Silver Falcon team 84 commander, SA Air Force (SAAF) Major Sivu Tangana logged the two thousand hour milestone on the aerobatic team’s PC-7 Mk II aircraft late in June.
An air force LinkedIn post has it Tangana sees his current posting at AFB Langebaanweg as an honour and opportunity as well as a recognition of commitment and determination to the “craft”.
Going further, the major said promoting the image of the SAAF “goes beyond being a pilot”.
“Your personality, conduct and appearance matter. For example, when invited to air shows and schools, one is expected to interact with the public and motivate school children. This requires a holistic understanding of the SAAF.”
On his two thousand hour milestone Tangana was grateful to the air force for trusting him and believing in his ability. “It definitely is a milestone for me and I hope it encourages others to believe in themselves and keep on putting in the hard yards.”
Highlights to date in his SAAF career include qualifying as a pilot, being part of humanitarian operations during and after floods in Mozambique as a 19 Squadron staffer and flying formation with two SAA jetliners during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration in 2019.
The Silver Falcons team is made up of four members with one open position. Majors Pule Maloka and Angus Maleka occupy second and third positions, respectively, while Major Lehlonoholo Malokane flies as number four. On Ground Liaison duties is Lieutenant Cwenga Kwatsha.