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 forRead More →

You know how you have this picture frozen in your mind of where you were, and what you were doing, when some huge event happened, like the World Trade Centre nonsense? Well I can tell you exactly what was happening when, like a blinding flash of light, I suddenly knewRead More →

This report was compiled in the interests of promoting aviation safety and reduction of the risk of aviation accidents or incidents and not to establish legal liability. SYNOPSIS  On 23 July 2006, the aircraft took off from Worcester Aerodrome on a private flight to Grabouw Private Aerodrome. When the aircraftRead More →

Survey Flying – This type of flying can be particularly satisfying because the benefits of accurate piloting and navigation are clearly reflected in the results.  In the ‘60s before the advent of modern technology such as satellites, drones, Lidar and related software most survey work was done using aircraft ofRead More →

It’s not often that our Civil Aviation Authority provides us with South African aviation statistics, yet statistics are a cornerstone of aviation safety.  Analysis of pilots, aircraft, accidents, hours flown, level of qualifications, types of operations and licence types can yield valuable statistical clustering which may help identify safety issuesRead More →

Low flying is exhilarating and something that plenty of pilots do – or are tempted to do. Many pilots have come to grief carrying out low level manoeuvres when testosterone took over and attempts were being made to impress girlfriends.  In the air force low-flying is taught as an exercise.Read More →