Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Crisis at SAAF Flight School

Dissatisfaction with the standard of training at the SAAF Langebaan Central Flying School has reached a crisis after three senior flight instructors there have surrendered their responsibility to make important decisions about the progress of student pilots.

These instructors have the authority to promote students or expel them from the course. They have taken this step after their recommendations regarding students that have failed the course have been ignored.

Further to this two Astra training aircraft would most likely need to be written off after serious accidents, while the decision to write off a third has still to be made.

Problems regarding training have led to serious disagreements at the school. The recent disagreement was about two students who failed their flight training two years ago. These students had more than 300 reports against them for not reaching the required training standards, before the instructors finally decided to expel them from flight training.

However, Zimbabwean instructors, who are also helping with instruction at the School, are believed not to have agreed with the suspension. (I wonder why?)

There was first an instruction that they must start again with their training and then that they must be transferred to the air force's headquarters in Pretoria.

Shortly thereafter, they were transferred to 41 Squadron at AFB Waterkloof where they were to continue their training on aircraft other than the normal training aircraft.

The request from higher authorities stated that the training schedule should allow for them to obtain their wings in July. (Read: Graduate regardless)

The three instructors, the only ones at the flying school who may recommend the suspension of students, saw their authority being undermined.

The three accidents caused within a period of 4 days by students which have completed more than half their flight training at CFS Langebaanweg , with more than 100 flying hours each.

One student had, during an emergency landing exercise, hit the ground with the propeller first.

Four days later, the same student performed a hard landing of nine times their body weight (9 g's).

Later that same day, a female student also landed with the propeller first and hit the ground at 10g's.

At the time of going to press the Defence Force had not responded to any of Beelds written enquiries.

Previously, there were already tensions at the school when students contended that the instructors were racist when mainly black students failed. (Of course)

The Zimbabwean instructors were appointed to the school about two years ago in order to help control the tensions. (Didn't know Zim had an Air Force)

Original article appeared in Beeld and was translated to English.

9 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

A little of topic but could you guys do a piece on this please:
"Zuma is understood to have stood firm on keeping Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's "skills", but admitted that the world's longest serving political head of treasury had "overgrown the position, but we need to keep talent"...

I mean, what did these SACP/Cosatu guys think? Do they think Zuma was invited (read "ordered") to Rothschilds new HQ in Dallas last year to watch a rodeo, or visit Southfork!? Mind you, they're so stupid, they still think their previous "saviour" Hani was shot by the "evil" white africans who feared communism!

They'll never let their grip on Southern Africa go!

Anonymous said...

Cool! Finally the army and airforce will be a walk over when the time comes.

Joe King said...

This is not the first time this has occured. They have been through this before and acuused the instructors of racism. Even the Aussie instructors were accused of failing the sa trainees based on colour. They were then assisted by black american instructors who also failed their sorry asses. I do hope Zuma appoints these pilots for scare force one when they graduate. You cannot employ a taxi mentality in the world of aviation. From the most well trained pilots in the world to a f*cking joke. what is wrong with these people?

Anonymous said...

Yes you are correct, this happened with SAA when they had the flight crew and pilots trained in Australia and failed. They then created their own training center in SA and passed them. Yes nothing really new.

I note someone is talking about the New World Order. That my friend is a very likely possibility! Remember the CIA helped SA in the bush war then changed sides.

Could happen again!

Anonymous said...

In fact, SAA always had a training facillity but the black trainees were originaly sent to Australia to avoid possible allegations of racism against white SAA training pilots.

Anonymous said...

These students had more than 300 reports against them for not reaching the required training standards

3OO???? They should not even be allowed to fly a kite.

Anonymous said...

Monkey see - monkey do simply does not work with aviation!

Bantu Education said...

The moral of this story is...

never fly saa...!!!

(beware - on some routes they are the cheapest)

Anonymous said...

commenting on things you don't know about is stupid, yes you have internet access and you do get bored while you browsing through. then that is the time you should try search for thing that will change your life but not leave stupid comments concerning race, and all other things.