July 25, 2019

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...

July 1, 2019

SAA’s revolving door for CEOs has spun again and Mr Vuyani Jarana has had enough. This is a large setback to the airline that carries so much of the hopes and dreams of those with an ambition to fly for the once proud carrier. But the snake pit that is the culture of i...

May 31, 2019

It is very heartening that one of the biggest growth industries in the world will not be the much hyped Fourth Industrial Revolution, but pilot training.

In his column in FlightCom this month, Captain Mike Gough provides some fascinating insights as to how the pilot tra...

April 5, 2019

A senior Training Captain informs me that an African airline to which he consults no longer wants to employ pilots produced by South African flight schools.

This Training Captain reckons that the South African Commercial Pilot syllabus has lost its way and that pilots a...

March 5, 2019

Sometimes we need to remind our critics – and ourselves – just how important general aviation is.

A common challenge of perception is that general aviation (GA) is often seen as a rich man’s hobby, and not as a serious industry. This gives rise to the classic U$100 hamb...

March 5, 2019

One of the subtler but perhaps more profound sea-changes we can expect to experience in 2019 is the rise of a new generation – the post-Millennial Generation Z. And that should be good news.

What was so bad about the Millennials, also known as  Generation Y? For those o...

October 22, 2018

General Aviation, and in particular, the recreational aviation of the ‘weekend warriors’, has been under intense pressure in South Africa for the past ten years. The combination of a battered and apprehensive business environment, and unhelpful and often excessive regu...

July 24, 2018

The sad state of the Presidents Trophy Air Race (PTAR) is a microcosm of the broader malaise that is strangling South African general aviation.

From its heydays just a few years ago, where the race managed to attract over 100 competitors, the world’s formerly largest ai...

June 21, 2018

The notion of electric flight has much appeal, and as a general aviation publication we have enthusiastically reported on the progress of both engines and batteries.

The capability of electric flight has advanced rapidly, from underpowered motor gliders, where all the e...

May 23, 2018

The full magnitude of the damage done to the broader southern African economy, and the airline industry in particular, by the Zuma regime is only beginning to be realised.

At the recent Aviation Africa conference in Cairo, I chatted to Hadi Akoum, the Airbus Vice Presid...

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