SAAF takes part in civil aviation day at Polokwane


The South African Air Force (SAAF) was one of the main participants at the United Nations International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) event in Polokwane last weekend, with a Hawk flying a display at Polokwane’s Gateway International Airport on 7 December.

The SAAF said the day highlights and advances the benefits of international civil aviation. SA Air Force participation included a display by Major Rehan “Kaine” Venter from 85 Combat Flying School in a Hawk. A Gripen was also scheduled to participate but had to cancel due to poor weather.

The aviation day featured a career exposition and mini-air show, with talks on Friday and Saturday from the South African Civil Aviation Authority, SAAF, flight schools and others, reports Aviation Central.

Participants in the air show included the Hawk, in South African flag colours, Magni gyrocopter, South African Police Service H125 Squirrel helicopter, and Antonov An-2 (Little Annie), which dropped skydivers.

Aircraft on static display included a number of types from Paramount Aerospace, which has training facilities at Polokwane. This included an Impala Mk I, Mirage F1AZs, Gazelle helicopters and SF-260 trainers.

The them of this year’s celebrations was “75 years of connecting the world”. Hundreds of learners from different schools in Limpopo converted at Polokwane’s airport over a two-day period to learn more about career and study opportunities in the aviation industry and transport sector in general.

The National Department of Transport partnered with the Limpopo Provincial Department of Transport and Provincial Department of Education, the Joint Aviation Awareness Programme (JAAP), South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), as well as SAAF and SAPS Air Wing for this year’s ICAD celebrations.