South Africa produced an outstanding all-round performance at the 37th FAI World Gliding Championships, held in Szeged, Hungary in August. THE WORLD Gliding Championships produced an outstanding standard of flying. Writing from Hungary, Jason Adriaan reports that, “The level of flying here is on another level totally, the smallest mistakeRead More →

(Guy Leitch Flight Test) – As Avgas prices head for R40/ litre the need for an alternative to Avgas powered planes becomes ever more pressing. The good news is that, for the past 16 years, Jet-A diesel piston engine technology has been quietly maturing. It has now become a well-developedRead More →

Some helicopters are more memorable than others. For instance, the Hughes 500 has an acute feeling of claustrophobia in its cosy cockpit, while a Squirrel almost always has a way of humbling even an experienced pilot with a wiggle of its skids on landing. THIS MONTH’S ARTICLE is about aRead More →

The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition is taking place between 21 to 25 September 2022, and will once again bring together aviation suppliers from across the world to South Africa to exhibit the latest technological innovations in the aviation and defence sectors. AAD IS THE LARGEST GATHERING of theRead More →

Ray Watts – July 2022. For the first time in many years a brand-new Cessna 172 has been registered in South Africa. How things have changed. WE SEE A TOTAL OF nine Type certified aircraft (seven fixed wing and two helicopters) having been registered. The Cessna 172 takes up aRead More →

Guy Leitch – Aviation has a fascinating ability to suck people, who should know better, into investing in fundamentally absurd ideas. LEAVING ASIDE THE ONGOING delusion of flying cars, the two absurdities that continue to grip people’s imagination are the notions that: Firstly, supersonic airliners will be with us beforeRead More →