Prognostications Chris Martinus – President: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association – South Africa As the world trundles precipitously into 2024, fraught with wars and political and economic upheaval, it is a good time to reflect on past chaos and plot the course for general aviation in these seemingly apocalyptic times.
Special Rules Area Charts – Johannesburg and Cape Town Imagine an aviation chart that has all the essential ground detail like roads and mountains and towns, yet doesn’t need an iPad or a whole EFIS system to display. Imagine a chart that doesn’t rely on batteries that will unexpectedly let
C182 – NEARLY MADE IT? This discussion is to promote safety and not to establish liability. CAA’s report contains padding and repetition, so in the interest of clarity, I have paraphrased extensively. Aircraft registration: ZS-PHB Date and time of accident: 27 August 2016 1025Z Type of aircraft: Cessna C182Q
March 2023 – LOOKING AT THE ADVERTISEMENTS for planes for sale is worrying. It’s not just the usual crop of aircraft from people wanting to trade up. There is a far greater proportion of pilots selling everything: their planes, headsets and hangars. In other words, they are done with flying.
“The aviation industry is in trouble.” Is this necessarily true? The latest financial report of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) weighs-up the possibility of a collapse, blaming COVID-19 and SAA. Is this really the worst-case scenario for this year? The regulatory body reported a near-total loss in revenue
Around two years ago I ran a series of 12 articles I called ‘The CAA Dossier’ which articulated the frustrations of the aviation community at the manifold failures of the SACAA. However, I became increasingly uncomfortable with that series as it was too often one-sided. The nature of publishing deadlines meant that the CAA could claim that it did not