May 24, 2017

Bell’s 206 Jet Ranger is one of the most successful helicopters ever made. Until the lightweight Robinsons came along, it outsold all other helicopters and also held the title as one the safest single engine general aviation aircraft. The big question is whether the ne...

May 24, 2017

Ethiopian Airlines, the German NGO humedica e.V, Aviation without Borders and the Airbus Foundation, joined to facilitate the transport of nine tonnes of humanitarian goods from Toulouse, France, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, utilising the delivery flight of Ethiopian Airl...

May 24, 2017

Nose Gear SHIMMY

The demands placed on your landing gear under different loads and operating conditions are vast. It pays to look after it.

A nose gear shimmy is an unstable swivelling oscillation of the nose wheel with a severe shudder feedback on the rudder pedals and...

May 24, 2017

My big hope for the future of piston singles was diesel power. Much progress has been made, but as Cessna discovered with their JetA Cessna 182 engine failure, diesels are proving remarkably hard to deliver at a marketable cost and reliability.

In previous columns, I lo...

May 24, 2017

SA Flyer’s Saratoga ZS-OFH doesn’t have a cigarette lighter, and installing one so that we could charge a portable GPS, iPads or phones isn’t an option as it requires an STC. We’ve been powerless since, but a solution lies in a panel mounted USB charger.

The thing is, a...

May 24, 2017

I am both astounded and disappointed by how passively the recreational flying industry is accepting the demise of its Recreational Aviation Administration of SA (RAASA).

RAASA was formed under the watch of the then CAA head, Captain Colin Jordan, who was seconded from S...

May 3, 2017

The wooden wonder and the man who brought it back from the abyss

There was something very special about the evening. The sun was sinking towards a blue horizon and the light took on that golden hue that makes colours bright and vibrant. There was an expectant...

May 3, 2017

The Uitenhage Wings and Wheels Festival is a memorial to Doug Davidson who passed away in October 1992 after suffering a heart attack on takeoff while piloting his Pitts Special. Largely thanks to his son’s (Stu Davidson) personal ‘air force’ the event showcases some c...

May 3, 2017

SYNOPSIS

On 4 January 2003, at approximately 1100Z, after refuelling the aircraft to maximum capacity at FASH (Stellenbosch), the pilot departed to the Green Point area, towing a banner.

While flying over the Camps Bay area at 300 ft AGL, in fine weather conditions, the...

May 3, 2017

Dual XGPS 150 Bluetooth GPS receiver

Much to the dismay of many wise old pilots, iPads and their moving map apps are almost standard equipment in the cockpit these days. But they’re not much use if they don’t have cellular connectivity – Wi-Fi only iPads don’t have a bu...

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