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Dear Aero Club Member,
It is the Aero Club and Members Association renewal time for the year 2021. Please note that we had a payment system glitch related to credit card payments that has been resolved as of 7 Dec 2020. Many thanks for your continued support for recreational aviation in South Africa. Although the current year was supposed to be a significant milestone for the Aero Club as our centenary year, we were not able to celebrate as planned. We were at least very active in securing our ability to fly during the lockdown period and made significant progress in engaging with the regulator. We will continue to build on this relationship to improve the overall service standards and work on regulatory improvements.
To renew your membership or join the Aero Club and its sections go to www.aeroclub.co.za, where you can use the Aeropay System, or you can pay via EFT. The Aero Club fee has seen a small nominal increase (from a previous reduction applied for 2020) and section fees have either remained the same or have also applied nominal increases. We continue to manage our budgeted finances to apply our resources to facilitate advocacy matters with the regulator with collaborative support from the sections. Please review and renew your membership as per the payment methods noted. If you have any difficulties, please contact the Aero Club office by email or phone as given below: - Sandra and Charne are ready to assist.
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The following events will to take place under the rules controlling the number of people congregating together and are therefore not open to the general public.

EAA Chapter 322 monthly meeting via ZOOM. The meeting will be joined via ZOOM by Chapter 932 Galt Airfield, Chicago, USA.
Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: neil1@telkomsa.net Cell: 084 674 5674

30 JANUARY 2021
SAPFA Rand Airport challenge
Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za Cell: 083 269 1516

30 JANUARY 2021
SAPFA AGM at Rand Airport after the rally
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: rob@aerosud.co.za cell: 082 804 7032

30 & 31 JANUARY 2021
Sport Aerobatic Club Gauteng Regionals Vereeniging Airfield
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EAA Chapter 322 monthly meeting virtual and Dicky Fritz MOTH hall. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: neil1@telkomsa.net Cell: 084 674 5674

SAPFA Witbank Speed Rally at Witbank Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser E-mail: jonty@promptroofing.co.za Cell: 082 855 9435

EAA Chapter 322 drive-in or fly-in night at Jack Taylor Krugersdorp. We will show a movie on a giant screen on the airfield. Members can drive in or fly in (camp that night on the field). The planned movie is 'Flying the Feathered Edge' with Bob Hoover.
Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: neil1@telkomsa.net Cell: 084 674 5674


FLIGHT DESIGN general aviation is excited to announce that as of December 19th, the CTLS series is available as a full EASA certified aircraft. The EASA certification is recognized in most countries allowing the popular CTLS(i) to be used for flight training for a pilot's license in many new countries.

"This is a great news and is a testament to the great work done by our certification engineering team" Said Christian Majunke, FLIGHT DESIGN Head of Airworthiness and manager of the project. We completed an administrative review and upgraded the CTLS data package submitted to EASA for an earlier Restricted Type Certificate (R-TC) which was originally awarded back in 2010. The aircraft is now certified in the standard airworthiness category.

The certification of the aircraft was recently amended to include many upgrades, among which are the modern Dynon SkyView HDX and the Dynon autopilot. The aircraft is now available with the ROTAX 912 iSc Sport engine, which required new a new noise certification test as well. During the process, acceptance flights were performed by EASA staff near EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

"We are very pleased to see the acceptance of the CTLS and CTLSi as EASA CS-LSA certified products" said Sven Lindig, it shows the value of the CTLS design and the great work being done by our different businesses within FLIGHT DESIGN general aviation, said Sven. This award was a result of work done by the FLIGHT DESIGN team here in Eisenach, FLIGHT DESIGN Ukraine and the EASA and Czech CAA approved Production Organization, FLIGHT DESIGN CZ, located in Sumperk, Czech Republic."


Despite the COVID19 repercussions and with all safety precautions in place, the Hy4 hydrogen powered hybrid-electric aircraft successfully flew from Maribor airport, in Slovenia, achieving a landmark milestone for the MAHEPA project and for the future of clean aviation.

By demonstrating technologies and showcasing that long-endurance and safe zero-emission flights are possible, MAHEPA is creating the technological foundation to enable clean, quiet, safe and sustainable flight - making Europe Green Deal's goals related to aviation one step closer to reality.

With the renovated and optimized fuel cell system technology developed in MAHEPA and in strong cooperation with multiple national projects, the Hy4 became the most powerful hydrogen fuel cell driven aircraft ever made, directly flying into the next era of air transport. First qualification tests and data dissemination show that the full redundant Hy4 powertrain architecture allows an upscaling of the modular technology.

MAHEPA consortium of Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, Compact Dynamics, DLR, H2Fly, Politecnico di Milano, TU Delft, University of Maribor and University of Ulm is again demonstrating a pioneering direction towards cleaner air transport in Europe, which will be supported by novel technologies developed in the project.


With more than 500 Eurofighters delivered to date and 500,000-plus flight hours logged worldwide, this swing-role combat aircraft's future is brighter than ever - backed by a slate of new-generation enhancements currently under development and planned in the years to come.

Production of the twin-engine jet fighter is assured at least until 2030 based on orders booked to date, including the German Air Force's recently-announced contract for an additional 38 aircraft, which are to be equipped with the world's latest electronic radar, future-proof hardware and software and unlimited multi-role capability to engage both air and ground targets.

Additionally, a Eurofighter order is expected from Spain, while the aircraft has been proposed for procurements in Switzerland, Finland, Poland and Canada.

"Eurofighter will remain at the forefront of our customers' fleets for decades to come."

Kurt Rossner, Airbus Head of Combat Aircraft Systems and Chairman of the Eurofighter GmbH Supervisory Board

Ongoing upgrades include the integration of additional weapons system capabilities - as achieved on Royal Air Force Eurofighters for the UK and under implementation for the German Air Force. This includes stepping up from a mechanically-scanned radar to a more modern electronically-scanned (E-Scan) sensor. E-Scan adds an advanced antenna to provide an unrivalled field of radar coverage, along with multi-target tracking, improved missile guidance and more.

Other planned enhancements will involve an adapted avionics structure, including the latest state-of-the-art hardware and software to keep Eurofighter at the leading edge of combat aircraft technology. In parallel, this development stream will be used in risk reduction for the Next Generation Weapon System, providing a bridge for Europe's Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and placing Eurofighter as one of its main components.

"Eurofighter is about to enter its next era and will remain at the forefront of our customers' fleets for decades to come," explained Kurt Rossner, Airbus Head of Combat Aircraft Systems and Chairman of the Eurofighter GmbH Supervisory Board.


Airbus's new five-bladed H145 helicopter has received its certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), following both European (EASA) and American (FAA) certification in 2020. The first five-bladed H145 delivery in Canada is scheduled to take place in mid-2021 to an air medical customer and an additional order from a multi-mission operator was placed at the end of last year.

Airbus's H145 is particularly suited to high-altitude environments. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload.

"The enhanced performance capabilities of the new five-bladed H145 will help to further mission success for our customers in Canada and we stand ready to support its upcoming entry into service," said Dwayne Charette, President and COO of Airbus Helicopters Canada. "We are grateful to the team at Transport Canada for enabling us to meet this important milestone, while mitigating various challenges linked to the global pandemic, we all continue to face."

This type certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability. This newest version of the H145 family adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor system to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 330 lbs (150 kg). The simplicity of the new bearing less main rotor design will also simplify maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew.

Particularly suited to high-altitude environments, the H145 set its skids down during a test campaign on the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern hemisphere, further proving its capabilities even in harsh conditions. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and Airbus's own Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload.


Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation, announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has issued the Type Certificate for the Kaman K-1200 K-MAX helicopter. Kaman has been marketing the K-MAX helicopter to various Brazilian operators, power line, oil and gas firms and engineering companies over the past two years. This certification clears the path for K-MAX operations in Brazil.

The K-MAX has also begun operations in China following certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The K-MAX is a rugged, low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for cyclical, external load operations and is ideally suited for operations throughout the country of Brazil," said Roger Wassmuth, senior director of business development. "We believe the K-MAX offers a cost-effective value proposition for infrastructure building of much needed power lines."

"Kaman's engineering team, working in conjunction with the FAA Boston Office and the ANAC offices, worked diligently to provide technical and operational information on the K-MAX and we are pleased that this important milestone has been realized," said Darlene Smith, vice president and general manager of the Kaman Air Vehicles division.

The K-MAX is a rugged, low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for repetitive external load operations. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg) with unmatched performance in hot and high conditions.


Earlier this month Israel and Greece released a statement that involves a government-to-government agreement, worth USD 1,68 billion that includes the procurement of ten Leonardo M346 Master jet trainers for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF, Greek Air Force) and the establishment of a flight school modelled on the Heyl Ha'Avir (IAF, Israeli Air Force) flight academy.

The 20-year life-span agreement, which will be signed by both defence ministries, includes the establishment and operation of a flight school for the HAF, by Elbit Systems Ltd. It also includes the maintenance and upgrades of T-6 Texan IIs in use by the Hellenic Air Force, as well as the provision of simulators, training, and logistic support. The Greek school will be equipped ten M346s that will be built by the Italian company, Leonardo.

The Israeli participated in an international tender in which CAE also participated. The Israeli winning bid was approved by the Greek government. The result is the largest defence procurement agreement between the two countries to date.

In due time, the Directorate for International Defence Cooperation (SIBAT) in the Israeli Ministry of Defence Ministry and Elbit Systems Ltd. will sign the agreement to establish the Greek flight school. The Israeli and Greek flight academies will see a close cooperation in the near future.

Currently, the IAF is using the T-6 Texan II and the M346, with the Israeli name Lavi, from Hatzerim air base (Israel). The Greek operate the T-6 Texan II as well, but also fly the eldery Grumman T-2C Buckeye, both from Kalamata air base (Greece). The Buckeye will be replaced by the M346.


Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department's hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth Police Department currently operates two Bell 206 Jet Ranger aircraft; the addition of the Bell 505 will provide exceptional performance that is part of the Jet Ranger legacy.

"Bell is proud to continue the long legacy of supporting the Fort Worth Police Department and public safety initiatives in our growing community," said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO. "Fort Worth has shaped Bell as a company since our move here in 1951, providing an environment accepting of new ideas and technology that remains vital to our future. We look forward to watching the Fort Worth PD and the Bell 505 serve the citizens of Fort Worth."

In 1951, Lawrence D. Bell broke ground in Fort Worth on Bell Aircraft Corporation's helicopter division, to be called Bell Helicopter. More than 70 years later, Bell has completed several consolidation and modernization efforts as well as establishing new facilities in Fort Worth to support advanced manufacturing and Bell's Commercial Business operations. With more than 4,200 employees, Bell continues to positively bring long-term economic growth and jobs to North Texas.

"The City of Fort Worth and Bell have an incredible, long-standing partnership, and I am thrilled to see this continue to positively impact our community," said Mayor Betsy Price. "Fort Worth Police Department's new Bell 505 will be a great asset to the community as we continue to prioritize public safety for all residents using top of the line technology. The City looks forward to growing our partnership with Bell, as it is critical that we support local businesses and uplift the innovative work being done in our own backyard."

The Bell 505 was introduced in 2014 and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2017. There are now more than 300 Bell 505s operating in more than 55 countries on six continents, surpassing 50,000 total fleet flight hours. With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), the Bell 505 is designed to be easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator and best-in-class cabin visibility. The customer-driven design of the aircraft places safety, performance and affordability at the forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek, modern design.


Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to define what is needed to meet Sweden's requirements for the continued, effective operation and availability of Gripen C/D until 2035. The order value is 185 MSEK.

"Gripen C/D is the backbone of the Swedish Air Force and will be for many years to come. The result of the work will be that the customer has the ability to take different directions depending on their future needs. Saab's expertise in developing advanced fighter technology gives Sweden the means to decide how Gripen C/D remains a formidable frontline fighter in the 2030s," says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

Gripen is in service with a number of air forces including Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. The UK Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) is operating Gripen as its platform for test pilot training. Sweden and Brazil have also respectively ordered 60 and 36 new Gripen fighter aircraft.


U.S. Marines are now preparing to fly, maintain and sustain the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, which will enable them to safely complete longer-range missions in harsher environments compared to the current fleet of aircraft. The suite of training devices at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina were recently declared Ready for Training.

"These training devices will prepare aircrew and maintainers for the full suite of capabilities of the CH-53K in a safe and cost-effective manner," said Tom Gordon, Lockheed Martin, vice president of Training and Simulation Solutions. "Crews can rehearse for operational deployment, ensuring the U.S. Marines are ready to successfully complete their missions."



A FlySAFAir Boeing 737-400 aircraft with registration ZS-OAF departed Cape Town International on a scheduled domestic flight to East London Aerodrome (FAEL). While the aircraft was climbing through 32 920 feet above mean sea level to a cruising altitude of 33 000 feet, the crew broadcast a "Cabin Altitude Warning followed by a Mayday, requesting an emergency descent". The aircraft commenced with an emergency descent to 10 000 feet. Once the crew had levelled off at flight level (FL) 100, the area controller who had the aircraft on primary surveillance radar asked the crew if they will be returning to FACT, but they opted to divert to George Aerodrome (FAGG) where they landed safely on Runway 29.

South Africa, Brits: A Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II with three on board on a private flight was written of beyond repair when it impacted crocodile infested river waters outside of Brits, North West Province, South Africa. One of the two passengers onboard was fatally injured. The second passenger onboard was seriously injured and the pilot received apparent minor injuries.

Suratgarh Air Force Station: An Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison crashed due to a technical malfunction shortly after take-off from Suratgarh Air Force Station (state of Rajasthan). Despite the tough conditions during the night time training sortie, the pilot managed to steer the Soviet era fighter away from buildings and ejected once he was sure the Migoyan Gurevich would not cause any more harm. At that point he decided to eject and landed safely.

USA, 23 km (14.4 mls) SE of Pine Grove, OR: A Cessna 560 Citation V operated by SX Transport LLC with two on board was destroyed when it impacted the terrain in the Mutton Mountains area southeast of Pine Grove, Oregon. There were no survivors. The aircraft departed Troutdale Airport, Oregon at 22:08 UTC and reached FL310 twenty minutes later. At that point, ADS-B records show that the aircraft began a descending right hand turn that ended in the aircraft spiralling down until it impacted terrain.

USA, NW of Weiner, Poinsett County, AR: Beechcraft G58 Baron with two occupants was destroyed when it impacted an open field near Weiner, Poinsett County, Arkansas. The two occupants were fatally injured.

USA, near Farmingdale-Republic Airport, Long Island, NY: A Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II operated by 850 Atlantic Collision Inc with only the pilot on board following a reported loss of engine power force landed to roadway terrain by the former Old Bethpage waste disposal complex, near Republic Airport (FRG/KFRG), Long Island, New York. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received moderate injuries.

Iceland, Keflavik: A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-300 on a flight from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), was enroute at FL380 about 700nm south-south-west of Keflavik (Iceland) when the crew decided to divert to Keflavik after reporting a problem with the #1 engine. The crew requested to descend to FL320 and set course for Keflavik and the turn to Keflavik was approved by Oceanic Control within a minute. However, the request to descent took more than 15 minutes due to a lot of traffic around that needed to be moved out, the aircraft continued to maintain FL380 in the meantime. Finally, the aircraft descended to FL290 and landed safely on Keflavik's runway 01 about 2 hours after the decision to divert.

Indonesia, Pagamba Airstrip, Papua: A Quest Kodiak 100 operated by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) was destroyed by fire while parked at the airstrip when it allegedly was set on fire by members of the West Papua National Liberation Army.

Taiwan, near Saijia Village, Sandimen Township: A
Flight Design CTLS with two occupants on a training flight was destroyed when it crashed under unknown circumstances in a mountainous area near Saijia Village, Sandimen Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan. Both the trainer and trainee onboard died.

USA, Los Angeles, CA: A Kalitta Air Boeing 767-300 freighter with three crew on board from San Francisco to Los Angeles completed a seemingly uneventful flight with a landing at Los Angeles. The FAA reported however: "Aircraft was discovered having damage to the left-wing tip, Los Angeles, CA." The cause of damage was unknown. The aircraft remained on the ground for about 29 hours before returning to service.

Russia, near Gostillitsy Airfield, Leningrad: A Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee B and a Cessna 150 were involved in a mid-air collision near Gostilitsy Airfield (ULSG), Lomonosovsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Russia. The Piper came to the rest in a snow field and three of the four occupants were fatally injured. The Cessna sustained minor damage to the nose landing gear and landed safely and the sole pilot onboard was not injured. It appears that both planes were just airborne when the collision happened.

USA, Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport, AZ: A Pilatus PC-12/45 Air Ambulance operated Guardian Flight LLC experienced a prop strike upon landing at Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport (PHX/KPHX), Phoenix, Arizona. The airplane sustained unspecified damage and the three crew onboard were not injured during the incident.

USA, West of Oxnard Airport, CA: A Lancair 235 with one occupant. Following a loss of engine power force landed to roadway terrain in Oxnard, Ventura County, California, during an attempted return to the point of departure at Oxnard Airport (OXR/KOXR). The sole pilot onboard was not injured during the incident and the airplane was not damaged.

5 JANUARY 1949

Charles "Chuck" Yeager using a Bell X-1 carried out the only conventional (runway) take off performed during the X-1 program, reaching 23,000 ft (7,000 m) in 90 seconds.

The X-1, piloted by Chuck Yeager, was the first manned airplane to exceed the speed of sound in level flight and was the first of the X-planes, a series of American experimental rocket planes (and non-rocket planes) designed for testing new technologies.

As the design might have led to a fighter, it was intended to take off from the ground, but the end of the war made the B-29 Superfortress capable to carry it into the air.

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