Ever since it’s humble beginning the helicopter has inspired and intrigued many; young and old. It has however been an expensive and exclusive contraption in which only a very small percentage of even the aviation fraternity could afford to fly.

With many moving parts r...

April 5, 2019

It’s always a thrill when we move the landing gear selector to the ‘Up’ position and a whole lot of stuff obediently starts happening to make the gear travel upward, with the accompanying noises, flashing lights and the final thump against the up-locks. And then even m...

April 5, 2019

It’s the little things that serve to round off a well-lived life. This is what the beautiful Kings Camp in the greater Kruger National Park will deliver.

On arrival, guests receive cool lemongrass scented towels to remove travel stickiness and delicious iced tea was wel...

A good adventure story often involves a chase; a great nail-biting tale is when the hunter becomes the hunted. This is one of those stories, from a first-hand account by pilot Stewie Stewardson.

I recently got a call from my boss, Waal, who asked cryptically, “how many...

April 5, 2019

Airlines have always liked to claim that safety is not negotiable. However, the events surrounding the Ethiopian 737 MAX 8 crash show that this is simply not true. [Ed’s Note an earlier and simpler version of this column was published by online news site Daily Maverick...

April 5, 2019

A senior Training Captain informs me that an African airline to which he consults no longer wants to employ pilots produced by South African flight schools.

This Training Captain reckons that the South African Commercial Pilot syllabus has lost its way and that pilots a...

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