March 5, 2019

The 1985 Oscar-winning film ‘Out of Africa’ has an iconic scene where Denys Finch-Hatton takes Karen flying for the first time. Karen described flying over Africa as the greatest, most transporting pleasure of her life, which opened up a whole new world – the freedom o...

March 5, 2019

Cape Town’s Morningstar Flying Club (MFC) hosted the third S A Power Flying Association (SAPFA) challenge of the season. This event proved to be huge fun and a winning formula for its organisers as well as its participants.

MFC is one of the most active airfields in the...

Off-road Champion The B-N Islander

There are very few types that remain in production more than fifty years after they first flew. Britten-Norman’s Islander is one of them and it’s not only an iconic machine, it’s also one of the most successful British aircraft ever ma...

March 5, 2019

Sometimes we need to remind our critics – and ourselves – just how important general aviation is.

A common challenge of perception is that general aviation (GA) is often seen as a rich man’s hobby, and not as a serious industry. This gives rise to the classic U$100 hamb...

March 5, 2019

Drones have become public enemy No 1. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport from 19 to 21 December 2018 following reports of drones close to the runway. A few days later there were reports of similar drone disruptions from Heathrow. The reports caused m...

March 5, 2019

The events aloft that are most feared by pilots are; structural failure, fire, and being rebuffed by a suitably alluring co-pilot. Your insurance may, or may not cover all of these.

The aircraft was a Cessna 400 series twin, and shortly after takeoff from an airstrip ad...

March 5, 2019

Messe Friedrichshafen, the organisers of Europe’s largest general aviation trade show, AERO Friedrichshafen, has joined forces with Messe Frankfurt South Africa (MFSA) to present AERO South Africa. Preparations are in full swing, and international brands such as Bose a...

March 5, 2019

The helicopter pilot fraternity is a small one, even more so in the Southern tip of Africa. The circle includes weekend flyers and owners, corporate pilots, charter pilots and the colourful game-capture types, and irrespective of what we fly, we all share a common love...

March 5, 2019

One of the subtler but perhaps more profound sea-changes we can expect to experience in 2019 is the rise of a new generation – the post-Millennial Generation Z. And that should be good news.

What was so bad about the Millennials, also known as  Generation Y? For those o...

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