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Starlite Aviation Training Academy joined the ALSIM family

ALSIM announced the sale of an AL250 to Starlite Aviation Training Academy, based in Durban and Mossel Bay, South Africa. Impressed by all the possibilities offered by this fast reconfigurable and very compact simulator, the ATO decided to choose ALSIM’s solutions to respond to the growing demand for single and multi-engine instrument simulator training at their campus in Durban....

New EMS Service launched in South Africa operating Bell 222s

In July 2020, a long-standing and loyal Bell customer, Henley Air, launched its very own ROCKET (Rapid On Call Emergency Transport) Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operating six Bell 222 UT helicopters. ROCKET offers the Emergency Medical Services industry in South Africa a neutral and independent helicopter ambulance service of unmatched quality. The service established an in-...

Three categories finalist at the 2019 SACAA Awards - ExecuJet

ExecuJet became a finalist in three categories at the 2019 South African Civil Aviation Association (SACAA) Awards. ExecuJet was nominated by aviation industry professionals for three awards – People Development, Aircraft Operator and Aviation Customer Services. ExecuJet was first runner-up in the Aircraft Operator category, competing against three local airlines; and second runner...

Second super versatile PC-24 joins ExecuJet Africa fleet

One more Pilatus PC-24 is available in Africa, as it has joined ExecuJet managed fleet. The company was the first to use PC-24 for charter missions in Africa since the last year. Both PC-24s will be based at ExecuJet’s FBO at Cape Town International Airport in South Africa, an ideal location for the popular safari missions the aircraft is suited to. Gavin Kiggen, Vice President Afric...

Valcora steps in Johannesburg, new office is opened

Today is a special one for Valcora, the Switzerland-headquartered fuel purchasing service. The opening of new office in Johannesburg, South Africa. It means newt step in further expansion of international presence.  Johannesburg is the perfect, ideal locatio for Valcora’s first African venture as one of main hbs for business aviation.​ The two-person operation will be...

ExecuJet celebrates the arrival of Africa’s first Pilatus PC-24

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating the arrival of Africa’s first Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet at its Cape Town FBO in South Africa. The PC-24 touched down at Cape Town International Airport in South Africa on 15 October, where it was welcomed with a traditional water salute. The aircraft will be based at ExecuJet’s FBO facility at Cape Town International Ai...

ExecuJet becomes provider of Honeywell TFE731 Major Maintenance in EMEAI

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating becoming the provider of major maintenance on Honeywell TFE731 engines in the EMEAI region (encompassing Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India), after ExecuJet’s Johannesburg facility was awarded the rights by Honeywell International on 26 June 2018.  ExecuJet’s MRO facility in Johannesburg is based at Lanseria Interna...

Early birds to catch the worm as The Montecasino confirmed as AfBAC EXPO

As awareness grows about AfBAC EXPO, Africa’s first ever dedicated business aviation conference, expo and static display, the event organisers are pleased to confirm that the Italian inspired ballroom at the Montecasino property, in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton area, has been selected as the venue for the conference. The one day convention to be held on 29 November, is the first day...

Successful first flight for UAV demonstrator SAGITTA

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new type of aircraft that will aid the development of future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for series production. The unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator with the project name SAGITTA flew completely autonomously for around seven minutes over the test site in Overberg, South Africa, on a pre-programmed course. The innovative flying-wing construc...

Vector Aerospace completes first P&WC PT6A-140 engine overhaul at South African facility

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has successfully completed its first full engine overhaul on the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-140 turboprop engine at its facility in South Africa. The PT6A-140 engine powers the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX, and is also offered as an upgrade for earlier models of the 208 Cara...

AfBAA and CAASA collaborate to support African Business Aviation development

The African Business Aviation Association has further strengthened its relationship with the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa, CAASA, by adding a dedicated CAASA Pavilion to this year’s inaugural AfBAC EXPO event. A dedicated exhibition area will provide the association with a platform from which to host its own members, and will form part of the wider international business a...

First AfBAC EXPO to take place at ExecuJet South Africa Lanseria facilities

Following hard on the heels of EBACE, the African Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, is pleased to announce that ExecuJet South Africa’s Lanseria facility will be the first venue for Africa’s new dedicated business aviation conference, exhibition and static display, AfBAC EXPO.  Gavin Kiggen, Director, ExecuJet Africa and Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA, signed the agreement during th...