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2: EAA Chapter 322 monthly meeting, Dickie Fritz Moth Hall Edenvale. Contact editor@afskies.co.za

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

4: Vintage Wings and Wheels and Magaliesburg Steam Express meet at FAKR Krugersdorp. Contact cwatson@stithian.com

4: Newcastle airshow. Contact Johan Pieters e-mail: info@champ.co.za

4: Kroon Airfield annual Fly-in. Our landing strip is 750m, excellent grass strip. Just to the South of the N4 highway to Rustenburg. RW 11/29 (RW29 now have NO overhead power lines.) The circuit is always to the North of the Runway, Lefthand for 11 and Righthand for 29. Freq: 124.8 (although we are South of the N4 Highway, our Circuit is to the North). Circuit Alt: 4700ft for Trikes and 4900 for fix wings. Airfield Alt: 4330ft. Lats: 25°39'33.90"S. Longs: 27°59'53.37"E


7- 9 June: Aero Club Safety Campaign, Kwa Zulu Natal: Tuesday 7 June Margate Flying Club evening, Wednesday 8 June Pietermaritzburg Aero Club evening, Thursday 9 June Virginia Airport Durban evening.

8: Aero Club's 75th AGM 14th of April 2016 at 18:30at the EAA Auditorium at Rand Airport adjacent to the Aero Club offices. RSVP Sandra Strydom on e-mail to office@aeroclub.org.za.

9-11: Provisional date ZimNavex Zimbabwe . Contact Mel Cooper e-mail:

10-12: Wonderboom Wings and Wheels airshow. Contact Chris Briers chris@airteam.co.za Cell: 082 568 7988. Wonderboom Airport and is gearing up to be one of the biggest civilian airshows of 2016. The event is to be part of Wonderboom Airport's 80th birthday celebrations and in partnership with the City of Tshwane, Airlink and the tenants of Wonderboom airport, some of whom have been operating at the since its early days, the organisers would like to see the airport flourish again. They have decided to take it upon themselves to put on the 'Adrenaline Show', which will be a combination of Hot Rod cars, Muscle cars, Superbikes and an air show featuring the best of the South African displays. Considered to be a first for South African air shows, will be the 4,1Km race track and a 950 metre drag race strip, which will give attendees a unique mix of aviation and motorsport over the two days, with the 10 June marked as the career day. Another first for an air show will be the hosting of the Street Rod and Muscle Car Nationals.

17-19: Memorial fly in and airshow Mafeking. Contact Connie Conradie e-mail:

18: Whisper Carnarvon fly in. For information go to www.facebook/whisperaircraft

28 -29: Aviation Festival Africa Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg. Contact Bianca Wiener e-mail: bianca.wiener@terrapinn.com

30 June-3 July: Race of Champions at Kubu Island Botswana. Contact Chris Briers chris@airteam.co.za Cell: 082 568 7988



Defence and security company Saab will take the next step in the evolution of the Gripen fighter system on 18 May, with the unveiling of the first test aircraft of the next generation, Gripen E.

The unveiling of the first Gripen E test aircraft will take place at Saab's facilities in Linköping. Among the speakers are the Swedish Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist; the Swedish Air Force Chief of Staff, Mats Helgesson; Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato; and from Saab the Chairman of the Board, Marcus Wallenberg; the CEO, Håkan Buskhe and head of business area Aeronautics, Ulf Nilsson.

"There is huge global interest in the Gripen fighter system and we are now ready to present the first Gripen E. We look forward to sharing this important event with both guests and viewers," says Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

"This key milestone is proof of our ability to build world-class fighters on time and on budget and it brings us one step closer to first flight and delivery to our customer", says Ulf Nilsson.


Photo © Jonker Sailplanes

Congratulations to Sebastian Kawa and Adam Czeladzki who ended in the second and third places in the mixed class at the Flight Challenge Cup Gliding 2016 10.04. - 21.04.2016 Prievidza - Slovakia in a Jonker's JS1 sailplane.

Sebastian won 5 of the 8 days and was second on 2 days, fighting back hard after scoring 0 points on day 2.... a truly amazing performance. Adam once again showed why he will be presenting Poland in the Open Class. Hats off also to current 18m World Champion, Karol Staryszak, taking gold and Luka "FES." Znidarsic finishing in 4th position!

Jonker Sailplanes are a truly South African success story. Designed and built in South Africa and manufactured in Potchefstroom the JS1 has taken the world of competitive Sail Plane flying by storm.


Photo Sergey Krivchikov commons.wikimedia.org

"It is my first sortie in Tejas, it is a good aircraft for induction into IAF operations", said Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the Chief of Air Staff after flying the indigenously designed and produced Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) for about 30 minutes at HAL airport. Group Captain M. Rangachari was with him in the twin-seater trainer aircraft. "It is a moral boosting gesture from the IAF Chief and reposes great confidence of our valuable customer in our abilities", said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL.

The Air Chief Marshal carried out manoeuvers in the entire flying envelope of the aircraft. He carried out simulated air to air and air to ground attacks. He also assessed the advanced modes of the radar and Helmet Mounted Display Sight (HMDs). An ace fighter pilot himself, Air Chief Marshal Raha appreciated the flying qualities of the aircraft. He congratulated the entire team of HAL and others involved in getting the LCA program to this stage.

The series production of the Tejas aircraft has already commenced at HAL Bengaluru and the first squadron of the LCA is expected to be formed by July 2016.


Photo credit ©Jim Koepnick

EAA and the Commemorative Air Force are pleased to jointly announce that FIFI, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016.

FIFI is the main star of the CAF AirPower History Tour which regularly tours the U.S. bringing the sights, smells, and sounds of WWII aviation to Americans of all ages. FIFI's dedicated crews volunteer thousands of hours to honour the sacrifice of the men and women of WWII and Korea.

"We are very pleased that FIFI will once again be on display at Boeing Centennial Plaza at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh," said Jack Pelton, president of EAA.

"The CAF and FIFI have a deep appreciation to EAA for making it possible for the plane to return," said CAF President Stephan Brown. "This is the one place in the world where so many can view up close and personal the iconic aircraft of WWII, as well as thousands of show planes. We are honoured to be a part of it."

The airplane will arrive on Monday, July 25. As an added feature, FIFI will be available for a limited number of rides. Visit Air Power's tour website for more information. The rides will be delivered from the Appleton Airport on Tuesday through Thursday. The B-29 will be accompanied at Appleton by the P-51 Mustang Gunfighter and two World War II trainers - a PT-13 Stearman and T-6 Texan.

Photo © Willie Bodenstein

FIFI is celebrating her 41st year of operation as the World's only flying B-29 Superfortress. The CAF hopes that FIFI will soon be joined in the air by Doc, another B-29 progressing toward flight.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was the first pressurized American bomber and represented state of the art technology at the time.

The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s. This year is Boeing's centennial celebration.


Photos © Ebace

As the 2016 edition of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2016) organizers said the show continued to demonstrate, in a variety of ways, its standing as Europe's foremost business aviation event, and its value to exhibitors and attendees alike.

"This year's show was a terrific success, characterized by a full exhibit floor, with lots of business getting done," noted EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba. "It's an affirmation that EBACE remains Europe's most important industry event."

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EBAA President Brian Humphries agreed. "We're very pleased with the level of enthusiasm we've seen this year," he said. "In addition to the busy show floor and sold-out aircraft static display, our seminars and education sessions were well attended, and participants were very engaged with presenters and one another."

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen added: "EBACE exhibitors and attendees repeatedly told us this week that the show continues to be a must-attend on the industry calendar. Additionally, EBACE once again highlighted the size and significance of business aviation in Europe, and around the world."

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EBACE2016 featured more than 450 exhibitors, representing more than 40 countries. The static display of aircraft featured 60 aircraft - some were new to the event, or made their world debut at EBACE. The footprint for the show, as measured by square metres for exhibitors and the aircraft display, was the largest to date. EBACE2016 attendees came from more than 100 countries, from the European region and beyond.

EBACE was again a powerful venue for closing deals and generating headlines, with a variety of press conferences held during the show, and more than 400 journalists from all over the world in attendance.

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"By every measure, EBACE2016 was a great success, and we are delighted with the support we've received from exhibitors and attendees," Gamba concluded. "We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Geneva for EBACE2017." The 2017 edition of the show will take place from May 22 to 24.

India, Karachi: Customs officials in Karachi recovered over 27kg heroin from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft during an intelligence-based raid on Wednesday. Officials conducted the raid at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, and seized nine packets of heroin from the lavatory of a Europe-bound aircraft parked in the hangar.

Japan, Tokyo: Korean Air Lines evacuated a Boeing 777 as the aircraft was preparing to take off from Japan's Haneda Airport in Tokyo when smoke came from its left engine. The flight had 319 passengers and crew on board. No injuries were reported, although around 30 passengers said they felt unwell. Haneda Airport, located on Tokyo Bay, handles around 550 flights a day with around 75 million passengers passing through the hub last year, making it one of the world's busiest airports.

USA, Virginia Beach: Four Navy aviators ejected "at a high rate of speed" from two F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters following an "in-flight mishap" that happened during a training exercise. The aircraft plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast. The four crew members suffered only minor injuries. Two of the aviators were rescued by the crew of the commercial fishing vessel and the other two survivors were hoisted out of the water by a Coast Guard helicopter.

Somalia, Mogadishu: A military court in Somalia has sentenced two men to life in prison for masterminding a bomb attack on a Daallo Airlines passenger plane in February. A former security official at the main airport in Mogadishu, Abdiwali Mahmud Maow, was given the life sentence, along with Arais Hashi Abdi, who was tried in absentia as he had evaded arrest. The blast, shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, killed the bomber and left a hole in the plane's fuselage. Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack. Eight other people, including a woman, were sentenced to between six months and four years in prison.

5 JUNE 5 1909

The first monoplane flight of over one hour is made by Hubert Latham on the Antoinette IV for one hour, seven minutes, 37 seconds.

Photo commons.wikimedia.org.
Arthur Charles Hubert Latham (10 January 1883 - 25 June 1912) was a French born aviation pioneer. He was the first person to attempt to cross the English Channel in an aeroplane. Due to engine failure during his first of two attempts to cross the Channel, he became the first person to land an aeroplane on a body of water.

Latham was born in Paris into a wealthy Protestant family. His French mother's family were the bankersand his father, Lionel Latham, was the son of Charles Latham, an English merchant adventurer and trader of indigo and other commodities, who had settled in Le Havre in 1829

Latham's interest in flying started after he had witnessed several of the performances by Wilbur Wright, who was in France trying to sell his aeroplane to the French Government, in his Flyer at Camp d'Auvours, near Le Mans. Intrigued with the idea of flying, Latham searched for an aeroplane company that would train him as a pilot. He selected the Antoinette company headed by Jules Gastambide, a distant cousin. He joined the firm in February 1909 and was taught to fly by the company's pilots, Eugène Welféringer and René Demasnet.

Left: Latham at the controls of Antoinette VII Photo commons.wikimedia.org. Right: Antoinette VII Photo commons.wikimedia.org

It took several weeks for Latham to master the complicated controls, but Levavasseur recognized his potential and did not dismiss him. Once Latham became proficient, for the next two years he competed at aviation meets throughout Europe and the United States, setting records and winning prizes. His performances earned him fame on both sides of the Atlantic. While many other pilots flew the Antoinette competitively, either for the company or privately, none mastered the aircraft as well as Latham.

Latham's Antoinette VII. Photo commons.wikimedia.org

In August 1909 at the Grande Semaine d'Aviation de la Champagne Latham set the world altitude record of 155 metres (509 ft) in his Antoinette IV. In April 1910 he set the official World Airspeed Record of 48.186 miles per hour (77.548 km/h) in his Antoinette VII. In May 1909, three months after Latham joined the company, he at last realized his potential and flew for 37.5 minutes at a speed of 45 mph at a height of just over 30 m (98 ft). A week later he set the European non-stop flight record at 1 hour and 7 minutes which seriously challenged the Wrights' world record.

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