• Facebook Social Icon

July 25, 2019

It’s a testament to the odd alliances and unlikely partnerships of the early Cold War that the final aircraft designed by the legendary Willy Messerschmitt — indeed his only supersonic design — was manufactured not in Europe but in the industrial city of Helwan, just o...

July 25, 2019

Rolls-Royce is concentrating on three areas to make future aviation more sustainable, these are: developing advances in the gas turbine engine; collaborating on the use of sustainable alternative fuel; and exploring radical alternatives such as electrification.

Hard on...

July 25, 2019

One of the most challenging tasks African aviation faces is getting its importance recognised by the governments of all 54 states in Africa.

The recent remarks by Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional VP for Africa and the Middle East are essential reading for policymak...

July 1, 2019

Is Africa still five times as dangerous?

In 2013 Tony Tyler, then IATA’s Director General and CEO, speaking at the IATA AGM held in Cape Town  said that safety is one of the issues preventing Africa from reaching its full potential. The total accident rate for all jet a...

July 1, 2019

Daher, the French builder of TBM turboprops, has announced that it will purchase Quest Aircraft, builder of the Kodiak 100 utility turboprop.

Daher says the acquisition strengthens two of the company’s strategic pillars by boosting its market position in the turboprop s...

Fifty years ago, at the 1969 Paris Air Show, Airbus launched itself with the Airbus A300. In the intervening 50 years the company has grown into a massive airframe, defence and space conglomerate. The A300 turned the airline industry on its head. But it took a while.

Th...

July 1, 2019

Worldwide the airline industry is having an unprecedently good run, as it is now entering its tenth year of profits and is covering its cost of capital – an excellent achievement for a capital intensive industry with thin margins.

However, in stark contrast, African air...

March 5, 2019

SA Flyer January edition featured an in-depth look at the Saab Gripen. While lauded for its agility, diverse ordnance load, and ability to use short runways, one aspect of the Gripen that makes as big an impact on its combat performance is its world-leading integration...

March 5, 2019

On its maiden flight, in February 1969, very few people were likely to have predicted that the Boeing 747 would spark a revolution in commercial aviation, but now, fifty years later, no-one can dispute that it did. Yet the early story of how the Jumbo rose to become th...

March 5, 2019

Ms Siza Mzimela has been enticed back to turn around SA Express (SAX) – which was run into the ground by a succession of disastrous management and crooked procurement activities. After three years as CEO of SAX, Ms Mzimela was promoted to CEO of SAA – where under diffi...

Please reload