RAY WATTS – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER COMPLIMATION

NOVEMBER 2022 – This month’s amendments show a whole variety of aircraft movements.

Ray Watts.

ON THE TCA SIDE there are seven new registrations – four fixed wing, two helicopters and a glider.

Very interesting is the Airbus A340-600 ZS-MFC. This one is twenty years old and was originally ordered by Swiss Air. However, she wasn’t delivered to them but went to Iberia in Spain instead. She was with them until June 2021 when she was sold to a company in Malta and converted to a freighter. She was sold again in March 2022 to Air Atlanta Iceland and flew to Johannesburg in August 2022. The last time I saw her, a couple of months ago, she was parked at SAA Technical. As per usual the CAA will not divulge her owners name, so I have no idea who has bought her. This is frustrating.

African Air Charter have registered their second Boeing 737-36E that they’ve acquired from Cayman Airways.

There is a Robinson R44 that comes from the UAE and a BK117 from Australia. The Beech 1900 ZS-SEM is a returnee, having been in Australia for a while.

 Airlink have registered another Embraer 190. This one also comes from Virgin Australia.

We continue to lose large numbers of aircraft to the export market with another fourteen departing our shores in November. Of the fourteen there are five ex Mango Boeing 737- 800s which have been returned to their owner in France where they have been stored at Tarbes. This leaves Mango Airlines with no aircraft. The government is insistent that they’re still looking for a buyer for this company but with no aircraft left I doubt they’ll ever find one.

On the NTCA side there are four more Sling 4 TSIs registered. This aircraft is getting more and more popular as time goes by. In November Sling Aircraft celebrated their 1,000 th sale – and this happened back in April!

There’s also a very old DC9 ZS-TRJ (ex 1Time aircraft) that has been operating overseas for some time that has now been officially exported to Guernsey.

Safair’s L382G Hercules has been sold to Lynden Air Cargo in the USA as N411LC but is still standing outside Safair’s hangars at OR Tambo at the time of writing.

A Britten Norman Islander that has been operating in Mozambique for some time has finally been registered there and an old Grand Central friend, Cherokee PA28-180, ZS-EBY has gone to Namibia. A Jonker Brothers JS1C glider has been sold in the Czech Republic.

New Registrations ZS-

The glider I mentioned is a M&D Flugzeugbau JS-MD 3 Rapture. The JS-MD 3 is a fully EASA certified aircraft in the 15 and 18m class and combines highest performance with a M&D jet sustainer system.

ZS-MFC AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A340-642 431 TF-MFC, 9H-FFC, EC-INO, F-WWCI

ZS-MPZ THE BOEING COMPANY 737-36E 26322 N104RD, VP-CKW, EI-CRZ, EC-GGE, EC798

ZS-RFV ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II 11792 A6-…, N38655

ZS-RZY KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD BK117 B-2 1042 ZK-HLI, VH-BKE, JA9992

ZS-SEM BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION 1900D UE-91 VH-VNT,

ZS-SEM, N91SK ZS-YAZ EMBRAER-EMPRES BRASILERIA DE AERONAUTICA ERJ 190-100 IGW 19000321 2-HZPO, VH-ZPO, PT-TXJ

New Registrations ZT-G

ZT-GML M&D FLUGZEUGBAU GMBH & CO. KG JS-MD 3 3.MD156

New Registrations ZU-

ZU-BAS SLING AIRCRAFT (PTY) LTD SLING 4 TSI 411S

ZU-IXL SLING AIRCRAFT (PTY) LTD SLING 4 TSI 375S

ZU-IXM SLING AIRCRAFT (PTY) LTD SLING 4 TSI 143S

ZU-XER SLING AIRCRAFT (PTY) LTD SLING 4 TSI 396S

Aircraft deleted ZS-

ZS-BLV BRITTEN-NORMAN LTD BN2A-6 683 MOZAMBIQUE

ZS-EBY PIPER AIRCRAFT CORPORATION PA-28-180 28-2073 NAMIBIA

ZS-GKX JONKER SAILPLANES CC JS1C18/21 1C-109 CZECH REPUBLIC

ZS-LWT BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION 58 TH-1409 AUSTRALIA

ZS-OPS LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION 382G 4799 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as N411LC

ZS-OYE RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 1900D UE-200 ALGERIA

ZS-SJA THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 29248 FRANCE

ZS-SJC THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 28828 FRANCE

ZS-SJD THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 28829 FRANCE

ZS-SJF THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 30006 FRANCE

ZS-SJN THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 30569 FRANCE

ZS-TBB CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 208B 208B-2030 AUSTRALIA

ZS-TKV AIR TRACTOR INC AT-402B 402B-1253 BOTSWANA

ZS-TRJ MCDONELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION DC9-87 49829 GUERNSEY

Aircraft deleted ZT-R

ZT-RFO AIRBUS HELICOPTERS AS 350 B3 9134 KENYA

Aircraft deleted ZU-

ZU-CVU SOLO WING CC WINDLASS AQUILLA WA 986 NAMIBIA

The last South African Meyers 200, ZS-ODT was exported to the USA. Photo Ray Watts.

DECEMBER 2022 – These are the last amendments for 2022 and as is usual the month of December has been very quiet when it comes to aircraft added to the register.

ONLY THREE TYPE CERTIFIED AIRCRAFT appear this time around. The Cirrus ZS-JBC takes up the registration once used by a Mooney which crashed at Rus de Winter on 20 September 1979. The registration was also allocated to another Cirrus serial number 0108 back in 2011 but this registration was cancelled soon after this as she remained in the USA as N797KA.

Another JS-MD 3 Rapture Glider has been imported from Germany this month. This makes three of these gliders that have been imported this year. It is notable that they bare being imported from Germany – yet they are made in Potchefstroom.

There are seven Non Type Certified aircraft registered which include the fourth ARLAC MK1 Mwari. There is also a mystery helicopter, ZU-RRA which is registered as a Blue Bir BB1 which I suspect may be a rebuilt Robinson. The balance of the registrations are a mix of Cheetah, Jabiru, Sling, Savannah and Vans RV aircraft.

We continue to lose aircraft to the export market and December was no exception with nine TCA and three NTCA aircraft being deleted from the register.

One of the old Comair/British Airways Boeing 737-800s has gone to Bermuda.

The last Meyers 200D aircraft in South Africa has been exported to the USA. Although we didn’t see her around very often it’s a pity to lose this aircraft. Notably – it was the last flight test air to air shoot former SA Flyer editor John Miller did before he passed away.

Two North American aircraft, a T6 Harvard and a T28B Trojan have been exported to Kyrgyzstan – a most unusual destination for South African registered aircraft.

The balance of the exports has gone world-wide, with places like Czech Republic (a Jonker JS1/C), Algeria, Germany, Austria, Madagascar, New Zealand and Mozambique.

The CN 235-010 ZU-SOO is an interesting aircraft as it is a very early model Airbus CASA 235, being serial number 008 and is a 1987 model. She was part of the Botswana Air Force (OG-1) before being sold to Togo as 5V-MBM and then sold in the USA as N124CL and then N820CA. She was also operated for a short while by the Madagascar Air Force and is now in Mozambique as FA801.

An early CASA 235, ZU-SOO, CN235-010 has been exported to Mozambique. Photo Omer Mees.
ZS-ZWU B737-800 has been exported to Bermuda. Photo Ray Watts.
Harvard, ZS-WFD is one of a number of planes exported to Kyrgyzstan. Photo Rob Krummeck.

New Registrations ZS-

ZS-JBC CIRRUS DESIGN CORPORATION SR22 8839 N839JB

ZS-TLO CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY U206F U206-01988

New Registrations ZT-G

ZT-GML M&D FLUGZEUGBAU GMBH & CO. KG JS-MD 3 3.MD156

New Registrations ZU-

ZU-IXO RAINBOW SKYREACH CHEETAH XLS CH 290

ZU-IXR SHADOW LITE CC JABIRU J430 990

ZU-MWB MICHAEL LEVY AHRLAC MK1 A-004

ZU-OIA SLING AIRCRAFT (PTY) LTD SLING 4 TSI 400S

ZU-PLM SAVANNAH AIRCRAFT AFRIKA SAVANNAH S 21-09-54-0811

ZU-RRA RAYMOND WALTER FOWKES BLUE BIRD BB1 01

ZU-YES ROBIN COSS AVIATION VANS RV14 140889

Aircraft deleted ZS-

ZS-ENG CIRRUS DESING CORPORATION SR22T 0143 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as N181ZS

ZS-GZO JONKER SAILPLANES CC JS1C 18/21 1C-116 CZECH REPUBLIC

ZS-ODT ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 200D 308 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as N2509T

ZS-OYG BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION 1900D UE-230 ALGERIA

ZS-PCM CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 208B 208B-0851 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as N131RF

ZS-TJM PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD PC-12/45 334 GERMANY

ZS-TKZ AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC 130 T2 9172 MADAGASCAR

ZS-WFD NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION INC SNJ-5 88-18072 KYRGYZSTAN

ZS-ZWU THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 33013 BERMUDA

Aircraft deleted ZT-R

ZT-RDI BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON CANADA LTD BELL 505 65048 AUSTRIA

Aircraft deleted ZU-

ZU-IOU ANDREW CHARLES DIX SLING 4 Tsi 275SK NEW ZEALAND

ZU-RCT NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION INC T-28B 138266 KYRGYZSTAN

ZU-SOO CONSTRUCTIONES AERONAUTICAS S A CN 235 -010 C-008 MOZAMBIQUE

ZS-TKZ, an Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 has been exported to Madagascar. Photo Ray Watts.

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