Despite enduring a world-changing pandemic in 2020 and facing an uncertain future, I suspect it’s nothing compared to living in a country at war. Which is what I found myself contemplating recently as I flew what is now a civilian version of a South African military stalwart, the Aérospatiale Alouette III. “My favourite helicopter
South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrates Captain David Simelane “Blackhawk”, South Africa’s first black game capture rated pilot. On 2 December 2020, Simelane completed his game capture rating, as an endorsement on his helicopter pilot license. Simelane has been a helicopter pilot for 16 years and has flown all over
The world’s first ‘practical’ helicopter, designed by Igor Sikorsky, took to the air at Stratford, Connecticut, on September 14, 1939. The helicopter named VS-300 was built by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation. It was the first to incorporate a single main rotor and tail rotor design.
Based on the company’s two-seat Robinson R22, the R44 was Robinson Helicopter Company’s first four-seat light helicopter Designed during the 1980s by Frank Robinson and his staff of engineers, the R44 first flew on 31 March 1990. A second prototype was built, and the R44 Astro was awarded an FAA Type Certificate in December
Van Horn Aviation’s latest Bell 206B main rotor blades to receive FAA approval are designed to provide the feel and ride of metal blades while providing the performance of composite blades. Tempe, Arizona-based Van Horn Aviation (VHA) earned U.S. FAA supplemental type certification/parts manufacturer approval for its Version 2 composite
“The HX50 will deliver a truly desirable, attainable and capable aircraft that will re-launch general aviation.” Concept type helicopters have been proposed before … but this one has a better chance than most of flying in the real world. Dr Jason Hill (Ph.D), a helicopter aerodynamicist, is the designer of
The embattled charter company that operated a helicopter that crashed in January, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, has blamed two air traffic controllers for the accident. In a cross-complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week, Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp. alleged
The Denel Rooivalk AH-2 is an attack helicopter manufactured by Denel Aviation of South Africa. Rooivalk is Afrikaans for “Red Falcon”. Development of the type began in 1984 by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation (a predecessor of Denel Aviation). The first Rooivalk was officially handed over in April 2011, and are flown by 16 Squadron, AFB Bloemspruit (Bloemfontein). Development The South African Defence Force recognised the