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Thursday | 16 April | 2020 Wees toegewyd tot verandering

Deur Higgs Venter Aan die begin van die nuwe werkweek waar ons weer na die nuwe “normaal” kon terugkeer is ek vanoggend bewus van die feit dat ek regtig na die eerste dag terug op kantoor uitgesien het. Die uitsien was egter maar van korte duur. Ons gaan nou eers aan die einde van die maand, indien alles goed gaan, weer kantoor toe kan gaan, dus is my huis vir nóg 'n rukkie die skool, kerk en kantoor. Ewe skielik is motivering weer deel van die samestelling. Motivering word deur Pinder beskryf as 'n stel van energieke kragte wie se
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Monday | 30 March | 2020 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
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Monday | 23 March | 2020 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
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Wednesday | 20 February | 2019 Grounding can lead to major retrenchments at CemAir

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 retrenchments that may arise from it.  According to Solidarity Deputy General Secretary Johan Botha, the trade union has received a notice that the airline might reduce its workforce by about 200 employees. “Not only does the grounding have a huge impact on the economy and CemAir’s sustainability as an airline, but it also has a devastating effect on each and every employee and their families,” Botha said. Botha stated that Solidarity was currently consulting with
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Friday | 16 November | 2018 SACAA ERD

Dear Member     The SACAA ERD department held a Part 121 & 135 workgroup on Monday regarding ALPA – SA FTL Regulation proposal.   Industry was represented by all parts, whiles Organised Labour was represented by Solidarity and ALPA.   After some robust discussion on the proposal, the AASA’s ( The Airlines Association of Southern Africa) counter proposal and the Moebus Aviation (Switzerland) “Scientific and Medical Evaluation of Flight Time Limitations” report, the following Resolutions were taken.   There is not enough Scientific data in the South African context to advocate for changes to the current SACAA Regulations, thus:
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Wednesday | 10 October | 2018 Are South African aviation experience and/or qualifications in demand or of value internationally?

By Tania du Toit Any aviation experience and/or qualification gained or obtained in South Africa should make your CV internationally acceptable provided that you make sure that you get your local training from accredited and respected parties and provided that you strictly comply with all professional guidelines for staying employable (for example, keeping flying hours up to date, passing medical examinations and reviewing licences). Aviation and any specific work in connection with it imply non-negotiable safety, excellence and the highest standards, and the latter stays the same internationally. Should you, in addition, qualify as a pilot with any of the
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Tuesday | 04 September | 2018 Aviation Which medical conditions for passengers require extra attention during a flight or disqualify flying as choice of travel?

 By Tania du Toit The list of medical conditions that do not agree with flying, is kilometres long and can never be complete. Considering the significant cost of air tickets, you should perhaps make quite certain you don’t pay for a trip during which you may be turned away at the aeroplane’s door. It is another matter should you fall ill during a flight, but don’t knowingly expose yourself to loss and even humiliation, or harm your fellow-passengers’ health, should you be aware of your existing medical condition, which might rule out flying as choice of travel. Should you plan trying
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Tuesday | 04 September | 2018 Medical emergencies and deaths during a flight (passengers and crew): What does the applicable training entail?

By Tania du Toit A pilot, assisted by his co-pilot, is fully responsible for an aeroplane, the flight itself, as well as for every passenger, including the crew. Technically this also includes medical emergencies and deaths on board, but logically, in case of medical assistance being required, the hands, eyes and ears of the pilot/s are dependant on the crew’s competence. The head of the crew is therefore literally the pilot’s class captain, especially regarding medical matters. It is essential that crew members of all large, official airlines be able to manage medical emergencies and risks. On average one death per
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Friday | 31 August | 2018 Watter tipe werksmoontlikhede bestaan indien ek die lugvaart verlaat?

Deur Tania du Toit Enige verandering in 'n spesialiswerkrigting genereer spesifieke vrae oor watter nuwe rigting jy daarná behoort in te slaan. Jou rede vir koersverandering is eerstens van belang. Gestel jy is 'n vlieënier en jou hele lewe draai om vlieg, maar 'n nuutverworwe mediese toestand kelder jou vliegdrome, sal jou toekomsoorwegings en -moontlikhede totaal anders daar uitsien as dié van iemand wat weens 'n ander rede glad nie meer in die lugvaart wil werk nie. Binne die totale versameling werksmoontlikhede in die lugvaartbedryf is daar 'n magdom loopbane waarheen of waarvandaan jy kan migreer, indien jy slegs 'n
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Wednesday | 22 August | 2018 You want to fly? Then you need to have and do this

By Dr. Eugene Brink It is undoubtedly so that being a pilot is exciting but also exhausting, dangerous and hard work. To have to all through your career contend with minute marginal errors and be responsible for thousands of people’s safety, is not something that everyone can handle. You have to be emotionally, mentally, intellectually and of course also physically strong and fit. What characteristics do pilots therefore have to possess to be successful? Solidarity World chatted to Frik Vorster, a South African who has been flying international routes for more than two decades and now works with Emirates, about
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