Pushing the Envelope

You have to hand it to the Brazilians – they may have a government that is at times even worse than South Africa’s, but it has not stopped them from becoming world leaders in business jets.

Embraer achieved world beating success when its Phenom 300 b...

November 22, 2017

Mikhael sat up, peeled his damp shirt away from the back of the passenger seat of the helicopter and looked at his watch. He stifled a yawn and picked up Jed’s flight bag, “What’s for lunch today?”

ed chuckled as he glanced at Mikhael, “Help yourself boet. It’s wors fro...

November 22, 2017

 Wouldn’t you like to own a piece of aviation history – a vintage warbird or a retired airliner? PlaneTags takes retired airframes and turns them into little mementos in the form of key ring tags.

PlaneTags are a branch of MotoArt, a company that salvages old aeroplanes...

November 22, 2017

A few years ago, there was a flurry of excitement when Paul Jackson, the august Editor of ‘Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft’ pronounced that it was not the Wrights, but Gustav Whitehead, who was the first to achieve controlled powered flight.

Columnist Peter Garrison was...

November 22, 2017

Saab’s next generation Gripen E has taken another step toward operational status by breaking the sound barrier for the first time. The US$85 million jet, with test pilot Robin Nordlander at the controls, flew beyond Mach 1 over the Baltic Sea on 18 October.

According to...

November 22, 2017

We are not alone. In his column this month, AOPA-SA President Chris Martinus shares how the general aviation industry in Australia is being crushed by the increasing load of regulation.

The issue is that the South African CAA all too often acts unreasonably. Service lev...

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