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19-May-17 Robinson R44 Heilbron, South Africa (2F)

two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred.  One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.

19-May-17

Waypoint Leasing Places Airbus H145 on Lease with Acher Aviation

Waypoint Leasing Places Airbus H145 on Lease with Acher Aviation

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has signed an agreement to lease an Airbus H145 helicopter to Acher Aviation (“Acher”), a leading operator in South Africa, supporting offshore oil and gas operations. Con Barber, Director of Middle East & Africa Sales and Relationship Management at… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 10-Mar-17

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Norwegian air ambulance uses South African Poynting antenna

Norwegian air ambulance uses South African Poynting antenna

The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation is the largest ideal membership organization with nearly 700,000 members. The goal is to save lives by strengthening air ambulance service throughout Norway. This is done through thorough research, development and cooperation with other emergency services. One of the main challenges are the weather patterns in secluded areas. In the… Read more »

Source: Poynting Group, 19-Jan-17

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa is announcing the arrival of its first charter helicopter, a VIP configured Bell 407 helicopter, available for charter from today, 12 December 2016, from ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO facility. ExecuJet will offer commercial helicopter charters for various scenic flights to surrounding vineyards and other tourist attractions. While ExecuJet’s focus for helicopters charters will… Read more »

Source: Execujet, 15-Dec-16

Airbus and Denel partner to Enhance South African Rooivalk

Airbus and Denel partner to Enhance South African Rooivalk

At the biennial African Aerospace and Defence show in Waterkloof, Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation announced their partnership in the plan to upgrade and modernise the Rooivalk attack helicopter. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding, reports IT Web, which outlines the steps in the enhancement programme. Such steps include advancing the supportability of the fleet,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-16

Upgrade for South African AF Oryx Helicopters

Upgrade for South African AF Oryx Helicopters

The South African air force is giving their 39 Oryx helicopters a full upgrade. The upgrade, which will be a multi-million Rand project, includes avionic and engine upgrades with a general renovation of all systems. The Oryx helicopters have been in use for the past 15 years. These helicopters are much needed as they are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-16

Continued Success for the Bell 407GXP in Africa

Continued Success for the Bell 407GXP in Africa

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, in collaboration with its authorized Independent Representative National Airways Corporation, is delighted to announce the delivery of the fourth corporate Bell 407GXP into South Africa. “We are seeing success and opportunities for the Bell 407GXP platform across Africa,” said Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter vice president of sales, Middle… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Sep-16

Bell demos the 407GT on anti-rhino poaching work

Bell demos the 407GT on anti-rhino poaching work

Rhino911’s goal is to stop the poachers long before they reach their targets. Unlike any other active anti-poaching effort, Rhino911 benefits from tactical air assets and support groups flying the specially equipped Bell 407 helicopter. Operators will find and intercept poachers of Rhinos and other endangered species from extended ranges with advanced night vision (NV)… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Sep-16

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Conservator fund-raising $500K to support anti-poaching heli ops

Conservator fund-raising $500K to support anti-poaching heli ops

The GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) today announced the launch of a $500,000 fund raise to support anti-poaching helicopter operations in South Africa. GACF is sponsored by the GES Group, which operates the leading Wildlife Management operation in South Africa and protects the largest private Rhino population in the world with over 1,500 Rhinos under… Read more »

Source: GES, 18-Aug-16

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Vector to perform AS350BA to B2 conversion for Mercy Air South Africa

Vector to perform AS350BA to B2 conversion for Mercy Air South Africa

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce it will be performing an Airbus Helicopters AS350 BA to B2 conversion for humanitarian aid aviation service provider Mercy Air South Africa. The conversion will be undertaken by Vector at its facility in Andalusia, AL. “Upgrading… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Waypoint to open offices in Australia and South Africa

Waypoint to open offices in Australia and South Africa

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced the opening of two new regional offices, covering the company’s operations in Australia and Africa/The Middle East, respectively. Waypoint’s Australia office, located in Brisbane, will be launched in April 2016 and led by Waypoint executive Chris Wakefield. Establishing the office will… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 16-Feb-16

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Rooivalk Squadron honoured with Sword of Peace award

Rooivalk Squadron honoured with Sword of Peace award

16 Squadron, based at AFB Bloemspruit and the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) only combat support rotary wing unit, has been awarded the Sword of Peace. See Full story

Source: Defence Web, 04-Feb-16

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02-Dec-15 ZS-SDJ Robinson R44 II Musiva, South Africa (2F)

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries when this R44 went down in the Limpopo region of South Africa. The pair were named as De Klerk van Heerden and Roxanne van der Bank

02-Dec-15

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Camcopter completes S-100 trials with South African Navy

Camcopter completes S-100 trials with South African Navy

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) continues its successful shipboard trials when demonstrating its outstanding capabilities to the South African Navy from 20 to 23 October 2015 at False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. The maritime environment holds unique demands for situational awareness and timely communications. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is a much needed asset… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 28-Oct-15

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South African Red Cross orders three AW119Kx

South African Red Cross orders three AW119Kx

AgustaWestland announced today that the South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) of South Africa has signed a contract for three AW119Kx EMS-equipped helicopters to expand their existing fleet of five AW119Ke aircraft. The contract also includes an option to acquire five additional units. The initial three aircraft will be delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Oct-15

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16-Oct-15 ZS-HII Guimbal G2 Mossel Bay, South Africa

Pilot had completed a 360° turn to the right and was commencing with the same exercise to the left, approximately 90° through the turn the skid gear impacted with the ground, the helicopter continue to rotate to the left and tail rotor stinger and lower fenestron fin assembly impacted with the ground, which had caused… Read more »

16-Oct-15

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07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

Helicopter crashed, injuring vet Niel Kriel and game keeper Dirk Uys

07-Oct-15

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05-Oct-15 ZS-HDW Bell 206B Senwabarwana, South Africa (2F)

Helicopter was involved in installing an antenna, when it crashed and completely burnt out. Most reports say it hit a pole, but not clear if that was before or after it “experienced difficulties”. Two fatalities and three serious injuries, including those on the ground hit by debris.  The two fatalities were named as pilot David… Read more »

05-Oct-15

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Navy Wildcat exercises with South African Navy

Navy Wildcat exercises with South African Navy

The SA Navy Type 209 submarine SAS Queen Modjadji last week took part in a deep water training exercise with a Royal Navy frigate carrying the new Wildcat maritime helicopter.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 01-Oct-15

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24-Sep-15 ZS-OCB Airbus AS350B2 South Africa

The pilot was engaged in a private flight, and was accompanied by his wife. After activating the air-conditioning unit during their return flight to FAGC smoke started entering the cockpit/cabin area. The pilot, who had identified an open area below entered into auto-rotational flight in order to land as soon as possible. As they neared… Read more »

24-Sep-15

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Bushveld Game Capture buy second MD500E

Bushveld Game Capture buy second MD500E

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the sale and delivery of a new MD 500ER single-engine helicopter to Bushveld Game Capture, Vryburg, South Africa. As South Africa’s premier provider of wildlife capture, purchasing, selling, transport, veterinary services, and the darting and counting of game by helicopter, Bushveld is expanding their helicopter fleet to more effectively… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 11-Sep-15

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Register Update – South Africa – July 2015

Register Update – South Africa – July 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. . Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-15

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South African CAA suspends AOC of Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation

South African CAA suspends AOC of  Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation

As of Tuesday, 14 July 2015, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has suspended the Part 127 (Helicopter) and Part 135 (Air Transport Operations: Small Aircraft) Air Operating Certificates (AOC) of Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation (Pty)Ltd, for failure to comply with the legislative requirements applicable to AOC holders. Following a recent spate… Read more »

Source: South African Civil Aviation Authority, 20-Jul-15

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Register Update – South Africa – May 2015

Register Update – South Africa – May 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-15

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Airwork announces sale of BK117-850D2 to South Africa

Airwork announces sale of BK117-850D2 to South Africa

Airwork NZ Ltd announced at EFA Prague, the sale of a BK117-850D2 to South African operator Mr. Ivan Pienaar of Aeronautic Solutions. Mr Stephen Green of Airwork NZ said “We couldn’t be happier to see this aircraft go to a good home in South Africa, this will be Mr Pienaar’s second BK117-850D2”. Airwork acquired the… Read more »

Source: EFA, 15-Jun-15

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30-May-15 Delareyville, South Africa (1F)

Pilot Apie Reyneke died in a helicopter crash in unknown circumstances, while his passengers – wife Yolande and son Abraham were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

30-May-15

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Register Update – South Africa – April 2015

Register Update – South Africa – April 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-May-15

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22-Apr-15 ZU-UHI Bell UH-1 Bainskloof, South Africa (2F)

Firefighting helicopter crashes with two fatalities – named later as pilot Darrell Rea and crew Jastin Visagie.  Further details to follow and registration awaiting final confirmation – another source is quoting ZS-HBU (4491)

22-Apr-15

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South Africa – Helicopter crash claims dismissed

South Africa – Helicopter crash claims dismissed

The owners of a helicopter which crashed into high-voltage power lines in the Queenstown area in 2011 have lost their claim against both their insurers and the pilot responsible for the crash. See Full Story

Source: The Citizen, 13-Apr-15

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03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”,… Read more »

03-Apr-15

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SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

South African National Parks (SANParks) is a proud recipient of a brand new Airbus AS-350B3e helicopter with night flying capability, made available with funding from the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF). SANParks Board Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, stated that SANParks had received an initial grant funding of R254.8 million in 2014 to support… Read more »

Source: SANP, 20-Mar-15

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Vertis Aviation expands in South Africa

Vertis Aviation expands in South Africa

Swiss-based Vertis Aviation, part of the independently owned aviation company 28 East Group, has opened its first aviation charter branch in South Africa at O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORT), Johannesburg, to support growing demand in the region. Located in a prime office location at the new state-of-the-art Fireblade Aviation FBO, the premises fittingly reflect the… Read more »

Source: VA, 17-Mar-15

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08-Mar-15 ZS-HBV Bell UH-1 Olifantsbos, South Africa (1F)

The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area, killing the pilot – named later here as Hendrik Marais

08-Mar-15

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Skyhorse Aviation AS350 fields Safe Flight Powerline Detection System

Skyhorse Aviation AS350 fields Safe Flight Powerline Detection System

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY announced that Skyhorse Aviation of Pretoria, South Africa is the launch customer of Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) for the Airbus Helicopters AS350. Safe Flight’s PDS has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). … Read more »

Source: Safe Flight, 01-Mar-15

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23-Feb-15 Westland Lynx Cape Town, South Africa

Emergency landing on golf course

23-Feb-15

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Vector Aerospace apprentice wins prestigious award

Vector Aerospace apprentice wins prestigious award

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that one of its apprentices has won a regional Apprentice of the Year award. James Clement (pictured), aged 23, who lives in Havant, has won the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice award… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-Feb-15

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South African AW139 selects FBO One operations software

South African AW139 selects FBO One operations software

South African-basedFireblade Aviation (Pty) which manages the only Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport(ORT) has selected FBO One, from Amsterdam Software, as its online management tool to run its FBO and fuel management activity. Fireblade Aviation FBO, which became operational on 1 September 2014, is aiming to fulfil a market demand… Read more »

Source: Fireblade, 29-Jan-15

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Register Update – South Africa – December 2014

Register Update – South Africa – December 2014

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-15

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22-Dec-14 ZS-RMH Robinson R44 Benoni, South Africa

Crashed onto highway after reported power failure, extensively damaged.  Minor injuries to pilot R44 identification from comparison between this photo of ZS-RMH flying and the large titles on the side on this photo – it is feasible, although unlikely, that there is another R44 in the same colour scheme

22-Dec-14

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Register Update – South Africa – November 2014

Register Update – South Africa – November 2014

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-14

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South African A109 LUHs grounded again?

South African A109 LUHs grounded again?

It is rumoured that all flying activities of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) have ceased and, in effect, the fleet is subject to yet another grounding. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 04-Dec-14

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Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

The South African Air Force saw a significant increase in operational demands and external commitments in the last financial year, including its first fighter and helicopter operational deployments since democracy, but flew 5 000 fewer hours than the previous year, according to the Department of Defence. See Full Story

Source: Defenceweb, 06-Nov-14

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Paramount Top Gun school to train cargo and helicopter pilots

Paramount Top Gun school to train cargo and helicopter pilots

Paramount Group’s Top Gun jet academy based at Polokwane will expand its pilot training services to include helicopter and transport aircraft, with helicopter training currently at the planning phase. See Full Storey

Source: Defence Web, 04-Nov-14

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14-Oct-14 Robinson R44 Rooibokkraal, South Africa (1F)

2000 hr pilot Bernhard de Beer flying his own helicopter on a route he covers most days.  Crashed fatally and completely burned out

18-Oct-14

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More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

About R38 million of the massive R225 million made available for anti- and counter-poaching operations in South African national parks has gone to acquisition of a new Airbus helicopter. See full story

Source: Defence Web, 30-Sep-14

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25-Sep-14 ZS-OFJ Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa (2F)

Crashed in open field not far short of landing at Rand Airport. Both people on board killed – pilot named here as Blake Simpson.   The helicopter caught fire after impact and was completely destroyed.

25-Sep-14

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Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan – new JV for helicopter modifications

Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan – new JV for helicopter modifications

Paramount Group has signed a joint venture agreement with Azerbaijan’s AirTechServices Corporation to form Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan, which will offer manufacturing capabilities for the modernisation and enhancement of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 15-Sep-14

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KwaZulu-Natal launches night EMS flights

KwaZulu-Natal launches night EMS flights

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Aero-medical Night Vision Goggles (NVG) system, which will greatly enhance Emergency Services’ Ability to operate at night and to reach areas that are unreachable by road transport. The Department, in partnership with the Red Cross Air Mercy Services, launched the night–time aeromedical services at the Richard’s… Read more »

Source: KwaZulu-Natal Govt, 08-Sep-14

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ExecuJet Africa expands helicopter charter fleet

ExecuJet Africa expands helicopter charter fleet

ExecuJet Africa is expanding its helicopter charter fleet with the addition of a Bell 230 helicopter in partnership with Archer Aviation, leaders in off-shore helicopter operations. The Bell 230 helicopter is fully IFR (Instrument Flight Rules)-certified and is based at ExecuJet’s facility at Lanseria International Airport. ExecuJet Africa’s helicopter fleet also includes a Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: ExecuJet, 18-Jul-14

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LCI places AW139 with Indwe Aviation in South Africa

LCI places AW139 with Indwe Aviation in South Africa

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has announced a new partnership with Indwe Aviation (Pty) in George, South Africa, through the long-term lease of an AW139 helicopter. The brand-new aircraft forms part of LCI’s multimillion dollar order from AgustaWestland first announced in 2012. The lease agreement marks the beginning… Read more »

Source: LCI, 27-Jun-14

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Starlite nominated for Irish “Aircraft Operator of the Year”

Starlite nominated for Irish “Aircraft Operator of the Year”

Starlite Aviation has been nominated for the prestigious award of “Aircraft Operator of the Year” for the 2014 Irish Aviation Industry Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in the Aviation Industry, and are sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority. They aim to reward the most successful and innovative people, companies and projects in the industry. The… Read more »

Source: Starlite, 12-Jun-14

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South African pair to apply for bail in Zimbabwe over buried MD500

South African pair to apply for bail in Zimbabwe over buried MD500

A Zimbabwe court is due to hear a bail application today for two South African men arrested in Zimbabwe – See full story See also HeliHub.com accident report – 04-May-14 MD Helicopters MD500 West Nicholson, Zimbabwe

Source: Eye Witness News, 29-May-14

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Starlite Aviation prepare for Cabri operations starting in June

Starlite Aviation prepare for Cabri operations starting in June

Starlite Aviation have posted information on their Facebook page to confirm that the two Guimbal G2 Cabri helicopters on order have been accepted at the factory in France and are now in shipment to South Africa.  They will be based at Mossel Bay, and expected on fleet in June. The pair are serials 1064 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-May-14

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Starlite becomes first customer in Africa for Guimbal Cabri

Starlite becomes first customer in Africa for Guimbal Cabri

Starlite select the Guimbal Cabri G2 to upgrade its basic training helicopter fleet.  Starlite’s International Aviation Training Academy based in Mossel Bay, South Africa, was one of the launch customers welcomed to the Guimbal family, having purchased two of their latest Cabri G2 helicopters, with another six on order. Starlite International Training Academy has 15… Read more »

Source: Starlite, 14-May-14

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04-May-14 MD Helicopters MD500 West Nicholson, Zimbabwe

Helicopter crashed and owner Frikkie Lutzkie arranged for wreckage to be buried.  Certain aspects of press reports (including date) do not tie up – but read reports of this accident in conjunction with another incident from May 2012 relating to another helicopter and the same owner

04-May-14

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Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

Capital Air has purchased an entrol H01 FNPT II simulator, which is based on the Bell 206. This simulator will be installed in South Africa and will be used for the CPL/ATPL , IR courses, Safety & Emergency procedures training , NVG training and Bell 206 Cockpit Familiarization training. Capital Air is one of the… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 17-Apr-14

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TNPA awards helicopter pilotage contract to Denel Aviation

TNPA awards helicopter pilotage contract to Denel Aviation

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is pleased to announce that its helicopter service will from April 1 be undertaken by Denel Aviation which was awarded the contract after a competitive tender process. Denel is South Africa’s global leader in the supply of strategic defence, aerospace and security products and services. Even though Denel is extending… Read more »

Source: TNPA, 06-Apr-14

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Denel to be pushed on Rooivalk production

Denel to be pushed on Rooivalk production

The South African Government will push state-owned arms manufacturers Denel to increase production of the Rooivalk attack helicopter.  See full story

Source: IOL, 01-Apr-14

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Robinson R44 rescues 11 from South African river

Robinson R44 rescues 11 from South African river

Just imagine – you have previously only used your R44 for game capture when a friend calls you about a group of people stranded mid-river after their game reserve safari vehicle gets washed away.  Kudos to pilot Coena Smith for rescuing not one but eleven people.  See full story and these photos

Source: News24, 11-Mar-14

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07-Jan-14 ZS-RIU Eurocopter AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

This was a training flight and the crew was practising a simulated governor/FADEC failure when the helicopter landed hard short of the helipad, resulting in substantial damage to the skid gear, which broke off. The pilot flying closed the throttle at a height of 30 ft AGL, which resulted in a sudden decay in main… Read more »

07-Jan-14

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21-Dec-13 Robinson R22 Midrand, South Africa

Solo pilot seriously injured in crash close to Grand Central Airport.  R22 ended up on its side with main blades bent but still attached

21-Dec-13

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Register Update – South Africa – November 2013

Register Update – South Africa – November 2013

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-13

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Paramount donates Gazelle helicopter to combat rhino poaching

Paramount donates Gazelle helicopter to combat rhino poaching

The Paramount Group has donated a Gazelle helicopter to South African National Parks to fight rhino poachers in the Kruger national park, South Africa’s largest game reserve. See full story [File photo]

Source: DefenceWeb, 29-Nov-13

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South Africa resumes A109LUH conversion course

South Africa resumes A109LUH conversion course

After five months of not flying, the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) are back in the air again and converting new pilots.   See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 06-Nov-13

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First ever combat for Rooivalk

First ever combat for Rooivalk

After three decades of development and a development cost in excess of R8 billion, the South African designed and built Rooivalk attack helicopter has finally deployed operationally, and also fired its weapons in anger.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 06-Nov-13

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29-Oct-13 ZS-RTV Robinson R22B Herold’s Bay, South Africa

Helicopter ended up on its port side, with tail boom in multiple pieces.  Sole occupant pilot injured

29-Oct-13

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EIS extends contract with Starlite Aviation Ireland

EIS extends contract with Starlite Aviation Ireland

Eurocopter International Services and Starlite Aviation Ireland celebrated on the Eurocopter booth Tuesday at the Helitech 2013 International Expo the renewal of a contract for Operational Quality Management Support (QMS) for Starlite’s growing helicopter fleet for another year. This extends an agreement signed in September 2012 for a complete support package provided to the Irish-based… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 28-Oct-13

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05-Oct-13 F-WTAZ Eurocopter AS365 Grand Central, South Africa

Grand Central Airport emergency services tweeted : “Precautionary landing (RCF) at Grand Central Airport. Dauphin AS365 Helicopter. Reg: FW-TAZ (French). All safe”.  We’re not sure why the reg isn’t presented correctly as F-WTAZ, but there you go!

05-Oct-13

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AgustaWestland delivers 600th AW139 with special paint scheme

AgustaWestland delivers 600th AW139 with special paint scheme

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the delivery of a second AW139 intermediate twin helicopter featuring a highly customized exterior painting scheme to a South African private customer. This aircraft is also the 600th AW139 delivered by AgustaWestland to the global market and it will be used to perform corporate and passenger transport… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Oct-13

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Eurocopter and Starlite Aviation Ireland expand their partnership

Eurocopter and Starlite Aviation Ireland expand their partnership

Operational Quality Management Support (QMS) for Starlite Aviation Ireland’s growing helicopter fleet will be provided for another year by Eurocopter International Services (EIS) under terms of a new contract announced today at the Helitech International exposition in London. This extends an agreement signed in September 2012 for a complete support package provided to the Irish-based… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 26-Sep-13

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Russian Helicopters center in South Africa to move into top gear in 2014

Russian Helicopters center in South Africa to move into top gear in 2014

Head of Rostec Corporation International Economic Cooperation Department Sergey Goreslavsky communicated the plans to increase the capacity of Russian Helicopters center in South Africa. Earlier, during MAKS-2013 aviation salon, Rostec and Denel (South Africa) signed a memorandum of understanding, which implies that the center capacities should be increased. The first level capacities (maintenance) of the helicopter service… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Sep-13

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Starlite expansion continues with two AS332s in Afghanistan

Starlite expansion continues with two AS332s in Afghanistan

Starlite Aviation – the Irish (or is it South African?) operator continues expanding.  In the last fortnight they have taken delivery of two Eurocopter AS332L Super Pumas on lease from Vector Aerospace for operation in Afghanistan. The leased in Super Pumas have recently been refurbished and fitted with the latest generation of avionics equipment and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Sep-13

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Starlite takes 1st Prize in “Influential Women” awards

Starlite takes 1st Prize in “Influential Women” awards

The ‘Most Influential Women in Business and Government’ Awards took place at the Gallagher Estate Conference Centre in Johannesburg on the 31st of July, and Starlite Aviation is extremely proud to announce the achievements of our illustrious ladies. Kate Odendaal, Director of Training, won the prestigious General Services category, with Starlite’s Laura Ilunga also nabbing… Read more »

Source: Starlite Aviation, 14-Aug-13

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Budget cuts ground most of South African A109LUH fleet

Budget cuts ground most of South African A109LUH fleet

With the country’s military watchers united in their view the SA Air Force (SAAF) is fast approaching crisis point in terms of operational ability, the finger is – again – being pointed at underfunding. see full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 01-Aug-13

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Starlite has two finalists in “South Africa’s Most Influential Women” competition

Starlite has two finalists in “South Africa’s Most Influential Women” competition

Starlite Aviation is delighted to announce two finalists in the prestigious “South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government” Competition. Kate Odendaal, Managing Director and Chief Flying Instructor of Starlite Africa Training and Captain Laura Ilunga, Director of Operations & HR of SAWIA and Starlite contracting pilot, have both been selected as finalists. South… Read more »

Source: Starlite Aviation, 21-Jun-13

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