February 27, 2018

On left-downwind, the instructor informs me that we will be simulating an engine failure. The throttle lever goes to idle and I turn onto final approach – way too high. I instinctively start flying S-turns to lose some height, like a good fixed wing pilot should. 

I pla...

February 27, 2018

Considered ahead of its time, the Luscombe Silvaire has never been a common sight in SA, perhaps because of its reputed tricky ground handling. But is this reputation deserved, or is the Silvaire a little-known treasure?

Designer Donald Luscombe’s first venture into avi...

February 27, 2018

John was flying routine game counting transects when he was called to provide aerial support to arrest poachers – and that’s just the start of what turns into an endlessly demanding day.

“Mission control, Hotel Fox Delta (HFD).”

“HFD, go.”

“Please confirm with India Alpha...

February 27, 2018

Everyone loves electronic maps. But while plenty of developers are releasing fancy map updates, there’s still the worry that our iPads or tablets will lose connectivity or be inaccurate – and positioning your device so that it can see the satellites sometimes means you...

February 27, 2018

When considering the attractions of an aeroplane that flies low and slow to enjoy the spectacular views available flying around the ‘fairest Cape in all the World’ I remind myself of the drawbacks of a slow plane.

A slow landing speed means it’s tricky to land in the br...

February 23, 2018

SA Flyer and FlightCom Editor Guy Leitch is

forced to confront the CAA’s many shortcomings.

The latest drama with the SACAA at its centre is the effective grounding of CemAir airline. This is a complex issue as, at time of writing, it is an ongoing battle, with the airli...

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