Last year this time we were planning furiously to adapt to the SA Civil Aviation Authority’s last minute change to their syllabi and reference material for the commercial pilot’s theoretical training. Realising at a late stage that their preferred reference material was no longer in print they opted for the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) set of manuals. 43 Air School took the decision to go the eBook route and became the first ATO (Aviation Training Organisation) to effect the changeover to the new manuals. This has not been an easy ride; while the new syllabi were welcomed as they were topical and more relevant than in the past, the examinations were soon widely criticised. National pass rates were abysmal in certain subjects, these were the three that the SA CAA had managed themselves, Flight Planning, Law & Procedures and Meteorology.
The 43 Ground School lecturers have mastered the new syllabi and have worked tirelessly at correcting errors in the CAA question database. These efforts, in all honesty, have not always been well received by the Authority. They chose to rather lager the wagons than to openly engage with industry to improve the quality of the examinations. We take pride in congratulating those of our students who have completed their IATPL theoretical examinations in record time. This is the result of dedicated hard work by the students and equally dedicated support by Anton Knoetze and his team of lecturers! Well done to all concerned!
Picture caption: Successful students Kevin Mackintosh, Ryan West and Graeme Page with Des Lynch; Director Training