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Positive response received from the CAA

Mar
10

I received this response from our many objections to the proposed amendments to Part 139 subpart 5

Message from Aviation Infrastructure Chairperson:

Following the submission of a proposed Part139 subpart 5 and 6 to the CARCOM process and subsequent to a Subcommittee meeting held during August 2015, CARCOM approved for publication of said proposals.
Based on the number and content of comments received, a review was done of the proposals in line with international benchmarking as well as the applicable National Development initiatives.

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The summer heatwave and drought in Gauteng

Jan
31

The entire country took a serious knock with the intense heatwave and drought that still reigns in most parts of the country. At times we get a perspective from our aircraft that is not available to land-bound mortals. This view of the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 2 January 2016 shows what are normally verdant manicured lawns and gardens which are just dry bare earth.

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Energising the EAA in the Western Cape

Jan
30

On Wednesday 27 January Horace Blok and I travelled to Cape Town from Mossel Bay and JHB respectively at the behest of the EAA of SA Council to sow the seeds to revitalise the dormant Cape Town EAA Chapter 592 and also promote our 2016 EAA Convention at Mossel Bay.
We did presentations at Morning Star and Stellenbosch Flying Club in the evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. We were graciously received by both clubs and their many hospitable members. We were delighted with the warm responses and especially the enthusiasm for getting the EAA Chapter on its feet again.

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Chapter 322 - Mabalingwe Fly-away

Jan
30

It has become a tradition to have our first fly-away of the year to Mabalingwe as guests of member Clive King while he is enjoying his time-share at this enormous bushveld game reserve which nestles in the foothills of the Waterberg. Mabalingwe has a 1,200m tarred runway that doubles as the entry road to the park. It is always necessary to advise your arrival in advance and with a fly-over so that the road can be closed for road traffic for arrivals and departures of aircraft.

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SAPS Border Police training and EAA

Dec
01

I was approached to assist in the practical training of 45 SAPS Border Police who are at times required to do a ramp inspection on aircraft at points of entry and other airports and airfields in South Africa and Namibia. I happily did this to help ensure that the practical knowledge of the officers as ‘Authorised Officials’ is adequate. The officers were on a study course at the SAPS Technical Training College in Benoni.

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