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Rooivalk retractable gun turret system under development

Rooivalk retractable gun turret system under development

The SAAF Rooivalk Combat Support Helicopter (CSH) employs a chin mounted 20mm cannon. The helicopter main rotor blades kick up a lot of dust as a result of downwash during take-off and landing. Some of this dust is then ingested into the chin mounted cannon. As a result, the cannon has proven unreliable due to… Read more »

Source: Armscor, 07-Nov-19

25-Oct-19 ZT-RAL Robinson R44 Sinoville, South Africa

Crashed while on a training flight, thee occupants reported as uninjured

25-Oct-19

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Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Leonardo announced today the signing of a Distributorship Agreement with Absolute Aviation Group in South Africa for the civil and commercial market. The Agreement, which has the potential to be extended to other Southern African nations in the future, includes the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, the AW169 light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Oct-19

SA leading emergency service partners with what3words

SA leading emergency service partners with what3words

Sharing a 3 word address in an emergency gives callers a simple way to describe precisely where they are and enables ER24 to find them faster. Identifying precisely where help is needed in an emergency can be critical to saving lives, from an incident outside Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town, to a road accident… Read more »

Source: what3words, 27-Sep-19

Bell and National Airways mark 30 years in South Africa

Bell and National Airways mark 30 years in South Africa

This year marks a special anniversary for both Bell and Bell Independent Representative, National Airways Corporation (NAC). Thirty years ago, in 1989, we teamed up to offer helicopter solutions to go above and beyond flight in the southern part of Africa. One of the most prominent markets on the African continent is South Africa. With… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Jun-19

Transnet National Ports Authority to add marine pilot base in Cape Town

Transnet National Ports Authority to add marine pilot base in Cape Town

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has taken the decision to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to transfer marine pilots onto and off visiting vessels. This would make the port one of three within the South African port landlord’s complementary port system that offer the service, the others being Durban and… Read more »

Source: Transnet, 03-Jun-19

South African doctor learns from Great North Air Ambulance in UK

South African doctor learns from Great North Air Ambulance in UK

Techniques and equipment developed by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) are being adopted by South African doctors to benefit patients on the other side of the world. The GNAAS team hosted Neville Vlok, chief medical officer at HALO air ambulance, based near Johannesburg, who visited the UK on a fact-finding mission. Dr Vlok,… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 03-Jun-19

Transnet National Ports Authority accepts GrandNew pair

Transnet National Ports Authority accepts GrandNew pair

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) recently attended a signing ceremony at Leonardo’s plant at Vergiate, for the acceptance of two new helicopters.  The aircraft will be used to transfer marine pilots at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa and are expected to be delivered to TNPA by June 2019.  The aircraft are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-19

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03-Feb-19 ZU-RZM Airbus SA342M Rand, South Africa

Helicopter ended on its starboard side.  Indications of main blades contacting tail boom.  All four on board exited without serious injury Aircraft was originally built by the Soko factory in the former Yugoslavia

03-Feb-19

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South African court cancels Antarctic tender award

South African court cancels Antarctic tender award

The Pretoria High Court has set side a four-year tender that was awarded to Ultimate Heli after it was discovered that Indwe Aviation was unfairly excluded from the bidding process. The tender was for helicopter support to the Environmental Affairs Department’s yearly research and resupply expeditions to Antarctica. Ultimate Heli has already spent two years,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Kopter appoints SH09 distributor for South Africa

Kopter appoints SH09 distributor for South Africa

Kopter is proud to announce the deepening of its partnership with Safomar Aviation (PTY) LTD of South Africa, which has placed an order of two SH09 helicopters earlier this year. Safomar Aviation has been appointed distributor of the single engine SH09 helicopter for South Africa during an event that took place at the AAD (Africa… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 27-Sep-18

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Bell enters Southern African market

Bell enters Southern African market

This week, National Airways Corporation (NAC) celebrated the entry into market of Bell’s newest commercial aircraft, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Guests were invited to attend an exclusive unveiling event organized at the NAC Lanseria airport facility in South Africa showcasing a pair of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters recently delivered to a couple, who are… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-Sep-18

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Kopter announces order from Safomar Aviation of South Africa

Kopter announces order from Safomar Aviation of South Africa

On Day 2 of HeliExpo 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kopter Group AG is proud to announce that Safomar Aviation (PTY) LTD of South Africa has signed an order of two (2) units of the SH09 single turbine helicopter. Safomar is currently in advanced stage discussions with Kopter of a representation agreement for its products… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 03-Mar-18

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Transnet National Ports Authority orders two AW109s

Transnet National Ports Authority orders two AW109s

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a R250 million contract with AgustaWestland for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new AW109 helicopters. These helicopters will be used in Durban and Richards Bay, in their Helicopter Marine Pilotage Service. South Africa is one of the three countries in the world that offer this service…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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01-Jan-18 ZS-??? Airbus AS350B3 Cathedral Peak, South Africa

Police helicopter ended up on its side during a search operation. The pilot and crew‚ who included a search and rescue unit operator and his search dog‚ survived the crash. Photos suggest the subject helicopter is ZS-RDL (msn 4170) or ZS-RPL (msn 3468)

01-Jan-18

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Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Metro Aviation adds first South African simulator customer

Metro Aviation adds first South African simulator customer

Aerios Global is the first South African company to train at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana, and says they will be back annually.  The offshore and land-based helicopter services company, stationed in Cape Town, currently operates a variety of aircraft including an EC120, AS350, AS365 and the newest addition, the EC145. … Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 02-Oct-17

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Changes coming for Turbomeca Africa

Changes coming for Turbomeca Africa

Denel Group received approval to acquire Turbomeca Africa (TMA) in May which is now underway. During this acquisition; TMA’s manufacturing division will be closed down as Denel wants to focus on special processes, maintenance, overhauls and repairs, reports Defence Web.

26-Sep-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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