SUPPORT CREW

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    TECHNICAL SUPPORT CREW

    Few people realise the amount of work required and all the procedures that are in place to keep a military aircraft serviceable. Often out of the limelight, there is a hard-working team of specialists to ensure that the Silver Falcons not only go up, but also come down with their machines in good working order.
    At home base, the PC-7 MkIIs are maintained by the technicians of 2 Air Servicing Unit. On deployment, a team of 8 to 12 technicians accompany the display team and contribute to the success of each aerial display. Each "crew" consists of a Technical Officer, a Crew Chief, Avionic and Mechanical technicians, Survival specialists, Armourers (ejection seat) and MSC technical personnel for the mountains of paperwork and data capture that accompanies an aircraft system.

    Being a relatively small team, tasks are often shared and although a member may specialize in a certain trade, everybody must be able to pitch in and help in whatever tasks are required to "keep the show on the road (or in the air!)". The Silver Falcons Technical Support Crew are very often called on to "help-out" when other Air Show performers have problems with their aircraft, due to their vast experience and diverse knowledge of aircraft systems.

    The total contingent is split into 2 "teams" who rotate the deployments throughout the year.

    In typical SAAF fashion, the ground crew members always create room for humour, rivalry and tradition when deployed.

  • DEON1

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Robertson, on 28 December 1966.

    Matriculated from Robertson High School in 1984

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in 1985

    Qualified as Aircraft Mechanic on Albatross maritime aircraft (27 Sqn) in February 1988

    Transferred to TFDC in April 1989 and worked on Albatross, Harvard, Bosbok, Cessna, C47TP, Mir F1AZ, Mir III, D2 & C, Imp MkI&II, Islander and Astra PC MkII until November 1998

    Did Officers Forming Course and became Technical Officer in November 1998. Transferred to AFB Langebaanweg

    Served at AFB Langebaanweg as Squadron Logistical Officer (CFS), Base Logistical Support Officer, Technical Support Officer 2 ASU and currently Chief Technical Officer at 2 ASU

    Joined the Falcons in January 2009

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Annarine

    2 Kids- Anke and Stefan

    Hobbies: Deep sea angling

    AIRCRAFT:

    Albatross

    Harvard

    Bosbok

    Cessna 185

    C-47 TP

    Mirage F1AZ

    Mirage III

    Impala MkI & II

    Islander

    PC-7 MkII

  • marius

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Bloemfontein on 06 June 1962

    Matriculated from Technical High School Bloemfontein in 1981

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF 6 January 1982

    Qualified as a Survival Fitter on Impalas 1984

    Worked on Impala's, Harvard's and Astra's

    Was part of the Silver Falcons support team from 1984 till 1989 and from 1999 till 2005

    Did Senior Supervisors Course in November 2001 and became a Warrant Officer in May 2002

    Currently in charge of servicing on all Survival Equipment at 2ASU AFB Langebaanweg.

    PERSONAL:

    Divorced

    2 Kids – Laura and Zach and a grandchild - Izah

    Hobbies: Cycling and Angling

    AIRCRAFT:

    Impala

    Harvard

    Astra

    PC-7 MkII

  • OOSIE

    PRE SAAF:

    Born at Warmbads on 16 April 1964

    Matriculated from Warmbads High School in 1981

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined South African Air Force on 6 January 1982

    Transferred to work at 27 SQD Albatross A/C from January 1983

    Transferred to C47TP Project at 2 ASU Ysterplaat from December 1990

    Transferred to Component Workshop 2 ASU Ysterplaat working on Hydraulic Components and C47 TP, Astra propellers from Decemer 1994

    Transferred to Component Workshop 2 ASU AFB Langebaanweg working on Hydraulic Components and PC7 MKII A/C /December 2002 to date

    Join the Silver Falcons in 2010

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Sueretta

    2 Kids - Roann and Simone

    Hobbies: Paintball and boat angling

    AIRCRAFT:

    Albatross

    C-47 TP

    PC-7 MkII

  • TOMMY

    PRE SAAF:

    Born on the 19th of March 1975 in Riversdale,a beautiful town on the Garden route

    Matriculated at Gerrit Du Plessis Senior Secondary School in 1992

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in September 1993

    Qualified as Entrance Controller in 1993 and transferred from Airforce Gymnasium to AFB Langebaanweg.Worked at 526 SEC SQDRN as shiftleader and VIP protector for 12yrs

    Remustered in 2005 and start as apprentice at 68 Air School in Pretoria

    Qualified as an Aircraft Mechanic on the Pilatus Astra MK2 in May 2008

    Joined the Silver Falcons in January 2009

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Carmen

    3 Kids-Linique,Chanelle,Corbin

    Hobbies:Extreme sports

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII

  • DAVEJOUBERT

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Fochville North West on 3 May 1980

    Matriculated from Wonderfontein High School Carletonville in 1980

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the South African Air Force in 1999

    Qualified as an Aircraft Mechanic on Pilatus PC7-MKII at AFB Langebaanweg

    Worked at CFS Langebaanweg from 2001 - 2004

    Transferred to 2ASU 1 Hanger Engine shop at Langebaanweg. (Crew chief at Engine shop from 2008 - Present)

    Joined the Silver Falcons in 2003

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Luzanne

    2 kids - Shani and Jade

    Hobbies: Golf, Rugby, Camping and Fishing

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII

  • herman

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Cape Town on 21 January 1983

    Matriculated from High School Oudtshoorn in 2001

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the South African Air Force in May 2002

    Completed my apprentice training at 68 Air School

    Transferred to AFB Waterkloof to complete depot phase at 1 AD

    Transferred to AFB Langebaanweg in 2004 to complete apprentice training.

    Qualified as Aircraft Mechanic in May 2005 on Pilatus Astra PC7 MKII

    Joined Silver Falcons May 2012

    PERSONAL:

    Single

    Enjoy designing weapon systems and gadgets

    Hobbies: Consist of flying model aircraft and experimentation

    Motto: If you can dream it you can do it, nothing is impossible unless you truly believe it to be impossible

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII




  • fox

    PRE SAAF:

    Born at Moorreesburg on 26 January 1959

    Matriculated. From Technical High School Drostdy Worcester in 1982

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in 1977 resigned in 1985 and joined the SAAF 1997

    Qualified as Aircraft Electrician in 1980

    Transferred to CFS Langebaanweg in April 1980 and work at the servicing hangar on Impala MK1&2

    Transferred to AFB Rooikop Walvisbay as general Aircraft Support

    Transferred back to AFB Langebaanweg in 1984

    After rejoining the SAAF I posted to AFB Langebaanweg in 1997 as an Aircaft Electrician

    Joined the Falcons in 30 October 1999

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Marina

    5 children 1st Marriage Sumari ,Christo ,and Victoria. From the 2nd Marriage Elizna, Malissa and Izelle

    Hobbies :Sailing

    AIRCRAFT:

    Impala MkI & MkII

    PC-7 MkII

  • jimmy

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Makhado Limpopo on 20 July 1985

    Matriculated from Kutama Secondary School in 2003

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the South African Air Force in May 2004

    Transferred from 68 Air School to AFB Langebaanweg in August 2007

    Qualified as an Avionic - Aircraft Instrument in January 2009

    Joined the Silver Falcons in April 2013

    PERSONAL:

    Single

    Hobbies: Swimming, Gym, Music and Movies

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII




  • sopha

    PRE SAAF:

    Born at Mdantsane (East London) on 08 February 1982

    Matriculated at Ulwazi High School in Mdantsane 1999

    Did Technical Studies at Russell Road College Port Elizabeth in 2001

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in May 2003

    Qualified as Aircraft Electrican on Pilatus Astra Aircraft at Air Force Base Langebaanweg

    Joined Silver Falcons in August 2010

    PERSONAL:

    Status: Single

    Hobbies: Listening to Music ,Soccer, Movies

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII




  • louwtjie

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Mariental SWA, on 18 November 1971

    Matriculated from HTS Daniel Pienaar, Uitenhage 1989

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the Air Force 02 January 1990

    Qualified as Aircraft Weapons Electro Mechanic 1992 on Impala MK I and MK II at AFB Langebaanweg

    Transferred to AFB Hoedspruit 1 Squadron 1992 to 1997, working on Mirage F1 AZ

    Transferred to AFB Langebaanweg 1997, working on Pilatus Astra and at Small Arms Section, doing general armament, drogue towing

    Join the Silver Falcons 2010

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Belinda

    2 Kids – Daughter Roelise, Son Johan

    Hobbies: Deep sea angling

    AIRCRAFT:

    Impala MkI & II

    Mirage F1-AZ

    PC-7 MkII




  • donald

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Limpopo on 22 December 1987

    Matriculated from Lebowakgomo Secondary School in 2005

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the South African Air Force on 30 April 2008

    Qualified as an Aircraft Survival Equipment Fitter on 2 May 2011 at AFB Langebaanweg (2 ASU)

    Completed Junior Supervisor Course on 2 December 2012

    Joined the Silver Falcons in March 2013

    PERSONAL:

    Engaged to Neo Baloyi

    Hobbies: Playing piano, movies, play station and my cell phone

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII




  • gerrit

    PRE SAAF:

    Born on the 11th of September 1975 in Vredenburg

    Complete grade 12 at Weston Senior Secondary School in 1993

    Joined the South-African Defence Force in February 1994

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the SAAF in June 1995

    Worked at 526 Sqn as Entrance Controller

    Remuster to Msc Technical in 2001

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Sharon

    Blessed with two children: Ghurswin & Kaylin

    Hobbies: Music ; Rugby

    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII

     

  • KOBUS

    PRE SAAF:

    Born in Bellville on 25 August 1977

    Moved to Bredasdorp in 1993

    Matriculated from Bredasdorp High School in 1995

    SAAF CAREER:

    Joined the South African Air Force in March 1996

    Completed various courses as an Entrance Controller at TFDC Bredarsdorp

    Re-mustered to MSC Technical Clerk in 2001

    Transferred to AFB Langebaanweg in January 2002

    PERSONAL:

    Married to Rudine

    2 Kids – Kian and Danika

    Hobbies – Rugby, Golf, Cricket etc. (Total Sport Fanatic)


    AIRCRAFT:

    PC-7 MkII




  • SUPPORT CREW
  • TECH OFFICER 1
  • CREW CHIEF 1
  • CREW CHIEF 2
  • A/C MECHANIC 1
  • A/C MECHANIC 2
  • A/C MECHANIC 3
  • A/C AVIONICS 1
  • A/C AVIONICS 2
  • A/C AVIONICS 3
  • A/C ARMOURER 1
  • A/C SURVIVAL 1
  • MSC TECH 1
  • MSC TECH 2

6 March 2009 - New Silver Falcons Livery Now Available for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Thanks to the effort of Morné Pieters, there is now a high-quality Silver Falcons repaint for the IRIS PC-9 available for free download. Aircraft markings were meticulously digitised from photographs, bringing the Silver Falcons to the world of virtual aviation.The scheme is available for all the team pilots' aircraft, with accurate serial numbers, tail numbers and pilot information included. 4t

The payware IRIS PC-9 was used instead of a PC-7, due to the high quality and accuarate flight dynamics of the model. It is compatible with FS2004 and FSX. A slight difference in the empennage will be visible to some aficionados. For more screenshots, visit our Media Page. For downloads, follow the links in the Avcom thread. Well done, Morné!

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