The SA Air Force’s vision is “An Air Force that Inspires Confidence”. Its desired strategic outcomes are to be ready for conceivable contingencies, to be able to sustain its capabilities and operations, to reduce safety risks to as low as reasonably practicable, to comply with the regulatory framework, and to maintain a positive image.
The compliance to pertinent security measures and planned arrangements that are underpinned by approved regulatory policies & Standard Operating Procedures is indispensable for staging such a major activity on the Air Force Base.
In line with government initiatives, the Air Force earlier this year instituted austerity measures, which included the scaling down of Air Shows. The impact of these measures on the viability and nature of the ‘Wings and Wheels’ Air Show planned at Air Force Base Ysterplaat was not anticipated.
After a due diligence review of the arrangements for the show, and several attempts at corrective action, the Air Force command found it difficult to reconcile the planned show with the Air Force’s Vision and Strategic outcomes.
The Air Force command consequently decided that there was no option but to cancel the Air Show.