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Boeing reports 'clear and steady progress' on returning 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing announced on Thursday night (South African time) that it had concluded the development of updated software for its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner type, as well as the associated simulator testing and engineering flight test. The updated software is for... 

Ten startups selected in #Africa4Future challenge

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Ten technology startup companies were selected, from 314 entries, in the second season of the #Africa4Future challenge. The companies – whose representatives met with experts, investors and other stakeholders at an innovator’s summit in Cape Town – presented innovative proposals to tackle some of... 

Tanzania rail project to take half of Transport Ministry's budget

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Tanzania’s transport ministry is seeking approval from lawmakers for its 2019/20 budget of 4.96-trillion shillings ($2.15-billion), which includes 2.48-trillion shillings for construction of a standard-gauge railway line. The railway line will link the East African nation’s commercial city of Dar... 

737 MAX woes reflected in Boeing’s first-quarter results

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing, with the release of its results for the first quarter of this year, has assured that it is working with aviation regulators and customers around the world to ensure a safe return to service of its troubled 737 MAX, the fourth generation of its hitherto... 

Boeing did not disclose 737 MAX alert issue to FAA for 13 months

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Boeing did not tell US regulators for more than a year that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insisted on Sunday the missing display represented no safety risk The US planemaker has been... 

Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis core to Albertina Sisulu Corridor development plans  

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2019 The Albertina Sisulu Corridor – which links the Johannesburg central business district, OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria – is benefitting from the establishment of public-private partnerships and infrastrucutre investments, designed to facilitate the implementation of the 30-year... 

Rolls-Royce developing advanced aero engine technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce gives a high priority to research and development (R&D), particularly with regard to aeroengines. “We are focused on pioneering the power that matters and are at the forefront of research into the future of flight,” affirms Rolls-Royce VP Customers:... 

Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis core to Albertina Sisulu Corridor development plans

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2019 The Albertina Sisulu Corridor – which links the Johannesburg central business district, OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria – is benefitting from the establishment of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and infrastrucutre investments, designed to facilitate the implementation of the... 

SAA agrees debt rollover deal in principle – CEO 

By: Reuters     30th April 2019 State-owned South African Airways has reached an agreement in principle with lenders to roll over $642-million of debt, its CEO said on Tuesday, giving him room to execute a turnaround aimed at weaning the airline off government bailouts. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting... 

FAA to convene summit of global regulators on 737 Max safety

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2019 The US Federal Aviation Administration next month will brief international aviation regulators on the agency’s work evaluating when the Boeing 737 Max can return to service, which some countries have signaled they intend to decide on their own. The FAA called the May 23 meeting “to provide... 

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