Sometimes it takes an event or experience to make you understand the true weight a word carries; like ‘plummeting’ during your first spin. Today I was going to learn to fly ‘complex aircraft’. One of the requirements (a fun one) for the Commercial Pilot Licence is to complete five hoursRead More →

(Dapper Dan) My name is Dapper Dan and I fly aeroplanes… like a boss. I’m known to regularly recall the time I landed a 19 seater in 53… wait for it: STEPS!!! “If you think that’s impossible, you should have seen the chap from the UN!” I am a man at theRead More →

With 300 horses in its throaty engine pulling six seats under wings the size of barn doors, Cessna’s C206 is a mighty workhorse that packs a punch.  While the thought of taming the beast made my knees shake, it was easy to see why pilots love a C206 so much.  It was early morning and my instructor and I were in aRead More →

(Mike Brown) – Jammed controls in flight is the stuff of nightmares. This pilot had his elevator jam on takeoff and gave him and his passengers an unforgettable experience. Two friends were visiting for a few days from Cape Town, and I planned a pleasant sight-seeing flip for them beforeRead More →

African recovery and return to economic growth following the Covid-19 pandemic presented a significant opportunity to the general aviation sector across the continent, but particularly in South Africa, SA Flyer editor Guy Leitch pointed out when he was addressing the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa’s virtual 2020 symposium. “South African general aviation isRead More →