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Eagle Air’s State-of-the-art Flight Simulator

Eagle Air’s new State-of-the-art Flight Simulator

SACAA approved Simulator was launched by Eagle Air Academy based at Wonderboom National Airport South Africa.
The Simulator was acquired at a Cost of few million and has four Aircraft modules build in:

  1. Piper Warrior
  2. Piper Arrow
  3. Piper Seneca
  4. Cessna 425 Turbines

Video courtesy of Fly Media team and Eagle air

5 benefits of flight simulator:

  • Flight simulator allows students to exercise and master specific flight conditions without leaving the ground at all
  • Training that takes place in a simulator is predictable without the interruption of unforeseen delays such a poor weather or mechanical difficulties.
  • When comparing costs, plane simulator training can be more affordable than live flight time, saving costs for fuel, wear and tear and aircraft rental.
  • Student safety is secured during flight simulations allowing flight instructor learners to train under emergency conditions as well as bad weather and technical and mechanical failure.
  • Flight simulators allow students in training the opportunity to practice until perfect, mastering technique and decision making and various stress factors during flight.

The Simulator arrived at the Eagle air facilities at Wonderboom National Airport on 4th October 2018 followed by assembly, Testing and SACAA testing and certification.  The official opening of the new flight simulator was on 25th October 2018 and Percy Rudman that the Rates will soon be announced. South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) certificated the FNTP 2 Flight Device with RNAV and MCC.


Bennie du Plessis, a well-known figure in the South African general aviation industry and a keen aviator checking out Eagle Air’s new Simulator.

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Eagle Air also recently add a new Aircraft, a Piper Cherokee registration ZS-KIM to its fleet, This surprising many with the addition of the Simulator shortly after. Read more on How to become a Pilot in South Africa


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Lindbergh Lodge Fly-in 2018

Lindbergh Lodge Fly-in 2018

Lindberg lodge Runway

Friday 19th October 6 aircraft, five From Eagle’s Creek and one from Rand airport flew to Lindbergh lodge for the Flyin weekend 19 to 21 October.  Aircraft that flew in ZU-FRX – SLING 2, ZU-LSA – Sportcruiser, ZA-IJL- Beech K35 V-tail Bonanza, ZU-FWB – Vans RV-10, ZS-KWN – Mooney M20J 20, ZS-KWN – Piper PA-28RT-201T

Diana Lindbergh, 3rd generation owner, decided to host the Flyin in Memory of her Dad that used to fly from to lodge all over, mainly to Lanseria where he had his little VW Beetle parked to do business in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Lindberg lodge

The 5 pilots and family that flew in the Friday spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool, then off to the Lapa for sunset drinks. Afterward we were treated to a fantastic dinner in a real old-fashioned English dining room, after some good chats, laughter and fun we all headed out to our rooms just before 11pm.

Lindberg lodge Flyin Lindberg lodge Flyin

Lindberg lodge Flyin

Saturday morning, we were joined by the last arrival and we had a lekker breakfast. This was followed by a short 2.8km walk into the bush and some drinks after the long walk followed by Lunch. Once again, all relaxed at the pool while we went for a game drive and surprisingly we got lost. After about two hours we got back to the lodge. Spend a short time with the others at the pool. About an hour before sunset we walked off to the Lapa again for sunset drinks, bonfire and a lekker braai. Tbone, Wors, Pap & sauce and salads followed by malva pudding.

Lindberg lodge Flyin

Sunday was up early, Lekker breakfast and the aircraft departed and landed safely at Eagle’s Creek and Rand airport.  We stated a while longer and went for another game drive with Doolie Lindberg.
We left Lindberg lodge at about 14:40 and drove back home.

Lindberg lodge Flyin

Lindberg Lodge Flyin

The Lodge was inactive for some time and now Doolie decided to go full out and get Getaway weekends going. Doolie is committed into smoothing out the Runway and sort out a few other minor issues. I must say Lindbergh lodge is a fantastic venue and hope to see more small aviation related events.   The next Aviation event is a Skydive event in January 2019. Aviation Central will attend the event.


Armed Forces Day Celebration 2019 Dates

Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day Celebration 2019 Dates

The purpose of the Armed Forces Day is to commemorate the sinking of the SS MENDI, where on 21 February 1917,

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614 South African men, of which 607 were from the South African Native Labour Corps and 33 crew members perished in the icy waters of the English Channel. The event also commemorates those patriots who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country. The Armed Forces Day celebration is therefore the largest celebratory event on the SANDF calendar. The event affords the public an opportunity to engage with and have a first-hand experience with the men and women in uniform and their military equipment. The Armed Forces Day 2019 will be celebrated in Cape Town from 16-21 February 2019.

Military parade and handing over of medals to our serving soldiers at Table View Beach at 10:30 for 11:00 to be followed by a military capability demonstration.

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Attend these spectacular events in support of Armed Forces Day:


Band performance: 16 – 17 Feb at 16:00 and sea cadets marching through Waterfront.

STATIC DISPLAY OF MILITARY VEHICLES & LIFE ARENA DEMONSTRATIONS: 16 -19 Feb, at the Mandela Park Sports Stadium (Khayelitsha). Daily live military demonstrations, exhibtions & sport village.

CSANDF/CISM FUN RUN 5km and 10km: 16 Feb, 08:00 for 08:30 at the Sea Point Promenade. SPORTS CLINICS: 18 – 19 Feb, for primary schools, Grades 6 and 7 at the Pama Road, Khayelitsha Stadium. INTER-FAITH SERVICE: 18 – 19 Feb, 10:30 – 12:00 at the Cape Town City Hall.

NIGHT SHOOT, Rehearsal: 18 Feb, 19:30 at Muizenberg (Sunrise Beach). Public welcome to attend. NIGHT SHOOT: 19 Feb, 19:30 at Muizenberg (Sunrise Beach). MILITARY PARADE AND CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION: 21 Feb, 10:30 for 11:00 to be followed by military capability demonstration at Table View Beach.

ALL WELCOME AND FREE ENTRY Low flying aircraft & excessive noise will be experienced from time to time.

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AAD2018 closes off in a spectacular fashion

AAD2018 closes off in a spectacular fashion

The 10th edition of Africa’s premier exhibition of air, land and sea technologies, held 19th-23rd September 2018 – ended on high note with a spectacular showcasing of air-acrobatics gracing the Tshwane skies. The 2018 version of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) brought together African and global business leaders and high-ranking military delegations for weeklong engagements and robust discussions on a myriad of topics, notable cyber security and the global contribution to peacekeeping efforts.

President Cyril Ramaphosa certainly signaled his support not only for the event as such, but also for an outreach to our neighbours and captains of the industry around the world and for expanding relationships with them, as AAD was his inaugural opening as the Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Unlocking Africa’s aerospace and defence potential”, AAD2018 presented business opportunities on a continental and global front. “The African Aerospace and Defence exhibition offer a massive opportunity for all present to identify areas of synergy and convert them into joint ventures,” the President said.

The exhibition played host to 415 exhibitors from 40 countries, as well as 71 official delegations and attracted over 32000 trade visitors on the three trade days. On the two open days over the long weekend, no less than 55 000 members of the public passed through the gates. This attendance is an example of the growth of the exhibition despite the hard-economic times being faced in South Africa and globally.

Several highlights were witnessed this year and included amongst others:

The Paramount Group’s announcement of the establishment of Paramount South Africa, a transformed Black-Owned Enterprise constituted to provide the future capability requirements of South Africa’s defence, police, border and peacekeeping forces.

Denel showcased its RG41 8×8 armoured, fitted with a 30 mm modular combat turret. The RG41 is a new generation wheeled armoured combat vehicle and a cost-effective solution for clients who require a combination of high mobility, protection and fire power.

Airbus fixed the spotlight on its South African industrial partnerships, alongside its product portfolio.

Some of the returning exhibitors who notably intensified their participation included MILKOR, a South African defence company, which develops and supplies a wide range of defence and security products.

East Africa was also well represented by SAFAT, a division of the military industry corporation MIC- Sudan who exhibited for the second time, showcasing 122 products including static aircraft and their latest technology in Smart Air Surface Pumps guided by GPS known as precision guided bombs (BK-3).

The Airforce of Zimbabwe K-8 Karakorum light attack fighter aircraft was also flown with a support CASA 212 on static display. Squadron 2 was well represented at the show once again as audiences were able to see six Gripens in formation, two Gripens in the mini-war and a solo gripen display flown by Major Geoffrey ‘Spartan’ Cooper and a 2v1 combat routine.

Keeping with tradition, AAD2018 also enabled the unlocking of the potential of South Africa’s youth. AAD’s youth development programme (YDP) ensured that thousands of school learners got exposed to the aerospace and defence technologies on display. They had the opportunity not only to engage with exhibitors, but also to explore career possibilities in the high-technology industry and military environment.

As Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said: “Since much of the world has already entered the fourth industrial revolution with its nano-technology and artificial intelligence (AI), South Africans should be part of it.”

CAASA, the commercial aviation association of South Africa, was the lead partner for AAD2018. At the close of the exhibition, the baton was handed over to AMD: The South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Association.

President Ramaphosa observed that AAD is a national asset that has value for many departments and agencies of government and pledged the highest office’s support to this expo as it brings together the largest gathering of the aerospace and defence industry players and buyers.

‘AAD lives by the mandate of showcasing high technologies for the benefit of South Africa, its neighbours and the world at large and so we wish to thank all our exhibitors and sponsors for their contribution to another successful edition. We look forward to welcoming them all back in 2020 on 16 to 20 September” said Leon Dillman, CEO of CAASA in conclusion.


Number of Exhibitors: 415

Countries Exhibiting: 40

Country Pavilions: 15

Indoor Exhibition: 12687

Outdoor Exhibition: 17409

Aircraft Static: 128

Hospitality Chalets: 40

Public Day: 55063

Trade Visitors: 32538

Countries as visitors: 102

Official Delegation: 71

Media: 287



Secunda Spring Festival 2018

Secunda Spring Festival 2018

By Charmaine Oliver

The weekend of 5 – 6 October was the end of the annual Secunda Spring Festival.

It was celebrated by Scully and his team with a brilliant display in the Pitt’s Flying Cows.

As usual Secunda did not disappoint with the magical sunset and you could feel the festivity in the air.

On Saturday there was a total of 23 aircraft that participated in the Speed Rally hosted by Secunda Flying Club and SAPFA. A well organised event and the first of its kind. It was enjoyed by skilled pilots and navigators. Herewith are a few photos of the event.

Race results

1st  Race no 15 ZS-CNY Cessna 210 Phil Wakeley & Mary de Klerk
2nd  Race no 1 ZU-CXK Yakolev YAK-52 Jonty Esser Jonathan Esser
3rd  Race no 8 ZU-IHH Van’s Aircraft RV-7A Johannes Jurie & Cor Esterhuizen
4th  Race no 14 ZU-FHZ Van’s Aircraft RV-6A Thys vd Merwe & Bernard Jansen
5th  Race no 2 ZU-FBJ Evektor-Aerotechnik Sportstar Plus Leon Bouttell & Martin Meyer

Shortest route Winner

Race 4 ZS-SOK Cessna 210A Richard van der Heijden & David Bartholomew

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