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Dear Member, this is a reminder of the upcoming 80th Annual General Meeting of the members of The Aero Club of South Africa. The details of this meeting are as follows:

Date: 16 March 2021
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Place: Virtual Meeting (Zoom) - Invitation details will be made available on the website closer the date

Available on the Aero Club website are the following documents:
• The agenda
• The draft minutes of the last AGM no 79
• Proxy form
• Nomination for Council Seat
Should you wish to place any items on the agenda under General, please notify the Aero Club Office at office@aeroclub.org.za for inclusion. Any nominations to be made to serve as Council office bearers can be to the same address. See you there.


Dear Aero Club Member,

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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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.
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EAA Chapter 322 monthly virtual meeting at Dicky Fritz MOTH hall
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The all-composite and carbon fibre constructed Extra NG unlimited aerobatic aircraft that designer Walter Extra unveiled in 2019 has received FAA certification. Orders are already "fast accumulating" for the nimble and robust $450,000 performance specialist, the company said.

The NG stands for Next Generation. The aircraft is a radical departure from the tube-steel construction of its Extra Aircraft predecessors that have been favoured by legions of aerobatic champions. Though the NG lacks the metal skeleton under its smooth skin, engineer and company founder Extra said it's just as strong because of "residual strength" embedded into the carbon fibre components.

The newest Extra rolls "at a blindingly fast rate of about 400 degrees per second" that impressed AOPA Editor at Large and aerobatic aficionado Dave Hirschman during a test flight.

Thick, symmetrical wings without dihedral means there's no coupling between any of the controls, "so stepping on a rudder pedal in level flight doesn't raise a wing," Hirschman noted during an August 2020 flight review. He said that elevator trim "doesn't change from stall speed to VNE," and a "combination of counterweights, horns and aileron spades keeps control forces the same, even as the airplane's speed changes." He noted a speedy "12 seconds and 1,500 feet of altitude gain" during a 4-G pull to vertical for a hammerhead manoeuvre.

The Extra NG is powered by a 315-horsepower Lycoming AEIO-580 engine and an MT Propeller MTV-9 three-blade constant-speed prop. The power combination allows a full aileron deflection speed of 187 knots indicated airspeed, a maximum snap roll speed of 140 KIAS, a Vne of 220 KIAS and a stall speed of 63 KIAS. Maximum take-off weight is 2,095 pounds with a useful load of 695 pounds; empty weight is 1,400 pounds. Usable fuel is 51 gallons.

Twenty aircraft have been built to date and Southeast Aero Sales Inc. is the North American distributor. "It's freaky how fast this thing goes fast," sales representative and accomplished aerobatic pilot Doug Vayda told Hirschman. "Its rate of acceleration going downhill is mind bending."


The Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs is a Precision Landing, and STOL Takeoff and Landing competition held annually at Omaka Airfield, Blenheim

The main objective is to get airborne in the shortest distance, and then touch down and bring the aircraft to a stop safely in the shortest distance.

Congratulations to Deane Philip for his first-place finish at the 2021 New Zealand Bush Pilot Championships (officially named the "Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs") in Omaka, New Zealand, on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Deane won the national event with both the shortest take-off and shortest landing in his Zenith STOL CH 701, powered by a 130-hp Viking 130 engine.

Deane further reported that it was a "very difficult day with very humid conditions so no lift," yet he conceded that it was "Great to have someone new win, with fantastic results."


One of the worst kept secrets is out - Pacific Aerospace is bringing back the Cresco after a hiatus of almost 20 years! - Dubbed the Cresco II, the new aircraft will have some modifications, mainly around pilot safety and comfort, but will otherwise be essentially unchanged. This is an exciting development for both the company and the agricultural aviation industry.

The Cresco, (Latin for "I grow"), combines a short take-off and landing performance with a large load carrying capability. During development, feedback from operators of the Fletcher aircraft regarding areas in which the Fletcher was lacking was taken into account, however the strength of the original design was retained. Without compromising the ruggedness, and with a strong focus on ensuring that there was no additional weight in the aircraft, the Cresco emerged as a well-loved aircraft optimised for operations off semi-prepared farm strips in hill country.

With its tricycle landing gear and rear mounted hopper, the Cresco is unique in agricultural aircraft and, through this configuration, allows for safe operations off these sloping hill strips. The Cresco has the advantage of forward visibility and wind gust capabilities lacking in tail dragger aircraft with forward mounted hoppers.

In other roles it is able to take a pilot and allows seating for up to seven passengers or twelve skydivers and can get to 14,000 ft (4,267m) in 12 minutes.


Textron Aviation today announced the newest addition to the Cessna Citation business jet family, the Citation CJ4 Gen2. The largest Citation in the light jet segment offers operators a host of features that elevate ramp presence and in-flight comfort, including a new stair and handrail, premium seating options and enhanced ambiance lighting throughout.

"With the CJ4 Gen2, we focused on a design that enhances passenger comfort with an elevated cabin to match the performance capabilities already trusted by Citation CJ4 owners," said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Customer Experience. "Developments in technology have allowed us to introduce new design elements. A first for Citation light jets are the CoolView Skylights and a vanity option, which give our customers the atmosphere of a large aircraft with light jet performance capabilities."

Textron Aviation is taking orders for the Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 with deliveries beginning immediately. The Cessna Citation CJ4, which achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification in 2010, remains a 525C type aircraft and has already received current interior certification for the CJ4 Gen2.

Along with the new cabin seating options, there is enhanced lighting in the pockets, on the sidewall and floor and in the cupholders. This is the first Citation aircraft equipped with CoolView lavatory skylights to provide more natural lighting throughout the lavatory and aft cabin area. Operators can choose the jet's Premier Collection design option, which also offers a completely new lavatory vanity and sink.

The aircraft offers an upgraded wireless cabin management system consisting of an onboard media server with the ability to stream preloaded audio and video files, access XM Satellite Radio and view moving maps. As part of the new system, passengers can also wirelessly control cabin lighting, window shades and temperature from their own mobile devices while productivity is powered by the USB charging ports at each cabin seat.

The Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 allows customers to go further with the light jet segment's leading range-to-payload ratio and a best-in-class IFR range of 1,926 nautical miles (3,567 km) with a maximum cruise speed of 451 knots. The single-pilot certified jet combines superior speed, range and operating economics when compared with larger aircraft, making it the ideal platform for owner/operators or corporate missions. The CJ4 Gen2 has seating for up to ten passengers and includes a notable 1,040-pound baggage capacity.


A first PC-24 with high-utility 10-seat commuter configuration has been delivered to a customer in the western United States, allowing the super versatile jet to prove yet again how it is an excellent fit for the widest of mission profiles.

Pilatus now offers a commuter configuration for up to ten passengers, delivering a safe, efficient, private, cost-effective corporate travel solution for company employees. Each seat is installed with a quick-release mechanism allowing easy cabin reconfiguration for all transportation requirements.

The PC-24's payload capacity of 1,134 kilogrammes and standard large cargo door enable operators to load large, bulky items that no other business jet is capable of carrying with such flexibility. The cabin features a private lavatory which can be serviced from the exterior. Unlike many other light and midsize jets in this category, the lavatory seat is not used as a passenger seat: the loss of comfort for the passenger is simply too great.

Seat pitch in the commuter configuration varies from 34 (86) to 40 inches (102 centimetres). Each seat features a side storage compartment and cup holder as well as four 115-volt power outlets to enhance in-flight productivity. The PC-24's entirely flat floor also adds to comfort on long trips.


In February 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Yuri Borisov, announced plans to unify the Sukhoi Su-30SM and Su-35 fighter aircraft which prompted development of a new version called the Su-30SMD, executed by the Sukhoi design bureau working together with Irkut Scientific Production Group.

Among the improvements is the replacement of the currently used Saturn AL-31FP engines with Izd.117S (AL-41F-1S) thrust vectoring turbofans currently installed on all Su-35S fighters. The new engines develop a wet thrust of 31,900 lbf (142 kN) which is 15% more than the original type with 27,600 lbf (122.6 kN). This requires some significant airframe and flight testing on the Su-30SM and based on the test results, it would then determine whether the aircraft will enter the mass production and if the current airframes have to be modified.

Contrary to all expectations, the developers have decided not to use the venerable Su-30MKI testbeds, but instead took a series Su-30SM airframe, serial RF-34010/Bort 72 Blue (construction number 10MK5-1411) serving with the 4th Guards Red Banner Maritime Attack Aviation Regiment of the Russian Naval Aviation based at Chernyakhovsk NAB in the Kaliningrad region.

The aircraft arrived at the Irkut plant for revision in mid-2020 and according to the plan, it was due to be delivered by the end of the year. First reports of the testbed performing its testing routine came in late January 2021 at the Zhukovsky airport near Moscow.


A sales champion with 1,200 sold, 1,100 delivered and 3 million flight hours. In-service since 2004, the AW139 has become the most important helicopter programme in the world's industry in the last two decades. More than 280 customers in over 70 countries use the AW139 for all kinds of missions in all environments.

Leonardo this year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the AW139 helicopter's maiden flight. The first aircraft took to the skies from the company's facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy on 3 February 2001.

The AW139 intermediate-twin engine 7 tonne boasts orders of almost 1,200 units from more than 280 customers in over 70 countries on all continents. The aircraft has shown extraordinary levels of reliability and operational capabilities with more than 3 million flight hours recorded since the first delivery took place at the beginning of 2004.

The AW139 fleet has a global presence: around 30% in Europe, almost as much in Asia and Australasia, 15% in the Americas, followed by the Middle East. The international success of the AW139 is so important that to meet market demands, the helicopter is produced on different assembly lines both in Italy, in the Vergiate plant, and in the United States in Philadelphia which has delivered around 30% of all units to date. The US Air Force will soon introduce the AW139-based Boeing MH-139 to replace the UH-1N fleet.

The AW139 has grown significantly over the years, adapting to the changing needs of customers. The maximum take-off weight increased from 6.4 to 7 tons. Almost 1,000 mission kits and equipment have been certified. With advanced protection systems against icing, the AW139 can fly in all-weather conditions. This model is also the only one in the world capable of continuing to fly for over 60 minutes without oil in the transmission, twice as much as the 30 minutes set by certification authorities.

The aircraft of choice in its class against which all existing and newcomers are measured, the AW139 also represents a turning point in the rotary-wing sector through the introductory concept of the Leonardo "helicopter family". The AW139 is, in fact, the forefather of a helicopter family comprising of the smaller and lighter AW169 and the larger and heavier AW189 models, the only case in the world, that share the same design philosophy, the same high performance, the same flight characteristics and the same certification standards, as well as the same approach to maintenance and training. A concept that allows operators with large diversified fleets, with models ranging from 4 to 9 tons of weight, to create significant synergies in crew training, flight operations, maintenance and logistics support.


Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement for six Bell 505 aircraft to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The newly acquired Bell 505s will be configured to support public safety missions in country and be used by the Force's Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) to train international rotorcraft pilots.

"Bell and JDF share a rich history of more than 55 years and we are committed to delivering the most advanced and economically viable aircraft on the market," said Nicholas Peffer, Managing Director, Latin America. "The Bell 505 is a proven asset for Public Safety operations around the world. We look forward to growing our long-standing relationship with JDF and sustaining their forces with the highest quality aircraft for many more years to come."

In 1963, JDF began its operations with two Bell 47G aircraft and has expanded their fleet and relationship with Bell throughout the years. This new aircraft delivery will grow JDF's current fleet to 10 Bell helicopters, which serve in search and rescue missions, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training operations.

"Expanding our Bell fleet to incorporate the Bell 505 adds more versatility to our capability portfolio and supports our mission to protect and serve the citizens of Jamaica," said Lt. Col. Brian Lundy, commanding officer of the Air Wing, JDF. "Our team of pilots and maintenance technicians are extremely happy with the training, support and customer service from Bell."

With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), the Bell 505 is Bell's newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability using advanced avionics technology. Its similarities with the Bell 429 platform allow for a smooth pilot transition as JDF begins training operations. With a Garmin G1000, the platform shares similar avionics with JDF's Fixed Wing Trainer aircraft and reduces pilot workload, enhancing the students' learning experience.


The Brazilian Navy and Leonardo completed the factory acceptance test for the fourth out of eight upgraded Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters at the end of last year in the UK. The Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters have now formally taken over flying duties from the existing Lynx Mk21A.

The first two upgraded Super Lynx aircraft were delivered in Feb. 2019. These aircraft have now formally taken over flying duties from the existing Lynx Mk21A, with one operating from the home squadron in Sao Pedro da Aldeia and one has embarked in the Mediterranean on UN duties. The third aircraft was handed over to the navy in May 2020. The remaining four aircraft are being progressively delivered, with the program currently planned for completion by the end of 2022.

The upgraded Lynx helicopters give Brazil's Naval Aviation a substantial improvement in its capabilities, with much increased aircraft performance and mission effectiveness. The maiden flight of the Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B took place in Sep. 2017 at Leonardo's Yeovil site.

There is a resident onsite Brazilian Navy team (the 'GFRLynx Team'), who have been present in Yeovil since 2015. Consisting of a total of nine naval personnel from the HA-1 Lynx Squadron, it is headed by a naval captain and supported by a mix of commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

The Super Lynx Mk21B is powered by two new generation CTS800-4N engines, already used on the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159 helicopters, which provide the aircraft with major performance improvements, especially in hot environments, increasing payload and mission effectiveness.

A new glass cockpit is complimented by an advanced avionics suite comprising of a tactical processor, satellite-based navigation system, civil navigation aids including a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS), automatic identification system (AIS), radar warning receiver/electronic surveillance measures integrated with countermeasures dispensers and a full night vision goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit, together with a new electrically powered rescue hoist.

The Brazilian Navy has been operating Lynx helicopters for more than four decades. There are currently more than 190 of Leonardo's helicopters operating in Brazil, performing a variety of missions, including corporate/private transport, law enforcement, public services, offshore transport, search and rescue and naval applications.


Joby Aviation, a transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing ("eVTOL") aircraft, which it intends to operate as a commercial passenger aircraft in 2024, today announced that it has begun generating revenue as part of achieving another major milestone in the Agility Prime program.

The company also announced that it has agreed to a "G-1" certification basis for its aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA"). This agreement lays out the specific requirements that need to be met by Joby's aircraft for it to be certified for commercial operations.

Agility Prime is a unique program that seeks to accelerate the development of a commercial market for advanced air mobility and encourage American innovation. Joby's participation in the program will provide the US Government with valuable data and insight into the operation and performance of eVTOL aircraft. It also provides Joby with access to key research facilities and equipment, as well as an opportunity to prove out the maturity and reliability of its aircraft years in advance of entering commercial service.

"The Agility Prime and Joby partnership is now on an accelerated path to identify the opportunities for early adoption of these aircraft for logistics that provide flexibility to operators and savings to taxpayers. We are also one step closer to the commercialization of a clean, quiet, modern, transportation system," said Nathan P. Diller, AFWERX Agility Prime Director.

The news of Joby generating revenue from the program comes on the heels of the company being awarded the Air Force's first-ever airworthiness approval for an eVTOL vehicle at the end of 2020.

Joby also confirmed that it agreed to a "G-1" certification basis for its aircraft with the FAA in 2020. A "G-1" outlines the criteria that need to be met in order for an aircraft to be certified for civil commercial operations and reaching the milestone marks a key step on the way towards certifying any new aircraft in the US.

Joby's aircraft will be certified in line with the FAA's existing Part 23 requirements for Normal Category Airplanes, with special conditions introduced to address requirements specific to Joby's unique aircraft. These special conditions, defined in the "G-1" document, are expected to be published in the US Federal Register in the coming months.


On 27 January 2020, a USAF Bombardier E-11A operated by the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron (EECS), was destroyed after touching down in a field in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan following a catastrophic left engine failure.

Aboard the aircraft that was involved in a mission qualification training exercise was the two mission pilots, MC 1 and MC 2. The mission proceeded uneventfully until the left engine catastrophically failed one hour and 45 minutes into the flight when a fan blade broke free, causing the left engine to shut down. The MC1 improperly assessed that the operable right engine had failed and initiated shutdown of the right engine leading to a dual engine out emergency.

The MC 1 attempted to fly the MA back to KAF, approximately 230 nautical miles (NM) away. Unfortunately, the MC 2 was unable to get either engine air started to provide any usable thrust. This resulted in the aircraft unable to glide the distance remaining to KAF. With few options remaining, the MC 1 maneuverered towards a Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Sharana, but did not have the altitude and airspeed to glide the remaining distance. He then unsuccessfully attempted landing in a field approximately 21 NM short of FOB Sharana.

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) found by a preponderance of the evidence that the cause of the mishap was the MC 1's error in analysing which engine had catastrophically failed. This error resulted in the MC's decision to shut down the operable right engine creating a dual engine out emergency that eventually led to the fatal crash landing.

South Africa, Clanwilliam Dam, Western Cape: A Robinson R22 Beta cropsprayer operated by Rotorworx Aviation crashed into Clanwilliam Dam and sank under water. The pilot managed to swim safely ashore.

South Africa, near Carletonville Airfield Gauteng: An Atlas Angel crashed after take-off from Carletonville Airfield after a loss of engine power. Two occupants sustained serious injuries, two were not injured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

South Africa, Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport: A KLM Boeing 777-306ER on a flight to Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport rejected the take-off after a flock of birds was ingested by an engine. There were no injuries.

Uganda, Entebbe, near Lido: A Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) Agusta-Bell AB 206B JetRanger II with two occupants crashed during a training flight and was destroyed. Both pilots were seriously injured while one died later in hospital.

Kenya, Nanyuki Airport: A Kenya Wildlife Service Aviat A-1C Husky with two on board on a flight to Mulika Lodge Airport crashed a few moments after take-off from Nanyuki Airport. Both occupants died in the crash.

USA, Mid-Valley Dusters Inc Airport, Alamo, TX: An Aero Commander S2R with only the pilot on board experienced a runway overrun subsequent to an aborted take-off attempt at Mid-Valley Dusters Inc Airport. The airplane sustained unreported damage. The pilot was not injured during the incident.

USA, Gnoss Field Airport, Novato, CA: A Cirrus SR22T Turbo operated by Love to Fly Aviation LLC experienced a deer strike upon landing at Gnoss Field Airport, Novato, California. The airplane sustained minor damage and the two pilots onboard were not injured during the incident.

Paraguay, South of Asunción-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport: A Cessna 402B operated by Fuerza Aérea Paraguaya with eight on board crashed while landing near International Airport Silvio Pettirossi (ASU/SGAS), Luque, near Asunción, Central Department. Seven occupants were killed, one was seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

USA, Pittsburgh International Airport, PA: A Delta Air Lines Boeing 717-2BD with 74 on board slid off the taxiway near Runway 10R as it taxied for departure. The aircraft came to a stop on down sloping terrain. The passengers left the aircraft via the emergency exit by a stair at the rear after the cone was ejected. There were no injuries and the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

Canada, near Ottawa/Carp Airport, ON: A
Blackshape Prime BS100 with only the pilot on board crashed under unknown circumstances near Ottawa/Carp Airport (CYRP), Carp. The aircraft was partially consumed by fire and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries.

Germany, Leipzig Halle Airport: A DHL Air Boeing 757-236 cargo plane, returned to land at Leipzig Halle Airport in Germany after the cargo door opened in flight shortly after departure. The aircraft had taken off for a flight to Frankfurt Airport, Germany. The climb was stopped at about 5700 feet and the flight turned back to Leipzig. The aircraft stopped on the runway and was towed to the cargo apron about 35 minutes later.

10 February 1929

Evelyn "Bobbi" Trout broke the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as and the new women's solo endurance record flying more than 17 hours in an open cockpit Bruner Winkle biplane.

Evelyn "Bobbi" Trout who was born on 7 January 1906 and began her aviation career at the age of 16. In the spring of 1928, Trout's mother bought her an International K-6 biplane in which she received her pilot's certificate from the United States Department of Commerce on 1 September 1928.

She was the second woman to break the non-refuelling endurance record for women when she flew 12 hours straight from California in 1929. The record was previously held by Viola Gentry and was the first record where Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) rules of the endurance record were revised stating endurance records had to be broken by a full hour. Trout also participated in the Women's Air Derby of 1929, which was dubbed the Powder Puff Derby. In 2001, she was recognized as the only living participant in the first Women's Air Derby of 1929.

She passed away on 24 January 2003 at age 97.

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