January 2023 – RAY WATTS The amendments for January 2023 are exciting for our airline industry. FLYSAFAIR HAS REGISTERED two Boeing 737-800s this month. One Airbus A320 has been returned to SAA from storage in Ljubljana and another Boeing 737-800 is coming back onto the register. This one is strangeRead More →

THE FAA HAS PUBLISHED draft rules for all new makes and models offering point-to-point air taxi services outside the traditional aeronautical ecosystem. This has been a daunting regulatory challenge for the administration, adding entirely new types of traditional fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. This change will only be the first bitRead More →

Guy Leitch – It has been a surprisingly full year in aviation. Both in the humble corridors of general aviation and at the airline industry level. General Aviation’s Winners and Losers. Big winners have been general aviation aircraft owners. One of the surprises for me has been the huge increaseRead More →

DECEMBER 2022 – GUY LEITCH ADVERTISING REVENUES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD. Publications such as this and post-Covid, have been slow to recover. This has accelerated the natural move away from print and into the digital-only space. There have been unexpected benefits – most notably the circulation of SA Flyer has increasedRead More →

AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT On 29 Nov 2018, Cessna U206D, ZS-DIV, operating as a VFR private flight from Nelspruit to Wonderboom crashed at 1503Z. No flight plan was filed. Aircraft registration: ZS-DIV Date and time of accident: 29 November 2018, 1503Z Type of aircraft: Cessna U206D Type of operation: Private (PartRead More →

Christo Erasmus – A PERSONAL HISTORY In 1949 an Ercoupe, the 415-E model, with the serial number 4975 was born. I’m not exactly sure how she got into South Africa, but she started her life as ZS-BSJ as early as 1950. As with all Ercoupes of the time, she hadRead More →