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Written by Arthur D Piercy   
Saturday, 11 July 2009 17:33

MEBorn in Bulawayo, I spent the first 4 years of my schooling in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). As both my parents are South African citizens they decided to return to South Africa in 1968 and settle in Pretoria

My entire school career was in Pretoria, firstly at Robert Hicks Primary School and then at Clapham High School, where I matriculated in December 1976.

In January 1977 I was called up for National Service and during the first 3 months of basic training I applied for pilot training. In September of that year I was selected and became a candidate of course 2/77. I qualified for my wings in November 1978.

I then attended Officer’s Course at the South African Air Force College after which I returned to Langebaanweg as a Station Pilot

In 1979 I was sent to AFB Pietersburg for Impala OTC (Operational Training Course) after which I was posted to 5 Squadron based at AFB Durban.

In 1983 I was privileged to be sent on Mirage Course which was once again at AFB Pietersburg.

In January 1984 I was sent to 3 Squadron at AFB Waterkloof. Just where I wanted to be - a dream come true! As long as I can remember, my greatest ambition in life was to fly an aircraft.  The final event that convinced me that I wanted to be a pilot was in 1971; when dad took me to an air show at the old Baragwaneth airport just outside of Johannesburg. There I saw the Mirage F1 perform an air display that made the hairs on my neck and arms stand up with excitement. That day I promised myself I would fly that aircraft, even if it was the last thing I would ever achieve. Little did I know what a life changing experience I would go through while flying that aircraft.

In 1987 I had a flying accident (see details on this website) and in 1991 I was medically discharged from the Air Force.

From 1991 to 1995 I was running a small business from home. It was not mentally stimulating enough for me so in 1995 I applied for a post at an IT company called INFOPLAN

In 1997, I left INFOPLAN and joined a company called QTT (Quality Training Technologies). They specialized in Computer Based Training for Aviation. They designed and wrote all the lessons for the Pilot/Navigator/Air Traffic Controller Training for the SA Air Force. They were also responsible for the programming of the training material for the South African Attack Helicopter, the ROOIVALK.

In January 2002 I retired myself from work so that I could pay full time attention to the project. In June 2003 I was forced back into employment because the required funding for the project never materialized.

In July 2003 I joined National Airways Corporation in their Charter office.

I also enjoy the inspirational speaking environment so I am available to speak to anyone who will listen. Please contact me at (012) 361 9268.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 January 2011 06:09
 

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I would like to Thank everyone for all the encouragement, support, motivation and belief that has been thrown in my direction over the years to date. You are all my motivators when times got tough and I felt like throwing in the towel. All it took was one positive email of encouragement to get me back on track and all fired up.

 
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