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Chinese auto group becomes prime sponsor of Bloodhound land speed record

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 The Bloodhound project has announced a three-year agreement with the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) as its prime sponsor and official automotive partner. The Chinese automotive group – the owner of the Volvo Car Group – will provide technical, as well as financial support to the British... 

Geely sponsorship restarts Bloodhound project

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2016 The Bloodhound project has announced a three-year agreement with the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) as its prime sponsor and official automotive partner. The Chinese automotive group – the owner of the Volvo Car Group – will provide technical, as well as financial support to the British... 

Much-hyped flight just shows what solar energy will not do

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th August 2016 The solar-powered aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse 2 recently completed its mission of a round-the-world flight powered only by solar energy. This was an amazing achievement of physics. It was also a landmark achievement by the two pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.  The pilots have to... 

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt set for October 2017

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC), with Andy Green at the helm, will challenge the current world land-speed record in October next year, the project team has announced. The current record of 1 277.98 km/h was also set by Green, in the Thrust SSC. 

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 With a comprehensive range of modern or modernised designs, European airliner manufacturer Airbus (part of the larger Airbus Group) is currently focused on the incremental improvement and further development of its existing airliner designs (as well as manufacturing processes and services, not... 

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 With a comprehensive range of modern or modernised designs, European airliner manufacturer Airbus (part of the larger Airbus Group) is currently focused on the incremental improvement and further development of its existing airliner designs (as well as manufacturing processes and services, not... 

Bloodhound supersonic car project, UK and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The Bloodhound supersonic car will challenge the current world land-speed record in October 2017. 

Bloodhound announces first record attempt for October 2017

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2016 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC), with Andy Green at the helm, will challenge the current world land-speed record in October next year, says the project team. The current record of 1 277.98 km/h was also set by Green, in the Thrust SSC. Following a funding crunch, the British Bloodhound team... 

Air passenger traffic forecast to double over next 15 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists at the company’s recent Innovation Days briefing in Hamburg. Since 1970,... 

Airbus still confident about future air traffic growth

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus COO customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists in Hamburg on Tuesday. Since 1970, when the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet first entered commercial... 

GECAS’ Cargo Aircraft Group Launches Boeing 737-800NG Passenger-to-Freighter Conversion Program

     22nd June 2015 GE Capital Aviation Services, the aviation leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced the launch of its 737-800NG passenger-to-freighter conversion program. GECAS plans to convert up to 20 of its Boeing 737-800NG passenger aircraft to freighters. AEI Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. will... 

Air freight helping to change and grow Africa

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Largely unnoticed, air freight has come to have a pervasive influence on the lives of people, the prosperity of enterprises and the growth of nations. “Look around any household and you will see the influence of air cargo,” International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general and CEO... 

Air freight helping to change and grow Africa

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Largely unnoticed, air freight has come to have a pervasive influence on the lives of people, the prosperity of enterprises and the growth of nations. “Look around any household and you will see the influence of air cargo,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO... 

The worldwide push for aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2015 On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop duster. This is the most recent version of a design that first flew in... 

The worldwide push for aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2015 On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuels powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop-duster. This is the most recent version of a design that first flew... 

Gigaba defends SAA CEO at appointment of first black chief pilot 

By: Natalie Greve     22nd May 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday vehemently defended the reputation of South African Airways (SAA) CEO Monwabisi Kalawe, at a media briefing announcing the appointment of the national carrier’s first black chief pilot, captain Eric Manentsa. SAA was continually countering... 

UK airline puts A380 superjumbos on Joburg route

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2014 Fuel is one of the key concerns of the global airline industry today. “One of the challenges we have is the fuel price, obviously,” says British Airways (BA) MD: Brands and Customer Experience Frank van der Post. “Other challenges are around taxation and local legislation.”  

Greater openness to airfreight operators boosts economic growth, argues airline

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2013 Allowing greater numbers of airfreight operators access to airports creates wider economic benefits for the country concerned, while restricting access hampers economic growth. “It is an established fact that the existence of an ‘open skies’ airport gives increasing capacity and grows not only... 

South African, world business growing – Emirates

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2013 The cargo division of Dubai-based international airline Emirates, which is branded as SkyCargo, is reporting good airfreight traffic to and from South Africa. “With South Africa we have quite a nice mix of cargo,” says South Africa-based SkyCargo senior cargo sales executive Muhammad Cassim.... 

A380 new wing phase-in to slow production this year, but break-even target unchanged

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2013 Airliner manufacturer Airbus expects to lose about one month’s production of its A380 Superjumbo this year as it phases in a new wing design for the aircraft. It hopes to recover this lost production next year. This was revealed by company president and CEO Fabrice Brégier at the annual Airbus... 

Airfreight forecast to grow strongly over next two decades

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2012 Giant US aerospace group Boeing has forecast that the world’s gross domestic product will nearly double over the next 20 years, driving strong growth in the global air freight market and resulting in an 84% increase in the number of cargo aircraft in service between now and 2031. The company last... 

Bloodhound team completes rocket test

     4th October 2012 The Bloodhound, a 1 000 mph car that will attempt to break the land speed record on South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan in 2013, has successfully tested its hybrid rocket system for first time on Wednesday. At 4 m long, 45.7 cm in diameter and 450 kg in weight, Bloodhound’s rocket is the largest of its... 

Boeing forecasts airfreight to grow strongly over next two decades

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2012 Giant US aerospace group Boeing predicted on Tuesday, in the latest (2012/2013) edition of its biennial Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast, that the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) will nearly double over the next 20 years, driving strong growth in the global air freight market. This will... 

Bloodhound to test rocket as record attempt edges closer

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2012 October 3 will be a key milestone for the development of the Bloodhound, the 1 000 mph car that will attempt to break the land speed record on South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan in 2013. Next Wednesday will see the Bloodhound project test its unique hybrid rocket at the Newquay Cornwall Airport, in the... 

Given tempo of technological change, we cannot predict far into the future with certainty

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th July 2012 A few days ago, I went flying in a helicopter in the evening. It was a beautiful evening, with still, clear air. We flew with the doors open and the view was fantastic. It was not my first helicopter flight but, before the flight, as I stood on the runway, looking at the large helicopter, I... 

SAA Technical, Pratt & Whitney sign engine repair and overhaul deal

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2012 South African Airways Technical (SAAT) and US aeroengine maker Pratt & Whitney recently signed an agreement for the repair and overhaul of the latter’s JT9D-7R4G2 jet engines. This deal is potentially worth R233-million and will run for 42 months. It will ensure that SAAT’s jet workshop will be... 

SAA Technical signs engine repair and overhaul deal with major US group

By: Keith Campbell     19th June 2012 South African Airways Technical (SAAT) and US aeroengine maker Pratt & Whitney on Tuesday signed an agreement for the repair and overhaul of the latter’s JT9D-7R4G2 jet engines. This deal is worth at least R233-million and will ensure that SAAT’s jet workshop, the biggest in Africa, will be... 

UK airline investing billions, augmenting SA service

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2012 Major international airline British Airways (BA), part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) is investing £5-billion over a five-year period in new aircraft, cabin interiors, cabin crew training and various hardware and software systems designed to benefit its passengers. The programme... 

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