IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST there were two new Air Tractor 502A aircraft added. This crop sprayer is becoming more and more popular locally with a total of eight AT-402 and seven AT-502 aircraft on the register. The specs on the AT-502 are quite impressive. Even though it is the baby sister to the Air Tractor 802 firebomber it still hauls a hefty load:
Cemair have repatriated one of their Bombardier CL600-2B19 aircraft that was sent to Canada a couple of years ago and now takes up its old registration of ZS-CME. This local airline is going from strength to strength. However, they’ve just had their route to Plettenberg Bay cut as the CAA have downgraded the airfield due to the municipality not complying with the CAA requirements.
Good news for the South African fleet is that there has been another new Beechcraft King Air B300 added to the register. This one came off the production line in June this year. She takes the registration ZS-MPT which used to be a Cessna Citation which was sold in the USA as N54DD in June 1998.
There are also two new helicopters registered this month being an Airbus EC155 and an Agusta 109E.
The NTCA register has had another nine aircraft added including the fourth Vans RV14 and two more RV9As. Morne Nortier has added a modified Cessna 150 but I’ve not been able to get hold of him to find out what mods he’s done. There are two aircraft that I can’t identify, and these are a CJ-1 – the only CJ-1 aircraft that I know is the Cessna Citation CJ-1 and I doubt it’s one of these. The other one is a Reesie Ex. I have no idea what this is.
‘all over the world working for the UN’
The export market continues to claim our aircraft and we see nine fixed wing and one helicopter as well as three NTCA aircraft leaving our shores. One of the fixed wing aircraft bound for the USA is the venerable Lockheed L100-30 ZS-RSF (aka a civilian Hercules). This old bird was part of the Safair fleet way back in 1974. She’s been all over the world working for the UN.
One of our Boeing 737-3YO freighters ZS-SBB has gone to the USA as well. This one used to operate for SAA Cargo.
One of Comair’s Boeing 737-800s ZS-ZWW has returned to its owner and been re-registered in the Czech Republic.
Two of the NTCA aircraft ZU-IRT and ZU-IRU have gone to the DRC and I believe will be used in the game conservation arena.
The rest have gone to diverse places all around the world. Noteworthy are two of the locally made Bathawks which have been exported to the DRC.
With all the horrible things happening in Afghanistan I pray that all the South African crews and staff as well as their aircraft will escape safely.
New Registrations ZS
ZS-AVL AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502A 502A-3302
ZS-BJC AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502A 502A-3292 N8517Q
ZS-CME BOMBADIER INC CL-600-2B19 7293 C-GIER, ZS-CME, N597SW, N776CA, C-FMLV
ZS-MPT BEECHCRAFT CORPORATION B300 FL-1259 N8803E
New Registrations ZT-
ZT-RMT AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC 155 B 6563 N155WH, N155NY, N155WH, JA-155B, F-WQDG
ZT-RSL AGUSTA SPA A109E 11625 I-AWTZ, CS-HHE, I-HDPR
New Registrations ZU
ZU- IUZ ANTHONY VAN DEN HEUVEL CJ-1 904
ZU-IVA RICHARD SMIT NEWTON RV-14 140248
ZU-IVB ICP ITALY & SAVANNAH AFRICA SAVANNAH S 14-06-54-0341
ZU-IVC JABIRU J430 970
ZU-IVD HECHTER ABRAHAM JOHANNES WAGTAIL TROJAN WA1901
ZU-IVF KEVIN REES REESIE EX 001
ZU-IVG MORNE NORTIER NORTIER C150 R1 500 002
ZU-KRV VAN’S AIRCRAFT RV-9A 91831
ZU-SRV J.A & C.J SHAW RV-9A 92113
Aircraft Deleted ZS
ZS-JAY RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 1900D UE-427 ZAMBIA
ZS-MPI BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION B300 FL-784 ISLE OF MAN as M-TYRL
ZS-MTT CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY T210L 210-59747 BOLIVIA
ZS-OYC BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION 1900D UE-117 ALGERIA
ZS-RSF LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION 382G 4562 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as N424LC
ZS-SAC CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY 208B 208B5046 KENYA
ZS-SBB THE BOEING COMPANY 737-3YO 26072 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as N335CK
ZS-XCM ATR-GIE AVIONS DE TRANSPORT REGIONAL ATR 72-212 395 BANGLADESH
ZS-ZWW THE BOEING COMPANY 737-800 40721 CZECH REPUBLIC
Aircraft Deleted ZU
ZU-IID SHADOW LITE CC JABIRU J230 894 ZIMBABWE
ZU-IRT MICRO AVIATION SA BAT HAWK R 0069 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
ZU-IRU MICRO AVIATION SA BAT HAWK R 0068 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Aircraft Deleted ZT
ZT-REW BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON BELL 505 65291 ETHIOPIA