1 Weekend events.
2 Forthcoming events.
3 SACAA sets the record straight with regards to certificates of airworthiness
4 Spring TMG Fly-in at Parys Aerodrome 12 October 2013
5 Embraer Displays Full Executive Jets Portfolio at NBAA
6 Cessna wins Chinese charter order for Citation Mustangs
7 Russian Helicopters to supply first fire-fighting Ka-32A11BC to Belarus
8 Chinese military aircraft, the AS 565 Panther
9 Advertising Rate Card


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

26th October: Stellenbosch RV/Radials/Taidraggers and Warbird Fly in. E-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

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.


The South African Civil Aviation Authority is both disappointed and shocked with the story reported in the media this morning regarding the issuance and renewal of Airworthiness Certificates. It is unfortunate that information that was responding to a set of questions from Parliament were read out of context without seeking further clarity from the SACAA. It is inaccurate to report that only 42% of aircraft in the SA Register have Certificates of Airworthiness. We believe that this is an irresponsible statement to make.

To set the record straight, the statistics communicated via the parliamentary question stated that the South African Aircraft Register has approximately 12 500 aircraft in the register. Another question inquired about the number of Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A's) that have been issued by the SACAA at that time and the response given was that 5300 C of A's were issued. The fact of the matter is that not all the aircraft in the aircraft register require a Certificate of Airworthiness. The regulations stipulate that only Type Certified Aircraft (ATC) (Aircraft conforming to ICAO Annex 8) require a Certificate of Airworthiness. Approximately 50% of the aircraft in the register belong to this category. The rest of the other 50% belongs to what is known as the Non-Type Certified Aircraft (NTCA) (Recreation aircraft). NTCA aircraft require an Authority to Fly permit and not a C of A. Therefore the 5300 Certificates of Airworthiness has been issued to the TCA category. The SACAA issues the initial and renewal Certificates of Airworthiness as well as the initial Authority to Fly permits and the Recreation Aviation Administration of South Africa (RAASA), a designated body looking after this sector of the industry on behalf of the SACAA issues all renewal ATF permits. The statistics in the register are also not static as new aircraft are registered continuously.

It is important to note that aircraft owners may voluntarily decide to ground their own aircraft if they can either not afford to use or maintain them. Also aircraft may be regarded as grounded if they were involved in accidents and are currently the subject of investigations. It remains the duty of each pilot to ensure that the aircraft they fly are maintained and they comply with the SACAA regulations.

The SACAA regulations require that any aircraft flown should have a valid Certificate of Airworthiness or Authority to Fly permit. Should an aircraft be operated without any of these documents then that operator is in fact transgressing the regulations and the necessary enforcement action would be taken against the owner or operator of such aircraft.

Aircraft C of A's are renewable annually according to the Civil Aviation Regulations. The SACAA conducts a physical inspection on the aircraft when the initial C of A is applied for. During the renewal of the C of A, the SACAA reviews all the maintenance documents of the aircraft prior to renewing the C of A. It is the duty of the aircraft owner to present his/her aircraft for maintenance as per the manufacturers manual and a C of A will not be renewed until there is evidence that scheduled maintenance has been carried out on that particular aircraft.

The SACAA finds it very disturbing that an innocent process of providing information could have been read out of context in this way without any clarity being sought from the originators of the information. We certainly believe that more clarity should have been sought before going public with such inaccurate information which will not only damage the reputation of the Regulator and our industry but also the reputation of this country to our international counterparts and potential customers.

The mandate of the SACAA is to regulate civil aviation safety and security and we take this mandate very seriously as ultimately we have a duty to ensure the safety of the lives of all the passengers and crew who fly aircraft in this country.



On Saturday 12 October 2013 Christophe Roelofse, chairman of Power Assisted Soaring Association of South-Africa, hosted a Touring Motor Glider (TMG) fly-in at Parys Airfield. Even though we had to compete with Secunda Air-show, the day turned out to be adrenaline-pumping-licious.

Thank you for all your support, we could not have done it without you!
The idea behind these official seasonal fly-in's, is to create awareness and exposure for Part 62 Sub part 17 category for Touring Motor Gliders.
Any weather is GOOD TMG weather and PAS (Power Assisted Soaring) was the order of the day. The Touring Motor Gliders had the perfect weather conditions for utilizing thermals to switch off the engine and glide!

Parys Flying Club an ATO (Air Training Organization) / Flight School has been approved by SACAA (Civil Aviation Authority) for TMG (Touring Motor Glider) training under Part 62 S/Part 17 according to Part 141.

PASASA as part of their commitment to develop TMG in South Africa assisted PFC with their newly developed TPM (Training Procedures Manual) to include TMG and all the new regulations / sections such as SMS, etc. PASASA also has a support publication, “TMG Good Practice” a guide to aid ATO's in general operations and training. There are Senior Grade A PASASA instructors available to assist ATO / Instructors to obtain TMG ratings both under Part 62 (S/Part 17) and Part 61.

PASASA CP Christophe Roelofse congratulated the CFI Johan Van Garderin of Parys Flying Club on their new SACAA Part 141 TPM approval / and TMG Part 62 S/Part17 for TMG (Touring Motor Glider). Christophe Roelofse first introduced Johan to Touring Motor Glider in 2005 and they have ever since been at it …

Christophe Roelofse - Flying SF28 GXC …Jaco Mentz - Flying SF25 GAE

Thank you to Frans at Parys Airfield for his hospitality. It was a beautiful venue and the catering was great. Well done to the PASASA team, Christophe Roelofse chairperson and host, Jaco Mentz Safety Officer and Marietjie van Niekerk Compliance Officer.

Christoph Roelofse, Marietjie van Niekerk & Jaco Mentz

See you at our next event!



Melbourne, FL, October 18, 2013 - Embraer Executive Jets will display its complete portfolio of business aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition, in Las Vegas, NV, on October 22-24. This year will mark the Company's largest participation at the NBAA Convention, when all of its executive jets will be exhibited, including a new mock-up of the Legacy 450 mid-light jet, and the third production-conforming prototype of the Legacy 500 midsize jet, which is engaged in the flight test campaign.

The Company will hold a press conference on October 21, from 10:00am to 10:45am, in Room N115 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, and will receive its customers and guests at exhibit N2532.

“We are thrilled to bring our full range of business aircraft to NBAA, for the first time,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets. “From the Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, we will present new technology, new options, and aesthetics that further enhance the features, performance and styling leadership of our executive jets.”

The mock-up of the Legacy 450, on display at the Company's convention centre exhibit, showcases the only Full Fly-By-Wire mid-light jet, and the largest six-foot flat-floor cabin in its class, seating up to nine passengers in the most innovative environmental design and ergonomic feature interactivity in today's business jets.

The portfolio of Embraer Executive Jets will be on static display at Henderson Executive Airport, exhibit #245, where the public may visit each aircraft, including the light jet Phenom 300, the latest interior design of the Legacy 650, as well as the new version of the Lineage 1000.

For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, see:
www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com .



Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is celebrating a landmark deal that will see Citation Mustangs being flown for charter services in China for the first time. Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Company is acquiring two Citation Mustangs to operate charter flights in China. The company plans to offer customers connections to high-altitude airports, of around 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level. The first delivery is scheduled for December 2013, with the second delivery scheduled for 2014.

Kevin Wu, Cessna regional vice president of Sales for Greater China says: “This deal proves again the growing demand in the Chinese business aviation market. We are pleased that Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Company is investing in Citations for performance and features that support their business and customer expectations.”

Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Company was founded in 2011. The company already operates a Cessna Grand Caravan for sightseeing flights in south-west China. The deal was announced on the heels of the 2013 China International General Aviation Convention where Cessna is displaying their Grand Caravan and 172 Skyhawk products.

The Citation Mustang is equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite and weather avoidance radar. The aircraft has a maximum operating altitude of 41,000ft (12,497m) and a maximum cruise speed of 340ktas (630km/h).



Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, has signed a contract with the Minsk department of the Belarus Emergencies Ministry to supply a Ka-32A11BC helicopter fitted with a horizontal fire-fighting system. The helicopter is planned to be used to combat blazes in high-rise buildings in Minsk.

The specialist Ka-32A11BC fitted with water cannon will be the first of its kind to be delivered to Belarus. Delivery under the contract is expected in 2014.

Minsk is building high-rise towers as part of its city development programme. The Parus apartment block and Royal Plaza administrative complex rise more than 130m, while the Gazprom tower and Minsk Tower complex reach more than 150m. Extinguishing fires in high-rise buildings is impossible without specialised equipment, and the most effective way to tackle blazes in skyscrapers is by using fire-fighting helicopters.

Experts say that the Ka-32A11BC is one of the best rescue and fire-fighting helicopters around. The EASA certified the Ka-32A11BC in 2009, and the helicopter meets FAR29 and AP-29 standards.

The Ka-32A11BC is a medium multirole coaxial helicopter that can be deployed to fly search-and-rescue missions and assist in construction work, as well as complex tasks such as fire-fighting, cargo-carrying inside the fuselage or on an external sling, logging, evacuation of sick and wounded persons, as well as routine patrolling and special-forces operations.

The helicopter is ideally suited to saving human life in fire-fighting situations in high-rise buildings. The fire-fighting Ka-32A11BC comes with more than 40 options for specialist equipment. The helicopter has for many years been successfully deployed to combat fires around the world, including in Russia, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, China, Austria, South Korea and Indonesia.

The Ka-32A11BC's coaxial rotors mean it is able to hover in turbulent air conditions at close range to a conflagration and effectively tackle fires on the top floors of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers.

In early 2013 the Ka-32A11BC was chosen as the symbol of the Global Helicopter Fire fighting Initiative (GHFI). In summer of this year the helicopter was involved in fire-fighting efforts on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The Ka-32A11BC was developed by the Kamov Design Bureau and is in serial production at the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, both of which are Russian Helicopters companies.



The PLA Navy acquired a small number of the French Aérospatiale (now Eurocopter) AS 565 SA Panther naval helicopter in the late 1980s in order to support its new generation destroyers and frigates. The AS 565 Panther is the military version of the Eurocopter AS 365 Dauphin medium-weight multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter, and the AS 565 SA is the naval anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant based on the SA 365 N2 design. The AS 565 SAs in the PLA Navy were seen operating from most Chinese indigenous surface combatant constructed after 1990. In the future these helicopters will be gradually replaced by the Chinese indigenous HAMC Z-9C, which was also based on the SA 365 N2 design.

The helicopter has a four-blade main rotor, with two turbo shaft engines mounted side by side on top of the cabin with an air intake on side of motor hump and exhausts at the rear of the hump. The teardrop-shaped body features a tapered boom to the tail fin, a rounded nose and stepped-up cockpit. The nose of the helicopter is slightly stretched to accommodate the surface search radar antenna. There is a landing assistance system installed under the fuselage of the helicopter. A pair of weapon pylon for carrying torpedoes is attached to the lower part of the fuselage.

The helicopter has hydraulically-operated retractable tricycle type landing gear. The nose unit is twin-wheeled and retracts rearward. The main units are single-wheeled and retract into wheel troughs in the fuselage. All three units of the land gear are equipped with oleo-pneumatic shock absorbers. Some Z-9Cs are equipped with a landing assistance system.

Mission Equipment

The AS 565 Panther carries a French-made ORB-32 search radar surface search radar in the nose. ASW equipment on board includes a dipping sonar, active/ passive sonobuoys, and radio receiver.


The AS 565 Panther is fitted with external pylon to carry a single Chinese indigenous ET52 anti-submarine torpedo. The ET52 was a Chinese copy of the Italian Whitehead A244/S, using active/passive acoustic homing to a maximum range of 9.5km.


The helicopter is powered by two 635kW (851hp) Turbomeca Arriel-2C turbo shafts. The fuel capacity is 1,140 litres, with option for a 400 litre ferry tank.


Flight crew: 2
Length: 13.73m (with blades turning)
Main rotor diameter: 11.94m
Height: 3.47m
Weight (empty): 2,305kg
Weight (maximum take off): 4,300kg
Engine: 2 x Turbomeca Arriel-2C turboshaft, each rated at 635kW (851hp)
Internal fuel: 1,140 litre
Maximum speed: 285km/h
Range: 820km
Endurance: >4 hours
Maximum payload: 1,600kg
Armament: 1 x anti-submarine torpedo


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