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How do I become aircraft maintenance engineer?

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What is an aircraft maintenance engineer and How do I become one?

Firstly, we need to tell you what an aircraft maintenance engineer is and some of the duties required to be performed.

The job of an aircraft mechanic is to keep aircraft operating safely and efficiently. People’s lives are at stake which makes this job extremely important. Aircraft mechanics service aircraft, overhaul engines and parts and test the every-day smooth running of aeroplanes or helicopters.

What does an aircraft mechanic do?
• Conduct safety inspections
• Service aircraft
• Troubleshoot and solve problems
• Overhaul engines and parts
• Repairs parts/ install new ones
• Tests various aircraft systems and engines
• Order parts
• Keeps strict records
• Commits to lifelong learning 

Secondly, it is important to understand the different types of trades available:

  1. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionician):

An aircraft maintenance engineer (avionician) overhauls, repairs, modifies and tests a range of electrical, electronic, instrument and radio communications and navigation system components in a workshop environment, after they have been removed from the aircraft. Examples of these types of systems would be: generator and power distribution systems, protection systems, autopilot and integrated flight systems, environmental control systems, and radar and communication systems.

  1. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

An aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical) maintains, services, inspects, tests and undertakes fault diagnosis of airframe, engine (including propellers and rotors) and electrical systems, components and accessories on aircraft. Examples of such components are: landing gears; wheels and brakes; skids; pneumatic and hydraulic systems; fuel systems; flight control systems; environmental control and pressurisation systems; fire detection and prevention systems; oxygen systems; containerised cargo handling systems; doors and windows; lighting systems; and ice and rain protection systems.

Thirdly, what is the minimum admission requirements?

18 years and older.
Grade 12/N3 or Equivalent
Mathematics 50% of higher
English 50% or higher

Maths Literacy 50% + will be considered subject to the below​ Applicants that do not meet the course acceptance criteria but do possess a Grade 12/N3 or equivalent certificate will be subject to an aptitude test prior to acceptance and admission to MATA.

What is the Duration of the course?

One (1) Year Basic Training (42 weeks) at the MATA Training Academy (Theory and Practical Training)

What Happens after the first year of training?

Once you have completed your first year:

1. You will have fulfilled the TETA requirement.

2. You will be issued with a certificate

3. You will have practical and theoretical knowledge of the field of study you have chosen.

Thereafter MATA liaison officers will assist with placing you as an apprentice with an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO)

Unemployed learners placed at an AMO are NOT guaranteed that such AMO will employ you! No tertiary education institution can guarantee job placement!

4. You will then be required to obtain a total of 2 880 hours and a minimum of 18 months of practical experience as an apprentice at an AMO.

These hours must be logged in your logbook (downloadable from the TETA Website) as proof of aircraft maintenance experience, in order to qualify to apply for your Trade Test.

5. After you have applied to TETA and the DHET for your trade test (MATA will guide you through the process and help you to apply)

MATA will conduct a Trade Test Preparation Phase with you prior to your Trade Test Examination Days to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the most important exam in your aviation career. MATA is a certified Trade Test Centre.

Mata Apprentice technical training has been recognized to be the best. Not only by providing top quality instructors and training, but by providing the industry with top quality engineers. Not only has MATA had a 98.8 % pass rate but with our newly approved trade test center, MATA students can be proud to be furthering their careers with a trusted brand. MATA is also a European aviation approved training facility.

Contact MATA:
eMail : info@matasa.co.za

Phone: 011-395-4144

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Rostec to launch production of the T-500

At CIPR-2019, Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation, and Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, launched the project for building an aircraft assembling facility and an aerodrome for experimental aviation in Tatarstan. The construction will begin in 2020, and commissioning of the facility is scheduled for 2022.

The new enterprise will assemble T-500 and other airplanes based on this model, including two-seat and unmanned versions. The experimental aviation airfield will allow performing function check flights and trial flights of the newly produced airplanes in the immediate vicinity of the production workshops.

 

‘Creating modern production facilities and competitive civilian products is one of the key objectives of Rostec State Corporation. High-tech production facility capable of manufacturing up to 100 aircraft per year will be opened to produce cutting-edge multi-functional T-500 airplane, and the total investment will be about 2.5 billion rubles. T-500 has a broad scope of application, including aerial chemical works, facilities monitoring, and forest protection. I am sure that the aircraft will be in demand not only in Russia, but also abroad, in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the CIS,’ said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation.

The project is implemented by Rostec State Corporation jointly with the Republic of Tatarstan under the agreement on creation and implementation of the Russian national system of aerial chemical works in Tatarstan, which was signed at MAKS-2017. A plot of land for the facility construction has been allocated by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The territory of the enterprise will be included in ‘Innopolis’ special economic zone, allowing it to benefit from the appropriate preferential conditions, including tax relief.

The key elements of the airframe costruction made of domestic composite materials will be manufactured by Obninsk Research and Development Enterprise ‘Tekhnologhia’ n.a. A.G. Romashin (part of Rostec State Corporation). The project will be managed by Tekhnologhia’s subsidiary Aeropraktika LLC. Residents of the SEZ ‘Innopolis’ will also participate in the project; they will dev​elop software for the project of creating of the Russian national system of aerial chemical works.

Rostec is a Russian State Corporation that was established in 2007 to facilitate the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications. The Corporation comprises over 700 organizations in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation that are currently part of 15 holding companies and 80 directly managed organizations specializing in manufacturing military-industrial, civilian and dual-purpose products. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Concern Kalashnikov, Russian Helicopters, UralVagonZavod, etc. In 2017 the consolidated revenue of Rostec reached 1 trillion 589 million rubles, while the consolidated net income and EBITDA amounted to 121 and 305 billion rubles respectively. According to Rostec strategy, the main objective of the Corporation is to ensure that Russia has a technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. Rostec’s key objectives include the introduction of a new techno-economic paradigm and digitalization of Russian economy.

How to Become A Flight Attendant

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “How do I become a Flight Attendant?”

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Have you ever asked yourself the question, “How do I become a Flight Attendant? If you have this article is written with you in mind. A career as a Cabin Crew Member is an exciting and rewarding profession. It is also a great way to travel the world while getting paid. This article discusses the requirements you need to meet and the steps you should take to turn your dream into a reality.

Firstly, you will need to meet the following basic requirements:

• You must be 18 years or older for a SACAA Cabin Crew License

• You must have a matric certificate

• You must be able to speak, write and read in English

• You should not have any visible tattoos

• You must be able to swim

• You must have a valid Class 4 Medical Certificate

Secondly, you will need to have obtained your Cabin Crew License issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. To get your Cabin Crew License you must (1) Register with an Approved Training Organisation, (2) Successfully complete the Flight Attendant course and (3) pass the Civil Aviation Authority Cabin Crew license examination.

Do you know the type of skills that airlines are looking for? Theyare seeking to hire people who can consistently display the following:

• Provide optimal and regulated safety and security standards

• Provide great customer service even when dealing with difficult customers

• The ability to keep calm during emergency situations and respond appropriately

• The ability to work and communicate well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds

• Professionalism, responsibility and reliability

• Solution oriented thinking

The S.MAB Training Academy Advantage

The S.MAB Training Academy offers two different courses designed for those aspiring to become qualified Flight Attendants.

We offer the Basic Flight Attendant Course (2-month) and an Advanced Flight Attendant Course (4-month). Our facilitators are among the best within the industry boasting extensive experience with airlines such as BA Comair, Emirates, Mango, Global Air Cote d’Ivoire, South African Airlines, Springbok Classic, Sky Class, Senegal Airlines, private VIP flights and more. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional learning experiences and positioning our learners to excel in the industry. Our curriculum includes but is not limited to following modules, Safety and Emergency Procedures, Dangerous Goods, Fire Fighting, Aviation Medicine, Grooming, Amadeus, End-User Computing and Ditching.

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2019 Air Show Aircraft attendance list

2019 Air Show Aircraft attendance list

2019 is not a big year for airshows in Southern Africa as some got cancelled as well as the economic situation in Southern Africa not looking positive.
However we will see the Stellenbosch, Mafeking and Maputo air shows which are not regular shows. Regarding the availability of aircraft we have not seen any slowdown with most Pilots and Aircraft eager to get in the sky and wow the crowds. We at Aviation Central are extremely positive and hopeful that we will see more shows and Aircraft in 2020 with both the AERO Club of South Africa and SAAF celebrating their centenary birthdays.
We will try to keep this list updated as best as possible, but please contact us if you feel we missed any aircraft.

Aircraft list 2019

Teams-Aircraft 2019
Teams-Aircraft 2019

Aircraft list 2018

Aircraft list 2018

Mango Introduces Split Scimitar Winglets

We were kindly invited by Mango’s Grant Timms to witness the first test flight as Mango (One of South Africa’s low cost airline) introduced the first of eight aircraft that will have the Split Scimitar Winglets fitted to their fleet.

In what will be its first widespread commercial use, Split Scimitar Winglets have officially been giving the go-ahead to grace Boeing 737-800s all across the world. While winglets themselves are nothing new, this more aerodynamic incarnation should cut fuel costs by 2%—in other words, pushing their total winglet-related savings to $200 million.

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Training Captain Rodney Chinn &Training Captain Danie Jacobs before the test flight

Inspired by the scimitar, the new winglets retrofit a blended ventral fin to the plane’s wings, essentially making it look like two very thin (and presumably self-loathing) dolphins jammed themselves head first into either side of the plane. Because it makes use of both the split/ventral singlet design and the high-performance scimitar tips, United has managed a cruise performance gain of 30-40%. So how do these winglets manage to reduce so much drag?


Because winglets curve upward, the higher air pressure on the wing’s lower surface flows toward the tip and curls with the winglet. Since the air is pushed upward, this reduces the vortex and subsequent energy loss that is created by air flowing around the wingtip. The split design of the new ones, then, further reduce the vortices formed behind the wing, which in turn further reduces energy loss.

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