News Letter 7 February 2019


Good day All

The weekend looks pretty active in Gauteng and North-West unfortunately we are not aware of any events in provinces.

Rustenburg Fly-in Breakfast

Rustenburg Flying Club (FARG) will be hosting a Breakfast Fly-In on Saturday 9 February only a short flight from Gauteng and if their past events are anything to go by, it’s going to be great. Rustenburg is an unmanned airfield, please 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.

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

Rand Model Aeronautical Club Pylon Racing

Rand Model Aeronautical Club will be hosting a Pylon Racing Event which promises to be a lot of fun. RMAC is located on the corner of Swartkoppies Road & Klipriver Drive, Johannesburg South. GPS : 26°19’13.10″S 28° 3’24.32″E

Eagle Air Open Day

If you want to make flying your profession or simply want to fly for fun, join Eagle Air at their first Open Day for the year on Saturday, 9 February 2019 . Experience their training centre and facilities first-hand and meet with instructors and current students.

Entrance is free. The Open Day is aimed at providing more insight and information to aspiring pilots of all ages. Anyone eager to experience the magic of flight, there will be introductory flights available.

Please RSVP by emailing your name to kelly@eagleair.co.za. Alternatively, you can call 012 543 1929.

The Emirates Hosts Red Bull Air Race Opener

This weekend the Red Bull Air Race campaign begins in Abu Dhabi for the 12th season – it's time to start anew

In 2019 the pilots of the Red Bull Air Race will once again will be cleared into the track to kick off the season in Abu Dhabi. For the 12th season in a row the Corniche will set the scene as the action-packed season opener for a brand new World Championship.

The race will take place over the Arabian Gulf's stunning blue waters and fans will be able to witness all the action from the purpose-built race village on the Corniche breakwater. With unrivalled views of the race and the UAE capital's impressive skyline, the arena will be an entertainment focal point for all the family.

Our very own Patrick Davidson will be competing in the Challenger class for a second year; Patrick managed a 7th overall in the 2108 season, he is sure to improve on this in 2019.

Good Luck Paddy “Give it Hell”

CORSIA - Reducing emissions from aviation

Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The EU is taking action to reduce aviation emissions in Europe and working with the international community to develop measures with global reach.

Direct emissions from aviation account for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 2% of global emissions. If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 emitters.

Someone flying from London to New York and back generates roughly the same level of emissions as the average person in the EU does by heating their home for a whole year.

By 2020, global international aviation emissions are projected to be around 70% higher than in 2005 and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) forecasts that by 2050 they could grow by a further 300-700%. Along with other sectors, aviation is contributing to emission reductions within the EU through the EU emissions trading system.

CO2 emissions from aviation have been included in the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) since 2012. Under the EU ETS, all airlines operating in Europe, European and non-European alike are required to monitor report and verify their emissions, and to surrender allowances against those emissions. They receive tradeable allowances covering a certain level of emissions from their flights per year.

The system has so far contributed to reducing the carbon footprint of the aviation sector by more than 17 million tonnes per year, with compliance covering over 99.5% of emissions.

In addition to market-based measures like the ETS, operational measures – such as modernising and improving air traffic management technologies, procedures and systems – also contribute to reducing aviation emissions.

The legislation, adopted in 2008, was designed to apply to emissions from flights from, to and within the European Economic Area (EEA) – the 28 EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The European Court of Justice has confirmed that this approach is compatible with international law.

The EU, however, decided to limit the scope of the EU ETS to flights within the EEA until 2016 to support the development of a global measure by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

In light of the adoption of a Resolution by the 2016 ICAO Assembly on the global measure (see below), the EU has decided to maintain the geographic scope of the EU ETS limited to intra-EEA flights from 2017 onwards. The EU ETS for aviation will be subject to a new review in the light of the international developments related to the operationalisation of CORSIA. The next review should consider how to implement the global measure in Union law through a revision of the EU ETS legislation. In the absence of a new amendment, the EU ETS would revert back to its original full scope from 2024.

In 2016, the European Commission held a public consultation on market-based measures to reduce the climate change impact from international aviation. The consultation sought input on both global and EU policy options. In total, 85 citizens and organizations responded.

In October 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed on a Resolution for a global market-based measure to address CO2 emissions from international aviation as of 2021. The agreed Resolution sets out the objective and key design elements of the global scheme, as well as a roadmap for the completion of the work on implementing modalities.

The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, aims to stabilise CO2 emissions at 2020 levels by requiring airlines to offset the growth of their emissions after 2020.

Airlines will be required to monitor emissions on all international routes; offset emissions from routes included in the scheme by purchasing eligible emission units generated by projects that reduce emissions in other sectors (e.g. renewable energy).

During the period 2021-2035, and based on expected participation, the scheme is estimated to offset around 80% of the emissions above 2020 levels. This is because participation in the first phases is voluntary for states, and there are exemptions for those with low aviation activity. All EU countries will join the scheme from the start.

A regular review of the scheme is required under the terms of the agreement. This should allow for continuous improvement, including in how the scheme contributes to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Twelve A-29s heading for the Nigerian Air Force

Embraer Defence & Security and its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) were awarded a contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force.

“SNC is proud to work with our partner, Embraer Defence & Security, to build A-29s in support of the Nigerian Air Force in addressing their on-going training and security needs,” said Taco Gilbert, Senior Vice President of ISR, Aviation and Security (IAS) at SNC. “The combat-proven A-29 is designed and built for the mission in Nigeria. It’s the most reliable and cost-effective solution for basic and advanced flight and combat training, close air support operations, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), counterinsurgency and irregular warfare scenarios.”

“The A-29 Super Tucano has become the global reference for light attack and advanced training with a proven track record in several combat zones around the world”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defence & Security. “Embraer welcomes Nigeria as the latest member of this true international coalition that is helping bring peace to the world.” The A-29 is conducting combat missions on a daily basis in theatres around the world. It has more than 46,000 combat hours and more than 360,000 total flight hours. With the Nigeria order, the A-29 is the choice of 14 air forces worldwide.

In addition to its combat record, the A-29’s robust landing gear and enhanced clearance enable take-off and landing in even the most austere field conditions. The aircraft also offers exceptional dependability and accuracy in weapons delivery, making it highly effective in the light attack role. The contract for the Nigerian Air Force includes ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment, alternate mission equipment, contiguous U.S. interim contractor support, outside of continental U.S. (OCONUS) contractor logistic support and field service representatives for OCONUS support.

The aircraft will be produced in Jacksonville, Florida, and modified in Centennial, Colorado. The aircraft are expected to be delivered to Nigeria in line with the contract timelines, as part of a larger more comprehensive training and support package.

Air Traffic and Navigation Services appoint new human resources executive

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC has appointed Lulekwa Ngcwabe, as its new human resources executive. Ngcwabe has over a decade’s senior management experience and joins ATNS from the City of Johannesburg’s Metrobus entity, where she was general manager responsible for corporate services. ATNS said its philosophy is to create shared accountability for development and learning for its employees.

Interim ATNS CEO, Thomas Kgokolo said: “The intention is to afford all staff opportunities to learn and develop, either within their immediate sphere or beyond the simplest daily job routine. This inevitably means that our company is depending on its employees to identify, create and make use of available opportunities to develop themselves beyond traditional work-based training, as retention of staff is key. This is one of Ms Ngcwabe’s mandate, to entrench this philosophy within ATNS.”

Voted the Best Employer for two years in a row, ATNS is implementing its long-term Employment Equity (EE) Plan, geared towards ensuring equal representation of employees (designated and non-designated) across all occupational levels. The EE plan involves the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of appropriate measures to redress imbalances of the past, created by discriminatory employment policies and practices.

“The face of our executive committee is changing. The appointment of experts and thought-leaders in leadership positions in this company, especially women, is no coincidence. It has become the norm” said Kgokolo.

South African Airways to Resume Flights to Blantyre

South African Airways announced that it is likely to resume flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre, Malawi, in February, 2019.

On 18 January, South African Airways took a decision to cancel flights between the two cities after the audit process conducted at the Chileka International Airport in Blantyre confirmed that the airport was not fully compliant with minimum standards required for the airline to operate in line with its licensing conditions.

"We took steps immediately after we suspended operations to Blantyre and dispatched personnel from our head office to augment our staff in Blantyre to attend to the audit findings to ensure compliance with our licensing conditions,” said South African Airways Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali.

South African Airways put together a Corrective Action Plan and submitted it for consideration by its regulator, South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

The airline, working together with the Malawian authorities as well as stakeholders such as the Malawian Ministry of Transport and the local municipality in Blantyre, implemented the required interventions to return the airport to expected levels for safe operations.

On Thursday last week, South African Airways notified SACAA that the remedial interventions have been implemented.“We now await SACAA inspection of the airport and demonstration to them that we have successfully implemented required interventions as per our corrective action plan. Until measures put in place meet the satisfaction of SACAA, our operations between Johannesburg and Blantyre will remain suspended,” explained Tlali.

South African Airways usually operates a three weekly service between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).

“We understand that the inspection will take place next week Wednesday and we are optimistic that the regulator will be satisfied with the measures implemented. We would like to apologise to our passengers and customers for the inconvenience caused and trust that they will appreciate that the decisions to suspend flights and ensure compliance, were taken in the interests of safety for all,” concluded Tlali.

South African Airways will confirm the date for the reinstatement of the service once SACAA has granted permission to resume flights.


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