St Helena Proving flight lands at St Helena
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 https://www.flightradar24.com/ZSYAA/e8f3032
10.11 GMT an hour to go!
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
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
- 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.