Great job Elana for sorting out an Air Service License issue in less than two weeks where the client struggled to do so in over 10 months!! We are very proud of you and having your excellent capabilities added to our team! It seems if you have challenges with your Air Service License there’s only one place to go…Elana below, after sorting out this "little" issue.
Another day for 22 South and another audit. However, great to see this team performing to ensure compliance and conformance to often very difficult requirements. Great to see and experience the hard work and subtle inputs to advance safety within this industry. Understanding and accepting the legal route and the effort operators must put in to meet these standards are not easy, especially with potential clients holding the carrot and not really caring whether you are legal or not. Sad but true. Therefore, well done Darkwing Aerials and keep it up!
Mr. Fuls, welcome to a very small team of legal drone commercial operators in SA. Your dedication without doubt assisted in this achievement. We are so proud of you and in addition to call you our friend! Keep safety first and foremost as you have done throughout the whole process and you will become a force to be reckoned with. Congrats to Compact Aerial Services (http://compactaerial.co.za).
Sometimes being an MD of a Company can be really frustrating. You send out two Advisors, for a seemingly innocent preparatory drone (ROC) audit as the Client required thorough preparation before their upcoming regulatory audit from the SACAA. The MD requested a couple of photos for two reasons:
a. As evidence the work was done (very important); and
b. To post on social media thereby keeping all our friends, Clients and colleagues updated.
The photos below reflect the reason for the frustration. One Advisor seems to be doing a brilliant job while the other…in Middelburg (Bear Country)??!!
Subsequently, the ‘other’ was let go from 22 South Aviation. I believe you all will agree. We were very regretful to see Mr Martin Roberts leaving the employment of 22 South Aviation.
However, the apparent diligent employee of 22 South (in photo below) decided to immediately start his own company and rehired Mr. Roberts, offering him a better salary! Really!!
Now what can I say except welcome to 22 South Unmanned!! We are so proud to introduce the sister of 22 South Aviation and with Rob and Martin running the show, what can go wrong…
Gents, the competition is ON between 22 South Aviation and 22 South Unmanned!
Elana / Werner, we need your help and support in 22 South Aviation!
22 South would like to express our appreciation to one of our aviation friends. We had the opportunity to spend some time with one of the great oil and gas rotor-wing experienced engineers in this industry, having worked with him for a very long time. Thanks Warren for a lovely visit!
As expected, the conversation quickly turned to our favourite topic: Aviation and associated challenges. Initially, I could see my business partner struggling to grasp the fundamentals of maintaining a Sikorsky 76 resulting in a lot of confusion. No big problem, right? Within 5 minutes, Warren assisted in attaching blades, doing tracking and balancing as well as a thorough wash of our very own S76. Although, Warren, you did need a wee bit of help with some of the more difficult aspects…
So, let us tell you the story of Scarlett. About 7 months ago Scarlett was introduced to us by one of our clients and obviously, yes, we had to find a position for her. Believing that women should be promoted in the field of aviation, especially as aviators, she subsequently was appointed as co-pilot. We ensured that she was included in the Base Operating Handbook. (For those sad souls deprived from having knowledge in aviation, it is a procedural manual we generate for our c...lients with various bases of operations but specific and unique to each one. Basically, who is who and how to do what, including management of toilet paper…) But let’s continue, although doing very well and coping with the cyclic and collective, we did notice that she struggled reaching the pedals. As such she was moved to the Operations Office and wonderful to see how she excelled. She was introduced today to the satellite tracking system. We wish all of you could see that little finger following the track of the aircraft and the alarm she subsequently raised when it stopped. Absolutely brilliant. Well done to our youngest flight follower yet!
Another week in the life of 22 South. We were invited to assist one of our clients in a Mozambique CAA audit. Off to the beautiful Vilanculos. Hard work but magnificent views from the hotel. Some of the photos below demonstrate fun and work, including dining with the regulator (IACM). Well done to Archipelago Charters for successfully passing this process!
Permit us to introduce the 22 South team. In sequence of attached photos, Rob Somers is one of the Directors and leading the unmanned activities of 22 South. He is also actively involved in manned fixed wing and rotor wing advisory services. Rob, a helicopter as well as drone pilot license holder comes with 20 years plus experience in aviation and has been invited to speak at public events locally, in Africa and internationally. He is a qualified ISO 9001 lead auditor. Velma... Scholz, also one of the Directors is leading the manned aviation advisory services, also with 20 years’ experience in aviation. She is an ATPL holder with a Master’s degree in aviation management as well as a qualified FSF BARS lead auditor. Martin Roberts is a qualified aircraft technician and drone (RPAS) flight instructor and provide valuable assistance as an unmanned aviation advisor. Previously, Martin held the position of Chief Flight Instructor at a leading RPAS training school. Elana Mol, holding a B-Tech degree with various qualification in aviation with more than 12 years’ experience in this industry, is our expert in facilitating and advising Air Service Licence applications and related advisory services. We also use the expertise of various advisors as subcontractors when and if needed and with time we will introduce some of them.
Proud to announce that another 22 South Client recently received their RPAS Operating Certificate to fly drones commercially from the South African CAA. Congrats to Darkwing Aerials, making them the 14th LEGAL operator in the Republic! We hope to add quite a few more in 2017, including one (or two) in Ghana.🤔
22 South opened its doors formally as a company early 2016. Today we have 6 members in the team (and growing). Although we are often stuck in the office generating some very challenging procedures, including how to carry weapons in a war zone on-board civilian aircraft, we often find ourselves at interesting and remote audit destinations; some of which can be very painful...😎