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3: SAAF Museum AFB Zwartkop open practise day. Officer Commanding - Museum oc@saafmuseum.org.za 012 351 2290

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

10: Rand Airport Challenge. Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za cell: 083 269 1516

10: SAPFA AGM - Rand Airport Saturday. Contact Rob at rob@aerosud.co.za

15-17: SAPFA Committee Bosberaad - Paddafontein.

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

21 to25: Armed Forces Day Kimberley.

3 & 4: SAC Western Cape Regionals and annual fly-in Swellendam airfield. Contact Annie Boon E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za or contact Pieter Venter E-mail: pventer@vgv.co.za

3: SAAF Museum AFB Zwartkop open practise day. Officer Commanding - Museum oc@saafmuseum.org.za 012 351 2290

3: Durban Wings Club Fun Rally. Virginia Airport, Airport Street, Durban North, 4051, South Africa (map). Contact: Mary de Klerk maryd@expandingbranding.co.za

8: EAA Chapter 322 meeting. Dicky Fritz Moth Hall Edenvale. Contact:

9 to 11:Aero Club of South Africa air week at Middleburg airfield. Contact Alan Evan-Hanes E-mail:
alan@aeroclub.co.za. Kindly follow this link and complete the RSVP form,to indicate your intentions to attend the Airweek from 9 to 11 March 2018 at Middelburg. https://goo.gl/forms/lgvAlo1sUSu2ugjt2

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

25: Piet "Vlieg" Smit Memorial Fly In. Aviators Paradise .

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

4 to 11: Stars of Sandstone at Sandstone Estates Ficksburg .Contact Louise Norton E-mail: sandstone-Estates-Pty-Ltd@mail.vresp.com

7: Ermelo Airshow Contact Andre van Rooyen E-mail: tolderia@gmail.com Cell: 082 417 0174

8: SAAF Museum AFB Zwartkop open practise day. Officer Commanding Museum oc@saafmuseum.org.za 012 351 2290

7 to 8: Sport Aerobatics Western Cape Regionals Swellendam. Contact Annie Boon E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

2-14: SAPFA Rally Nationals and Fun Rally - Brits Airfield. Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za cell: 083 269 1516

14: Zebula Airshow. Contact Hans Potgieter E-mail: airshowevents@gmail.com Cell: 082 460 4970

21 & 22: SAC KNZ regionals - Ladysmith airfield. Contact Annie Boon E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

28: Wings & Wheels Uitenhage. Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: imk@telkomsa.net Cell: 082 320 2615

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

27 April to 1 May: South African Canopy Piloting National Championship 2018 will be hosted by the CP Committee at Pretoria Skydiving Club in Gauteng from.

27 April - 1 May 2018 NAC Fly Away; the 10th Fly Away to be staged by NAC
Contact Deneys Potgieter deneys.potgieter@nac.co.za or Mobile 082 891 4354

27-29: EAA Convention, Vryheid Airfield.

28: EAA Convention Adventure Rally. Contact Rob Jonkers e-mail: rob@aerosud.co.za cell: 082 804 7032

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so does the Aero Club!

The Aero Club Airweek is an aviation event just for aviators, just for Aviation enthusiasts, like you.

Our members love aircraft, and anything that flies. From models to jets, aerobatics, gyrocopters, microlights, light sport aircraft, ultralights, gliders, motor gliders, vintage aircraft, and helicopters; and much more. Airshows seem to display the same things, all spectacular but aircraft that generally cost tons of money or are aimed at the public not fellow aviation enthusiasts. So come over for some real grass roots aviation activities.

This year Airweek is being held at Middelburg, and the Middelburg Aero Club is putting all the required plans in place together with the Aero Club to host this event. The Airfields details are shown below.

Register on-line to indicate your attendance plans and catering needs and if you plan to camp on the field.

You are invited to fill in this registration form for Aero Club Airweek 9 to 11 March 2018

To complete the form go to:


Further updates will be circulated or will be found on the website


Exhibitor's participation and ticket sales were for the 14th annual Sebring Sport Aviation Expo held at Sebring Regional Airport's, United States of America were up from previous years.

Amongst the exhibitors this year was:

South Africa's own Rainbow Skyreach exhibited their Bushcat

BeLite Aircraft

Vans Aircraft……………Aeromarine

Just Aircraft


Bede Corporation


Eagle International

Besides the large number of Sport Aircraft that were displayed visitors to the expo also had the opportunity to listen to many new speakers such as Captain Rahmani, first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force; Peggy Chabrian, President and Founder of Women in Aviation, International; Kat Swain, instructor of military and civilian pilots, and now a drone pilot expert and Dr. Story Musgrave, Astronaut who performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight into space.


Piper Aircraft Inc. and Piper Dealer, Wings Over Asia are collaborating to participate in the Singapore Airshow and will display the M600, the company's flagship product. Photo © Piper

Piper Aircraft Inc. and Piper Dealer, Wings Over Asia are collaborating to participate in the Singapore Airshow and will display the M600, the company's flagship product, at Seletar Airport during the upcoming event, to be held February 6-11. This will be the first time that an M600 has been on display and available for demos at an event in the Pacific Rim region. Following the Singapore Airshow, the M600 will embark on a three month demo tour covering five countries including an extensive schedule throughout Australia.

"The Singapore Airshow is a key event for Piper Aircraft and presents the perfect opportunity to showcase our newest product. We are delighted to partner with our Singapore Dealer, Wings Over Asia, for the Singapore Airshow and the launch of our demo tour. Their ideal location at Seletar Airport, enables us to provide an opportunity to engage with aviation enthusiasts and offer customer demonstrations of the M600," said Drew McEwen, Vice President of International and Direct Sales.

"Wings Over Asia does an exceptional job of promoting Piper products and general aviation throughout the region, as such, we are looking forward to collaborating with them during Asia's largest aerospace event. This is the ideal opportunity to interact with our customers, prospects and prominent leaders in the industry and showcase the capability of the M600," commented Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft."


The Yak-110, an innovative aerobatic airplane created by attaching two Yak-55s together and adding a jet engine in addition to the two radial engines, is slated to appear and perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 for the first time ever. Photo © Jim Raeder

The primary builder of the Yak-110, Dell Coller, EAA 683852, said he believes Oshkosh is the perfect place to bring his new experimental airplane.

"I can't think of a better place to bring this airplane in its first year," Dell said. "I think everybody who attends the show is really into experimental airplanes, obviously with it being the Experimental Aircraft Association. I think they'll really enjoy seeing this airplane do its thing."

Jeff Boerboon, EAA 363600 and pilot of the Yak-110, said he's excited to fly the airplane at AirVenture because he knows the audience will be uniquely prepared to appreciate the one-of-a-kind nature of the aircraft.

"That's the great thing about Oshkosh, there are a lot of savvy people there who know about this stuff," Jeff said.

Although he admitted it was a little more advanced than his first forays into homebuilding, Dell said the basic skills taught by EAA made up the basis of the knowledge that allowed him to tackle building the Yak-110.

"It kind of all started with the basic skills you learn in the EAA workshops, through the magazine, and all the other resources," he said. "All of the things that allowed me to do this project started with the basic homebuilding skills."


ATR and NAC sign a deal for 15 ATR -600s to be operated by Florida-based carrier Silver Airways. Photo © ATR

ATR -600 series in the US, to be operated by Silver Airways. The airline will introduce 20 ATR -600 aircraft into its fleet, of which 16 will be ATR 42-600s and four will be ATR 72-600s. This follows a deal between ATR and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for the purchase of 15 ATR -600s, of which 12 will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72-600s. These aircraft, along with five from an existing order between ATR and NAC, will be leased to Silver Airways, making them the first operator of ATR -600 series aircraft in the US.

The aircraft order is also particularly significant given that it commemorates the 100th new aircraft order that NAC has placed with the world's leading regional aircraft manufacturer. It is further testament to the lessor's commitment to strengthening its position as the global leader in the regional aircraft leasing space.

The delivery and subsequent entry into service of the first -600 aircraft under the livery of Silver Airways will take place in March of this year. The aircraft, an ATR 42-600, will be configured with 46 seats in a 2-2 seating configuration, with a pitch of up to 32 inches. The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new training facility in Miami, which is home to a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the ATR -600 series aircraft.

The brand new ATR -600s will replace Silver Airways' existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B turboprops, while increasing the frequency of main routes and opening new air services to destinations in Florida, the southern United States and Caribbean. There are currently 250 turboprop aircraft aged over 15 years old operating in the US which will need to be replaced. The ATR -600 series, with a market share of 75%, the most modern, comfortable cabin in regional aviation and unbeatable economics is the ideal aircraft for airlines to modernise their fleets.



Paris, The DGA (Direction générale de l'armement) has just awarded a contract for technology development in the field of rotary-wing drones to the Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters consortium.

The contract covers de-risking studies ahead of construction of a future tactical helicopter drone demonstrator aboard warships. The demonstration project will lead to trials of the drone launch system, mission system and airborne vehicle, conducted from a French Navy vessel.

The purpose of the contract awarded by the DGA is to identify, deploy and test the technologies necessary for the integration of a tactical drone-system capacity within a heavily armed vessel. It forms part of the preparation of the SDAM (Navy Airborne Drone System), whose entry into service is foreseen for the middle of the next decade on new Intermediate-Size Frigates (FTIs) and other French Navy ships.

The study will help select the principal technologies for the SDAM and the identification of the technical risks necessary for initiating and realising the programme. The level of technological maturity sought is that of a demonstrator of the complete system in a representative environment.

Naval Group, European leader for naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world's leading producer of helicopters, will thus join their complementary competencies and know-how in the naval and aeronautic fields to prepare the French Navy's future rotary-wing drone system.

The naval integration of aerial drones requires extensive experience of the technical and operational hurdles and the Navy's missions in order to define robust and evolutive system architectures that help meet every need.

Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters shall be jointly responsible for the industrial project management and shall coordinate wider input from French industry/sector. To this end, Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters shall act as the programme design authority and shall have Hélicoptères Guimbal, Safran, Thales and ONERA as their principal subcontractors.

Nigeria, Abuja International Airport: A Gulfstream G200 corporate jet operated by Nestoil suffered an accident on landing at Abuja International Airport in Nigeria. The aircraft came to rest on the side of the runway. The right hand main landing gear had collapsed.

Finland, Helsinki: A Finnair Airbus A321-200, from Helsinki to Ivalo (Finland) with 186 passengers was enroute at FL370 about 130nm north of Helsinki when the first officer became ill prompting the captain to take control and return the aircraft to Helsinki, where the aircraft landed safely about one hour after departure and about 30 minutes after turning around. The first officer was taken to a hospital.

Finland, Helsinki: An ATR 72-500 operated by Nordic Regional Airways with 64 on board was involved in a serious runway incursion incident on take-off from runway 22L at Helsinki-Vantaa-Airport, Finland. During the take-off roll two tractors and snow blowers were present on the runway. The flight became airborne and proceeded to the destination, Riga Airport, Latvia.

USA, Fort Lauderdale: A Schweizer 296C-1 helicopter registered to Helocraft Holdings Co. in Pembroke Pines made an emergency landing on a downtown Fort Lauderdale street during rush hour. Its crew of two and none on the road were injured.

Australia, Brisbane: A Queensland Police Cessna jet carrying senior government officials was travelling from Brisbane to Townsville on Friday when it suddenly plunged towards the ground near Bundaberg. Passengers heard loud bangs and could smell smoke in the cabin. The pilots were forced to return the aircraft to the Government Air Wing in Brisbane at a low altitude and speed for an emergency landing. No injuries were reported. .


Gayford and Nicholetts make the first non-stop flight from England to South Africa in a Fairey Long-Range Monoplane. The 5,309 mile (8,544 km) flight is a new distance record. They take 57 hours 25 min.

South Africa cheered when on 6 February 1933 Sqdn Ldr G R Gayford and Flt. Lt. S E Nicholetts in the R.A.F. Fairey Long-Range Monoplane record breaking long distance plane landed at Pretoria.

The pilots wearing their RAF uniforms were met by Sir Pierre Van Reinveldt on their first stage home.

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