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AFB Durban Does It Again!

Over period 28 September – 03 October 2008, AFB Durban hosted its best Young Falcons Camp yet. Thirty-six learners from all over KZN were received at the Base and were thoroughly introduced to the world of aviation in typical military fashion.

Their programme included drill lessons (to enable them pull off a professional passing out parade), Basic Flight Theory lectures from 15 Squadron personnel, team-building activities (to serve as an ice-breaker as well as entice them to tell each other about their own environments and backgrounds), a 10-minute flight along the coast to Umngeni River, a visit to Virginia Airport (which gave them an opportunity to compare military aviation with civil and commercial aviation) and various sporting activities.

Each learner on parade received a certificate and four top achievers received trophies in the following categories:

ACADEMIC ACHIEVER TROPHY. This award was given to the Young Falcon who consistently attained the highest results in all the examinations and written assignments given during the Camp period. The Top Academic Achiever was Sihle Mdunyelwa of Umlazi High School, who was also the course leader.

BEST DRILL TROPHY. This award is given to the Young Falcon who, within the short duration of the Camp, displayed the best drill skills. The Best Drill Student was Treasure Gumede of New Forest High School.

GREATEST SPIRIT TROPHY. This award is given to the Young Falcon who displayed an outstanding willingness to learn and was an asset to his Campmates by being ever ready to help. The Greatest Spirit Trophy was awarded to Byron Gow of Northwood High School.

OVERALL ACHIEVER TROPHY. This award goes to the Young Falcon who excelled in academics, displayed high drill standards, excellent leadership qualities and was well disciplined throughout the Camp. This trophy went to Sihle Mdunyelwa.

AFB Durban’s expectations for this particular Camp was to spread aviation awareness among and through the learners who attended the Camp; teach the learners the value of working together no matter their differences, through the various team-building exercises carried out and find learners who met the basic minimum requirements and have a huge passion for Military Aviation, whose info could be given to DHR.

Judging by the learners feedback received, AFB Durban ended up achieving way more than expected. Byron Gow, the Greatest Spirit Trophy winner, described his experience as ”an opportunity to not only learn about choppers and planes and the way they fly but also this week gave us a peak into the lives of many extraordinary people who work together to keep us as South Africans safe.“
Mission accomplished!


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