Air services

David Simelane promoted to chief pilot of SANParks Air Services


SANParks was proud to announce that Ndabenhle David Simelane has become the first Black Chief Pilot for SANParks Air Services.

The organization’s director of operations, Lize McCourt, said: “Simelane’s latest promotion sees him move from pilot to SANParks chief pilot and operations manager in accordance with National Authority regulations. South African civil aviation.

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“It’s no surprise that Simelane aka ‘The Black-Black Hawk’ is advancing through the ranks as he is a qualified professional pilot with strong management and leadership skills, with accessibility and strength of character to. to start up. “

Upon arriving at SANParks Airwing in Skukuza almost a year ago, Simelane wasted no time in forging a strong relationship with the Civil Aviation Authority – a company that has served SANParks well in terms of aviation compliance.

Air Services is part of the new Area Integrity Management (AIM) unit, which includes air services, firearms management, special operations, environmental crime investigations and environmental compliance.

The main objective of the creation of the AIM unit was to establish and better coordinate safety and security within SANParks. The goal is well advanced, with AIM providing basic functions such as logistics support for rangers, among other critical services, within SANParks.

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McCourt noted that the unit played a critical role in establishing the command center in Table Mountain National Parks. “We believe the team will continue to excel with Simelane at the helm of Air Services.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Simelane will take SANParks Air Services to the next level, and it is a genuine pleasure for me to see the transformation in the Air Wing. Fly, Black Hawk, fly!


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