1 Weekend events.
2 Forthcoming events.
3 Aeroclub's fly safe safety campaign
4 Denel's role in Airbus A400M delivered to French Air-Force
5 P-750 XSTOL gains Russian type acceptance
6 Aeronautical Instrumentation
7 Chinese military aircraft, the Jian-8II (J-8II)

8 Setting the African agenda - aviation experts meet in Nigeria
9 Advertising Rate card


0 October: Tubby Singleton's Farewell Celebration

12 October: Secunda Airshow. Contact Leon le Roux 017 634 4925

12 October: Bela Bela RC Fly in

12 October: TMG (Touring Motor Glider) Fly in Parys. Contact Marietjie van Niekerk 082 765 6670

11 & 12 October: Lichtenburg Fly In. Contact Danie van Heerden on 082 509 9705

12 October: CAA Roadshow at Aeropark Zynkraal. Mark Swarts

13 October: Aerobatics fun fly in.

13 October: Cub day at Baragwanath. Owners of Cubs, Supercubs, Cubbies and similar vintage aircraft are all invited. Entries open online to Cub-types until 28 September (thereafter entries open to other aircraft types) http://www.jlpc.co.za/Entry_form.php. For further details, please contact

13 October: Charity Fly in. Jupiter Airfield. Contact: Daleen Grundlingh: SAVA CVC Coordinator. Tel: 012 346 1150, E-mail: cvc@sava.co.za



26 October: Ladysmith Flying Club is looking at hosting a breakfast at the Ladysmith Airport. Contact Shane 071 190 9149

26th October: We are planning a RV/Warbird/Radial fly-in for at Stellenbosch! We will be hosting a fun fly inn specifically aimed at the following aircraft .
RV's, Taildraggers, Warbirds and Radials.
However all other aircraft are welcome to fly in for the day as we will have a contest with prize money allocated to aircraft in the categories as below.
Breakfast will be served from 08h00 and judging will commence from 10h00 am so please be sure that your aircraft is available .

Some rules:

Normal procedures for landing (see www.stelfly.co.za) .
Registration forms should be handed in at Pilot Registration when you park your aircraft.


Aircraft must be airworthy and currently licensed. Documents available at site.
Aircraft must have flown in to FASH or demonstrate flight at FASH to be judged.
Only show worthy Aircraft will be judged. Judges will determine required criteria, including Condition and Cleanliness.
Aircraft must be accompanied with informative display signage and a prop card for each Judge to initial after Aircraft has been Judged.
Judges decisions are final.

Judging Categories

RV Aircraft: Could be any RV aircraft that is Amateur Built and licensed as Experimental. Mostly a Craftsmanship and Beauty contest. Aircraft built entirely by hand could score higher than Kit Built because of the amount of skill and time consumed in building.
Warbird: Any Aircraft that has been used by the Military Services of RSA or Foreign Countries that have been utilized or intended for training for, or used in combat. Important features including original military non-volatile attachments, equipment and marking
Taildraggers, excluding RV's , Classic: Aircraft 1930 to WWII
The Best of Show Award ( cash prize R10 000) will be awarded to the Highest Scoring Aircraft
If we have enough aircraft in each category, the prize money may be split into category winners
Please send me a mail at paul.roux5@gmail.com if you want to book for breakfast and if you want to enter your aircraft

2 November Parys time trials 'all comers' from slow to super-fast. Briefing starts at 09h00. Contact Scully Levine 083 500 8387 e-mail: flyboys@global.co.za

2 November: Aero Club of South Africa annual awards ceremony at the Wanderers Club. Contact Sandra Strydom 011 082 1100 e-mail:

8 to 10 November EAA Sun 'n Fun Chapter 1503 Tempe Airfield Bloemfontein
Jack Onderstall 082 770 5505 e-mail: jack@cp.bftn.co.za is inviting you to Sun & Fun Fly-Inn at Tempe. Main Sponsor: www.trailordsa.co.za

No landing fees sponsored by airport manager Charlie Marais. Avgas and Jet A1 are available on the airfield at competitive prices. Capital Sounds in attendance. Come and meet the legendary Brian Emmenis of Capital Sounds your PA man for the day.

Camping on the airfield at the sky diving club - fee is R20/night per person. Please contact: Skydive Central manifest by calling 072 6916193
Nearby: Korhaan Lodge: 051 451 1733
korhaanlodge@iburst.co.za www.korhaanlodge.co.za
Bains Game Lodge: Luxury self-catering log cabins for two or five people and hotel rooms single or double. Tel 051 4511 761 or

9 November: EAA Chapter 322 Peter Hengst Memorial and Breakfast Fly-in to Brits. Contact Doug Norval

9 November: SAPFA Fun Rally Brits airfield: For more information go to:
www.sapfa.org.za or contact Mary de Klerk e-mail: maryd@expandingbranding.co.za

9 November: Kunkuru Fly in

15 to 17 November: Mafikeng fly-in and hangar dance. For more information
E-mail: info@mafikeng-flyingclub.co.za or contact Connie Conradie 082 449 1546

30 November to 1 December: Sport Aerobatics ACE of Base - Baragwanath airfield. Contact Annie Boon e-mail:

7 & 8 December: Wings and Wheels airshow at AFB Ysterplaat - Cape Town Contact Chris Teale e-mail:

For the full 2013 calendar go to events calendar.



Safety First Aviators Credo

As a proud Aviator, I confirm by the placement of my signature, that I subscribe to this credo and the ideals of SAFETY FIRST AVIATORS from this day forth, to keep me, my family and my friends safe.

1. I acknowledge that safety starts with myself.
2. I will display good Airmanship.
3. I accept that all pilots, including myself, are fallible and that through good discipline and compliance on our part the risks are reduced.
4. I will assign fellow aviators to watch out for me and assist them in improving their safety.
5. I am prepared to listen and consider the advice that is given by fellow aviators.
6. I will not hesitate to approach fellow aviators if I have a genuine concern for their safety and intern will welcome other pilots whom approach me.
7. I will be considerate, creating a safe environment for all aviators, allowing all to operate within their respective limitations.
8. I will never attempt to show my skills off to anyone until I have earned these skills.
9. I acknowledge that, whenever there is doubt as to whether I should fly, I will not.
10. I will consider the risks and consequences before making decisions and will always treat flying with the respect and prudence it deserves.
11. I will always check the weather en route and at my destination prior to making a flight.
12. I will play my part in the safety of flying in South Africa.

To sign up E-mail: office@aeroclub.org.za


Denel Excited About Companys Role In Airbus A400M Airliner To French Air-Force

This will be an opportunity for the engineers, artisans and technicians at Denel Aerostructures in Kempton Park to see the first production model of the A400M in flight and celebrate South Africa's contribution to its design and manufacturing.

The event will be attended by Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and the French Defence Minister, Mr Jean Yves le Drian.

Denel Aerostructures is the only Tier 1 supplier of manufactured parts to the A400M outside of Europe. In June, Airbus Military placed a third multi-million rand contract with the company during the Paris Airshow in France, which was attended by Denel's Chairman, Mr Zoli Kunene and the Group CEO, Mr Riaz Saloojee. The work package was for the manufacturing of the “ribs, spars and swords”, the inside structure of the giant airlifter's distinctive tail section. At the time Mr Kunene said that the approximately ZAR200-million (€15.1m) work package was contracted to run over the entire life of the A400M programme. “It demonstrates Airbus Military's confidence in Denel and South Africa's design and manufacturing capabilities, coupled with our ability to deliver on time and within budgets.”

Under a renegotiated contract announced in September 2012, the South African manufacturer is also responsible for two other A400M work packages involving the design, engineering and fabrication of the Wing-to-Fuselage Fairing and the fuselage Top Shells. The wing-to-fuselage fairing is the largest single aerostructure component ever produced in South Africa and provides an aerodynamic shroud over sensitive equipment located in the centre wing part of the A400M. The fairing protects the equipment from lightning, hail damage and bird strikes.

The fuselage Top Shells are made up of more than 1 100 individual parts and a large machined skin, engineered out of an aluminium alloy. Each A400M is fitted with two Top Shells, positioned in front and behind the wings where they join the fuselage. They are also fitted with approximately 1 000 brackets which support electrical and electronic wiring, hot air and heat exchange pipes and the aircraft's emergency life rafts.

The live linkup to the event in Spain will provide Denel Aerostructures employees with an opportunity to see the parts of the aircraft they produce during the aircraft's flight for the first time. “This is a celebration of South African innovation and our high-tech manufacturing capabilities. We are participating with great success and confidence in the most ambitious multinational aircraft production process ever. “It shows that we have the skills and capacity inside South Africa to manufacture sophisticated aerostructures and we are ready to contribute to the growth of the home-grown aerospace industry,” says Mr Saloojee.



Pacific Aerospace Limited (PAL) has gained Type Acceptance for the P-750 XSTOL aircraft for Russia which paves the way for its Russian agent to deliver the first of thirty-seven P-750 XSTOLs to this promising market over the next five years.

Serial number XL186 is the first P-750 bound for Russia and the 85th of its type produced by PAL. It will be operated by the Parachute Training Centre skydive drop-zone in Moscow and will be delivered this month.

“Russia is an exciting market for us” said Damian Camp, CEO of PAL. “Capturing just a small fraction of the replacement market for the 17,000 pre-WWII Antonov AN2 biplanes produced in Russia would be a big deal for us” he said. “We'd love to be doing this on the back of a Russia-NZ free trade agreement but I guess we'll have to wait a bit longer for that.”

The 10-seat P-750 XSTOL is the world's best short take-off and landing single engine aircraft. It is operated in the most demanding conditions in places like Nepal, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Africa where reliability, low cost of operation and superior payload are critical. Needing just 720 feet (220m) to take off carrying a useful load of 4,200lbs (1,905kgs), which is more than its empty weight of 3,300lbs (1,497kgs), the P-750 XSTOL also has a superior range over its competitors of an impressive 1,179nm (2,183km).

The P-750 is used around the world for freight, passenger, aerial survey and surveillance, medevac, agriculture and skydiving operations. It is certified in 16 countries, including with FAA and EASA under FAR Part 23, and has also been certified against ICAO Annex 6 for Single Engine IFR Commercial Passenger Transport Operations. With the Russian approval coming hot on the heels of gaining Chinese Type Validation in in December, Pacific Aerospace is in the process of increasing its production rate.


Aeronautical Instrumentation, as the name suggests caters to a myriad of aircraft instrumentation, electrical and avionics needs, which comprise autopilot systems, calibration, together with maintenance, repairs, as well as the major overhaul of avionics, instrumentation, electrical and autopilot components from various manufacturers.

In addition to this, new product sales and installations of units and systems are also made available to our valued clients through our Agencies, suppliers and dealership relations that exist with Companies both in South Africa, the U.S.A. and the U.K. Our components and spare supplies ensures that we remain at the cutting edge of technology, and are able to provide the market with cheaper pricing and better service levels through our large stock holding on premises, where accuracy and precision instrumentation is critical, where the rubber hits the runway.

The instrumentation and avionics utilised by our Company consists of high quality instruments and avionics together with stock parts that conform to the South African Civil Aviation Authority. The use of which, is subjected to stringent aviation safety and regulatory conditions, and is governed by the laws enforced by S.A.C.A.A. which ensures that each aircraft is tested, checked and certified serviceable to fly, prior to leaving our hanger based at Lanseria Airport.



The Jian-8II (J-8II) is a single-set, twin-engine, supersonic fighter aircraft developed by Shenyang-based 601 Aircraft Design Institute and Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC). The aircraft was developed from the Jian-8 (J-8 Finback-A) fighter, with a redesigned forward fuselage and upgraded avionics. It was originally developed from an interceptor fighter to counter Soviet bombers that fly at high altitudes, and has involved into an all-weather multirole fighter with both air-to-air combat and surface attack capabilities. A range of variants have been introduced since the maiden flight of the aircraft, with gradually improved performance and capabilities.

As the J-8 fighter could not meet the requirements of the PLA, the SAC was asked in the early 1980s to develop a new fighter with radical improvements. Rather than simply pursuing high-speed, high-altitude performance, the new fighter was required have decent aerodynamic performance at transonic speeds and in medium-low altitudes. The PLA also demanded the 'beyond-visual-range' (BVR) air combat capability using the radar-homing medium-range air-to-air missile (MRAAM), and the secondary capability for ground attack.

The SAC soon began to develop an improved variant of the J-8. In order to achieve the design targets, the aircraft received extensive structural and system modifications. The delta wing remained substantially unchanged, but the forward fuselage was completely redesigned, with the original nose air inlet moved to the sides of the fore fuselage to provide space for lager-size radar. The original two underpowered WP-7 turbojet engines were replaced by the new WP-13AII. The fighter was given a new fire-control radar with extended range coupled with an interception fire-control computer, and could carry semi-active radar-homing MRAAM and air-to-ground rockets. An autopilot was also added for all-weather interception and ground attack abilities.

Basic variant J-8II
The J-8II entered full-scale development in September 1980. The first J-8II prototype was completed in March 1984, and was test flown for the first time on 12 June. The aircraft was certified for design finalisation in October 1988 after completing its test flights. However, the initial operational capability was delayed due to the aircraft's trouble-prone avionics and the slow progress in the development of the semi-active radar-homing MRAAM.

Compared to the previous J-8 models, the J-8II has modestly improved its manoeuvrability. Test results showed that the J-8II's intake efficiency was the same as the J-8 at high speeds and 6% higher at lower speeds. An electrically controlled differential horizontal tail plane resulted in the J-8II being 45% more efficient in roll control compared to the J-8 at subsonic speeds. The initial J-8II variant had the indigenous Type 208 mono-pulse fire-control radar with a detection range of only 40km. Due to the incapability of the Chinese weapon industry to produce a suitable MRAAM, the basic variant J-8II could only carry the infrared-homing short-range AAM for visual range combat.


The fixed weapon on the J-8II includes a twin-barrel Type 23-III (a copy of the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23L) 23mm cannon with 200 rounds in a ventral installation. The aircraft has seven hardpoints (one under fuselage and six under wings). The centre fuselage hardpoint has a GDJ-4 pylon integrated dispenser system, which can carry up to six 250kg low-drag free-fall bombs, or a 1,400 litre drop tank. The under-wing hardpoints can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, or unguided rocket launchers, or 250kg free-fall bombs. The two outboard wing hardpoints are also pumped to carry 800 litre drop tanks.

While early variants (J-8B/D) could only carry IR-homing short-range air-to-air missiles (SRAAM) such as PL-5 and PL-8, later variants (F-8IIM/J-8F/H) are capable of firing semi-active or active radar-homing medium-range air-to-air missile (MRAAM) such as R-27 (AA-10), R-77 (AA-12), PL-11, or PL-12 (SD-10) for 'beyond-visual-range' (BVR) combat. Later variants also have enhanced ground attack capabilities.

For a typical interception mission, the fighter carries four air-to-air missiles (two SRAAM and two MRAAM) under the inboard and middle wing hardpoints, two 800 litre drop tanks under the outboard wing hardpoints, and a 1,400 litre drop tanks under the centre fuselage hardpoint.

For a typical ground attack mission, the fighter carries six 250kg low-drag free-fall bombs using the integrated dispense pylon under the centre fuselage hardpoint. The under wing hardpoints could each carry a 250kg bomb or an unguided rocket launcher pod carrying twelve 57mm or seven 90mm unguided rockets.

Later variants of the J-8II fighter are also configured to fire the Russian-made Kh-31A anti-ship missile or precision guided weapons such as the LT-2 laser guided bomb (LGB) or LS-6 satellite guided bomb.



Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa is taking part in the first ever Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Africa Region Conference, now taking place in Abuja, Nigeria.

The two-day Conference, themed 'Transforming Air Traffic Management (ATM) Performance' and hosted by Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), started yesterday and will end on Wednesday, 9th October 2013. This event provides an excellent platform to discuss regional issues, exchange ideas and best practices, with a specific focus on CANSO's recently approved Vision 2020.

In celebration of 20 years of operational excellence dedicated to the creation of safer African skies, ATNS is proud to be the Lead Sponsor at this Conference. Some of the products and services that the company is show-casing - at its exhibition stand - include Training Solutions, Billing Services, Centralized Aeronautical Database (CAD) Management, Flight Procedure and Airspace Designs.

ATNS experts in Safety, Engineering, Air Traffic Management and Operations are actively participating in discussions and deliberations on the status of safety and operations in Africa, the technological, financial and training needs of the region.

Harmonization of the African airspace through partnerships and cooperation among aviation stakeholders has been earmarked as one of the critical topics to be discussed at the conference. This process is a concrete way of improving the smoothness and cost-efficiency of the entire air traffic service chain and in turn, benefits airlines and air passengers. The attainment of the seamless airspace and more usage of new technologies for better efficiency in Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) will enable the industry to achieve efficient and safe air navigation services.

Partnerships and collaborations among the airspace users and industry partners are the key success factors in driving the transformation of ATM. The conference will discuss challenges and impediments to successful collaborations in the region. Models and success stories of regional collaboration will be shared among participants.

The CANSO Africa Region subscribes to the African Renaissance concept - which states that Africa will overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, and economic renewal. The all-important twin areas of trans-border infrastructural development and Intra-Africa trade promotion will reduce the continent's excessive reliance on external hand-outs for its own development. In South Africa, ATNS, through its ATNS Realignment, Growth and Positioning (ARGAP) Programme, supports key government economic objectives that include job creation, poverty eradication, reduction of inequality and overall economic growth.

The conference is being attended by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Directors, senior managers from Air Navigation Service Providers across Africa and other regions of the world, significant international organization such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and leading industry suppliers.


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