November 2021

Ray Watts.

FOR A CHANGE, I’m going to start out with a cancellation.

It’s not often in these articles that we get to talk about one of the icons of aviation, the Douglas C-47 or DC3. The cancellation of note is ZS-NTE. She started out life on 24 September 1943 when she was built at the Oklahoma City Douglas factory. This aircraft was delivered under the Lend Lease agreement, to the RAF Middle East as FL565 on 20 January 1944 and was immediately transferred to the SAAF as 6873 and remained with them until 1995 when she was sold to Aero Rebuilds at Rand airport.

She was registered ZS-NTE on 11 May 1995 and was rebuilt by Flippie

Vermeulen’s company Flying Springbok. She was sold to Peter Adrian of Trier in Germany on 9 April 2015 and embarked on an epic fourteen-day delivery trip to Germany starting on 25 May 2015. This aircraft was then painted up in Aer Lingus colours for an air show in Ireland and has retained this colour scheme. She’s now registered in the USA but remains in Germany.

‘number of cancellations is continuing to grow’

There are seven additions to the Type Certified register this month, five fixed wing and two helicopters. There are two Embraer 190s added for Airlink – although ZS-YAY has been in the country since February. The number of Air Tractors is still growing with another added this month and two more delivered in October but not yet registered.

The Falcon 2000 has been around, having been registered in San Marino, the USA and Mexico. The PC-12 is one returning to our register from Namibia, but I can’t track a Namibian registration for her.

The two helicopters registered are both brand new machines.

The NTCA register is slow this month with only three aircraft being added.

The drone numbers just continue to grow with another twenty-six added, although there were twelve deleted as scrapped.

‘to avoid our CAA and make life simpler for the owner.’

We see eleven cancellations from the TCA side with five aircraft having been re-registered in the USA. The number of cancellations is continuing to grow and this, to me, is a little worrying. Apart from the DC3 and Comair’s ill-timed Boeing 737-8 Max, I’m wondering if the others have actually left our shores for the USA, or have they simply been re-registered in the USA to avoid our CAA and make life simpler for the owners.

Comair’s second Boeing 737-8 Max ZS-ZCB has been returned to Boeing as N712BA. This aircraft was actually never delivered to South Africa. Their other one ZS-ZCA is stored at OR Tambo airport and has recently been test flown, presumably in preparation for her return to the lessor.

Only one NTCA aircraft has been exported; a Jabiru to Zimbabwe.

Tail piece

We lost Neville Ferreira, a well-known aerobatic pilot, in a horrible accident in a KR2 when the wing structure failed. RIP Neville.

We’ve started the summer thunderstorm season with a bang – confer my gate motor – please be very careful out there folks.

ZS-PUT Cessna 152 exported to The Netherlands. Photo taken at Brakpan by Ray Watts.

REG. OCTOBER 2021

New Registrations ZS-

ZS-DGN AIR TRACTOR INC AT-802A 802A-0077 N803DG

ZS-MVL DASSAULT AVIATION FALCON 2000 60 T7-LYM, N898CT, N524SA, XA-TYT, XA-GNI

ZS-SHP PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD PC-12/47 690 V5-…

ZS-PRK, N690NG, HB-FRE

ZS-YAK EMBRAER ERJ-190-100 IGW 1900424 2-HZPR VH-ZPR, PT-TCG

ZS-YAY EMBRAER ERJ 190-100 IGW 1900170 N170NC, VH-ZPC, PT-SDF

New Registrations ZT-

ZT-HZA AIRBUS HELICOPTERS AS 350 B3e 9118 Brand New

ZT-RRY ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R66 1069 Brand New

New Registrations ZU-

ZU-ACS THE AIRPLANE FACTORY SLING 4 Tsi 297S

ZU-IVM Z.A SWIECK SAVANNAH S 16-07-54-0488

ZU-ROY EUGENE DAVID VAN DER WALT GYRO TWO UTE RIV-U-001-05/20 Aircraft

Deleted ZS-

ZS-AJW CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY T206H T20608641 EXPORTED TO THE U. S. A as N6048U

ZS-DEN BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION A36 E-2867 EXPORTED TO ARGENTINA

ZS-GDC HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORPORATION C90GTI LJ-1875 EXPORTED TO THE U. S. A as N1904A

ZS-JIK CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 510 510-0092 EXPORTED TO SAN MARINO as T7-BVR

ZS-JMK CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 172M 172-66499 EXPORTED TO KENYA

ZS-NLF BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION B200 BB 914 EXPORTED TO BRAZIL

ZS-NTE Douglas C-47A Dakota 11926 EXPORTED TO THE U. S. A as N249CM

ZS-OFA MOONEY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION M20K 25-2023 EXPORTED TO THE U. S. OF A as N47KP

ZS-PUT CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 152 152-83367 EXPORTED TO NETHERLANDS

ZS-SWY CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 172RG 172RG0591 EXPORTED TO KENYA

ZS-ZCB THE BOEING COMPANY 737-8 60434 NEVER DELIVERED – RETAINED BY BOEING AS N712BA Aircraft

Deleted ZU-

ZU-FBH SHADOW LITE CC JABIRU J430 599 EXPORTED TO ZIMBABWE

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