What is a Contra-rotating Propeller?

The issues are overcome by using a design concept known as contra-rotating propellers…

What is a Tailplane Stall?

While pulling back on the control column may require the biceps of Dwayne Johnson, forward movement will feel unusually easy.

Flight Plans – When should you inform ATC of a deviation?

The purpose here is not to highlight the importance of filing a flight plan (you should), but rather to answer the important question of what to do if circumstances in flight cause you to deviate from the flight plan?

Are new pilots being ‘forced’ into instruction?

My point is this – are new pilots simply being forced into instruction because other opportunities are so scarce?

Can you fly in cold front conditions?

Cold fronts are a common phenomena at certain times of the year, and just like thunderstorms, a good understanding of them will go a long way in helping you to plan your flight, and of course, keep you safe.

What is a Rate 1 turn?

A rate 1 turn is a standardised rate of turn used in instrument approaches and holding patterns so that pilot action can be predictable by both controllers and other traffic. It is referred to as 'rate 1' because whatever angle of bank is used, the result should equal...

Why You need to take care when flying from high to low pressure areas

When starting flying lessons, we are given a lot of sound advice, but over time, especially if you don’t fly longer cross country trips on a regular basis, the warnings become faded and are sometimes forgotten. One of these wicked phrases that we were all taught is ‘High to low, careful go!’, but understanding what this means can be a challenge.

Ground Effect – Your Friend or Foe?

  A phenomenon which affects aircraft when manoeuvring close to the ground, ground effect is something all pilots should consider on take-off and landing. It can prove to be your greatest enemy if you are caught off-guard, or you can make friends, and use it to...

How temperature inversions affect flying conditions

If you have ever flown over, or near, any big city on a cold winter’s morning you may have noticed a ‘dirty’ layer of air in your path. This is most likely an inversion layer, and without understanding the causes leading to its presence, it could challenge your piloting skills

IFR Alternate Aerodromes Explained

You may be thinking the obvious, that an alternate aerodrome is an optional aerodrome, selected by the pilot, just in case the paw-paw hits the fan…

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Snooping around hangars…

Caproni Ca 20

The Caproni Ca 20 is believed to be the first air-to-air fighting machine dedicated, to destroying enemy aircraft.

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Stampe-Vertongen SV.4E

The beauty of travel is that you get to see a whole new world of aeries that may not exist in your own country or even on your own continent! This particular Stampe had me a bit stumped - I spotted this one at an airfield in Chatellrault, France and thought it must be...

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Jim Davis’ Corner

Learning to fly a Green Aeroplane – or a J3 Cub if you prefer…

Many years ago Geoff Towill blundered into my little flying school in George. He was in his mid 30s and had tatty clothes and locks of unkempt hair hanging over his face. He had that slightly wild look of a dotty professor. “Can you teach me to fly a green aeroplane?” He asked.

“I expect so. What sort of aircraft is it?”

“It’s a green one.” Geoff explained

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Interview – 5 Minutes with…

5 Minutes (and a bit!) with Karl Jensen

An amusing interview with Karl Jensen – a former SAA airline captain. A true aviator and gentleman, who will never stop loving the act of flying!


‘Sluggy’ Lugg

Ever wondered what it must be like to have 44 000 flying hours? Just ask ‘Sluggy’ Lugg! Our video interview will have you in stitches…

The Flight of: The Bum

The Flight of: The Bum

The world’s largest aircraft – the Airlander 10, nicknamed the ‘Flying Bum’ because of its shape. The helium filled craft can travel at 150km per hour, and can remain airborne for 5 days!

Airfield Hangouts…

Brakpan – Benoni (FABB)

Brakpan is a town known for its interesting car mods and hairstyles, however, the airfield is an understated hub of activity and cool people. FABB is one of the oldest airfields in South Africa - it was built before OR Tambo, which explains why it sits nestled in OR...

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Parys (PAPY)

Every young pilot who has trained in the Johannesburg area, will have, at some stage, performed at least a touch and go here, and therefore it has sentimental value.

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Kitty Hawk (FAKT)

Why we like it: Nice ‘humpy’ runway, can be challenging the first time, but if you happen to have a bounce, you are usually out of the line of sight of the restaurant patrons…

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