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First tests positive for tailless aircraft

By: candice haase     6th February 2004 Tailless flight has been in existence since the early days of aviation, but it has never become the dominant design since it has been hampered by several shortcomings. 

Motor-industry-type support on the cards for aerospace

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2004 The South African government is currently conceptualising an industrial-development plan for the aerospace sector along the lines of its successful motor industry development programme (MIDP), which was first implemented back in the 1990s. 

‘No hidden costs in the $2,2bn Gripen package’

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 There are no hidden costs in SA’s $2,2-billion acquisition of 28 Gripens & 24 Hawks; & Saab has increased its share of SA defence group Grintek. 

Malawi plans to remarket airline

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th January 2004 Malawi – The Malawian government says it is preparing to remarket its wholly owned airline, Air Malawi, after the airline goes through a commercialisation process to improve its performance under the country’s World Bank funded $33,1-million Privatisation and Utility Reform project... 

Turnkey building contract on cards at Mafikeng Airport

By: laurian clemence     22nd January 2004 The Mafikeng Industrial Development Zone, located in North West province, sent out a tender document last week requesting companies to come forward to bid for the development and construction of a new building, to be known as Minerals Park, at the Mafikeng International Airport. 

A boarding call for the aerospace industry

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 Late in 2002, Minister of Trade and Industry Alec Erwin announced that South Africa should strive towards having an aerospace industry equivalent to the local motor industry development programme (MIDP), in place by 2014. 

Electronic warfare systems company seeks to double its turnover

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 Advanced electronic warfare solution provider, Avitronics, reports that it is pursuing a growth strategy that will allow it to double its turnover in five years. 

India’s Hawk purchase provides new opportunity for price comparisons

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2004 INDIA’S decision, announced last September, to buy BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers (Lift) again provides an opportunity to compare the price this country is paying for its new high performance aircraft for the South African Air Force (SAAF) with that being paid by another land. 

UK and SA investigate opportunities for closer cooperation

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 The UK government, by way of the Johannesburg-based UK Trade and Investment organisation, is exploring the possibility of closer cooperation between British and South African companies in the aerospace industry. 

If only Wilbur and Orville could see us now . . .

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th December 2003 The date December 17, 2003, is one hundred years after the first powered flight which history always says was made by the Wright Brothers. In fact it was the Wright brother, because the aircraft was certainly not a two seater. 

Helicopter-linked offsets taking off

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2003 AgustaWestland is now 5 years into its 4 month old IP programme for the 4 Super Lynx maritime helicopters ordered for the SANDF. 

100 Years of Flight: How South Africa benefitted and contributed

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2003 The first heavier-than-air aircraft to be designed in South Africa – indeed, probably in the whole of Africa – specifically for powered flight was the product of South African aviation pioneer John Weston. 

First Hawk fighter-trainer arrives in SA

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th November 2003 The first BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainer (Lift) for the South African Air Force (SAAF) has arrived in the country. 

Navy ready to play catch-up on SAM technology

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 The SA Navy’s new corvette, SAS Amatola, will be the service’s first ship to be equipped with a surface-to-air missile system. 

Ted Jarvis, Andrew Mentis

14th November 2003 Full name: Edward (Ted) Jarvis Position: MD, since September 1996 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer of open steel flooring (grating), expanded metals, tubular handrailing systems and highway guardrail Date and place of birth: October 16, 1944, Johannesburg Education: Matriculated from... 

Air and defence show already on the runway

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 ALTHOUGH 11 months remain before the start of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2004 the forecast looks good, with about half of the exhibition space already provisionally booked. 

Production of SA fighters under way

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 THE manufacture of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) new Gripen fighters has started at Saab’s newly-commissioned Gripen export production line in Sweden. 

Window opens for Rooivalk in Brazil, but prospects for Cheetah sales fade

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Addressing journalists at a press conference in the south of Brazil recently, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), General Luiz Carlos da Silva Bueno, confirmed that his service has identified a need for an attack helicopter. 

Swedes see more business spinoffs in SA

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2003 SWEDISH aerospace group Saab AB, manufacturer of the advanced Gripen multirole fighter, is seeking to grow its business with its South African partners. 

Risk-sharing opportunity for aviation sector

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2003 An opportunity the SA aviation industry could use to develop new work & preserve & improve design & engineering capacity is that of risk-sharing partnerships 

Gauteng govt to establish precinct in Joburg CBD

21st October 2003 In what is seen as a show of confidence in the renaissance of the Johannesburg inner city, the Gauteng government has announced plans to house its departmental buildings in a single government zone within the city. 

SA in big aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and developed further. 

Aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and further developed. 

Aircraft maintenance: preparation in 3D

By: Karel Smrcka     10th October 2003 The Aitram program for virtual aircraft maintenance offers many advantages, including learning by doing, reduced training time, cost and risks, and complex learning material that can be taught in an easy comprehensive manner. 

Solar-powered electric planes – it’s about time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th October 2003 As we chug towards the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight one can’t help but notice that all aeroplanes run on avgas or gasoline, even after 100 years. 

UK aerospace showcase expo to be held in SA

By: laurian clemence     7th October 2003 A division of the British government, UK Trade and Investment, will be holding a mini-aerospace exhibition in Johannesburg on November 19, in a bid to boost trade between the two countries within the aerospace sector. 

R228m being spent on advanced air-traffic system

By: nkolola halwindi     3rd October 2003 With a possibility of a 100% increase in air traffic movement over the next ten years, it is imperative that industry participants tackle any shortcomings in the current air traffic control system with some urgency, believes Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) MD Dr Johan Van Vollenhoven. 

Boeing, CSIR cooperation is no ‘phantom’

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2003 SOUTH African scientists and engineers could find themselves working on aspects of advanced projects for the giant US aerospace group Boeing, as a result of discussions being held between Boeing’s research and development (R&D) arm, popularly known as the Phantom Works, and the CSIR, on... 

Possible SA spin-offs from India’s aircraft purchase

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2003 The recent selection by India of Hawk 100 advanced jet trainers could create links between the South African and Indian aviation industries. 

SA premier destination for global projects

8th September 2003 Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Ben Ngubane says South Africa is continuing to position the region as a premier destination for globally significant, cutting-edge projects, especially in the field of Astronomy and research. 

Transport group gears up for R80bn investment

By: Deborah Spicer     5th September 2003 Transport parastatal Transnet announced at its yearly results last month that it will spend R10,5-billion for the financial year starting in April as part of its five-year R30-billion capital expenditure programme. 

UK defence order to benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 THE British government’s decision to order Hawk Mk 128 advanced trainers from BAE Systems means work for South African companies Denel Aviation and Aerospace Monitoring Systems (AMS). 

SA’s aircraft deal appears competitive

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 Article compares price SA is paying for 28 Gripen and 24 Hawk with rpices Austria is paying for 18 Typhoon and UK for 44 Hawk. 

Materials take off in aerospace

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd August 2003 If land transport is one of the biggest users of materials, the aerospace industry is where they push materials to their limits. 

SAA mulls local engine shop

By: Zonika Botha     15th August 2003 Leading aircraft-engine manufacturer CFM International, a 50:50 joint venture company between General Electric of the US and Snecma Moteurs of France, has over 300 engines operating in various aircraft in Africa. 

Govt still looking for Denel partner

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2003 THE government is still looking for a strategic partner for State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Brazil mulls Rooivalk purchase

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2003 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is interested in acquiring South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

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