We prepare combat ready helicopter air capabilities
and serve the
Air Force through excellent service
We are a
respected helicopter center of excellence
Aim - to provide the services and
infrastructure required for flying operations:
Workshops; Fuel Installation; Radio & Telecom; Armoury &
Survival & Safety;
T & Q Stores;
Photography; Accommodation; Recreation; Medical &
Aerodrome Maint; Int & Counter Intelligence;
Environmental Management; Flight Information
Fire; Personnel; Protection; Logistic; Operational;Medical; Financial and
Aircraft Maintenance and repair.
All Air-to-Ground weapons training for
Certain sections of CFS Lbwg & 80 ANS ab initio syllabus
Para training for Army
All rotary wing training for pilots,
pilot-instructors, flight A engineers and instructor flight
engineers All NVG training
Mountain flying training
Secondary role as helicopter squadron
All CSH training
The emblem of AFB Bloemspruit is portrayed on the Base colours and
the heraldic symbolism is as follows:
Background. The blue background
on the emblem represents a castle (fort) and the inhabitants of this
fort offers protection as the custodians of all people in the area
surrounding the castle (fort)
The wheat. The wheat on the
emblem symbolizes the breadbasket of the area (all people in the
area), which is protected by AFB Bloemspruit
Streams. The two streams on the
emblem symbolize the geographical area where AFB Bloemspruit is
situated, as it is situated between Bloemspruit and Renosterspruit.
the motto on the emblem, i.e. Ex Unitate Pax, means Peace
Flying is our business.
Squadrons fly, Bases support.
control of aircraft with dispersed execution.
Flexibility, mobility, quick
reaction, long reach.
All pilots are officers and
all technicians are senior NCOs
High-tech business means
highly skilled highly trained workforce
Flying support personnel a
very stable work force
Very small percentage
short-term personnel, no “troops”
High-risk high cost business -
very controlled environment where safety, discipline, competencies
and continuous training is a way of
Small number of integrates virtually all in
1941 - Decision to create 27 Air School in Bloemfontein
district, named 27Air School Bloemspruit, with the objective to
train flying crew
- 8 Sqn founded as citizen force unit of 24 Sqn.
Changed to permanenT force Sqn 1959, doing all Harvard weapons
training in SAAF
1968 - Multi-Engine Conversion
Unit moved from Swartkop to Bloemspruit, later becoming 86MEFS,
flying C47 Dakota
1978 - 87 HFS moved from
Ysterplaat to Bloemspruit, operating Alouette II and III
1997 - 86 MEFS disbanded in
December and moved to 44 Sqn AFB WKLF
- 8 Sqn moved to AFB HSPT.
1999 - BASS close down
2000 - 6 ASU
Bloemfontein of all places?
Low General Aviation flying intensity
Weapons Range within 5mins flying
Centre of gravity of Army
cost effective option for SAAF.
Units under Command
(Personnel, Finance and Budget Administration)
106 and 107 Reserve Squadrons
(Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Potch and
Upington) 16 and 506 Squadrons and 87 Helicopter Flying
School. Vastrap Range, Upington SAAF Facility and Umtata fuel
Jan1999, 6 ASU established in Jan 2000,
Pers Section relocated in Jan 2000