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14-17: NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show near Bothaville, Free State. Contact Wim Venter Tel: 086 004 7246 e-mail:

18: SAPFA Sheila Taylor Fun Rally - Krugersdorp Airfield. Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za or Cecile Ferreira 082 374 5559.

19 & 20: SAC Free State Regionals at Tempe Airport. Contact Annie Boon e-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

25: Botswana International Air Show Matsieng Aerodrome (FBMA). Contact Hentie de Wet e-mail:

26: Springs Airfield MU Fly in. Contact Fanie 083 789 5507 or Gerhard 082 771 3329.

1: Newcastle Airshow. Contact Johan Pieters
johan@champ.co.za 082 923 0078

1: Klipriver Breakfast Fly-in. Contact Freddie 083 442 5683

8: Bethlehem Speed Rally - Bethlehem Airfield - Contact Jonty Esser e-mail: jonty@promptroofing.co.za cell: 082 855 9435

8: Kroon Fly-in. For more info contact Dawie 083 576 2355 or Marius 083 419 6613

10: World Precision Flying Championships - Castellon Spain - Contact Hans Schwebel e-mail: hans.s@britsgranite.co.za cell: 082 656 3005

12-15: Zimbabwe Air Rally. Mel Cooper cell: + 263 773 218426 e-mail: zimairrally@gmail.com

17-23: 53rd Paris Air Show. Contact E-mail: expo2019@siae.fr Website:

22: V-Dubs and Harvards Grassland's Flying Club Breakfast Fly-inn. Contact Adrienne 071 604 4648.

22: SAPFA Vintage Rally - Krugersdorp Airfield

22: Mafikeng Airshow. Contact Relibile Mofokeng e-mail: relibilemofokeng@gmail.com cell: 073 837 0162

22: Reefsteamers train, plane and vintage car event from Krugersdorp to Magalies. Contact Ian Morrison e-mail: imorison@worldonline.co.za

23-28: South African Hot Air Balloon Championships. Bill Harrops, Skeerpoort North West Province. Contact Richard Bovell e-mail:

22: Rustenburg Breakfast Fly-in. Contact Mauritz Muller mauritzmuller1@gmail.com

27-30: SAC National Championships Malelane airfield. Contact Annie Boon e-mail:

4-6: AERO South Africa Wonderboom National Airport, Pretoria. Contact: Tel +27 120 599 6151 e-mail: Amanda.Dube@za.messefrankfurt.com

12-14: EAA Nysltroom Viegklub Taildraggers. Contact Richard Nicholson cell: 082 490 6227 e-mail: flybenchmark@gmail.com

13: SAPFA Hoedspruit Fun Rally Hoedspruit Civil Airfield> Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za

22-28: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. Camping on the airfield contact Neil Bowden E-mail: neil1@telkomsa.net. Hotels in Appleton contact Calvin Fabig E-mail: calvin@designer.co.za

25-27: Brits - Air Navigation Race (ANR) Nationals - Brits Airfield. Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za cell: 083 269 1516

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For the first time in aviation history, an aircraft has been manoeuvred in flight using supersonically blown air, removing the need for complex movable flight control surfaces. Photo © BAE Systems

In a series of ground-breaking flight trials that took place in the skies above north-west Wales, the MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrated two innovative flow control technologies which could revolutionise future aircraft design.

MAGMA, designed and developed by researchers at The University of Manchester in collaboration with engineers from BAE Systems, successfully trialled the two 'flap-free' technologies earlier this month at the Llanbedr Airfield.

The technologies have been designed to improve the control and performance of aircraft. By replacing moving surfaces with a simpler 'blown air' solution, the trials have paved the way for engineers to create better performing aircraft that are lighter, more reliable and cheaper to operate. The technologies could also improve an aircraft's stealth as they reduce the number of gaps and edges that currently make aircraft more observable on radar.

Developing such technologies helps to ensure the UK has the right technologies and skills in place for the future and could be applied to the development of a Future Combat Air System. It is the latest technological breakthrough to come from a number of BAE Systems collaborations with academia and industry, that will help the UK to deliver more advanced capability, more quickly, and through shared investment.

The technologies demonstrated in the trials were: Wing Circulation Control: Taking air from the aircraft engine and blowing it supersonically through narrow slots around a specially shaped wing tailing edge in order to control the aircraft. Fluidic Thrust Vectoring: Controlling the aircraft by blowing air jets inside the nozzle to deflect the exhaust jet and generate a control force.

The trials form part of a long-term collaboration between BAE Systems, academia and the UK government to explore and develop flap-free flight technologies, and the data will be used to inform future research programmes. Other technologies to improve the aircraft performance are being explored in collaboration with NATO Sci.


From 4 - 6 July 2019, Wonderboom National Airport in Pretoria, Tshwane, will open its doors to welcome over 4000 registered trade visitors looking to experience the latest the general aviation industry has to offer.

The 3-day event is presented in partnership with AERO Friedrichshafen - Europe's largest general aviation show, and will feature the latest products and innovations from local and international exhibiting companies, a wide spectrum of aircraft on display, as well as free-to-attend workshops where visitors can stay abreast of the latest developments.

On Saturday 6 July, AERO South Africa will host an official fly-in for visitors travelling to the show with their own aircraft. They will be part of Wonderboom's biggest fly-in yet.

“With less than three months to go, we are truly excited about the launch of this show and what it means for the local industry,” says Shaun Swart, Head of Business Development at Messe Frankfurt South Africa. “There are so many exciting features planned for the show including Africa's first ever “Park & Sell” aircraft market. With the positive feedback we have been receiving from the general aviation community, AERO South Africa is set to become the ultimate gathering place for industry leaders and stakeholders,” adds Swart.

Covering various aspects of general aviation, visitors can expect to see and experience some of the largest manufacturers and suppliers to the industry, including: Garmin, Bose, Stemme, Jeppesen, Bell and Daher to name a few. Absolute Aviation, the biggest distributor of Textron Aircrafts in Africa, has confirmed their participation with a massive 500sqm stand. View the website for the full exhibitor listing.

Besides being able to view the newest industry technologies and products, the team behind AERO South Africa is focussed on connecting buyers with sellers. This is how the “Aircraft Park & Sell” came about. It is an opportunity for visitors to sell their planes on-site at a nominal fee, and buy from a full range of pre-owned products, services and aircrafts over the three days.

Another exciting feature at the event, is the demo flights where exhibitors have the opportunity to take prospective buyers on demo flights, offering a first-hand experience of the aircraft's capabilities and features to consumers.

“We are happy about the positive uptake of visitor tickets since we opened registrations just over two weeks ago as we look forward to becoming an influential platform that facilitates the growth of the industry,” concludes Swart.

AERO South Africa is completely free to attend. All you need to do is register for your free visitor pass on the website: www.aerosouthafrica.com

For information regarding the fly-in procedure to the show, visit: https://aerosouthafrica.com/visit/fly-in-procedures/

Visitor Registrations: https://www.tisevents.co.za/Event/AERO/Default.aspx?id=3651

Website: www.aerosouthafrica.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AEROExpoSA

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AEROExpoSA

For any visitor related queries, please contact:
Amanda Dube | Marketing Manager
Amanda.dube@za.messefrankfurt.com | +27 (0) 10 599 6170


South African start-up Pegasus Universal Aerospace's vertical take-off and landing business jet (VBJ) will make its first public outing this month at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Image © Pegasus.

The company will debut a one-eighth-scale model of the all-composite aircraft and open the orderbook for the eight-passenger type. The milestone will come seven years after Reza Mia, founder and chairman of the Pretoria-based company, says he began exploring the possibility of building a light jet with the take-off and landing performance of a helicopter.

The VBJ has a cranked dihedral wing and an x-tail design. It uses two GE Aviation CT7-8 turboshaft engines to drive in-wing lift fans and rear thrust fans through integrated gearboxes, all managed by multiple redundant computer systems. Weighing just under 5,700kg (12,600lb), the VBJ can be used for single-pilot operations. The VBJ is projected to have a range of around 2,380nm (4,400km) from a standard runway take-off, or 1,150nm when using vertical take-off and landing mode. Cruise speed is expected to be 430kt (800km/h).

A range of markets are being targeted, including air ambulance, charter, corporate, offshore, owner-flyer, police and surveillance. Geographically the largest regions for the VBJ are Europe, North America, the Middle East and what Mia describes as the "fast-developing countries in Asia".

A one-eighth-scale model has undergone testing in Pretoria to demonstrate the aircraft's flying capabilities - including its transition from horizontal to vertical flight - and Pegasus will soon begin assembling a first full-scale prototype, with an aim to start flight testing in mid-2020.

To date the project has been funded by Mia, but he forecasts up to $400 million will be needed to bring the aircraft to market. Pegasus is aiming for certification and service entry between 2024 and 2026.


After a successful debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 and an expanded sophomore lineup during AirVenture 2018, Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone will return for AirVenture 2019.

As in the past, EAA's STOL Invitational will kick off the evening festivities, with a number of highly modified bush aircraft showing off their impressive capabilities. This will be an opportunity to witness the incredible short takeoff and landing skills so aptly demonstrated in wilderness environments like river sandbars in remote Alaska.

The evening program will also include the Patriot Parachute Team, Red Bull Air Force skydivers, and 3D RC demonstrations.

The Patriot Parachute Team and Red Bull Air Force will demonstrate what's possible with parachutes and wingsuits, while the 3D RC demonstrations are a chance to see these large-scale RC aircraft strut their impressive stuff including light, laser, and smoke effects.

If the past two years were any indication, onlookers will be thrilled at these unique and accessible ways to enjoy aviation.


Switzerland-based fuel purchasing service Valcora has expanded its global coverage to Africa with the opening of a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa, one of the main business aviation hubs on the continent and home to some of the world's most rapidly expanding economies. According to the company, the decision to open the two-person office was based on the growing need for reliable fuel purchasing options for local, intra-, and intercontinental operators and owners, as well as on the growing business aviation fleet in countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Valcora believes that African operators will benefit in particular from its experience in handling the complexities of European taxes. Its system automatically calculates fiscal responsibilities, ensuring customer taxes are correctly and fairly determined.

“The growing business aviation sector needs access to easy, international fuel purchasing options to support continued economic growth in Africa,” said company CEO and South African national Daniel Coetzer, adding that Johannesburg represented the ideal location from which to support that need. “South Africa has an established business infrastructure, reliable banking institutions, and an excellent pool of people to hire from, which will all support our own business growth and enables us to better serve our clients.”


On 2nd of May the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA issued a Major Change Approval to Stemme AG with regards to the installation of the Garmin G3X Avionics including the Garmin Autopilot for its latest model Stemme Grand Tourer S12-G. This paves the way for the delivery of the S12-G which has been presented at AERO Friedrichshafen in 2019. The S12-G remains the only CS22 certified motorglider equipped with a Garmin Glass Cockpit and a Garmin Autopilot. Photo © Simon Rainer

Two Garmin “G3X Touch” Integrated Flight Display units introduce advanced Primary Flight Display (PFD), Multi Function Display (MFD) and engine monitoring capability to the Stemme S12-G, improving the pilots situational awareness. The 7” touch screens come with built-in Air Data and Attitude Heading and Reference System (ADHRS), Digital Engine Monitoring, Moving Map Navigation and Autopilot control.

“The certification is a great success for Stemme and a reward for the hard work throughout the last years. The S12-G has exceeded our expectations and awarded us with 30 customers waiting on their S12-G” said David Thimm, Head of Marketing, Sales & Service. “9 out of 10 customers decide to go with the Glass cockpit.” Due to the increase in demand for it, Stemme is actively focusing on accelerating the production process within its facilities in Strausberg and Pasewalk.


Diamond Aircraft is celebrating two exciting DA40 milestones: the 20 years' anniversary of the DA40 series and the 400th Austrian built DA40 NG with serial number DA40.N400. Photo © Diamond

The Diamond DA40 history dates back to 1999 when the DA40 prototype flew for the very first time. End of 2000 the DA40-180, powered by a Lycoming AvGas engine, received certification and serial production started at Diamond Aircraft in Canada. In 2001 the maiden flight of the jet-fuel powered DA40 TDI took place in Austria. The certification of the DA40 TDI in 2002 marked a huge milestone for Diamond Aircraft: the world's first serial single-engine aircraft powered by efficient common rail diesel technology has set new standards in general aviation. In 2009 first test flights of the 168 hp Austro Engine (a sister company of Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH) jet-fuel powered DA40 NG took place to receive its certification in 2010.

Nowadays, the DA40 is available in two versions, the DA40 NG with 168hp Austro Engine Jet-A1 engine and the DA40 XLT with a 180hp Lycoming AvGas engine. The modern and safe composite structure combined with the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics makes the DA40 NG and DA40 XLT an excellent IFR (Instrumental Flight Rules) training platform or the perfect plane for your private flights.

Some days ago the 400th Austro Engine jet-fuel powered DA40 NG built in Austria was handed over to a proud new customer.

With approximately 2,200 DA40 units (all versions) in worldwide service, a big number of those in high utilization commercial fleet operations, the DA40 fleet is providing its durability and safety, day in and day out. Diamond Aircraft is proud having a long list of renowned fleet operators and airlines as customers as well as a big number of aero clubs and loyal private owners in its Diamond Aircraft Family.


Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced that Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd., a Textron Aviation joint venture in China, has signed agreements with the Flight Inspection Center of CAAC (CFIC) for eight new Cessna Citation XLS+ business jets. Photo Textron Aviation.

Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to take place from 2019 to 2021.The two companies held a signing ceremony today during the Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (ABACE) at the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.

The eight XLS+ aircraft, which will be outfitted with special flight inspection equipment, will facilitate the expansion of the CFIC fleet and its ability to respond to highly challenging missions throughout the region, such as fulfilling inspection and certification missions for the communication, navigation, radar and flight programs of newly built airports, as well as to perform regular flight inspection missions for airports already in operation. This will help ensure a smooth implementation of airport construction plans and safe operation of corresponding air routes during China's Thirteenth Five-Year Plan period.

According to the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for the Development of China Civil Aviation, jointly issued by CAAC, National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport, China will complete work on 30 airports, commence work on 44 new airports, reconstruct and expand 139 airports, relocate 19 airports and conduct 51 additional projects to accelerate the construction of airports and lay the foundation for sustainable development of civil aviation. The Plan promotes the construction of more than 200 general aviation airports and encourages qualified civilian airports to concurrently provide general aviation services.

CFIC's existing fleet of eight 560 XLS/XLS+ jets continue to perform inspection missions at many high-elevation airports throughout the region. The XLS+ is ideally suited for this mission due to its excellent high-elevation performance, ability to operate in severe weather and harsh environments and economical operating costs.


World War II ace Clarence "Bud" Anderson, a National Aviation Hall of Fame member who was a triple ace during World War II, will be saluted during warbirds activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. Photo © AirVenture.

The program will be highlighted by a reunion of North American P-51 Mustangs, the aircraft flown by Anderson in his Old Crow markings during the war. EAA has invited all flying P-51 aircraft to Oshkosh for the event, particularly for a salute to Anderson during the Thursday, July 25, afternoon air show. Those flying demonstrations are part of AirVenture's "Push to Victory" theme for World War II anniversaries, which also encompasses the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy.

"Bud Anderson is well known and lauded for his courage and abilities as a flying ace from World War II, so EAA wants to bring together as many P-51 Mustangs as possible to salute him," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs, who also coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. "His entire aviation career is also one for the record books, deserving of recognition at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and another only-in-Oshkosh moment."

P-51 Mustang owners interested in participating in this year's activities can preregister at the Mustangs For Bud website. EAA AirVenture is the world's largest gathering of warbirds with more than 300 aircraft participating in displays and flying activities each year.

Anderson, who earned more than 25 awards during his military career, served with the renowned 357th Fighter Group based in England during World War II and totaled 16 1/4 aerial victories. His unit was credited with more than 600 aerial victories in 15 months - the highest pace of victories during the war. Following the war, Anderson flew and led flight test programs in Ohio and California, and also led fighter squadrons during post-war Korea and in Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and worked for more than a decade in flight test operations for McDonnell Aircraft.

Mexico, Coahuila: A Bombardier Challenger 601 en-route from Las Vegas with thirteen on board crashed in a remote mountainous area in the municipality of Ocampo in the state of Coahuila on Monday. The jet was expected to land Sunday evening in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey after leaving Las Vegas in the afternoon. Flight controllers lost contact with the plane over Coahuila. An air search located the plane wreckage. Search crews on Monday found no survivors.

Netherlands, Amsterdam: A KLM Boeing 737-800, on a flight from Lisbon (Portugal) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was on short final to Amsterdam's runway 36R when the left hand engine (CFM56) emitted a loud bang and streaks of flames. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 36R maintaining routine communication and taxied to the apron. The airline confirmed an engine issue, it may have been a bird strike.

USA, Tampa: A British Airways Boeing 777-200, on a flight from London Gatwick, (UK) to Tampa, (USA), was en-route about 500nm northeast of Bermuda (Bermuda) when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to 12 passengers and 2 crew. The aircraft continued to Tampa for a safe landing about 3.5 hours later. The FAA reported 12 passengers and 2 crew received "unknown" injuries, the aircraft sustained "unknown" damage. The occurrence was rated an accident (indicating serious injuries and/or substantial damage) and is being investigated.

New Zeeland, Wellington: A woman who refused to watch the regulation air safety video or read the safety instructions card handed to her by flight attendants has reportedly been removed from an Air New Zealand flight in Wellington. The woman and her companion was sitting in the exit row but ignored attendants' attempts to get her to listen to the safety instructions. With the couple's behaviour beginning to delay the plane, other passengers implored them to pay attention but they reportedly continued to refuse. The pilot was eventually forced to return to the gate where police were waiting when the aircraft returned and the customer disembarked.

13 MAY 1913

Sikorsky Russky Vityaz, the world's first four-engined aircraft and the first aeroplane with a lavatory.

The Sikorsky Russky Vityaz (Russian Knight) designed by Igor Sikorsky and built at the Russian Baltic Railroad Car Works was the first four-engine aircraft in the world.

Sikorsky conceived the S-21 design in 1911, when no known aircraft could lift more than 600 kilograms (1,323 lb). On hearing about the construction of the Russky Vityaz in early 1913, the experts and the media around the world were predicting a complete failure. The first aerial test of the Russky Vityaz on 10 May 1913 was successful. At the time, many people in other parts of the world considered it to be a newspaper hoax, and did not believe it. Observers believed that an aircraft of such dimensions would never leave the ground

Its fuselage was a rectangular section girder, covered with plywood sheets. The aircraft had a cabin with a dual control column, two passenger cabins and a storage room for spare parts as well as a toilet. There was also an open deck forward of the pilot's cabin equipped, in the military version, with a searchlight and machine gun. The ailerons on the upper wings provided for the airplane's stability.

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