It is believed that this aircraft could be ferried after some work and inspections are accomplished. Aircraft has been in storage for the last 28 years and recently was put under a covered outdoor hangar. It appears that it has been worked on in the not too distant past but it seems that nothing was logged.
Surplus military aircraft for sale Date: As the aircraft were fitted with a South African developed avionics suite, they received the local name of Pilatus Astra. The locally-developed avionics degraded over the years and the original avionic manufacturer was no longer in business.
This lead to the original manufacturer, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, being awarded a contract in October to upgrade 35 Astras and the provision of associated training aids under Project Ithambo. It was also announced that as the modifications to the aircraft had resulted in the aircraft being returned to the standard configuration used worldwide, the upgraded Astra in SAAF service had been renamed the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II.
The final upgraded aircraft is expected to be delivered in March It appears that the decision has now been taken to offer these aircraft for disposal. Any prospective purchaser will have to upgrade the Astra aircraft in a similar manner to Project Ithambo, as the original avionic system will not be supported.
Numerous Cessna light observation and utility aircraft were purchased from These have been progressively withdrawn, until approximately ten of the type remained in service in Unable to recompile the records, the SAAF withdrew all the remaining aircraft from service.
Protracted delays have ensued in deciding what to do with the aircraft, as unsuccessful attempts were made to rebuild the records. Ministerial approval had also to be sought to write-off and dispose of the aircraft. Armscor has now confirmed that they have received all the necessary approvals to dispose of the Cessna aircraft.
However, without the full paper trail, the Civil Aviation Authority will only permit them to be registered in the restricted category. Complicating matters is that the aircraft have undergone numerous modifications whilst in military service.
Armscor are first offering the Astra and Cessna aircraft to foreign countries and they are not available for purchase by private individuals. It appears that at least one country is interested in purchasing the Cessna aircraft, but without engines and avionics, the Astra aircraft may well be unsellable.
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