Ambitious goals for aviation sustainability

The aviation industry should find a balance between growth, which brings significant economic and social benefits, and acting in an environmentally responsible manner, according to Michael Gill, director of aviation environment at the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Currently the aviation industry contributes about 2% of all human carbon emissions in the world – about 700-million tonnes a year.

He said the first goal of the aviation industry should be to improve fuel efficiency across fleets by an average of 1.5% a year until 2020. The industry is actually ahead of this goal, he said, with an average fuel efficiency improvement of 2.9% a year.

He pointed out that many countries were aiming to create carbon neutral aviation growth to ensure sustainable trade and tourism in the future.

According to Gill, the aim of the aviation industry was to halve its carbon emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 and, according to Iata, aviation partners were already working together to put in place the building blocks to achieve this goal.

Gill said there were four pillars that underpinned the aviation industry’s approach to sustainability. These were investing in new technology, using more efficient operational techniques to make individual flights more efficient, building and using more efficient infrastructure and using effective global market-based measures.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation was, for instance, developing a certification standard for carbon emissions of aircraft.

“Our industry has set itself ambitious goals with necessary strategy to achieve them,” said Gill.

“Any form of mandatory carbon offsetting should deliver environmental integrity, be simple and transparent and be cost effective to the industry.”

Source: engineeringnews

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South African Airways Technical Apprenticeship

South African Airways Technical Apprenticeship

To operate a fully functional maintenance division requires highly skilled technicians. South African Airways apprenticeship Technical Training has recognised this need, and in order to meet the high and exacting standards, has established Apprentice training programmes for eleven trade disciplines. Qualified Senior Instructors, each a specialist in his/her field, facilitate and coach apprentices to ensure total mastery of skills.

Apprentices are trained at South African Airways Technical which is located at OR Tambo International Airport. This accredited training facility is one of the most respected in Africa.


South African Airways Technical Apprenticeship Training programmes are based on the Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) philosophy .The Apprentice Training Department is the leading developer for this training. CBMT is an individualised, structured learning process, which is self-paced but time managed. A course map indicating the objective and the number of modules is arranged in a logical sequential order. Each module covers a specific area of the course/s and deals adequately with the skill/s. Each module is concluded by successfully completing a criterion test.

Although each respective course is not time bound, but performance bound, the time taken to successfully master the required modules depends largely on an individual’s own initiative and motivation: nevertheless on average an apprentice should complete a full course in 2-3 years. If required, apprentices are expected to attend and pass one Technical College block course, thereafter college studies are optional. Each trade has specific tasks/responsibilities to ensure airworthiness and safety of aircraft. It is expected from each applicant to choose, in order of preference from the list of trades and according to their interests, capabilities and potential, the trade that interests him/her the most.

Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft Spray Painter
Aircraft Composite Structures
Aircraft Electrician
Aircraft Instrument Technician
Aircraft Radiotrician
Aircraft Structures Workers
Aircraft Trimming
Aircraft Turner Machinist
Aircraft Welding
Aircraft Electro Plater

How to Apply:

Potential applicants must complete an application form, pass an Aptitude and if shortlisted applicants
will be invited for an interview.


Medically fit
S.A. Citizen
At least 16 years of age
Passed Grade 12 with:
o    Mathematics
o    English
o    Physical Science
o    All subjects compulsory with at least E Symbol on Higher Grade or D Symbol on Standard Grade or
o    a minimum of Achievement level 4 or equivalent) or
o    minimum N3 certificate with Mathematics and Engineering Science D Symbol
Able to communicate in English Prepared to undergo a training course (company sponsored)
Prepared to sign a learner ship contract.

Enquiries and applications can be addressed to:

Apply to:
Recruitment and Selection
South African Airways Technical
Private Bag X12,
OR Tambo International Airport, 1627
Tel: (011) 978 3912  and 978 3935.
Nelly Kewana/ Livhuwani Nekhumbe

Fax: 011 978 1108 or 086 726 1631
South African Airways Maintenance and Regulatory Training

Aircraft Maintenance and Regulatory Training

The function of the SAA Technical Maintenance Training department is to ensure that all training on aircraft, engines, systems and components will be accomplished in accordance with current applicable aviation regulations and Technical standards and in line with the curriculums approved by the SA: CAA.

Senior Instructors

Qualified Senior Instructors, each a specialist in his/her field, conduct theory and practical training to ensure mastery of aircraft systems.

Training Centre

The training centre is located at O R Tambo International Airport, South African Airways Technical. This approved training facility is one of the most respected in South Africa.

Scope of Training

South African Airways Maintenance and Regulatory training is approved by the SA: CAA to conduct Tuition and Examination on the following aircraft types; category A, C, and W.


Boeing 747 – Classic and 400 Series.
Boeing 737 – 200.
Boeing 737 – 3/4/500 series.
Boeing 737 NG – 6/7/8/900 Series.
Boeing 767 Series.
Boeing 777-200/300 series.
Airbus A340 Series.
Airbus A319, A320 and A321 Series.
Harvard T6 Series.
Airbus A330 Differences.


P&W JT8D Series.
P&W JT9D Series.
P&W 4000 Series.
P&W 1340 Series.
GE CF6 Series.
GE CFM56 Series.
IAE V2500 Series.
RR RB211 Series.
GE 90 Series.

The facility also has the capability of presenting the following Regulatory training;

1.Human Factors
2.Electrical General
3.Civil Aviation Regulations
4.Instrument General
5.Airframe General
6.Radio and Radar General
7.Gas Turbine General
8.Compass Swing
9.Aircraft Recovery
10.Lifting Equipment
11.Airside Training

For more details on Maintenance and Regulatory Training, contact:

Manager Maintenance Training


Source: freerecruit

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Solar Impulse 2 beats new record

Los Angeles – A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, organizers said on Thursday.

But they admitted that veteran Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg is absolutely exhausted after nearly four days’ continuous flying, making the final 24 hours or so of flight particularly challenging.

“UPDATE #PACIFIC: @andreborschberg is tired. W/ turbulence at 8’000 feet & a cold front close, SITUATION IS DIFFICULT,” said the latest tweeted update from the mission control centre (MCC) of the pioneering Solar Impulse 2 aircraft.

“#MCC #solarTEAM is working hard to assess the situation & help @andreborschberg during this stressful period.”

By 16:30 GMT Thursday Solar Impulse 2 had travelled 84% of the way to the tropical US state, having flown 6 921km) with 1250 km more to go, according to the project.

So far Borschberg has flown more than 94 hours – easily beating the previous longest solo endurance flight, by Steve Fossett who flew for 76 hours and 45 minutes in 2006. The whole trip from Japan to Hawaii was expected to take 120 hours.

The Swiss aviator is napping for only 20 minutes at a time to maintain control of the pioneering plane. He is equipped with a parachute and life raft, in case he needs to ditch in the Pacific.

The experimental solar-powered aircraft left Japan around 18:00 GMT Sunday – the early hours of Monday local time – after spending a month in the central city of Nagoya.

The propeller-driven plane was originally scheduled to fly directly from Nanjing in China to Hawaii, but bad weather along the way forced a diversion to Japan that stretched to a month.

Borschberg is alone and entirely self-reliant in the 3.8-cubic-meter unpressurized cockpit.

Travelling at altitudes of more than 9 000 meters, he has to use oxygen tanks to breathe and experiences huge swings in temperature throughout the day.

Solar Impulse 2 set off from Abu Dhabi earlier this year in a multi-leg attempt to fly around the world without a single drop of fuel.

It has 17 000 solar cells and on-board rechargeable lithium batteries, allowing it to fly through the night.

Its wingspan is longer than that of a jumbo jet but it weighs only 2.3 tons – about the same as a car.

Source: news24

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Carbon emissions from aircraft endanger human health, says US EPA

Finding is first step to regulating emissions from industry, allowing US to implement global carbon dioxide emissions standard.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has said greenhouse gases from aircraft endanger human health, taking the first step toward regulating emissions from the domestic aviation industry.

The EPA’s finding kicks off a process to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry, the latest sector to be regulated under the Clean Air Act after cars, trucks and large stationary sources like power plants.

The finding allows the EPA to implement domestically a global carbon dioxide emissions standard being developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The UN agency is due to release its CO2 standard for comment in February 2016 and adopt it later that year.

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The EPA had been under pressure from environmental groups who first petitioned it to regulate aircraft emissions under the Clean Air Act in 2007 and sued it in 2010. A federal court ruled in favor of those green groups in 2012.

Aviation accounted for 11% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector in 2010 in the United States, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation.

The airline industry has favoured a global standard over individual national standards since airlines operate all over the world and want to avoid a patchwork of rules and measures, such as taxes, charges and emissions trading programs.

“If you’re a big airline and you’re flying to 100 countries a day, then complying with all those different regimes is an administrative nightmare,” said Paul Steele, the senior vice president at the International Air Transport Association, the main global airline industry group.

But some environmental groups are concerned that the standard being discussed at ICAO will do little to change the status quo since it would only apply to new and newly designed aircraft that will not be in operation for several years.

“The stringency being discussed at ICAO is such that existing aircraft are already meeting the standard they are weighing,” said Sarah Burt, an attorney at Earthjustice, one of several groups that sued the EPA to regulate aircraft.

Source: theguardian

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