JHB Newsletter

April 2021

Airline News

Latest: 03/04/2021

The coronavirus pandemic affected almost every walk of life and almost every activity in almost every country. Our Flight Simulation hobby was no exception


2020 was a very quiet year. However, in spite of lockdowns, quarantine restrictions and other coronavirus issues, JHB Airlines did manage to accumulate 196 flying hours during the year. One member completed his tour of the Canadian Rockies by helicopter, another member kept essential Airbus routes in Europe open, albeit on a sporadic basis!.


There's little flying again so far this year, either for business or leisure. One member is defying the coronavirus, and having had two vaccinations, is in progress of bringing his Piper Warrior from Papua New Guinea back home to Perth in Western Australis.



JHB Airlines had a minor restructuring during 2018, and launched into 2019 with a new forum and the Website undergoing a "refit", with improvments to allow better display on mobile devices, plus a large increase in the FSX and Steam Fleet. Included in this fleet is a hovercraft and a Zeppelin airship for those who want something a bit different occasionally. Hovercraft trips from Douglas to Liverpool only take 40 minutes.  This fleet expansion is due entirely to the work of a member who has returned to JHB after a long absence, who enjoys aircraft painting.  He has created some stunning new liveries for us. Welcome back indeed!


There are now 35 aircraft in the FSX/P3D Fleet and 5 aircraft for X-Plane 11 with more "in the paint shop".  Latest Addition is a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter. Activity on the new Proboards Forum is still muted although all members are still "in touch" via the Freelists mailing list.  Some old habits die hard! We also intend to promote some of the tours and other flights which Bones originally created, plus the "world tour" dimensions of "Gerry's Routes". Work on modernising the website style and content is continuing. Members may spot the differences, especially on the Aircraft and Pilot Hours pages.  These changes may not look earthshattering, but behind the scenes, the website code is changing significantly with greater use of modern tools such as css.