Compiled by Willie Bodenstein



C-19 Status. As we come to the end of the first 6 months of 2021, it has been a rocky road given the effects of the pandemic that is just not shaking us loose to allow our economic potential to take hold, this with a 2nd wave early in the year and now a 3rd wave of increasing infection rates and as announced, we are in an adjusted lockdown level 4, with not much implication on economic output. Other than encouraging those who can work from home to do so, an earlier curfew, no alcohol sales and no inter provincial travel to and from Gauteng, other than for work purposes. Gatherings are also prohibited. This lockdown level will be re-assessed in the next 14 days.

Morningstar area radio communications. Many of our members as well as general aviation pilots operating in the Morningstar area will know there is now a dedicated frequency 126.8 MHz that covers Morningstar and Special Rules North. It has come to the attention of ATNS that there is a lot of non-operational communication taking place by aircraft operating in the circuit of Morningstar. Those of you reading this communique must ensure to pass on the message to operators in the area to refrain from non-operational communications on this frequency and revert to 123.45 MHz as necessary.

Skywatch. The 2nd issue of the Skywatch magazine which, forms part of the GASS initiative has been released.

The GASS focus groups continue to meet to develop the eventual safety strategy recommendations, with current focus on the Devolution of Powers workgroup and the General Aviation Accident Reduction Strategy (GAARS), of which one of the outputs has produced two Skywatch magazines.

The Aero Club continues to work with the CAA on improving ATF renewal turnaround times, and of late, there has been a significant improvement in this regard, as well as working on Part 66 subpart 4 pertaining Approved Persons as a regulatory update.

If you are not a member and wish to join the Aero Club and any of its sections, feel free to do so.



The following events will take place under the rules controlling the number of people congregating together and are therefore not open to the general public.

EAA Chapter 322 virtual monthly meeting and at Dickie Fritz. Contact Neil Bowden Email: neil1@telkomsa.net Cell: 084 674 5674

9 - 11 JULY
Postponed until 8 to 10 October 2021
EAA Taildraggers at Warmbaths airfield. Contact Richard Nicholson Email: flybenchmark@gmail.com Cell: 082 490 6227

15 - 23 JULY
Cancelled for 2021
Sports Aerobatics Club Advanced World Aerobatics Czech Republic. Contact Annie Boon E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

EAA Chapter 322 virtual monthly meeting and at Dickie Fritz. Contact Neil Bowden Email: neil1@telkomsa.net Cell: 084 674 5674

7 - 8 AUGUST
Sports Aerobatics Club Western Cape Regionals and training camp Venue TBA. Contact Annie Boon E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za

18-21 AUGUST
Sport Aerobatics Club National Aerobatics Championships Phalaborwa Airfield. Contact Annie Boon E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za or Natalie Stark natalie@stark.co.za

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

EAA Chapter 322 virtual monthly meeting via Zoom Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: neil1@telkomsa.net Cell: 084 674 5674

SAPFA Secunda Speed Rally at Secunda Airfield. For more information contact Jonty Esser E-mail: jonty@promptroofing.co.za Cell: 082 855 9435

RV Day fly-in to Kitty Hawk. For more information contact Dawie Pretorius Cell: 082 804 6979

EAA Silver Creek Fly-In and movie evening. Camping on the airfield. Contact Jeremy Woods Cell: 082 883 0436 OR Neil Bowden Cell: 084 674 5674

Heritage Day. Great Train Race, vintage cars and aircraft at Heidelberg airfield. Contact Van Zyl Schultz
Cell: 082 560 2275 or E-mail: vzs@mweb.co.za


The Sling 4 high wing prototype has its ATF. And we're feeling restless. So once again we're off to Wisconsin! If you're interested in following this year's Sling pilgrimage to Oshkosh, here's the lowdown -

• The aeroplane is ZU-SHW - Sling's beautiful new 4 seat, high wing prototype aircraft - the first of its kind.
• The pilots are James (Pitman) and Matt (Cohen). James is an old hand at these trips. For Matt, it's a first. (Though Matt and James have some history of flying adventures together)
• James has thousands of hours of Sling flight. Matt is a student pilot waiting for the CAA to issue his aviation medical so he can complete his required solo hours. He also flies a paraglider.
• Departure date is 9 July 2021 - which gives the required 14 days out of "red-list" countries before entering the USA (SA is at the top of those!)
• The planned route looks like this (though it's open to such changes as may be required to dodge Covid, storms, unreasonable authorities and the like): JHB - Ondangwa (Namibia) - Accra (Ghana) - Praia (Cape Verde) - Charnocks (Barbados) - Fort Pierce (Florida, USA) - Oshkosh (Wisconsin, USA).

Any useful thoughts or advice, including Covid updates, critical equipment (eg: one dry suit), places to stay, good wishes, virtual love and hugs or messages of support will be much appreciated. Planned for inclusion in the luggage, in addition to the standard clothing, extra fuel and emergency gear, is a titanium Sling Cycles Tagati gravel bike (see www.slingcycles.com) and Matt's titanium wheelchair, with electric drive.

We invite anyone interested to follow our trip both on this thread and at www.slingaircraft.com, where you will be able to track our progress, as we fly, transmitted by a Garmin Inreach satellite tracker and plotted onto a world map. We promise to answer questions, post photos, return love and generally just try bring you along with us as much as we can.

James and Matt


Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan; President, CEO and Representative Director: Yoshihiro Hidaka) and ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. (Headquarters: Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan; President and CEO: Tatsuyuki Isogawa) have signed an agreement for the joint research of next-generation small aircraft.

Under this agreement, Yamaha Motor will explore avenues for adapting its small-engine technologies to the aviation industry.

ShinMaywa will adapt its aircraft engineering technologies and expertise-garnered through the development of flying boats and various other aircraft-to designing concepts, constructing prototypes, conducting tests, verify autonomous technology and more for small aircraft.

Both companies will use this joint research endeavour to explore possibilities for the commercialization of next-generation small aircraft and take into consideration the direction and future of the project based on market interest and other factors.

Base engine built by Yamaha Motor scheduled for installation in the prototype aircraft prototype aircraft procured and assembled by ShinMaywa to be used in early-stage flight tests Prototype aircraft procured and assembled by ShinMaywa to be used in early-stage flight tests.

Written by defenceWeb

Silver Falcon team 84 commander, SA Air Force (SAAF) Major Sivu Tangana logged the two-thousand-hour milestone on the aerobatic team's PC-7 Mk II aircraft late in June.

An air force LinkedIn post has it Tangana sees his current posting at AFB Langebaanweg as an honour and opportunity as well as a recognition of commitment and determination to the "craft".

Going further, the major said promoting the image of the SAAF "goes beyond being a pilot".

"Your personality, conduct and appearance matter. For example, when invited to air shows and schools, one is expected to interact with the public and motivate school children. This requires a holistic understanding of the SAAF."

On his two-thousand-hour milestone, Tangana was grateful to the air force for trusting him and believing in his ability. "It definitely is a milestone for me and I hope it encourages others to believe in themselves and keep on putting in the hard yards."

Highlights to date in his SAAF career include qualifying as a pilot, being part of humanitarian operations during and after floods in Mozambique as a 19 Squadron staffer and flying formation with two SAA jetliners during President Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration in 2019.

The Silver Falcons team is made up of four members with one open position. Majors Pule Maloka and Angus Maleka occupy second and third positions, respectively, while Major Lehlonoholo Malokane flies as number four. On Ground Liaison duties is Lieutenant Cwenga Kwatsha.

Written by Guy Martin

The Egyptian Air Force has taken delivery of all its MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets from Russia and has started receiving the first of two dozen Su-35 fighters. This is according to Russia's New Defence Order Strategy magazine. Quoting Russian industry sources, it stated in its second edition of 2021 that five Su-35s were delivered in 2020. According to analyst Mahmoud Gamal, 12 Egyptian Su-35s have been spotted in satellite imagery outside the Komsomolks-on-Amur plant ahead of delivery.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI's) arms transfers database, Egypt ordered 24 Su-35S fighters in 2018/19, with delivery by 2023. They were first seen flying in mid-2020, months after production began at the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

The Su-35 is one of the latest evolutions of the Su-27 'Flanker' and first flew in February 2008, after which it was put in production for the Russian Air Force - service entry was in 2014. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-35 features new avionics including the Irbis phased array radar with a range of 400 km and more powerful AL-41F1S engines (14 500 kg of thrust) with thrust vectoring control (negating the need for canards).

The new jets will supplement the MiG-29M/M2 fighters Egypt has received and help replace obsolete MiG-21s and J-7s. According to SIPRI, Egypt ordered 50 MiG-29M/M2 aircraft in 2015, with deliveries between 2017 and 2020.

An Egyptian MiG-29 crashed in Egypt on a training flight in November 2018 and another crashed during what was described as a routine training mission in December 2019. The pilots survived both crashes after ejecting safely. Two new MiG-29ss were delivered in 2020 as compensation for those that crashed due to technical malfunctions.

Egypt also received 300 R-73 and 300 R-77 beyond visual range air-to-air missiles for the MiG-29M/M2 fighters.

Written by Guy Martin

The Kenya Air Force is receiving its second C-145A Skytruck twin engine transport aircraft from the United States, out of three destined for the East African country. The Kenya Air Force commissioned its first C-145A on 20 April. The second aircraft C-145A 10-0321 (construction number AJE003-21) was seen arriving in Anterwerp, Belgium, on 26 June on its delivery flight. After a night stop, it departed for Split, Croatia, on 27 June.

The first Skytruck, serial 08-0310 (c/n AJE003-10) was also delivered via Antwerp, Scramble magazine reports. It arrived on 27 January and departed the next day to Croatia.

In August 2016 the United States allocated three surplus C-145As to Kenya, after it had requested six under the Excess Defence Articles (EDA) programme. They are worth $9 million (versus the $30 million spent on their acquisition). The United States also approved the transfer of two C-145As to Costa Rica, two C-145As to Estonia and two to Nepal.

From September 2019, Kenya Air Force pilots and loadmasters underwent training on the C-145 at Hulburt Field, Florida. They were trained by airmen from the US Air Force's 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron and 492d Special Operations Wing. US Air Force crews arrived in Kenya in February to train Kenyan pilots and ground crews in the operation of the aircraft.

At the end of May, after three months of training, US Air Force Combat Aviation Advisors assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command CA Team OAD 7 EK11 and their Kenya Air Force partners, completed a successful culmination exercise showcasing the wide range of capabilities the Skytruck will add to the KAF fleet. The C-145 executed an airdrop with casualty evacuation supplies; Kenyan rapid response unit members retrieved the package and used it to treat and transport the casualty onto the aircraft for a simulated medical evacuation.

In Kenyan service, the C-145s will replace Y-12 aircraft, the Kenyan Ministry of Defence said. Kenya acquired 12 Y-12s, but several have been lost in fatal crashes, including a crash in January 2021 that killed four Kenya Air Force members.

The aircraft will aid in rapid response to civilian emergencies, such as flooding, and military operations, such as confronting al-Shabaab along the border with Somalia.

The C-145 is the US Air Force designation for the PZL Mielec M28 - USAF Special Operations Command (AFSOC) acquired 18 C-145A Skytruck/Combat Coyotes, which entered service from 2009, being acquired through Sierra Nevada Corporation, which prepares the aircraft for their specific roles prior to delivery. The Skytrucks are flown in locations across the globe performing infiltration, exfiltration, resupply and other missions, as well as foreign air force training.

In July 2015 AFSOC announced it was retiring two thirds of its C-145A fleet, with 11 aircraft subsequently being disposed of.

The M28 is built in several guises, including for passenger, VIP, cargo, paratroop, medical, SAR and maritime patrol missions. The M28 has good short take-off and landing performance and can land on unprepared airstrips less than 345 metres long thanks to its high lift wing, thrust reversing propellers and low-pressure tyres. It is powered by two 1 100 hp Pratt &Whitney Canada PT6-65B turboprops which are protected by inlet particle separators. The 7 500 kg M28 can carry 2 300 kg over 450 km. It can cruise at speeds of up to 356 km/h.



Rosoboronexport JSC (part of the Rostec State Corporation) will be the official sponsor of the MAKS-2021 International Air Show, which will be held from July 20 to 25 at the Gromov Flight Research Institute's airfield in Zhukovsky, near Moscow.

"For Rosoboronexport, MAKS was and remains the premier venue to show its partners the best export versions of Russian aircraft and armaments, air defence and electronic warfare assets, including new products no air show in Zhukovsky can do without. In 2021, we have invited more than 120 delegations from 65 countries and are going to unveil the IL-112B, IL-114-300 aircraft, Ka-32A11M, Ansat-M, Mi-171A3 helicopters, as well as the S-350 Vityaz long-range SAM system," said Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Rosoboronexport.

In addition, among the new products launched at MAKS-2021, the virtual reality Su-35 and Su-57E pilot station simulators, presented by Sukhoi (a Rostec subsidiary), will surely be of interest to foreign partners.

At its stand in Pavilion C2, Rosoboronexport will showcase the Globe touch-screen-based interactive multimedia installation. With this installation, visitors will be able to see 38 3D models of advanced defence products, their performance data and view photos and videos. In addition, scaled models of the IL-76MD-90A(E) military transport aircraft, Mi-35M transport/attack helicopter, Ka-52 scout/attack helicopter, Mi-26T2 heavy-lift transport helicopter and the Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter (an export version of the Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter) will be on display at the stand.

Rosoboronexport also prepared multimedia presentations of products promoted in external markets such as the Su-35, MiG-35/35D, IL-76MD-90A(E) and IL-78MK-90A aircraft, Ka-52, Mi-28NE, Mi-35M, Mi-35P, Mi-17V-5, Mi-8AMTSh-VA, Mi-171Sh and Mi-38T helicopters, air defence systems and equipment: S-400 air defence missile system, Viking, Buk-M2E, Tor-M2KM, Tor-M2 SAM systems, Pantsir-S1M and Pantsir-S1 SPAAGM systems, Verba and Igla-S MANPADS, radars and EW systems.

As part of MAKS-2021's business program, Rosoboronexport plans to carry out activities aimed to promote military and civilian products under ongoing joint action programs with Rostec's subsidiaries United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Russian Helicopters and High-Precision Weapons, as well as with the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defence Corporation.

"The main goal of Rosoboronexport at MAKS-2021 is to exploit all the opportunities to translate keen interest in Russian equipment into new contracts and replenish its order portfolio. To this end, we'll make a presentation of the latest aerospace technologies, as well as discuss with foreign partners their possible participation in the implementation of joint projects," Alexander Mikheev added.


Utilizing proven advanced manufacturing techniques and continuing to drive down unit price, Sikorsky will build nine more CH-53K™ heavy lift helicopters under a new contract for the U.S. Navy. This production award also includes an agreement for the next production contract at an even lower unit price which will decrease further if additional quantity options are exercised, resulting in significant savings for the U.S. government and taxpayers.

The nine helicopters are part of a 200 aircraft Program of Record for the U.S. Marine Corps for a total of 33 production aircraft under contract with 3 of the 33 already delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky will begin deliveries of the nine additional aircraft in 2024.

Sikorsky and the U.S. Navy also agreed to an even lower aircraft price for the next production contract of nine helicopters, to be exercised no later than February 2022.

"Our aggressive focus on quality and affordability and strong government-industry partnership has successfully reduced the aircraft price. We look forward to expanding our digital-build and production and delivering this advanced heavy lift aircraft as quickly as possible to the Marine Corps, joint force and our allies," said Bill Falk, Sikorsky CH-53K program director. "Our nationwide network of suppliers is contributing to cost reduction efforts and this award will continue our collaboration, realizing even more efficiencies."

Since October 2020, Sikorsky has delivered three operational CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

The Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1, VMX-1, has begun flying the CH-53K aircraft as they prepare for the next phase of assessment known as Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, (IOT&E). Marines will evaluate how the CH-53K™ helicopter performs in fleet operating conditions at sea, in sand and lifting external loads.

"The delivery of three CH-53K King Stallion helicopters is significant in that it continues the training process for the Marines, ensuring a smooth entry into service for this intelligent aircraft that offers dramatic improvements in performance, survivability, reliability and maintenance for the Marines 21st century missions," said Falk.

The CH-53K will further support the U.S. Marine Corps in its mission to conduct expeditionary heavy-lift assault transport of armoured vehicles, equipment and personnel to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based centre of operations, critical in the Indo-Pacific region.


The United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of the Rostec State Corporation) has launched mass production of the VK-2500P engine designed for the modern Mi-28NM attack helicopter. The engine can also be installed in all other types of Mi and Ka military helicopters.

"We produced several dozen VK-2500P engines already while developing the Mi-28NM helicopter. Full-scale serial production of the engine at UEC-Klimov (part of the UEC) began in late 2020. The engine is designed to be installed to all types of Mi and Ka helicopters without the need for additional modifications, General Designer of the UEC, Yuri Shmotin informed.

He also reminded that the VK-2500P engine has successfully passed all state tests. "Last year, VK-2500P successfully completed state tests for the Russian Ministry of Defence. We are currently working on increasing its service life to 12,000 hours", Shmotin added.

The popular Russian Ka-32 helicopter will receive a new VK-2500PS-02 engine. "At the end of 2020, UEC-Klimov (part of the UEC) got down to developing the VK-2500PS-02 engine for modernized Ka-32 helicopters. The engine should expand the possibilities for operating the helicopter with external suspension, in particular, when skidding during forestry work, fire extinguishing and other tasks", Shmotin informed.

The VK-2500P engine is the latest modification of the VK-2500 engine produced by UEC-Klimov. Since 2015, the company has produced more than 600 engines of the VK-2500 series.


In a major boost to the ALH Mk-III indigenous Coast Guard programme, three Advanced Light Helicopter (ALHs) manufactured by HAL were inducted into the stables of Indian Coast Guard by Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary. These helicopters, which are part of ALH Mk III program, will be positioned in Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi and will be part of different Coast Guard Aviation Squadrons.

A virtual program was held simultaneously at the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Headquarters in Delhi and at Helicopter MRO Division of HAL in Bengaluru. The Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Mr K Natarajan, PTM, TM and Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Ajay Kumar said "The state-of-the-art Helicopters with advanced sensors will enable ICG to take up challenging tasks. This is for the first time Performance Based Logistics is being introduced in Indian Aviation sector, which is a modern management practice and will increase operational and maintenance efficiency. The sophisticated helicopters being handed over will be a game changer for the operational capability of ICG in the times to come".

Shri K Natarajan said ICG has been a torch bearer in promoting and inducting indigenous products since formative years of the service. Induction of ALH MK III is a testimony to the ICG's commitment towards "Atma Nirbhar Bharat". HAL has been the most trusted partner in the growth of ICG aviation fleet delivering multi role and highly capable platforms. The induction of ALH MKIII in challenging times bears a testament to the resilience of HAL and ICG. These helicopters will usher a paradigm shift in the capability in ship borne operations and enhance coastal surveillance. Indian Coast Guard is also the first service to have Performance Based Logistics management system introduced in aviation to ensure helicopter availability at four bases, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr R Madhavan said with this contract, HAL is embarking on a new journey of Performance Based Logistics (PBL). The PBL will assure desired levels of availability of ALH MKIII fleet of ICG for six and half years, a unique feature of this contract and a first of its kind in HAL.

These helicopters are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like Surveillance Radar, Electro Optic Pod, Medical Intensive Care Unit, High Intensity Search Light, SAR Homer, Loud Hailer, Machine Gun and can perform other key roles. Helicopter MRO Division is the nodal agency for execution of PBL contract along with the engine division and other sister divisions of HAL.


The Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini and Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso attended the acceptance ceremony of an Italian Air Force HH-139B helicopter during an official visit to Leonardo's helicopter facility in Vergiate (Italy). Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi and Leonardo Helicopters' MD Gian Piero Cutillo were also in attendance. During the visit to the facility, the authorities were shown the company's industrial capabilities, products and advanced technologies, which are fully representative of Leonardo's leadership in the vertical flight domain and preserve in-country strategic technological capabilities.

The HH-139B is a dedicated air force variant of the AW139 type. The aircraft will be used for a wide range of missions including SAR - Search and Rescue, fire-fighting, Slow Mover Interceptor.

Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini said: ""National sovereignty, from a military and technological point of view, is preserved today thanks to this level of excellence and to the synergies among institutions, defence and industry. Italy has prime industrial capabilities and Leonardo symbolises a nation, which can leverage a top world-class Aerospace, Defence and Security industry."

Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said: "We are proud to provide our capability so that the Italian Air Force's major duties such as supporting the national community and homeland security are guaranteed. The HH-139B is an iconic product fully representative of national industry's technology excellence and international competitiveness. The facility in Vergiate - the largest Leonardo helicopter final assembly line with more than 1,000 employees - shows outstanding rotorcraft capabilities in terms of products, manufacturing processes and professional skills, is able to maintain Leonardo and Italy at the forefront of innovation in an increasingly strategic and highly competitive sector."

Over 1,200 AW139s have been sold to more than 280 customers in over 70 countries, including more than 80 for Italian government operators (Air Force, Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard, National Firefighting Department and Carabinieri), plus emergency medical service operators. This helicopter model benefits from advanced digital technology solutions, for both flight and missions, as well as training (pilots and maintenance technicians) and support. The helicopter's state-of-the-art satellite navigation and synthetic vision system has 3D representations of the external environment on cockpit displays even in poor visibility conditions, advanced collision avoidance and proximity systems, mission sensors and an automatic flight control system, which is able to assist the crew during SAR and hoisting in harsh environmental and weather conditions.

The AW139 also features modern predictive maintenance and diagnostics solutions allowing accurate, rapid assessment and data processing on the health and usage of aircraft components. This allows more efficient maintenance activities increasing operational effectiveness and safety. Both flight and maintenance training are extensively delivered in virtual environments and simulation. Crews can therefore maximise their ability to use equipment and leverage the best performance of the product during missions. Maintenance technicians can leverage virtual training therefore increasing technical assistance quality and reliability. All of these capabilities bring greater safety to operations.

FOR 2021

After nearly two years since the aviation community convened in Oshkosh, WI for Air Venture, Piper Aircraft is excited to announce that it will return to the 2021 EAA AirVenture event scheduled to take place July 26 - August 1. Piper's presence will include two locations for 2021 - the corporation's primary location along the main aisle in spaces 140-145 and 156-161 as well as a new "Flight School Alliance" area within Gateway Park.

Piper's static display will include the new M600 SLS with HALO safety system featuring Garmin Autoland (recent recipient of the Collier Trophy), the pressurized, single engine, piston powered M350, as well as foundational products from the trainer line up - the Piper Seminole, Archer TX and the new, affordable trainer, the Pilot 100i.

The new Piper "Flight School Alliance" area within Gateway Park will feature Piper trainers and representatives from a diverse group of U.S. based flight schools. Aircraft from the University of North Dakota, Sierra Charlie Aviation, California Baptist University, AIMS Community College, Western Michigan University, RedTail Flight Academy, Purdue University and American Flyers are just a few of the schools who have partnered with Piper for the satellite location.

"We are excited to be returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year to showcase our products and spend time with our owners, vendors as well as the many aviation enthusiasts who share our passion for aviation," said Ron Gunnarson, VP Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. "While we haven't gathered in more than two years, AirVenture Oshkosh remains the greatest general aviation venue in the world. Piper plans to take full advantage of this gathering of aviators to exhibit our latest products and new innovations like the M600 SLS with HALO Safety System featuring Garmin Autoland."



On 29 January 2019, about 0650 eastern standard time, a single-engine, turbine-powered Bell 407 helicopter, N191SF, being operated as a helicopter air ambulance (HAA) flight, collided with forested terrain about 4 miles northeast of Zaleski, Ohio. The certificated commercial pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic died while the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Viking Aviation, LLC, doing business as Survival Flight Inc., under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Company flight-following procedures were in effect for the visual flight rules (VFR) flight, which departed Mount Carmel Hospital, Grove City, Ohio, about 0628 and was destined for Holzer Meigs Emergency Department, Pomeroy, Ohio, about 69 nautical miles southeast, to pick up a patient. Night visual meteorological conditions existed at the departure location, but available weather information indicated that snow showers and areas of instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) existed along the route of flight.
Probable Cause
?The NTSB determines that the probable cause of this accident was Survival Flight's inadequate management of safety, which normalized pilots' and operations control specialists' noncompliance with risk analysis procedures and resulted in the initiation of the flight without a comprehensive pre-flight weather evaluation, leading to the pilot's inadvertent encounter with instrument meteorological conditions, failure to maintain altitude and subsequent collision with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the Federal Aviation Administration's inadequate oversight of the operator's risk management program and failure to require Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 operators to establish safety management system programs.

South Africa, Rand Airport, Germiston: A Cessna 182 with 4 on board was on long finals to runway 35 at Rand Airport when due to an engine problem, the pilot performed an emergency landing in a marshland. The aircraft suffered serious damage but none of the occupants suffered serious injuries.

UK, N of Chichester/Goodwood Airport: A home built Rogers Sky Prince (Jodel D.150 Mascaret) with two occupants crashed north of Chichester/Goodwood Airport (QUG/EGHR), Chichester, West Sussex shortly after take-off. Both occupants were killed.

Netherlands, Leeuwarden Air Base: A Belgian Air Force General Dynamics F-16AM with the sole pilot on board suffered some serious problems during start up at Leeuwarden Air Base when the aircraft start to roll and came to rest in a building and injuring one person. The pilot decided to eject and survived with minor injuries.

USA, near Lamoni Municipal Airport, IA: A Cirrus SR22 G2 operated by Airmark Group LLC with two on board experienced an apparent aerodynamic stall and a subsequent impact with the terrain during an attempted take-off at Lamoni Municipal Airport (LWD/KLWD), Decatur County, Iowa. The aircraft had landed and immediately took off again, but during take-off, the airplane stalled and crashed. The airplane was destroyed and the two people onboard were fatally injured.

USA, near Grand Canyon National Park Airport, AZ: A Bellanca 17-30 Viking with three occupants sustained unreported damage subsequent to the forced landing following an inflight fuel anomaly west of Grand Canyon National Park Airport (GCN/KGCN), Grand Canyon, Arizona. The three occupants onboard the airplane was not injured during the incident.

USA, near Hollister, Twin Falls County, ID: A Christen A-1 Husky with only the pilot on board force landed in open field terrain approximately 6 miles north of Hollister in Twin Falls County, Idaho. The airplane came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage. The pilot was not injured.

Brazil, 4 km N of Jequitaí, Minas Gerais: A Corpo de Bombeiros Militar de Minas Gerais Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil with a pilot, a tactical air operator, a doctor and a nurse on board that had taken off from Montes Claros Airport, bound for an unregistered landing area, in order to provide an aeromedical service when landing at the destination, a cloud of dust formed (brownout) and the aircraft tipped laterally to the left. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The pilot, the tactical air operator and the nurse were unharmed.

USA, near Key Way Airport, WA: A Stinson 108-3 Voyager with two on board was damaged beyond repair when it impacted terrain during a go-around attempt at Key Way Airport (19WA), Stevenson, Skamania County, Washington. The two people onboard received serious injuries

USA, Caloosahatchee River, north of Gulf Harbour, FL: A Fetch Aviation LLC Cirrus SR22 GTS G5 with an instructor and student pilot on board had a mid-air issue and experienced the deployment of the CAPS ballistic parachute recovery system (CAPS pull #126) and a subsequent forced landing to the waters of the Caloosahatchee River, north of Gulf Harbor, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured.


8 JULY 1988

Eleven-year-old Chris Marshall flies a Mooney M20 from San Diego to Paris.

Christopher was four when he took his first flying lessons from his father, Lee, a commercial airline pilot. Formal training with a flight instructor began when the boy was seven.

Tracing the transatlantic route of Charles Lindbergh, 11-year-old Chris landed at the same Paris airport Thursday morning as the American pioneer flier did in 1927.

A dangerous bout with bad weather and an overheated engine over Greenland had delayed the flight by a day, forcing Christopher Lee Marshall, of the small California coastal town of Oceano, to arrive in Paris while the attention of almost everyone was diverted by Bastille Day, the anniversary of the French Revolution.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Randy Cunningham, 46, a flight instructor and former fighter pilot who accompanied Christopher, told reporters that he had been forced to take the controls of the plane from the youngster on Wednesday and return the aircraft 50 miles to Greenland after oil pressure dropped sharply, overheating the engine.

But Cunningham said that this brief spell over Greenland marked the only time during the seven days of flying that he had taken the controls from Christopher.

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