Global Aviation Consultants Newsletter May 2013

By Vivienne Sandercock


1. Editor's Message
2. Airplane navigation through mobile applications?
3. Hazard, Incident and Accident Statistics
4. Henley/Global Training
5. Nigeria: Aviation Ministry seeks to take over issuance of operating licences from NCAA
6. Non-standard radio telephony use
7. Certification: a missing link in the safety chain?
9. IATA tasks African leaders on aviation safety, development
10. News from Jo'burg Airports
11. Commercial Airlines/Airports Information
12. Security/Safety Tip of the Month
13. Advertisements
14. Finale


On Wednesday, 24th April 2013, the South African Aviation Fraternity was shocked on learning of the sudden passing of a husband, father, friend, mentor and just such a “Special Person”, Laurie Kay! Laurie was not only a husband and father to his family but to his friends, who knew him well, he was a special person in mentoring people in the aviation world, giving advice readily, a person who was always prepared to listen to your individual problem, helping wherever he can, in every way he can and prepared to go the extra mile for another so that they may benefit! He remained always, a humble man!!!

Who will ever forget that wonderful flypast at the 1995 Rugby World Cup and all the other great formations Laurie was involved with and often led. The talks he was prepared to give on these flypasts to assist to raise funds for needy charities. Right to the end he was still giving of himself helping with the anti Rhino poaching project.

Truly a great loss as a family member, a wonderful friend to the aviation fraternity and to all!!! Laurie, our Friend, Rest in Peace!!!! We will remember you!!!!
Leon du Plessis


Welcome to this our 25th Issue of GAC UPDATE. Early in April I attended a Port of Health Meeting at Lanseria International Airport hosted by the Department of Health (Gauteng) and I would like to share some information on their stance on the movement of passengers (both medevac and routine) across borders into either Lanseria International Airport or O. R. Tambo International Airport both of which have properly staffed and equipped Port of Health Offices. They want everyone involved in the Aviation Industry to take responsibility for ensuring that Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases such as Ebola or other diseases such as Yellow Fever, Poliomyelitis and Cholera are not brought into South Africa. Effectively the Doctor responsible for any passenger who is being sent into South Africa for medical treatment must complete an AC1 Form which is then sent to the Port of Health Office at FALA or FAOR (or other designated office outside of Gauteng) as appropriate. They will then review the information and either give approval for the patient to travel or refuse the request. The Doctor or Paramedic onboard or the Pilot of the aircraft must complete an AC2 Form prior to landing which is handed to the Port of Health Officer on arrival. He/she then compares the information contained in the AC1 and the AC2 Forms to ensure that the details are in agreement.

It is worth noting that there are a number of fraudulent Yellow Fever Certificates floating around, some of which have been used by passengers trying to get into South Africa. The details on the Yellow Fever Certificate include such things as the passport number of the traveller or crew member. If the passport number does not match then the person will be refused entry if they are not A South African Citizen. If the passport has expired that was used as identification at the time of the vaccination then both the new passport and the old passport must be carried.

A Yellow Fever vaccination takes 10 days to become effective and lasts for 10 years. Passengers and crew members who have been in transit in a Yellow Fever endemic area for less than 11 hours and 59 minutes are not required to present a valid Yellow Fever Certificate but those who have been in transit for 12 hours or more need to present one on arrival in South Africa.

For crew members working for South African operators elsewhere on the African Continent perhaps a suggestion would be for a copy of the relevant passport and Yellow Fever Certificate to be placed on the Crew Member's File so that if their passport/certificates have been stolen or had to be left for whatever reason then at least this would be acceptable to the Port of Health Authorities.

25% of flights into Lanseria come from Yellow Fever endemic areas and 70% of flights come from Malaria endemic areas. All aircraft, spares packs (particularly tyres), crews and passengers must be sprayed with an approved insecticide prior to landing in South Africa to ensure that none of the insects which can carry the diseases survive.

Any questions should be addressed to the relevant Port of Health Office. At Lanseria the numbers are Port of Health (H24) +27 11 701 3309 and the Clinic is +27 11 701 2077

Vivienne Sandercock


The news that had been doing rounds earlier this week about how applications can be used to navigate an airplane and control various operations of a plane had been doing rounds. This information was provided by a German information technology consultant Hugo Tero, who had claimed that he had developed an Android application that will help him control navigation of aircrafts. In addition, this application would help him play simple pranks in the aircraft like dropping of oxygen masks from the aircrafts ceiling and grave things like crashing one plane in to the other.

Tero had successfully demonstrated the mentioned hacking of airplane systems in a closed system using PC-based simulation software and was also sure that these tasks would be easy to perform on a live aircraft it was found the different security flaws that can exist. The Federal Aviation Administration or the FAA has stated that this is indeed a threat to flight safety but cannot be done through a computer, as the aviation system does not allow any hacker to gain access to complete control of an aircraft. There are a lot of differences between aviation control software and a PC based simulation software that cannot be overcome by any software specialist but a certified flight software specialist. Hackers who want to create problems to these systems though can use such information.

Fortunately, for the flyers this is good news as their flights would be safe and more measures would now be taken to ensure complete safety of the passengers on board. Tero has not let loose the explanation to this development and also claims that he is working with the agencies of the Government to make sure that all the systems are well protected against any hacking and making the necessary updates to the system to avoid any misfortune.



01 Jan Aeroprakt A-22 FoxBat 2 Phalaborwa Airport, Limpopo, RSA
10 Jan Windlass Aquilla 2 R304, outside of Klipheuwel, WC, RSA
17 Jan CASA 212 0 AFB Bloemfontein, Tempe Airfield, RSA
03 Feb Jabiru SPT 0 N4 Motorway, South of Witbank, MP, RSA
05 Feb Cessna 0 East African Aviation Academy, Soroti, Uganda
05 Feb Light Aircraft 3 Niamey Airport, Niger
11 Feb Military 3 crew/6 pax Monrovia, Liberia
23 Feb B733 0 RWY26L, Muscat, Oman
24 Feb Aeroprakt A-22 FoxBat 2 Initial climb out from Nanyuki Civil Airstrip, Kenya
28 Feb A321 0 Hurghada, Egypt
03 Mar Rally 2 Remote part of Namibia
04 Mar Fokker 50 5 Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
18 Mar MIL 1 500km N of Nouakchott, near Aoujeft, Mauritania
07 Apr B1900 1 In the area of the Gulf of Guinea
16 Apr Tiger Moth 2 Modimola Dam in Mmabatho, NW, RSA
13 Apr MT7 1 200 metres short of the runway at Arusha, Tanzania
Source, amongst others, PlaneCrash; News24, Aviation Herald, Flight Safety Information


18 Jan Bell 47G 3B.1 0 Hibberdene, KZN, RSA
07 Feb RH44 0 S 25° 49' 40” E 028° 13' 15, Kestell, FS, RSA
9 Mar MIL 2 35km from Bukavu, S Kivu Province, DRC
12 Mar Z9 1 Lusaka City Airport, Lusaka, Zambia
23 Mar Bell 206B 0 Mayors Walk, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, RSA
30 Mar Agusta A109 5 Kruger Park, South Africa (on rhino protection)
04 Apr RH44 1 Alongside N1 Nylstroom, Limpopo, RSA
05 Apr MIL 0 Nr US Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia
12 Apr MIL 5 Nr Ouro Modi, 56km southeast of Sevare, Mali
23 Apr RH44 4 Sondagskraal, about 4 km from the N4 highway nr Schoemanskloof outside Nelspruit MP, RSA