By Vivienne Sandercock

1. Message from the Editor
2. IATA Report - Aviation Accidents Decreased in 2013
3. Africa's 2014's Hazards, Incidents, Accidents and Safety Occurrences
4. Emergency Response Planning
5. Henley Global Safety and Quality Training
6. Contributing factors to most accidents in South Africa
7. News from the Johannesburg Airports
8. Commercial Airport and Airline news
9. SAAFA Race day at Turffontein
10. Safety and Security Tips
11. Finale


The world has a right to know…. or does it? The world's media are there for every single move we make in the aviation industry. Observe the guess work that those in front of the camera pass on as actual fact to the waiting watchers. Watch and listen to the so called "experts" pontificating about their special areas of expertise. Think very carefully for a moment of the damage that this level of disinformation actually does to the grieving relatives and colleagues of passengers and crew and, whilst doing that, just think of what it is doing to the reputation of your employer! Guess what - most of the disinformation comes from social media sites to which staff members at all levels happily post their pictures of situations which, perhaps, should not be publicised. It comes from comments posted on social networking sites. Just have a real read of some of the completely illiterate statements that are posted and then really, really think about what the uninitiated are reading.

Aviation is a profession comprising of professional people who should really know how to act and re-act; after all we all go through Human Factors Courses, CRM courses and all sorts of psychometric testing. So do we have to show ourselves off in the worst possible light to all and sundry who are waiting in the wings for you or your company to be involved in a major news worthy incident and then guess what - the posts and photos that you so happily post now will come back on the front pages of the major broadsheets to haunt you and, if the occurrence is a really serious one, your next of kin.

Let us all, here and now, make a pledge to stop posting inflammatory comments, passing ourselves off as so called experts whilst pontificating on things that we know absolutely nothing about and staying out of the limelight for our 5 minutes of fame. Are you the Accountable Manager? Then protect yourself and get a statement included in your contracts of employment, policies and your ERM banning any staff member from posting anything detrimental to the Company on social media sites or communicating with the press in any way.

One can only hope that once the boxes from MH370 are found, that the world's media and all who have made public comment on the integrity of the pilots of MH370, stop and think about what they have said.

2. IATA Report: Aviation Accidents Decreased in 2013

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2013 commercial aviation safety performance that showed fatalities from commercial aviation accidents in 2013. That's down from 414 in 2012. The 2013 safety figures were released in conjunction with the start of the IATA OPS Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In his keynote address at the conference, Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO, said partnerships are driving progress in safety. "About 100,000 flights are operated safely each day," he stressed. "Every flight that takes off involves thousands of coordinated actions across multiple businesses and organizations. "To keep flying safe, we need not only to understand and work with each other every day," said Tyler, noting it was important to compare notes, collaborate and work together to build the future with a common vision. He also stressed that no matter how hard airlines compete within an industry sector or how different they see the world when it comes to thorny commercial issues, "we are an industry that is absolutely unified in its dedication to global standards and safety."

Safety Report Highlights

Among the safety report's major findings IATA said the 2013 global Western-built jet accident rate -- measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets -- was .41, the equivalent of one accident for every 2.4 million flights. This was not as good a performance as 2012, when that rate was .21, the lowest in aviation history. But when considering a five-year period (2009-2013), 2013 showed a 14.6 percent improvement on the five-year average of .48, IATA said. In addition, the 2013 Western-built jet hull loss rate for only IATA members was .30, which outperformed the global average by 26.8 percent. That's an improvement over the five-year average of .32.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

"Safety is our highest priority," said Tyler, noting that the aviation industry is united in its commitment to ensure continuous safety improvement. "Importantly, that commitment has made flying ever safer. Accidents, however rare, do happen." That said, Tyler acknowledged that IATA was releasing the annual data as the world continues to focus on the search effort for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. "The airline industry, its stakeholders and regulators are in the beginning of the journey to unravel this mystery, understand the cause and find ways to ensure that it never happens again," he said. He acknowledged that "it may be well be a long time before we know exactly what happened on that flight. But it is already clear we must never let another aircraft go missing in this way. And it is equally clear that governments must make better use of the passenger data that they mandate airlines to provide."

In the case of MH 370, Malaysia officials failed to check the Interpol list that provided details about stolen passports; several passengers on the ill-fated flight were traveling under stolen passports. The continual speculation by media about the accident's probable cause was also addressed by Tyler: "Speculation will not make flying any safer. We should not jump to any conclusions on probably cause before the investigation into MH370 closes." However, he acknowledged aircraft tracking and passenger data collection and usage by governments are challenges. "In a world where our every move seems to be tracked, there is disbelief both that an aircraft could simply disappear and that the flight data and cockpit voice recorders are so difficult to recover," Tyler emphasized. The investigation of the crash of Air France 447 into the Atlantic Ocean during a flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris several years ago brought some progress. "But that must be accelerated," Tyler said. "We cannot let another aircraft simply vanish."

More Safety Report Detail

IATA told conference attendees that it will provide more information on the 2013 safety performance when it releases its 50th annual Safety Report on April 3; that report will have more data and analysis. In general, though, over the five years 2009-2013, the industry has shown improvement in both accident rates and fatalities, although year-to-year comparisons may fluctuate. Here are some additional facts:

More than 3 billion people flew safely on 36.4 million flights (29.5 million by jet, 6.9 million by turboprop) in 2013.

· There were 81 accidents (all aircraft types, both eastern and western built), up from 75 in 2012, but below the five-year average of 86 per year.

· There were 16 fatal accidents (all aircraft types) versus 15 in 2012 and the five-year average of 19.

Twenty percent of all accidents were fatal, unchanged from 2012. But that was below the five-year average of 22 percent.

· there were 12 hull loss accidents involving western-built jets compared to six in 2012 and the five-year average of 13.

· Six fatal hull loss accidents involved western-built jets, raised from three in 2012 and unchanged from the five-year average.

· Passenger and crew fatalities in 2013 were 210, compared with 414 in 2012 and a five-year average of 517.

Safety Performance by Region

Regions that had improved safety performance from 2012 to 2013 were Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. North Asia and Europe's safety performance was unchanged. Showing a declining safety performance year-over-year were Asia-Pacific, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East-North Africa and North America.

In terms of progress? Safety has definitely improved in Africa, IATA said with African airlines experienced only one western-built jet hull loss last year. "Airlines on the IOSA registry [airlines which have had their safety performance audited by IATA standards] are performing almost seven times better than non-IOSA operators in the region," said Tyler. "But we must remember two things," he stressed. First, Tyler said Africa's overall rate is still many times worse than global levels, so there is plenty of work to do. "Second, we cannot take the recent improvement trend for granted," he stressed. He said to make the gains in Africa a sustainable foundation on which to achieve world-class safety levels is going to require the continued determination and commitment of all stakeholders, including governments. IATA, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and others have united behind the Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan aimed at achieving world-class safety levels by 2015 by addressing safety deficiencies and strengthening regulatory oversight capabilities. A key focus for governments in the effort to achieve more effective safety oversight will be the implementation of ICAO's safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS), according to the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP). As of the end of 2013, only 11 African states had achieved 60 percent implementation of the SARPS.

Elsewhere across the globe IATA said it has encouraged regulators to benefit from existing internationally-recognized audit programs, like IOSA, by utilizing them to enhance safety oversight systems already in place.

Accident Analysis

Runway excursions, in which an aircraft departs a runway during landing or takeoff, are the most common type of accident, accounting for 23 percent of all accidents over the past five years (2009-2013). Yet, survivability of these accidents is high. Such accidents account for less than 8 percent of fatalities over the previous five years. Improving runway safety is a key focus of the industry's strategy to reduce operational risk, IATA said.

While very few "loss of control in-flight" (LOC-I) accidents occur, they are almost always catastrophic, IATA stated. In fact, 95 percent of the LOC-I accidents over the past five years involved fatalities to passengers or crew. There were eight LOC-I accidents in 2013, all of which involved fatalities, and over the period from 2009 through 2013, 10 percent of all accidents were categorized as LOC-I. These resulted in 1,546 of the 2,585 fatalities over this period.

Controlled-flight-into-terrain (CFIT) accidents also remain a concern for IATA, as there were six of these accidents in 2013. Most CFIT accidents occur in the approach and landing phase of flight and are often associated with non-precision approaches. From 2009 through 2013, 52 percent of such accidents were known to involve the lack of a precision approach.

Data Analysis to Drive Improvements

IATA said it's created the Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) program as a comprehensive safety data warehouse resource. This data includes analysis reports covering accidents, incidents, ground damage, maintenance and audits, plus data from more than 1.8 million flights in the last 15 months. Up to 390 airlines are contributing to at least one GADM database. IATA said analysis of this information is being used to further identify industry safety issues and to drive and prioritize initiatives and actions to solve the identified issues.

"Safety is a team effort in which IATA, ICAO and other stakeholders are fully aligned," said Tyler. "Using data will help us identify potential areas of concern, long before they rise to the level of a threat to safety."

For more information, check out this IATA Safety Fact Sheet at . Or, for more information on IATA, visit



04 Jan Ran s-ses coyote II 1 Breede River between Cape Infanta and Swellendam, WC, RSA
14 Jan FA52 SAB 2 Nr Kabanje, Bwiketo Village, Zambia
20 Jan Antonov 28 0 On the approach into Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
24 Jan Jonker JS-1C Revelation 1 Tempe Airport, Bloemfontein, RSA
28 Jan KR2 (Homebuilt) 1 Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria, RSA
29 Jan Giles G-202 1 Alexandria, EC, RSA
03 Feb Beechcraft C90GTi 3 Lanseria International Airport, RSA
06 Feb PA25 0 Field adjacent to Parys Aerodrome, Free State, RSA
11 Feb C130 Hercules 77 Ouled Gacem, Oum El Bouaghi Province, 500 km east of Algiers, Algeria.
13 Feb Baron 58 0 Lanseria International Airport, RSA
15 Feb Aeros 2 1 Heidelberg, RSA
16 Feb Cessna 182 Tug Plane 1 Orient Hills, Magaliesburg, GP, RSA
17 Feb BAe-748-371 1 Bentiu, South Sudan
21 Feb Antonov 26 11 20 miles from Tunis-Carthage Airport, Tunisia
08 Mar TBA 1 75km from Ondongwa Airport, Etosha National Park, Namibia
11 Mar Tetras 2 Antananarivo, Madagascar
15 Mar Ravin 500 3 Camperdown, Kwazulu Natal, RSA
27 Mar Legacy 0 Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, RSA
15 Apr TBA 1 Farm near Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, RSA
26 Apr Challenger 0 Lanseria, RSA
Source, amongst others, PlaneCrash; News24, Aviation Herald, Flight Safety Information


07 Jan Eurocopter AS 350 (Squirrel) 0 Grand Central Airport, GP, RSA
12 Jan RH44 1 Nr Gwanda Town, Zimbabwe
27 Feb RH22 0 Virginia Airport, KZ, RSA
09 Mar MI24 0 Nr Zarzaitine Airport, In Ameras, Algeria
10 Mar RH22 0 Northern Cape, RSA
15 Mar Ravin 500 3 Close to Emoyeni Lodge private airfield in a sugar cane field, KZN, RSA
27 Mar RH22 0 Freeway private airstrip, NE of Wonderboom Aerodrome, GP, RSA
11 Apr Military TBA 3 Grootfontein, Namibia
13 Apr Bell 412 0 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


INC 31 Mar B1900 Lanseria, RSA 0 Cracked windscreen at the holding point CHTR
INC 07 Apr AT42 En route Ibadan to Abuja, Nigeria 0 Cracked windscreen caused flight to divert to Lagos. COM
INC 07 Apr DH8D O R Tambo, Johannesburg, RSA 0 Tail-scrape on landing COM
INC 11 Apr E190 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0 Runway excursion on landing COM
INC 12 Apr A320-200 Kinshasa Airport, DRC 0 Bird Strike into Left Hand (CFM56) Engine COM
INC 20 Apr TBA Guriel airstrip in central Somalia 0 A/C loaded with Khat mistook the operational runway and ended up 300 mts in the bush. CHTR
INC A330-300 Vicinity of Luanda, Angola 0 The a/c was deviating around weather when it encountered clear air turbulence causing injuries, mainly bruises, to four passengers and four cabin crew. COM


HAZ 1 Apr RH44 Rand Airport, 0 Overflown MPI by 1.8hrs COM
INC 9 Apr Augusta 109 Nr. Grand Central Airport, GP, RSA 2 (doves) Bird Strike. A/C flew through a flock of doves which damaged fuselage just below the rotors. COM
INC 22 Apr MI8 Thinkers Village, Monrovia 0 En route from Spriggs Payne Airport to Fishtown and during an unscheduled landing the aircraft damaged a house, without causing injury to any of its residents or any other members of the local population however one passenger and one crew member sustained minor injuries.. MIL


January Goma, DRC Construction Hazards - Aerodrome being fenced and runway is being rehabilitated
January Goma, DRC Unmanned aircraft
January Lubumbashi, DRC Construction Hazards - runway and taxiway re-habilitation taking place
February Kadugli, Sudan Numerous runway incursions caused by cattle and goats.
March O R Tambo, RSA Birds
March Cape Town Heliport Birds
April West & Central Africa Heavy Rain and tropical storms


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Blake Emergency Services held its Annual Training Day on 29th March at the Victoria Lake Club in Germiston - this training comprised of its customary refresher to get the delegates thinking emergency response before the main thrust of the day, the way to identify unknown victims was demonstrated. As usual, away from the more formal aspect of the training, the opportunity to mix over coffee and an excellent lunch was appreciated and not wasted.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Blake Emergency Services then p lease do not hesitate to contact Rethea at the address given above.


Should you wish to make a booking for any of these courses please contact Candice on 011 024 5446 or by email to


08 May CRM - Recurrent Verity Wallace R 950=00
08 May Dangerous Goods Verity Wallace R 750=00
19-20 May Human Factors Dr. Joel Hughes R 2,250=00
26-27 May Quality Assurance Auditor Course Dan Drew R 2,250=00
09 June CRM - Recurrent Verity Wallace R 950=00
09 June Dangerous Goods Verity Wallace R 750=00
23-24 June Human Factors Dr. Joel Hughes R 2,250=00
30 Jun-01 July Quality Assurance Auditor Course Dan Drew R 2,250=00
07-08 July Safety Management System Various R 2,250=00
09-11 July Air Safety Officer Course Various R 2,250=00
07-11 July Integrated Safety Management Course Various R 5,500=00

Note: Cost per delegate includes all training materials, refreshments and lunch.
Note: Attendees paying in cash on the day are eligible for a 10% discount
Note: Both Recurrent CRM and Dangerous Goods Training Courses are available upon request - even at short notice.
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According to the South African CAA the following are problem areas and contributing factors to most of our accidents here in South Africa.
· Pilot attitude (over confidence), this is a major killer and involves :
· Weather
· Low flying
· Inadequate or no pre-flight work
· Aircraft overloading
· Disregard of Standard/Safe Operating Procedures


Next Safety Meeting will be held on 6th May at 09.00 in the arrivals hall.
The Grand Rand Show will be held on 17th August 2014

Next Safety Meeting will be held on 13th May at 12.00 in the Board Room - the normal date of the 6th has had to be cancelled due to a CAA Inspection.

Next Safety, Security and Stakeholders Meeting will be held on 13th May at 12.00 in the LIA Training School


South African low-cost carrier FlySafair has been granted a domestic air service license after rivals blocked its planned October 2013 launch at the last minute on ownership grounds. FlySafair planned to begin up to 10 daily Boeing 737-400 flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town on Oct. 17, 2013, but other operators blocked the launch with a legal challenge. Local ownership regulations state an airline must be at least 75% owned by South Africans, who must have effective control of the company. At the time, parent company Safair, which itself is part of Ireland's ASL Aviation Group, insisted it had a 75% South African shareholding with ASL holding the remaining 25%. However, FlySafair said it has been granted a domestic scheduled passenger license by the Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC) after revamping its ownership structure. "FlySafair has restructured its shareholding, getting rid of the shareholding that caused the problems, and at the same time, concluding the largest employee share ownership scheme in the aviation industry, effectively giving its South African employees a 25.14% stake in the company," the carrier said in a statement. Safair, which was founded in 1969 as an ad-hoc charter and services company, has held international and domestic unscheduled licenses for nearly 50 years. The company retained the staff it hired for the FlySafair launch by using them within the existing business. "This demonstrates our commitment not only to job creation, but also sends a clear message that FlySafair is here for the long run. We are eager to provide South Africans with an alternate low-cost airline that is dedicated to offering competitive and sustainable fares between Johannesburg and Cape Town," Safair CEO Dave Andrew said.

LUSAKA AIRPORT, ZAMBIA. A new airport is under development on the existing site. Having had a look at the models of the new site it appeared to me that the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service and the Presidential Flight Facilities are moving to the other side of the runway and a new terminal will be built on the vacated areas.


Once again Global Aviation Consultants are sponsoring a race at the SAAFA Race Day. The proceeds from this fun day go towards supporting the retired SAAF Members and their spouses. Should you wish to make a donation to this more than worthy cause then please pay it (via EFT or as a deposit) into;
Standard Bank Bedford Gardens; Bank Code 018 305; Account Name: SA Air Force Association (JHB Branch); Account Number: 022 605 568. You may use either your Company or Individual name along with the word donation as the reference.


The World Health Organisation advises that;
Ebola - is in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia
CHOLERA is in Opuwo District of Northern Namibia
HEPATITIS E is in Tanzania

If you travel from RSA to Zambia and back you will need a Yellow Fever Certificate.



If you are interested and qualified please send your CV to

Part Time Consultant Air Safety Officers required who comply with the requirements of SA CARS Part 135, Part 121, Part 127, Part 140, Part 141 and Part 145 - must have had appropriate SMS training, previous experience and preferably been approved by the South African Air Services Licencing Council.

Part Time Quality Assurance Consultants required who are appropriately qualified and comply with the requirements of Part 135, Part 121, Part 127, Part 140, Part 141 and Part 145.

Part Time Aviation Security Consult required who is appropriately qualified for RSA and International Operations


Can we help you with your aviation safety
and / or quality requirements?

Under SA CAR 140.01.2 if you and your organisation hold one of the following

Q a category 4 or higher aerodrome licence;
Q an ATO approval;
Q an aircraft maintenance organisation approval;
Q a manufacturing organisation approval ;
Q an ATSU approval;
Q a design organisation approval;
Q an AOC issued in terms of Part 121, 127, 135, 141;
Q a procedure design organisation approval; and
Q an electronic services organisation approval,

then you shall establish a Safety Management System for the control and supervision of the services rendered or to be rendered by that organisation.

If you do not already have an approved Air Safety Officer and an approved Safety Management System then please contact us for assistance.

We, at global aviation consultants, deliver the following SA CAA Approved training courses for Air Safety Officers at Rand Airport;

Q Safety Management Systems
Q Integrated Safety Officer Course
Q Quality Assurance Auditor
Q Crew Resource Management (Initial and Recurrent)
Q Dangerous Goods
Q Human Factors for AME's

Should your operation be of a size whereby the full time employment of an Air Safety Officer and/or Quality Assurance Officer is not financially viable then we can provide you with Consultants who have previously held Air Services Licensing Council approval. We can also provide you with a tailor made SA CAA approved Safety Management System.

For further information on how we can help you please contact Rethea or Candice in Hanger 6, Rand Airport, Germiston on 011-024--5446/7 or e-mail

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