November 19, 2018

Pilatus have dubbed their new PC-24 the ‘Super Versatile Jet’. Just how closely does the reality match their promise?

The PC-24 is the logical outcome from Pilatus’s phenomenally successful PC-12. With sales of more than 1,600, the PC-12 single engine turboprop broke th...

November 19, 2018

Lanseria-based GemAir and Absolute Aviation Group have partnered to install the first swept-blade turbofan propeller in Africa, on one of their clients’ King Air B200 aircraft.

The new Raisbeck/Hartzell Swept-Blade Turbofan Propeller (SBTP) is regarded as a game changer...

November 19, 2018

After reading through the maintenance insert in our last month’s issue, I decided to take a slightly different tack this month, stay in the hangar, and write something a little more prosaic yet hopefully as useful to you as an aviation hangar tale.

I’m often the ‘willin...

November 19, 2018

The recent death of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Pik Botha has prompted me to raise two issues which have not yet been put to bed.

1. The Samora Machel accident

On 19 October 1986, the Tupolev Tu-134 carrying President Samora Machel crashed 150 metres ins...

November 19, 2018

Last month I discussed the four ingredients coming together in a perfect storm to change the need for pilots – and how much they are paid.

The big question was to what extent pilot jobs will be vulnerable to the rise of technology, and in particular, artificial intellig...

November 19, 2018

It’s a bit of a role reversal for Cessna which up until now, has been well known as the plane that carries the parachutists aloft. But now the jumpers no longer need to leave the aircraft to get that floating down to earth feeling.

Since its inception in 1980, BRS Aeros...

November 19, 2018

Looking thorough aircraft sales ads of ten years ago - I am struck by how little the prices have changed.

I have been searching the market for a replacement for our Saratoga, ZS-OFH, and it seems that you can buy a really nice used piston single for less than it would h...

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