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22: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AGM EAA Auditorium Rand Airport. Contact Paul Lastrucci Cell: 082 822 7018

22-23: SAC KZN regionals Ladysmith. Contact Annie Boon e-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

23 - 24: Karoo Gariep Fly-in. Contact PC Ferreira Cell: 082 567 9211 website:


29: SAPFA Grand Central fun rally & open precisions. Contact Rob Jonkers e-mail: mailto:rob@aerosud.co.za Cell: 082 804 7032

29: Rustenburg Breakfast Fly In. Contact


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

5: Aero Club of South Africa Annual Awards at AFB Zwartkop. Contact AeCSA-Office: mailto:office@aeroclub.org.za Tel: 011 082 1100

5: SAAF Museum flying training and open days.

11-13: EAA Sun n Fun fly-in to Brits. Includes Neil Bowden's Oshkosh Visitors reunion fly-in, the Peter Hengst Memorial fly-in breakfast on Saturday 12, an Adventure Fun Rally organised by Rob Jonkers under the SAPFA banner, The Airplane Factory Sling fly-in, a 1/3 scale jet powered BAE Hawk model will do a demonstration flight. Brits FC is known for its fine hospitality, good food, braais, and a pub. Camping at the airfield and many reasonably priced B&B's nearby.. ATC will be in operation form Friday 13h00Z - 15h00Z and Saturday 05h00Z - 15h00Z on 124.2 Mhz. Further info from Karl Jensen karlpix@icon.co.za or Roel Jansen 082 777 7299

11-13: Bosveld Fly in. Potgietersrus Airfield. All welcome. Camping available. Contact Nico 082 582 5961, Martin 082 578 4657 or Willie 072 523 2423.

12: SAPFA Peter Hengst Memorial fun rally Brits airfield. Entering on the EAA website at
or entering on the SAPFA website at or Contact Rob Jonkers email:rob@aerosud.co.za

13: A rally for vintage aircraft will leave Crete in Greece bound for Cape Town in South Africa, scheduled to arrive 5 weeks later. Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920s. For more details see here: www.crete2cape.com

18-20: Mafeking fly in and hangar dance. Contact Connie Conradie e-mail:

19: Bob Hay Fun Rally - Baragwanath. Our last event of the year is at Baragwanath. Come and join the JLPC (Johannesburg Light Plane Club) for a day of fun. Contact: Contact Frank Eckard email: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za cell: 083 269 1516. You may enter any of these events online on the SAPFA website at: http://www.sapfa.co.za/index.php/component/competition/?view=pilot


Photos © Helitech International

After three days of invaluable business meetings, sourcing new solutions and services, while learning about the trends shaping the global rotorcraft industry, visitors left Helitech International with cautious optimism about future operations. This week's event, run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), welcomed operators, pilots and engineers from across the globe, including representatives from Thales, the Ukrainian embassy and DONG Energy.

Visitors had come to see the 180-plus international exhibitors who were showcasing their latest products and services - many of whom had never presented at the event before. The latest innovations from leading OEMs, including Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, were all on display, while suppliers of MRO services, navigation systems and lifting equipment were also in demand.

Sara Cordera from Leonardo Helicopters, which demonstrated a new virtual reality (VR) SAR experience at the event, commented “It's been a great show for us. We had a packed schedule of meetings which all went well and our new VR simulator was a huge success in helping to drive traffic to the stand, while helping us develop new contacts in the SAR sector.” Andrew Shahadi from Marenco Swisshelicopter added: “We were delighted to make our debut at Helitech International this year and the quantity of enquiries at our stand far exceeded our expectations.The event has provided us with the ideal platform to engage with new and existing customers and discuss our new model.”

During the event, the organisers announced that the 2017 event will run alongside MRO Europe from 3-5 October, as John Hyde, Exhibition Director of Helitech International, explains: “MRO Europe complements Helitech International perfectly and, as the leading event in that sector, it will help bring a bigger audience of operators, engineers and R&D professionals through our doors. We fully expect our 2017 event in London to be the most successful event in the show's history as a result.

“This year's event has shown there is a degree of confidence returning to the market. Oil and gas remains in a state of flux, but the industry itself will continue to function and over the next year or two business will return. It's important for companies to keep innovating and diversifying in these difficult times and by attending Helitech International operators have a clearer idea of the solutions and strategies they need in place to succeed.”


Photo © Boom Technologies

Boom Technology, a Colorado based aerospace company is planning to build a supersonic passenger planes faster than Concorde but with fares a quarter of the price and Virgin Galactic has just got on board.

The Boom airplane would travel at Mach 2.2, more than twice the speed of sound and 2.6 times faster than any other airliner and fly from New York to London in 3.4 hours. That's San Francisco to Tokyo in 4.7 hours or Los Angeles to Sydney in six.

It's certainly piqued British entrepreneur Richard Branson's interest: On Wednesday his Virgin Group optioned 10 planes. The deal, if it's followed through, could be worth a reported $2 billion.

Boom has also optioned 15 additional planes to an unnamed European carrier, the firm told TechCrunch, racking up a potential income of $5 billion.

Denver-based Boom is still working on a third-scale prototype that isn't slated to fly until 2017.


Photo © Russian Helicopters

"The joint venture is certainly a breakthrough project for us, because it fundamentally changes the model of our cooperation within the helicopter industry. India has been one of our most important strategic partners. For the first time we are ready to offer our deep localization of helicopters, including the set up for production of various helicopter components and assemblies. I hope that the Ka-226T assembled in India has a great future in the world market," said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.

The signing of the joint venture marks a new stage of cooperation between Russia and India in the helicopter industry, which was first defined by the intergovernmental agreement between Moscow and Delhi in December 2015. In addition, the joint venture will become a pilot project for the Russian-Indian part of the Make in India program, which is implemented by the Indian government.

Under the terms of the intergovernmental agreement, the joint Russian-Indian enterprise created by Russian Helicopters, JSC Rosoboronexport and India's HAL Corporation must arrange the localization of production and supply of 200 light multirole Ka-226T for 9 years. The first 60 helicopters will be produced in Russia, and the production of the remaining 140 helicopters is being planned in India. In addition to the assembly, the agreement provides for maintenance, operation, repairs and technical support cooperation.

The joint venture is set to create facilities for repairs and maintenance of helicopters produced in India in 5 years, and facilities for the overhaul within 7 years after deliveries of the first batch of helicopters.


Photos © Embraer

Embraer and AerCap Holdings N.V. (“AerCap”) (NYSE: AER) announced the placement of the first E-Jets E2 by a lessor. AerCap is placing three E190-E2s and two E195-E2s with Turkish carrier, Borajet. These aircraft, on long term lease from AerCap's order book with Embraer, will start delivering in 2018. The announcement was made at the Istanbul Airshow.

“This agreement opens a new chapter in the relationship between AerCap, Borajet and Embraer. The E2 is the fleet smart solution that maximizes profitability and return on investment for airlines and lessors, while maintaining the leadership in passenger comfort achieved by the current E-Jets generation. For Borajet, the cockpit communality between the E-Jets generations, which requires less than three days of transition, minimizes training costs, reduces complexity, and provides greater operational flexibility in aircrew utilization,” said Arjan Meijer, Vice President, Europe & Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

AerCap is the launch lessor customer of Embraer's second generation of the E-Jets family with a total of 50 Embraer E190-E2s and E195-E2s on order.

The E-Jets E2s program has received 272 firm orders plus 398 options, purchase rights and Letters of Intent (LoIs) - a total of 670 commitments for the new aircraft range. Currently, three E190-E2 prototypes are involved in the flight test campaign. The fourth aircraft, featuring the full interior, will join the certification campaign in the coming months. The first E190-E2 is planned to be delivered in the first half of 2018.


Photo © Leonardo

The AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter of Leonardo-Finmeccanica further strengthened its presence in the market with orders for aircraft from operators who've already experienced its excellent capabilities and a new customer in the Republic of Korea. Helikorea has ordered two aircraft for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Republic of Korea, where Leonardo has experienced significant success in recent years. Approximately 50 helicopters of various types are now in service or on order for military, parapublic and commercial roles ranging from naval applications, search and rescue, law enforcement, firefighting and VIP/corporate transportation. The contract, which also includes an option for one additional aircraft, foresees deliveries by the end of 2016.

Furthermore, Lease Corporation International (LCI), based in Ireland, signed a further contract for three additional AgustaWestland AW169s at Helitech, in Amsterdam. This is the second repeat order LCI has signed for the AW169. These particular aircraft are expected to be delivered in mid-2017. In 2016 LCI has already taken delivery of five AW169s which have gone on lease to their customers in the EMS, offshore and utility markets. In 2016 a total of 15 new AW139/AW169/AW189 helicopters have been, or will be, delivered to LCI.


Photo © Airbus

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the Airbus C295W medium transport as an airborne tanker.

The C295W, equipped with a palletized air-to-air refuelling unit and associated computer control system, conducted multiple contacts with a standard Spanish Air Force C295 in a test flight on 29 September.

Both crews reported extremely smooth operation at various speeds as low as 110kt. The system is intended for refuelling turboprop aircraft, helicopters, and eventually unmanned aerial vehicles. Possible applications include special operations and extending the range of search and rescue aircraft. Further trials with a helicopter receiver are planned before the end of the year.

USA, Newark: A Boeing 767 clipped the right wing of Austrian Airlines Flight 90, also a Boeing 767 as it pushed back out of the gate. The accident happened just a day after a similar incident occurred at the same airport. Sources say this incident is likely due to error on the part of the tug operator, who is responsible for aircraft as they exit the gates. The aircraft in both incidents sustained minor damages.

Switzerland, Zurich: A Singapore Airlines' Airbus A380s was damaged by an impact from a ground vehicle at Zurich. The accident happened when the aircraft was being prepared for the airline's daily service to Singapore Changi airport. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was grounded for safety reasons.

Pakistan, Karachi: A pilot of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was killed on Tuesday as his Mirage jet crashed near Karachi's Musharraf Colony. The pilot ejected from the aircraft and sustained fatal injuries. No loss of civilian life or property has been reported.

20 OCTOBER 1922

Lt Harold Harris makes the first parachute escape from a stricken aircraft, bailing out of a Loening PW-2 over Dayton, Ohio

Harold Ross Harris. Photo en.wikipedia.org

Harold Ross Harris (20 December 1895 - 28 July 1988) was an American Force officer, test pilot who successfully tested the world's first pressurized aircraft and who held 26 flying records. He was also the first pilot to safely escape an aircraft by using a parachute.

Harold R. Harris was born on 20 December 1895 in Chicago, Illinois. From early on he showed an interest in aircraft so much so that at the age of 15 he skipped school to attend the first National Aviation Meeting held Dominguez Field, in Los Angeles, California. In 1910 he enrolled at the Throop College of Technology and in 1911 graduated. Harris afterwards enlisted in the Army Signal Reserve Corps and in July 1917 he was sent to Europe for flight training. He soloed after slightly more than an hour of dual time. Shortly afterward Harris was named Chief Instructor for both day and night training. He served at Foggia from March to July 1918 mostly flying Farman and Caproni bombers.

A Caproni Ca.32. Photo earlyaviator.com / commons.wikimedia.org

On 20 October 1922 Harris was test flying a Loening monoplane with a modified aileron. During the flight the aileron began oscillating so violently that he was unable to hold onto the control stick and with no means to control the Loening he had no option but to bail out and unintentionally made history by becoming the first pilot to be saved by a parachute from a stricken plane. Harris suffered no injuries except for bruises on his legs and hands caused by control stick. Harris also became the first member of the Caterpillar Club. The Caterpillar Club, named after the insect that produces the silk used in parachutes is a club for aviators who have bailed out of stricken aircraft and survived.

A Loening monoplane. Photo Ray Wagner Collection / commons.wikimedia.org

By the time he retired as a test pilot Harris held 16 American and 10 world flight records. He then joined Pan American Airways retiring as vice-president.

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