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Air Force asks DNA sample

The air force 's flight crew members now as part of their medical screening a DNA sample and dental records for a database provides .


SAAF struggles to justify Wings and Wheels show cancellation

The senior command cadre of the SAAF has not won itself any friends, particularly in the Western Cape, by the late cancellation of the Wings and Wheels show due to have taken place at AFB Ysterplaat next weekend.


Row after Cape air show cancelled

A furious row has erupted over the South African Air Force’s decision to pull the plug on Cape Town’s Wings and Wheels Air Show, with the local aviation fraternity claiming political interference as the root cause.


Media Statement: Cancellation of AFB Ysterplaat Air Show

After a due diligence review of the arrangements for the show, and several attempts at corrective action, the Air Force command found it difficult to reconcile the planned show with the Air Force’s Vision and Strategic outcomes.


Ysterplaat Wings and Wheels Air Show (Cancelled)

With just two weeks t go, the South African Air Force has cancelled the Wings and Wheels 2013 show.


Il-76s for the SAAF?

A SA National Defence Force (SANDF) project team is burning the midnight oil on an urgent study to ensure extra airlift capacity for the SA Air Force (SAAF) becomes a reality.Afrikaans daily Beeld reports Ilyushin 76s (Il-76s) are top of the list to ...


First ever combat for Rooivalk

After three decades of development, the South African designed and built Rooivalk attack helicopter has not only deployed operationally for the first time, but it has also fired its guns in anger.


Agusta LUH conversion course resumes

After five months of not flying, the SAAF's fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopers (LUH) are back in the air again and converting new pilots.


Underfunding eroding SA Air Force

Severe underfunding has led to the erosion of the SAAF and its equipment, according to the Department of Defence’s Annual Report.


Rooivalk “makes a difference” in the DRC

More than 13 years after the first prototype of the Rooivalk attack helicopter flew in South Africa, the first one flew to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this past weekend.


Drama in air at demonstration day

A tool box crushed two vertebrae in the back of a female captain and broke the ankle of a load master when the Hercules C-130 cargo plane in which they were flying went into a screaming, out-of-control nose dive at a military show at Roodewal shooting ran


Falcons to fly regularly again

Public appearances by the Silver Falcons are set to resume after the crack aerobatic team’s displays were earlier this year curtailed by the SAAF's diminishing budget.


AFB Durban move will happen, no date set yet

The SAAF has no plans to close any of its nine bases, although AFB Durban is due to move, probably to King Shaka International Airport, at “some stage”.


Air Force cracking down on ill-discipline

The SA Air Force announced a stricter discipline enforcement regimen for all members on Thursday.


New funds to give SAAF wings

The defence department will be shifting much-needed funds to the cash-strapped SAAF, National Treasury said on Wednesday.


Hawk trainer iPad trial to start in South Africa

South African air force pilots are to trial the use of iPad tablets with the service’s Hawk lead-in fighter trainers.


Western Cape legislature hears “no SAAF helos for firefighting”

With fire season looming in the Western Cape, it appears that the SAAF cannot make helicopters available to assist municipal, provincial and other firefighting efforts in the province.


Public invited to view Air Capability Demonstation

The public is invited to attend the practise day of the next Air Capability Demonstation which will be held at the Roodewal Bombing Range on 23 October.


Rooivalk is going to DRC

Three Rooivalk combat support helicopters will be in the DRC before year-end to boost MONUSCO and its Force Intervention Brigade (FIB).


Portals SANDF Rooivalk looks set for DRC deployment

Just on 30 years after development work started on a home-grown attack helicopter, South Africa’s Rooivalk seems set for its first operational deployment.


Unique African aviation museum celebrates 40 years

Africa’s only working military aviation museum, at Swartkops Air Force Base near Pretoria, celebrated its 40th anniversary at the monthly flying/training day at the weekend.


Falcons to fly at Rand

The SAAF's crack aerobatics team – the Silver Falcons – will take to the skies for only their second public display of the year on Saturday at the Rand Airshow.


SAAF must get BVR capability to be relevant on the African continent

By Chris SzaboIf the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as a region and South Africa as a country wish to be taken seriously on the continent, a Beyond Visual Range (BVR) capability must be introduced for the SA Air Force’s Gripen C/...


SA deploys Rooivalk attack helicopters to DRC

The SANDF says Rooivalk attack helicopters are being deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday.


SAAF jets aren't in storage, says general

The SAAF has found that it was better - and cheaper - not to put the aircraft into long-term storage.

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