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SA Flying schools and Jobs in Nam/Bots

Old 10th Nov 2005, 11:04
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SA Flying schools and Jobs in Nam/Bots

I like probabbly hundreds of others am heading to Maun in Jan to try and get a jumpstart into the flying business. I got the flights booked, i've had more pricks than a two bob hooker (vaccinations) and am redy to go! Does anyone have any info about how to get from Joburg to Maun. Do any charter companies help out and flog spare seats cheap, are there busses or do I have to bight the bullet and fly Air Botswana? Any info would be great, Cheers
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Old 10th Nov 2005, 11:37
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Spelling lessons under the big tree opposite the Caltex garage!

A-ha, now how to get to FBMN? Bight into that bullet man, Africa is lion country! The shots won't help for that!

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Old 10th Nov 2005, 12:06
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Might help if you can round up a few more folks on here, get an old clunker or make sure one of the guys has a car, share costs and head up there by road.

..Or there's always Air Bots...
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Old 10th Nov 2005, 17:48
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How could you phrase such an ungenerous statement ... Air Bots Rocks!

I looked through the 'History' page of their site but one item is missing. Ooh, I am awful ...
"I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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Old 10th Nov 2005, 18:03
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Just came back from Maun today myself. Drove up with friends but I know Air Botswana fly up there from Gaborone or Joburg.

You can take the Intercape bus from Joburg to Gaborone for R130 if that helps to keep costs down but not so convenient. Don't think there is a bus from Gabs to Maun though...

They expect you to camp over for a while but from what I understood January may be a bit late for recruiting.

Good luck!
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Old 28th Nov 2005, 14:03
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Question Best way to go about things???

Hi Everyone,

I wonder if those in the know can help me.

I am traveling to Kenya and then to Botswana for 2 weeks next February in the hope of securing a pilot position.

1) Are these good places to start when looking for work in light of my experience(see below) or would you suggest somewhere else in Africa??

2)what is the best way to go about things when there??

3)In your experience is it best to call / fax the respective operators about your arrival or just turn up with CV in hand (I am very keen and confident but I do not want to be rude).

I have around 300 hours and should be at least around the 370 mark by the time I go. I have 100 hours Multi and this should be at least 120 - 150 when I leave for Africa.

I have a UK issued CPL / IR / MCC. I am an ex air traffic controller and I am 27 years old. I speak English, French and basic to intermediate Russian if that is of any help!!!!

Thanks in advance guys and gals.
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Old 28th Nov 2005, 15:36
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Can not be of great help other than wishing you all the very best and hope that your dreams come true mate.

Cheers and a big good luck ! Oportunities are there - they just need to be taken.

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Old 28th Nov 2005, 17:39
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First advice carry alot of cash although not on you, this is africa mate. In my experience and from what ive seen having a Cv in hand usually works best, make your face known.
The first major obstacle you always need to overcome is licencing so first stop should be the CAA of that particular country. Be nice and always smile or life will be hell.
Also try and make a stop through tanzania there is a shortage of experienced crew but by the time you come people might have moved up.
Persistance is key, dont give up no matter how bad it looks. Usually the chance happens and you have to be there ready to go. Timing is important. Try to arrive just before the beginning of the high season so all your conversions can be sorted out. Thats when movement is high amongst pilots.
Good luck. It is an adventure
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Old 29th Nov 2005, 08:17
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Thank you very much for your well wishes.


Thank you very much for the advice. I will be sure to visit Tanzania and make sure that I have lots of CVs on the ready.

First stop

It is indeed an adventure and I am itching at the bit to get going.

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Old 29th Nov 2005, 09:04
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If your bits are already itching you'll fit right in, mate....

Good luck and give Maun a try as well.
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Old 29th Nov 2005, 09:20
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Yes,Solid Rust Twotter is right.
Things are definitely happening in the the mesmerising metropolis of Maun.
Be sure to check it out.

Low time pilots are already starting to fill Audi Camp.

Good luck.
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Old 29th Nov 2005, 13:37
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Solid Rust Twotter,

My bits are indeed itching, I can not wait to go. Thanks for the well wishes mate and I will definately check out Maun too.

Mangalui, Maun looks great and I will be certain to make myself known when there. I just wish I had bitten the bullet and done this months ago.

Thanks again guys.
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Old 30th Nov 2005, 01:33
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Have heard that work permits are very hard to come by for foreign pilots in Kenya. Might want to give that one a skip.
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Old 30th Nov 2005, 05:59
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Be sure to give Namibia also a try! As everybody say Botswana is a definit especially Maun!!

Have your CV in hand and go show your face, it doenst help faxing or emailing, those CV's just get chucked away!!

Good Luck!!
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Old 30th Nov 2005, 09:00
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Howzit PilotATC

I'm in Nairobi at the moment and wil be here until about the end of February. To e honest this place is a hub of aviation activity, especially at Wilson airport, but it is also to to organized and at times seems to be a symphony of cock ups.

I'm currently contracted out by a South African company but even that was difficult because the government is pretty strict on foreign pilots operating in Kenya.

There is definitely jobs available here so it's just getting past the big chiefs in charge.

Good luck mate.

Let me know if you need some help when you're in Nairobi.

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Thanks again for the info guys,

Phenomenon, thanks for the headsup, I will certainly give it a go in Kenya and then move onto Maun and then Tanzania before heading back to Kenya again.

I will PM you closer to the time if you do not mind as you may be able to point me in the right direction etc when there.

I had heard about the difficulty to obtain a work permit as a Foreign pilot - but I also read it can and has been done so I am going to give it a good try. I also have the places mentioned above to check out too.

My confirmed travel dates are:

February 3rd - 17th unless I get the opportunity stay!!!!

Thanks again.
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Old 30th Nov 2005, 16:56
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Not sure there'll be anything going in Maun by then. The jobs usually go pretty quickly in the first few weeks of the year. Never hurts to take a look and knock on some doors, though...
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Old 28th Mar 2006, 21:47
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Fixed wing flying schools in Southern Africa?

Can anyone recomend a few flying schools in Southern Africa (does not have to be South Africa) and what aircraft do they use for training?

Thanks in advance

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Old 29th Mar 2006, 09:50
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There are many good flying schools in South Africa. 43 Airschool in Port Alfred, a quiant little seaside town is probably the biggest and best....but also a bit on the expensive side.


Also try www.aptrac.com. As far as I know it is a school run by South African Airways training captains
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Old 30th Mar 2006, 11:41
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Here are the majority, exlcuding the Johannesburg ones: (excuse the formatting)

Progress Stephanie 041-3721647 [email protected]
Natal Flight Acad 039-3120821 [email protected]
Avstar 033-3864347 fax [email protected]
Deal Alliance Cape Town Deborah 082-495-8179
CFS Gerald 044-876-9036 [email protected]
CFA 011-805-4118 [email protected]
43 Wendy 046-624-2433 [email protected]
Outeniqua Marlene [email protected]
Cape Aero Club 021-934-0234 [email protected]
Airline Pilot Training Centre 041-581-0327 [email protected]
Zero Four Evan 083-5771452 [email protected]
Cape Town Flight Training Centre Fisantekraal 021-976-7053 [email protected]
Southern Right CTIA 021-934-2660 [email protected]
Stellenbosch Flying Club 021-880-0294 [email protected]
Aeronautical Training Solutions CTIA 082-828-9410 [email protected]
Starlite Aviation Virginia 031-573-2716 [email protected]
Avstar Pietermaritzburg 033-386-4745 [email protected]
Westline Aviation BFN 051-451-1717 [email protected]
Nelair 013-741-8025 [email protected]
Sheltham PE 041-581-4194 [email protected]
Cape Flying Services George 044-876-9217 [email protected]
Border 043-736-6181 [email protected]
Algoa 041-581-3274 [email protected]
Flamingo East London 043-736-3400 [email protected]

and here are the email addresses :

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