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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...

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa has received its first charter helicopter, a VIP configured Bell 407 helicopter, now available for charter from ExecuJet's Cape Town FBO facility. ExecuJet will offer commercial helicopter charters for various scenic flights to surrounding vineyards and other tourist attractions. While ExecuJet’s focus for helicopters charters will predominantly be the tourist market i...

Vector Aerospace highlighting its local capabilities at AAD 2016

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will once again be highlighting its local capabilities at this year's Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD 2016), taking place at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion, in the City of Tshwane, South Africa during September 14-18. Vector's broad range of cost-effective service offerings...

Business Rescue for SAA – an absurd misdiagnosis

South African Airways (SAA) needs a going concern government guarantee in order to finalise its Annual Financial Statements (AFS). The matter has been brought to the attention of the shareholder representative (National Treasury) and there are extensive, on-going engagements on the matter with the aim of finding a resolution and to provide certainty to all concerned. This does not mean the company...

Flight First flight to operate with biofuel made from locally grown tobacco plants

The South African Airways Group (SAA) today operated Africa’s first sustainable Biofuel flights. Today’s SAA and Mango flights on Boeing 737-800s between Johannesburg and Cape Town make history as the first sustainable biofuel flights to have taken place on the African continent. The flights used home-grown feedstock from the Marble Hall area in the Limpopo region of South...

FlyAwesome teams with Air Evacuation Services to launch Awesome Air Evac

FlyAwesome Proprietary Limited Evolving from a 16 year exclusive relationship with a leading international medical assistance company, FlyAwesome has teamed with the highly experienced aeromedical team of Air Evacuation Services to launch a powerful new independent Air Ambulance service, Awesome Air Evac.         With over 30,000 flight ho...

Vector Aerospace completes first successful PT6A-140 engine test at South African facility

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

This is what it costs to hire a private jet in South Africa

You don’t need to own a plane to have an aircraft to yourself when you travel, with private jet charter companies offering more various hire options. Flying with a private jet offers you complete privacy and luxury, while minimising your waiting time at the airport and have you flying within minutes of your arrival. The cost of a private charter can vary considerably, depending on...

Fly Blue Crane, First Airline Founded By A Black Woman, Is Preparing For First International Takeoff

Fly Blue Crane, the first airline established by a black woman, is already spreading its wings and expanding onto bigger and better horizons. Launched by CEO Siza Mzimela in September 2015, the airline has been operating domestically in South Africa since its inception. However, Fly Blue Crane will be taking off for its first international flight on May 13 with service between Cape Town and Windho...