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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

18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

Nosewheel collapsed during ground taxi after hitting 5cm edge of newly laid tarmac.  operating for UN

Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40001:saaf-oryx-damaged-in-drc-taxiing-incident&catid=111:sa-defence&Itemid=242, 18-Jul-15

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

Emergency landing on golf course

23-Feb-15

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

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

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

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

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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29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele

29-Mar-13

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Rooivalk ready to deploy after upgrades completed

Rooivalk ready to deploy after upgrades completed

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has its full complement of Rooivalk combat support helicopters back on inventory after Denel Aviation returned the final aircraft following more than two years of work on Block 1F upgrades.(see full story)

Source: Defence Web, 15-Mar-13

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Helicopter pilot appointed chief of South African Air Force

Helicopter pilot appointed chief of South African Air Force

C SANDF has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Major General Fabian Zimpande (ZAKES) Msimang as the new Chief of the South Africa Air Force with effect from 01 October 2012. Maj Gen Msimang intergrated into the South African National Defence Force in 1994 after the first democratic Elections as a qualified pilot on the… Read more »

Source: South African Air Force, 26-Jun-12

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Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

The last of eleven upgraded Rooivalk attack helicopters will be delivered to the South African Air Force at the end of August (see full story)

15-Jun-12

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South African military reveals cause of A109LUH crashes

South African military reveals cause of A109LUH crashes

The three A109 Light Utility Helicopter crashes were caused by mechanical failure and pilot error, but all technical problems have been resolved, the chief of the South African Air Force has said. (see full story)

Source: defenceWeb, 30-Jan-12

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20-Jul-11 Denel Rooivalk Dimbaza, South Africa

Wire strike during low level flying

20-Jul-11

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Support costs for South African A109LUH climb

Support costs for South African A109LUH climb

Concerns locally in South Africa as support costs rise and rise.

Source: DefenceWeb, 21-Apr-11

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South African Air Force ceremonially receives Rooivalk

South African Air Force ceremonially receives Rooivalk

The upgraded Rooivalk combat support helicopter has been handed over to the South African Air Force for operational duties. The helicopter, designed and manufactured in South Africa, was received by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano. The Chief Executive Officer of Denel, Talib Sadik, says the handover is the culmination… Read more »

Source: Denel, 05-Apr-11

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15-Dec-10 AgustaWestland AW109LUH Ballito, South Africa

Suggested tail rotor problem after helicopter observed to be “spinning wildly”

15-Dec-10

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AgustaWestland wins contract to supply two Arrius 2K2 engines to SAAF

AgustaWestland wins contract to supply two Arrius 2K2 engines to SAAF

CONTRACT DETAIL FOR ACQUISITION/LOGISTICS (LGS) – ELGS/2010/336 Reference No: ELGS/2010/336 Requirements: Procurement of two Arrius 2K2 engines for the SAAF A109 light utility helicopter, inclusive of electronic engine control unit subsystem and long term storage container Awarded Date: 25 Nov 2010 Contract Value: R8 206 191,68 Classification: Restricted Contracts Awarded To: Agusta Westland Via del… Read more »

Source: Armscor, 26-Nov-10

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24-Nov-10 AgustaWestland AW109LUH Potchefstroom, South Africa

Hard landing incident during a scheduled military exercise involving the SA Army and the SA Air Force

24-Nov-10

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Chief of the South African Air Force calls for budget increase

Chief of the South African Air Force calls for budget increase

I’m not happy with the likely budgeting for flying hours for the next financial year,” affirms Lt-Gen Carlo Gagiano. “To operate all the systems in the SAAF optimally, I need a bigger budget. But we must never stop exploring ways of doing things better and cheaper.”

Source: Engineering News, 17-Oct-10

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South African Air Force commences offshore oil platform supply flights

South African Air Force commences offshore oil platform supply flights

SAAF is flying the shuttle service for Government-owned PetroSA with effect from July 1.  A spokesman added “We complied because part of our mandate is to assist other government departments” , also confirming the flights were infrequent.

Source: DefenceWeb, 20-Jul-10

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12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa (3F)

12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa

12-May-09

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