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Uganda puts down deposit for six aircraft

By: John Muchira     15th June 2018 In a significant step towards reviving its defunct national carrier, Uganda has paid deposits for six aircraft – four Bombardier CRJ900 and two wide-body Airbus A330-200 jets. jretsThis comes after the East Africa nation made an initial cash deposit of $1,2-million for the purchase of six... 

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

Union wants answers as gaps left by SAX grounding are plugged

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has created an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found... 

African airlines boost routes but fare poorly financially

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 African airlines have notched up an encouraging number of new routes, but are still in a poor financial position overall, the Aviation Development Conference, AviaDev, has heard. In a keynote address on the outlook for the industry, Embraer Commercial Aviation sales director Gad Wavomba, said... 

More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Six months into the job of running loss-making South African Airways, Vuyani Jarana is mapping out a punishing austerity plan. Jarana, who faces the daunting task of turning the flag carrier around, said layoffs and other cuts were unavoidable as he contends with a draining cost-to-income ratio... 

Investec Aviation Finance assists SA Airlink in its fleet renewal strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Investec Aviation Finance has completed its first transaction with privately-owned airline SA Airlink, for the acquisition of three E170 aircraft.  

Sikorsky Continues Customer Support Focus with New Parts Supply Site and S-92 Blade Repair Capability

8th June 2018 Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and... 

African airlines switching to more economical regional jets

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the recent 27th African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by... 

Plans for second runway at Kenya’s main airport in the balance

By: John Muchira     8th June 2018 Plans to construct a second runway at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) are hanging in the balance, following an announcement by government that it was reviewing the economic viability of the project. Despite the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) floating tenders for the project,... 

SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety... 

ExecuJet Nigeria bolsters services for West Africa with Izy Air alliance

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 International business aviation company ExecuJet, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance for maintenance services between its Lagos-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and Nigeria-based Izy Air. This forms part of ExecuJet’s ongoing... 

First complete landing gear change for Emirates A380 aircraft executed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear on the first Emirates Airbus A380 to have its entire landing gear system replaced at one time. The process of changing all the landing gears was completed in 14 days. For the duration of the... 

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Russian diamond mining company Severalmaz, a subsidiary of State-owned Alrosa, is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mine surveying of land objects at Europe’s largest primary diamond deposit at Lomonosov. Preliminary results from the UAV testing, which involved a quadcopter and an... 

African airlines switching to more economical regional airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the twenty-seventh African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) on Thursday... 

Fujairah International Airport expansion programme, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Abu Dhabi Airports Company is widening the existing runway at the Fujairah International Airport from 46 m to 60 m. 

South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Africa offers great opportunities for business aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 There are significant growth opportunities for business and charter aviation in Africa. Already, there are 481 registered private jets in Africa and the continent's year-on-year business aviation growth is 44%. So highlighted ExecuJet Aviation Group GM: Flight Operations Philip du Preez at the... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Bigger turnout anticipated at DroneCon

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 This year, DroneCon will have more than 40 keynote speakers made up of international and local experts, discussing different topics and issues within the drone industry. DroneCon and Centurion-based company United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz states that the conference, taking place for the... 

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

Backlog in application process stifling drone industry in South Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 The lack of urgency in processing commercial drone operating licences and the registering of drones is stifling the drone industry in South Africa, says Cape Town-based drone pilot training school UAV Industries director Ken Venn, who is also a board member of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft... 

Aerovision South Africa

11th May 2018 Cape Town-based aerial surveying and remote-sensing specialist Aerovision South Africa is the developer of the ALTiMapper AV-01, a remotely piloted fixed-wing mapping aircraft. The company also undertakes custom builds for various commercial remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) applications.... 

Rocketmine

11th May 2018 A small South African born company, drone service provider Rocketmine, has become a drone data service giant in a short space of time. Rocketmine started as a small team that identified a gap in the mining market in 2012. Founding member and MD Christopher Clark has a passion for using technology... 

How Trump's steel tariffs kick the can business

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 Dan Vincent is in a bind. The president of Pacific Coast Producers (PCP) plans to use around 700-million tin-coated steel cans this year for tomatoes, peaches and pears from 168 growers here in California. 

DST outlines plans to boost mining, manufacturing

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its investments in innovations in mining, with R186-million over the next three years being earmarked for targeted research and development to modernise South Africa’s mining industry. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is... 

Airbus commissions Imperial Logistics to procure, supply tools

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Aeronautics company Airbus has hired logistics service provider Imperial Logistics to procure and distribute metal cutting tools such as milling cutters, drills and countersinks for its German production facilities.  

Paramount in talks to boost Saudi arms industry

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African defence company Paramount Group is in talks with the Saudi Arabia government to establish production facilities in the kingdom, its chairman said on Monday. Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest arms buyers, is seeking international partners to develop its manufacturing... 

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Drones soaring in Rwanda

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th April 2018 Drones, or remotely piloted aerial vehicles, are becoming the rising star of electronic innovation. They are being used increasingly in a variety of applications, ranging from construction to surveillance and agriculture, besides others. Worldwide, sales of such contraptions totalled $145-million... 

US aluminium trade group calls on Trump to avoid quotas

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 A US aluminium trade group said US manufacturers rely on foreign metal and called on the US government to avoid quotas on nations exempted from tariffs on aluminium imports. US President Donald Trump last month announced a 10% tariff on aluminium imports to counter what he has described as... 

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