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
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
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.
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.“