Latest from St Helena News & Travel- 21 August 2017

St Helena Proving flight lands at St Helena

Nick Stevens



Geoff Cooper


The SA Airlink plane HAS LANDED! Congrats St Helena, cheers to a magnificent future @11.31

From St Helena Tourism


From Saint FM who provided great coverage live from the Airport





06.12 SH Time- SA 8131 has arrived in Windhoek

LATEST 08.20 GMT  SA Airlink flight to St Helena departed Windhoek at 08.43 Namibian time (07.43 SH time/ GMT) she has now just gone past Hentiesbaai and is now over the ocean en-route to St Helena

Current weather- brighter 18 degrees, overcast, Wind SE 32 kph


Flight Tracker live

09:50 GMT


10.11 GMT an hour to go!


The team at the awaiting today’s proving flight


Island media and present to keep islanders updated on today’s press conference


St Helena Government- Restaurant and viewing deck filling up at #StHelenaAirport for today’s #ProvingFlight! 🙂 ETA is at 11:11am

SA8131 South African Airways Flight: Windhoek to Saint Helena Route Map



Date From To Aircraft STD ATD STA Status
Windhoek (WDH) Saint Helena (HLE) E90 07:45 WAT 10:30 GMT Unknown
Johannesburg (JNB) Windhoek (WDH) E90 06:00 SAST 07:00 WAT Unknown

Using an Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft, the test flight is expected to arrive at St Helena Airport at 10.30am (local time).

The aircraft will be carrying around 35 passengers – a mixture of Airlink Senior Management and representatives from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

This proving flight is for Airlink to demonstrate to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) operational proficiency in terms of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations) requirements. This is a routine exercise for new air services, and part of the preparations for introducing an air service on a new route.

Working with the team at St Helena Airport, Airlink are assessing Air Traffic Control, communications & navigation systems, emergency services, terminal building facilities, and security.

St Helena Airport will open to the public today Monday, 21 August, from 9.30am-4pm. The restaurant and other facilities will be available and members of the public will be able to view the flight’s arrival from the viewing deck.

Other parking/viewing options on the day include:

  • Horse Point
  • Ben Coolen
  • Millennium forest
  • Bradleys
  • Great Stone Top
  • The Barn
  • Woody Ridge
  • Creeper Hill (Behind the Airport parking)

There will be no access to Mole Spider Hill.

A bus will also be provided to accommodate Park & Ride if required, from Bradley’s.

The flight is expected to depart St Helena on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. St Helena Airport will not open to the public on this day.

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