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On 1 May 2018, PSG Insure acquired Airborne Insurance Consultants, Africa's fastest-growing independent aviation insurance specialists.
PSG Insure's aviation division, under the management of Reon Wiese, forms part of PSG Konsult, which is listed on the Johannesburg and Namibia stock exchanges. It is made up of a team of specialised aviation insurance brokers with more than 100 years combined insurance experience.
The move positions PSG Insure as one of the biggest aviation insurance brokerages in South Africa, and the only one that offers a full-service offering across all classes of short-term insurance (commercial and personal lines).
"This is an exciting and mutually beneficial association for our business," said Scott Smith, managing director of Airborne Insurance Consultants. "PSG offers a comprehensive range of products to meet a full suite of client needs and has established relationships with respected product providers. It also offers the benefit of an influential brand, watertight legal and compliance infrastructure, and technological capabilities," said Smith.
For PSG, the Airborne Insurance team brings significant aviation insurance experience and a substantial client footprint across Africa and South Africa. The move has increased the number of aircraft owners insured through PSG to over 1000.
"This increased scale will allow us to access better products and better premiums for our clients," said Wiese. "The Airborne team also brings valuable expertise with the London insurance market, and we'll be able to tap into that to enhance our offering to clients."
OSHKOSH 2018- A PREVIEW
SONACA AIRCRAFT UNVEILED THE SONACA 200 AT THE AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
After having successfully completed the static tests program as well as all the stability, noise, vibration, performance and stall tests, the Sonaca 200 completed its flight test program with the spin tests which were conclusive. These tests closed the certification program which had been started in 2015 by Sonaca Aircraft.
At the end of 2017, Sonaca Aircraft had already obtained the DOA (Design Organization Approval). To get this certification, the company had demonstrated to the competent authorities that it had the necessary organisation, procedures, skills and resources for the design and certification of a CS-VLA type aircraft (in reference to the Sonaca 200).
"Even if obtaining the DOA is not a compulsory step for the development of a CS-VLA category aircraft, it demonstrates that we have a high level of technical maturity and mastery of our product. Thanks to the DOA, Sonaca Aircraft has the privilege to be able to certify certain modifications or repairs and this allows us to be very responsive to customer requests," said Simon André, Head of Independent Monitoring at Sonaca Aircraft.
Sonaca Aircraft now only needs the Type Certificate, which certifies that the aircraft, by its type definition, meets the airworthiness technical characteristics in every aspect. The Type Certificate comes with the Type Certificate Data Sheet which defines the product and its characteristics.
"Thanks to this new certification, Sonaca Aircraft will now be authorized to fly the Sonaca 200 both in Europe and in the rest of the world under the European Airworthiness Certificate," said Carl Mengdehl, Head of Engineering and Co-Founder at Sonaca Aircraft.
SUREFLY'S HYBRID ELECTRIC OCTOCOPTER DRONE ACHIEVES FIRST MANNED FLIGHT
While a few feet of hover might seem insignificant, the passenger drone start up is hailing the untethered lift-off with a pilot outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, as a huge success. For the hybrid gas- and battery-powered vertical take-off and landing vehicle (known as VTOL), this means the copter is on its way to flying with passengers inside. Once airborne, the craft will have a 75-mile range.
"People want to have something in their garage to take out and fly," SureFly CEO Steve Burns said in a call Friday afternoon. "We're trying to make it safer than driving your car to the same destination."
SureFly made headlines earlier this year after its planned CES flight in Nevada was called off for inclement weather. But five months later, the battery-backup craft made its first move closer to true flight - and with FAA experimental certification. That's an achievement SureFly is hoping will get the aircraft up and running by 2020. Technical and regulatory limitations have kept the craft grounded.
For Burns his passenger drone could compete with Uber's electric air taxi concept, along with many mainstream aviation companies' VTOL efforts, but it could also be a tool for a farmer, a commuter, or a paramedic. He said his company decided to move away from an all-electric craft after studying lithium-ion batteries from the company's electric trucks.
"We didn't think an all-electric craft was ready for prime time yet," he said. Most air taxis are developing an electric powered vehicle.
Burns is well aware that VTOL air taxis are racing to be the first to fly passenger's short distances. Even if the craft only made it 5 feet above ground, he said the hover is as significant as hovering 500 feet as it requires the same tech, mechanisms, and effort.
Decorated with an eye catching colour scheme, it was certainly one of the talking points of the show. The prototype H3 was first shown at Friedrichshafen in 2013 and an early production model in 2014.
With serial numbers 70 to 75 now in production and H3's flying on three continents, this little side by side two seater is now well established as a leader in the microlight helicopter world. Most UL flight schools now use the H3 as their training ultralight helicopter due to its interesting specification and costs.
COULD THE TEXTRON SCORPION JET BE THE LIGHT ATTACK AND ISR PLATFORM OF THE FUTURE?
Textron debuted its production-standard Scorpion light strike and ISR aircraft at the recent Dubai Airshow to show off its advantages to governments in the region.
The composite-airframe twin-engine jet is conceived to be more cost-effective to operate in its specific role than higher-tier combat aircraft that aren't expressly built for that purpose. For example, its Honeywell TFE731 turbofan engines are typically used on corporate jets.
Acquisition cost is approximately $20 million dollars, and direct operating costs amount to only some $3000 per hour. Brett Pierson, a test pilot for Textron, explained the aircraft's value proposition.
ROSTEC TO CREATE VRT500 PROTOTYPE BY THE END OF 2019
The helicopter is expected to be supplied in the following configurations: passenger, utility, cargo, training, VIP, and Medevac. VRT500 will be the first Medevac helicopter in the world in the segment of helicopters with maximum take-off weight up to two tons to ensure loading and unloading of unified gurneys through the rear cabin doors, which simplifies the process and allows significantly reducing time.
This helicopter combines high flight performance and a great price with operating costs, in addition to its spacious cabin, largest in its class. These characteristics shall allow VRT500 to occupy up to 15% of the global market of civil helicopters with maximum take-off weight up to 2 tons. We expect to produce and sell an average of 700 helicopters by 2030", Alexander Okhonko, VR-Technologies director general, said.
According to him, about 30% of supply would be destined to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and about 15% would be sent to North America, Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Russia and CIS.
VRT500 is a light single-engine helicopter with coaxial rotor scheme and 1600 kg take-off weight. This helicopter will feature the most spacious transport and cargo cabin in its class with a total capacity of up to 5 persons, and will be equipped with the state-of-the art glass cockpit avionics suite. With improved performance characteristics this helicopter will be capable of accelerating up to 230 km/h and will achieve a range of up to 1000 km and payload of up to 750 kg.
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DELIVERS 200TH H145 HELICOPTER TO NORSK LUFTAMBULANSE
The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator's Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all dedicated to delivering HEMS from bases across Norway. This fleet renewal will equip NOLAS to be the only air ambulance operator worldwide to operate a 100% Helionix-equipped mixed fleet of H135s and H145s, ahead of commencing operations on 1st June as Norway's national HEMS operator.
The global H145 fleet has achieved more than 100,000 flight hours since entry into service in 2015, with Babcock being the largest global H145 operator. This customer has a global fleet of 31 H145s in service, operating in HEMS and police missions. G-SASS, an H145 operated by Babcock for Scottish Ambulance Service, is the global H145 fleet leader with more than 2,500 flight hours.
The entire H145 family (H145, EC145 and BK117) has accumulated more than five million flight hours, with more than 1,400 helicopters delivered to date. The H145 is the most advanced member of Airbus Helicopters' multi-purpose twin-engine category. Thanks to its compact size, large and flexible cabin which is quickly and easily reconfigurable, lowest maintenance costs in its class, powerful engines and the latest Helionix avionic suite with four-axis-autopilot, the H145 is the aircraft of choice for high intensity operations across the widest range of missions (including military, law enforcement, HEMS, utility and including business aviation).
Saudi Arabia, Dammam: An Airbus A320-200 operated by Flynas on a flight from Riyadh was descending towards Dammam, when a loud noise was heard. After the passengers disembarked they noticed part of a panel was missing from the left hand wing root fairing.
USA, Marshall Airport: A pickup truck crashed into a Southwest Airlines jet as it was pulling into a gate at BWI Marshall Airport. The incident caused no injuries among the 172 passengers aboard. However it is the latest in a recent string of safety incidents for the airline following the incident April 17 when a passenger was killed and seven others injured after shrapnel from a failed engine shattered a window aboard one of its planes mid-flight. The April 17 accident caused the first passenger fatality in Southwest's nearly 60-year history, while no one was injured by the cracked window aboard Flight 957 from Chicago to New Jersey.
Brazil, off Rio de Janeiro: A Bell 206B JetRanger III operated by Mapa Empreendimentos e Participações Ltda with four on board crashed into the sea under unknown circumstances. The pilot died, 3 other occupants were injured. USA, Denver: A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-90 with 153 people on board had safely landed on Denver's runway 35R and was taxiing to the apron when the crew alerted ground control that they had a fire on board. The aircraft stopped on the taxiway and was evacuated via slides through all (including over wing) exits. A number of people received minor injuries as result of the evacuation; one person was taken to a hospital. The source of the smoke was later found to be caused by a hydraulic leak onto the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).
Brazil, Gavião Peixoto Airport: The Embraer KC-390 aircraft prototype suffered a runway excursion accident during a ground test at Gavião Peixoto Airport, Brazil. The KC-390 travelled about 260 m past the end of runway 20. Embraer reported that extensive damage was identified on each of the three landing gear of the aircraft, as well as damage to the structure of the fuselage. This same aircraft suffered an incident on 17 October 2017 when it had an uncommanded extremely rapid descent of 4500 ft/min from 20000 ft to 3100 ft.
Ireland, NW of Clonbullogue Aerodrome: A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operating for the Irish Parachute Club impacted a bog and woodland terrain subsequent to a successful skydiving jump by 16 of the occupants onboard. The airplane sustained unreported damage and the two remaining occupants onboard received serious injuries.
18 May 18 1916
Kiffin Yates Rockwell is the first American to claim an air victory for the U.S. Military.
Kiffin Yates Rockwell (1892-1916) was an early aviator and the first American pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft in World War I. On 18 May 1916, Rockwell attacked and shot down a German plane over the Alsace battlefield. For this action he was awarded the Médaille militaire and the Croix de guerre.
Photo Flying For France/commons.wikimedia.org. Rockwell was born in Newport, Tennessee on 20 September 1892. From 1906 to 1908 he attended the Asheville High School, and in the fall of 1908 enrolled in Virginia Military Institute. In the fall of 1909, Rockwell left for the United States Naval Academy, but after taking preliminary courses decided to join his brother Paul at Washington and Lee University.
At the outbreak of World War I, on August 3, 1914, Kiffin Rockwell offered his services to France by letter, which he wrote with his brother Paul, to the French Consul-General in New Orleans. Without waiting for a reply, the Rockwell brothers boarded SS St Paul, American Line in New York City and on 7 August 1914 departed for Europe, where they enlisted in the French Foreign Legion.
Kiffin Rockwell was shot through the leg on 9 May 1915 when his unit, the 1st Foreign Legion Regiment charged La Targette, north of Arras. Kiffin requested transfer from the trenches to France's air arm and was among the first American's to be added to the infant fighter/pursuit squadron which would come to be known as the Lafayette Escadrille. The Escadrille Américaine (Escadrille N.124) was authorized by the French Air Department on March 21, 1916.
On 18 May 1916, Rockwell, flying a Nieuport, attacked and shot down a German aircraft, a two-man observational plane, over the Alsace battlefield despite having troubles with the motor. Thus, he became the first American pilot to shoot down an enemy plane during the World War I. For this action he was awarded the Médaille militaire and the Croix de guerre. On 26 May 1916, during the defence of Verdun, Rockwell was wounded in the face during combat with an enemy airplane, however refused to stay in the hospital.
On 23 September 1916, during a fight with a German two-man reconnaissance plane, Rockwell was shot through the chest by an explosive bullet and killed instantly. His plane crashed between the first and second line of French trenches.