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YOUR PARTNER THROUGH ALL THE STAGES OF YOUR CAREER The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Aviation is aimed at protecting and promoting all occupations in the aviation industry.

The Guild for Aviation strives to act collectively as a watchdog for members, to protect the occupation and to give young people an opportunity for a career in aviation, and also to address issues in the industry.

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Civil Aviation Act CARCOM was instituted in terms of section 156 of the Civil Aviation Act, 2009, as a consultative body on matters relating to the development of the Civil Aviation Regulations and other aviation matters in general.

The committee must also advise the Minister of Transport on proposals with regard to the introduction of any regulation; the amendment or withdrawal of any regulation made; the introduction of any technical standard to be issued; the amendment or withdrawal of any technical standard issued, and any other matter relating to civil aviation.

The Guild is geared to protect the trade and the industry.

It is therefore perfectly placed to represent our members’ professional needs on this committee and/or subcommittees.

Solidarity now also has representation on the following CARCOM subcommittees, where we can actively intervene and negotiate for our members.

Aviation Safety Operations
Aviation Infrastructure
Aviation Security
Fees and General

For Industry Regulations

IN THE NEWS Pilots’ private lives: Caveats and advice

By Dr Eugene Brink

Life as a pilot may sound glamorous and a lot of it certainly is, but there are some drawbacks too – especially apropos your private life.

It is only obvious that being up in the air can lead to some turmoil and neglect on the ground. “The work/life balance conflict has always been a part of the aviation business,” says Jan Barden, president of Aviation Personnel International (API).

However, it is possible to maintain a happy and gratifying private life whilst soaring the skies.

Flying and living solo

Spouses and families of pilots can expect to spend (at least some) anniversaries, birthdays, Christmases, Valentine’s Days, and New Year’s Eves without their loved ones. If you are expecting to come home each night at a reasonable time, eat dinner, put the kids to bed and watch a movie before falling asleep at 10, life as a pilot is probably not for you.

If you, your wife or husband are fine with it now, what will it be like in 3, 5 or 10 years from now? Will you want to have children and how do you envisage them growing up with you working irregular hours? These are some of the earnest questions you and your partner or spouse will have to grapple with.

How long pilots are gone each month depends on what types of flights they have, what “line” they are flying, and where they are at in their career. On average, a pilot works roughly 12-15 days a month and their flight times could vary.

The work of a pilot is unpredictable. The senior pilots are likely to pick their schedules first, leaving the newbies to take whatever is left. Just like young workers in other industries, young pilots will have to “make their mark” first by sacrificing their private lives to get ahead in their careers.

A pilot could also be “on reserve” to fly whenever a regular pilot misses a flight due to illness or some other reason. They spend many days on standby and cannot make short-term plans with certainty.

“When I was younger, I was hungry for experience and the right opportunities. I sacrificed my personal life to get where I am today. The result is I have a great career, but no life. This has to change because I do not want only ‘working hard’ to be my life,” says Susan Anderson, a contract Learjet captain in Lake Worth, Florida.

Respondents in a survey by aviation website AIN confirmed that pilots over 40, as well as those who are married, seem to care more about time off than their single comrades.

How to keep everything grounded

It is important to prepare your (future or current) spouse or fiancée on what to expect from your career. They need to be independent and understanding, and they must realise that there will be some special events that you will miss out on.

Furthermore, keep in touch. We are lucky enough today to have access to all manners of instantaneous technology to speak to our loved ones from pretty much anywhere. This has been enhanced and expedited by the Covid-19 pandemic. For instance, use email, Whatsapp, Skype and Zoom to chat to your spouse and kids as often as possible.

Pilots also need to be assertive about work/life balance, and their bosses should be an indispensable part of the solution. “Unless someone brings quality-of-life issues to light, no one outside the aviation department, or possibly even inside, is likely to do anything about it. Let’s face it, executives are used to asking for an airplane and expecting it to show up. The more entrepreneurial the company, the less they consider the lifestyle of their aviation staff. These hard-charging people don’t have much of a lifestyle either,” says Dennis Olson of the aviation-consulting firm, Olson & Associates.

Lastly, pilots should spend the time they have with their loved ones wisely. Be “present” and not distracted when you are in their physical presence. Quality time trumps quantity.



Captain Lim, 2 December 2008, “Can a professional pilot have a happy family”,

Pilot Mall, 2020, “Marrying a pilot: 5 benefits & drawbacks you should know”,

Robert P Mark, 8 May 2008, “Pilot Lifestyle: Harmonizing your life’s work with the rest of your life”,

The Gold Wings, 2020, “Airline pilot’s life: How is it really like? Pro & cons”,

Wat hou die toekoms vir lugvaart in?

Deur Nico Strydom


Kenners meen die lugvaartbedryf, plaaslik en internasionaal, gaan waarskynlik heeltemal anders lyk na afloop van die Covid-19-pandemie.


Die groot vraag is tans hoe die bedryf sy bedrywighede moet hervat sodra hy die groen lig kry om dit te doen en hoe lank dit sal neem vir die bedryf om in die posisie te kom waarin dit voor die pandemie was.


Passasiersvlugte is reeds sedert begin Februarie gekanselleer en het kort daarna heeltemal tot stilstand gekom weens die Covid-19-uitbreking. Covid-19 het ook bestaande probleme in die lugvaartindustrie vererger en sekere lugrederye het reeds aangekondig dat hulle werknemers sal moet aflê.


Die internasionale lugvervoervereniging, Iata, het in samewerking met ander kundiges met twee scenario’s vorendag gekom. Die basislynscenario hang daarvan af dat die meeste plaaslike markte in die derde kwartaal weer sal begin sake doen, en dat internasionale markte baie stadiger en in fases open. In dié scenario word daar verwag dat 2019 se passasiersvlakke eers weer teen 2023 ingehaal sal kan word.


Ingevolge die pessimistiese scenario maak ekonomieë stadiger oop en neem dit langer vir reisbeperkings om verslap te word. “Groot stimuluspakkette deur regerings gekombineer met likiditeitsinspuitings deur sentrale banke sal die ekonomiese herstel versnel sodra die pandemie onder beheer is. Die heropbou van passasiersvertroue sal egter langer neem en selfs dan sal individuele en korporatiewe reisigers waarskynlik reisbesteding noukeurig bestuur en eerder nader aan die huis bly, ” sê Alexandre de Juniac, Iata se direkteur-generaal en uitvoerende hoof.


Iata is baie bekommerd oor die verdere invloed wat kwarantynmaatreëls op die lugvaartbedryf kan hê. Die organisasie het 'n beroep op regerings gedoen om alternatiewe te vind vir die handhawing of instelling van kwarantynmaatreëls vir passasiers wat in lande aankom as deel van postpandemiese reisbeperkings.


Volgens Iata het 'n meningspeiling bevind dat 86% van reisigers bekommerd is dat hulle onder kwarantyn geplaas sal word terwyl hulle reis en dat 69% van onlangse reisigers sal oorweeg om eerder nie te reis nie indien dit 'n 14-dag-kwarantyntydperk behels.


“Selfs in die beste omstandighede gaan hierdie krisis baie werkgeleenthede kos en die ekonomie beroof van jare se lugvaartgestimuleerde groei. Ten einde die lugvaartbedryf se vermoë te beskerm om 'n katalisator vir ekonomiese herstel te wees, moet ons hierdie voorspelling nie vererger deur reis met kwarantynmaatreëls onuitvoerbaar te maak nie,” het De Juniac gesê.


“Ons het 'n oplossing vir veilige reis nodig wat twee uitdagings die hoof bied. Dit moet passasiers die vertroue gee om veilig en sonder onnodige moeite te reis, en dit moet regerings die vertroue gee dat hulle beskerm word teen die invoer van die virus. Ons voorstel is verskillende lae van tydelike maatreëls sonder kwarantyn totdat daar 'n entstof, sogenaamde “immuniteitspaspoorte” of byna onmiddellike Covid-19-toetsing op groot skaal beskikbaar is.”


Iata het voorstelle gemaak vir 'n tydelike risikogebaseerde benadering om regerings die vertroue te gee om hul grense oop te stel sonder dat mense wat in die land aankom in kwarantyn geplaas word. Dit sluit in om te verhoed dat mense sifting ondergaan en dat dié wat simptome toon nie mag reis nie. Die behels ook dat die risiko’s van asimptomatiese reisigers aangespreek word en dat regerings 'n robuuste stelsel van gesondheidsverklarings en kontakopsporing bestuur.


Volgens Iata is die wedersydse erkenning van ooreengekome maatreëls van kritieke belang vir die hervatting van internasionale reis.

Hulp sal nie gou beskikbaar wees vir swaar getrefde lugvaartbedryf in SA nie

Deur Cindy Venter

Die lugvaartbedryf in Suid-Afrika is een wat alreeds swaar kry – dit is al lank reeds die geval en die Covid-19-pandemie sit nou net die kersie op die koek.

Op 25 Maart 2020 het besigheidsreddingspraktisyns 'n versoek by die hooggeregshof ingedien om SA Express te likwideer. Die regering het aangedui dat hulle 'n besluit sal neem nadat hulle die aansoek verwerk het. Hulle was in die verlede gekant teen die besluit. Dit het gevolg nadat SA Express reeds in Maart 2020 nie salarisse aan hulle 691 werknemers kon betaal nie.

Kulula en British Airways het op hul sosialemediabladsye aangedui dat alle vlugte opgeskort is, maar weer op 19 April 2020 hervat sal word, terwyl FlySafair aangedui het hy sal weer vanaf 20 April 2020 vlugte hervat. Mango het gesê dat kliënte wat vlugte bespreek het tot en met 30 April 2020 tegemoet gekom sal word met veranderinge. Volgens Cathy Powell, publiekeregkenner, kan die afsonderingstydperk moontlik verleng word. Ons lugvaartsektor is reeds onder druk en die verlenging van die afsonderingstydperk sal dit amper onmoontlik maak om die lugrederye te red.

Joachim Vermooten, 'n lugvaart ekonoom, sê dat binnelandse lugrederye nie die pandemie sal oorleef indien die staat nie hulp verleen nie. Dondo Mogajane, die Nasionale Tesourie se sekretaris-generaal, het aangedui dat die lugvaartbedryf se versoek om staatshulp heel agter in die ry staan. Daar moet in hierdie stadium voorsiening gemaak word vir ons gesondheidsorgsektor en hulle sal noodsaaklike dienste prioritiseer, selfs nadat die afsonderingstydperk verby is. Data wat ingesamel is van die Air Transport Association (IATA) dui daarop dat die hersteltydperk vir lugrederye 6 tot 7 maande kan duur nadat so 'n pandemie verby is.

Internasionale vlugte in die toerismebedryf dra weekliks 13 miljoen rand by tot die Wes-Kaapse ekonomie, en David King, projekbestuurder by Air Access, is wel positief dat die sektor vinnig kan herstel en selfs sal groei nadat die krisis verby is.

Indien jy inligting verlang oor hoe om 'n aansoek doen by die werkloosheidsversekeringsfonds (WVF) in te dien, volg die skakel:  Jy kan ook 'n e-pos stuur na



The impact of Covid-19 on the pilot profession

By Cindy Venter

While we are all cancelling or rescheduling flights because of Covid-19, people in aviation must now also make plans to ensure that they survive this pandemic.

Below follow just some examples of recent and sudden developments in the industry:

Emirates requested pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave. Emirates has more than 21 000 cabin crew and employees more than 4 000 pilots. Emirates has a total staff complement of 100 000.

British Airways, which has 4 500 pilots in its employ is cutting salaries by 50%. They are mitigating the shock by effecting the cuts over a period of three months.

Although Virgin Atlantic has not yet announced plans to retrench staff, they did request staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave and all international flights will be cancelled from 30 March to 14 June 2020

All Nippon Airways (Japan) suggested that around 5 000 of its crew take leave. It would be paid leave on a rotational basis between staff.  Allowances payable to the crew on a flight will not be paid anymore.

Meanwhile, SAA has also stopped all its international flights until the end of May.

Just by looking at the above examples it is clear that the pandemic has devastating consequences for aviation.

What can you as an ordinary citizen do to help?

Instead of cancelling your flights rather move them to a later date. Most airlines have announced that flights can be changed without costs involved.

In the meantime, do you planning for 2021 and plan that holiday you deserve.

Use the time to support the travel and tourist industry by doing research on various countries and travel destination. Enter their world and offer support where you can.

Stay up to speed with the latest developments and make sure you empower yourself during this period. Know your rights and don’t hesitate to ask questions when you are uncertain.

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued a notice with guidelines on the prevention of Covid-19 in the aviation industry. The notice can be read here:

Visit the Corona Crisis Centre on for the latest information and talk to us.



Privatising airports no magic solution – aviation CEO

05.06.2019– Fin24

Privatising airports due to lack of funds for infrastructure development is not a “magic solution” for African governments, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said. Governments in Africa should be careful before they just “rush into” privatising airports, he told Fin24 on the sidelines of Iata’s 75th annual general meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. “We encourage governments to consider all options before they make a decision on whether to privatise an airport or not,” he said. Iata has guidelines available on how it suggests governments should proceed when considering the privatisation of airports or not.

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