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28 November: Sawgrass Airfest, Wingspark:

28 November: SSSA TMG Fly in Brits:

28 November: SAC ACE of Base: Vereeniging. Contact Annie Boon chunge@mweb.co.za

5 December: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. Contact Capt. Kobus Kapp 012 351 2342 or E-mail:

6 December: Henley Model Airfield Fun Day. Contact Marius or Susan Vosloo 084 602 1101

7 December: ICAD (International Civil Aviation Day) Contact Mark Swarts e-mail: SwartsM@caa.co.za Cell: 082 878 0875

17 December: DC-3 80th Anniversary function Rand Airport. Springbok Classic Air's CEO, Captain Flippie Vermeulen, invites you to Dress Up and come and enjoy an evening of celebrations at Hangar 5, Rand Airport! Dress Code: 1935 - 1944, Gatsby/Al Capone. Ticket Cost: R500.00 pp. R5,000.00 for a table seating 10 people. 3-course meal, Cash Bar, Live Entertainment. Programme includes: DC-3 formation flight display done by Capt Flippie Vermeulen and his daughter Petro Swanepoel. Presentation on the DC-3 history. Welcome to ZS-CAI. Contact: info@springbokclassicair.co.za

30 December: Annual Open Day. St Francis Airpark (FACF)


24-30 January: Gliding Cape Regionals, Worcester Airfield. Contact Gary Whitecross gary@airplay.co.za

6-7 February 2016: Aerobatics SACNW regionals, Klerksdorp. Contact Annie Boon

4-5 March: Swellengrebel Fly in: Swellendam. Contact Pieter Venter 082 250 9504 or pventer@vgv.co.za

4-5 March 2016: Uitenhage Wings and Wheels Fesitval Incorporating the Doug Davidson Memorial Airshow - Uitenhage Airfield, Eastern Cape. Stalls, Entertainment, Beer Garden, Plane and Stock Car race, Parades, Vintage and New Car exhibits, Bike Raffle and more…. Contact Lourens Kruger 082 320 2615

17-20 March: SA Navy Festival, Simonstown. Contact Brian Emmenis

2-3 April: Arobatics SAC Western Cape regionals. Contact Annie Boon

6-7 May: Lowveld Airshow, Nelspruit. Contact Willemien

13-15 May: Battlefields annual fly in: Dundee. Contact Dave O'Halloran

Sharon Potgieter, aviation enthusiast extraordinaire, needs our help and support. Sharon has lost the use of her lower legs due to nerve damage caused by an aviation incident. Sharon has fought back bravely from the incident but the damage is too great and the only change of her walking again requires the amputation of both lower legs and the fitment of prosthetics.

Sharon has been very active in the organisation and management of a number of aviation events including the President's Trophy Air Race (PTAR)

Here is a list of some of her accomplishments:
Mossel bay Air show 2012, 13 & 14, first Aerobatic Competition held in Mossel Bay, instrumental in bringing the YAK World Aerobatic Competition to Mossel Bay in November 2014, organising team on the PTAR in 2013 & 14 and in charge of registrations, organised the 2014 PTAR at Gariep Dam, along with Hans the Chief Marshal, Race Secretary for the 2015 PTAR and was in charge of all the Registrations for competitors......in her wheelchair, Race Secretary for the 2016 PTAR in Bethlehem and will be doing the registrations again.

Any assistance, however small will be greatly appreciated.

Mr Abe Zwiegelaar & Mr Beat Streckeisen are the fund administrators.
Kindly email any payments made to us, to enable us to acknowledge your assistance, to the following email: airshowevents@gmail.com
Wings Foundation
ABSA Bank...
Code : 632005
Account : 4087748112
REF: Sharon.

25 November 1956 - Eight Boeing B-52 s complete a record nonstop flight of 17,000 miles over the North Pole.

25 November 1940 - First flight of the de Havilland Mosquito

27 November 1929 - Richard Byrd and crew make the first flight over the South Pole in a Ford Trimotor.

28 November 1987 - South African Airways Flight 295, a Boeing 747 named "Helderberg", crashes into the Indian Ocean after a fire in the cargo hold. All 159 aboard die.

28 November 1942 - Roll out of the first B-24 Liberator made in Ford's Willow Run plant.

29 November 1999 - First flight of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

30 November 1917 - First flight of the Vickers Vimy

30 November 1913 - First air-to-air dogfight: pilots (Dean Ivan Lamb) from rival Mexican factions exchanged revolver shots flying a Curtiss Pusher vs Phil Rader in a Christopherson biplane during the Siege of Naco, Mexico. The combat ended with no hits registered.
December 1 2001 - Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.

December 1 1925 - The Boeing Airplane Co. delivers the first of 10 FB-1 s to the Navy. This one-seat land biplane is the Navy version of the Army PW-9 fighter. The last will be delivered Dec. 22.

December 1 1911 - Royal Navy Lieutenant Arthur Longmore lands a float-equipped Short Improved S.27 in the River Medway, becoming the first person in the United Kingdom to take off from land and make a successful water landing.

US, Atlanta: Blake Allford accidentally left his gun in his carry-on luggage boarded a Southwest flight without anyone stopping him. Alford says it was an innocent mistake, but he felt that he had to come forward. The Transportation Security Agency is investigating the incident and will re-train employees as necessary.

USA, Salt Lake City: Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted for several hours following anonymous bomb threats. More than 700 passengers and crew were safely taken off the planes
The FBI said in a statement that no evidence was found aboard the aircraft. The flights involved an Airbus A-380 that departed from Los Angeles and a Boeing 777 that left Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. The 777 was diverted to Halifax International Airport in Nova Scotia.

USA, Boston: Police arrested a drunken Polish woman who tried to open an exit door on a London-to-Boston flight. She was charged with interfering with a flight crew and bail of $1,040 was set. She was unable to post bail and was detained overnight at the state police barracks at the airport.

USA, O'Hare: An
American Airlines flight with 77 passengers on board made an emergency landing at O'Hare after having experienced severe turbulence about twenty minutes after take-off during which two flight attendants were injured. The passengers, all of which were strapped in, suffered no injuries.

USA, Carlsbad: A Eurocopter AS350 A crashed at San Diego County airport, killing two people on board. Video footage show the helicopter spinning wildly in a circle on the ground before losing its tail section and tipping over in a cloud of flame and smoke. Nobody on the ground was hurt and the fire was quickly doused.

USA, Los Angeles: A JetBlue flight at Los Angeles International Airport was delayed for several hours after a man in a pilots uniform was reported walking to the empty aircraft by an airport worker The plane was inspected by the bomb squad and the on board luggage rescreened. Nothing suspicious was found. It was eventually established that the suspect was an off-duty pilot listed on the flight manifest for what is called a "non-revenue" flight that didn't want to wait for that flight and took another earlier flight.


Photo © Embraer

Embraer is attending the 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit, which takes place November 17-18 at the Shaw Centre, in Ottawa, Canada. The company is promoting the KC-390 tactical transport aircraft for search and rescue missions in Canada. The KC-390 is designed to set new standards in its category, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market and the ability to perform multiple missions such as transport and airdrop of troops and cargo, search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation, aerial refuelling and firefighting among others. Some of its features make the KC-390 the ideal aircraft for the scenario of SAR operations in Canada:
• High speed cruise, low speed flying capability;
• Long range and flying endurance;
• SAR ready from initial concept;
• High availability and low life-cycle cost.

"The KC-390 was designed to perform search and rescue missions in the most demanding environments since its conceptual stage. Therefore we are confident that this aircraft fully meets the operational requirements of the Royal Canadian Air Force.", said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defence and Security.

For this type of mission, the sooner you get to the search area, higher are the chances of success and the KC-390 is a turbofan aircraft what makes it the fastest fixed wing SAR aircraft in this category. Having been developed to airdrop troops and cargo, and also to refuel helicopters, the KC-390 wing design is very well suited to long endurance and low speed SAR missions.

Latest generation avionics, electro-optic/infrared and radar sensors, full compatibility with night vision goggles add to the aircraft's capability to perform SAR over land or sea. State of the art full fly-by-wire technology makes the aircraft easy to fly allowing the crew to focus on the mission. Internal cabin space can fit all gear required for search mission and fast reconfiguration allows the plane to act as a fast transport for injured victims, with litters and life support equipment. The KC-390 also takes advantage of Embraer´s proven experience on the commercial aircraft, with more than 85 airlines from over 50 countries, to bring to the military and SAR environments unprecedented reliability and availability numbers, while assuring the robustness that the military need.


Photos © Airvan

How does an entrepreneur make a profit with the Airvan 8? Isabel Carrasco, PIC and partner in Aero Toqui says, "You use the aircraft for a multiple missions, every day."

Her charter business, based in La Serena, Chile, uses two Airvan 8 aircraft to support tourism, parachuting, cargo and ISR. "Sometimes your client wants to jump, and then it's a scenic flight, followed by cargo. The quick-change cabin configuration makes all this possible in one day, creating multiple revenue sources."

"Chile has only 12 traditional airports. With this aircraft, we have increased our range as it is stable to fly and can land on dirt strips" says Carrasco, "our Airvan is a favourite choice for aerial photographers and surveillance."

Mahindra Aerospace led the Mahindra Group's foray into utility Aircraft and aero structures manufacturing. Its utility aircraft business, based in Australia, currently produces the Airvan 8, the most capable, rugged and versatile utility aircraft in its class. Certified in 38 countries, over 200 are in service. Mahindra Aerospace is currently developing a 10-seat turboprop, the Airvan 10, which is on schedule for certification in 2015.


Photos © Textron

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is displaying 11 of its commercial business jet and turboprop aircraft at NBAA's 2015 Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, including the public debut of the Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet.

"As evidenced by our extensive line up at the show, no other aircraft manufacturer offers the broad range of products that we do. We are excited to expand our product offering even further with the new Citation Longitude, which will be a revolution in the super-midsize segment," said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. "The Citation Longitude is a perfect example of our commitment to meet our customers' mission needs through continued product investment."


More North American-based Airbus Group, Inc. resources made available to bring the supersonic AS2 to market

Photos © Aerion

With joint engineering efforts accelerating on the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet program, Aerion and Airbus Group, Inc. today announced a new agreement that will expand North American-based Airbus Group, Inc. resources to the AS2 program. Support from Airbus Group operations in North America will include engineering, procurement and supply chain management, logistics planning, program management, and government relations. These new resources will augment engineering support from Airbus Defence and Space (AIRBUS D&S) in Spain.

"The collaboration between Aerion and Airbus Group has been extremely beneficial and productive," said Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. "The further we proceed along the development path with Aerion, the greater our enthusiasm for this program and the deeper our commitment. Under our new agreement, our two companies are working as one to bring Aerion's supersonic AS2 to the business jet market," he added.

"This undertaking is completely in line with Airbus Group's legacy of developing innovations in flight. Airbus Group has a long history of supporting innovation, and Aerion's innovative aerodynamic technology unquestionably offers long-term benefits to the industry in terms of performance and efficiency," said Doug Nichols, Aerion CEO.

At the one-year anniversary of the Aerion/Airbus Group collaboration, the two companies drew back the curtains on engineering efforts that have proceeded quietly, but steadily, since the first joint engineering team meeting in 2014. Airbus Defence and Space has made significant progress in the engineering of airframe structures, the AS2's digital (fly-by-wire) flight control system, its integrated fuel system, and landing gear.

"The results of this comprehensive quarterly review were nothing short of excellent," said Ken McKenzie, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at Airbus Group, Inc. "We see clear and achievable technical solutions to the design of a supersonic jet, and a realistic roadmap for helping Aerion proceed toward construction and flight."

"The take-away from the design review and the effort this past year," said Aerion Senior Vice President for Aircraft Development Mike Hinderberger, "is that we have moved out of the conceptual design phase into commercializing Aerion technology. We are doing the engineering work today that will allow us to build and fly a supersonic jet at the turn of the next decade."


Photos © NBAA2015

Static Park

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show.

Bombardier 600

Howard 600………Honda Jet

NBAA2015 is the premier event and annual meeting place for the business aviation community. This event brings together key aviation contacts from around the world, including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place to get critical work accomplished.

Cessna Citation

King Air 250……….
Bombardier Lear 35

This year NBAA2015 will feature over 1,100 indoor exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC), nearly 100 business aircraft on static display at Henderson Executive Airport (HND), dozens of education sessions and networking with 26,000 business aviation professionals. There's no other aviation event that matches it!


Photo © Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon's Programme Capability Manager has announced that work on integrating major new capabilities on to the aircraft is now 'well advanced' and 'delivering promising results'.

Paul Smith, a former UK RAF Pilot and Fighter Weapons School Instructor, made the announcement today (November 9th) at a Eurofighter briefing at the Dubai Air Show. Paul Smith said: "We are having one of the busiest Flight Test periods in the Programme's history and the integration of the enhanced weapons-mix is well advanced and delivering promising results."

He added: "Throughout 2015 we have been conducting a series of flight tests with our Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) working on the integration of major new weapon-systems capability with a particular focus on both Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles. At the same time, the Eurofighter continues to deliver effective and proven air power in both the Middle East and the Baltic States. This is a dynamically challenging and exciting time for the Programme, with its weapon system capabilities continuing to grow."

Enhancement Capability Update which introduces a broad range of capability enhancements to the aircraft. As well as the Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles, there are enhancements to the radar, DASS (defensive aids sub-system) and other avionics which will enhance the aircraft's lethality and survivability across all roles.

The effects deliverable by both weapons is enhanced by the high-kinetic characteristics and highly integrated sensors of the Eurofighter Typhoon. This improves the weapons' range and gives the pilot the situational awareness to employ them most effectively.

With the P2E enhancements scheduled to be delivered to the Customer in steps between 2015 and 2017 Smith said that work is now underway on the next batch of enhancements, P3E which will enable the Eurofighter Typhoon to deploy several more capabilities including precision-guided air-to-surface weapons at fast-moving targets with low-collateral damage.

He said: "Beyond P3E, our customers are currently agreeing the content and schedule of future weapon system programmes. These will include avionic enhancements, such as MIDS JTRS, and the potential integration of other weapons such as SDB II and the Marte-ER anti-ship missile, which we know are of interest to some of our customer community. It will also see the integration of Eurofighter's new E-Scan Radar."

"Bring all these elements together," said Smith, "and it becomes clear why we talk about Eurofighter Typhoon operators having the 'Combat Edge' - the situational awareness and a suite of flexible weapons options that offer pilots a real advantage in the battle space."


Image © Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has come one step closer to flying helium cargo airships after reaching a certification milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The hybrid airships are designed to connect shipping networks to remote areas, extending existing air shipping lanes.

Because hybrid airships were not covered by existing FAA regulations, Lockheed Martin worked with the FAA, as well as with Transport Canada, to create new criteria with which the airships can be certified as part of the Transport Category. Following the completion of that project in April 2013, the groups have been working on a project-specific certification plan based on those criteria.

"The approval of the certification plan represents an important risk reduction milestone for our customers," said program manager. Dr. Robert Boyd. "Completing this step took dedication from both the Lockheed Martin system experts and the FAA, who worked meticulously through thousands of detailed items to achieve consistent and accurate verification statements covering the entire aircraft."

Due to the air cushion landing system, which trades wheels for balloon-like legs and hovers on a cushion of air, the hybrid helium airship can land on rough, unpaved terrain without preparation, and effectively adheres itself to the ground in order to remain secured in inclement weather. It can even land in shallow water.

So far, Lockheed Martin has flown a one-third scale version of the craft in order to conduct feasibility tests. This test, conducted in 2006, included two pilots and fully functional flight controls and landing system.

Lockheed Martin and Hybrid Enterprises LLC began sales of the fully functional hybrid airship earlier this year, and plan to deliver the final product in 2018 at earliest.

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