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Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

6-Nov-2014Source: Defenceweb

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... Read more

Paramount Top Gun school to train cargo and helicopter pilots

Paramount Top Gun school to train cargo and helicopter pilots

4-Nov-2014Source: Defence Web

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... Read more

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

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

18-Oct-2014

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

More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

30-Sep-2014Source: Defence Web

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... Read more

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

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

25-Sep-2014

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.... Read more

Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan – new JV for helicopter modifications

Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan – new JV for helicopter modifications

15-Sep-2014Source: DefenceWeb

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... Read more

KwaZulu-Natal launches night EMS flights

KwaZulu-Natal launches night EMS flights

8-Sep-2014Source: KwaZulu-Natal Govt

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

ExecuJet Africa expands helicopter charter fleet

ExecuJet Africa expands helicopter charter fleet

18-Jul-2014Source: ExecuJet

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

LCI places AW139 with Indwe Aviation in South Africa

LCI places AW139 with Indwe Aviation in South Africa

27-Jun-2014Source: LCI

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

Starlite nominated for Irish “Aircraft Operator of the Year”

Starlite nominated for Irish “Aircraft Operator of the Year”

12-Jun-2014Source: Starlite

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

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

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

29-May-2014Source: Eye Witness News

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... Read more

Starlite Aviation prepare for Cabri operations starting in June

Starlite Aviation prepare for Cabri operations starting in June

21-May-2014Source: HeliHub.com

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

Starlite becomes first customer in Africa for Guimbal Cabri

Starlite becomes first customer in Africa for Guimbal Cabri

14-May-2014Source: Starlite

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

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

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

4-May-2014

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... Read more

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

17-Apr-2014Source: Entrol

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

TNPA awards helicopter pilotage contract to Denel Aviation

TNPA awards helicopter pilotage contract to Denel Aviation

6-Apr-2014Source: TNPA

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

Denel to be pushed on Rooivalk production

Denel to be pushed on Rooivalk production

1-Apr-2014Source: IOL

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

Robinson R44 rescues 11 from South African river

Robinson R44 rescues 11 from South African river

11-Mar-2014Source: News24

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... Read more

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

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

7-Jan-2014

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

21-Dec-13 Robinson R22 Midrand, South Africa

21-Dec-13 Robinson R22 Midrand, South Africa

21-Dec-2013

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

Register Update – South Africa – November 2013

Register Update – South Africa – November 2013

5-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Paramount donates Gazelle helicopter to combat rhino poaching

Paramount donates Gazelle helicopter to combat rhino poaching

29-Nov-2013Source: DefenceWeb

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]... Read more

South Africa resumes A109LUH conversion course

South Africa resumes A109LUH conversion course

6-Nov-2013Source: DefenceWeb

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... Read more

First ever combat for Rooivalk

First ever combat for Rooivalk

6-Nov-2013Source: DefenceWeb

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... Read more

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

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

29-Oct-2013

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

EIS extends contract with Starlite Aviation Ireland

EIS extends contract with Starlite Aviation Ireland

28-Oct-2013Source: Eurocopter

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

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

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

5-Oct-2013

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!... Read more

AgustaWestland delivers 600th AW139 with special paint scheme

AgustaWestland delivers 600th AW139 with special paint scheme

2-Oct-2013Source: AgustaWestland

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

Eurocopter and Starlite Aviation Ireland expand their partnership

Eurocopter and Starlite Aviation Ireland expand their partnership

26-Sep-2013Source: Eurocopter

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

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

19-Sep-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

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

Starlite expansion continues with two AS332s in Afghanistan

Starlite expansion continues with two AS332s in Afghanistan

17-Sep-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Starlite takes 1st Prize in “Influential Women” awards

Starlite takes 1st Prize in “Influential Women” awards

14-Aug-2013Source: Starlite Aviation

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

Budget cuts ground most of South African A109LUH fleet

Budget cuts ground most of South African A109LUH fleet

1-Aug-2013Source: DefenceWeb

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... Read more

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

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

21-Jun-2013Source: Starlite Aviation

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

Denel Aviation to expand Mi-8 / MI-17 South African service centre

Denel Aviation to expand Mi-8 / MI-17 South African service centre

17-Jun-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Denel Aviation today signed an agreement to increase the range of services offered by the centre opened in South Africa earlier this year to provide maintenance and upgrade of Mi-8/17 helicopters. The agreement was signed at the Paris Air Show – Le Bourget 2013. The parties have agreed... Read more

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

13-Jun-2013Source: Starlite

Starlite have announced that their application to operate non-scheduled charter and aerial work services in Tanzania was recently granted by the Board of Directors of the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite was awarded the licence owing to their compliance with the rules and regulations, laid down by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite offers expert... Read more

Two R44s committed to fight against rhino poaching

Two R44s committed to fight against rhino poaching

15-May-2013Source: IOL

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has given the green light for a R4-million sponsorship of two anti-rhino poaching helicopters as well as securing two fixed-wing aircraft to bolster the fight against the onslaught of rhino poaching in KZN. (See Full Story)... Read more

UTair South Africa becomes official supplier to UN

UTair South Africa becomes official supplier to UN

14-May-2013Source: UTair

[electronic translation] Airline UTair South Africa (South Africa), part of the air group, “UTair”, registered as an official supplier of aviation services to the United Nations. Registered preceded by the successful completion of the airline technical audit for compliance with ICAO aviation and UN standards. Since 2004, UTair South Africa performs a series of air services... Read more

23-Apr-13 ZS-HLS Robinson R44 Schoemanskloof, South Africa (4F)

23-Apr-13 ZS-HLS Robinson R44 Schoemanskloof, South Africa (4F)

23-Apr-2013

Helicopter departed Nelspruit, picked up passengers at Casterbridge and was en route to Grand Central, but crashed in an open field.  Visibility is quoted in press reports as a possible factor.  The victims were named as Nicholas More, Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens.... Read more

16-Apr-13 Mahikeng, South Africa

16-Apr-13 Mahikeng, South Africa

16-Apr-2013

Helicopter crashed into water.  only tail visible.  Early reports only – one of which says it is a fixed-wing.  Will update later... Read more

Tourist sues South African R44 pilot after crash

Tourist sues South African R44 pilot after crash

10-Apr-2013Source: IOL NEWS

Argentine passenger in R44 accident sues the pilot – her boyfriend’s father (see full story).... Read more

Russian Helicopters launches South Africa service centre with Denel Aviation

Russian Helicopters launches South Africa service centre with Denel Aviation

3-Apr-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Denel Aviation of South Africa have opened a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in South Africa for Russian-built helicopters, strengthening Russian Helicopters’ position in the African market. The MRO centre was launched on 26 March 2013... Read more

03-Apr-13 Robinson R44 Nylstroom, South Africa (1F)

03-Apr-13 Robinson R44 Nylstroom, South Africa (1F)

3-Apr-2013

Unknown circumstances.  Wreck found next morning after failing to arrive at intended destination... Read more

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

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

29-Mar-2013

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... Read more

23-Mar-13 ZS-HSR Bell 206B Petermaritzburg, South Africa

23-Mar-13 ZS-HSR Bell 206B Petermaritzburg, South Africa

23-Mar-2013

Helicopter substantially damaged in emergency landing on road.  Bridegroom Rishi Ramdeo, his parents Vijay and Danmathie and best man Robert Soogram were injured after their helicopter crashed outside the wedding venue.     The pilot and the groom were reported in a critical condition and the other occupants were treated for mild to serious injuries.... Read more

Starlite lease in two Bell 412s for Namibia contract

Starlite lease in two Bell 412s for Namibia contract

15-Feb-2013Source: HeliHub.com

South African operator Starlite Aviation are leasing in two Bell 412s from Falcon Aviation Services in the UAE, with delivery expected imminently.  The pair have been leased in for an initial twelve months to support an offshore oil exploration contract off the coast of Namibia, starting in March 2013.  They will initially be based at... Read more

ExecuJet Africa showcasing helicopter charter at Mining Indaba 2013

ExecuJet Africa showcasing helicopter charter at Mining Indaba 2013

4-Feb-2013Source: ExecuJet Africa

ExecuJet Africa, the continent’s leading business aviation company, is once again exhibiting at the Mining Indaba 2013 event from 4-7 February in Cape Town. The company will be showcasing its full suite of business aviation services, including helicopter charter solutions. ExecuJet Africa will be at stand 1919 highlighting its services of helicopter management, rotary wing... Read more

South African mlitary defends Alouette III disposals to Zimbabwe

South African mlitary defends Alouette III disposals to Zimbabwe

29-Jan-2013Source: IOL

The SA National Defence Force has defended the disposal of military helicopter airframes and spares to Zimbabwe amid threats of legal action to stop the move. (see full story)... Read more

South Africa court halts export of Alouette IIIs to Zimbabwe

South Africa court halts export of Alouette IIIs to Zimbabwe

27-Jan-2013Source: AfriForum

An urgent interim court order was awarded to AfriForum late this afternoon by the North Gauteng High Court to prevent delivery of Alouette III Air Force helicopters by the South African National Defence Force to the Zimbabwean army. The interim order shall stand pending the finalisation of the main application by 19 February 2013. AfriForum... Read more

25-Jan-13 ZS-RYP Robinson R44 Grey Goose, South Africa

25-Jan-13 ZS-RYP Robinson R44 Grey Goose, South Africa

25-Jan-2013

Helicopter came down after hitting powerlines.  Pilot  Francois Liebenberg and his two passengers were all taken to hospital with injuries. Close up video tour of wreckage here on YouTube... Read more

18-Jan-13 ZU-HRS Westland-Bell 47G.3B.1 Hibberdene, South Africa

18-Jan-13 ZU-HRS Westland-Bell 47G.3B.1 Hibberdene, South Africa

18-Jan-2013

Pilot heard a change in the engine pitch and managed an emergency landing before the helicopter burst into flames.  Agricultural ops... Read more

ExecuJet Africa Adds Helicopters to Charter Fleet

ExecuJet Africa Adds Helicopters to Charter Fleet

4-Dec-2012Source: ExecuJet Africa

ExecuJet Africa has teamed up with Acher Aviation, leaders in off-shore helicopter operations, to offer a range of services including helicopter management and charter, as well as specialised support to the oil, gas, mining and resource exploration sectors. ExecuJet’s fleet now includes three helicopters from Acher Aviation, including a Bell 407, an Agusta 109 Power... Read more

22-Nov-12 ZU-RFB Eurocopter SE3160 Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

22-Nov-12 ZU-RFB Eurocopter SE3160 Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

22-Nov-2012

Engine failure.  Rolled over on landing... Read more

Starlite is launch customer of Eurocopter AS332C1e Super Puma

Starlite is launch customer of Eurocopter AS332C1e Super Puma

9-Nov-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter and Starlite Aviation Group have signed a contract for the acquisition of two AS332 C1e helicopters, the latest version of the popular Eurocopter Super Puma medium weight helicopter. The contract also includes an option for two additional aircraft. First deliveries will take place before the end of 2013, following EASA and FAA certification. The... Read more

South African military under-achieves on helicopter flight hours

South African military under-achieves on helicopter flight hours

2-Nov-2012Source: HeliHub.com

The South African Air Force has released its Annual Report for the year to 31 March 2012 as a 398 page PDF file.  Under the analysis of helicopter capability, it notes that the target of 12,500 flying hours in the year was under-achieved, and only 10,333.26 hours were flown.  The excuse given was “The low... Read more

AgustaWestland signs support contract for South Africa’s AW109LUH fleet

AgustaWestland signs support contract for South Africa’s AW109LUH fleet

23-Sep-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a comprehensive service support contract for the South African Air Force’s fleet of AW109LUH helicopters. The annual contract includes the provision for it to be extended for up to 5 years. Under the contract AgustaWestland will be responsible for the delivery and provision of... Read more

Denel Aviation and Russian Helicopters sign maintenance agreement

Denel Aviation and Russian Helicopters sign maintenance agreement

20-Sep-2012Source: Russian Helicopters

Denel Aviation, South Africa’s largest defence equipment manufacturer, and UIC Oboronprom, the parent company of Russian Helicopters, announce that they have signed a Teaming agreement to create a servicing hub for Russian-made military and commercial helicopters in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Teaming agreement was signed today at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) at... Read more

Eurocopter Southern Africa hosts airborne law enforcement seminar

Eurocopter Southern Africa hosts airborne law enforcement seminar

19-Sep-2012Source: DefenceWeb

Representatives from law enforcement agencies and police forces from around the world gathered in Centurion, South Africa, on Monday for the 3rd biennial airborne law enforcement seminar being hosted by Eurocopter Southern Africa. (see full story)... Read more

19-Sep-12 ZS-HGG Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa

19-Sep-12 ZS-HGG Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa

19-Sep-2012

R44 extensively damaged and all three POB to hospital with injuries.  Helicopter ended up on its port side (see photos)... Read more

19-Aug-12 ZS-HIW Bell 206B Douglas, South Africa

19-Aug-12 ZS-HIW Bell 206B Douglas, South Africa

19-Aug-2012

Loss of control landing in strong winds – main blades hit building... Read more

National Airways delivers first Bell 407GX in Africa

National Airways delivers first Bell 407GX in Africa

13-Aug-2012Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that National Airways Corporation, a Bell Helicopter independent representative, delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Africa. The 407GX will be operated by a private customer in a corporate capacity. “The technology found on the Bell 407GX is unique in the helicopter industry,”... Read more

Register Update – South Africa – July 2012

Register Update – South Africa – July 2012

8-Aug-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

27-Jul-12 Bell UH-1 Catha Village, South Africa (1F)

27-Jul-12 Bell UH-1 Catha Village, South Africa (1F)

27-Jul-2012

Weather conditions were described as adverse with winds up to 80km/h. The helicopter was dousing veld fires in the mountains on behalf of the Department of Water Affairs... Read more

19-Jul-12 ZS-RUI Robinson R44 Witfontein, South Africa

19-Jul-12 ZS-RUI Robinson R44 Witfontein, South Africa

19-Jul-2012

Shortly after dropping two passengers, helicopter had problem on take-off and it crashed onto its starboard side.  Pilot Christoffel Myburgh sustained head injuries... Read more

12-Jul-12 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Grand Central, South Africa

12-Jul-12 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Grand Central, South Africa

12-Jul-2012

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto its side... Read more

Register Update – South Africa – June 2012

Register Update – South Africa – June 2012

4-Jul-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

30-Jun-12 Kimberley, South Africa

30-Jun-12 Kimberley, South Africa

30-Jun-2012

Emergency landing on farm, helicopter caught fire.  Sole occupant, an instructor on a positioning flight, not seriously injured.... Read more

South African Air Force buys 6 Particle Separators

South African Air Force buys 6 Particle Separators

26-Jun-2012Source: Airwork

In May 2012 the South African Air Force took delivery and installed the first of six Airwork BK117 Particle Separators (Sand Filters), seen above in grey.  The Airwork particle separator replaced an existing Eurocopter design and early indications are that the SAAF is extremely happy with its performance. With the new filters fitted a decrease... Read more

Helicopter pilot appointed chief of South African Air Force

Helicopter pilot appointed chief of South African Air Force

26-Jun-2012Source: 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

Eurocopter establishes Africa’s first full motion Helicopter Simulator

Eurocopter establishes Africa’s first full motion Helicopter Simulator

19-Jun-2012Source: Eurocopter

Africa’s first full-motion helicopter flight simulator has been commissioned by Eurocopter in Kempton Park, the world’s leading manufacturer of civil and military rotorwing aircraft. The simulator, designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Super Puma and similarly compatible helicopters including the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Oryx , is located at the SimAero training... Read more

Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

15-Jun-2012

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)... Read more

Denel Aerostructures turnaround to take longer than first hoped

Denel Aerostructures turnaround to take longer than first hoped

8-Jun-2012Source: Engineering News

Denel Aerostructures has produced rotor blades and rotor heads for the AgustaWestland A109 and A119 helicopters and manufactures drop tanks for the Rooivalk attack helicopter. (see full story)... Read more

Register Update – South Africa – May 2012

Register Update – South Africa – May 2012

5-Jun-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

Thales wins support contract for South African Rooivalk and Super Lynx

Thales wins support contract for South African Rooivalk and Super Lynx

30-May-2012Source: Thales

Thales has been successfully selected by the South African Department of Defence, South African Air Force and ARMSCOR (Armaments Corporation of South Africa Ltd) for a five years Through Life Support [TLS] of all Thales avionics equipment on-board several fleets of aircrafts. Under the terms of the multi-year contract signed with Armscor, Thales will support... Read more

27-May-12 ZS-HRZ Bell 206B Midrand, South Africa

27-May-12 ZS-HRZ Bell 206B Midrand, South Africa

27-May-2012

Crashed shortly after take off from Grand Central Airport, coming to rest against a concrete fence.  The two occupants were severely injured – see photos here and here... Read more

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