The SAAF Air Capability Demonstration at Roodewal is unique in that it is the only demonstration for civilians that uses live ammunition. This year’s demonstration on 1 June at AFB Makhado was one of the most exhilarating ever.
In May, the SACAA was audited by ICAO, as part of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) which ensures that member states conform to stipulated standards and recommendations and do not pose a significant safety concern to civil aviation.
The Gripen C and D operated by the South African Air Force (SAAF) can, in a pinch, do something few other contemporary fighter aircraft are capable of: refuel at an austere airfield using nothing more than standard fuel drums.
The global industry of the airline business is fairly rosy at present, and shows growth rarely seen in this sector. Likewise, the incongruous grouping of countries that is referred to as BRICS is generally steaming along.
Except us, of course. What little steam we have...