THIS WEEK IN MIDWEEK UPDATE
1 Plan your weekend
2 Forthcoming events
3 SACAA clinches second AG clean audit award two years in a row
4 CANSO chairman on globalisation and aviation infrastructural development
5 SKYe SH09 helicopter successfully achieves First Flight
6 Up to 200 Russian-made helicopters take part in UN peacekeeping and humanitarian missions
7 Qatar Airways inaugurates first A380 flight
8 Cessna Citation Latitude flight test demonstrates increased performance
9 Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8AMT to Kazakhstan
10 Boeing Forecasts World Air Cargo Traffic to Double in Next 20 Years
11 Rate Card
PLAN YOUR WEEKEND
16 October: EAA Aviation Legends Talk Show. Time: 18h30 for 19h30 (time to order your drinks & Boerewors/ Steak roll). Venue: EAA Auditorium adjacent to TAC and Holding point of Runway 29, Rand Airport, Hurricane Road. Germiston. Take the entrance at Hurricane Road (NOT thru the main gate). Booking: Send an e-mail to book at email@example.com
Guest: Ivan Pentz - Test Pilot for Denel Aviation. This man's achievements reads like a Who's Who in overachievers. Amongst his exploits he also became the most capped Springbok oarsman during the 1980's and was a member of the Heavyweight Rowing Team at Barcelona Olympics in 1992. From Fighter Controller in 1975 to Chief Test Pilot - Denel Aviation in January 2007. Flying everything from Harvards, Mirages, C130 Hercules to Cheetahs and BAE Hawks. In between all this Ivan attended the International Test Pilot's School at Cranfield, UK and spent 3 years at Marshall Aerospace, in Cambridge UK, on Project Ebb.
17 - 19 October: Pyramid Air Park Aviators Weekend Contact Brian Young Cell: 082 932 9397 or Peter Lea Cell: 082 553 4908 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 October: Parys Time Trials CANCELLED
2014 FORTHCOMING EVENTS
24 - 25 October: Port Elizabeth airshow. Contact Dr. Crystal Watson or E-mail: email@example.com
25 - 26 October: SAC KZN aerobatic regionals - Ladysmith. Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 November: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 or E-mail: email@example.com
14 -15 November: Mafikeng fly-in and hangar dance. Contact: Connie Conradie 018 387 1425 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 November: EAA Sun and Fun, SAPFA Fun Rally and Peter Hengst memorial Brits airfield. Contact Mary de Klerk. E-mail: email@example.com www.sapfa.org.za
26 November to 3 December: Yak-52 and Intermediate Class World Aerobatic Championships, Mosselbay. Contact:
6 December: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 - 7 December: SAC ACE of Base Aerobatics - Baragwanath airfield. Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
13 - 14 June: Baragwanath 'Old School' Fly in. Contact Courtney Watson: firstname.lastname@example.org
17 -19 July: Taildraggers to Nylstroom fly-in in conjunction with EAA Chapter 322. Contact Richard Nicholson Nylstroom Flying Club Cell: 082 490 6227
SACAA CLINCHES SECOND AG CLEAN AUDIT AWARD TWO YEARS IN A ROW
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is pleased to announce that the organisation is a recipient of the Auditor General's Award for a clean audit for a second successive year. This achievement comes at a time when the organisation is celebrating its 16 years of existence since it was established in October 1998. Further, this achievement is in keeping with the theme of October Transport month and indeed confirms that the Regulator is contributing to moving South Africa forward.
The Auditor General's assessment of the Regulator included both the financial and operational performance and the organisation achieved 94% in the operational deliverables as agreed with the Minister of Transport in the Annual Performance Plan of 2013/14 financial year. This achievement is further evidenced by the recent outcomes achieved in both the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) safety and security audits which confirmed that South Africa attracted no significant safety concern in the safety audit. Further to this the United States audited systems relating to aviation security and again no findings were recorded. In the organisation's strategic intent, a new vision of being rated "amongst the top 30 CAA's globally within five years," is definitely within reach for this global player and regional leader.
To ensure that we retain our regulatory excellence with a continued focus on continuous improvement, the Regulator is set to maintain this record of good performance and even exceed in many areas where improvement is required.
"As an Authority in the regulatory environment, we have set very high standards for ourselves and I am encouraged by this type of recognition, as it is awarded by an independent and competent body" says Ms Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation at the SACAA. "This award confirms what other independent international bodies have expressed about our performance in various areas and therefore cements our position of being the best Regulator not only in Africa but amongst the best globally" says Ms Khoza.
This award is not an isolated achievement for the Regulator because recently we celebrated the recognition of our Aviation Cargo Security Systems by the US Transport Security Administration and the European Union. The US Transportation Security Administration recognition has enormous benefits for local air cargo carriers operating between South Africa and the US. This recognition allows for greater facilitation of goods between the two countries, and helps eradicate duplicative or redundant measures while still ensuring the highest levels of security that both the TSA and the SACAA require.
The European Union exempted South Africa from their stringent ACC3 Cargo regime when earlier this year they validated that the South African Cargo Security System is based on the principles of risk-based security measures and is also considered as low risk. The EU risk assessment mechanism has identified South Africa as one of the States where the level of aviation security is recognised as robust and reliable.
This demonstrates that the organisation strives towards excellence on both the operational and corporate governance level and will continue to do so. To further better the Regulators value offering to the civil aviation industry, the organisation is currently embarking on an Organisational Structure Review exercise. This is to ensure that it increases efficiency at all levels, to remain relevant and to stay abreast of the needs of the industry whilst dealing fairly with its workforce. The Authority is also investing on a state-of-the-art Information Technology to optimize its oversight system geared at ensuring that the mandate of aviation safety and security is upheld at all times. These projects are currently running and we believe that the benefits will be enormous to rightly position the SACAA to enhance its performance and delivery based on the legislative mandate and international requirements.
The SACAA is mandated with facilitating industry development and in-house have had many and great accomplishments in meeting its Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) targets. During a recent verification audit, the SACAA was confirmed as a Level 2 BBBEE contributor, which constitutes an overachievement as the target status level was reached three years earlier than planned.
With a view of encouraging growth within the civil aviation sector, the SACAA will be hosting an inaugural Industry Growth and Safety Conference from 4-6 November 2014 in Midrand. The purpose of the conference is to explore ways of growing civil aviation and explore those aspects which contribute to industry development such as technology, funding and research.
In all this, the Regulator is committed to deliver on its primary mandate of regulating, controlling, promoting and enforcing civil aviation safety and security and we believe that all the above achievements contributes in positioning the organisation to be better able to deliver on its legislative mandate.
CANSO CHAIRMAN ON GLOBALISATION AND AVIATION INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Africa Office Chairman and ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane said delegates attending the CANSO Africa Conference - currently underway in Zambia - have realized the importance of increasing collaboration and cooperation among member states, thereby accelerating progress towards a safer, more efficient and cost-effective Air Traffic Management (ATM) system in the Africa Region.
"Obviously no single region of the world has monopoly on development. As a collective, we have taken cognizance of the fact that humanity's struggle for growth and wellbeing is universal and calls for analogous solutions everywhere, although it is important that they be closely adapted to the countries in which they are applied. A region such as ours cannot have growth as its sole aim. Globalization offers a new spectrum of new essential services: the fight against climate change, aviation safety, security and stability; and of course the fight against poverty - to mention but a few" he said in welcome speech.
He further went on to say that it is no more a question of job creation or social equity but that infrastructure development, regional balance and cooperation were perfect examples of the economic and societal changes that aviators are championing.
Speaking at the same conference, CANSO Director General Jeff Poole, said, "The air transport industry is a catalyst for supporting the growth of economies across Africa. Air traffic management (ATM) plays a vital role in this by ensuring the smooth and safe flow of traffic. While many States have invested to upgrade their ATM infrastructure, there is still a widespread need for modernisation to manage the expected growth in air traffic and to enable airlines to make full use of the latest technologies. There is now a unique opportunity to take African aviation to the next level. The combination of technological advances and the upgrade structure developed by ICAO, CANSO and stakeholders, will enable the transformation of ATM performance across Africa."
Some delegates indicated that Africa is also facing climate change related environmental issues that have a negative impact on development and welfare. Preserving environmental stability is fundamental pillar of the CANSO Africa development agenda. 60% to 70% of carbon emissions come from energy consumption in industry, transport, heating et cetera. They agreed that Africa needed energy revolution.
"The past few years have seen an expansion of the CANSO Africa Office's tasks and the reorganization of its Work Groups. They've given us an opportunity to design strategies, the majority of which are still in place and keep the region on par with its equals elsewhere" concluded Thabani.
SKYe SH09 HELICOPTER SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVES FIRST FLIGHT
The SKYe SH09 is scheduled to enter in production within the next 12 to 16 months. Photo © Marenco Swisshelicopter
From the heart of Switzerland, on the airport of Mollis, Marenco Swisshelicopter AG is proud to announce the completion of the First flight of the SKYe SH09.
The SKYe SH09, the latest generation of high performance light single-engine helicopter has successfully achieved its' First Flight with Chief Test Pilot Dwayne Williams at the controls, manoeuvring the prototype aircraft in hover in five test flights that lasted approximately 20 minutes.
Martin Stucki, Designer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer was pleased to inform that the First flight had confirmed the preliminary flying and handling characteristics of the aircraft: "This is a milestone in the development of our program and this success has followed the extensive component testing-phase and quantity of Ground tests performed in the last weeks and months".
The SKYe SH09 features a full composite airframe as well as all-composite main rotor and tail rotor blades; it is equipped with glass cockpit avionics systems and the powerful HTS-900-2 engine by Honeywell. Mathias Senes, Chief Commercial Officer, describes that among all features, the SKYe SH09 helicopter is being developed as a true "vertical take-off Platform" that will ensure, for our clients and operators, the highest levels of usability and multi-mission capabilities.
The SKYe SH09 is scheduled to enter in production within the next 12 to 16 months. Marenco Swisshelicopter AG already holds over 50x orders and agreements on the aircraft.
UP TO 200 RUSSIAN-MADE HELICOPTERS TAKE PART IN UN PEACEKEEPING AND HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS
Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has showcased Russian aviation technology's unparalleled contribution to supporting international humanitarian missions at the Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference & Exhibition. The conference is being held under the auspices of the United Nations' World Food Programme from 7-9 October in Geneva (Switzerland). Russian Helicopters' experts estimate that up to 200 Russian-made helicopters are currently involved in UN peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world.
A large proportion of UN contracts are urgent, thus helicopters needed to be delivered and operational in very tight timelines. Russian-made helicopters are easy to transport: they can be rapidly disassembled for transportation by plane and assembled on-site. Russian Helicopters' products do not need to be stored in hangars and can be operated a distance from their service centres.
Russian Helicopters place great importance on supporting the operation of helicopters on UN missions. Mi-171. Photo © Russian Helicopters
Today, Russian-made helicopters are involved in most of the UN's important, emergency operations, and have built up an impressive operational record. These operations chiefly involve Mi-8/17 series helicopters, the world's heaviest lifting Mi-26T, and irreplaceable Ka-32 models.
Russian helicopters have to operate in extremely difficult climates: enduring a wide range of temperatures, dust storms, downpours, and temperatures from -50 to +50 degrees Celsius. Thanks to their great resilience and reliability, Russian helicopters can land on unprepared ground, and work in mountainous areas. They discharge their duties impeccably in any conditions, and that is why they are irreplaceable in carrying out humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, particularly in countries such as Afghanistan, East Timor and countries in Africa (South Sudan, Somalia, among others).
Russian-made helicopters are easy to transport: they can be rapidly disassembled for transportation by plane and assembled on-site. Mi-171. Photo © Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters place great importance on supporting the operation of helicopters on UN missions. At the Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference, specialists from Russian Helicopters and PANH gave a joint presentation entitled "Russian operators on humanitarian missions: challenges, problems, and experience." It covered the high flight and operational capabilities of Russian-made machines, and the level of safety - which meets the customer's highest standards, as can be seen from performance during UN humanitarian missions carried out in challenging conditions.
The Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference & Exhibition is an annual international event hosting discussion of a wide range of issues relating to aviation safety that have an impact on humanitarian air operations, and new developments in the aviation industry. Russian Helicopters specialists met with representatives of UN agencies, other humanitarian organisations, helicopter operators, EASA and FAA experts, and aviation authorities from various countries.
QATAR AIRWAYS INAUGURATES FIRST A380 FLIGHT
Qatar Airways A380 Heathrow © Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways' first A380 has commenced services on the popular Doha-London route marking another major milestone for the five-star airline. The arrival of the world's largest commercial airliner on the Doha-to-London service reinforces Qatar Airways' presence in the United Kingdom, with six flights a day between the two cities in addition to direct services from Doha to Edinburgh and Manchester.
Qatar Airways will add a second A380 to the Doha-London route this December. Featuring a tri-class configuration of First, Business and Economy Class seating over two decks, the Qatar Airways A380 is designed to offer the airline's signature five-star service with outstanding in-flight entertainment and service on board.
There are a total of 517 seats, with eight in First Class, 48 in Business Class and 461 seats in Economy Class. First Class passengers benefit from 90-inch seat pitch, 180 degree flat-beds and 26-inch LCD TV screens while Business Class passengers experience 52-inch seat pitch, with 80-inch, 180 degree flat-beds and 17-inch touchscreen monitors. In Economy Class, the onboard experience is enhanced with 10.6-inch entertainment screens and seats with a seven-inch recline.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "We are delighted to witness the beginning of the first Qatar Airways A380 commercial service. "Qatar Airways is committed to offering our passengers the best possible experience when it comes to travelling with our airline, and this aircraft, with its customised interior, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers, who will also benefit from a smooth and pleasant passenger experience at the world's newest airport, Hamad International Airport."
Qatar Airways is the first airline in the world to offer the next generation Thales (AVANT 4th generation) in-flight system on the A380. The Android-based system features a touchscreen handset, giving users a "second screen experience" where they can watch a movie on their main screen and follow the flight progress on the moving map on their handset. There are games, films and cartoons for every age group, and passengers can also watch the pilot's view from the external landscape camera.
Before their A380 flight, passengers travelling from Doha can also experience world-class facilities at the new Hamad International Airport, while First and Business Class passengers departing from London can experience the ultimate in luxury on the ground at the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4, more of a boutique hotel and private club than a lounge.
Qatar Airways took delivery of its first A380 on 17th September 2014, with the inaugural flight to London occurring on 10th October 2014. The aircraft is the first of 13 on order and has commenced operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Doha services.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 137 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
CESSNA CITATION LATITUDE FLIGHT TEST DEMONSTRATES INCREASED PERFORMANCE
The Citation Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers and can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet (13,106 meters) in just 24 minutes. Photo © Cessna
Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc company announced the Citation Latitude flight test program has yielded improvements in expected aircraft range and runway performance, promising even greater value for operators than originally envisioned. Certification of the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015.
The aircraft specification is being changed to reflect an increase in range to 2,700 nm at long-range cruise, an increase of 200 nm. Additionally, runway performance is significantly improved with takeoff distance now an impressive 3,668 feet, rather than 4,030 feet in prior projections.
"The Citation Latitude certification program is about two-thirds complete and has hit the mark every step of the way," said Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation president and CEO. "The entire team is focused on ensuring we exceed customer expectations with the new Citation Latitude, whether in terms of design, production quality, or in making improvements like we've seen in the performance numbers."
Fourth aircraft enters certification program
Today, Cessna also introduced a fourth aircraft into the Latitude certification program. During the 2.5 hour first flight for Serial 003, the crew successfully completed the standard production flight test profile. The Latitude certification flight test program has amassed more than 600 flight hours in more than 260 flights. The Latitude prototype first flew on schedule in February, followed by two additional aircraft in May and July. Cessna gained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the Latitude in May. Final type certification by the FAA is expected during the second quarter of next year.
The first fully-configured Citation Latitude will make its public debut at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 21-23, only three years after program launch.
"Thanks to the continued investment in the Citation jet product line, we've had a busy flight test and new aircraft production schedule," Ernest said. "The success of the Citation Latitude program is another indication of our commitment to the owners who use our aircraft every day, around the world."
About the Citation Latitude
The Citation Latitude features an all-new fuselage, creating the most open, spacious, light and refined cabin environment in the midsize category. The Latitude has the widest fuselage of any Citation jet, a flat cabin floor and 6 feet (1.83 meters) of cabin height. Cessna's Clairity™ cabin-technology system ties into the Latitude's advanced avionics center to provide connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices.
The Citation Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers, can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet (13,106 meters) in just 24 minutes and has a range of up to 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometers). It is designed with a powerful new cabin cooling system, a pressurization system providing a 6,000-foot (1,829-meter) cabin altitude at the aircraft's maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), an electronically-operated cabin door and Garmin G5000 avionics, two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines, and auto-throttle capabilities.
More than 6,600 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 30 million flight hours.
RUSSIAN HELICOPTERS DELIVERS MI-8AMT TO KAZAKHSTAN
The Mi-8AMT is distinguished by its low vibration and noise. Photo ©Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) has delivered a multirole Mi-8AMT helicopter to the Almaty City Rescue Service, Akimat Almaty, Kazakhstan.
"The delivery of the Mi-8AMT to the Almaty City Rescue Service represents another important step in the continued development of Russia-Kazakhstan cooperation in the operation of Russian helicopter technology," Russian Helicopters' Deputy CEO for Sales and Marketing Grigory Kozlov said. "Today about 200 helicopters built at our facilities are operated by private companies and state agencies in Kazakhstan. The civilian helicopter fleet here is growing rapidly, and we are committed to meeting in full our Kazakh partners' requirements for the latest helicopters."
"The city of Almaty boasts a population of 1.5 million, and is the rapidly growing southern capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. We pay significant attention to issues related to equipping the Rescue Service with the latest technology, specialist technology and equipment," said Almaty's Akim (head of a local government) Akhmetzhan Esimov. "We hope that the Mi-8AMT will successfully carry out operations to prevent emergencies, emergency response operations, and to offer first aid to residents of and visitors to the capital. There are plans to further expand the Rescue Service's helicopter fleet which will be used during events such as the Worldwide Youth Universiade in 2017, and in construction work on the Kok Zhaylau world-class ski resort."
The Mi-8AMT is fitted with the latest navigation and radio communications equipment. Photo ©Russian Helicopters
Almaty City Rescue Service's Mi-8AMT helicopter was built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (a Russian Helicopters company), under a contract concluded in 2013. The customer's specific requirements were taken into account in producing it. It was fitted with additional equipment enabling it to carry out search and rescue operations and transport cargo and passengers. Its search and rescue function is supported by the LPG-150M winch and external sling, which has a hydraulic weighing system. Additional external fuel tanks can be fitted, increasing the helicopter's range to 1,065 km. The improved cabin can comfortably seat up to 12 people. The helicopter is distinguished by its low vibration and noise. It is fitted with the latest navigation and radio communications equipment, ensuring it can operate safely in a wide range of different conditions. This model of helicopter may also prove to be in demand in other states and by commercial helicopter operators in Kazakhstan and Russia.
BOEING FORECASTS WORLD AIR CARGO TRAFFIC TO DOUBLE IN NEXT 20 YEARS
SEOUL, South Korea, Boeing projects air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. The company released its biennial World Air Cargo Forecast at the International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition earlier today.
"We see strong signs of a recovery as air freight traffic levels continue to strengthen after several years of stagnation," said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The air cargo market is now growing at nearly the long-term rates."
World air cargo traffic began to grow again in second quarter of 2013 with growth reaching 4.4 percent for the first seven months of 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier. If this trend continues, 2014 will be the highest growth year for the air freight industry since 2010.
Much of the weak air cargo growth in the previous years can be attributed to two principal causes - an underperforming world economy and lacklustre trade growth, particularly in those traditional commodities served by the air cargo industry.
The new Boeing forecast shows Asia-North America and Europe-Asia will continue to be the dominant world air cargo markets with the most traffic volume. Intra-Asia, domestic China and Asia-North America markets are expected to have the fastest rates of growth over the next 20 years.
With increased air cargo traffic, the world freighter fleet is also expected to grow with deliveries of 840 new factory-built airplanes and 1,330 passengers to freighter conversion airplanes. More than 52 percent of those deliveries are expected to replace retiring airplanes and the remainder used for growth.
New Freighter Deliveries: 2014-2033
Airplane type Large (>80 tonnes) Medium (40-80 tonnes)
Total deliveries: 590 250
Dollar value (US): $190 billion $50 billion
Total: 840 $240 billion
More than 70 percent of the new factory-built airplanes scheduled to deliver between 2014 and 2033 are forecast to be large freighters, such as the 747-8 and 777.
"Boeing is committed to the cargo industry like no other company," said Tinseth. "Our complete line-up of efficient, highly capable freighters is well positioned to continue to carry more than half of the world's air cargo traffic as the market continues to strengthen."