Midweek Updates 21 February 2024

Compiled by Willie Bodenstein

This week in Midweek Updates

Embraer brings KC-390 to Nigeria for demo flights.
Flight Design receives F2 type certificate validation by CAAC China.
Epic Aircraft announces ANAC approval in Brazil for the E1000 GX.
The Connie is coming to SUN 'n FUN 2024.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 to light up night sky with 500-drone performance.
EHang air mobility mkt prospects taking flight.
Joby to Launch Air Taxi Service in UAE.
Supernal debuts eVTOL product concept at CES 2024.
Surf Air Mobility and Electra Enter bilateral agreement to bring eSTOL aircraft to market.
Worldwide Incidents and Accidents.
Bonus video - Sport Aerobatics Regionals Klerksdorp 202377

24 Tedderfield Breakfast Fly In. Free Boerie Rolls. 07H00 to 11H00 Contact Alan 3680083 702

24 Swellendam Fly-In. Contact Werner 082 330 7333

2 EAA Chapter 322 monthly gathering at EAA Auditorium. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: airadventuresa@gmail.com

2 SAA Museum Society Specialised Tour limited to nine adults. Contact E-mail: events@saamuseum.co.za Cell: 076 879 5044

8 DCA Industry Roadshow Stellenbosch, Cape Town. Contact Ms Charmaine Shibambo E-mail: shibamboc@caa.co.za

8 to 10 Aero Club Airweek venue Middelburg Airfield. Contact Sandra Strydom E-mail: sandra@aeroclub.org.za Tel: 011 082 1100

9 ANR at Aeroclub Airweek - Middelburg Airfield.
Contact Iaan Myburgh email iaanmyburgh@gmail.com cell: 082 449 2531

15 DCA Industry Roadshow Mangaung, Free State. Contact Ms Charmaine Shibambo E-mail: shibamboc@caa.co.za

16 EAA Chapter 322 fly-in breakfast to Brits airfield. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail:

23 Stellenbosch Airshow - Fashkosh.

6 Robertson annual fly-in breakfast Robertson airfield. Contact: Alwyn du Plessis. E-mail: boeredata@breede.co.za Cell: 083 270 5888

6 EAA Chapter 322 monthly gathering at the EAA Auditorium. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: airadventuresa@gmail.com

6 SAPFA ANR National Championships - venue TBA. Contact Iaan Myburgh E-mail: iaanmyburgh@gmail.com Cell: 082 449 2531

6 & 7 SAC Eastern Cape regionals Wings Park airfield

13 Elder's Flight Brakpan airfield. Contact Felix Gosher E-mail: felixgosher@gmail.com Cell: 066 1919 4603

17 to 20 AERO Friedrichshafen 30th anniversary. Contact E-mail: info@fairnamic.com Website: www.fairnamic.com

20 EAA Chapter 322 fly-in breakfast to Eagle's Creek airfield. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: airadventuresa@gmail.com

20 Wonderboom airshow. Contact Chris Theodosi E-mail: chris@creativespacemedia.co.za Cell: 071 220 1245

27 to 4 May Gauteng Gliding Championships. Magalies Gliding Club.

1 Witbank Aviation Society Breakfast Fly in.

4 SAAF Museum airshow at AFB Zwartkops. Contact Major Michael Church E-mail: mike.church172@gmail.com Cell: 072 720 0700

4 EAA Chapter 322 monthly gathering at the EAA Auditorium. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: airadventuresa@gmail.com

11 Lowveld airshow at the Nelspruit airfield. Contact Willemien E-mail: willemein.hodgkinson@kishugu.com Cell: 079 499 5733

14 to 17 NAMPO Harvest Day Bothaville. Contact Wim Venter E-mail: wim@grainsa.co.za Tel: 086 004 7246

17 to 19 EAA Chapter 322 weekend fly-away to Pyramid airfield. Contact Neil Bowden E-mail: airadventuresa@gmail.com

18 Parys airshow. Contact Chris Theodosi E-mail: chris@creativespacemedia.co.za Cell: 071 220 1245

18 SAC Free State regionals at Tempe airfield

23 to 25 SAPFA President's Trophy Air Race at Louis Trichardt civil airfield (FALO). Contact David Le Roux E-mail: David@pilotinsure.co.za Cell: 073 338 5200 Contact Iaan Myburgh E-mail: race@sapfa.co.za Cell: 082 449 2531

23 to 27 NAC fly-away venue TBA. Contact Agnes Phillips E-mail: agnes.phillips@nac.co.za Cell: 082 893 3399

25 Tempe airshow Bloemfontein. Contact Conrad Botha E-mail: rowco24cc@mailbox.co.za Cell 082 465 4045


Nigeria is the latest African country Embraer is courting with its KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport, demonstrating the aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force ahead of the World Defence Show in Saudi Arabia.

Flight tracking data showed the aircraft (PT-ZNG) arrived in Abuja on 27 January, and made demonstration flights to Kaduna before departing for Dakar, Senegal, on 30 January. The aircraft was on display at the World Defence Show 2024, which ran from 4 to 8 February.

Embraer instructor pilot Marco Aurélio Oliveira told Janes that his team had flown three to four days of demonstrations in Nigeria, showcasing the aircraft as a potential replacement for the Nigerian Air Force's ageing fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules that has been in service since 1975.

Oliveira said the flights showcased the KC-390's tactical air mobility, airdrop, paratrooper, search-and-rescue, and aerial refuelling capabilities, as well as its relative ease of maintenance.

The Nigerian Air Force is expected to take delivery of two C295 medium transports from Airbus, but there is a requirement for a larger transport, such as the Airbus A400M, Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, and Shaanxi Y-9. Janes reports a contract is expected to be awarded before 2025.

Embraer has previously demonstrated the aircraft to South Africa and Rwanda, amongst others. It estimates Africa will need 105 aircraft in the C-390 class over the next 20 years, with global demand for this category amounting to 490 aircraft.

In 2022, the C-390 toured two African and eight Middle Eastern countries, of which some had specifically asked to see the aircraft, indicating strong interest in the type. In November last year a KC-390 arrived in Rwanda before flying to South Africa where it was demonstrated to the South African Air Force and other government entities before departing for Ghana, via Namibia, arriving back in Brazil on 27 November.

Embraer is optimistic about C-390 sales globally, especially as military transport fleets are ageing. The C-390's ability to function as an air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tanker (as the KC-390) adds to the type's appeal. With a probe and drogue system, the KC-390 can transfer fuel to receiver aircraft using wing pods.

The C-390 can carry a 26 tons payload and flies at 470 knots/870 km/h.


Flight Design general aviation GmbH is pleased to announce that a VTC, a validation of the Type Certificate of the EASA type certificate for the F2-CS23 was recently issued by the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China).

Mr. Matthias Betsch, head of Flight Design's EASA Design Organization went to Beijing to receive the validation certificate. "This is a great achievement and related to the very good cooperation between CAAC, EASA and our Team," said Matthias Betsch, "the F2 is the first model of the F Series which follows the safety requirements of the new EASA CS 23 certification specification and providing outstanding safety, performance, space and comfort for this kind of private-use and training airplane."

The F2-CS23 will also be built in the future by the FX company based in Shenzen, China, which partnered with Flight Design from the beginning the F2 Project


Epic Aircraft announced today that the E1000 GX has received type certificate approval from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil. The certification exemplifies the continued success of the award-winning E1000 GX, which received type certificate approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2021.

"Over the last four months, Epic Aircraft has worked closely with the Brazilian regulators to achieve ANAC certification of the E1000 GX," said Doug King, CEO of Epic Aircraft, LLC. "This is a huge accomplishment in such a short time."

Epic Aircraft announced in August that the manufacturer had entered a long-term partnership with Avantto, one of the largest operators in the private aviation market in Latin America and a leading company in fractional ownership of jets and helicopters.

Avantto has placed an order for 34 planes for the fractional program, with deliveries spanning five years. The first two E1000 GXs are scheduled to be delivered by the end of the month.


The 50th Anniversary SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo will play host to hundreds of restored vintage aircraft over the week-long event in Lakeland, Florida this April 9-14, 2024. Flying history on display in the air and on the ground during SUN 'n FUN will include a rare example of the most iconic four-engine transports of the 20th century, the Lockheed VC-121A "MacArthur Bataan." MacArthur Bataan, built in 1948, is one of only two of its type remaining airworthy in the world.

The VC-121A is more commonly recognized by its commercial aircraft name, Constellation, or simply Connie. With its graceful lines, distinctive tri-tail design, and extensive service with numerous airlines, the Connie is among the most recognized aircraft ever built.

MacArthur Bataan is a Connie with a long career of military and NASA service, was later nearly scrapped after years of outdoor display, and was recently extensively restored to airworthiness by the San Antonio, Texas-based Air Legends Foundation, which currently operates it.

01 Photo Scott Slocum This example of the VC-121 was among several used by the U.S. Air Force in 1949 to fly relief missions over the Atlantic during the Berlin Airlift. During the Korean War it served as the flying command post of General Douglas MacArthur, who named it "MacArthur Bataan" in honour of the Americans and Filipinos who perished during the infamous Bataan Death March of 1942.

Bataan later served to carry many top generals and officials including President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Relegated to the boneyard in 1966, NASA soon repurposed Bataan to serve as a flying test bed used to calibrate ground tracking stations during the Apollo Program.

When that program ended in 1970 it was acquired by the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama, for static outdoor display. In 1993, Ed Maloney, founder of the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, acquired Bataan and returned it to airworthy status. Painted again in McArthur's colours, it flew on the air show circuit for a year until Bataan was placed on static display at Planes of Fame's Valle, Arizona museum location.

In 2015, Rod Lewis, owner of Lewis Air Legends and the Air Legends Foundation, purchased Bataan and hired Steve Hinton's Fighter Rebuilders, located at Chino, to undertake the aircraft's complete restoration. On 20June, 2023, the Air Legends Foundation proudly saw Bataan's return to the skies and a month later its air show debut at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Bataan is scheduled to arrive at Lakeland Linder International Airport on Tuesday, April 9th, during the SUN 'n FUN airshow, and fly in the show again on Wednesday, April 10th. After static display on Thursday, 11 April and Friday, 12 April, it will depart after its appearance in the air show on Saturday, 13 April.


The growing aerial art form of lighted drones is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2024, as Starlight Aerial Productions brings its spectacular displays to night air shows on July 24 and 27. The 71st edition of the EAA's fly-in convention is coming to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 22-28.

Up to 500 state-of-the-art drones will take to the sky for the performances during AirVenture's popular night air shows, offering dazzling light displays and captivating illustrations in front of the audiences.

"Drone shows have emerged as a marvellous way to add technology, colour, and entertainment to nighttime events and for us, it's a perfect complement to the skill and excitement brought to the legendary Oshkosh night air shows by our aerobatic pilots and aircraft," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. "This addition will make the night show even more memorable in 2024."

Starlight Aerial Productions, based in Michigan, most recently filled the night sky over Detroit with a 400-drone show that celebrated the NFL Detroit Lions' appearance in the NFC Championship Game. The Oshkosh performance will include American-made Lumenier ARORA drones equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion colour combinations along with animated sequences that are tightly synchronized to a musical score.

Starlight's parent, Great Lakes Drone Company, made its initial appearance at Oshkosh in 2018 with a sample of the then still-emerging technology. Today's drone shows feature innovations that make flying hundreds of drones more efficient and capable of executing much more complex formations.

"Today's drone shows are pushing the boundaries of aerial entertainment and creating moments that leave an indelible mark on the heart and mind," said Matt Quinn, CEO of Great Lakes Drone Company. "The Oshkosh shows will celebrate human ingenuity as a testament to the unyielding spirit of exploration that aviation embodies."


EHang Holdings Ltd, a Chinese urban air mobility (UAM) technology company, is ramping up efforts to bolster commercial operation of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) in aerial sightseeing, tourism and logistics, as part of a broader push to expand its footprint in the emerging low-altitude economy sector.

The company recently announced its certified EH216-S pilotless passenger-carrying aerial vehicles have successfully completed maiden commercial flight demonstrations in both Guangzhou, Guangdong province and Hefei, Anhui province. The move marks another major milestone toward normalizing EH216-S flights for airborne sightseeing at local scenic spots.

The first EH216-S pilotless passenger-carrying aerial vehicle has been delivered to an intelligent aviation technology company in Guangzhou and was first deployed at an operating site in Jiulong Lake Park.

More operating venues and flight routes for aerial sightseeing and logistics are under development in Huangpu district, Guangzhou, EHang said.

In addition, Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group Co Ltd and Guangzhou Industrial Investment Capital announced they would jointly establish Guangzhou Development District Low-altitude Industry Venture Capital Fund with a target size of some 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion).

The Hefei demonstration was conducted in Luogang Central Park, which covers a total area of 12.7 square kilometres, and has been designated by the Hefei municipal government as an eVTOL aircraft operating site. The local authority plans to collaborate with EHang to expand aerial sightseeing flight routes and services to more scenic spots in Hefei.

The low-altitude economy, which was emphasized as one of the strategic emerging industries during the annual tone-setting Central Economic Work Conference held in December, has gained strong support from many local governments across the nation. It has been recognized as a promising sector with strong potential to become a new engine for bolstering the country's economic growth.

Guangzhou, Hefei and Guangdong's Shenzhen have rolled out favorable policies, such as providing subsidies and incentives, to boost development of the low-altitude economy and build up related industrial clusters.

Yang Sumei, an associate professor at Guangzhou Maritime University, said the low-altitude economy serves as an important driving force for cultivating new productivity boosters, and has huge market potential.

Yang said more efforts should be made to establish applicable rules and standards to better regulate the fast-developing sector, as well as accelerate construction of low-altitude infrastructure, intelligent management and operating platforms.

According to a white paper released by the International Digital Economy Academy, the comprehensive contribution of the low-altitude economy to China's overall economy will reach between 3 trillion yuan and 5 trillion yuan by 2025.

EHang has also launched the nation's first UAM operation demonstration centre in Bao'an district, Shenzhen. Covering approximately 4,600 square meters, the centre hosts a heliport for EHang's pilotless passenger-carrying eVTOL aircraft EH216-S, hangars, a command-and-control centre, a passenger waiting area, a service centre and other essential amenities.

Yu Zhanfu, a partner at Roland Berger, said eVTOLs need to undergo full verification regarding safety and technological stability in sparsely populated areas or scenarios, such as natural landscape tourist destinations in the early stages, before they can truly enter the urban air mobility segment.


Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to launch air taxi services in the Emirate by early 2026, with Joby targeting initial operations as early as 2025.

The agreement, signed at the World Governments Summit in Dubai in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, provides Joby with the exclusive right to operate air taxis in Dubai for six years, and will position Dubai as a world leader in delivering the fast, clean and quiet air travel enabled by Joby's revolutionary technology. The agreement secures a variety of support from the RTA, including financial mechanisms, for entry and maturing of service operations in Dubai.

JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO, Joby Aviation, said: "It is an honor to partner with the government of Dubai to demonstrate the value of sustainable air travel to the world.

"Today's landmark agreement delivers on all three ingredients required to successfully launch an air taxi service - a definitive path to operations, well-placed infrastructure supported by dedicated partners, and an aircraft with the capacity and range to deliver meaningful journeys.

"We're looking forward to delivering an incredible experience for residents and visitors to Dubai as early as 2025 and we're excited to be laying the groundwork for the expansion of our service across the wider UAE."

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors for RTA, commented on the agreement, saying, "the air taxi service is part of RTA's efforts to embrace future transportation technologies and offers a novel and efficient mobility option for Dubai's residents and visitors, enabling fast, safe, and convenient travel to key city spots. This service will also enhance seamless multimodal transportation, improving citywide connectivity, and ensuring a smooth travel experience for passengers."

Joby additionally signed an agreement with Skyports, who will design, build and operate four initial vertiport sites across Dubai. RTA, Skyports and Joby have worked together to identify Dubai International Airport (DXB), Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Dubai Downtown as the launch locations for Dubai's air taxi service.

Joby's aircraft, which was displayed in the region for the first time at the World Governments Summit, is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour and will be operated by the Company, with a journey from Dubai International Airport to Palm Jumeirah expected to take just 10 minutes compared with 45 minutes by car.

Joby and the RTA have been working closely with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE to ensure there is a regulatory route to support His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's vision of being a world leader in the introduction of air taxis. The GCAA regulatory framework builds upon FAA standards with additional company testing and analysis alongside a high level of regulatory oversight and an ongoing operational review process to ensure continued safety for early operations.

RTA, Joby and Skyports will now work on a wide range of topics, from customer journey design to stakeholder engagement and the integration of Joby's service into the wider public transport network in Dubai. To support the development of its operations in Dubai, Joby has established a local operating entity and intends to recruit locally for the majority of its operational team. The company will also consider localization of other global business activities in Dubai and across the region. Joby recently announced it will participate in the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster established by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), as part of exploring broader operations across the UAE.

In November 2023, Joby's aircraft became the first electric air taxi to fly in New York City, building on a number of recent successes including the launch of production at the Company's initial manufacturing facility in California in June 2023 and the first ever delivery of an electric air taxi to the U.S. Department of Defence in September 2023. Joby is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has raised more than $2 billion of funding to date, including investments from Toyota, Delta Air Lines, SK Telecom, Uber and Baillie Gifford.


Hyundai Motor Group's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company - today unveiled S-A2, its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle product concept at CES 2024. The pilot-plus-four-passenger vehicle marks the latest milestone in Supernal's roadmap to commercialize safe, efficient and affordable everyday passenger air travel.

S-A2 builds on the Company's vision concept, S-A1, which it debuted at CES 2020, bringing together the innovative aerospace engineering and Hyundai Motor Group automotive aesthetic design to create a new mode of transportation to get people in urban areas from point A to point B faster. Supernal will achieve commercial aviation safety levels and enable affordable manufacturing of its vehicles as it prepares to enter the market in 2028.

"From the beginning, Supernal has been on a mission to create the right product and the right market at the right time," said Jaiwon Shin, president of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal. "The unveiling of S-A2 demonstrates our unwavering commitment to deliver on that mission with a safe, efficient vehicle design that provides a clear path to market entry. By leveraging our talented 600-person team, the vast technical and business capabilities of Hyundai Motor Group and trusted aviation suppliers around the world, Supernal is ready to deliver a new era of flight."

Technical Components

S-A2 is a V-tail aircraft designed to cruise 120 miles-per-hour at a 1,500-foot altitude to meet typical city operation needs of 25- to 40-mile trips, initially. It features a distributed electric propulsion architecture and has eight all-tilting rotors. At entry into service, Supernal's vehicle will operate as quietly as a dishwasher: 65 dB in vertical take-off and landing phases and 45 dB while cruising horizontally.

The vehicle is designed with a priority on safety and a focus on sustainability and passenger comfort. Engineered to achieve the global commercial aviation standard of safety, it has a robust airframe structure including redundant components in critical systems such as powertrain, flight controls and avionics. The all-tilting rotor configuration will power the vehicle through both the vertical lift and horizontal-cruise phases of flight with unique efficiency. To maintain superior quality while also being cost-effective, the vehicle will be manufactured leveraging Hyundai's mass production capability.

"Supernal's product concept vehicle is the result of the creativity and hard work of our world-class team. S-A2 is designed to take full advantage of emerging electric powertrain advancements that will define the next generation of aviation," said Ben Diachun, chief technology officer, Supernal. "From here, we will develop this concept into a revolutionary commercial product."

As Supernal continues to optimize its vehicle for certification, mass production and expanded use cases, the Company is also focused on interior modularity and battery upgradability. This includes the ability to replace the battery module as technology advances.

Aesthetic Design

Supernal's engineering teams partnered with Hyundai Motor Group's automotive designers on S-A2's aesthetics - blending design with functionality - that will attract aviation operators and create the preferred AAM passenger experience. Different colour palettes and materials delineate distinct pilot and passenger sections of the vehicle. Aviation-grade, energy-absorbing components are integrated into the seat frames, and contribute to the overall clean, minimalist design. Lighting transitions throughout phases of flight allow the cabin to feel larger and to provide visual cues, such as where to enter and exit the vehicle.

"S-A2 is a true representation of 'auto meets aero.' Drawing on the competence of Supernal's top aerospace engineers and Hyundai Motor Group's world-renowned automotive designers to create human-centric design that maximizes passenger experience and safety," said Luc Donckerwolke, president, chief design officer and chief creative officer, Hyundai Motor Group.

Drawing on experience from designing "smart cars" with similar efficient footprints and recent award-winning electric vehicles, Hyundai Motor Group's designers also incorporated the latest in passenger experience and automotive design best-practices into S-A2.


Surf Air Mobility Inc. a leading green regional air mobility platform, and Electra.aeroInc. ("Electra"), a next-gen aerospace company, have joined forces to introduce affordable, sustainable, and easily accessible regional air travel to a broad customer base leveraging Electra's hybrid-electric short take-off and landing(eSTOL) aircraft on Surf Air's technology-driven, on-demand air mobility platform, and through Surf Air's Aircraft-as-a-Service (ACaaS) offering to air operators.

Surf Air has secured early delivery positions for 90Electra eSTOL aircraft for integration into the Surf Air national flight network including Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines, as part of Surf Air's aim to use its platform to support the launch, growth, and optimization of new electrified aircraft. The Electra eSTOL aircraft's ability to take off and land in as little as 150 feet will enable direct-to-destination air transportation beyond large airports, including small regional airports and novel Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure, expanding regional transportation to a broader customer base than private aviation currently serves.

The agreement between Surf Air and Electra highlights several key points of collaboration:

? SurfAir secures preferred delivery positions on 90 eSTOL aircraft from Electra

? SurfAir and Electra will collaborate on the development of route networks to be served by Surf Air's air mobility network leveraging the Electra eSTOL aircraft

? SurfAir is the preferred lessor and provider of Electra eSTOL aircraft to Surf Air customers under its Aircraft-as-a-Service leasing program

? SurfAir, its data services partner(s), and Electra will collaborate on the development of predictive analytics systems to reduce overall operating costs and streamline operations.

"Electra stands out as one of the early market leaders in regional air mobility, and we're excited to bring them onto our platform. Their innovations around hybrid-electric, short take-off and landing aircraft-which can essentially take off and land on a football field-sized space-will unlock tremendous opportunities within the changing landscape of regional air mobility. We intend to leverage our leading position to become the definitive launch platform for new advanced aircraft technologies such as Electra," said Stan Little, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Surf Air Mobility.

"As the country's largest commuter airline, Surf Air is at the forefront of addressing the growing demand for cleaner, more affordable and convenient travel options. Electra is pleased to partner with Surf Air in spearheading the decarbonization of regional business aviation through the integration of our eSTOL aircraft into their fleet," said John S. Langford, founder and CEO of Electra.

Traditionally, smaller regional Part 135 operators have not had the same access to aircraft funding options and software services as larger commercial air carriers. Surf Air's Aircraft-as-a-Service program is being designed to solve this problem and lower the barrier to entry by providing the necessary financing and software tools to enable a new generation of regional aircraft and air operators to launch, grow, and optimize their businesses.

In addition to supporting the growth and distribution of innovative sustainable aircraft, such as the Electra eSTOL, Surf Air continues to develop its own electrified powertrain technology for the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft whose development is supported by an exclusive relationship with Textron Aviation. Surf Air will use its platform to bring the electrified Caravan aircraft to market on a global scale, thus proving what it can do for other aircraft makers as well.

"With billions of dollars being invested into the regional and advanced air mobility space, it's becoming increasingly important for a solution that can on-ramp new technologies and get them into the hands of operators as quickly and safely as possible," said Jamie Strecker, VP of Business Development for Surf Air Mobility. "Through our air mobility platform and our Aircraft-as-a-Service program, we believe we can accelerate Electra's eSTOL aircraft time to market."

20 FEBRUARY 2011

Death of Barbara Harmer, British airliner pilot, first qualified female Concorde pilot.

Born in Loughton, Essex in the UK Barbara Harmer left school at age 15 to pursue a career in hairdressing. Harmer's first experience in the aviation industry was five years later when she left hairdressing to become an air traffic controller at London Gatwick Airport.

She studied for two years to gain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), which she obtained in May 1982. She then made over 100 applications before securing a job as pilot at Genair, a small commuter airline based at Humberside Airport.

In March 1984, Harmer joined British Caledonian and flew BAC One-Elevens for three years.[2] She then started flying the long-haul McDonnell Douglas DC-10. In 1987, British Caledonian merged with British Airways, the airline operating Concorde in the UK. At that time, British Airways employed over 3000 pilots, but only 60 of them were women and no woman had ever piloted Concorde.

Harmer was chosen to undergo the intensive six-month conversion course for Concorde in 1992 and on 25 March 1993 Harmer became the first qualified female Concorde pilot and later that year made her first Concorde flight as First Officer to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

After Concorde, Harmer converted to the Boeing 777 until taking voluntary redundancy in 2009.

In 2013 she succumbed to ovarian cancer passing away at St. Wilfrid's Hospice, Chichester, aged 57.

Switzerland, near Grenchen Airport: , Grenchen, Lebern, SO: A Pacific Aerospace 750XL dropped eleven skydivers followed by a very fast descent from 4100m and impacted terrain nose down when returning to Grenchen Airport (LSZG/ZHI), Grenchen, Lebern, Solothurn. The pilot was able to send multiple "mayday" messages on Bern 2 frequency before the crash. The pilot perished and the aircraft was destroyed.

Bahamas, Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport: Cessna 402C Businessliner was destroyed when it crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off from runway 14 at Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas. According to eyewitness reports the pilot managed to escape.

France, Location: Courchevel Altiport (CVF/LFLJ), Courchevel, French Alps: A European Aircraft Private Club flight PGC16F, a Pilatus PC-12/47E, performing a ferry/positioning from Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL/EBCI), suffered a runway excursion during a landing attempt at Courchevel Altiport (CVF/LFLJ), Courchevel, French Alps. The pilot and co-pilot suffered minor injuries. The collision resulted in the aircraft running off the runway. "He came in a bit low and hit the end of the runway a bit. Normally, there's a margin before the wheels touch down. But in this case, the bounce caused it to veer off course and the plane ended up in the snow beside the runway," explains Jean-Yves Pachod, Mayor of Courchevel.

USA, about 1.5 km SE of Mukilteo, WA - A Cessna 150M experienced an uncontrolled impact with trees in a wooded area about 1.5 km SE of Mukilteo, Washington, north of Paine Field (PAE/KPAE). Whilst on approach and cleared to land pilot declared mayday with an engine failure and then clarified the engine was 'cutting in and out' The sole pilot was rescued and suffered no major injuries and the aircraft received substantial damage.

Indonesia, Timika-Moses Kilangin (Tembagapura) Airport (TIM/WAYY): On approach to Beoga Airport while preparing to land, a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan was being shot at by separatists. There were no personal injuries. The airplane received minor damage. The fuselage contained bullet holes.

USA, Green Oak Township, about 4.5 miles SW of South Lyon, MI: A Piper J3C-65 Cub impacted trees on short final just before landing at a private airstrip near the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Rushton Road in Green Oak Township, about 4.5 southwest of South Lyon, Michigan. The pilot was not injured and the aircraft received substantial damage. The pilot reported to local police that he was coming in for a landing when a gust of wind caused the plane to roll to the left, a wing clipped a tree branch and the plane "cartwheeled" into the trees.

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