Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg

A point on Lanseria Airport. Lanseria started life as a general aviation airport in the '70's. I recall attending an airshow there in 1977 when a visiting pilot from Britten-Norman was demonstrating the BN Trislander. Unfortunately, on landing he had forgotten to recalibrate his instruments to take account of the Rand's altitude....+- 2000m!!!!

A most interesting proof of the Trislanders ruggedness then ensued when after a low level loop it ploughed into the ground 150m from the crowd...and the pilot walked away.

Lanseria has since grown into one of the largest General Aviations Airports in the region. Its interest for commercial flights comes from the move of many companies and businesses from the old Johannesburg CBD to the Northen Surburbs around Sandton and the Halfway Housr/ MidRand Business District near the old Kyalami Race Track, halfway between Jo'burg and Pretoria.

There is therefore a substantial catchment area for business orientated commercial flights from Lanseria.

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