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TANAPA helicopter crashes in Dar Es Salaam, killing all 4 people on board.

Dar Es Salaam:  A helicopter  ( Robinson R-44 Raven II reg  5H-TWA)  owned and operated by Tanzania National Park Authority has crashed on saturday, killing all 4 people on board. The helicopter went down in  Kipunguni B Moshi Bar,Ukonga-Ilala Dar es Salaam. It was on  on approach to Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA). The  helicopter  worth $500,000 , was recently donated to the Tanzanian government  by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, to  help with anti-poaching operations. "Two pilots from the police force, a civilian pilot and a police officer were kille d Investigations are still underway to establish the cause of the apparent accident. Robinson R-44 Raven II reg  5H-TWA before the crash. photo credit by David Osborn

fastjet celebrates two years of flying Africa’s skies

fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, is celebrating two years of providing low-cost air travel across Africa on 29 November 2014. fastjet began commercial flight operations on 29 November 2012, flying passengers from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza in Tanzania on its A319 aircraft. Since then, the airline has expanded its network with the introduction of its third domestic route to Mbeya in Tanzania, and launched its international route network with flights from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg in South Africa, Lusaka in Zambia, Harare in Zimbabwe and Entebbe in Uganda. To date, the airline has carried over 870,000 passengers on 8,200 flights over a distance of nearly 6.5 million kilometres - with an impressive 90% on time performance during 2014, establishing itself as a punctual, reliable and affordable low-cost carrier. fastjet fares on domestic routes in Tanzania start from as little as US$20 one-way, with international fares costing as little as US$50


Tanzania inaungana na nchi nyingine duniani kuadhimisha siku ya kimataifa ya usafiri wa anga, (International Civil Aviation Day) ambayo huadhimishwa Desemba 7 kila mwaka. Lengo la maadhimisho hayo ni kukuza uewelewa wa wananchi kuhusu sekta ya usafiri wa anga na namna inavyochangia maendeleo ya kiuchumi na kijamii katika mataifa mbalimbali. Mwaka huu siku hiyo inaadhimishwa ikiwa ni miaka sabini (70) tangu kupitishwa na kusainiwa kwa Mkataba wa Kimataifa wa Usafiri wa Anga (maarufu kama  Chicago Convention ) na tangu kuanzishwa kwa Shirika la Kimataifa la Usafiri wa Anga (ICAO).   Kauli mbiu ya maadhimisho kwa mwaka huu ni  “Miongo Saba ya Ushirikiano wa Maendeleo ya Usafiri wa Anga na Kusherehekea Miaka Sabini ya Mkataba wa Kimataifa wa Chikago”. Kwa Kiingreza:  “Celebrating Seven Decades of Cooperative of Air Transport Progress and Celebrating 70 years of Chicago Convections .” Mamlaka ya Usafiri wa Anga (TCAA) kwa kushirikiana na wadau wa sekta wameandaa shugh

Turboprops: Making a Comeback?

If you look at the ramps on the regional sides of hub airports across the United States, you will see two types of 50-seat aircraft  — one, a dying breed, the other, a rising star. The 50-seat market is, like every aspect of aviation, constantly evolving. Regional airlines have, in the past, favored the 50-seat regional jets from Canada’s Bombardier and Brazil’s Embraer for their speed, reliability and overall passenger satisfaction for flying on a jet. So, why are the regionals considering dumping their once-favored regional jets? Enter the turboprop. Regional operators in the United States and around the world are dropping the once popular 50-seater jets in favor of much more fuel-efficient turboprops. Three prominent turboprop operators in the United States — Burlington, Vermont-based CommutAir, Salisbury, Maryland-based Piedmont Airlines and Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Silver Airways — have all found operational success with turboprops, as opposed to regional jets. A Pi