MIDWEEK UPDATE 16 APRIL 2014
1 Plan your weekend
2 Forthcoming events
3 PSG Aviation Team grown from two to five.
4 Latest agreement strengthens relations between ATNS and SWACAA
5 Saab has successfully performed the first flight with the new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) which will feature in Gripen E
6 Embraer Delivers the First E175 to United Airlines
7 Russian Helicopters to showcase commercial and military models at Defence Services Asia 2014
8 Boeing Opens 737 Interior Configuration Studio
9 Pilatus Enhances PC-12 NG for 2014
10 Rate Card
12 to 21 April. Sandstone heritage and steam event with a fly-into the estate. Contact Jo Anne West: email@example.com
28 April-1 May: PASA SA National Skydiving Championships, Wonderboom Airport. Contact: Peter Lawson 012 566 6535: firstname.lastname@example.org
Set up of display area must commence on 30 April 2014 and clearing of display areas to be completed after 16h00 on 4 May 2014. Please confirm your interest in the event before end of business on 4 April 2014.
Kevin J Storie
General Manager - Aero Club of South Africa
3-4 May: SAC Free State Regional Aerobatics, Parys. E-mail: email@example.com
10 May: SAAF Museum Annual Airshow, AFB Zwartkops. Contact: Lt. Col. O'Connor 012 351 2290 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 - 11 May: Vulintaba National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Newcastle KZN. Members of the public can book rides by sending an e-mail with detail to email@example.com confirmation of the price per person will be confirmed by e-mail.
9 to 11 May: Battlefields Fly-in. Contact 034 218 1641 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
17 May: Dundee Airshow. Contact: Johan Pieters E-mail: email@example.com
082 923 0078
18 May: Parys Pylon Time Trials - All comers. Contact Scully Levin
24 May: Ladysmith Airshow. Contact: John Neilon E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 082 485 5514
24 May: Lowveld Airshow (Nelspruit) Contact: Willemien Hodgkinson
29 to 31 May: President's Trophy Air Race. Contact: Robbie Myburgh E-mail: website www.sapfa.org.za.
31 May: New Castle Airshow. Contact: E-mail: email@example.com
1 June: Baragwanath Airfield celebrates its 95th anniversary. The original airfield was created in 1919, with the Johannesburg Light Plane Club being formed in 1926. The club is still in operation today at the 'new' Baragwanath south of Lenasia and we are planning a good old fashioned fly-in to celebrate South Africa's aviation heritage and its future with a wide variety of aircraft present at the airfield on the day (old rubbing shoulders with new) and some great entertainment in the form of live music, vintage cars and motorcycles and period dress competition.
Please RSVP to Courtney Watson with your name, names of your guests, your aircraft type and Registration e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 083 642-3565. Information will be available on the Johannesburg Light Plane Club website and updates and notices will be sent via E-mail Courtney.
7 June: Pietermaritzburg airshow. Contact: John Neilon e-mail: email@example.com 082 485 5514 or Gerna Fraser 031 563 9165 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 June: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact: Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 e-mail: email@example.com
14 June: Margate airshow. Contact: John Neilon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 082 485 5514 or Gerna Fraser 031 563 9165 e-mail: email@example.com
21 June: Richards Bay airshow. Contact: John Neilon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 082 485 5514 or Gerna Fraser 031 563 9165 e-mail: email@example.com
20 & 21 June: Mafikeng Memorial War Fly-In. Contact Connie: Conradie 018 387 1425 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
28 June: Mkuze airshow. Contact: John Neilon e-mail: email@example.com 082 485 5514 or Gerna Fraser 031 563 9165 e-mail:
PSG AVIATION TEAM GROWN FROM TWO TO A TEAM OF FIVE.
It is with great excitement that we look back on the growth and potential which PSG Aviation has shown during the past year. The PSG Aviation Team has grown from two to a team of five.
PSG Aviation is one of the most competitive aviation brokerages in the aviation industry. And, we are committed to the effective settlements of claims.
In addition to your aviation insurance needs, our company can also accommodate your other insurance needs, both locally and internationally, and we will ensure that you enjoy the most comprehensive cover at the most competitive price. We pride ourselves in service excellence and personal relationships with our clients and service providers. We offer various products such as:
• Aviation and all related products including re-insurance;
• Commercial (fire, buildings, office contents, stock, goods in transit, electronic equipment, business all risk, vehicles, public liability, etc.);
• Personal (household contents, buildings, all risk, vehicles, etc.);
• Marine; and
• Personal accident.
It is our goal to develop new products on an ongoing basis which could enhance and extend the cover which an aviator could require, in order to be that one step ahead of the local market.
We have developed our own on-line pilot excess product. With just a click of a button this cover can be arranged without any hick-up to ensure peace of mind. We have a customised database which enables us to manage all policies and to ensure ongoing cover for all our valued clients. Our current client base consists of more than 400 aircraft.
We also attended various fly-ins throughout the year at Bultfontein, Zebula, Nylstroom, Warmbaths, All Days, Newcastle Bloemfontein and Krugersdorp and this has proven to be an excellent opportunity to improve our relationships with clients and service providers and to have a bit of "hanger talk". These fly-ins also provided us with the opportunity to sponsor breakfasts and prizes which allowed us to contribute to the aviation community. This included a breakfast which PSG Aviation sponsored in October 2013 at the famous Morgenzon Guesthouse, Conference & Weddings Venue opposite Wonderboom Airport, during which we enjoyed a lovely time with the Wonderboom Airport tenants. This is also the second consecutive year that we are the proud sponsor of the Johannesburg Special Rules Frequency chart.
Mbabane, Swaziland. The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa and the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) have signed a very important agreement, aimed at building essential aviation infrastructure that will unlock and stimulate regional economic activity - by contributing to a safe, efficient and reliable transport infrastructure within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.
Revenue generated from the collection of fees for over-flights will accrue to Swaziland. This is according to SWACAA Director General, Solomon Dube. "ATNS has a reputation of deploying the best efficient and effective aeronautical billing and collection system in the region, if not the continent".
The agreement is of a commercial nature, where ATNS will be providing a billing service for SWACAA, for all over-flights that include Commercial, Non-Commercial, scheduled and non-scheduled flights. This will result in more usage of new technologies for better efficiency in Communication, Navigation and Surveillance.
Dumisani Sangweni, ATNS Executive, Commercial Services said this signing builds on the strong relationship established between SWACAA and ATNS over the years. "It aims to strengthen the aviation system in the region and improve safety" he concluded.
In May 2013, the two entities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Swaziland. Some of the provisions included in the initial agreement stated that ATNS would monitor aircraft which use Swaziland airspace, using specialist equipment that are able to observe aircraft as far as Mozambique and the Indian Ocean.
A joint project management team has - over the past year - been hard at work, making sure that the new agreement has all the loopholes covered before implementation.
A single African sky is a common vision shared by most if not all African ANSPs. And that includes ATNS and SWACAA. The two entities have been SADC VSAT Network Supervisory Board members since 1998. The VSAT Network has eliminated all communication deficiencies in the SADC region and is fulfilling the region's communication requirements in terms of the ICAO Africa/Indian Ocean (AFI) plan.
ATNS and SWACAA have several joint initiatives lined for the near future. These include training that has been specifically tailored, as part of the regional introduction of the new ATNS product, widely known as CAD (Centralized Aeronautical Database system), which is a single repository for all aeronautical information. This system will enable African States to link up to the database and make use of its benefits, which will be in the static information domain. It will allow for a free-flowing, transparent and open usage of aeronautical information. Innovative Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) and Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) functionalities will be used as cost-effective services.
Both parties are steadfast in their belief that this agreement represents a milestone in regional cooperation, tailor-made to meet the needs and expectations of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) community in the African continent.
Defence and security company Saab has successfully performed the first flight with the new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) which will feature in Gripen E, according to schedule. The IRST does not emit a signal and can, without revealing the aircraft's own position, silently detect, track and identify all types of targets.
"The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST has been performed with very good results. Multiple targets were detected, tracked and identified and the system works perfectly as expected. IRST is a new sensor on Gripen, which allows pilots to see great distances in several directions," says Saab's Wing Commander Flying Hans Einerth.
Gripen E has significant performance improvements compared to previous versions, including a stronger engine, longer range and more weapons. (Photo SAAB)
The purpose of the test flight was to verify IRST functions and the integration onto the Gripen E aircraft. The integration and development work is progressing according to schedule.
IRST is a new sensor and located in the front of the aircraft. It does not emit a signal and can, without revealing the aircraft's own position, silently detect, track and identify all types of targets and is very useful against aerial targets with low radar cross section, such as stealth aircraft. The sensor is looking forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface.
The purpose of the test flight was to verify IRST functions and the integration onto the Gripen E aircraft. (Photo SAAB)
Gripen E has significant performance improvements compared to previous versions, including a stronger engine, longer range, more weapons, new electronic radar and more advanced avionics. Today, Gripen is the backbone of five nations' air defences: Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand. In addition, The Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) in the UK uses Gripen in its training programme for future test pilots.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers' changing needs.
The E-Jets family which is flown by some 65 airlines from 45 countries. (Photo Embraer)
At a ceremony held at the Company's headquarters in São José dos Campos, Embraer this week delivered the first E175 jet to United Airlines. This aircraft is part of the contract signed between the two companies in April of 2013 for a firm order of 30 E175 jets.
The E175s will be operated by Mesa Airlines of Phoenix, AZ, under the United Express brand and are configured in a 76-seat dual class layout.
The first E175 jet to United Airlines is part of the contract signed between the two companies in April of 201. (Photo Embraer)
As the leader in the 70 to 130-seat jet segment, Embraer continues to invest in the E-Jets family which is flown by some 65 airlines from 45 countries.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a range of commercial and military helicopters at the 14th Defence Services Asia exhibition and conference, which runs from 14-17 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company's display will be on show at stand 3034 in pavilion 3.
Russian Helicopters sees the Asia-Pacific region as a key market and one with huge potential. Today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, including multirole models such as the Mi-8/17 series and Ka-32, as well as Mi-26T heavy transport helicopters and military helicopters.
The multirole Ka-32A11BC is used in more than 30 countries for fire-fighting, search and rescue operations. (Photo Russian Helicopters)
The multirole Ka-32A11BC is one of the latest models that Russian Helicopters produces for the region. It is a unique Russian helicopter, which is used in more than 30 countries for fire-fighting, search and rescue operations and challenging construction work. Its coaxial design enables the helicopter to carry out difficult manoeuvres and achieve a high level of stability when hovering.
Russian Helicopters will showcase promising new models such as the Mi-171A2 and Ka-62 to helicopter operators and government officials. The Mi-171A2 has been developed based on the world-famous Mi-8/17 series and drawing on the rich operating experience of these helicopters around the world. It features modern technologies and solutions, and has been designed to meet the wishes of potential clients and operators. Another new model, the new medium commercial Ka-62, was created as a broad international collaboration project.
The Mi-171A2 has been developed based on the world-famous Mi-8/17 series. (Photo Russian Helicopters)
Russian Helicopters will also showcase military-transport models of the Mi-8/17 series (the Mi-17V-5 and Mi-171Sh), as well as the Mi-35M, created using new technologies and based on the legendary Mi-24 gunship. These helicopters are used worldwide and are renowned for their reliability, proficiency and robustness.
DSA takes place every two years in partnership with the Malaysian Defence Ministry and Malaysian Police, and attracts the attention of leading producers and customers of armaments and military equipment from around the world. DSA 2014 will cover areas including weaponry for ground-based troops, air defence, radio-electronic warfare and communications, aviation equipment, coastal defence, armoured vehicles and artillery systems, small arms and Special Forces equipment, naval equipment, and satellite and space technology as well as dual-purpose products.
From seats to galleys, the customer experience for furnishing the 737 just got easier
Boeing has debuted its new 737 Configuration Studio, a new facility where airline customers can choose their jetliner interiors. The 20,000 square-foot (1,900 square-meter) studio is located in Renton, Wash. near the factory where 42 737s are produced per month.
Similar to the 787 Dreamliner Gallery, the 737 Configuration Studio provides a private and welcoming showroom environment to assist Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX customers with the design and configuration of new airplane interiors.
"Our customers make a large investment when they choose their interiors," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This new studio offers one-stop shopping, eliminating the need for them to fly around the world to meet with different suppliers."
The facility also houses the "new features room," which provides customers with a glimpse of future technologies (Photo Boeing)
More than two dozen major interior configuration introductions are expected over the next two years. To help 737 customers select among them, the studio presents views of suppliers' products side by side in one location. Customers can see, touch and experience choices in galleys, seats and in-flight entertainment. They also can select interior colours and decors that highlight and support their brand.
Additionally, customers can use the 737 Boeing Sky Interior light lab to study how fabrics, carpets, drapes and uniforms appear under various light settings. The facility also houses the "new features room," which provides customers with a glimpse of future technologies.
The 737 is the world's best-selling commercial airliner, with production rate increases being put in place to meet demand. The new 737 MAX has more than 1,900 orders to date. First flight of the airplane is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries beginning in third quarter of 2017.
"To celebrate the first delivery of a PC-12 20 years ago, we've added a host of new features to make the 2014 PC-12 NG the best PC-12 to date," stated Ignaz Gretener, Vice President General Aviation at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
Incorporating new technology and responding to customer feedback, the new 2014 PC-12 NG will include six new BMW DesignworksUSA executive interior options, a new electric landing gear system, external LED lighting, a wireless Connected Flight Deck™ system, and a Wi-Fi passenger entertainment system.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of certification of the PC-12 (Photo Pilatus)
New BMW Interiors
Pilatus continues its longstanding partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA by offering 6 new interior packages and a new array of exterior paint schemes crafted exclusively for Pilatus. The palettes satisfy nearly every aesthetic from understated, to expressive and natural, to technical. In the Pilatus tradition, the interior designs combine modern style with a focus on function, quality, and innovation. Responding to the increased demand for the PC-12 NG in emerging markets, all BMW interiors will be available globally for the first time.
Electric Landing Gear
By replacing the PC-12's original hydraulic landing gear with a new electric system, PC-12 operators realize both weight and maintenance cost savings. The electric landing gear provides a 13 lb (5.9 kg) weight savings over the previous hydraulic system, and reduces the landing gear maintenance and inspection costs. The 2014 PC-12 NG is now an all-electric aircraft, similar to the most modern airliners.
External LED Lighting
The 2014 PC-12 NG is equipped with light emitting diode (LED) landing, taxi, recognition, navigation, and strobe lights. The tail-mounted strobe light has been eliminated by incorporating its function into the two wingtip strobes. The LED lights are even more reliable due to their solid state design, and produce more light than the incandescent bulbs employed in previous models of the aircraft.
This "industry first" was the result of a collaborative joint development effort between Pilatus, Honeywell, Jeppesen, and Aspen Avionics. (Photo Pilatus)
Connected Flight Deck™
The new wireless Connected Flight Deck™ system is a set of four innovative iPad™ applications that interface with a wireless gateway system onboard the PC-12 NG. Each application is designed to enhance the efficiency of data exchanged between the aircraft, pilot, and maintenance personnel. The apps enable fast and simple wireless updates of airport, navigation and terrain databases, off-aircraft flight planning and uploading directly to the flight management system, maintenance and diagnostic recording with email to a service facility, and a moving map feature for passengers. This "industry first" was the result of a collaborative joint development effort between Pilatus, Honeywell, Jeppesen, and Aspen Avionics.
Wireless Entertainment System
Passengers can connect wirelessly to their favorite movies, music, and a moving map using their personal Wi-Fi enabled devices. An on-board media server with USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi inputs provides passengers the ability to easily connect and independently access stored movies, music, photos, XM satellite radio, and other content. The standard high resolution moving map display allows passengers to instantly track their location, speed, altitude, and remaining flight time. Pilatus also offers both satellite and ground-based options for in-flight Internet access for the North American market. The new wireless entertainment option, powered by the Emteq's eConnect™ system will be available mid-2014.
Gretener continued, "This year marks the 20th anniversary of certification of the PC-12, and global demand for the PC-12 NG remains very strong as we approach the 1,300th delivery. We will continue to innovate with new features and capabilities for the PC-12, as we still see a lot of future potential in this market segment."
The base price for the 2014 PC-12 NG is $3,850,000 with a typically equipped executive configuration priced at $4,642,000.
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