Obituary- South Africa has lost one of its greatest pilots. General Des Barker had an extraordinarily successful career in the SAAF. He followed that up by becoming the world expert on air show crashes. He wrote the standard text, Zero Error Margin, and his recently released major reference work “AnatomyRead More →

YOUTUBE’S MOST WATCHED FLIGHT REVIEWER. His view on female representation in aviation. Although there has been a steady growth in the number of female pilots in the last few decades, the percentage of female pilots globally remains incredibly low. Recent statistics released in 2020 paint a grim picture of anRead More →

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 →

I’ve been trying to figure out how the five personality traits recognised by psychologists affect the safety and harmony of a flight.  Here they are again.  Conscientiousness  Agreeableness  Neuroticism  Openness to experience   Extraversion  You have three main lines of defense against them:  Brief them properly.  Treat them like talking cargo.  Never trust the buggers. Read More →

A year ago the Covid-19 pandemic seemed more imaginary than a real threat. When the state of disaster with its lockdown regulations was introduced in March 2020, there was general scepticism, and at best reluctant compliance, in many quarters. But now it’s hitting home – felling many giants in the aviation community. This column is about just three of the larger than life characters who have been taken from us by Covid-19.  In December the second wave of the pandemic hit, and this time it’s far more virulent thatRead More →

We celebrate this Pretoria High School Boykie’s incredible achievements, from PayPal, SpaceX and electric car manufacturer Tesla. Elon Musk was born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. Born to a South African father and a Canadian mother. He displayed an early talent for computers and entrepreneurship. At age 12 he created a videoRead More →