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How Air Navigation is used to Fly

Air navigation is mastered by a range of methods. The method the pilot uses for navigation will rely on the type of flight that is occurring, which navigation systems are accessible in the area and which system is installed in the aircraft… read more

Aviation Lighting

The below describes the various kinds of lighting that appear on commercial aircrafts. The colour, location, and use of lights are described and when they are used…. read more

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Glass Panel

As time passes, and technology grows and improves, we replace outdated appliances with new and improved ones. This extends from televisions, cell phones, laptops, cars, tablets and so much more. This is no different when it comes to your plane and some of its on-board technology, as well as certain types of equipment… read more

The Grand Rand Air Show

As with any other interest, career and hobby, there are events throughout the year that cater towards that interest. The aviation industry is no different, and there are air shows all year round, throughout South Africa. But the most common one is the Rand Air show that is held in August this year… read more

What Does It Take To Become a Pilot

So many children dream of becoming a pilot, especially the first time they ever see and board an aeroplane. The amount of excitement that they have and the wonder that they experience is so heart-warming to watch. It is such a sad thing to see that so many people grow out of that excitement and adventure… read more

2018 Commercial Trend in Aviation

In spite of longer lasting aircrafts, stronger engines and innovations in maintenance approaches, research has proved maintenance spending is continuing to increase. As a matter of fact, airlines spend more money on maintenance than fuel than ever before. The demand to reduce repair, maintenance and overhaul costs is a critical issue for airlines. So is the requirement to keep assets operationally on hand… read more

Different Types of Aircraft Maintenance Services

Maintenance and regular services are essential for all types of vehicles. These processes ensure that the vehicle enjoys an extended lifespan, safer operations, and will also save money in the long run on expensive replacements and repairs, or even just on fuel consumption… read more

Radio Altitude

Altitude has always been a no. 1 concern of aviators. Even in the worst case, if an aircraft had enough altitude, a safe landing could be planned and carried out. Pressure-sensitive altimeters have always been the instrument of choice to provide flight crews with their critical data. Barometric altimeters per regulation have to be accurate within a range of 8 to 75 metres depending on surrounding pressure altitude… read more

Customising the Twin Otter DHC-6

Originally designed as a Canadian utility craft, the Twin Otter DHC-6 has grown in popularity since its first flight in the mid 60’s. Because of this, the craft is often used as a luxury 19-seater plane for private pilots who are looking for a cost-effective although luxury craft… read more

The Anatomy of an Aircraft

For those looking to become a pilot or even an aeronautical engineer, it is important to understand the complete anatomy of an aircraft. Just as a car owner should be able to keep relatively close tabs on the condition of their vehicle, so to must pilots. In the case of planes, however, this need is so much more important, considering the risk that failed parts can have for the pilot, their passengers and the craft itself… read more

Why You Won’t Find a Colour Blind Pilot

Being a pilot has been one of the most sought-after professions for some time now, and generally speaking, anyone with the funds, experience and flight hours can see this dream become a reality. Though there is a fairly strict limitation in this regard, and unfortunately for many would-be pilots, this limitation is actually a biological one… read more

Helicopter Helmets – Much More Pilots Wear

Of all the devices needed to go up in a helicopter, the helmet could possibly be the most vital.  It gives protection to the head, eyes, and face whereby debris and particles are not harming or obstructing the line of vision of the pilot… read more

Ground Power Units & How They Work

A ground power unit (GPU) is a form of ground support equipment (GSE) that is used to power up an unpowered aircraft while it is still on an airport runway, an airfield, or anywhere on the floor. It’s just like another maritime electricity or coastline power sources which are used for vessels that are moored in port and have their engines switched off… read more

Navigation in the Air: Pilot’s GPS Systems

Air navigation is accomplished by a wide variety of methods. The method that a pilot uses for navigation for airspace systems will depend on the kind of flight that will take place, which navigation system is installed and which system is available in a certain area… read more

Aviation Going Greener

Unlike vehicles, aircrafts do not require optimization for efficiency because they are able to refuel often. Fuel is costly, heavy and takes up a large amount of storage room… read more

The Transponder

In telecommunication, a transponder is one of two types of devices. In air navigation or radio frequency identification, a flight transponder is an automated transceiver in an aircraft that emits a coded identifying signal in response to an interrogating received signal… read more

5 Reasons to Become a Pilot

Everywhere you go, you’ll find people talking about why you shouldn’t become a pilot. They’re quick to talk about the misfortunes of airline pilots and various other hardships that pilots face, but deep down they probably still believe that becoming a pilot is the best thing they’ve ever done. Some say that the glory days for pilots are over… read more

Radio Altitude

Altitude has always been a no. 1 concern of aviators. Even in the worst case, if an aircraft had enough altitude, a safe landing could be planned and carried out. Pressure-sensitive altimeters have always been the instrument of choice to provide flight crews with their critical data… read more

About Avionics Engineering

The term avionics is a combination of the words aviation and electronics. Avionics are the electronic systems used on Aerospace Vehicles such as aircraft, satellites, and spacecraft. The systems include navigation, communications, display and management of multiple systems, and hundreds of other systems fitted to Aerospace Vehicle for the performance of different functions… read more

The best Navigational Equipment for your Air Craft

Few pieces of equipment on an aircraft are more important than those that serve to support its navigation systems. If you are the proud owner of your own craft, then you have probably been faced with the overwhelming choices between navigation and mapping equipment at some point, which has made it difficult for you to select the solution that best suits your needs… read more

Give your private Aircraft that personal Touch

Outfitting your aircraft with the right equipment can make all the difference to its performance, comfort, safety and weight; which makes selecting the right technologies an essential task for anyone with a commercial or private craft. Though, with such a selection of product out there to choose from, it can be challenging to find the one that best suits your needs and budget… read more

Century Avionics – Excellence In Avionics

We are proud to have built Century Avionics for the past 39 years on Lanseria International Airport from a company that achieved success through one of the first Garmin GPS-100 installations to much admired glass cockpit upgrades like the dual Garmin G-600 MFD/PFD with GTN-stack… read more

Brief Insight into Autopilots in Airplanes

There is something called the autopilot which allows you to take your hands off the controls of the plane. There is also a thing called the auto throttle which controls the thrust of the engine. This system “controls” these aspects of the flight but they get told what to do by the crew. The crew inputs instructions that they have been trained to… read more

A Look Inside the World of Inflight Internet

Although inflight internet offers an array of features like flight information, you can watch the plane move on the live map, you can inform the person fetching you of any delays but the main aim of inflight internet for the consumer is to kill time… read more

The Importance of Regular Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance is a procedure that needs to be systematic and consistent, with aircrafts demanding regular check-ups to ensure that they are safe to operate. Even brand new aircrafts need to be inspected before they are allowed to accommodate and transport passengers….. read more

To Autopilot, or not to Autopilot? That is the Question

Autopilot is as plain as the name suggests – the autopilot flies the aircraft without the human pilots steering it “hands-on.” The autopilot system depends on a sequence of sensors in and around the aircraft that gather information such as speed, altitude, and turbulence….read more

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