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Aerospace

Company on schedule to supply generators

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 Barloworld Power Rental, Cat dealer for Southern Africa will supply prime power generators to the eighth Aerospace and Defence Show (AAD) 2014, which will be held at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, in Pretoria, from September 17 to 21. The tender to supply the generators was awarded last year and... 

Geotech Aviation

5th September 2014 Geotech Aviation is a division of Geotech Airborne, an airborne geophysical survey company, which provides full service in helicopter and fixed-wing geophysics. It offers high-end technical services in the fields of active and passive electromagnetism, state-of-the-art gravity, high sensitivity... 

Aerosud Aviation prepares for new opportunities, challenges

5th September 2014 Aerosud’s flagship company Aerosud Aviation has come a long way since 2000, when the company’s diversification into commercial aviation as a manufacturer and supplier of parts and accessories to Boeing and Airbus started in earnest. The company succeeded in winning its initial contract with... 

Aerosud Aviation prepares for new opportunities, challenges

UAVs greatly benefit local industry

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 Understanding the vast benefits of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology is a strategic priority for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as it is proving to have many applications within society worldwide. “As a result, UAV research is being done through a joint effort... 

UAVs greatly benefit local industry
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENTUAVs can provide significant collateral surveillance capability to support among many other roles, the anti-rhino poaching efforts in South Africa

Aerospace centre plans to expand human capital development support

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 The National Aerospace Centre (NAC) reports that it is planning to expand its skills development programmes by deploying them at more universities throughout South Africa to ensure the growth of skills development in the industry.  NAC acting director Philip Haupt says the centre plans to... 

Defence technology supplier explores benefits of UAVs

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 Defence, security and technology systems company BAE Systems says unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasing within the defence industry in South Africa and worldwide. In Massachusetts, in the US, BAE Systems has introduced one of the smallest multispectral sensors available for unmanned... 

UAVs may lead to fewer pilots in future

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 Although unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the greatest potential to grow the South African aerospace industry, Southern African Women In Aviation (SAWIA) pilot Amanda Kandawire says the technology may reduce demand for pilots in future. “I am not sure whether I accept UAVs in the industry... 

AAD 2012 sets standard for African aviation

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 The organisers of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) are confident that this year’s event will impact positively on the local economy – not only through tourism but also through the business deals that are expected to be concluded during and after the event. AAD 2012 will be held at Air Force... 

SA space industry making headway

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 South Africa is gaining ground in the development of space technology, especially in the field of micro and nano satellites, says South African Council for Space Affairs (Sacsa) chairperson Dr Peter Martinez. He is also at the National Research Foundation’s South African Astronomical Observatory... 

New products showcased at AAD

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 Defence, aerospace and security company Land Systems South Africa, which is 75%-owned by global security and defence company BAE Systems, will launch two new products at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012 expo in September. The company, which comprises three businesses ¬– OMC, Gear Ratio... 

Air force base prepared for AAD

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 The City of Tshwane will host the return of Africa’s largest exhibition of air, sea and land capability, Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012, which will take place at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof. The last three AAD exhibitions were held at AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town, while AFB Waterkloof... 

Aeronautical software company to introduce product upgrade

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 Aerospace and automotive software reseller, CNC Design Consultants (CDC), in partnership with France-based product lifecycle management solutions company Dassault Systèmes, will release an upgraded version of Dassault Systèmes’ existing Computer-Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application... 

Hybrid aircraft to debut at AAD

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2012 Bush and amphibian non type certified aircraft (NTCA) hybrid, the C-Wolf aerial utility vehicle (AUV) will make its debut at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012 exhibition. Nicknamed Boeremeisie, the C-Wolf AUV is the result of an idea conceptualised by aviation enthusiast Wolfgang... 

Local innovation key to international competence

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th September 2011 To retain their relevancy as international manufacturers and service providers, South African aerospace companies must continuously invest in innovation and explore new product spheres, says privately owned aerospace company Aerosud programme director Rob Jonkers. 

Chipmunk to return to flight by year-end

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th September 2011 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum anticipates that its 1940s DHC-1 Chipmunk T M10 aircraft will be back in flying condition by the end of the year. 

SA holds significant UAV production potential

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th September 2011 Scope remains for South Africa to use local skills to create market-leading unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for a broad spectrum of countries, despite the US and Israel's success in the global UAV market, says missile and UAV company Denel Dynamics executive Tsepo Monaheng. 

Working towards an updated local aerospace skills strategy

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 To determine what aerospace skills are needed in South Africa and to enable tertiary institutions to structure relevant courses to meet the industry’s long-term demands, a well-defined, updated and relevant aerospace sector strategy is needed, says National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE)... 

Society prepared for international aerospace symposium

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 The International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2010 will be held from November 23 to November 25, in Cape Town, and will be convened by the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) and the Flight Test Society of South Africa. 

Aerospace company advances its footprint

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 Aerospace company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel Group, is embarking on an aggressive marketing strategy to pursue markets beyond South Africa’s borders. 

Council aims to make 
wind tunnel facilities more accessible

By: Lindsey Berry     4th September 2009 The defence, peace, safety and security unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is aiming to source funding to make the CSIR’s wind tunnel facilities available to academic institutions. 

Local industry must find its niche in global aerospace sector

By: Lindsey Berry     4th September 2009 The National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE), an initiative launched and supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, is under way with a project to assess the skills requirements in the local aerospace industry with the intention of identifying skills required to enhance the global... 

New aircraft to touch 
down in Africa in 2011

By: Lindsey Berry     4th September 2009 Specialised consulting company Silver Solutions has been appointed as the local representative for US freight aircraft manufacturer Freight Feeder Aircraft Corporation (FFAC) to introduce FFAC’s air freight feeder aircraft, the Freight Feeder 5000 (FF5000), into the African market. 

Ground power units supplied to African clients

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2009 Aerospace equipment supplier Aztec Electronics has supplied a number of 28-V dc 400-Hz combination converters, which supply power to aircraft as they dock on the ground, to a series of African military clients. 

Aerospace research goes commercial

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2009 When South African President Kgalema Motlanthe’s signed the Bill that will see the creation of South Africa’s own space agency later this year, many were relatively unaware of South Africa’s rich involvement in space research over the decades. 

Why a South African national space agency?

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2009 When South African President Kgalema Motlanthe's signed the Bill that will see the creation of South Africa's own space agency later this year, many were relatively unaware of South Africa's rich involvement in space research over the decades. 

Centre of excellence promotes aerospace industry skills needs

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th September 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formulated the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE) in 2005 under a policy to establish industrial centres of excellence to provide specific support to specific emerging sectors to mitigate a skills shortage in the aerospace industry. 

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum to be introduced across Africa

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th September 2008 Aviation maintenance company Interjet Avionics and Maintenance GM for Avionics Paul Ludick believes that the most relevant change pending in African aviation is the implementation of Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) in Africa. 

Skills shortage in the general aviation industry

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th September 2008 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) CEO Kim Gorringe says that the shortage of skills has almost reached crisis proportion. 

Airline group commits $34,9bn to airline orders

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 Middle Eastern airline Emirates Airways (Emirates), part of the Emirates Group, has committed $34,9-billion to airline orders. 

Increased flight offering prompts regional airport expansion projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 Increased flight offerings at Lanseria International airport (Lanseria International) have prompted a number of expansion projects, reports Lanseria International airport manager Gavin Sayce. 

Local aeronautical company harbours African aspirations

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 South African aeronautical instrumentation company Aeronautical Instrumentation, part of the Aeronautical Group of companies, is hoping to expand its African business interests during 2008. 

National airline grounds planes in profitability move

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th February 2008 South Africa’s national airline South African Airways (SAA) has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft in a move to achieve sustainable profitability, reports SAA spokesperson Robyn Chalmers. 

Clear skies for South African aviation industry

By: Guy Copans     7th September 2007 The South African aviation industry is in a healthy state at present, with a buoyant aircraft market, owing to growing interest in aircraft acquisitions by private owners and industry bodies. These developments are having positive effects for other aviation areas such as maintenance, says... 

Government support required to grow aerospace industry

By: Guy Copans     7th September 2007 Creating a skills base with which fuels growth, and incubating the technologies that will support South Africa's growing relevance, are the main challenges for South Africa's aerospace industry, says private sector aviation company Aerosud MD Paul Potgieter. 

Aircraft acquisition has positive effect on SA economy

By: Guy Copans     7th September 2007 The acquisition in 1999 by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), in a joint venture contract, of 24 Hawk Lead-In Fighters and 28 Gripen Fighters from defence and aerospace companies BAE Systems and Saab, has had a positive chain effect on the South African economy, creating jobs... 

Clear skies predicted for aerospace industry

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 The institutional and policy framework of South Africa’s first industrial centre of excellence is now in place to facilitate fruitful cooperation between academia, government and stakeholders in an aerospace industry that is full of potential. The National Aerospace Centre of Excellence... 

OR Tambo acquires super jumbo loading bridges

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 Mission critical technology solutions provider FMC Technologies South Africa (FMCTSA) was awarded a contract on December 9, 2006, by OR Tambo International Airport for the supply of 18 passenger loading bridges. 

SA firm wins award and champions composite technology

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 Mission system integration specialist Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE), of Midrand, is entering 2007 confident it can capitalise on the technologies that won it accolades and key contracts in 2006. 

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