Monthly Archives: March 2020

South African Air Force Renders Support At Table Mountain Fires

On Sunday, 15 March 2020, the Fire Fighters from Air Force Base Ysterplaat worked throughout the night following a request to assist with the fire that ravaged the Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the Western Cape Province.


City of Cape Fire crews were alerted of the fire at 12:50 wherein they tried to contain the fire, but their efforts were hampered by strong gusting winds. The fire rapidly spread to Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.


It is as a result of the escalation of fire, that at approximately 19:52 the Chief Fire Officer of Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Jonker was alerted by the Acting Officer Commanding to be on standby for a possible response.


Five (5) Fire Fighters from Air Force Base Ysterplaat responded with the Atego HAZMAT vehicle to the fire scene upon activation at 21:20. The team joined other fire fighters and immediately commenced with firefighting throughout the night.

They used over 30 000 litres of water from 21:50 till 07:00 this morning. The team was relieved at 08:00 by a crew of four (4).

The crew consisted of Sergeants’ Wayne Wood, Neil Kirkwood, Safhiek Judd, Wayne Human, Samuel Mars, Cyril Lackey, Nicky Everson, Ashraf Madatt and Roual Splinter.

An Oryx from 22 Squadron is on standby for any eventuality.

22 Squadron Oryx Helicopter

London To Cape Town First Flight 100 Years Celebrations

On the 4th of February 1920 two South African pilots set out to complete the first flight between London and Cape Town. This grueling flight took Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Van Reyneveld and Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand nearly 46 days to complete.

On the 14th of March 2020 this feat of aviation was celebrated at the University Of Pretoria with fly-bys from historic aircraft. The public was invited to bring their picnic baskrts and enjoy the day next to the sport fields.

The fly-bys commenced at 12h00 with the always excellent, Brian Emmenis and Elvis Manene from Capital Sounds, keeping the spectators well informed on the history of the different aircraft taking part.

The first display was that of the pristine Tiger Moth flown by Colonel Jeff Earl, soon followed by an Auster. After the Tiger Moth and Auster had left, it was the turn of the Boeing Stearman flown by Ivan Van Der Schaar.

Two beautiful De-Haviland DHC-1 Chipmunks then had their turn, led by Grant Timms.

After the Chipmunks, the spectators prepared for the fastest aircraft on the day’s list. Doing just over Mach 1 with full afterburners on, the Antonov AN-2 ‘Little Annie’ piloted by Mark and Jon-Marc Hill rocketed overhead.

Following Little Annie was an Alouette II and III, flown by Charles Fuller and Rob Osner.
Staying with helicopters was a McDonnell Douglas ‘Hughes’ 500C flown by Kim Prately.

The skies then filled with a familiar sound in Pretoria on a Saturday Morning. A formation of 3 Bosbok Aircraft came over with Jason Beamish showing us the meneuverability of the Bosbok by doing a knife edge.

The last of the fly-bys was from probably the best known classic aircarft in South Africa. Known to pilots as the ‘Spammy’ or Harvard operated by the Puma Energy Flying Lions Aerobatic Team put up a wonderful show. The 3 ship flew their always impressive tight formation aerobatics.

This has once again been a perfect example of the smaller aviation events really standing out. Well done to everyone who made sure the day was such a massive success.

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15 Squadron Extract Sick Crewman Off Durban Coast

15 Squadron received  a call saying there’s a male person on a ship with cerebral malaria. With the ongoing spread of Coronavirus the risk of the Ships being allowed to dock in the nearby Durban Harbour was a no go.

The vessel CONRAD  is a Bulk Carrier built in 2017 (3 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Liberia.

Bulk Carrier Vessel CONRAD

A SAAF Oryx Helicopter part of the 15 Squadron helicopter asset was to the Rescue as a need  to get the patient off the ship. Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Fraser Officer Commanding  15 Squadron, Major Altaaf Sheik and Flight Sargent Ryan Naidoo together with three members from Netcare 911 flew out to the ship 12nm from the coast and hoisted members of the Netcare personnel onto the vessel (called the “Conrad”). The man was  stabilized, ventilated and other  other necessary precautions were put in place  while the Oryx Helicopter remained in the holding position in the versinity of the ship.

20 minutes had passed and the Oryx was called back from a NSRI vessel which was also on scene to to communicate with both the Oryx crews, the ship and the NSRI. On the ship the patient was ready for extrication. The Oryx proceeded into the hover over the helipad again and hoisted the medics and the patient onboard and flew him to St Augustines hospital in Durban.

Once again 15 Squadron pulled off a successful sea extraction and saved a life. 15 Squadron is based at the old Durban International Airport and is home to Agusta A109LUHs and Oryx Helicopters, with their sister base in Airforce Station Port Elizabeth home to 15 Squadron “Charlie” Flight flying BK117s.

As 15 Squadron says
“The first 15 the rest are reserves “

SAA Adheres To World Health Organisation And IATA Protocols On COVID-19 Coronavirus

JOHANNESBURG, 12 March 2020 – South African Airways (SAA) assures customers that its operational health and safety procedures adhere to the World Health Organisation’s protocols to protect its customers and crew from contracting the COVID-19 (coronavirus) while flying with SAA.

SAA follows procedures, advice and guidelines from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Civil Aviation Authorities as well as the airports and customs authorities’ directives to ensure the safety of its customers.

“The safety, health and wellbeing of our customers and crew is a number one priority.  To ensure their wellbeing, we adhere to the following procedures:

·       To clean the aircraft, SAA uses the disinfectants, which have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are effective against the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

·       The cleaning protocols our teams use to clean our aircraft have been intensified and focus among other things,  on high frequent touch points such as handles, seatbelt buckles, tray tables and armrests.

·       Hard surfaces such as lavatories, galley units and window shades are also thoroughly cleaned with multi-purpose cleaners.

·       The Airbus fleet is equipped with state-of-the-art, High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that sift out and remove dust, bacteria, allergens and other unhygienic particles.

·       SAA crew have been trained to handle situations involving communicable diseases or any other medical emergencies on board and they work closely with ground and inflight expert medical assistance.

·        All our aircraft are loaded with bio-hazardous spill kits in case of a contamination event (or to handle a contamination event) and cleaning materials.

“We assess all our passengers and advise that if they are feeling ill, they need to follow recommendations offered by medical professionals,” SAA said in a statement.

SAA said that although it is following customs limits and guidelines, passengers are welcome to travel with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitisers.

SAA crew use officially approved and industry recognised disinfectants on all flights. Cabin crew (Flight attendants) use gloves sanctioned by the food industry.  The airline uses sanitation procedures for all domestic, regional and international flights.  Should a passenger show any respiratory symptoms on board, i.e. coughing, sneezing, our crew will provide a surgical mask to the passenger to prevent transmission of micro-organisms.

Should health authorities inform the airline that a person who travelled with SAA exhibited coronavirus symptoms, the aircraft will be taken out of service and put through a decontamination process.

While SAA takes all the necessary steps to ensure that their customers enjoy a healthy flying experience, the airline advises customers to also take precautions to stay healthy while flying.

The Global recommended Precautionary tips include:

  • Wash hands with soap often;
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after touching any surface;
  • Avoid touching eyes, face and nose;
  • Avoid contact with coughing passengers by whatever means possible and
  • Stay home if sick.

We thank customers for the support by continuing to place their trust in South African Airways with their travel plans.

Northwest Regional SAC – Klerksdorp 2020

Northwest Regional Aerobatics Championship – Klerksdorp 2020

Photos By Bennie Henning

The Venue needed to be changed on 99 and yet the team pulled off and amazing event and well-organized event. Regional Aerobatics Championship was held at the PC Pelser Airport on 7 March 2020

The SAC Regional Contest director, Cliff Lotter, led the pilots briefing in the morning as start of the day proceedings. He explained the aerobatic boxes that was in use for the contests and gave a quick rundown on the emergency proceedings for the day.

Sportsman Class Barry Eeles son, Tristan Eeles was in dads 330SC. He flew in the Sportsman Class and is one young chap that has a bright future in Aerobatic flying. 21 Pilots competed. The flow of competition was well organized with Aircraft and Pilots starting up and holding while the current competitor is still flying.

Scoring was done by Natalie Stark and Judging was led by Contest Chief Judge John Gaillard.

Competing Aircraft list,  RV7,  RV-8, Yak-52, Yak-55,  Extra 330SC, Extra 300, Pitts Special, Giles 202. 

The SA National Aerobatics Championship which will be held at Tempe in Bloemfontein 16-20 June 2020 and a full Airshow 20th

Results:

Sportsman Overall

1. Tristan Eeles Extra 330SC 84.31%

2. Wally Goodrich RV 8 80.67%

3. Gregg Clegg Pitts Special 77.75%

Intermediate Overall

1. Charles Urban Extra 300 82.24%

2. Andrew Blackwood-Murray Extra 300 74.77%

3. Roger Deare Extra 300 72.97%

Advanced Overall

1. Pierre du Plooy Giles 202 78.38%

2. Kayle Wooll Extra 330SC 73.63%

3. Cliff Lotter Yak 55 72.90%

Unlimited Overall

1. Nigel Hopkins Extra 330SC 84.11%

2. Gary Glasson Pitts Special 81.63%

3. Barrie Eeles Extra 330SC 79.36%

Photos By Bennie Henning

Stellenbosch Ready for First Airshow for the Season in South Africa

The South African Airshow Season is ready to fly off with the first airshow for 2020 in Stellenbosh, home of many famous wine farms, the Stellenbosch Flying Club and a long awaited airshow in the Western Cape for many Aviation enthusiasts!

Team Extreme

Stellenbosch Flying Club. Building on the success of 2019, FASHKOSH 2020 will be bigger and more exciting – held over two days, from 20 to 21 March 2020.

Directions

Fridays Airshow will also see a evening display from the Puma Flying Lions, which will be performing for the first time at Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch Airshow 2020

Other South African Airshow favorites such as Team Extreme, Goodyear Eagles Pitts, Boeing Stearman and many more will take part in the show.

Goodyear Pitts Special S2B

The South African Airforce which are celebrating their centenary this year will have a 2 Squadron Gripen, also a first for Stellenbosch, the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team led by New team leader Major Sivu Tangana and 22 Squadron will support with a Super Lynx 300 maritime patrol helicopter.

SAAB Gripen Fighter Jet
Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team

The program is still full of surprises including two different airliner displays which make great photo opportunities with the mountain backdrop.

22 Squadron Lynx 300

Gates are open at 8am both Friday and Saturday.

Mango Boeing 737-800

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.viagogo.co.za/Theatre-Tickets/Shows-and-Awards/Stellenbosch-Airshow-Tickets

The 2020 Brakpan Airport Navigation Rally

With the National Rally Flying Championships only two weeks away, most of the existing Protea  rally team members took part in the Class 1, or “Open” category of the sport at Brakpan Airport.  It was also encouraging to see that after all the training sessions held by Mary de Klerk, Rob Jonkers and Jonty Esser, many of the previous “Fun Rallyers” stepped up to Class 1 as well.  

Disappointingly, few of the local Brakpan pilots supported this event, even though one of the training sessions was held at the club recently.  Hopefully more of them will be inspired to put their flying and navigational skills to the tests, especially as this sport improves general flying safety.  


Organisers Frank and Cally Eckard kept the route fairly simple, so as not to discourage the first-timers.  They all managed to complete the task sheet quite easily, except for one navigator who plotted the Start point from the wrong Brakpan Airport, which found his pilot heading off to start at the Finish point, and was surprised to find another aircraft flying directly towards him.    


ZU-DUU

The  “follow-the-feature” (a railway line) was easily managed by most of the teams, except for one who followed the wrong railway line.  Frank did not include arcs in the route, as these require more skills, and will be incorporated into the next event.  

The weather cleared in time for the scheduled take-off, and the winds were light, with just a very slight cross-wind over the run-way.  It was decided to judge the landings after the rally, and the results showed that a lot of practise is required before the National Champs.   For the first time in a SAPFA event, a helicopter set the record by winning the landing stage of the rally. 

One of the tracks of the participating aircraft!

Apart from the Robbie 66, another aircraft of interest was the Mushak, which is featured in the latest Pilot’s Post. 

The route took them to a Start Point near Ergo Slimes Dam, then South towards Heidelberg, to a point along the N3, then East towards Leandra, then back North along the railway line to Delmas, and home via Selcourt.  

Although the results were far from what is required from a National standard, the selectors trust that the skills the entrants will pick up at Nationals will enable them to put together five “A” team and five “B” team partnerships to give SA the best chance of a good team result.

The full results are:

Landing Competition:


PilotNavigatorAircraftScore
1Apie KotzeFrederick KotzeR 660
2Andre KluytzDon LucasC 17210
3Antony RussellPamela RussellC 17220
4Jonty EsserSandi GoddardC 15030
5Von HammonAndy GouwsC15040

Class 3 (The Fun Rally section):


PilotNavigatorAircraftPoints
1Von HammonAndy GouwsC150974
2Hilton WolfRob OsnerMushak1374
3Roydon GilliesJustin DorringtonPA 28-1401781
4Clarrissa de CostaKerry MathysenC1521989

Class 2 (The Intermediate Section):


PilotNavigatorAircraftPoints
1Thys van der MerweSally ShawC172594

Class 1 (The Unlimited or Open Section):


PilotNavigatorAircraftPoints
1Jonty EsserSandi  GoddardC150435
2Antony RussellPamela RussellC172539
3Rob JonkersMartin MeyerC182709
4Hans SchwebelRon StirkC150741
5Andre KluytsDon LucasC1721085
6Apie KotzeFrederick KotzeR661210
7Hendrik LootsJandre LootsSling1214
8Derek BirdQuentin TaylorSuper Decathlon1586
9Milan DanizCaroline KollTC071856
10Piet MeyerAdrienne VisserJabiru J4001956
11Fanie ScholtzHerman HaasbroekSling 22800

A score less than 2000 indicates that with the training and discipline the pilots experience at Nationals, they should be able to be selected to represent South Africa in Stellenbosch in November.  

Nationals take place from Thursday 2 – 4 April, with training at your own discretion.  Look out also for our very exciting Speed Rallies. Please see our website sapfa.org.co.za for our events calendar.

By Cally Eckard

Rolls-Royce Celebrates International Women’s Day By Signing Up For IATA’S 25by2025 Gender Diversity Campaign

As a member of 25by2025 we will deliver on the below commitments:

  • Increasing the number of women in leadership positions to a minimum representation of 25 per cent by 2025
  • Reporting annually on key diversity metrics

Rolls-Royce is celebrating International Women’s Day by announcing that we have signed up for IATA’s 25by2025 campaign, an initiative to advance gender diversity in the aviation industry by 2025. We are proud to be the first aerospace business, outside of the airline community, to support this campaign, which recognises the valuable contribution that women make to the industry.

By joining many of our airline customers in supporting this campaign, we confirm our commitment to diversifying our workforce and promoting more women into leadership roles.

Jacqueline Sutton, Rolls-Royce, Chief Customer Officer – Civil Aerospace, said: “With only three per cent of CEO positions in our industry held by women, we have a clear and recognised gender imbalance challenge that must be addressed. We are proud to be the first non-airline to participate in this exciting IATA initiative, which leads the way in taking the necessary steps to solving this issue. As a company, we are committed to the diversification of our workforce and to developing the many talented and gifted women among us into leaders of the future.”

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General and CEO, said: “25by2025 aims to improve gender diversity in aviation. With Rolls-Royce joining, we are adding a new dimension to the campaign, which initially focused on airlines. Gender diversity needs to be a priority across the value chain. I hope that the leadership of Rolls Royce in signing up to 25by2025 will inspire more of our industry partners to join.”

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  • Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.2
  • Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  • Annual underlying revenue was £15.3 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.
  • In 2019, Rolls-Royce invested £1.45 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  • The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.

SAA Extends Sale Offering Of Up To 20% Discount Across The Route Network

Johannesburg, 3 March 2020 – South African Airways (SAA) has extended its sale, offering discounts of up to 20% to major destinations across its route network.

These offers are available for sale from today to 5 March only so customers are encouraged to respond quickly to take advantage!  The sale has been extended due to the positive uptake last week, where SAA recorded high levels of sales activity across its markets.

“Due to the tremendous response we received last week for our special offers, the sale is back by popular demand and we are extending it during this week,” said Philip Saunders, SAA Chief Commercial Officer.

The extended sale will be accessible on all SAA’s major distribution channels, at www.flysaa.com and throughout a network of travel agents both in South Africa and in other African and international markets the airline continues to serve.

“We are pleased that our customers and travel trade partners are showing renewed trust in our brand. We aim to build further on this trust by offering our customers more exciting offers over the months ahead,” said Saunders.

SAA’s sales have also been bolstered by the reinstatement of the Travel Insurance Consultants insurance services across the travel trade, which provides protection for customers choosing to fly with SAA.

The extended sale includes destinations such as New York, London, Washington DC, Perth, Frankfurt, Blantyre, Dar es Salaam, Kinshasa, Harare, Lilongwe, Lagos, Lusaka, Livingstone, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.

Prices are all-inclusive and for return flights and are available in economy class, as well as for travel in business class.

Travellers can choose to fly between Johannesburg and New York, London, and Frankfurt from as little as R8 999. These economy class return offers are fully inclusive, providing a discount of up to 20% with Business class tickets also discounted at up to 20%, with fares to New York from R49 927, London from R37 178 and Frankfurt from R32 902.

For further information, customers can book on www.flysaa.com or contact their nearest travel agent. T’s and C’s apply.

The airline’s revised route network will ensure customers keep reaching their destinations while enjoying SAA’s 4-star experience along the way.

SAA Joins Fight Against The Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

JOHANNESBURG. 3 MARCH 2020 – As the world commemorated World Wildlife Day on Tuesday, South African Airways said it would help intensify the fight against the global illegal wildlife trafficking.

As a new member of the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES), the national carrier said it would work hard to reduce the trafficking seizure of 42% of wildlife animals checked in luggage, 4% hidden in passenger clothing, 23% in air flight, 4% in mail and 27%  recorded as unknown.

SAA employees are being trained in methods to detect wildlife smugglers and their activities and to report these to the relevant authorities.

USAID ROUTES said Africa is a significant source of smuggled live animals and wildlife products.

For example, in 2019 more than 103 wildlife animals were seized in three countries across the African continent. Most commonly, air traffic of wildlife animals in the African skies involves:

·       Ivory moved from East Africa, through the Middle East, into Asia;

  • Rhino horn moved from Southern Africa, through East Africa and the Middle East, into Asia;
  • Pangolin scales moved from West Africa, through Europe, into Asia;
  • Tortoises moved from Madagascar, through East Africa, into Asia;
  • Abalone moved from Southern Africa straight to Asia and
  • Nile crocodiles moved from the Horn of Africa into the Middle East.

Now SAA said it was committed to taking action to protect wildlife and their natural heritage.

SAA has joined the fight against illegal wildlife trade by adopting the Illegal Wildlife Trade Module of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) Programme. IEnvA is an equivalent of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), but in terms of the environment rather than safety. SAA is audited, much like IOSA, and certified as IEnvA compliant. The airline was recently successfully audited through the Illegal Wildlife Trade module of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) Programme to ensure that the correct systems and procedures are in place.

In its effort to fight against illegal wild-life trade, SAA recently conducted an awareness campaign among its employees to demonstrate how a trained dog can reinforce detection efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in the air transport industry.

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