The Official Part 141 Ceremony caps strong relationship of trust and excellence
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Oudtshoorn. 23 June 2012. 09h40. AIFA is literally saving the Oudtshoorn economy under circumstances where tourism is faltering and the ostrich industry is at an all time low.
Yestarday afternoon an Aviation 141 (aviation training) Ceremony was conducted at AIFA’s offices at the airodrome. The ceremony confirmed the training contract and mandate between AIFA and its parent company AVIC.
This event is one of the major news stories that will come out of Oudtshoorn this year.
Many VIPs were present: Senior executives from AIFA and TFASA and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC); the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC); and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
The Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, The Honourable Tong Defa, and his charming wife, Helen, and teenage daughter also attended.
OO wil publish a story on Defa’s impressive speech early next week. The man has vision and a passion for social and economic growth and described the AIFA flight training school in Oudtshoorn as a new high in regional relationships which will create many jobs to sustainably improve the local economy for a bright future.
AVIC International was represented by Mr Fu Tuming and Ms Han Bing. Mr Yan Lei from the Avic Flight Academy (NAFA) was joined by several senior executives, including Messrs Jiang Huaicheng and Qiu Shaohua, from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In his address Lei called the estabishment of the Oudtshoorn flight school a milestone for NAFA.
The jovial Thabo Fisha and Joel Nkabinde, and a number of senior staffers from both Midrand and Cape Town represented the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
The Executive Mayor of Eden, Alderman Wessie van der Westhuizen; Mr Llewellyn Coetzee, head of economic development at the Oudtshoorn Municipality; Mr Piet Lodder of Agri Klein Karoo; and Col Draad Dreyer of the SAPD were among the guests.
The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Alderman Gordon April, was represented by the Mayco Member for Strategic Services, Councillor Jurie Harmse.
Amidst all the doom and gloom, this story is one of opportunity and hope for an entire community – and even the entire country! – under siege of economic hardship!
The day was crowned with a dinner at Surval where South African Reds and Chinese rice wine cemented new relationships.
Yet even after several “gan bei’s” AIFA’a Bob Ewing was still not prepared to allow me unrestricted access to the simulator.
“It’s not as if I will be able to break anything!”, I protested.
“He will!”, said the Missus.
Ewing just nodded, “gan bei!”
Die Hoorn and the Oudtshoorn Courant will cover yesterday’s events and festivities on Thursday and Friday.