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For more information, please contact the
SAAF Recruitment Office:

SA Air Force Headquarters
Air Command
(Directorate Human Resource Services)
Recruitment Office
Private Bag X199


Fax: (012) 312 2138

Phone: (012) 312 2148 / 2609

Department of Defence Career website: www.careers.mil.za


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There is no direct recruitment of aircrew members for the SAAF. Instead, they are selected from members already qualified in a related ground mustering.

The following positions are available:
  • Flight Engineer
  • Loadmaster (Air)
  • Flight Attendant
  • Air Photographer

Flight Engineer

Flight engineers are selected from qualified artisans. On larger aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules and Boeing 707, their duties include the management of fuel, electrical and air conditioning systems. They are also responsible for inspections on the aircraft when operating away from base.

Loadmaster (Air)

Loadmasters are responsible for safe on-loading and off-loading of freight on board aircraft. Their duties include the supervision of aircraft handling loading to ensure that cargo is tied down with the correct restraint to withstand the 'g' force which might be encountered during flight or in an emergency. They are also responsible to ensure that the mass of the cargo is correctly distributed so that the aircraft centre of gravity remains within the acceptable range for flight.

Grade 12 mathematics NSC level 3 or Mathematics Literacy NSC level 4 is essential, with English as a passed subject. Candidates must be medically fit and not have a hearing impairment.

Flight Attendant

Flight attendants are selected from airspace control operators and are responsible for the well being of passengers during flight. More importantly, they are responsible to assist passengers to evacuate from the aircraft in an emergency situation on the ground.

Air Photographer

Air photographers are selected from qualified photographers and accompany flights which undertake aerial survey.