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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.

Who may join the Guild for Aviation? Matriculants
Matriculants interested in studying in this field
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Cabin crew

Air traffic control staff


Any other persons working in the aviation industry.
Guild benefits As Guild member you are part of Solidarity and consequently you qualify for all trade union benefits within the terms and conditions. Guild membership is an additional benefit of Solidarity membership.

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Additional benefits enjoyed exclusively by members of the Guild for Aviation are:
Comprehensive representation for Guild members at the Civil Aviation Authority.
Continued training and development in Afrikaans
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Financial advice and products by Solidarity Financial Services
Industry-specific newsletter
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 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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South African Express says that it is turning itself around

14.06.2019– Engineering news

South African State-owned regional airline SA Express (SAX) affirmed on Friday that it was making substantial progress in its turnaround programme. It has also been taking action against employees found to have been engaged in wrongdoing. All those employees who have been charged with offences, and found to be guilty, have been fired from the airline. In those cases in which the offences involve alleged violations of the law, the airline has opened criminal cases. It will use legal means to recoup any losses that were the result of these various offences.

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Slowing demand, rising costs squeezing airline profits

– report 15.06.2019 – Fin24

Slowing demand and rising costs are squeezing airline profits, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association. The industry body announced at its 75th annual general meeting in Seoul, South Korea in May that it had downgraded its 2019 outlook for the global air transport industry to $28bn profit from its previous forecast of a $35bn profit.

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30 March 2020
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...

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23 March 2020
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...

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20 February 2019
In a letter to the Director of Civil Aviation, Poppy Khoza, trade union Solidarity expressed its concern over the grounding of CemAir and the possible...

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16 November 2018
Dear Member     The SACAA ERD department held a Part 121 & 135 workgroup on Monday regarding ALPA – SA FTL Regulation proposal.  ...

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