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4 July: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 or E-mail: webmaster@saafmuseum.org

16 to 19 July: Sports Aerobatics Club Nationals - Klerksdorp. Contact Annie Boon

17 to 19 July: Nylstroom Taildraggers fly-in - Nylstroom Flying Club. Contact Richard Nicholson e-mail rgn@pcwireless.co.za Cell: 082 490 6227

19 July-3 August: EAA's annual AirVenture to be held in Oshkosh USA. Camping on the airfield contact Neil Bowden e-mail:

Hotels in Appleton contact Calvin Fabig e-mail:

1 Aug: The East Rand Flying Club invites aviators to a free fly-in breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 08:00 till 10:30 in the club hangar to the South of runway 14/32. Parking will be along the taxiway in front of the hangars to the South of 14/32. FASI frequency is 122.4. Call crossing N12 to North & N17 to the South.
Join overhead @ 6800' for light aircraft & 6300' for microlights.
Runway 03/21 is tar. Runway 14/32 is grass. Runway 04/22 grass is now a taxiway.
All circuits to the NORTH for 32. Takeoff from 14 NOT PERMITTED. All circuits to the WEST for 03/21.
Contact Paul Sabatier 082 413 4614

1 August: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 or E-mail: webmaster@saafmuseum.org

1 - 2 August: Namibian airshow. Contact Reinhard Gartner e-mail:

7-10 August: EAA National Convention & AGM. Margate Airport. RSVP at:

7-9 August: SAPFA Fun Rally Brits. Contact Frank Eckard e-mail:

14 - 15 August: Bethlehem airshow. Contact Stephan Fourie e-mail: fouriesj1491@gmail.com Cell: 072 344 9678

20 - 29 August: Sports Aerobatics Club Unlimited World Championships - France Contact Annie Boon chunge@mweb.co.za

23 August: Grand Rand airshow (Sunday) Contact Stuart Coetzee e-mail: manager@randairport.co.za Tel: 011 827 8884

29 August: Bethlehem Aero Club fun navigation rally. Contact Izak Venter e-mail: izak@motsu.co.za or Francois Marais e-mail: info@stanfra.co.za

12 - 13 August: Sports Aerobatics Club Gauteng regionals and Judges Trophy - Vereeniging Contact Annie Boon

4-6 September: Petit Vintage and Classic Fly-in. Contact Ivan van der Schaar 0823759180

5 September: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 or E-mail: webmaster@saafmuseum.org

18-20 September: Pyramid Air Park Aviators Weekend Barberton. Contact Peter Lea peter@irricon.co.za or 0825534908

17-20 September: Botswana Air Race at Matsieng, It is going to be the best ever race with sponsored fuel, tents and lots more. Contact


July 2 1987 - Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson lift off their balloon 'Virgin Atlantic' (at the time, the largest ever flown at 2.3 million cubic feet of capacity) from Sugarloaf Mountain for the First transatlantic flight in a hot air balloon.

July 2 1982 - In the homemade Inspiration I, consisting of a patio chair attached to 45 eight-foot (2.4-m) helium-filled weather balloons, American truck driver Larry Walters lifts off from the back yard of a home in San Pedro, California, planning to drift at an altitude of about 30 feet (9.1 m) for a few hours before using a pellet gun to shoot out some balloons and descend gradually. Instead, Inspiration 1 quickly ascends to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,572 m). After drifting into controlled airspace near Long Beach Airport, he uses the pellet gun to shoot out several of his balloons before accidentally dropping the pellet gun overboard. He gradually descends, becomes entangled in power lines, climbs down safely, and is arrested.

July 2 1937 - Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean en route in their Lockheed Electra 10E to Howland Island during an attempt to circumnavigate the world.

July 4 1980 - A seven-year-old boy is killed and several others are injured when he manages to fire an ejection seat in Lockheed S-3A Viking, BuNo 159769, c/n 394A-1098, of VS-24, at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania during an open house.

July 5 1917 - First flight of The Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker, famous WWI German triplane fighter aircraft.

July 6 2013 - Despite suffering a mid-flight tear in its wing, Solar Impulse HB-SIA flies 495 km (307 miles) from Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia outside Washington, D.C., to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City in 18 hours 23 minutes at an average speed-over-ground of 27 km/h (16.8 mph) and reaching a maximum altitude of 3,110 meters (10,203 feet), becoming the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across the continental United States. During the 64-day journey, which had begun on 3 May at Moffett Field in California, HB-SIA has made five intermediate stops and covered 5,659 km (3,514 miles) in 105 hours 42 minutes in the air at an average speed-over-ground of 53.5 km/h (33.2 mph).

July 6 1819 - First woman to be killed in an aviation accident: Sophie Blanchard, when her hydrogen-filled balloon caught fire and crashed to the ground.

July 7 1981 - First solar-powered aircraft flight across the English Channel. MacCready Solar Challenger flew 163 miles from Pontoise - Cormeilles Aerodrome, north of Paris, France to Manston Royal Air Force Base in Manston, United Kingdom, staying aloft 5 hours and 23 min, with pilot Stephen Ptacek at the controls, powered by at least 16,128 solar cells on the upper surfaces of the wing and tailplane.

July 7 1950 - First Farnborough airshow held.

USA, Everett: George Luck an accomplished pilot and a renowned flying instructor died when his Beechcraft Bonanza lost power during take-off and crashed in a wooded area south of the runway at Paine Field in Everett. Mr. Luck, 80, served 25 years in the USAAF. In 2011, he was given a Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" award from the Federal Aviation Administration for 50 years of "outstanding contributions that further the cause of aviation safety."

USA, Boston: Massachusetts State Police say they are holding three men who were allegedly intoxicated and acting unruly on a flight from Ireland to Boston. The men won't be criminally charged but are being held in custody until they are no longer intoxicated.

Canada, Montreal: A tire from a Falcon 10 jet crashed through the roof of a Montreal apartment building.

Colombia, Choco: A Mother and baby survived in the Colombian jungle for five days after the twin engine Cessna in which they were flying crashed. The mother had some injuries and burns while her baby appeared to be in good health. The mother and baby were found about 500m from the site of the crash in a ravine on the banks of a river. The pilot was found dead at the controls.

USA, Alaska: A DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter with nine on board crashed into a 800 meter rock face above a lake. The eight passengers were guests on the Westerdam, which is on a seven-day cruise that departed Seattle on Saturday and on a sightseeing flying when the accident occurred. There were no survivors.


Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the international military technology forum Army-2015, which runs from 16 to 19 June in Kubinka, Moscow Region. Participants and visitors will have the opportunity to see Russian Helicopters' military models, which are in service in the Russian Armed Forces, and also upcoming developments and export models.

"Russian Helicopters is keenly focused on the development of the domestic military industrial complex," Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. "In close collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Defence, we are developing new models of helicopters, which ensure our country's defences. Russian Helicopters is successfully fulfilling the state defence order, equipping the Russian Armed Forces with new helicopters in strict accordance with the supply schedules set out."





Visitors to Army-2015 will be able to see the shipborne Ka-52K, modernised Mi-28N(E) Night Hunter with dual controls, the Mi-8AMTSh-V, Mi-17V-5 and Ka-226T. New commercial helicopters, the Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 will also be showcased at the forum.

Army-2015 is organised by the Russian Defence Ministry. The event aims to create the necessary conditions for identifying promising technology, engineering, and other solutions, with a view to their subsequent incorporation in the production of weapons, military and specialised technology, and also the creation of a positive image of the Russian Armed Forces. Russian Helicopters' extensive involvement in the forum is testimony to the degree of collaboration and level of importance placed on this cooperation with the Defence Ministry.


Piper Aircraft has announced the delivery of the first production diesel Archer DX into Europe to European Aircraft Sales in Denmark.

"The diesel powered Archer DX was designed to provide our customers with greater access to more economical and readily available fuel sources. The aircraft offers exceptional fuel burn, which results incompetitive operating costs. Our continued dedication and commitment to ongoing product advancements makes our family of products the pilot's choice," said Simon Caldecott, President and CEO at Piper Aircraft. "Delivery of the Archer DX into Europe makes sense."

Originally launched in cooperation with Continental Motors at the Aero Friedrichshafen tradeshow in Germany last spring, the Archer DX has been marketed throughout Europe ever since. With traditional leaded avgas being expensive and difficult to find in some countries, the DX has been readily accepted and widely acclaimed. A Continental CD-155 compression-ignition engine powers the aircraft, with the capacity to use both Jet-A and diesel fuel (EN590) independently or in any ratio combined.

About The Piper Archer DX

Powered by the Continental CD-155 diesel engine, the Archer DX cruises at a speed of 114 KTAS / 211 km/h (at 70% power) on only 5.8 gph / 22 kph of jet fuel. The G1000 avionics is standard and provides a great mix of low workload and high technology. The special flight school interior, and the aircraft overall, is designed to stand up to the rigors of flight training. The Archer DX offers competitive operating economics with a proven airframe perfect for flight training organizations worldwide.


Over 230 delegates from the air traffic management (ATM) industry met last week in Durban, South Africa, for a series of meetings that addressed key ATM issues in Africa and globally. The first meeting included ANSPs from across Africa to discuss further improving safety. The CANSO Africa Conference focused on how to strengthen ATM in Africa on a sustainable basis to meet the expected growth in air traffic in Africa, thus improving connectivity and bringing significant economic and social benefits across the continent. The CANSO Global ATM Summit discussed six leading-edge case studies that are helping to strengthen ATM globally and enhance safety, improve efficiency and reduce costs for customers.

The CANSO Global ATM Summit with its theme of "Strengthening air traffic management" took place on 15 June attended by 230 delegates. The keynote guest speaker was the Honourable Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, Deputy Minister of Transport. She highlighted the mood of confidence in the future of the African region. She said investment is needed in air transportation, which is the core driver of the economy and creates jobs. South Africa has been at the forefront of promoting a single air transport market for Africa and it seeks to ensure other countries in Africa are aware of the benefits of full liberalisation. The Deputy Minister urged the meeting to promote gender equality in the air transport industry.

Charles Schlumberger of The World Bank talked about financing of ATM infrastructure. He said that the latest technologies provide a huge opportunity to ensure appropriate and efficient infrastructure, particularly in developing countries. He outlined the options for investment provided by sources including public private partnerships (PPP) as well as capital markets.

The aim of the Summit was to share lessons learned and experiences from what is currently being achieved in ATM. Speakers presented six innovative ATM case studies: OneSKY in Australia; remote air traffic control towers; converging runway operations; time-based separation of aircraft; GBAS (ground-based augmentation systems); and how ANSPs effectively cooperate in the COOPANS project. The case studies demonstrated clearly what can be achieved through innovation and strong partnerships



The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's newest airship, Wingfoot One, will continue a long tradition of Oshkosh Goodyear appearances with its inaugural visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, the 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Wingfoot One is the first of Goodyear's new generation of semi-rigid airships. First flown in spring 2014, the airship was manufactured by Germany's ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik and assembled by a team of Zeppelin and Goodyear engineers. It represents the first major structural change of a Goodyear airship in nearly 70 years.

Photo courtesy of Goodyear The new airship features advanced on-board avionics and flight control systems with the capability to travel at faster speeds and hover in place. The spacious passenger gondola will provide an enhanced in-flight experience with sweeping, panoramic windows.

Wingfoot One is scheduled to arrive in Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 21, and will be on display and fly at the event through Sunday, July 26. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 attendees will have the opportunity to see Wingfoot One perform in various air shows and meet the Wingfoot One pilots at a variety of events ranging from autograph sessions to forum presentations.

"The excitement we have for Goodyear's return to Oshkosh is not only the unmatched sight of one of its iconic airships over our event, but as aviation people, we have a true curiosity regarding its background and construction," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates EAA AirVenture features and attractions. "Goodyear has been an important AirVenture exhibitor for many years and we are thrilled that it is bringing Wingfoot One to next month's event as a pinnacle of lighter-than-air innovation and technology. We are honored that it will grace the sky above EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015."

The Wingfoot One appearance continues a more than 40-year tradition of Goodyear airship appearances at the popular event. The first Goodyear blimp appearance at the EAA fly-in was in 1971, when the airship America came to Oshkosh. Several generations of Goodyear airships have flown to and over EAA fly-ins since then.


Photos © Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters secured orders for 52 rotorcraft during this year's Paris Air Show, with the H175 seeing its largest order to date.

Milestone Aviation Group increased its combined orders and options for this helicopter to 28, taking the order book for the super medium to nearly 100 units. The H175 was designed to meet the oil and gas industry's most demanding transportation requirements, offering new levels of comfort and cost-efficient operation.

Mexican operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso established a framework agreement to acquire 10 H145s, becoming the first Latin American customer for this four-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft. The Argentinian Armed Forces signed an MOU for 12 H125 in view of renewing the AS315B Lama fleet of the Air Force and the Army.


Commercial news from Asian customers included a PT Dirgantara Indonesia order for two AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters for search and rescue missions and a contract signature to overhaul two of Southern Vietnam Helicopters' (VNHS) AS332 L2s, which will include a new enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS). To be performed by the Airbus Helicopters customer center in Malaysia, this work is to begin in the third quarter of 2015.

H 175

Capturing the headlines at the Paris Air Show's Le Bourget Airport venue was the company's announcement that a two-year X6 concept phase has begun, enabling the assessment of major marketing, architecture and design choices for this twin-engine aircraft - which will be supplemented by a substantial dialog with customers worldwide to validate the X6's value creation for their operations.

H 125

With a service entry anticipated in the 2020s, the X6 initially targets oil and gas missions, and also will be well suited for such applications as search and rescue, corporate airlift and VIP transportation. As a member of Airbus Helicopters' H-generation rotorcraft family, the X6 will build on the design advances from its recently-unveiled H160 medium-lift helicopter.

A 365

The distinctive H160 also was at the center of attention during the show, being presented for the first time in Europe in the form of a full-scale mock-up that was located in front of the Airbus Group exhibit pavilion. In parallel, Airbus Helicopters announced the H160 has begun its flight campaign with the first two flights having occurred on 13 and 17 June at the company's Marignane, France headquarters.

H 145

Also making news was Airbus Helicopters' unveiling of the H Pilot Club, an association that unites the worldwide community of pilots and technicians who fly and support its rotorcraft, while also providing opportunities for meetings to network within the industry, share best practices and gain insight into Airbus Helicopters. The H Pilot Club creates an effective framework for communicating, enabling members to exchange their knowledge that comes from the very diverse utilization of the company's rotorcraft.


HAL's indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) attained a milestone by successfully completing the hot weather flight trials for a nearly one week at Jodhpur recently. "Test flights were carried out in the temperature range of 39 to 42 degree Celsius. These were done with the involvement of customer pilots from Indian Air Force and Army in presence of representatives from RCMA and DGAQA", says Mr. T. Suvarana Raju, CMD, HAL.

LCH prototype, TD-3 was ferried from Bengaluru to Jodhpur to achieve the successful trials. The flight testing covered 'temperature survey of engine bay and hydraulic system', 'assessment of performance', 'handling qualities and loads' at different 'all up weights', 'low speed handling' and 'height-velocity diagram establishment'.

LCH had completed cold weather flight testing at Leh in February 2015. Two LCH - one on static and another on flying display- enthralled people at Aero India 2015 held in Bengaluru earlier this year. The LCH is expected to receive Initial Operational Clearance and enter into series production by the end of this year.

About Light Combat Helicopter (LCH): The Light Combat Helicopter is a twin- engine, dedicated combat helicopter of 5.8-ton class designed and developed by HAL to meet the requirements of Indian defence forces. The helicopter is designed to carry out dedicated combat roles such as Air Defence, anti-tank, scout and support combat search /rescue missions.

The indigenous design of the helicopter incorporates advanced technology features for facilitating combat operations and includes a narrow fuselage with tandem seating configuration for Pilot and Co-pilot / Weapon system operator (WSO). It incorporates a number of stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infra-red signatures and crashworthy landing gear, armour protection for better survivability. The helicopter is powered by two Shakti engines.


Photos by Adrien Daste


2 303 exhibitors (a 4% increase on 2013) from 48 countries (44 in 2013)
Visitors: 351 000 visitors (an increase of 11.4%) including
Trade visitors: 151 000 visitors (an increase of 8.6% over 2013)
General public: 200 000 visitors (an increase of 13.6% over 2013)

Exhibition space:

52 000 m² of stands
330 chalets offering 35 500 m² of covered area
40 000m² of outdoor space
26 national pavilions


130 aircraft including the Falcon 8X, Dassault Aviation's latest business jet that went on show in public for the first time, and likewise the Airbus A350 and A400M. Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Bombardier's CS 300, the JF17 fighter from Pakistan, the Boeing 787 and the Airbus Group's E-Fan all drew huge crowds.

Delegations/official visits:

The Air Show was inaugurated by French President, François Hollande on Monday 15 June
French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls paid a visit and made a speech on Friday 19 June when the exhibition opened to the general public
Twelve French ministers and many French politicians visited the show
296 official foreign delegations from 91 countries including the President of Gabon and two 2 deputy premiers, including
147 defence delegations from 87 countries with 12 ministers and Secretaries of State, 40
Chiefs of Staff: 59 civilian delegations with 16 ministers & 90 institutional delegations

Business deals:

$130 billion worth of orders were announced including:
934 commercial airliners:
Airbus, Boeing, ATR, Embraer ($112 bn)
Airbus: 421 aircraft ($57 bn) - Boeing: 331 aircraft ($50.2 bn)
835 CFMI engines ($14 bn)
52 Airbus Helicopters (€550 m)
900 micro-satellites for Airbus Defence & Space (constellation for Internet connections) 2

Accredited journalists: 4 359

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