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News Letter 30 August 2018

Good day all

I’d like to start the newsletter today by congratulating Patrick Davidson on his wonderful achievement this past weekend, Patrick managed a second place finish in the Red Bull Challenger Series race in Kazan Russia.

Patrick Davidson, in only his third Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class outing, was close to a second faster than any of his rivals in the Qualifying session in Kazan.

The South African pilot set the track record as he flew through the Finish Gate with a time of 57.437s – the fastest of the weekend for the Challengers.

On Race Day Kevin Coleman managed to just beat Patrick by 0.15 of a second, Patrick is currently in sixth place in the overall standings considering this is only his third race he is doing exceptionally well.

Patrick we’ll be watching you in Austria in two weeks’ time, keep the SA Flag flying high.


The Children’s Flight will be taking place over two days this year as the sheer number of aircraft and children. In 2016 Children’s flight managed to fly 150 children and that number was increased to 400 in 2017, in 2018 the plan is to fly 1000 children. Please support the Children’s Flight 2018 on the 31 August and 1 September at Grand Central Airport.


Aloe Bush Game Lodge will be hosting a Spring Day Fly-In on the 1 September.

They will be serving a “Lekker Boere Breakfast” and as always their wide selection of Game Meat and products will be available for purchase.

Please confirm your booking on 083 450 8589

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The global show for general aviation, which has been successfully taking place at Lake Constance for over 40 years, is now also landing in South Africa thanks to a close partnership between Messe Friedrichshafen and Messe Frankfurt. From July 4 to 6, 2019, Messe Frankfurt South Africa will put on the first AERO SOUTH AFRICA at the Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria.

“The collaboration with Messe Frankfurt South Africa underscores the great significance that the AERO Friedrichshafen brand enjoys around the world. In addition, the Messe Frankfurt is well present in South Africa to favourably position the AERO brand there,” said Klaus Wellmann, CEO of Messe Friedrichshafen.

For Roland Bosch, Head of AERO, Messe Frankfurt is the ideal partner for Messe Friedrichshafen in South Africa, as its South African subsidiary, based in Johannesburg, possesses important local expertise thanks to its many events, as well as operational resources. Konstantin von Vieregge, CEO of Messe Frankfurt South Africa, adds that “the AERO SOUTH AFRICA perfectly rounds out our South African portfolio, as we already offer the largest automotive and boating trade shows in the country and, with this new aviation trade show, will thus cover all three elements. We are looking forward to close cooperation with the Messe Friedrichshafen team.”

With this move, the AERO once again has underscored its strong international aspirations. The European event holds the top spot in the rankings of industry trade shows for general aviation. “South Africa is a classic land of aviation: the number of aircraft is high, but due to the current average age of this inventory the need for contemporary aircraft and the corresponding modernization of the infrastructure is great,” says AERO head Roland Bosch, assessing the market situation. Furthermore, the Johannesburg/Pretoria region is the most important hotspot in South Africa from a business perspective.

There will be yet another international AERO presence by Messe Friedrichshafen in the foreseeable future: in China, the Messe Friedrichshafen management said, announcing additional global business activities. The 27th AERO Friedrichshafen takes place from April 10 to 13, 2019.


ExecuJet Haite is announcing the extension of its FAA approval to provide base maintenance on the Gulfstream IV and V series at its Tianjin Binhai International Airport facility in China.

In addition to the Gulfstream approvals, ExecuJet has increased its capability on the Bombardier Challenger 605 to a 72-month base check and Falcon 7X and 8X up to 48-month base checks.

Paul Desgrosseilliers, general manager, ExecuJet Haite, says: “We continue to develop cost-effective and high quality services for our customers in Tianjin and we recognise the significance of providing heavy maintenance capabilities on as wide a selection of aircraft as possible, in order to meet and exceed the expectations of our valued customers.

“It is testament to the great team we have in Tianjin that we are able to service a growing number of business jets, ensuring our customers receive the same outstanding level of service no matter where they are in the world.”

ExecuJet Haite holds CAAC, EASA, FAA, Cayman, Hong Kong, and Macau approvals and offers line and base maintenance support on multiple Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream models, as well as line support for both the Boeing business jet and Airbus corporate jet. In May 2018 it became the first and only business jet MRO in China to be awarded EASA Part 145 certification.


Garmin has acquired FltPlan, one of the largest flight planning companies in the world, creating more than 6.3 million flight plans annually.

With more than 165,000 registered users, FltPlan offers a free flight planning and filing website,, available for U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Panama, and parts of Venezuela and Colombia, as well as other premium web-based services. The company also offers the free FltPlan Go app for iOS, Android, and Windows.

“We are excited to have the FltPlan team join the Garmin family,” said Phil Straub, Garmin executive vice president and managing director, aviation. “We look forward to combining the comprehensive flight planning and flight management services available from FltPlan with our robust lineup of products and services to provide an unmatched portfolio of end-to-end services to our customers.”

In addition to the free and FltPlan Go mobile app, the company offers a range of premium services including:

SMS (safety management service),

PDCs (pre-departure clearances),

eAPIS and APIS (advanced passenger information system) for Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean,

Premium flight tracking,

The DCM (dot com) call sign program, and

Runway analysis.

“Thousands of pilots and operators depend on every day for their flight operation needs,” said Ken Wilson, founder of FltPlan. “We’re looking forward to leveraging decades of experience and industry leadership from Garmin to continue expanding and growing our service offerings and geographical reach for customers.”


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