Unit Emblem Central Flying School

Central Flying School
 

             

 
 

 Vision and Mission

VISION

A LEADING AVIATION SCHOOL FOR WORLD CLASS MILITARY PILOTS.

MISSION

WE QUALIFY PILOTS AND FLYING INSTRUCTORS TO SATISFY THE NEEDS OF THE SAAF AND ITS CLIENTS.

Core Business:

Pilot and Instructor training.

Motto:

"FACTA NOSTRA VIVENT" - "OUR DEEDS LIVE"

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  PC 7 Astra

 

 

MAJOR DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

WINGSPAN: 10.12m
LENTH: 10.13m
HEIGHT: 3.26m
PROPELLER DIAMETER: 2.45m
WING AREA: 16.29m2
BASIC EMPTY WEIGHT: 1670kg
MAX TAKE-OFF WEIGHT, AEROBATIC: 2250kg
MAX TAKE-OFF WEIGHT, UTILITY: 2700kg

 PERFORMANCE

The Pilatus Astra has the following performance under International Atmospheric Conditions (ISA) at sea level:

TAKE-OFF TO CLEAR 15m: 530m
LANDING FROM 15m: 485m
RATE OF CLIMB: 824.5m/min
MAX OPERATING SPEED: 300kt (556kn/h)
MAX CRUISE SPEED (AT 10000ft): 250kt (463km/h)
STALL SPEED

  • FLAP & GEAR UP (Vs):79kt (147km/h)
  • FLAP & GEAR DOWN (Vso):70kt (130km/h)

G LOADS: +7.0g - -3.5g
MAX RANGE AT CRUISE SPEED: 770nm (25000ft)

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

MODEL: PT6A-25C
TYPE: Free Turbine
COMPRESSION RATIO: 7:1
ENGINE DIAMETER: 483mm
ENGINE LENGTH: 1575mm
DRY WEIGHT: 152kg
POWER TURBINE ROTOR SPEED: 33000rpm
SHAFT HORSEPOWER: 750
PROPELLER: HARTZELL HC-D4N-2A (4 Blade)

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 History

Construction of the airfield began in 1942 and was originally developed to counter the German and Japanese submarine threat, though its first role was a bomber O.T.U. The first aircraft landed at the base in February 1946 and in 1947 flying training began on Harvards and Venturas. The first Spitfires arrived in 1948 and were used to train pilots to more advanced aircraft. The base was also home to the Air Navigation School.

The first Vampires (first jet aircraft in the SAAF) arrived in October 1952 and the Advanced Flying School was founded. From then on until 1967 advanced flying training was offered on Harvards and Vampires. During January 1953 the Air Navigation School was transferred to Ysterplaat.

In 1966, Impalas arrived and ab initio flying training took place in 1968. On the 28th May 1983 FTS Langebaanweg was renamed AFB Langebaanweg and 80 Air Navigation School returned after an absence of 30 years. The flying training wing was then renamed 83  Jet Flying School. In March 1985, 7 Squadron was deployed.

The base was also home to the Silver Falcons, the SAAF’s aerobatic team while 526 Protection Squadron became part of the base in August 1988. 80 Air Navigation School was transferred during 1990 to D.F. Malan Airport in CapeTown, after a stay of 8 years.

In December 1992, 83 Jet Flying School and 7 Squadron were closed and the Harvards returned to Langebaanweg after the closure of CFS Dunnottar. On the 1st of January 1993, the unit was renamed Central Flying School Langebaanweg.

In 1995 the Harvards were phased out and the PC 7 Mk II (Astra) arrived at the unit to become the ab initio flying trainer of the SAAF.

During 2002 AFB Langebaanweg became a GSB, providing services to the military community on the West Coast as well as lodger units on the base. CFS becames a FSE on AFB Langebaanweg responsible for ab initio flying training and flying instructor training for the SAAF.

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