MIDWEEK UPDATE 26 JANUARY 2022

Compiled by Willie Bodenstein



THIS WEEK IN MIDWEEK UPDATE:

The BeNeLux Pipistrel team recently delivered two Velis Electro to ASL Flight Academy in Liege, Belgium.
Flight Design F2 EASA Cs-23 certified.
Sonex employee buys business; Sonex LLC looks forward to bright future with diversified offerings, new products and a new advisory board.
HAL contracts with Mauritius for export of ALH Mk III Police Helicopter.
All-new Ka-62 civil helicopter certified in Russia.
Boeing Expands Partnerships with German Industry on F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.
US Air Force and Boom Supersonic Enter into Strategic Partnership.
€260M contracts will see Leonardo play core role in E-scan radar for German and Spanish Typhoons.
Dassault closes 2021 with announcement of Rafale sales to the UAE and others.
Lockheed Martin Ventures Leads Series A Funding Round for Electra.aero.
Worldwide incidents and accidents
This week in history, the USAF sets new climb-time records with a stripped and unpainted McDonnell Douglas F-15 A Streak Eagle aircraft, operating from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.









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SAPFA Rand Airport Challenge - Rand Airport. Contact Frank Eckard on E-mail: frank.eckard@mweb.co.za or Cell: 083 269 1516

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SAPFA AGM at Rand Airport at 14h00. Contact Rob Jonkers on E-mail: rob@aerosud.co.za or Cell: 082 804 7032

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On Saturday 29 January 2022, Pylon Racing South Africa will be hosting the Summer Races event, at RMAC in the South of Johannesburg. Come and join us for an adrenaline filled action packed day with high-speed racing fun.








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SAPFA Committee Bosberaad Venue TBA. Contact Rob Jonkers on E-mail: rob@aerosud.co.za cell: 082 804 7032

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SAC Klerksdorp Northwest Regionals Klerksdorp. Contact Annie Boon on E-mail: chunge@mweb.co.za






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SAPFA Speed Rally at Witbank airfield. Contact David le Roux on E-mail: david@pilotinsure.co.za or on Cell: 073 338 5200

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SAPFA Rally training weekend Brits Airfield. Contact Tarryn Myburgh on E-mail: tarrynorford@gmail.com or Cell: 074 182 3589

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Stellenbosch Airshow. Contact Anton Theart on E-mail: gm@stelfly.co.za







THE BENELUX PIPISTREL TEAM RECENTLY DELIVERED TWO VELIS ELECTRO TO ASL FLIGHT ACADEMY IN LIEGE, BELGIUM



ASL Group is one of Europe's leading business jet management and operator companies, having offices and bases in most Belgian and Dutch airports. The company built its reputation on excellence, efficiency and safety. It manages and operates more than 40 aircraft and offers a wide selection of complementary aviation-related services, all of them tailored to the customers' wishes and expectations.

As the first step towards sustainable aviation, the ASL Group acquired two Pipistrel Velis Electro and started using them as training aircraft for their own flight school, the ASL Flight Academy.

A dedicated press conference about ASL under the name “Back to the future” was held at the new premises of ASL at Liege Airport, Belgium.
The Pipistrel distributor for BeNeLux, iFly company, presented the future of aviation and continued by revealing the two electric aircraft.

As their next step, ASL will set up a dedicated company for sustainable aviation under the name “ASL Fly sustainable”. This company will invest in new sustainable aircraft and projects.



FLIGHT DESIGN F2 EASA CS-23 CERTIFIED



Flight Design general aviation is proud to announce that as of December 8th, the F2 is now an EASA CS-23 certified aircraft. The F2-CS23 is a modern 2-seat aircraft featuring many completely new design concepts. With high performance, unmatched efficiency and comfort, the F2 CS23 brings a familiar automotive feel and simplified operation to private owners and flight schools.

“We couldn't be happier to see this important step for the F2 program which ultimately will lead to the F4 four-seat version and the all-electric F2e.”, said Matthias Betsch, Head of the FLIGHT DESIGN, Design Organization, creator of the F Series and many of its advanced concepts.

The F2-CS23 is the next step in FLIGHT DESIGN's 'Vision Zero' concept which incorporates all commercially available safety features appropriate for this type of aircraft. These features include a
passive stall and spin resistant airframe design, airframe emergency parachute system, AMSAFE airbags and inertial reel harnesses, Garmin ESP (electronic stability and envelope protection), a strong occupant-protective enclosure for the pilot and passengers, automatic fuel management, simplified controls such as a combined throttle and brake lever and a more modern, car-like atmosphere and operation.

“We are very pleased to see the F2 EASA CS-23 certified, said FLIGHT DESIGN general aviation CEO Daniel Guenther. This is an important milestone for our business and a tribute to the hard work by