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5-12: Potchefstroom Gliding Club and Jonker Sailplanes will be hosting the Federation Aeronautique International Sailplane Grand Prix Final held from 5 to 12 November 2016 at the Potchefstroom Airfield, North West. For more information go to events@js1.co.za

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 http://www.eaa.org.za/ or entering on the SAPFA website at http://www.sapfa.co.za/index.php/component/competition/?view=pilot 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:

12: Wings Aviation Academy is hosting a fly in at FAFO/Fort Beaufort Airfield on the 12th of November starting at 08h00.


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:


3: SAAF Museum flying training and open days. E-mail: webmaster@saafmuseum.org

3-4: SAC ACE of Base Vereeniging airfield. Contact Annie Boon e-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

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

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

28: All welcome to our annual St Francis Field fly in at FACT. Free breakfast snack and coffee for all visiting pilots arriving by air.On line or SMA Wx available. Contact Barry Culligan for details on 083 611 3333 or get info from the pilots section of our website


Photo © Viking Aircraft

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, and Caverton Helicopters, based in Lagos, Nigeria, have signed an agreement for the purchase of a second Series 400 Otter aircraft to add to Caverton's existing fleet currently operating in western Africa.

Caverton's second Otter Series 400 is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2017, and will provide essential services in support of the company's contract with the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO), a specialized joint venture created between Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Petronas, and the governments of Chad and Cameroon.

Under the contract, Caverton Helicopters will utilize the Series 400 Otter for onshore pipeline surveillance and passenger transfer services for COTCO along the 1,070-kilometer underground pipeline route between the Doba oil fields in Chad to the offshore export terminal in Cameroon.

"To have Caverton return to Viking to purchase a second Otter Series 400 is a testament to the quality of the aircraft and suitability for use in the harsh operating conditions of western Africa," said Peter Walker, Viking regional sales director, Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific. He added, "After seeing four years of successful service from their first Viking aircraft, Caverton's confidence in the Series 400's ability to reliably operate has afforded them the opportunity to participate in such an important contract."

About Caverton Helicopters:

Caverton Helicopters Limited was established in September 2002 as a charter, shuttle and maintenance company aimed at bridging the gap in the onshore helicopter service sector. Today, the company's focus is to render logistics and environment support services to Nigerian Oil and Gas producers, with broader support services offered to energy operations along the West African shelf.

Caverton operates out of a 10,000 square meter facility at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos, along with several purpose-built facilities in Victoria Island, Port Harcourt, Warri and Cameroon.


Photo © Tecnam

Local Tecnam distributor Aerotec Argentina SA was awarded the contract to supply the Tecnam fleet to the Argentinian Air Force under a lease purchase agreement. The aircraft will be assembled at Aerotec Argentina S.A's Rivadavia, Mendoza Province facility under agreement with Costruzioni Aeronáutiche Tecnam SRL.

With all Tecnam models already certified by the Argentina Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), and with more than 30 brand new Tecnam aircrafts already delivered to private owners, aero clubs and flight schools, the Argentinian Air Force selected the glass cockpit, night VFR version of the P2002JF.

The Tecnam P2002JF is a two-seat, single engine, low wing aircraft and is firmly established as one of world's most popular single engine aeroplanes and their aircraft of choice by so many Flight Training Organisations.

Paolo Pascale, TECNAM Managing Director: "We are delighted that yet another Air Force is choosing Tecnam for its training. We are honoured by this choice and the Argentinian Air Force's appreciation of our commitment to the quality of our products and service."

Diego Cardama, AEROTEC ARGENTINA Director. "This contract with Air Force is further proof of how well the low maintenance and operational costs and excellent handling and the many other Tecnam benefits are valued by our customers in Argentina."


Photos © FAI

After ten days of competition at the 22nd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship in Saga, Japan, Rhett Heartsill bested 104 of the world's best competitors from 31 countries. The competition included nine flights and 31 tasks.

Heartsill entered the final flight with a 2 515 point lead over Stefan Zeberli (SUI). Event Director Les Purfield (GBR) set a five-task flight: Task 27: Fly In (FIN), Task 28: Judge Declared Goal (JDG), Task 29: Pilot Declared Goal (PDG), Task 30: JDG, Task 31 Fly On (FON).

The Top 5 competitors were:
First Rhett Heartsill (USA) , 2nd Rimas Kostiuskevicius (LTU).3rd Stefan Zeberli (SUI), 4th Nicolas Schwartz (FRA) and 5th Roman Hugi (SUI).

The USA, Lithuania and Switzerland had two finishers in the Top 10. The USA appears to be the dominant nation with 5 finishers in the Top 20 followed by Japan with 3.

Defending Champion Yudai Fujita (JPN) finished in 11th place with 21 638 points. 2014 and 2016 Women's World Champion Nicola Scaife (AUS) finished in 41st place with 17 612 points.

The 22nd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship was superbly organized by the Saga International Balloon Fiesta Organization led by Hiroshi Mizumachi and the Competition Operations Team led by Event Director Les Purfield and Deputy Event Director Hiromori Soejima, to the extremely high level of professionalism and detail that we have come to expect at events in Japan.


Photos © Pipistrel

Slovenian company Pipistrel announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a long-term joint-venture cooperation in the field of light and general aviation in the regions of China, East Asian countries and Asian with Chinese company Sino GA Group Co. have signed.

Mr. Ivo Boscarol, general manager of Pipistrel and Mr. Wu Guo Ying, chairman of the Sino GA Group Co., are signing the Memorandum.

Pipistrel is a world leading small aircraft designer and producer, specialized in electric-powered aircraft. With more than a quarter of a century of tradition and with own intellectual property, Pipistrel which has gained significant international reputation and has presented in unique, innovative products.

Alpha Electro

Both partners see a clear trend towards green aviation, so after two years of preparations they have agreed on transfer of technologies and setting up a new company in China, where electric aircraft will be manufactured, especially the Alpha Electro and Panthera Hybrid models. The production capacity will be more than 500 aircraft per year.

Panthera Hybrid

The combined value of the 7-years project (which will include building new centres with aircraft production facilities for both models, a runway, and a maintenance and training facility for both models in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province and Yinchuan) is more than 500 million EUR.


Photo © Lockheed Martin

The aircraft, formerly assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, was flown to Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, for interior paint restoration and to receive its new Texas state flag tail flash prior to final delivery. It will be the fourth C-5M assigned to Lackland.

An Air Force Reserve Command aircrew led by Brig. Gen. James J. Fontanella, the commander of the Force Generation Center (FCG) at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, ferried the aircraft.

This aircraft (U. S. Air Force serial number 87-0038, company number 124) was originally delivered to the Air Force in December 1988 as a C-5B and had recorded approximately 18,950 flight hours prior to the ferry flight.

Some of those flight hours came in 2006, when Fontanella, then assigned to Travis Air Force Base, California, led a crew that flew 87-0038 around the world.


Photo © Embraer

Embraer Executive Jets today unveiled a new version of its Legacy 650 large business jet, the Legacy 650E. Featuring automation and technology updates, the aircraft, which already has exceptional operational costs and the largest cabin in its class, now carries an unprecedented 10-year or 10,000-flight hour warranty, which is the longest in the business jet industry. The entry into service is scheduled for 2017 at the list price of US$ 25.9 million.

"As a testament to our confidence in the Legacy 650's heritage of robustness and near-perfect dispatch reliability, this new aircraft carries the longest warranty available in the business jet industry," said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. "Whether for commercial or private operations, there is no large-cabin aircraft that is more economical, durable and comfortable. This is truly a well-rounded value proposition."

With a restyled seat upholstery, the Legacy 650E's spacious cabin features three distinct cabin zones with ample privacy, plus the exclusive option for a separate crew lavatory in the forward cabin.

Refinements to the aircraft fight deck include the Synthetic Vision System (SVS), as part of the latest Primus Elite Advanced Features (PEAF) from Honeywell, which also includes traffic collision avoidance system symbology and XM ground-based weather information to the moving map, providing pilots with enhanced situational awareness. In addition to the PEAF, the Legacy 650E also comes with autothrottle as standard equipment, improving the level of automation and reducing the cockpit workload. These technologies complement the proven Legacy 650E avionics system, which is compliant with all next-generation airspace mandates and requirements.

Besides that, two iPads with mounting systems are available in the cockpit, enabling pilots to enjoy a friendlier interface, easier updates and a full range of other tools to support their operation. These features reduce cockpit workload and create a more intuitive environment with the technological conveniences that pilot's desire.


Photo © Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed a marketing agreement with Hong Kong based Lakeshore International Aviation Co., Ltd at the China International Aviation Exhibition Centre in Zhuhai, China.

According to the agreement, Lakeshore International Aviation Co., Ltd. becomes an authorized agent of Russian Helicopters for marketing and promotion of Russian made civilian helicopters in China. The companies already have a history of cooperation in the Asian helicopter market with joint research projects aimed at identifying most attractive regions for sales and consulting with regional operators of civilian helicopters in China and Southeast Asia.

Ka-32 helicopters have been operated in China as firefighting helicopters for several years. They are based on a coaxial scheme and considered one of the best for urban firefighting, which is crucial for China with its highlands and modern metropolitan areas. Mi-171 helicopters also have been used throughout China for a long time for transportation and evacuations, as well as for transporting medical supplies, humanitarian aid and construction materials.

A medevac Ansat will be shipped to China for the first time.

South Africa, Clocolan: A SA Air Force (SAAF) Agusta A109 light utility helicopter of 87 Helicopter Flying School crashed in the Free State while on a night training flight. Three crew members aboard were taken to 3 Military Hospital in Bloemfontein. The extent of their injuries is not known.

USA, Michigan: A mechanical failure is believed to have caused the release of six training bombs and a training missile from a military plane over Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. The training weapons were on a plane heading to Camp Grayling from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in suburban Detroit when they fell off. The Michigan National Guard says the bombs and missile were found in a remote wooded area near Luzerne. the missile was non-explosive and the six training bombs can release smoke so that pilots can see where they land. No one was injured due to the release.

Pakistan, Islamabad: A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320-200, on a flight from Islamabad to Skardu (Pakistan), was climbing out of Islamabad's runway 30 when the crew stopped the climb at FL150 reporting a hydraulic failure and decided to return to Islamabad. The aircraft entered a hold while the crew worked the checklists and burned off fuel, the aircraft subsequently positioned for a landing on runway 30, touched down safely at 13:35L (08:35Z) but veered right off the runway and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground. There were no injuries, the aircraft however received foreign object damage to one of the engines.

USA, Bloomfield: The pilot of a Cirrus Model SR22 escaped with no injuries after deploying the plane's parachute and landing in an open field. Robert Hart III, 53, was flying from Albuquerque to Pagosa Springs when the plane's engine started to malfunction. Hart was flying about 5 miles east of Bloomfield when he activated the plane's parachute landed and safely in an open field,

11 NOVEMBER 1935

Jean Batten becomes the first woman to fly solo across the South Atlantic, taking 2 days 13 hours to cross from Senegal to Brazil in a Percival Gull. She also breaks the speed record for this crossing, by a full day

Jean Gardner Batten CBE OSC. Photo National Library of New Zealand commons.wikimedia.org

Jean Gardner Batten CBE OSC (15 September 1909 - 22 November 1982) was a New Zealand aviator. Batten became the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s when she in 1936 made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. Batten also undertook a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world.

Batten studied ballet and piano in Auckland but after having been taken for a flight by Australian Charles Kingsford Smith in his Southern Cross she decided to become a pilot. In 1929 she and her mother moved to England where she joined the London Aeroplane Club where she took her first solo flight in 1930 and gained private and commercial licences by 1932. In December 1932 she borrowed £400 that she used to buy Batten a Gipsy Moth biplane.

De Havilland Gipsy Moth. Photo commons.wikimedia.org

Batten made two unsuccessful attempts to beat Amy Johnson's time to Australia. In April 1933 she hit two sandstorms before the engine failed, and wrecked the aircraft. In 1934 with sponsorship of £240 from the Castrol oil company she bought a second-hand Gipsy Moth for. This time she ran out of fuel at night on the outskirts of Rome and flew into a maze of radio masts. The plane was repaired and she flew it back to London. In May 1934, Batten successfully flew solo from England to Australia in the Gipsy Moth. Her trip of 14 days and 22 hours beat the existing England-to-Australia record of English aviator Amy Johnson by over four days.

Batten's record-breaking Percival Gull Six Photo commons.wikimedia.org

Batten then bought a Percival Gull Six monoplane in which in 1935 she flew solo from England crossing the South Atlantic landing in Brazil 11 November 1935. Batten was awarded with the Order of the Southern Cross, the first person other than Royalty to be so honoured.

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