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Pilot killed in plane crash at Wonderboom Airport

A person has been killed in a crash involving a light aircraft at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. The Civil Aviation Authority said that it was unclear exactly what happened. The authority said that the pilot was the only person on board. The authority’s Kabelo Ledwaba said that investigators had been


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SYNOPSIS The pilot, who was the sole occupant onboard the aircraft, was on a private flight from Wonderboom Aerodrome to Grand Central Aerodrome. His intention was to uplift two passengers at Grand Central from where they would have flown to New Tempe Aerodrome near Bloemfontein. The pilot was cleared for

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Outsourcing Air Force Training

Late last year, the United States Air Force awarded seven separate companies components of a massive multi-year US$ 6.4 billion contract for the provision of ‘Red Air’ adversary air combat training. There are useful lessons to be learned for Africa. While notable for its size, ‘Red Air’ was an expected

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Pakistani PK8303 wheels-up report out

Plane & Pilot reports that the preliminary report on the crash of Pakistani International Airlines Flight PK8303 is out, and it looks really bad for the pilots. On 22 May the Airbus A320 crashed into a crowded Karachi neighbourhood on its second attempt at landing,

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More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses

CNN reports that Pakistan’s aviation minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said 262 pilots in the country “did not take their pilot’s exams themselves” and had paid someone else to sit it on their behalf. Pakistan has 860 active pilots serving its domestic airlines – including the country’s Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)

Virgin Galactic to Start Training Astronauts for Trips to Space

Space Camp Virgin Galactic has signed a contract with NASA to start training astronauts for trips to the International Space Station. “We are excited to partner with NASA on this private orbital spaceflight program, which will not only allow us to use our spaceflight platform, but also offer our space

Van’s Approve IO-390A for use in RV-7 & RV-8

The release of Lycoming’s 210HP IO-390A had many RV 7 and 8 builders wondering if they could install the more powerful engine in place of the recommended angle valve IO-360. Vans has recently completed an in-depth review of horsepower limitations for the RV-7/7A and RV-8/8A and has now approved the

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The grounding of almost all the world’s airline fleets under the Covid-19 pandemic has left airlines with very little if any revenue to cover its massive fixed costs. This has caused huge damage that in many cases will be irreparable to airlines. Here is just a sample: Airbus has 60


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