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Aerospace

Uncertainty continues in attack-helicopter programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2007 January sees South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel still on tenterhooks over the outcome of Turkey’s programme to acquire new attack helicopters. 

New flight guidelines for giant Airbus

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2006 As a result of the continuing flight test and development programme of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has issued new guidelines for horizontal and vertical separation between A380s and other aircraft,... 

First cockpit simulator heads for mid-2007 completion

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2006 Following its success in creating a flight simulator based on the nose section of a scrapped South African Air Force Mirage F1CZ fighter, local enterprise Dooley’s Flight Simulation is now in the process of producing a flight simulator for young pupil pilots seeking private pilot’s... 

Aviation giant restructures to meet major challenges

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2006 EUROPEAN airliner manufacturer Airbus is busy reorganising its management system, following the recent turbulence which hit the group. 

New East African low-cost carrier takes to the skies

By: Nelendhre Moodley     28th November 2006 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Tuesday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its inaugural service from Nairobi’s main International airport to the coastal hub of Mombasa on Friday November 24. 

SA defence industry aspires to bigger share of national defence spending

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa�s State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the proportion of the national defence budget used to acquire systems from local industry � not just Denel � will increase significantly in the near future. 

Defence lab to the President's rescue

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2006 Having shower is normally a simple thing – but if you want to have one while flying at 10 000 m or more, then things can get surprisingly complicated. 

Brazilians marketing surveillance aircraft to SA for Fifa World Cup

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2006 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took advantage of the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2006 exhibition, held last month at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, in Cape Town, to market to South Africa its capabilities in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sphere. 

South African and Russian companies in helicopter collaboration

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2006 South African aviation and defence company Advanced Technologies and Engineering (ATE) has signed a cooperation agreement with major Russian helicopter companies. 

Air Force's first Gripen flying in SA skies

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2006 Preparations for the South African flight-test programme for the Saab JAS39 Gripen, which will replace the Denel Cheetah as this country’s frontline multirole fighter began this month. 

Aerospace and defence show offers wide-ranging attractions

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th September 2006 The Ysterplaat air force base will serve as the new venue for the 2006 Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) expo starting on September 20. In addition to the runway, it boasts substantial indoor and outdoor exhibition space and is located in the vicinity of several hotels. Commercial Aviation... 

High-tech border-security system on show

8th September 2006 Transatlantic defence and aerospace company, BAE Systems recently launched its latest border security solution: Spider. 

Local firm sees growth potential in African tourism market

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th September 2006 A scheduled flight service from Johannesburg to Mozambique, from aerospace company Executive Turbine Holdings, under the name of Travelmax, began on September 1. 

Airport upgrade reaps rewards

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th September 2006 Over the last five years R100-million has been spent on upgrading the facilities at Lanseria, Gauteng’s second international airport. 

First order received for UAV

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th September 2006 In July this year South Africa’s centre for defence acquisition and support services, Armscor, and Advanced Technologies and Engineering Company (ATE) signed the first production contract for the unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV). 

Swedish aerospace giant targets SA for growth

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th September 2006 The creation of a new aerostructures company, through a collaboration with Denel, has been a significant development for Saab this year. 

Locally-designed lighting system offers rural runway relief

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th September 2006 After encountering a definite need for alternate runway lighting while working with the Red Cross Air Mercy services, consulting engineer Gavin Brown, began to develop a system of landing lights. 

SA's competition legislation strong enough to ensure SAA's actions not untoward - Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2006 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) were convinced that an entry into the low-cost carrier market would not be viewed as anticompetitive by South Africa’s increasingly-robust competition authorities - it had also received legal... 

Aviation maintenance operation exploits new opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2006 One of the country’s most important centres of aviation techncial expertise, and the largest and most advanced aircraft maintenance provider on the African continent, SAA Technical (Sat), is implementing a strategy of expansion and diversification of its activities. 

New airlifter represents SA manufacturing milestone

8th September 2006 The body of the first Airbus A400M airlifter began taking shape in July this year, with the launch of the integrated fuselage assembly (IFA) process at a new facility in Bremen, Germany. 

South African frim buoyed by link into European Typhoon Fighter contract

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2006 The award to South African aerostructures manufacturing and aviation-engineering group Aerosud of a $20-million contract by UK defence group BAE Systems for the manufacture of components for Europe’s biggest multinational defence programme, the Eurofighter Typhoon fourth-generation,... 

Biggest project to daate for SA company

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2006 The new BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers of the South African Air Force (SAAF), now entering operational service, also represent the greatest achievement to date of the South African avionics industry, under the leadership of Midrand-based Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE). 

First of the new fighters soon in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2006 A local spokesman for Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab has confirmed that the first Gripen advanced multirole fighter for the SAAF is now on its way to South Africa. 

South Africa's civil aviation body takes initiatives to further improve safety in the skies

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2006 Although the mandate of the South African Civil Authority (CAA) is to promote and enforce aviation safety and security in South Africa and locally registered aircraft, the local body has adopted an objective to further raise the bar of aviation safety in the country. 

The next wave of new aircraft for South African Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2006 With BAE Systems Hawk Mk 120 lead-in fighter- trainers and Agusta-Westland A109 light utility helicopters now entering service with the South African Air Force (SAAF), attention in the Department of Defence (DoD) is beginning to switch to the next wave of new aircraft which will continue the... 

Superjumbo turbulence not likely to be a problem

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2006 The interim policy on horizontal separation between an Airbus A380 and any aircraft following behind it during an approach to landing at, or taking off from, an airport promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organi-sation (ICAO) in November last year is too cautious, according to the... 

Denel mulls sale of Kempton Park campus to Acsa and relocation to Tshwane

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2006 At least some staff working at State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s aviation works have been told that the group’s companies and activities based there are to be transferred to Tshwane, and their current site sold to Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). 

Denel is still not viable, says CEO

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2006 State-owned defence industrial group Denel CEO Shaun Liebenberg reiterated to Parliament on May 17 (2006) that the group is not viable under its current model. 

Target date for missile service entry revealed

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 The Brazilian Air Force (Fab) has reported that Denel’s A-Darter air-to-air missile, currently under development, should enter service in 2015. 

Second batch of SA aircraft sold to Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 Armscor has confirmed a further sale of former South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). 

Struggling Denel cuts head-office costs

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 State-owned Denel expects to save at least R5-miilion a year from shared services & infrastructure from moving the group’s head office, + world record-breaking artillery shot. 

Improved civil-aviation safety seen as key tourism enabler

By: Helene Le Roux     28th April 2006 Although Africa accounts for only 3% of the world’s aircraft departures, in 2004, the continent accounted for 27% of the world’s fatal aircraft accidents. 

SA students impress leading international aero-engineer

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 Chief Aerodynamicist for the Airbus A380 double-decker super-jumbo airliner, Frank Ogilvie, on enthusiasm of Sa engineering students for aviation & on latest on A380. 

UK group ponders Denel opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2006 BAE Systems has had its interest in South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel picqued again by the latter’s proposed restructuring strategy. 

Urgent action needed

By: thamashni naidoo     31st March 2006 “Government needs to pay more attention to the general and commercial aviation sector.” This is the belief of Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (CAASA) CEO Oliver Stratford, saying that government must play an active role in expanding the aerospace industry instead of... 

African air-transport industry expanding . . .

31st March 2006 . . . but more infrastructure investment required 

More details revealed about A-Darter cooperation project

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 Brazil reportedly will contribute 50% of investment needed to complete the Denel A-Darter missile project. 

Test-flight success

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 The development flying programme for Airbus’ giant A380 airliner is going better than expected, with performance better than forecast. 

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