Good stuff, at least I got that out of the way without too much drama.
Glad the rumours aren't true! I have a few more questions though that I hope can be answered.
1) How many hours do the (a) heavy, (b) fast jet, and (c) chopper pilots get on average per month or year? Again going from rumours heard about 3 years ago, I got the impression that flight hours weren't great for the FJ and rotary guys (not too sure about the heavies though).
2) I'm kind of scared about the 13 years sign on after training, as for a young person straight out of university that feels like most of your life gone right there. So I was wondering when we actually have to sign this "contract", and when is the latest date to call it quits without any repercussions (i.e. having to pay off the flight hours attained during training). Also, if we somehow don't make the cut for pilot standards and are dropped from the flight course, say, halfway through, do they just let you go or do you have to work doing some other job for the SAAF?
3) This last question I'm sure is confidential, but maybe someone has an estimate that they could give. Approximately how many pilots are needed in each of the heavy, fast jet and chopper classes currently?
I know this sounds like I'm worrying too much about things, especially with respect to question 2, but I just want to know completely what I'm getting myself into before I decide to sign up.