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New Silver Falcons team member

The SAAF aerobatic team, the Silver Falcons, has gained a new member.


Sad week for SA aviation community

The South African military and general aviation community lost two friends this week, one the premier South African aviation historian and the other a member of the SAAF executive team.


New pilots reach for the sky

There are not many days more important to a pilot than the receipt of their Wings. For seventeen young men and women, the Parade held on 24 March at AFB Langebaanweg will forever be in their hearts.


Trainee pilot dies after flight

A trainee pilot collapsed and died after a flight in a Hawk at the Makhado air base in Limpopo on Tuesday afternoon.


Hawk pilot named

The name of the pilot who collapsed and died after safely landing his Hawk has been released.


New boss' for Makhado units

The new security boss at AFB Makhado has a daunting job being in overall charge of protection for a base that houses state-of-the-art fourth generation military jets.


SAAF to implement new command structure

The South African Air Force is to implement a new command structure in the near future


Gripen squadron leader can't wait for Mondays

He is not the first black man to command a SA Air Force squadron but he is the first to have the sharp end of the country\'s airborne fighting force under his control.


Appointments and promotions of SAAF officers

The Department of Defence has anonunced appointments and promotions of SAAF officers with effect from 1 January 2011.


Combat pilots - secret's out

The air force\'s \"secret\" about the number of qualified Gripen fighter pilots was recently made public in great detail by its own officers during a briefing.


Ysterplaat hosts medal parade

A Medal Parade was held at AFB Ysterplaat this morning during which medals were awarded to 29 members.


Appointments and promotions of SAAF officers

The Department of Defence has anonunced a number of appointments and promotions.


Black pilot training fails to take off

The SAAF has stepped in to help the country produce more black African pilots.


Parachuting team member killed

A member of the SAAF Golden Eagles parachuting team has fallen to his death during a practise run at around 11 this morning.


New pilots awarded their Wings

Twenty five successful student pilots were awarded their coveted Wings today at the Central Flying School.


SAAF honours the fallen

May is traditionally the month in which the South African Air Force honours those members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.


SAAF Unveils New Uniform

The SAAF unveiled its new summer uniform at the annual Air Force Day Parade on 29 January 2010.


Acquisition of new ab-initio trainer cancelled

The SAAF has cancelled its intention to purchase a new ab-initio training aircraft and will continue to outsource the elementary training function.


Zuma equalises defence, police pay

President Jacob Zuma yesterday announced the equalisation of defence force and police service pay.


Pilots fly taxis for VIPs

Pilots fly taxis for VIPsBy Mandy De WaalThe South African Air Force (SAAF) spent six times longer flying VIPs than it did training pilots in fighter craft last year. This is despite a chronic shortage of pilots that experts say has already wiped out...


SAAF pupil pilots arrive at Babcock

The first SAAF pupil pilots to receive training on the Cessna C172 side-by-side trainer arrived at Babcock Central Flying Academy at Grand Central, Midrand.


SAAF to Join Denel & SAA in Bid to Curb Skills Loss

The SAAF plans to cooperate with Denel and SAA to curb the skills loss.


New air force recruitment plan

The SAAF continues to lose personnel mainly to the private sector, with 13 pilots and 74 technical staff lost since January.


Airforce loses skills at a ‘steady pace"

The loss of human resources, scarce skills and above all, pilots, remains one of the biggest challenges for the South African Air Force (SAAF).


Pilot shortages: The Actual Figures

In order for readers to get a better insight into the debate between the DA and the DoD, we quote below the actual figures supplied by the DoD to the DA.

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