“Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations and ages it is the rule.”
IF question: what does the (*) mean next to the ILS frequency on an approach plate?
2. Special conditions apply or
3. Limited operating times.
Answer: 3 – Limited operating times
African Pilot’s September 2020 edition
The September edition of African Pilot featuring Avionics and Instrumentation (46 pages) completed its distribution phase two weeks ago. For African Pilot, this is a record edition consisting of 226 pages with 46 articles and features. At the same time, the new software programme I purchased has allowed for 14 embedded videos and two photo galleries. Now that the digital magazine is FREE to anyone in the world, African Pilot has become a serious international aviation magazine, with features that appeal to readers everywhere in the world. Over the COVID-19 lockdown period African Pilot has increased its subscriber audience four time over and at this time I have received calls from international writers from all over the world wishing to be part of the African Pilot success.
On our recent visit to Lanseria International Airport as well as to other regional airports this past week, we were delighted to hear that many of our present advertisers as well as interested advertisers were seriously impressed with the new design and layout of the September edition.
On behalf of African Pilot’s dedicated staff, I would like to thank those advertisers that supported the September edition during these difficult times.
African Pilot’s October edition
Work on the production of the October edition has already started. This edition of African Pilot will feature Aircraft Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) and Aircraft Refurbishment. Once advertisers see the benefits of marketing their products and services to a vast audience with short videos and picture galleries, they will realise that marketing is most important for future profitability. In South Africa and the African continent, African Pilot is the only aviation publication that has the latest software to provide digital enhancement to any advertiser.
The material deadline for the October edition is Friday 18 September 2020.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
What kind of SACAA are we dealing with?
This screen shot actually appeared on the South African Civil Aviation Authority website, but fortunately it was taken down after a few hours. One needs to ask the question about the level of integrity at the South African regulator. #AviationFacts -really?
What happened in aviation over the past week?
South African Express staff attempts to buy the dying airline
Hundreds of South African Express Airways (SAX) employees are attempting to save their jobs by taking unusual measures as a final liquidation threatens the existence of the airline. The staff have taken an initiative to incorporate a special purpose vehicle as an acquiring entity to bid for the carrier.
The employees seek to become co-owners of the carrier together with Fly SAX, a Kenyan private charter airline. Otherwise, a final liquidation would imply the death of SA Express after 26 years of operations and 691 employees would lose their jobs.
The government of South Africa placed the airline into business rescue in February 2020. The air carrier has been grounded since 18 March 2020. On 9 September 2020, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria announced that the carrier will be liquidated on 28 October 2020. The final court decision comes after potential airline’s investors did not raise equity to save the regional airline as per requirements outlined in a business rescue plan and failed the process. In June 2020, the court postponed the final liquidation of SA Express. If the employees’ plan fails, liquidation would result in a fire sale of all SA Express assets. The earnings would be shared among the company’s creditors that are owed more than US$152 million (R2.5-billion).
Reimbursement for unauthorised ANC Harare flight is questioned
Civil society and political parties maintain that the issuing of an apology as well as reimbursing the SA Air Force (SAAF) for the apparent unauthorised use of a 21 Squadron bizjet by the ruling party is not enough. In the wake of a very public backlash over a high-level ANC delegation visit to South Africa’s northern neighbour last week, the organisation’s secretary-general Ace Magashule said in a statement “we travelled in an unusual manner and profusely humble ourselves where we went wrong during lockdown and will reimburse government for costs incurred”.
That the ruling party admits willingness to pay is seen as an admission of guilt by both the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+). The opposition parties condemned the flight saying, among others it was an abuse of State assets and a flaunting of the national state of disaster lockdown regulations. The DA joined civil society organisation OUTA (Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse) calling for the dismissal of Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. She apparently offered the party delegation a lift aboard 21 Squadron’s Falcon 900 (ZS-NAN) as she was flying to Zimbabwe for talks on the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
When news of the return flight from AFB Waterkloof to Harare found its way into the public domain, President Cyril Ramaphosa instructed his defence minister to report on this and aspects including authorisation and passengers within a brief 48 hours. It was reported that this was delivered to the Commander-in-Chief’s office but there was, at the time of publishing, no indication of whether it would be made public or if Ramaphosa was going to comment on it.
“In view of the ANC’s admission of shamelessly abusing a SAAF jet to travel to Zimbabwe to meet their Zanu-PF counterparts, Ramaphosa has no other option but to fire Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula,” DA shadow minister of the portfolio Kobus Marais said. “It is patently clear Mapisa-Nqakula wilfully allowed the ANC delegation to abuse State resources for her party’s political ends. This was a gross violation of her oath of office, a dereliction of duty and a complete disregard for ethical standards. She simply must go.” OUTA chief executive Wayne Duvenage is also of the opinion Ramaphosa should dismiss his long-serving defence minister. He points out the Zimbabwe flight was not the first time Mapisa-Nqakula ‘gave lifts’ on a SAAF aircraft.
FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald points out the ANC’s conduct (in volunteering to pay flight costs) “makes it clear the ruling party was aware of the planned trip beforehand but it still took a chance to see if it could get away with it”. He will request, among others, a fully detailed and itemised account of the flight to determine whether all related costs will indeed be paid back. As a further back-up Parliamentary questions have been submitted for Mapisa-Nqakula to answer.
The DA, also on the hunt for detailed information about payment, wants a panel of aviation experts to determine the full cost of the ANC’s trip to Zimbabwe, including wear and tear on the aircraft and associated costs. “This information must be submitted to the Auditor-General for full interrogation against departmental expenditure on the ANC flight,” Marais said adding “Given the ANC’s track record of thievery the DA will not leave any stone unturned.”
What is scheduled for this weekend?
EAA Taildraggers fly-in to Warmbaths
Contact Richard Nicholson Cell: 082 490 6227 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brakpan Aero Club ‘Spring Clean’ flying day from 09h00
Contact Cell: 071 542 2993 E-mail: email@example.com
19 – 20 September
Utopia Fly-in Southern Drakensberg
Contact Don Cell: 082 895 2009 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
Forced landing follows accumulation of carb ice before take-off
Before take-off, the private pilot completed a pre-flight inspection, engine start and two engine run-ups with no anomalies noted. Shortly after take-off, when the Zenith CH 750 was about 400 feet above ground level, the engine began to vibrate and the pilot noticed a partial loss of power. He suspected carburettor icing and applied carburettor heat but observed no change to the engine power. Due to the low altitude, he chose to execute a forced landing to a field near Temple, Texas. The airplane touched down in the soft field and the nose gear collapsed.
Post-accident examination of the airplane, which included the fuel system, revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot reported that he should have applied carburettor heat before take-off to clear any potential ice build-up during the taxi and subsequent engine run-ups. The airplane was operating in an area with weather conditions conducive to the formation of serious carburettor ice at glide power settings. The partial loss of engine power was likely due to an accumulation of carburettor ice while operating at reduced engine power settings before take-off.
American Airbus A320 lands with engine fire in San Antonio
An American Airlines Airbus A320 on approach to its destination declared Mayday due to a burning engine before safely landing without further incident in San Antonio, the United States. The A320-200 was operating a daily domestic flight AA2441 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to San Antonio International Airport (SAT) on 12 September 2020. The aircraft was approaching San Antonio’s runway 13R when the crew announced that the aircraft’s left engine had failed. According to the report by the Aviation Herald, the crew requested to make a left turn and, after shutting the engine down, flew a left-hand orbit where it safely landed on the runway.
Two days after the incident, on 14 September 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the American A320-200’s left engine was on fire while landing. Among the 75 people on board, no injuries or casualties were reported during the incident. The Airbus A320-200 that caught fire was manufactured 21 years ago in Toulouse, France. American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) currently sports an A320 fleet of 48 aircraft, 40 of which are in service as of 15 September 2020.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
US Congress finds ‘disturbing’ errors in Boeing 737 MAX development
The investigation by the United States House of Representatives severely blames the plane maker and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for their role in the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that led to the death of 346 people. After 18 months of investigation, the Democratic majority of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has published a 239-page final report detailing a ‘disturbing pattern of technical miscalculations and troubling management mis-judgments made by Boeing’ during the development of the 737 MAX, as well as oversight lapses from the FAA.
‘Boeing failed in its design and development of the MAX and the FAA failed in its oversight of Boeing and its certification of the aircraft,’ the report states. ‘The MAX crashes were not the result of a singular failure, technical mistake, or mismanaged event. They were the horrific culmination of a series of faulty technical assumptions by Boeing’s engineers, a lack of transparency on the part of Boeing’s management and grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA.’
The Committee report points at ‘faulty design and performance assumptions’ made by Boeing, especially on the MCAS system. The fact that the system was acting on non-redundant sensors, its classification as a non-critical system and the assumption that pilots would be able to counteract a malfunction are criticised. It condemns a ‘culture of concealment’ from the manufacturer, specifically regarding the absence of Angle of Attack (AOA) Disagree alert on the delivered aircraft.
The safety of the Boeing 737 MAX was further undermined by pressure from the company’s management to keep the production on schedule to compete with Airbus’ new A320neo aircraft and to avoid any unnecessary costs. These findings echo the report of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation (DOT) published on 29 June 2020, which found out that Boeing deflected the attention of the FAA away from the MCAS system and placed ‘undue pressure’ on its employees assigned to the certification of the aircraft.
Boeing did not provide the Federal Aviation Administration with documents regarding the specifications of the MCAS system during the development of the 737 MAX, the US Department of Transportation found out. The MCAS was pinned as the main cause for the two crashes that killed 346 people.
The oversight capacity of the FAA is also questioned. “The FAA failed to fully exercise its oversight authority and this failure adversely affected safety,” says the report. “The agency did not ask enough questions or sufficiently scrutinize Boeing responses regarding critical certification-related issues involving pilot training and technical design. These issues must be addressed by both Boeing and the FAA in order to correct poor certification practices that have emerged, reassess key assumptions that affect safety, and enhance transparency to enable more effective oversight,” concludes the Committee.
Following the publication of the report, Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio qualified the certification of the aircraft as ‘mind-boggling.’ “We are going to take steps in our legislation to see that it never happens again as we reform the system,” DeFazio promised.
More Boeing 787 flaws reported, 680 aircraft may be involved
On Thursday, Boeing confirmed that it was in contact with the FAA about out-of-spec gaps in the joints between fuselage parts. It was revealed on Thursday that the vertical stabiliser is affected by the potential flaws, which were actually discovered almost a year ago but the company said in a statement its engineers decided ‘it did not immediately affect the safety of flight and no immediate action is required.’ The statement also said it expects the issue to be resolved by ‘a one-time inspection during regularly scheduled maintenance.’
The FAA has confirmed it is looking into the issue and has not decided on any action yet. The manufacturing flaw involved clamping the fuselage parts with greater force than specified that could have resulted in the gaps between the parts being incorrectly verified and the wrong shims used to fill those gaps. In many instances, the out-of-spec joints do not pose a risk by themselves but ‘when combined in the same location, they result in a condition that does not meet limit load requirements,’ Boeing said. Last month eight 787-10 aircraft were taken out of service after adjacent gap issues were discovered in their fuselages raising concerns about structural strength.
The USAF has already flown a full-scale next-generation fighter prototype
Taking the aviation world by surprise, Dr Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, revealed that a full-scale prototype of a next-generation fighter jet was already flown by the United States Air Force. “We have already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world and we broke records in doing it,” Roper told Defence News ahead of the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference. “We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.” Details regarding the manufacturer, the number of prototypes, or its appearance were not disclosed.
The ‘Penetrating Counter Air’ (PCA) 6th generation fighter jet is part of the USAF Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) programme. It is due to replace the capacities of both the F-15 Eagle and the F-22 Raptor and would operate with ‘a family of capabilities that operate in and across the air, space and cyberspace domains,’ according to the Air Superiority 2030 report published in 2016.
Loyal wingmen: the cyberpunk future of aerial warfare
A swarm of small, fast, unmanned fighter jets are flying in a tight circle around an F-22 Raptor, reacting to its every move, waiting for a command. They will scout ahead, attack or sacrifice themselves if needed, relying on their superhuman reaction time and precision to execute manoeuvres that human pilots would never manage to do. This is the way many nations envision the air combat of the future.
This next-generation fighter jet would need to have a long-range to reach faraway theatres without fixed bases, such as the Pacific. With the increased presence of Anti-Access / Area Denial (A2/AD) systems, supersonic speed and stealth would also be a must.
The prototype was reportedly tested using the new digital eSeries approach, also unveiled at the Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference. The innovative development process means aircraft and weapon systems will be ‘digitally engineered and virtually tested before ever taking physical form.’ A new designation was created for the occasion. The first aircraft to receive the classification, Boeing’s latest trainer, will now be known as the eT-7 Red Hawk.
The USAF also plans to accelerate the acquisition of new aircraft with a programme called the ‘Digital Century Series’. The approach is inspired from the Century Series Fighters that led to the development of no less than six fighter jets in less than six years in the 1950s and early 1960s: the F-100 Super Sabre, the F-101 Voodoo, the F-102 Delta Dagger, the F-104 Starfighter, the F-105 Thunderchief and the F-106 Delta Dart, all from different manufacturers.
Each next-generation fighter jet could be developed around a unique capability using the latest technology available. For instance, one airframe would embark directed-energy weaponry while another one would focus on electronic warfare. They would then work as a ‘system of systems’ a network capable of countering multiple types of threats. The new method could also reduce programme costs. Despite increasing the development and production costs, it would reduce the modernisation and sustainment expenses throughout the service life of each aircraft.
GAMA releases brutal 2Q / 20 A/C shipment / billing report
Not much good news as aviation works its way through the pandemic. GAMA released its report for General Aviation for the second quarter to 30 June 2020. Piston, turboprop, business jet and helicopter deliveries ‘declined’ across all segments during the first six months of 2020 as compared to the same period of 2019.
“It should come as no surprise to anyone that the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the General Aviation industry and its global operations in the second quarter. During those months, while the global aerospace supply chain was significantly degraded and national, state and local pandemic restrictions changed routinely on both sides of the Atlantic, many companies supplemented their activities to support the health care response with the manufacture and distribution of personal protective equipment. With facilities conducting operations in a ‘new normal’ work environment, what has been very encouraging is that the supply chain has begun to stabilise and robust screening procedures and innovative work station COVID-19 mitigation protocols have resulted in very few virus transmission incidents,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.
GAMA first half 2020 aircraft shipments and billings
Aircraft type 2019 2020 Change
Piston airplanes 573 497 -13.3%
Turboprops 231 152 -34.2%
Business jets 333 244 -26.7%
Total airplanes 1,137 893 -21.5%
Total airplane billing $9.9B $7.9B -20.2%
Piston helicopters 115 63 -45.2%
Turbine helicopters 299 188 -37.1%
Total helicopters 414 251 -39.4%
Total helicopter billing $1.5B $0.97B -35.5%
“While continued mandated and voluntary restrictions on international business travel are producing stiff headwinds, flight activity for business aviation has appeared to return to around 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels in US domestic airspace, while piston, turboprop and rotorcraft flight activity has actually increased. Many travellers have also opted to explore the utility of general and business aviation for the first time, which we hope will translate into future customers for the incredible and versatile products and services our industry has to offer.”
Why private jets will ensure death of First Class
Throughout the 20th century, especially the first half of it, traveling on board an aircraft was the epitome of luxury. Few could afford flying, as ticket prices were sky-high. The passenger that flew in a sleeper cabin on board a DC-3 probably could not imagine sitting on a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320 seat that does not even recline and is as wide as a screen of a television. Since then, while economy-class flying took over the masses, luxury travel was and still is around. However, First Class, which is the last remnant of the golden days of travel, is succumbing to a slow and painful death. The process could be further accelerated by the 1-2 combination of business aviation and the current pandemic.
Nostalgia for first-class luxury
Possibly a lot of people who were not around for the golden age of aviation are nostalgic for the same, aforementioned golden age. On the other hand, the wistfulness is there for a good reason, as luxury was the name of the game. For example, Lufthansa, in order to compete with other airlines that were already flying the Boeing 707 on trans-continental routes launched its ‘Senator’ luxury service in November 1958.
“While the ‘Super Star’ (Lockheed L-1649 Starliner) carried up to 86 passengers on all-economy class flights, its ‘Senator’ services offered only eight first class seats, 18 deluxe seats and four beds, for a grand total of 30. The walls of the elegant lounge were covered in leather and the cabin crew was upgraded to include the airline’s own specially trained, in-flight chef, who prepared dishes à la carte, including potato pancakes, a dish highly appreciated and frequently requested by passengers,” Lufthansa’s historical chronicle describes the service on board its Lockheed turboprop.
But luxury and service unlike any other were inseparable from the name Pan American World Airways, or Pan Am. The Juan Trippe-led airline dominated the United States’ skies with its excellent service and unmatched passenger experience on board, until its unfortunate demise in the early-1990s. Hearing or seeing the name Pan Am invokes a feeling of warmth that is full of sentiment even if one has not flown on the airline.
Other airlines were also in the race to attract customers by offering their best for passenger experience. There were no websites that could compare different carriers’ ticket prices on the same route. While the price was still important, it had less emphasis back then. After all, low-cost carriers truly penetrated the market in the 21st century, including attempts to challenge legacy airlines on long-haul flights.
At the same time, air travel has come a long way in terms of comfort, safety and speed. Service, arguably, is not worse either. Perhaps it has lost its romance due to the fact that luxury, usually reserved for the rich, is now available to the masses to a certain extent through loyalty programmes and deal-hunting. The growth of the middle class is also vividly evident, even in regions that were less developed or isolated from the outside world during the Cold War, further contributing to the general availability of business and first class.
Squeezed between economy and business
But the role of first class has shifted over the years, especially as airlines are more inclined to save on costs. First Class is an expensive venture in terms of the seat and the space it takes up in an aircraft, minimising the amount of profit an airline can potentially make. An empty first-class seat is more expensive to operate than a business or economy class seat, including the fact that first class pods or suites are almost as wide as three economy seats. At the same time, corporate travel is crucial for airlines, as business travellers do not mind splashing money on more expensive tickets as the need to travel emerges suddenly, rather than leisure passengers, who book tickets beforehand.
Three areas in aviation where tech could speed up COVID-19 recovery
Aviation industry professionals claim that investments in innovation and a comprehensive automatization of operations would help the aviation sector to hasten the recovery of COVID-19 crisis.
On 15 September 2020, during Air Convention Digital Week 2.0, a panel of industry experts from 1Aviation Consulting Services, SunExpress Airlines, InterGlobe Aviation and ADR Group have discussed the importance of digital transformation for airline and airport services to regain the passenger confidence as well as ensure their safety and security.
“The crisis we are facing now has taught a lesson that there is no certainty in our life, there is no certainty in our business, so we need to be as much flexible, quick and smart as it is possible“, in the discussion told Federico Scriboni, the Head of Airline Traffic Development of Rome Airports. Scriboni claimed the pandemic has forced airports to find new ways to ensure passenger hygiene and protection level. Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) has become the first airport in the world to earn the ‘COVID-19 five-star Airport Rating’ for airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures. According to the Head of the Airline Traffic Development, FCO has installed a combination of procedural efficiency checks as well as visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests.
“Since the beginning of this crisis we understood that we need to rethink and reposition the concept of the quality of the airport. We have learned strongly from our Chinese colleagues and FCO was probably the first airport in Europe to start using the thermal scanner control. Also, we set easy-to-read signage in multiple languages and consolidate all incoming and outgoing flights to a single terminal for easier tracking”, said Scriboni.
Subhajit Bose, the Head of InterGlobe Aviation, submitted other key insights on the importance of technology implementation in aviation business. Bose considered that the crisis will increase the adaptation of touchless biometrics in airports worldwide for passenger identity verification. He said that the automatization of airport operations is an inevitable process. “Couple of things which are at the top of the agenda for us now are health safety issues and passenger hygiene. There are some certain aspects that we have done for our passengers so their experience in the airport becomes contactless. Now you could see our passengers checking-in in a self-service manner, we also made changes in in-flight service experience” said Bose. According to Kerstin Lomb, the Chief Marketing Officer of SunExpress Airlines, information exchange is another area in need of digitisation, as technologies can speed up information updating process and improve the collaboration among the companies and government.
Airports eyed as hubs for urban mobility service
Although the eVTOL movement has focused on so-called urban mobility, one of the many contenders in the market is proposing using existing airports as hubs for its future service in Germany. Lilium, which hopes to launch service using five-seat passenger drones in 2025, has partnered with Dusseldorf and Cologne / Bonn Airports to investigate using them as bases for serving those parts of the country. The plan would be to eventually expand the infrastructure to the rest of the country.
Lilium COO Dr Remo Gerber said by using the airports as hubs, the densely populated region around them can be efficiently served with their drones. “Cities such as Aachen, Bielefeld, Münster and Siegen will be directly connected to the region’s largest international airports within 30 mins, providing emission-free, high-speed connectivity at an affordable price,” he said. Lilium’s design is a hybrid of VTOL and conventional aircraft and uses 36 motors housed in the lifting surfaces, which pivot for vertical operations.
WORLD DRONE NEWS
Walmart and Zipline team up to bring first-of-its kind drone delivery service to the United States
Presently customers are busier than ever, which is why every day we are finding new ways to make their lives easier. At the same time, our history of innovation, a foundation laid by our founder Sam Walton, has us committed to learning how new technology can better serve customers. We recently announced that we are exploring how drones can deliver items in a way that is convenient, safe and fast. In our latest initiative, we are teaming up with Zipline to launch a first-of-its-kind drone delivery operation in the US. The new service will make on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products with the potential to expand to general merchandise. Trial deliveries will take place near Walmart’s headquarters here in Northwest Arkansas using Zipline’s proprietary technology which has been proven in certain African countries.
Zipline will operate from a Walmart store and can service a 50-mile radius, which is about the size of the state of Connecticut. Not only does their launch and release system allow for quick on-demand delivery in under an hour, but it also eliminates carbon emissions, which lines up perfectly with our sustainability goals. The operation will likely begin early next year, and, if successful, we will look to expand.
Zipline, which operates the world’s largest drone delivery network, began operating in late 2016 in Rwanda primarily focusing on the on-demand delivery of medical supplies. To date, the company has safely delivered more than 200,000 critical medical products to thousands of health facilities serving more than 20 million people across multiple countries. This uniquely positions them for national-scale operations across the United States. As we continue to build upon the foundation of innovation laid for us by Mr Sam, we will never stop looking into and learning about what the next best technology is and how we can use it to better serve our customers now and into the future.
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