Aviation means the flying or operating of an aircraft. It was first started by two brothers, namely Wilbur and Orville Wright in an experiment of aerodynamics and their work leads them to make the first controlled, sustained, powered flights on December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Another interesting fact about Aviation is in 1799, one hundred years before the Wright Brothers‘ historic flights at Kitty Hawk, Sir George Cayley had engraved, on a silver disc about the size of a British shilling, both the design for an airplane and the earliest recorded description of the forces by which a wing can fly.
A list of flight schools in South Africa:
- Skybound Academy
- Eagle Aviation
- Johannesburg School of Flying
- Madiba Bay School of Flight
- Aeronav Academy
- Durban Aviation Center
There are 2 main categories when it comes to Civil Aviation:
- Scheduled Air Transport – Including all passenger and cargo flights operating on regularly scheduled routes.
- General Aviation’s – including all other civil flights, private or commercial.
When it comes to the army and planes, they are sometimes known as air corps and consist mainly of smaller airplanes such as helicopters and support aircraft’s. In general these are separate from the dedicated air force and have their own duties.
Other types of army planes may also consist of:
- Attack helicopters
- Observation helicopters
- Transport helicopters
- Utility helicopters
- Evacuation helicopters
- Training helicopters
These may be used for a number of purposes such as reconnaissance, surveillance, transport and as an airborne command post.