST
1) The following General Aviation flights are permitted including maintenance related flights as per applicable regulations:
A) Agricultural spraying, aerial harvesting, seeding, dusting and cloud spraying
C) Construction related to aviation
F) Aerial patrol, observation and survey
D) Search and rescue
E) Aerial recording by photographic or electronic means
F) Fire spotting, control and firefighting
G) Essential services flights.
2) Aviation training operations are permitted as per Part 141 operations specifications.
A) No full stop landing is permitted at other airports than initial point of departure.
3) Skills tests are allowed, provided that the examiner or instructor is authorised by the SACAA to conduct a flight during lockdown.
4) All above operators submit COVID-19 procedure to SACAA for approval prior to operations.
A) COVID-19 signed procedure checklist for aviation training organisation operations to be submitted to personnel licencing e-mail: email@example.com
B) COVID-19 signed procedure checklist for General Aviation operations to be submitted to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
C) Aerial work AOC operations to submit COVID-19 procedure to SACAA for approval prior to operations to e-mail: email@example.com.
5) All flights listed above to ensure a copy of the NOTAM, along with associated documentation to be carried aboard the aircraft
6) Recreational Aviation operations are prohibited, except for maintenance related flights. Prior approval is required from the SACAA
7) Part 148 post-production test flights are permitted.
Notice sent out by CAASA
Invitation of operators / crew to participate in the virtual training of the 121,135 operators on the approved guidelines for the management of COVID-19 in aviation.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) invites operators to ensure that flight and cabin crew attend the continuous workshops which will take place in June / July 2020. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the ICAO Annexes (6,9,11,14 & 18) and WHO IHR Core Capacities applicable to Ports of Entry (airports) airlines and other aviation industry and the applicable Civil Aviation Regulations, Technical Standards and the recently approved airports, airline, charter, general aviation, dangerous goods and security guidelines by the Minister of Transport.
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the current ICAO, WHO, Department of Health and SACAA regulations and guidelines in order to mitigate the risk of the spread of communicable disease in aviation (airlines, charter operators, airports and Air Traffic and Navigation Services during the resumption of services. The meeting aims to identify areas that industry may be experiencing challenges with and minimize unnecessary disruptions. Our office encourages your attendance and participation at this training workshop to ensure sharing of information among stakeholders. The training will be provided virtually.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
AERO South Africa
As we continue to support the General Aviation sector during these unprecedented times, AERO South Africa is looking at alternative ways to bring the industry together. As such, we are considering launching the AERO South Africa virtual marketplace and we would like your input first before finalising this concept. This marketplace will be active for 12 months, so effectively as an AERO South Africa exhibitor you will have access to visitors and other exhibitors to do business from one portal, marketing your product to a targeted global General Aviation market.
The virtual platform will allow for the following benefits:
• Enhance the reach for exhibitors across Africa as well as Globally.
•The Virtual marketplace will be accessible for 12 months: an additional marketing component to your existing strategy at an extremely cost-effective rate.
• Matchmaking capabilities: linking relevant buyers to sellers.
• Reduction in other costs: travel, accommodation and staff being out of the office.
• Allows exhibitors to market their products and services in a cost-effective manner for ‘continuity’ purposes.
• Webinar series will be hosted and loaded post webinar on this platform, keeping the industry up to date with the General Aviation sector.
Most importantly, we would like to understand whether a platform like this a welcomed alternative would be to assist with kick-starting the General Aviation Sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep in touch with current as well as prospective customers. We would therefore like to ask you to complete a VERY SHORT survey to help us in making this decision. We really appreciate your feedback and will communicate the outcome of our decision in due course.
Annelie Reynolds and the AERO SA team
South African Airways headed for privatisation?
A publicly issued letter by the South African Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), stated that South African Airways (SAA), which has been under a business rescue process since December 2019, has attracted interest from private investors and airline partners to establish a new airline in South Africa. The debt-ridden airline has relied on many government bail outs to navigate through a tough financial situation. However, in December 2019, the airline reached a tipping point and entered business rescue processes.
The DPE stated there were numerous parties, including private funders, equity investors and even airline partners, willing to invest and participate in ‘a new national airline that must emerge from the SAA business rescue process. Government has expressed its intent and commitment to fundamentally restructure and transform SAA into a viable, sustainable and competitive national carrier.’
While the DPE highlighted that private investors are lining up at its doors to invest in the Johannesburg-based airline, the government is keen to establish a new airline under the same name to rid it of ‘legacy financial and operational issues,’ as the new company would be managed by ‘competent, competitive and skilled personnel’ to ensure the success of the ‘new’ South African Airways. Going forward, the airline would downsize significantly and would go from 10,000+ employees and 44 aircraft in its fleet to 2,900 staff and 26 jets in its post-COVID-19 state, indicated a plan released by the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRP) in early-June 2020. A further injection of $578 million (ZAR10 billion) would also be needed if the government wanted to keep the airline in one piece.
For the past 26 years, ever since the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party took over government, SAA like the vast majority of other State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have been reduced to bankruptcy mainly due to the ANC government’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policies. These enforced discriminatory policies have been far worse for South Africa than the previous Nationalist Government’s terrible ‘apartheid policies’, because this has resulted in about a million black South Africans very rich, whilst at the same time these policies have impoverished 35 to 40 million black South Africans (mainly black people).
Back to SAA, the main reason why the airline has failed over the past 26 years has been that the ANC cadres have got their corrupt hands into two vital areas of the airline, being Human Resources and Procurement. There are so many stories about the mass hiring of unqualified people to create the ‘most perfect BBBEE company’ when many of those employed lacked any sort of expertise to be employed into the positions they were appointed into. When we look at SAA’s procurement department, only BBBEE companies would be considered. This resulted in vastly higher prices being paid for most items purchased at well above market value, due to the fact that so many ‘middlemen’ being involved in the process, all of whom would take a cut.
The question is that given the entrenched corruption within the South African government and its SOE’s, will it ever be possible to re-start SAA under prevailing conditions? Of course, the answer is yes, but the only way will be if private business manages the airline, without any interference from government at any level. Is this possible, given the power of the unions and levels of corruption in South Africa? Only time will tell, but my personal wish is that SAA will survive these difficult times as a well-managed airline underpinned by proper business practises led by suitably qualified people.
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Loss-making Air Namibia should be liquidated: president
By David Kaminski-Morrow
Following an address to the country, the president declared that Air Namibia should be liquidated, a suggestion which has met objection from unions. President Hage Geingob was answering questions in the parliament building in Windhoek after delivering his state-of-the-nation speech. The loss-making airline had not been mentioned in the speech, but Geingob was questioned about its situation afterwards. Geingob mentioned that the airline has been ‘bailed out, bailed out’, but indicated that recommended measures to cut routes, such as the key Frankfurt service would not be welcomed.
There are no immediate indications that the government has since taken any steps. Air Namibia, like many operators, is dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis which has disrupted its operations. But the Namibia Transport & Allied Workers Union insists a move to close the airline is ‘not a wise one now’. While it states that it ‘understands the frustration’ expressed by the president, it claims the airline is ‘not a burden to the state coffers’ and contributes ‘significantly’ to the Namibian GDP. Air Namibia operates a small fleet including Airbus A330s and A319s, plus Embraer regional jets.
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
Freighter takes off with tail strut in Benny Hill-esque incident
You thought only James Bond or Tom Cruise could catch up with a departing plane?… you were right. After a captain and an engineer failed to comply with checklist procedures, a freighter began its take-off roll with a tail strut still attached. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released its final report into the incident.
On 22 January 2019, a Cobham Aviation Services British Aerospace 146-300 freighter, was carrying out a scheduled cargo flight from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Brisbane (BNE) with a leg in Sydney (SYD). Upon landing in Sydney, a trail strut was attached to the rear of the aircraft before the cargo operations commenced. Once the aircraft was loaded, the captain proceeded to a visual inspection of the exterior and the engineer secured the cargo door. However, the ATSB report points out that the pre-departure checklist was not done ‘in a challenge-and-response manner’, which resulted in a ‘missed opportunity to detect the tail strut’s presence prior to departure.’
The freighter taxied to the runway with the trail strut still installed. At the same time, a technician from another company, who had just arrived on the apron, warned Cobham’s engineer of the oversight. In a very Benny Hill-esque scene, ‘the engineer began pursuing the aircraft on foot and attempted to attract the captain’s attention by waving his arms and shouting,’ but to no avail. He then jumped onto a tug vehicle with another ground staff member and initiated a pursuit, while calling the National Jet Express Maintenance Watch to warn the crew. They ‘relayed the message to National Jet Express Operations, who in turn attempted unsuccessfully to contact both pilots by mobile phone.’ But the pilots did not pick up. ‘The captain reported that during the take-off roll, he felt his phone vibrating in his pocket but did not answer as he was concentrating on the departure,’ states the report. Unable to contact the control tower himself, he approached a nearby works safety officer. But as he instructed him to call the pilots, the aircraft arrived at runway 16R, powered up and departed. The tail-stand detached during the take-off roll, leaving potentially dangerous foreign object debris.
Subsequently, the runway was briefly closed and the tail strut was recovered. The pilot was contacted and informed of the mishap. The engineer confirmed that the whole tail strut had been found and that nothing remained attached to the aircraft. However, on arrival in Brisbane, air traffic control still requested the BAe 146-300 to land on an alternate runway. Upon inspection, it was found that the aircraft did not suffer any damage.
Following the incident, the ATSB identified two main discrepancies: During pre-departure checks, the full checklist between the captain and engineer was not completed. This negated the value of the checklist as a risk control and resulted in a missed opportunity to identify that the tail strut was still attached to the aircraft prior to it departing the bay. The engineer had no effective means or procedure to contact the flight crew while the aircraft was taxiing. As a result, the flight crew were not alerted to the error prior to take-off.
However, no safety recommendation was issued, as Cobham Aviation Services proactively took measures to avoid any repetition. A Safety Alert and an e-mail were sent to relevant staff in order to remind them of checklist procedures and a number was given to engineers in order to reach control towers.
French training jet cockpit explodes after bird strike
An Alphajet of the French Air Force had to request an emergency landing at La Rochelle airport (LRH) after the forward window of his cockpit was destroyed mid-flight by a collision with a bird. The Alphajet belonged to Cazaux Air Base 120 (LFBC), in southwestern France. The base is mainly used for the training and integration of French and foreign fighter pilots. The collision occurred at low altitude, between 500 and 1,000 feet (1,500 and 3,000 meters). While the incident was relatively harmless (except for the poor bird), bird strikes can have more serious consequences for combat aircraft. The Alphajet is a two-seater twin-jet aircraft for training, close air support and reconnaissance designed by Dassault Aviation and Breguet from a joint Franco-German programme. It has been used since 1979 by the French Air Force for the final training of its pilots. It is also the aircraft flown by the French aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France. However, since 14 June 2020, it was partly replaced by the Swiss-made Pilatus PC-21.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
What prospects do pilots face now and after crisis?
A year ago, the aviation industry was struggling with a pilot shortage, while today furloughs, salary cuts and layoffs have become the daily news for even the biggest and seemingly strongest airlines. AIR Convention Digital Week HR panellists discussed what positions will be in need after COVID-19 and what can be done to prepare for it now.
Q. Is this a good time for young pilots to enter industry?
A. While the situation in aviation employment is currently grim, the future for pilots appears bright, two panellists have highlighted. “Certainly, we do not have a supply problem for pilots at the moment. That would be a different story from 2022,” said Chris Smith, Senior Lecturer at University of Southern Queensland and Pilot Wellness Manager at Jetstar Airways.
Both Smith and Michael Ryan, Head of Training at BAA Training, believe that now is a good time for aspiring pilots to begin their training, as it would be finished in a couple of years’ time when aviation would be recovering. However, for those already working in aviation, the next year or two might be challenging and requiring creative solutions. Struck by the crisis, airlines are looking to reduce costs. Since staff expenses are one of the most expensive costs, but easy to reduce, many companies are likely to focus their efforts on employment figures.
Q. So, what can aviators do now?
A. “Qantas have been running a secondary employment program offering all of our employees who have been stood down the opportunity to train complementary within a particular area. Those areas have been around IT, security, HR. Qantas was very quick to accommodate a lot of our employees into a redeployment programme through other companies,” said Vicky Steel, International Customer Experience at Qantas Airways. “We hope they will come back,” added Steel.
Similarly, Raj Raghavan, Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources at IndiGo, also highlighted the retraining capabilities of his company, adding that human resources of India’s biggest low-cost carrier are looking at ‘all kinds’ of possible solutions and employment types such as part-time or gig workers.
“To me, this is the era of double qualification. This is the era of non-linear careers,” said Smith, adding that this had always been a concern for pilots, whose qualification could be ‘all or nothing’. I really recommend double qualification. This does not mean outside the industry, it could be internal,” said Smith. He recommends looking for new interests, for example, in safety management, industry relations, or psychology and lining them to the career.
“From a training perspective, now is the time for pilots to upscale,” said Ryan, adding that people had time on their hands, but not necessarily the finances. He recommended pilots who had time to diversify their skills to something else, outlining options like accident investigation, safety, human resources, other areas that are available to pilots and are part of the industry.
No matter how much you dislike the situation - Oshkosh is NOT open for a fly-in next month
2020 will go down in aviation history as a very tough year: we lost the AEA convention, dozens of airshows, military teams had to stand down, Sun ‘n Fun did not happen and worst of all, Oshkosh was cancelled, all due to a virus and the panic that surrounded it. Looking at the matter carefully, EAA really did not have much of a choice in the matter as the state was taking a pretty strong stand about such gatherings and the many uncertainties about the state of the pandemic simply made it impossible to plan the event in the time necessary. Still; even with an iron-clad cancellation, talk has been popping up here and there about venturing to Oshkosh for the week of the fly-in and having an impromptu get-together, which is getting strongly countered by EAA and the airport, itself.
Wittman Regional Airport posted the following:
We are all disappointed with the cancellation of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020, as it means so many different things for everyone who attends. For thousands of aviators, flying to Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) is a highlight in the logbook. Since AirVenture 2020 is not taking place, Wittman Regional Airport will operate normally as a public use airport with contract tower services. For those considering flying to Oshkosh in late July, it is important to manage expectations about what is permissible:
• Aircraft parking for itinerant traffic is available on the Terminal / Basler FBO Ramp.
• No permit has been obtained for aircraft parking or camping on any turf areas of the airfield and therefore is not permitted.
• No buildings or facilities on the AirVenture grounds will be open. Those attempting to camp will be asked to move to Terminal / Basler FBO ramp parking or depart.
• The Warbird / Homebuilt camping areas near P-1 taxiway will not be open.
• Papa 2 taxiway (Boeing Plaza) will not be accessible.
• There will be no access to EAA facilities from the airport.
• EAA did not obtain a Wisconsin temporary campground permit for Camp Scholler in 2020, so it is illegal to accept or allow campers there this year.
• The EAA Aviation Museum also will be closed to the public through July.
For those who still want to fly to Oshkosh during AirVenture week, we encourage you to park at the Terminal / Basler FBO ramp, stay at one of our local hotels and enjoy some of Oshkosh’s hospitality. Please coordinate with Basler Flight Service to arrange any ground handling needs.
EAA’s Jack Pelton also offered some additional details when reaching out to questions raised by an EAA Chapter
“There will be no work parties this year. The situation is very serious over here. Things were looking good but the early open now has OSH as the #6 city nationwide for new positive cases post Memorial Day. With our flight experiences grounded until after summer at minimum there just will not be bringing in volunteers any time soon. What adds to the problem is we have a 14-day quarantine requirement for any who leaves the state. Our employees are adhering to that, so if you came over you must rent a place and sit for 14 days. We will not open the lodge at all this year. This is getting old but it is what we have to do.”
So, we all hate the thought of missing Oshkosh, especially those of us who have made it part of our lives for over 4 decades, but gatherings at Oshkosh will have to wait to 2021. We will let you know if anything changes.
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Athol Franz (Editor)