Derek Hopkins typifies the passionate aviator who has the skills and drive to build and fly his own aircraft. Originally a railway engineer, Derek became enamoured with aviation, scratch-built a Teenie-Two VW-powered aircraft in a bedroom of his house and went on to be...

July 25, 2019

Launching a rocket into space from a high-flying Boeing 747 eliminates much of the energy needed to send a payload into orbit, and could result in much cheaper commercial rocket launches compared to conventional methods.

Virgin Orbit has been investigating the ‘drop-lau...

July 25, 2019

When planning my column, I mostly think of the readers first. After all, these words are useless, if not at least mildly-entertaining for their writer, without someone to read them. Jokes aside, I like to make the content as broad as possible for the layman, but also i...

July 25, 2019

The great thing about living in South Africa is that there is never a dull moment. And that makes us resilient.

Things are either fantastic – or they are terrible. It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride. When the ride gets too wild, I get off by tuning out from the daily...

July 1, 2019

The big shock we all had was Red Bulls’ announcement in late May that this would be the last year of the Red Bull Air Races and that the 2019 season would be shortened.

Since Red Bull Air Racing was founded by Péter Besenyei 16 years ago, the races have done a huge amou...

July 1, 2019

Following its theme, ‘I Can Dream’, the 2019 edition saw a whopping 12,500 spectators’ through the gates, around 5,500 more than the previous year.

It was a day jam-packed with action and entertainment for the entire family, no matter the age, gender or culture, with ov...

July 1, 2019

SAA’s revolving door for CEOs has spun again and Mr Vuyani Jarana has had enough. This is a large setback to the airline that carries so much of the hopes and dreams of those with an ambition to fly for the once proud carrier. But the snake pit that is the culture of i...

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