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SAAF Museum adds a Cessna 185 to its inventory – more to come

A silver Cessna 185, bearing the words “SA Army/SA Leer,” took to the air for the first time after refurbishment to become another of the Museum’s flyable aircraft.


Update on Hawks moving to AFB Waterkloof

The SAAF is intending to reopen an operational squadron to fly the Hawk Mk120.


Elements of 85 Combat Flying School to operate from AFB Waterkloof

The South African Air Force plans to relocate 85 Combat Flying School, along with its fleet of Hawk Mk120s from AFB Makhado in Limpopo to AFB Waterkloof in Pretoria.


Cuba now teaching flying and air traffic control to SA Air Force members

Cuban/South African military co-operation has ratcheted up another notch since the start of this month with 24 SAAF members now undergoing extended training in various aviation-related disciplines in the island republic.


Beleaguered SAAF apparently reaching out to SAA for assistance

The point has apparently been reached where the SA Air Force is aware it cannot fulfil its defence obligations and the airborne arm of the SANDF has turned to pilots flying for the national carrier, SAA, for assistance.


Silver Falcons and supersonic car for the next Ysterplaat Aviators Evening

The next Aviators Evening to be hosted by Force Base Ysterplaat onThursday 8 October 2015 is sure to set the pulse racing for both aviation and motor car enthusiasts alike.


Why Cyril Ramaphosa had to use a Gupta plane

The SA Air Force pays up to $30 000 (R400 000) per course for advanced training for its VIP pilots, but four of the six sessions it booked and paid for overseas were cancelled this year at the last minute.


SAAF Museum flight’s new addition ready to fly

The latest addition to the SAAF Museum flight – a Cessna 150 – is expected to take part in the September flying training day.


Seeker UAVs for the SAAF

t’s about as official as it can be without any official acknowledgement. According to the latest Denel annual report “the Seeker 400 is now in production for our local customer”.


26 of 39 Oryx upgraded by Denel Aviation

Denel Aviation will conclude the avionics upgrade of 39 of the South African Air Force’s Oryx transport helicopters in January 2016 after years of delays.


Braddick continues to support SAAF’s turbine C-47TPs

Braddick Specialised Air Services, whose precursor Wonder Air converted the SAAF’s C-47s to turbine power, is still supporting these venerable aircraft with airframe and aircraft support systems.


Further details of Oryx taxy incident in the DRC revealed

Further details have been revealed about the incident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month when an Oryx helicopter suffered damage whilst preparing for take-off.


SAAF helicopter on UN mission in DRC damaged in taxying incident

No-one was injured when a SAAF Oryx helicopter suffered damaged to its\' nose on Saturday July 18 whilst operating in the DRC.


SAAF chief visiting China

The Chief of the South African Air Force, General Fabian Msimang, is currently in China on an official visit.


Ex Blue Okavango focuses on regional humanitarian aid

The SAAF has confirmed its participation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) humanitarian aid assistance exercise Blue Okavango currently underway in Botswana.


Saab offering Giraffe radars to meet SAAF’s Project CHUTNEY requirements

Saab will offer its Giraffe 4/8A radars to meet the SAAF’s Project Chutney requirements for the replacement of its ground based radars.


Who has airpower superiority in southern Africa?

South Africa’s reputation as top gun when it comes to air power in the southern African region could be shot down by Angola and its powerful new Russian fighters.


Saab completes Project DESCENT air navigation upgrades for SAAF

Saab has finished supplying air traffic management (ATM) upgrades to the SAAF under Project DESCENT.


King Air 652 back in SAAF service after extensive refurbishing

41 Squadron has a fully refurbished King Air B200 back in service after being without the aircraft for just on three years.


South Korea commemorates South African airmen

Exactly 65 years ago to the day when North Korea attacked South Korea, the embassy of the Republic of Korea held a commemoration ceremony at AFB Ysterplaat, Cape Town.


Mapisa-Nqakula will not make public presidential flight cost details

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has refused to give Parliament details of presidential flights involving the SAAF Boeing bizjet and privately chartered aircraft.


OC 21 Sqn quits after Zuma travel chaos

Chaos caused by the scheduling of President Jacob Zuma’s international flights has apparently resulted in the commanding officer of the SA Air Force’s VIP squadron resigning this week.


Air crash: Parents believe explanation doesn’t make sense

The Air Force told them only God has the answers why their son died in an airforce aircraft accident and that they should accept that.


Pilot chopper had been weak in flight school

The pilot of an Agusta 109 Air Force helicopter that crashed two years ago in the Kruger National Park with four soldiers on board, had already struggled during his basic flying training to get understanding of certain aspects of flight.


SAAF 95 must be properly commemorated

This year the SAAF marks its 95th anniversary and indications are the event will pass with an absolute minimum of the pomp and pageantry associated with major military milestones.

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