JS Production interrupted by Covid-19

Production at JS was unfortunately interrupted by the Corona virus. The South African Government has followed world best practises to slow down the spread of the COVID-19/Corona virus.    At this moment there are more than a thousand cases of infection reported in South Africa, including five fatalities.  Eight cases have been reported in the North West province. As a result, the South African Government announced a twenty-one-day lockdown, effective from Thursday 26 March 23:59 PM. ...

MD-TJ 42 Jet Turbine Race

The MD-TJ 42 Jet Turbine creates the most versatile sailplane sustainer system ever made. The installation weighs a mere 17kg and with an additional 17kg of fuel an amazing 150km range is possible, climbing 2m/s at 140km/h. In the unlikely event that you are late with that critical appointment with your dear partner, you may even blast home at 220 km/h, saving the day in heroic fashion. OR, you can (in Red Bull Air Race...

100 Maiden Flights – by AP Kotze

I started gliding in 2004 at Potchefstroom gliding club after attending a training day during the final year of High school. Being from a small town, approximately 50 km north of Potchefstroom, and being involved in farming activities during most of my time there my original plan was to become a veterinarian. One flight in a glider however convinced me that I might be better off pursuing a career in engineering. By chance I also...

The JS2 SL Project Update

While other manufacturers claim to have an uncompromised design, we in the JS design team believe in a perfectly compromised design, taking into account all of the aspects of what makes a glider a superior product and balancing this to achieve the best designed glider in the world. Jonker Sailplanes has shown that they are not afraid to try new innovative designs. The JS2 has been designed with conservative dependable designs where possible, new innovation...

New JS Agent Structure – Europe

JS made some changes to the marketing structure in the European region. To enable us to meet the needs of our growing customer base, we have appointed two more agents, Yves Gerster and Katrin Senne . Yves lives in Switzerland, has been involved with JS since 2014 when he did his engineering internship at our design office. Since then, Yves has been visiting some of his winters in the South African summer. In 2016, Yves (after losing a squash...

EASA approved – The JS3 Certification Journey

June 2017 marked an incredible milestone for the JS-MD Partnership when the JS1 variant, the JS-MD 1C, was awarded type certification from EASA. Now two years later on the 18th of July the next huge milestone was achieved with the EASA approval of the JS-MD 3. The amount of resources and effort that goes into achieving this approval is just enormous. As Uys commented on Facebook “Designing a sailplane with the ultimate performance requires you...