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News Letter 16 August 2017

Good afternoon All

After a wonderfully relaxing weekend at Pyramid Air Park in the most amazing aviation weather we seem to be in for the big freeze this coming weekend, hopefully it doesn’t affect the following events planned for this weekend.

Weekend Events

SA Flyer/Shell Aviation Spot landing Competition Saturday 19 August

For those of you who don’t already know, our annual SA Flyer/Shell Aviation Spot landing Competition had to be cancelled on Saturday 8 July due to the deteriorating weather conditions. An announcement was also made that the new date for the competition is 19 August to coincide with the planned Airfield Festival.

The competition will start afresh and no scores recorded on 8 July will be carried over.

Participants for 19 August are requested to re-lodge their entries with Grant Rousseau at

The same arrangements which were in place for 8 July will apply for 19 August, i.e. pilots’ briefing, catering arrangements etc.

Unfortunately we will not be able to hand out new Goody Bags again.

Should the event not be held, and not be completed on 19 August due to weather conditions, it will automatically default to start afresh on Sunday 20 August.

Location Krugersdorp Flying Club

FAKR S26 04' 54" E27 43' 32"

Runway 08/26

Alt Feet 5499

Radio 122.0 Unmanned

Avgas is available at FAKR.

Rustenburg Breakfast Fly-in Saturday 19 August.

Rustenburg will be hosting a breakfast fly-in on the above mentioned date.

Come and enjoy the fun and Rustenburg hospitality.

Rustenburg Airfield INFO

Elevation: 3700 feet

Runway: 16 and 34, 1200 meters long, asphalt

Frequency: 122.4

Coordinates 25°38′39″S 027°16′16″E

Rustenburg is an unmanned airfield, you must ensure communication with other aircraft, join overhead at 5200 feet and then follow the normal joining procedure for runway 16 or 34 depending on the weather.

Also see this link:

Rand Airshow Sunday 20 August.

Rand Airport gates will be open at 7am on the day, the performances are set to start at 10am.

Airshows make for a great family day out of the house. You can expect the flying aces of South Africa to descend onto Rand Airport over the weekend for some tricks, stunts and demos!

Featuring old warbirds, helicopters, military displays, aerobatics and much much more

Please Bring

Your Camera

Cash (No card facilities)

Sun block

Your own blankets & chairs - Seating is not provided for, but you are welcome to sit in the beer tent and are not required to purchase anything in order to do so

You may bring your own picnic basket with refreshments. We do however try our best to support our local businesses and hope you will do the same.

DO NOT Bring

Alcohol (There is a beer tent available)

Shading e.g. gazebo’s or free standing umbrellas (obstructs other's views)

Charcoal, Gas Braais or Open Fires (Safety Hazard - This includes the car park areas)

Fireworks, Balloons and Flying Toys such as powered model aeroplanes, kites and frizbees (Serious safety hazard to the pilots)

Vehicles including motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, skateboards etc. into the public areas


Transport for the disabled to and from the car park will be available

No access will be granted without a ticket

All private areas require wrist bands to gain access

Any hawkers found will be removed by security and their goods confiscated

Approved vendors must operate from their demarcated stalls only. They may not move between the public to sell their goods

Littering can become a safety hazard - Please use the numerous bins that will be attached to the crowd barriers for your convenience

No public are allowed access to the flightline or Control Tower

No refunds will be given, unless the event is cancelled. In such a case the ticket holder will be liable for 10% of the tickets value due to handling fees.

Other restricted areas include the fuel depot, Fire Services and SAAF aircraft, private hangars, airport management offices

Aviation News

Comair expects higher earnings per share

Cape Town - Comair advised shareholders on Monday that for the year ended 30 June 2017, earnings per share are expected to be between 49% and 68% higher than those reported for the year ending 30 June 2016, at between 62 and 70 cents per share.

Headline earnings per share are expected to be between 85% and 104% higher than those reported for the comparative period at between 67 and 75 cents per share.

The expected increases are primarily as a result of a partial recovery of exchange losses incurred in the comparative period pertaining to the restatement of the dollar denominated aircraft loan as well as the non-recurring losses on oil hedges incurred in the comparative period.

The financial information on which the trading statement is based has not been reviewed and reported on by Comair’s external auditors.

The results for the year ended 30 June 2017 are expected to be released on SENS on or about 12 September 2017.

Airbus Little Engineers initiative comes to Africa

The Airbus Foundation has launched Airbus Little Engineer (ALE) robotics programme in Africa, aiming to reach at least 3,000 learners. Initial workshops will be held together with local stakeholders in Kenya and Nigeria later this year.

The initiative aims to train students between 10 and 16 years old in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal is to encourage students to understand and embrace technology and ignite a passion that could grow into an exciting STEM career.

Africa has the fastest-growing and most youthful population in the world and its youth will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the continent. Therefore, investment in education and training is essential in building an educated and skilled workforce and encouraging innovation. The goal of the ALE programme is to support the countries’ efforts in creating a sustainable pipeline of talent for Africa.

“Africa has developed an ‘innovation’ culture that is growing fast, with many social entrepreneurs and local non-profit organisations, and we want to support and work with them,” said Andrea Debbane, executive director of the Airbus Foundation. “It is important that we all join efforts to facilitate the access to STEM skills. These skills play a key role because STEM-related jobs are at the core of solving the complex problems of today’s world and its future.”

In the spirit of ‘think global, act local, the Airbus Foundation is working with local organisations dedicated to promote science education in Africa. The first partners, Travelling Telescope and STEM METS Resources, respectively based in Kenya and Nigeria will be rolling out a series of ALE workshops in their home countries.’

Since its launch in 2012, ALE programme successfully positioned itself as an effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to enlighten and empower youth in the areas of science and technology through robotics and aerospace.


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