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43 Air School

“THE e-DROGUE” The Drogue was founded in 1942 as the official newspaper of 43 Air School and was originally published during World War II. It has risen from the ashes and has been renamed the “e-Drogue”

“THE e-DROGUE” 2014 FROM THE DESK OF THE COLLEGE REGISTRAR Well, it’s 2014 and another exciting year lies ahead for 43 Air School students, staff and parents alike with many great improvements and student offerings on the horizon, one of which is a newsletter which I’ll be sending out to students and parents on a monthly basis outlining the events of the month. I hope to give the parents of our school a taste of what life as a 43 student is all about as well as to create a platform to recognise our many great achievers that we have at our school. We would like to welcome back all our ‘old’ students- we trust you all had a good holiday, and we’d like to extend a special welcome to our new students and parents who joined us for our first intake of the year on the th 13 of January! We wish you all the best in your studies and trust you will have a wonderful stay with us. Regards, Jillian Terblanche

----------------------------------------------HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MONTH OF JANUARY We had a total of 30 new students who joined the 43 family for the January intake. A warm welcome to our new-comers and all the best with your studies!

Our Contract students from Angola arrived on the th 24 of January and we’d like to welcome you to South Africa and to 43 Air School! SOLO’S FOR THE MONTH OF DEC/ JAN

“THE e-DROGUE” 2014 Congratulations to the following students who completed their first solo flights; Jaoa Ribeiro (Rotary Wing) Calvin Massao

James Castico (Fixed wing) Nivashen Naguran (Fixed wing) Trevor Moloi (Fixed wing)

James Castico Joao Ribeiro

Aubrey Sepataka (Fixed wing)

Doris Bariki

Binesh Parmessa (Fixed Wing) Calvin Massao (Fixed wing) Carla Griesel (fixed w ing) Ziyaad Motala David Douglas-Henry

David Douglas-Henry (fixed wing) Erica Kanyara (fixed wing) Linias Mthimba

Linias Mthimba (fixed wing) Ziyaad Motala (Fixed wing)

Erica Kanyara Aubrey Sepataka

Doris Bariki (Fixed wing) Ahmed Swisi (Fixed wing) Zodwa Nyathi (Fixed wing)

Trevor Moloi Binesh Parmessa Binesh Parmessa

Carla Griesel Ahmed Swisi

Zodwa Nyathi

Nivashen Naguran

“THE e-DROGUE” 2014 ACHIEVERS We are proud to announce our achiever of the month; Thomas Searle, who won the Airmanship Award for the month of December 2013. Congratulations Thomas, keep up the good work!


Congratulations to Ebrahim Kharwa who achieved the highest pass mark for all 4 of his CAA exams written. This is especially note-worthy as these were the first exams set on the new syllabus. Well done Ebrahim!

43 GETS A MINI MAKE-OVER Our school has undergone a couple of mini make-over’s to see in the new year with our thatching being redone as well as the Pied Piper having a little nip ‘n tuck.

Under construction As good as new. The new, improved Pied Piper

MARKETING EVENTS: giving back to our community th

On Saturday the 4 of January, 43 Air School held their annual Victory Cup Golf Day to help raise money for the SAAF association. This year we managed to raise just short of R12,000 for the SAAF association and a great day was had by all.

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On Saturday the 11 January two 43 Air School Teams played in a 6 a side Cricket match held at the Dias Cricket club in Bushman’s River. The tournament was held to raise funds for the SPCA, and it is the first year that 43 Air School has taken part in this event. 43 Air School entered two teams, a staff team comprising of:JP Du Plessis, Du Toit van Niekerk, Michael Blunden, Ryan Peffer, Juan Odendaal and The 43 student team comprised of Gareth Fitton, Owen-Jay Wundram, Matthew Muller, Jayde Le Hanie, Jano van der Walt and Ali Abdi Ali. The student team won 1 out of their 3 games and the staff team 2 out of their 3 games. The staff team came third overall, only missing out on second place by 0.04 on net run rate. Well done to both 43 Teams for flying the 43 flag high, we look forward to supporting you in your matches during the year.

Gareth Fitton, Owen-Jay Wundram, Matthew Muller, Jayde Le Hanie, Jano van der Walt, Ali Abdi Ali

Our Marketing team take to the roads on a regular basis and do school visits across the country to teach children about careers in Aviation. A simulator is taken with and the children all have a great time playing around in the simulator to give them a feel of what it would be like in a cockpit. The next School’s visit will be to Cape Town in February.

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SCHOOL ACTIVITIES We are excited to announce the introduction of our Yoga classes to one of the many on-base activities offered to our students and staff which is proving to be quite popular, even amongst the strapping young lads on campus.

For those who prefer to build up a sweat, we have a very energetic Touch Rugby, Soccer and Netball team and we play host to many a ‘friendly’ game between Stenden University, Ndlambe Municipality and SAPS to name a few.

43 Touch Rugby and Netball teams 43 Soccer Team

REGULAR EVENTS Each month we have a Solo Party to celebrate the students who have gone solo for the month. This is something the students always look forward to and it is very well attended! A few photos from previous solo parties...

We have joined forces with a company called ‘Outdoor Focus’ based here in Port Alfred, who specialise in fun, outdoors activities such as deep-sea diving, boat trips, sand boarding etc. We will be holding our first teambuilding event with Outdoor Focus on the first of February for the students and this should be

“THE e-DROGUE” 2014 loads of fun for both students and spectators... Keep a look out for the photos in next month’s newsletter. IN-HOUSE HAIR DRESSER In an effort to make our busy student’s lives a little easier, we have introduced our very own in-house hair salon. Abby is a qualified hair dresser and is available to cut our student’s hair daily.

PILOT SHOP Our Pilot shop sells a wide range of goodies from aviation memorablilia to books, uniforms and toothpaste. The Pilot shop runs a special offer every month on selected merchandise and students flock to cash in on the 43 branded items. The specials running for the month of February are;

1. I LOVE 43 Shirts – Was R 150, Now R 75 (white round neck, white V neck and ladies baby blue V neck) 2. Plain white T’s with 43 logo – Was R 124, Now R 60 3. Kids Future Flyer shirt – white – Was R 150, now R 55

I LOVE 43- R 75


And many more...



Every month, a house has a turn to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves around a traditional South African braai (Barbeque). Students are supplied with meat, salads, rolls, charcoal and firelighters and enjoy a bit of ‘down time’ under the beautiful African sky. The houses for the month of January were; MAHE, LONDON and PRETORIA A.

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FAREWELL Congratulations to the students who completed their courses with us in January! It is always bitter sweet to say Good bye but we wish you all the best in your aviation careers.

Aaron Chui

Sandra Kanyi

Saileshan Naidu Joao Ribeiro

Anania Mtewele

Andre Lourens

Hatim Nour

Hussein Pangamawe

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO- Attie Niemann th

“2014 is already well on the go and what an exciting year ahead with 43 celebrating its 25 year of delivering the best Aviation training on the African continent.

I welcome this new initiative to give You the student, our customers a monthly newsletter, it is solely for better communication and I trust you will enjoy this additional forum to interact with management here at 43.

We are constantly looking for ways of ensuring your stay at 43 is a memorable and life enhancing one …..our motto ” Work Smart Play Hard” means we, as the staff also have to do more to make sure you are being served better.

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A hearty welcome to the new students and I wish you all the best, you will not be disappointed in choosing 43 Air school.

We have made huge progress with the student interaction on our Facebook pages and we trust you are subscribed for very interesting and informative content that is kept up to date daily.

Many new initiatives are being rolled out in 2014 and almost all of them are aimed at enhancing our student’s 43 experience.

Our new e-learning product is being rolled out and the 2014 students are in class with their new I-pads with the new Jeppeson course material.

43 Airschool is leading the way in Aviation E learning and we trust this will be a huge aid to our students and sponsors in the future and beyond.

We will also roll out a debit student card shortly that will be a student ID card and also allow you to purchase at our Bar , vending machines and Pied Piper Canteen.

This card, once rolled out will be a great medium for 43 students to qualify for certain discounts at various shops and vendors in town and I do foresee that it could be a money saver for you ,What an exciting prospect!

I am also introducing a direct line to all students at and encourage each and every one of you to ask, suggest and or bring to our attention any matter that we can assist you with.

Give it a try … will not be disappointed, that is my promise to you.


Also do remember that Jillian Terblanche, the College Registrar remains your 1 point of contact on any matters relating to your wellbeing here at 43.

“THE e-DROGUE” 2014 We, as the 43 staff trust you are having a world-class experience in fullfilling your dreams and we look forward to following your career in the sky.

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD OF TRAINING- Des Lynch “New CAA Syllabus The SA CAA went live with the new syllabus and examination database with effect from 1 January 2014 with interesting results. The first examinations sittings took place on 13 Jan 2014. There were 150 sittings during the introductory week at Midrand; none of the students passed any of the examinations! The CAA conducted examinations at 43 Air School Port Alfred over the period 12-15 Jan 2014. There were 106 sittings by students who had completed Ground School on the old syllabus; only 6% passed. There were a further 46 students who sat the examinations but who had been tutored on the new syllabus using the Jeppesen EASA eBook; these students achieved a 54% first time pass. Based upon this result we are convinced that the new syllabus, study material and examination database are going to enable the student who learns his/her work to pass out of Ground School on schedule. This is very good news! For those students who attempt to pass by learning the questions we see no respite; the new question database covers all the work but is balanced and fair. “Spotting” is not the way to go!” Des Lynch.

REFUEL RECIPE OF THE MONTH- Clint Young Balti Butter Chicken Recipe

Upbeat& spicy Chicken Dish. The chicken comes out juicy and very flavorful. Would be great over rice or with noodles. Watch that you don't get heavy handed with the cloves or the garam masala. You need to keep the spices in balance. Ingredients: 150 ml natural yoghurt 50 g ground almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 1/4 teaspoon crushed bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon garam masala 4 green cardamoms 1 teaspoon gingerroot 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1 (400 g) can Tomatoes

“THE e-DROGUE” 2014 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 1 kg chicken, skinned,boned and cubed 75 g butter 1 tablespoon corn oil 2 medium onions, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped 4 tablespoons single cream Directions: Place the yoghurt, ground almonds, all the dry spices, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and salt in a mixing bowl and blend together thoroughly. Put the chicken into a large mixing bowl and pour over the yoghurt mixture. Set aside. Melt together the butter and oil in a medium karahi, wok or frying pan. Add the onions and fry for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken mixture and stir-fry for about 7-10 minutes. Stir in about half of the coriander and mix well. Pour over the cream and stir in well. Bring to the boil. Serve garnished with the remaining chopped coriander.


The next CAA exams will be held in Port Elizabeth from 17 Feb- 19 Feb --------------------------------------------I trust that you have enjoyed our first newsletter and that it has given you a glimpse into ‘a day in the life of a 43 student’. February is gearing up to be a very busy month with exciting activities and events to look forward to so until then, keep safe and I look forward to chatting to you in next month’s issue. Jillian Terblanche



The month in review- January 2014

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