Director Basic Flying Training
Colonel R.R. Iyer (Rama) was born in India in 1951. He served for 24
years in the Indian Air Force as a combat pilot, prior to joining the SA
Air Force in 1999. He has vast flying experience in various types of
aircraft including the MiG-21, Hunter, Vampire, Harvard, Impala, PC-7,
L-39, HJT-16, HT-2 and HPT-32. He is a category A1 Flying Instructor, a
Pilot Attack Instructor, and an Instrument Rating Instructor &
Examiner. He is also an experienced Aviation Safety Officer and
Aircraft Accident Investigator.
He has served in various capacities both in the operational, staff,
management and training environments, including command of a fighter
squadron, and senior directing staff at the Defence Services Staff
College in Wellington, India. Prior to his appointment as Director
Basic Flying Training, Colonel Iyer was heading the Air Power
Development Centre at the SA Air Force College. Concurrent with his
current appointment, he is also the Director SA Air Force Heritage, and
the DOD representative for Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2014.
Colonel Iyer holds a Masters degree in Defence and Security Studies from
the University of Madras, India. He is married to Anita, who is an
experienced teacher, and they have a daughter and a son, who are a
dentist and geologist, respectively. His hobbies include writing,
reading, crosswords, DIY projects, and listening to old Bollywood music.
He currently flies at the SA Air Force Museum at Air Force Base,
Zwartkop, and is the display pilot for the Vampire and Patchen Explorer.