Laura McDermid continues her stories about Iris McCallum’s early years in East Africa and the Sudan. The year was 1980 and, despite Kenya achieving independence in 1963, the British influence persisted. Fascination with the country was at an all-time high. Many Britons were familiar with the exotic wildlife and scenicRead More →

Laura McDermid A quick Google search of ‘Linda Sollars’ brings up a plethora of articles detailing the remarkable journey of this petite dynamo. Notably, she flew from Johannesburg to Oshkosh in N915HW, the inaugural Sling High Wing, which she built from the kit at Sling Aircraft  in Tedderfield. For mostRead More →

Addressing the IATA annual general meeting in Dubai in June, Willie Walsh, the IATA Director General said that globally airlines performed well in 2023 with improved profitability. It was also the safest ever year – and a key thrust for the future is the drive towards net zero carbon emissionsRead More →

Aircraft Registration        ZS-SNN                                                                                                           Date of Incident              12 September 2014 Time of Incident              17.10Z Type of Aircraft                Diamond DA 20-C1 (Aeroplane) Type of Operation            Training (Part 141) PIC License Type               Student Pilot Licence Valid                     Yes Age                                      34 PIC  Total Hours                52.1 Hours on Type                  52.1Read More →


[intro] After an incredible life of 89 years since first flight, the South African Air Force announced the retirement of its Douglas DC-3/C-47 in May 2024. The “Dak’ is a genuine legend and to commemorate its retirement, we put you in the pilot’s seat to find out what it isRead More →

By Guy Leitch. Images Trevor Cohen This year marked the thirtieth edition of the Lowveld airshow – and it was widely acclaimed as the best ever. For the past 15 years the Lowveld show has been organised by the Nelspruit based Kishugu aerial work and firefighting operation. They have builtRead More →

Hugh Pryor When you go to a party where you don’t know anybody, you should always go for the ‘Ugly’ girl, because she will be happy that you chose to spend time with her. More than likely, you will enjoy a splendid evening full of laughter and genuine friendship, andRead More →

IRIS FLIES ACROSS SUDAN – Part 2 Laura McDermid continues her stories about Iris McCallum’s early years in East Africa and the Sudan. In art 1 of this story she recounts how she had to fly a bunch of Belgian Missionaries to Aweil, a city in northwestern South Sudan, fromRead More →