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Jason Ludlow speaks about Non Destructive Testing (NDT). NDT is a wide group of analysis techniques used in the science and technology industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage.

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11: Rand Airport Challenge. Please remember to book online at http://www.sapfa.co.za/index.php/component/competition/?view=pilot in order for us to adequately cater for the numbers. Contact: Contact Frank Eckard email: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za cell: 083 269 1516.

11 - 12:Swellengrebel Flying Club Fly in. Contact Pieter Venter E-mail: pventer@vgv.co.za.

11-12: W/Cape regionals in Swellendam Annie Boon e-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za


15-21: SADF Armed Forces Day - Durban.

16: EAA Talk Show. Guest: Major Alan Brand (SAAF retired) is now a Captain on the SAA Boeing 738 fleet who is great uncle was Sir Quentin Brand. He also has the obligatory ATPL required by the Commercial Airlines that he has served. Alan has over 900 hours on Mirage F1s and Cheetah Ds and over 1900 hours on all military fighter jets flown in by him in the SAAF up to 1995. Since then he has been flying B 747s, B744s, B738s and previously A300s and A340s accumulating in excess of 16 000 hours. Time: 18h30 for19h30 time to order your drinks and boerie or steak roll. 19h25: Talk show kicks off. Venue: EAA Auditorium adjacent to the old TAC and the Holding point of Runway 29. Rand Airport, Germiston. Cost: R50.00 each (R30.00 for card carrying EAA members). Food: Our famous Boerewors and Steak Rolls will fresh off the flames @ R30.00. Bar: The new EAA Auditorium Pub will be open with bar service and coffee for sale. Bookings are open and can be made by: 1) Registering by SIGNING UP here (it's quick and easy and we get all your info on submission. 2) SMS your details to 0832597691. 3) E-mail us at auditorium@eaa.org.za

25: Rustenburg (FARG) Breakfast Fly-In.

3rd Saturday of every month. Microland. Bring and braai. Fires and bykos provided. Fires start from 09h30. Contact person: Nick Swardt 082 441 8011 or Alan Hussey 072 82 2341


1: EAA Chapter 322 meeting. Dicky Fritz Moth Hall Edenvale. Contact editor@afskies.co.za

4: SAAF Museum AFB Zwartkop open practise day

4: Durban Wings Club Fun Rally. Virginia Airport. Contact: Mary de Klerk maryd@expandingbranding.co.za

10 - 12: The Aero Club Air Week Parys. Website: www.aeroclub.org.za Contact Sandra Strydom Tel: 011 082 1100 E-mail: office@aeroclub.org.za

11-12: Ficksburg RC Club Fly and Braai. Contact Johan 0835785321 or

17-19 March SA Navy Festival, Simonstown.

3rd Saturday of every month. Microland. Bring and braai. Fires and bykos provided. Fires start from 09h30. Contact person: Nick Swardt 082 441 8011 or Alan Hussey 072 82 2341

30-9 April: Entry for the 2017 Stars of Sandstone Festival is available from Leigh Sanders who can be contacted on +27 79 327 7649 or e-mail leighs@sandstone.co.za - or see details at www.sandstone-estates.com

30-1 April: National Rally Flying Championships. Brits Air Field. Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za cell: 083 269 1516

31-1 April: Wings and Wheels Festival. Utenhage Airfield. Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: imk@telkomsa.net Cell 082 320 2615


1: EAA Chapter 322 meeting. Dicky Fritz Moth Hall Edenvale. Contact Contact editor@afskies.co.za

1-2: SAC North West regionals Klerksdorp. Contact Annie Boon e-mail:

4: SAAF Museum AFB Zwartkop open practise day

6: Aero Club of South Africa Annual General meeting.

20 -23: AERO Friedrichshafen - Germany Website: www.aero-expo.com

3rd Saturday of every month. Microland. Bring and braai. Fires and bykos provided. Fires start from 09h30. Contact person: Nick Swardt 082 441 8011 or Alan Hussey 072 82 2341

28- 30: Thaba Nchu Airshow. Christiaan Moriaana. 012 543 1736


Photo © EAA / Dan Luft

Astronauts from most of the Apollo missions that put humans on the moon for the first time are expected to be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program.

The reunion is expected to be the largest gathering of Apollo astronauts at Oshkosh since the memorable 1994 Salute to Apollo program that brought together 15 of the men who were the faces of the American effort to put men on the moon. Many of the activities will be centred on the event's Apollo Day on Friday, July 28, which is highlighted by a major evening program at Theatre in the Woods.

"This will be a rare, unforgettable gathering of the people who met the challenge of flying to the moon and safely returning, representing hundreds of thousands of individuals who contributed to its success," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member benefits. "You may never get another opportunity to see these people in person and up close, as you will at Oshkosh this summer."

Those who have already confirmed their attendance include Frank Borman (Apollo 8), Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Fred Haise (Apollo 13), Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13), and Al Worden (Apollo 15). Additional astronauts are expected to confirm their attendance in the coming weeks, and further details on events and schedules will be announced as they are finalized.


Zenith Aircraft planes are designed primarily to suit the needs and skills of recreational (low-time) pilots, with emphasis on great slow-flight handling characteristics, and good short take-off and landing performance (with low landing speeds). However, they are also well-suited for economical and fun cross-country travel, as demonstrated this past week as the Zenith factory demonstrator STOL CH 750 light-sport utility aircraft and the new Zenith CH 750 Cruzer were both flown 1,000 miles to attend the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida.

Check out the blog report from Zenith Aircraft president Sebastien Heintz on the flight to Sebring, Florida, from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri: "The trip itself is often the highlight of attending fly-ins and shows, and the 1000-mile journey (each way) allows us to spend quality time flying the planes that we spend our days building; to experience first-hand the cross-country capability (and great visibility) of our airplanes."

At the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, Zenith Aircraft staffers hosted two back-to-back hands-on workshop sessions where 16 complete rudder assemblies were built over the four days of the Sport Aviation Expo.


Photo and video © Russian Helicopters

A Russian Helicopters subsidiary - Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company, which is part of State Corporation Rostec, has produced this year's first Ka-52 Alligator - a reconnaissance and combat helicopter.

The helicopter built at Progress has already successfully and fully completed all ground and flight tests required by the technical terms and conditions of the government contract. Several more rotorcraft bodies of the new helicopters are at their final assembly point at Arsenyev. In February, another batch of Ka-52 helicopters will be transferred to their operators.

The first batch of Alligators scheduled for delivery in 2017 per government contract terms was transferred to the Russian Ministry of Defence ahead of schedule in December of last year. In 2017, production of these helicopters will be more than doubled as some will be headed overseas. The first experimental unit for a foreign customer has already been assembled and is successfully passing all tests as planned.

The reconnaissance and combat Ka-52 Alligator rotorcraft has been produced for the needs of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Defence since 2010. The helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armoured and non-armoured military equipment, ground targets, and enemy troops and helicopters both on the front line and in tactical reserves, in all weather conditions and at any time of the day.

The helicopter is equipped with the latest avionics and powerful weapon systems, which can be configured for a variety of combat missions. The Alligator's coaxial rotors and increased pitch power control allow it to effectively manoeuvre and perform complex aerobatics. In addition, the Ka-52 Alligator is equipped with electronic and active counter measures and signature control devices that reduce scatter and distort the engine heat wake.


Photo and video © Dornier

Dornier Seawings GmbH has acquired its Design Organization Approval (DOA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) after twelve months of investigation. The project plan was achieved in an on-time manner and with highest marks of audit quality.

Ambitions were high, but thanks to full preparedness, Dornier Seawings was successful in achieving its goals. Federico Marziali, Head of Quality Management at DSG is proud of the team: "the EASA staff mentioned to us during both of our audits, that this was the best quality they had seen for first certification ever conducted in an aircraft company." In return for the excellent preparation made by DSG, EASA granted the company a full-scale approval with the scope of complete small aircraft that includes all privileges applied for by the company with an unlimited duration. The DOA certificate is seen as a huge asset for Dornier Seawings and a major milestone for the Seastar CD2 program.

Now, the team has already begun the assessment procedure with the Luftfahrt Bundesamt, (the national civil aviation authority of Germany) for the next certification, the Production Organisation Approval (POA), another cornerstone approval for entire Seastar CD2 program.

Being an international company composed of Chinese and German partners, Dornier Seawings has the unique advantage of understanding a broader aviation market. Today, the company is working harder and faster than ever, to bring its customers the Dornier Seastar CD2, the world's most advanced amphibious aircraft..


Photo © Textron

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced it is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Cessna Citation delivery. The first Citation jet, a Cessna Citation 500, was delivered to American Airlines in January 1972, where it was used for the development of the company's training program. Since then, the Citation series has become the most popular line of business jets ever produced with more than 7,000 delivered to customers around the world. The worldwide fleet has amassed nearly 35 million flight hours.

Citation jets are renowned for their ability to combine reliability, efficiency and comfort with advanced technology and class-leading performance. This unique combination of features has resulted in a level of unparalleled quality Citation operators around the globe have come to know and value. The Citation series of business jets has evolved to offer an unmatched range of capabilities, systems and options that allow customers to expand their business reach.

Each Citation model is designed to strike an enviable balance between high performance, comfort and cost-efficient operation. No other family of business jets offers such a seamless progression of aircraft with extraordinary capabilities for customers. There are currently eight Citation models in production including the Citation Mustang, Citation M2, Citation CJ3+, Citation CJ4, Citation XLS+, Citation Latitude, Citation Sovereign+ and Citation X+. The company's latest Citations in development include the super-midsize Citation Longitude and the Citation Hemisphere, Textron Aviation's entry into the large-cabin market.


Photo © Eurofighter

Eurofighter Typhoons belonging to the Austrian Armed Forces secured the airspace on the occasion of the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. The World Economic Forum was held in the Swiss ski resort from January 17 to 20. According to the organizers, about 3,000 participants from politics, business and society, including numerous Heads of State and Government, will join this high-level event. The Eurofighter Typhoons are an essential element of this year's airspace security operation "Daedalus 17" in Austria and thus support the comprehensive security measures for this internationally renowned conference in Switzerland.

As the proven backbone of European air defence, Eurofighter Typhoons are able to reliably protect the airspace of our customer nations. Due to their manoeuvrability, agility and performance, they are predestined to fulfil this task quickly and effectively. The operational capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon also play an important role in securing such a major conference as the World Economic Forum.

In recent years, all 15 Eurofighter Typhoons stationed in Zeltweg have been equipped with a more powerful hardware and software, now complying with the latest capability standard for Tranche 1 aircraft.

As in Austria, the Eurofighter Typhoons are also available around the clock for Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) missions for the Air Forces in Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia. In addition, they are currently being deployed in the Baltic States to secure the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of the NATO mission "Baltic Air Policing". Since Eurofighter Typhoon entered service in 2003, more than 490 aircraft have already been delivered. The global Eurofighter Typhoon fleet has now successfully completed more than 380,000 flying hours.

Germany, Osnabruck: A Diamond DA20-A1 Katana that had departed from the Melle-Grönegau airport collided with a wind turbine and impacted the ground. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

USA, Alaska: The Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777 from Zurich should have flown over the southern tip of Greenland, Hudson's Bay, Ontario and Manitoba on its way to the western United States. Instead, it was forced to make an emergency landing in Nunavut's capital after it had lost an engine. The Los Angeles bound flight suddenly found it at a frigid, and somewhat ironic, minus 21. It landed safely and the passengers were given a tour of the community, fed, and stayed overnight until a replacement aircraft arrived.

USA, Hawaii: A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717 with 130 people on board taking off from Kahului Airport on Maui was forced to take evasive action to avoid colliding with a Cessna that took off without clearance. A controller noticed the two planes taking off on runways that intersect and told the Cessna to turn left to avoid the jet. Controllers then alerted the Hawaiian jet, but the plane's pilot was already turning right to avoid a collision.

India, New Delhi: Many flights were delayed while some incoming aircraft were diverted due to the non-availability of runway 28 for over an hour. The delay was caused after IndiGo flight 6E 719 (New Delhi-Visakhapatnam) was given taxi permission through C lane and was supposed to hold at Runway 28 but the aircraft commander crossed the runway and realised he was standing in W lane, where a Jet Airways aircraft was already stationed. Followings this, IndiGo was contacted to arrange push back toe but it took time and due to poor visibility, toe was guided by a follow-me vehicle. "During this period all operations were on hold.

14 JANUARY 1936

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. in a Northrop Gamma 2G sets a transcontinental speed record of 9 hours 27 minutes, averaging 417.0 kilometers per hour (259.1 miles per hour).

Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (24 December -15 April 1976) was an American entrepreneur, known during his life as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932.

Hughes spent the rest of the 1930s setting multiple world air speed records and building the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 Hercules (the "Spruce Goose"). Hughes was included in Flying Magazine's list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation, ranked at No. 25.

The Gamma with its fully enclosed cockpit, a further development of the successful Northrop Alpha, was a single-engine all-metal monoplane. It shared the Alpha's aerodynamic innovations with wing fillets and multicellular stressed-skin wing construction and fixed landing gear was covered in distinctive aerodynamic spats. Towards the end of its service life, it was developed into the A-17 light bomber.

On June 2, 1933 Frank Hawks flew his Gamma 2A "Sky Chief" from Los Angeles to New York in a record 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds. In 1935, Howard Hughes improved on this time in his modified Gamma 2G making the west-east transcontinental run in 9 hours, 27 minutes.

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