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Dassie Persaud-van der Westhuizen thought she wanted to be an architect – that is, until she discovered flying. She graduated as an architect from the University of Pretoria – and also made time to be the Rag Queen, before learning to fly at Wonderboom’s Loutzavia. She...

The Hawker-Siddley125 range was around for so long that many corporate flight departments tend to overlook it in favour of new and far more expensive biz-jets. And then in 2013 Hawker stopped building it, so now only exceptionally smart operators know how good it is.

I...

It had to happen. General aviation autopilots have been advancing at such a pace that it is now possible to install a switch on light aircraft that will take over from the pilot, fly to the nearest suitable airport and land on it.

This must be great comfort to all those...

There is little chance of contradiction if you were to say that the name Scully Levin is immediately familiar to every aviation enthusiast in South Africa and also to many around the world. In his long career he has epitomised the level of professionalism to which most...

I sold our Piper Saratoga II TC more than a year ago and I still miss it almost every day. But I’m not sorry I sold it.

It was a great all-round aeroplane: faster than most 210s and Bonnies, (send your letter to junkmail.com) it had lots of space inside, easy access for...

Derek Hopkins typifies the passionate aviator who has the skills and drive to build and fly his own aircraft. Originally a railway engineer, Derek became enamoured with aviation, scratch-built a Teenie-Two VW-powered aircraft in a bedroom of his house and went on to be...

Launching a rocket into space from a high-flying Boeing 747 eliminates much of the energy needed to send a payload into orbit, and could result in much cheaper commercial rocket launches compared to conventional methods.

Virgin Orbit has been investigating the ‘drop-lau...

When planning my column, I mostly think of the readers first. After all, these words are useless, if not at least mildly-entertaining for their writer, without someone to read them. Jokes aside, I like to make the content as broad as possible for the layman, but also i...

The great thing about living in South Africa is that there is never a dull moment. And that makes us resilient.

Things are either fantastic – or they are terrible. It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride. When the ride gets too wild, I get off by tuning out from the daily...

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