Director Basic Flying Training



Colonel R.R. Iyer.

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.

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