June 21, 2018

Today’s cockpits, whether in an airliner or LSA, are incomplete without an iPad running flying apps. The latest offering to the private pilot in South Africa is Jeppesen’s new Mobile FliteDeck VFR.

Worldwide, Jeppesen is the go-to provider of aviation maps, IFR plates a...

May 23, 2018

Bose set the standard for General Aviation active noise cancelling headsets in 2010 with the launch of the A20. Now, they’re looking to do the same in the airlines with their ProFlight headset.

Bose is marketing the ProFlight headset as the industry’s smallest, quietest...

May 23, 2018

The SAAF Museum Airshow at AFB Swartkop is always a big event. The air force base is slap bang between Jo’burg and Pretoria, and the SAAF throws its weight behind the show, so you know there are going to be vintage fighters, heavy-lifters, fast jets and explosions – pl...

April 24, 2018


A Grumman American Traveler, was the second aircraft I ever flew – the first was a Tecnam P92 Echo. In comparison, the Traveler sailed smoothly through the air, with light, responsive yet docile handling, but on the ground that free-castoring nosewheel was a little wa...

April 23, 2018

So much more than in-flight catering

Par-Avion started out 20 years ago as a small air charter catering service operating from a garage in Fourways, and has grown into an exclusive, one-stop service, providing the full range of in-flight catering and hospitality, plus a...

April 3, 2018

30 years ago, while flying an AS350 Squirrel over mountainous terrain in Switzerland, carrying a log on a 40-metre rope, helicopter pilot Claude Vuichard and his instructor got caught in an updraft, causing them to enter a vortex ring state, and found themselves sinkin...

April 3, 2018

For any pilot fortunate enough to own one, their aeroplane is one of their most cherished possessions. Whether it’s a vintage classic or new composite cruiser, keeping it spotless and polished is a matter of pride.

I know many aircraft owners who will spend hours at the...

February 27, 2018

Everyone loves electronic maps. But while plenty of developers are releasing fancy map updates, there’s still the worry that our iPads or tablets will lose connectivity or be inaccurate – and positioning your device so that it can see the satellites sometimes means you...

December 11, 2017

As accessible as drones are – I’ll bet you’ll see them buzzing all over the place during the summer holidays – they are sophisticated machines with innumerable uses. To legally enter the world of commercial drones, you’ll first need an RPL, or Remote Pilot Licence. I’m...

December 11, 2017

Wings Over Langebaanweg

The summer holidays are a good time to relax, put your feet up, and get your mind away from computers and life’s demands by reading a book. Andrew Embleton’s ‘Wings Over Langebaanweg’ immerses you in the captivating lives and history of SAAF comb...

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