March 27, 2017

For three days a year, all aviation focus turns to the HAI Heli-Expo, where players throughout the helicopter industry reveal their latest innovations, developments and sales – this year, some big names unveiled big innovation.

The HAI Heli-Expo is the world’s largest h...

March 27, 2017

My Piper Saratoga has an absurdly expensive engine. A major overhaul will cost upwards of R700,000 – and that’s on a first-life engine.

When I bought our Saratoga, ZS-OFH, I considered an older ‘Toga that had been repossessed by the bank. An ancillary drive gear had bro...

March 27, 2017

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its 2016 report on aircraft sales and billings towards the end of February this year, and although it wasn’t radiating with good news, there were shafts of light. It wasn’t much of a surprise either – anyon...

March 27, 2017

Spurred by ongoing clashes with the CAA, in 2015, The Airplane Factory (TAF) and Belgian aerospace engineering company, Sonaca, teamed up to develop a certified version of the Sling 2, called the Sonanca 200. The first two test aircraft have now been built, with produc...

March 27, 2017

Having discontinued the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for over a year, ER24 in partnership with Oneplan has resumed the service as Air Angels.

ER24 exited HEMS over a year ago due to economic pressures, but thanks to an agreement between Oneplan, Flightsha...

March 27, 2017

I get the sense that most pilots are sceptical of drones, particularly those flown by hobbyists. But, there’s no denying that even ‘recreational’ drones are impressive gadgets. They’re here to stay, and their rate of development is incredible – the DJI Mavic packs top-...

March 6, 2017

Young French pilot Mika Brageot joins the Breitling team in the Red Bull Air Race 2017 series. He will be flying race champion Nigel Lamb’s MXS-R, but has made it his own with an extraordinary ‘rusted and dirty’ paint scheme.

After flying with Breitling for eight season...

March 6, 2017

Frikkie Greeff knew exactly what he wanted: a plane that could easily get in and out of his grass strip at Fort Beaufort and then fly four people faster than 250 knots for at least 1,000 nm in pressurised comfort. Oh, and it had to burn JetA1, as Avgas is not always av...

March 6, 2017

You’re strapped in, ready to go: master on, mags on, engine is primed, starter engaged … the prop pushes through one compression, ekes through another, and stops. A flat battery is a likely symptom of irregular flying – and few of us are able to fly as often as we woul...

March 6, 2017

There have been big changes over the past few months behind the scenes at SA Flyer. This has led some to ask whether we are closing down. Let me, like Mark Twain, hasten to assure you that any “report of my death was an exaggeration”.

To set matters straight: About six...

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