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SAAF pilot numbers boosted by 17

The SA Air Force (SAAF) has 17 newly minted pilots in its ranks, along with 10 new navigators and flight engineers.

 

Inkwazi flying again

President Cyril Ramaphosa had to wait 10 months before he could make use of the South African Air Force’s presidential aircraft for the first time.

 

21 Squadron apparently didn’t transport VVIPs in 2017/18

The latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report has it the SA Air Force (SAAF) logged 496.3 hours flying government VVIPs and VIPs.

 

15 Squadron integral part of rescue technician training

The only SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter squadron on the east coast – 15 in Durban – recently provided airborne platforms for professional rescue technicians to fine-tune their skills.

 

“Critical maintenance events” impact on SAAF maritime patrol capabilities

Aircraft used by the SA Air Force (SAAF) for the maritime patrol tasking are not only in short supply - they are also more than 80 years old.

 

SAAF can only put two C-130s into the air at any one time

Ever-increasing demands coupled to diminishing resources are putting what was once called “The Pride of the Nation” into an unenviable situation.

 

Reserves to be “classified” for better utilisation

The revamp of the Reserve Force service system will see changes for South Africa’s part-time soldiers with among others, a classification system creating different levels of soldier.

 

SAAF on firefighting duty in Southern Cape

A SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter again showed its worth this week in a single day of firefighting operations in the southern Cape.

 

A-Darter ready for launch

Denel Dynamics recently completed its V3E Agile Darter (A-Darter) air-to-air missile qualification tests, making deliveries to the South African Air Force (SAAF) a step closer.

 

SAAF uses majority of allocated flying hours

In the 2017/18 financial year the SA Air Force (SAAF) achieved 81% of its targeted five thousand flying hours.

 

Saab puts senior executive in SA to push for Gripen MS20 upgrade

Saab has placed a senior executive in South Africa to try and persuade the South African Air Force (SAAF) to buy into the Gripen’s latest upgrade progamme.

 

SANDF officer falls to his death during training demonstration

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances leading up to the death of a Sergeant who fell out of a helicopter during a roping demonstration at the weekend.

 

SAAF CHU medal parade in DR Congo

The cloud hanging over the future of the SAAF composite helicopter unit (CHU) deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was nowhere to be seen during a medal parade this month addressed by the MONUSCO Force Commander.

 

SAAF helicopter damaged during capability demonstration

A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium-transport helicopter was damaged when it landed hard during an Air Capability Demonstration yesterday.

 

Air power capability display marred by Oryx “hard landing”

Tuesday’s SA Air Force (SAAF) air power capability display in Limpopo was marred by an Oryx emergency landing, fortunately with no injuries.

 

SAAF Museum Spitfire fighter project at ‘critical point’

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum project to rebuild, into flying condition, one of only two Supermarine Spitfires in South Africa has reached a critical point, requiring significant investment to be able to effectively proceed.

 

SAAF helicopter damaged in DRC evading ground fire

A SAAF helicopter was slightly damaged whilst evading ground fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday.

 

Falcon 50 flying again as SAAF improves aircraft maintenance

Efforts to get the SAAF’s VIP jet fleet flying again appear to be bearing fruit, with one of the Falcon 50s taking to the skies after some 18 months on the ground.

 

SANDF denies suspension of SAAF Chief - Media Statement

The Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande Msimang is not on suspension.

 

SAAF Chief apparently suspended – no comment from SANDF

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang is apparently on special leave after being suspended from duty.

 

It cost R1.5 million to fly Ramaphosa from Johannesburg to Cape Town

The promise from SAA to provide flights for President Cyril Ramaphosa is costing the government millions, according to a report by the City Press.

 

Rooivalk remaining in the DRC

The Rooivalk combat support helicopter looks set to remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but instead of being attached to the United Nations’ MONUSCO mission, it will apparently be operated only in support of South African troops.

 

New SAAF transport aircraft apparently still on the cards

The South African Air Force will be getting new medium and light transport aircraft in the next decade, according to the Department of Defence.

 

Armscor selling undocumented SAAF Cessna 185s

Six years after they were first offered for sale a tranche of unused – and undocumented – SA Air Force (SAAF) Cessna 185s are again up for sale, this time by Armscor via a tender.

 

New boss for AFS Port Elizabeth

Phetogo Molawa has officially become the ultimate “boss lady” of the air force in PE.

 
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