1 Weekend events.
2 Forthcoming events.
3 Young engineer from Port Elizabeth awarded first Bloodhound SSC Chevening Scholarship in SA
4 Russian helicopters to showcase new combat training helicopter MI-28UB at MAKS 2013
5 Icon aircraft, the sport is back in flying
6 180hp Zlin Cub-S Debuts At Oshkosh
7 Second Interjet SSJ100 ready for Mexico
8 First Five Merlin Mk 2 Helicopters Delivered to Royal Navy


16- 18 August Winter Family Boogie hosted by Skydive Parys and Stonehenge in Africa. Contact: Contact Steven Taylor 072 303 9140
Email: skydiveparys@gmail.com

17 August Krugersdorp Fly in and Spotlanding Competition. For more information E-mail kfc@iafrica.com

17 August SAPFA Gyrocopter Fun Rally at Kitty Hawk: Contact Mary de Klerk E-mail: maryd@expandingbranding.co.za or visit:
www.sapfa .co.za



24 August Bela-Bela Falcons Flying Club - Neil Armstrong memorial fly in breakfast. Contact Pieter Roux 083 377 5227 or E-mail Info@justforfun.co.za

29 August to 1 September. Cirrus Migration - CDC Aviation. Contact Deon Wentzel: 082 458 5719 or E-mail: deon@cdcaviation.co.za

30 & 31 August Bethlehem Airshow. For more information contact Derek O'Connor 083 629 5242 derek@malutiskies.co.za

2 to 15 September World Precision Championships - Germany: Contact Mary de Klerk e-mail: maryd@expandingbranding.co.za or got to:

7 September Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate airshow - Hoedspruit . Contact Martin den Dunnen 015 793 1192 info@zandspruit.co.za

Sunday 29 September Grand Rand airshow. Contact Carolyn Naude 011 827 8884 e-mail: hange@randairport.co.za

28 & 29 September Sport Aerobatics Cape Regionals - Mossel Bay Contact Annie Boon e-mail: hange@mweb.co.za
Sunday 29 September Grand Rand airshow - One of the finest on the annual calendar. Contact Carolyn Naude 011 827 8884 e-mail: carolyn@randairport.co.za

28 & 29 September Sport Aerobatics Cape Regionals - Mossel Bay
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

12 October Secunda airshow
Contact Leon le Roux 017 634 4925

For the full 2013 calendar go to events calendar.



Beverly Singh, a young engineer from Port Elizabeth, has been awarded the first BLOODHOUND SSC Chevening Scholarship in South Africa. She will join the Bloodhound engineering team in the UK during September 2013 and at the same time commence her engineering Master's course at the University of the West of England (UWE).

The BLOODHOUND SSC scholarship programme was announced in November 2012 by UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds MP, and this kicked-off the application process for South African engineering graduates through their universities and engineering organisations.

“I am hugely excited about this fantastic opportunity to further my studies and develop my career,” Beverly said. She's also looking forward to making many new friends in the UK. Beverly will work and study in the UK for one year and hope to become part of leading technology in creating more efficient manufacturing and energy systems once back in SA. “Having worked with engineers from different countries one thing is clear, engineering has no borders,” she says.

Beverly gained extensive industrial experience at General Motors South Africa whilst studying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and after graduation at Eveready (Pty) Ltd and Kestrel Renewable Energy, all in Port Elizabeth. Her industrial knowledge and desire to eventually move into engineering management impressed the selection panel that was made up of British High Commission and Bloodhound (SA) staff.

Beverly is currently restructuring an entire production facility which will create more efficient processes and increase production output. As the project leader she has been able to put together a plan to achieve this in just four weeks. One of her main tasks was to liaise with several departments to achieve consensus at every stage of the project. Her experience of being a leader has been about listening and understanding the needs of other people before making decisions.

Her ultimate ambition is to create a manufacturing training facility so that the youth of South Africa may also discover ways to contribute to the development of our country. These are exactly the characteristics looked for in Chevening Scholars who will return to South Africa after completing their academic courses in the UK.

The University of the West of England (Bristol) is a founder sponsor of the Bloodhound Project and has provided extensive support to the engineering team since the early research work to see if a car could achieve speeds of 1 000 mph (1 610 km/h) . Beverly will commence her full time Master's course at UWE and combine this with supporting the engineering team during the final phases of the build of the car at the new Bloodhound Technical Centre in Avonmouth near Bristol.

The Chevening Scholarship programme is funded through the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and over 700 graduates participate in the programme each year, approximately 30 of these come from South Africa.


The BLOODHOUND SCC (supersonic car) is currently being built by a team of about 30 engineers in a high-tech centre near Bristol in the UK. The car will come to South Africa in 2015 for a series of test runs (over several months) to break the sound barrier and the current land speed record of 1 228 km/h. In 2016, it will attempt to set a record 30% faster than that: 1609 km/h, or 1 000 mph. The test runs and the record attempts will take place at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape Province, where the provincial government is currently preparing the track by removing more than 6 000 tonnes of stones and rocks.



Rostov-on-Don / 9 August 2013 - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a new combat training helicopter Mi-28UB at the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2013), based on the Mi-28NE Night Hunter combat helicopter manufactured by Rostvertol.

Mi-28UB is a special helicopter with a dual control system that can be used in Mi-28NE pilot training, while at the same time retaining all the functionality of an attack helicopter.

On 9 August the Mi-28UB performed its maiden demonstration flight at the flight test centre of Rostvertol, which is part of Russian Helicopters. It is worth nothing that the Mi-28NE, Mi-26 (T) and Mi-35M helicopters are also manufactured at this plant. Soon the Mi-28UB will be delivered to the Zhukovsky airfield in Moscow suburb where MAKS 2013 will be held. This will be the first time that this helicopter model is presented to the public: the Mi-28UB will be located on a static stand of Russian Helicopters.

Designing the Mi-28UB has been tailored to client requirements, first and foremost the Russian Ministry of Defence. This modification is to be used to train military pilots who need flight practice on Mi-28N? Night Hunter helicopters. At the same time, the Mi-28UB can perform all the functions of an attack helicopter, including search and destroy operations against enemy equipment and manpower and low-speed targets at any time of day or night in both favourable and complex weather conditions.

The major difference between the new Mi-28UB and the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter is the dual hydromechanical flight control system. Thanks to this innovation, the helicopter can be operated both from the pilot's cockpit and the flight instructor's cockpit. The area of the flight instructor's cockpit has been increased, with an expansion in the pilot canopy and change to the configuration of the energy-absorbing seats.

The new Mi-28UB helicopter will improve significantly and render more effective training of pilots of Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters, which are supplied to the Russian air force, and may be offered for export. The Mi-28UB retains the full potential of an attack helicopter and offers the same level of service as the Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters.


ICON Aircraft's mission is to bring the freedom, fun, and adventure of flying to all who have dreamed of flight. The FAA's dramatic 2004 regulation changes that created the Light Sport Aircraft category have redefined the possibilities for aviation and allowed ICON to “reinvent flying” by focusing on the consumer experience. ICON's intent is to democratize aviation the same way that great brands like Apple, BMW, Ducati, or Oakley democratize their products: by fusing outstanding engineering with world-class consumer product design. The end goal is to create products that not only deliver great functional benefit but also deeply inspire us on an emotional level.

After years of development with some of the world's best aerospace engineers and industrial designers, ICON Aircraft has released the first of its sport planes, the A5. The A5 delivers an exciting and safe flying experience in a bold design that communicates beauty, performance, and most importantly, fun. With over 1,000 delivery positions already assigned, the A5 has demonstrated unprecedented and broad market appeal. The A5 has also won numerous prestigious design awards and received prominent media coverage in well-known outlets including Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, CNN, CBS, Fox, and the Discovery Channel.

ICON's unique vision, combining personal aviation and sophisticated design, reflects the passions of its founders. The idea for the company was conceived by Kirk Hawkins when he first learned about the impending FAA regulation change. Hawkins is a former U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot and a long-time motorsport enthusiast. After graduating from Stanford Business School, he founded ICON in 2006 in Silicon Valley with former classmate Steen Strand. Strand, a Harvard graduate with a master's in Product Design from Stanford, is a serial entrepreneur focused on consumer product design.

In 2007, a team of world-class aeronautical engineers and fabricators joined ICON. Much of that team came from Burt Rutan's famed Scaled Composites, including VP of Engineering Matthew Gionta and Lead Aero Engineer Jon Karkow. Scaled is famous for its record-setting projects including Voyager,

Global Flyer, the X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, and Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The A5 proof-of-concept aircraft has completed hundreds of successful test flights, and is currently ramping up production. ICON's facilities are located in Southern California, a hotbed for automotive design and aerospace engineering.

- Seats: 2
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1510 lbs (686.4 kg)
- Useful Load: 430 - 450 lbs (195.0 - 204.5 kg) (option dependent)
- Baggage: 60 lbs (27.2 kg) (maximum)
- Fuel (Auto Gas or Av Gas): 20 gal (75.7 L)
- Maximum Speed (Vh): 105 kts (120 mph) (194 kmh)
- Range: 300 NM (555.6 km)
- Takeoff & Landing Distance: 750 ft (228.6 m)
- Engine (Rotax 912 iS): 100 hp



180hp Zlin Cub-S: Best power-to-weight in category

The 180hp Titan Stroker IO-340 powered Zlin Cub-S is coming to the United States as a light sport aircraft (S-LSA), according to Bill Canino of SportairUSA. The U.S. distributor for aircraft manufactured by Zlin Aviation will bring the Cub-S to Oshkosh in late July for AirVenture 2013.

With its best in category power-to-empty weight ratio of 4.74 lbs/hp (7.33 lbs at MTOW), the Cub-S climbs at up to 2100 fpm. Takeoff roll is 60 feet with one pilot, or 81 feet fully loaded. Cruise speed is 112 mph at 75% power, even when equipped with 31” Alaskan Bushwheels and 6” extended landing gear. The Cub-S sports a capacious cargo area and carries a 505 lb payload.

“The Cub-S performs brilliantly in difficult, remote operations,” said Canino. “This is a lot of airplane for less than $125,000.” The first two deliveries are scheduled for November of this year.

The Cub-S is a fun, safe, robust and easy-to-fly airplane, suitable for weekend escapes or for expeditions into the bush.

“Now you have choices,” said Pasquale Russo of Zlin Aviation. “You can chase the $100 hamburger or you can land on the highest mountain slope, reach the most isolated snow covered village, fly in to that secluded fishing spot or pristine beach to spend the day or camp for a week.”

The Cub-S is the result of two years of study by Zlin Aviation in collaboration with experienced Alaskan bush pilots. The result is an LSA that comes as close as possible to being the perfect utility airplane for demanding off-runway operating conditions. This new airplane tops the Zlin line, which also includes the Savage Bobber, Cub, iCub, Cruiser and Classic



On August 2rd, 2013 the second Interjet Sukhoi Superjet 100 was rolled out from the SuperJet International's hangar in Venice (Italy) on completion of customization and technical acceptance procedure. It took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for a ferry flight to Toluca (Mexico).

The MSN 95024 is the second aircraft to be delivered to the Mexican carrier Interjet, launch customer in the western market.

The airplane is to fly to Toluca (Mexico) stopping only in Reykjavik (Island), Goose Bay (Canada) and Bangor (Maine, USA). Similarly, the first Interjet SSJ100 performed successfully a route of 5100 km from Bangor directly to Toluca (Mexico), skipping two stops initially planned at Washington D.C (USA) and San Antonio (Texas). Thus the SSJ100 confirmed its superior aerodynamics and outstanding performance on longer range routes.

The second ferry flight is crewed by two Interjet pilots, Capt. Juan Carlos Balcazar Zuniga and Capt. Senobio Federico Guzman Harrison with Capt. Alberto Zucconi Galli Fonseca of SuperJet International's Training Center.

“With the handover of the first SSJ100 to Interjet on July 22nd, the departure of the second aircraft is another great milestone. The third aircraft is being customized at SJI facilities and 5 more are to be completed by year-end. We are aware that this is just the first steps in a long road to be traveled. But these successful results demonstrate that SJI is on track!” says Mr. Nazario Cauceglia, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International.

The SSJ100 is a state-of-the-art regional jet developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi. It incorporates the most modern Western technology and offers the highest standards of quality and comfort available in the 100-seats segment.

Interjet chose a 93-seats (34' pitch) configuration, in accordance with the airline's high standards for passenger comfort. The exclusive interior features were designed by Italian Pininfarina. Compared to other aircraft used to serve the domestic routes in Mexico, the SSJ100 offers wider seats.

The SSJ100 is the first Russian-Italian aircraft in full compliance with the most rigorous western air safety standards of EASA, IAC-AR, ENAC and Mexican DGAC civil aviation authorities


First Five Merlin Mk 2 Helicopters Delivered to Royal Navy

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first five AW101 Merlin HM Mk 2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy's 824 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose in Southwest England. A ceremony was held today at RNAS Culdrose to celebrate the formation of the Navy's first Merlin HM Mk.2 equipped squadron. The delivery of these aircraft, which have been upgraded as part of a £750M AgustaWestland and Lockheed Martin led contract, marks a significant programme milestone for industry, the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Fitted with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and improved aircrew mission console and avionics, the Merlin HM Mk 2 has advanced touch screen displays, and an improved ability to detect and track targets and share data with other aircraft and ships while airborne. These and equipment improvements will also enable the helicopters to carry out counter piracy and casualty evacuation roles. Thirty Merlin Mk1 helicopters are being converted to Mk2s by AgustaWestland at its Yeovil facility, supported by prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Following the completion of trials the first helicopters are expected to be ready to deploy on operations by summer 2014. Delivery of all 30 Merlin HM Mk2s will be completed in 2015.

Ray Edwards, Managing Director, AgustaWestland, said “The success of this complex programme has been achieved by strong collaboration between industry, the Ministry of Defence and the end user. We are delighted this programme is on budget and on schedule to deliver a world class front line capability for the Royal Navy.” Jeff Streznetcky, Vice President and Group Managing Director, Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems, said 'The Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) represents a magnificent team effort led by Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland, supported by our suppliers, to provide the Royal Navy with unrivalled capability to carry out its anti-submarine patrol and policing requirement.' Commodore Andy Lison RN, responsible for the Merlin, Lynx and Sea King teams for the MOD's Defence, Equipment and Support Organisation, said “I am delighted that we are now firmly in the delivery phase of the project. The Merlin Mk 2 is a truly exceptional aircraft and the programme to develop and build this aircraft has brought together the very best of the MOD and defence industry to future-proof this vital capability for Defence.” Commander Ben Franklin RN, the Commanding Officer of The Merlin Helicopter Force said “I am extremely proud to be leading the Merlin Force during this period. The delivery of the first five aircraft to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm is a real milestone of this successful programme which will provide vital support to the Navy as it fulfils its role in protecting UK interests across the Globe.”

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