April 24, 2018


A Grumman American Traveler, was the second aircraft I ever flew – the first was a Tecnam P92 Echo. In comparison, the Traveler sailed smoothly through the air, with light, responsive yet docile handling, but on the ground that free-castoring nosewheel was a little wa...

April 24, 2018

Appalling Accident Reports

Aircraft accident reports are key to the aviation authority’s drive towards making the skies safer by allowing pilots to learn from others’ mistakes. Thus the pre-amble of each CAA accident report states “… this report was compiled in the inte...

April 23, 2018

The first part of this series covered the development of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems in the South African Air Force (SAAF) and the primary operational EW systems in use. This month is a more focused look at the aircraft counter-missile self-protection systems, both...

April 23, 2018

Vuyani Jarana took up his post as SAA’s new CEO in November last year. He is already shaking things up. Guy Leitch continues his discussion on the airline’s new strategies and turn-around plans.

GL: I think Air New Zealand is a useful role model – it’s also an ‘end of t...

April 23, 2018

So much more than in-flight catering

Par-Avion started out 20 years ago as a small air charter catering service operating from a garage in Fourways, and has grown into an exclusive, one-stop service, providing the full range of in-flight catering and hospitality, plus a...

April 23, 2018

The SACAA is rightly committed to providing world class regulation of aviation in South Africa. To do this it adopts international practices and standards – usually from either the American FAA or Europe’s EASA.

The problem is that the South African regulator is buildin...

April 3, 2018

30 years ago, while flying an AS350 Squirrel over mountainous terrain in Switzerland, carrying a log on a 40-metre rope, helicopter pilot Claude Vuichard and his instructor got caught in an updraft, causing them to enter a vortex ring state, and found themselves sinkin...

April 3, 2018

I started this year thinking I was only attending Abu Dhabi to ghost the other pilots and get a feel for the air race circuit. Two days before departure, that all changed. I was informed that two of the pilots wouldn’t be racing and I was now officially going to take p...

April 3, 2018

It is 50 years ago since South African Airways Flight SA 228 left what was then Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, on a scheduled flight to London, via Windhoek. Sadly, Boeing 707 ZS-EUW Pretoria crashed 57 seconds after takeoff from Runway 08 at Windhoek Airport on Satu...

April 3, 2018

Murder on the Lanseria Apron?

FlySafair may win awards for the best on time performance in the world – but sometimes death gets in the way.

I settle into my near-the-front seat on the FlySafair flight to Cape Town –  the front is the one ancillary I’m prepared to pay for...

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