AIR CREW

  • TEAM76full

     AIRCREW

    The Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team is the official display team of the South African Air Force. Their aim is  to inspire the youth, promote aviation and showcase the skill of SAAF pilots to the general  public. The team flies the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II ‘Astra’ in a 5-ship formation aerobatic display.

    In most military aerobatic teams today, display flying and ground crew duties are coupled to a full-time posting in a dedicated squadron. The Silver Falcons, however, is a part-time  team. Pilots and ground crew all perform display duties as an over-and-above task to their primary postings. 

    Based at Air Force Base Langebaanweg on the South African West Coast, the Silver Falcons are all full-time ab-initio flying instructors at the Central Flying School.

    To date, 100 pilots have been selected to fly in 76 different teams for the Silver Falcons.  Each pilot is assigned a unique, sequential number. Whenever one or more team members  change, a new team number is also allocated.

    Falcons 1-5 make up the flying members of the team. Falcon 6 is the Ground Liaison and  Safety Officer (GLO) and Falcon 7 is  the Public Realtions Officer (PRO)

    The current team, Team 76, validated in March 2014 and have flown 47 official displays.

  • BEAU1

    DISPLAYS: 141     PC-7 MKII HOURS: 1700     TOTAL HOURS: 3300

    PRE SAAF: 

    Born in Durban on 16 September 1979 (shares birthday with Former Falcon 1 – Roy Sproul).

    Matriculated from Westville Boys High School in 1997

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in May 1999

    Completed Pilots Course in December 2001

    Rotary Wing Conversion Course in 2002 on Alouette III and Oryx Helicopters

    Based at 15 Sqn, AFB Durban from August 2002 – December 2008

    Completed a Co-pilot tour on the Oryx and Command tours on both the BK-117 and the Oryx

    Transferred to Central Flying School in January 2009 and completed instructor's course in October 2009

    Selected for the Falcons in August 2010 – 94th Member

    Flew 85 Displays as Soloist (No.5) between March 2011 and June 2013

    Appointed as Lead in June 2013

    A Category Instructor

    Chief Flying Instructor at Central Flying School

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Michelle who is an Interior Designer

    2 Beautiful little girls – Madison (6) and Danica (4)

    Family comes first but in any spare time I enjoy:

    o F1 – Kimi Raikkonen!!!!

    o Rugby (big Sharks fan obviously)

    o Extreme sports – Motocross in particular

    o Reading and listening to music

    o Trying to learn the Guitar

    o LEGO

    OTHER AIRCRAFT & HOURS:

    60 on Alouette III

    490 on BK-117

    950 on Oryx

  • Markc2

    DISPLAYS: 47     PC-7 MKII HOURS: 600      TOTAL HOURS: 2650

    PRE SAAF:

    Farm boy from Mooi River, KZN

    Matriculated from Hilton College in 1999 becoming the 4th generation of my family to attend Hilton College

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in May 2003

    Completed Pilots Course in December 2005

    Completed the Basic Air Transport Course in April 2006

    Completed Command Course in May 2007

    Completed Operational Command Course in April 2008

    Completed Multi-engine Command course in September 2008

    Completed Pilots Instructor course in April 2012

    B Category Instructor

    Selected as Falcon 2 in December 2013

    PERSONAL:

    In my spare time I enjoy: Fishing myself single, Cycling and Paddling

    OTHER AIRCRAFT AND HOURS:

    1169 on Caravan

    646 on KingAir

  • bok3

    DISPLAYS: 47     PC-7 MKII HOURS: 770      TOTAL HOURS: 2650

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Potchefstroom on 23 November 1984

    Matriculated from Potchefstroom Gymnasium 2002

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in May 2003

    Completed Pilots Course in December 2005

    Completed C-185 Course in July 2006

    Line change to the Transport line, Transferred to 41 Squadron in 2006

    Completed Command Course in July 2007

    Completed Basic Air Transport Course in November 2006

    Completed Operational Command Course in February 2009

    Qualified as an Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot in May 2011

    Completed Pilot Instructors Course July 2012

    Is a B-cat instructor with 250 hours instruction

    Selected as GLO in January 2013

    Selected as Nr 3 later in 2013

    PERSONAL

    The sexiest Member to ever join the Silver Falcons. ;-p

    Prefers Chicken and Beef.

    In my spare time I enjoy:

    o Playing Drums

    o Kite Surfing

    o Outdoors, Travelling, Wine, Cheese and Rhapsody's

    OTHER AIRCRAFT & HOURS:

    114 on C-185

    997 on Caravan

    604 on King Air 200 and 300

  • werner 4

    DISPLAYS: 92     PC-7 MKII HOURS: 1350      TOTAL HOURS: 2300

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Port Elizabeth on 8 May 1979

    Matriculated from Framesby High School in 1997

    Studied BCom Computer Science at the University of Port Elizabeth

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in May 2000 as a Student Navigator

    Completed Navigator Wings Course in December 2002

    Was based at 85 Combat Flying School till 2005, before being offered the opportunity to attend Pilot Wings Course, commencing mid 2005

    Completed Pilot Wings Course in June 2006, receiving the Flying Trophy

    Transferred to 41 Squadron at AFB Waterkloof, where he flew C208 Caravans and BE20/30 King Air from August 2006 till December 2008

    Transferred to 35 Squadron, flying C47TP Dakota and qualifying as a Maritime Commander. Served at 35 Squadron from January 2009 till December 2010

    Transferred to 85 Combat Flying School (AFB Hoedspruit) in 2003 for Fighter Orientation and Operational Training Course on the Impala MB326 Light Combat Aircraft

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Dolores with 2 Beautiful & Energetic boys – Luan and Wian

    Devoted husband and dad, who in his spare time (if mom and the kids allows) enjoys:

    o Rugby and Cricket (Stormers and Warriors!!)

    o Alternative Music

    o Motorsport (Formula 1)

    o Test Flight and Development and everything related to this topic

     OTHER AIRCRAFT & HOURS

    400 on C-47 TP

    400 on Caravan

    200 on King Air 200 and 300

  • mark 5

    DISPLAYS: 59     PC-7 MKII HOURS: 1480      TOTAL HOURS: 3260

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Krugersdorp Gauteng

    Matriculated from Princess High School

    Achieved Springbok Colors for Scouting in 2000

    Studied Engineering (Mechanical) at RAU before joining the SAAF

    One of only two Englishmen to have ever made it out of Krugersdorp alive (my brother is the other one)

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in May 2003

    Completed Pilots Course in December 2005

    Completed C – 185 Course in July 2006

    Completed Basic Air transport Course in November 2006

    Completed Command Course in July 2007

    Qualified as Safety Officer in July 2008

    Completed Operational Command Course in February 2009

    Qualified as an Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot in May 2009

    Acted as Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot on the Koiler Project (Airborne Surveillance System fitted to the C 208) from May 2009 to completion

    Selected as GLO in February 2012

    Selected as Falcon 2 in April 2013

    Moved to Falcon 5 in December 2013

    PERSONAL:

    Married the most beautiful woman on earth, Seretha, in December 2011

    Seretha is a highly accomplished Instructional Designer

    In my spare time I enjoy:

    o Fly fishing & Fly tying

    o Mountain Biking

    o Formula One: Forza Ferrari!!!

    OTHER AIRCRAFT AND HOURS:

    90 on Cessna 185

    1150 on Caravan

    560 on PC-12

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