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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...

March 5, 2019

One of the most remarkable features of aviation over the past 30 years has been the emergence of the seemingly unassailable Airbus and Boeing duopoly.

In the 1990s the European upstart Airbus began to nibble at the market-owning American manufacturers’ lunch. The only w...

March 5, 2019

In December I was pleased to be granted an exclusive interview by Ms Siza Mzimela, the Interim CEO of SA Express. In her judicious words (published in this issue) she notes that the South African Civil Aviation authority is ‘surprisingly tough’. This has become increas...

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