WE WILL BE THE BEST AIR SERVICING UNIT
MISSION TO PROVIDE AIR POWER SERVICEABILITY THROUGH EXCELLENCE
As part of the transformation process within
the SA National Defence in general and for the South African Air Force in particular,
structural changes necessitated the establishment of certain units.
The Air Force Board decided during a board meeting in 1999
that 6 ASU could start to officially operate as an ASU from 1 April 1999 replacing the
Base Aircraft Servicing Section on Air Force Base Bloemspruit. From this date it was
necessary for numerous sections at Air Command to compile command directives for the OC 6
ASU, to arrange contact details, signal addresses and postal addresses to ensure that 6
ASU could be ready to start the new millennium as a brand new unit. All of this was
completed by December 1999 and in January 2000 the migration of personnel took place
causing the official founding date to be 1 January 2000. With the founding of 6 ASU, the
new millennium was therefore started on a high note for AFB BSPT.
The roll of 6 ASU would be to work in close collaboration
with DTSS, DHS and 87 HFS to ensure the serviceability of Alouette, Oryx and BK-117
helicopters in the helicopter fraternity. The immediate requirement from 16 Squadron, who
still enjoy project status, would be for limited logistic support from 6 ASU, especially
from the 6 ASU Armament Section.
6 ASU was founded on the 1st of January 2000 and
took over all the logistic duties of Air Force Base Bloemspruit. This included the
servicing and supply of helicopters to 87 Helicopter Flying School for training and
operational commitments. It started originally with only Alouette III Helicopters. During
2000, Oryx Helicopters was added to the inventory of 6 ASU and all the necessary ground
support equipment was transferred to the unit. During the first quarter of 2001 a BK117
was added to the inventory of 6 ASU. Technicians were transferred to 6 ASU and a training
schedule was drawn up to train the personnel on the different Helicopter types at the ASU.
The management team of the ASU, under leadership of the Officer Commanding (OC) and up to
section head level, came together during a work session in January 2003 and determined the
years vision, mission and value system which the unit, in future, will stand by. Our
mission not only provides insight into our purpose but also indicates our commitment to
excellence. This also allows management of 6 ASU to communicate its expectations to its
It is of utmost importance for an organization to focus on the clients and
stakeholders to ensure the organizations existence. The customers and stakeholders
of 6 ASU wrt Aircraft servicing are defined within the structures of the SAAF. Since
February 2002 the identification of the customers of 6 ASU was defined in the 87 Heli FS
and 6 ASU migration plan.
Other capabilities of 6 ASU like the workshops and the photographic section is
advertised and external tasks from the ASB Bloemfontein, the SAPS services and other army
bases in the Bloemfontein region often make use of these capabilities. The effectiveness
of the completed tasks leads to the contracting of the sections to do more tasks.
Over the last few months, the 6 ASU has made major changes not only to our
organisation, but also to the way we do our work. We are building a quality culture
throughout the 6 ASU based on teamwork, continuous training and the utilisation of our
full potential of each individual. Today, the cornerstone of our vision is people
development and team building communication. Management focus on continuous improvement,
problem solving and people empowerment. Teamwork also provides personnel with a broader
framework for satisfaction and motivation.
Shortly after the establishment of 6 ASU, an emblem was
designed and a vision and mission for the unit was formulated. The emblem are based on the
basic design of other ASUs, but it had to be unique and applicable to 6 ASU. The
symbolism of each item on the emblem is as follows:
- Background. The spectrum blue reflects the colour of the sky the Air Force
- Wings. The white outstretched pinions portray the connection with the Air Force.
- Center. The center image portrays a falconer supporting a lanner falcon
("Edelvalk") with his gloved hand. It symbolizes the association between
operations and technical support in the Air Force. The gloved hand represents the Air
Servicing Unit, which symbolizes strength, support and a safe haven towards Air Force
related operations. The sitting falcon symbolizes the Air Force operations, which
necessitate sanctuary, support and maintenance from the Aircraft Servicing Unit. The gold
and bronze colour of the center image symbolizes the ultimate achievement to which the
- Motto. Ex Unitatem Auxilium or Air Service Superiority expressing the standard of
the units pride.
Col Jonsson Commanding Officer Air Force Base Bloemspruit,
handing over Impala to Mrs Myra Briedenhann of the Military Museum Fort
The Italian designed aircraft was manufactured under licence in South Africa
from 1966 it was the standard training aircraft of the South African Air Force. The silver
falcons acrobatic team of the South African Air Force used the MK 1. This specific
Impala was deployed at Bredasdorp. This is where it had its last movement not in the air
but by road through the city and traffic. The traffic was disrupted for about 2 hours
through the city centre and the SAAF Police had their hands full with the
E-Twenty taxis for they stop and ride where they want to, the
onlookers was also a big worry to keep them out of the way. The electric
overhead wires were just cleared by the tail of Impala 591 as they went
This is where impala 591 will spend last days as an ornament of the Military
Museum Fort Bloemfontein. This task was successfully carried out by 6 ASU which deliver
service with excellence under the leadership of Maj E. Kassimatis, WO 2 D. J. J van
Rensburg and his team.
From left to right WO2 D. J van Rensburg Sgt P. Venter Sgt M. Dippenaar and Cpl J.J.
Commanding Officer Air Force Base Bloemspruit, handing over the Impala to Mr Castell
designed aircraft was manufactured under license in South Africa from 1966 it was the
standard training aircraft of the South African Air Force. The silver falcons acrobatic
team of the South African Air Force used the MK 1. This specific Impala was deployed
at Air Force Base Swartkop and then later at Bloemspruit
This is where
impala 527 will spend last days as one that will become the Pride Antique of Musgrave
Weapons collection at Bloemfontein. Mr Ben Musgrave himself made sure that when he
passed away one day that this Aircraft will not be lost to any one but it will be come a
part of the collection at the war museum.
Mr Ben Musgrave made a cover against the
to make sure it will last for our children's, children. He also made the cover in such a
way that if it had to be moved it would be easily dismantled, to be erected in
another place, without excessive cost.
There was enquiries about all pilots that
flew this specific Impala to forward a copy of your flight log so that Mr Ben Musgrave can
build his history about this Aircraft. If you know any one that flew impala 527 would
you be so kind to get them in contact with Mr. Ben Musgrave
Thank you for your support.
Box: 220, 8 Musgrave Rd, Douglas Valley, Bloemfontein
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