October 16, 2017

I, like so many other pilots, am fascinated by the weather. And it’s a good thing too, because knowing what the weather is doing before you takeoff is paramount to safe flying. The trouble is finding accurate forecasts.

While writing this, I was sitting, looking out at...

October 16, 2017

The Paramount Group has enhanced its pilot training capability by acquiring four dual-seater Mirage F1s from the French government.

Paramount Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of the Paramount Group, has been supporting a number of air forces around the world in the maint...

October 16, 2017

For years I thought Mozambique was too far, and with its international customs and irritation, too much hassle to visit.

Then we flew there in our Saratoga as part of the ‘Botswana Safari’ and I realised it’s not that far – and the beauty of the place and friendliness o...

October 16, 2017

Built for the Bush

South African’s have a knack for taking already good aircraft designs and making them better, paying special attention to the demands of flying in Africa. Take the Ravin, modelled on the Comanche, and the Bat Hawk which came from the Bantam, for examp...

October 16, 2017

I was training this delightful bunch of Pommy pupes in Beaufort West. They were a seismographic crew on a mission to find oil in the Karoo. Each one was a huge pleasure to fly with. They were young, enthusiastic, well-educated, and they had the money to put in plenty o...

October 16, 2017

One of the great mysteries of World War II was why the Americans were so slow to fly jets.

In January 1944, a full five years after the Germans had first flown jets, test pilot Milo Burcham strolled across an apron in the Mojave Desert and climbed into a plane called Lu...

October 16, 2017

Air France is facing a daunting technical challenge to repair a damaged A380 at one of Canada’s most remote airports, after it suffered a major engine failure.

Air France Flight 66 from Paris to Los Angeles was over Greenland when the No. 4 engine suffered an uncontaine...

October 16, 2017

One  of the greatest truisms about flying is found in a sign that used to be popular in flight schools. Alongside a funny picture of what looks like an Avro crashed into the top of a tree is the sobering warning: “Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to...

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