Air Publication Service Centre (APSC)
is the custodian for the master and key copies of all SAAF
documentation and publications in terms of aviation regulations and
acts. The immediate availability of this information to all users in
the aviation environment is crucial to flight safety.
APSC is the Force Structure Element (FSE) with the mandate to
provide the South African Air Force (SAAF) with an air publication
capability. APSC is a SAAF unique FSE that directly supports SAAF
weapon system managers with regards to documentation and publication
APSC is responsible to ensure the integrity of all air publication
and documentation for hard copies, as well as electronic
documentation in close co-operation with the various SAAF weapon
This also entails the enforcement of SAAF as well as required
aviation standards for publications and documentation. Item
Identification and Codification also forms an integral part of APSC
and is carried out under the auspices of the National Codification
Codification and cataloguing are essential elements of the overall
SAAF logistics system. While satisfying SAAF requirements, these
functions are conducted in compliance with the National Codification
Bureau regulations aimed at providing for, and operating an
efficient supply system.
Air Publication Store, as it was
known until 1968, was established in 1946 at Air Force Base
Waterkloof where the then South African Air Force (SAAF) College was
based. Air Publication Store was utilised as a library for SAAF
During 1952 Air Publication Store was relocated to a building, which
at present houses the Central Procurement Service Centre at General
Support Base (GSB) Garrison. In 1969 the name changed to Air
Publication Depot (APD).
On the 5th of September 1973 a large section of APD was destroyed in
a fire. In an attempt to re-stock the Depot, an amendment and
reproduction section was established at APD in 1977.
In 1992 the SAAF Command Council decided to amalgamate APD, the
Logistic Information Service (LIS) and a support function of LIS
which was situated at Air Force Headquarters – all under the name
Upon transformation requirement investigations in 2000, APD’s
capabilities were expanded. Its mandate was to provide the SAAF with
a comprehensive air publication capability that not only included
the procurement, accounting and storage of key publications, the
distribution of, and configuration control of all SAAF publications,
but also the management and distribution of all SAAF relevant
publications in digital format.
The name was changed to APSC in November 2000. Due to the additional
functions, the post of Officer Commanding APSC was upgraded from
Major to Colonel.
Description: A blue shield with
its royal blue background shows four arrows in the directions of the
compass and between these arrows an eight toothed industrial gear
with a globe in the background.
Motto: Scienta Vis Est means Knowledge is power.
Symbolism: The globe indicates that documentation and publications
are received from all over the world. The industrial gear indicates
that most of the publications are of a technical nature. The four
arrows show that publications and documents are distributed in all
directions, wherever they may be needed. The gold colour depicts the
quality service APSC strives to achieve and the blue background
indicates that the Service Centre stands in the service of the SAAF
for the SAAF.
We will be the leader in promoting information integrity to ensure
air power excellence.
Through continuous improvement APSC provides information
capabilities, which satisfies customer requirements by delivering
current, reliable, accurate and validated information for the SAAF
and other stakeholders to achieve airpower excellence.
Knowledge is Power
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