ICAD 2018 held at Nelspruit Airfield
International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) was held on Saturday, 8 December 2018 at the Nelspruit Airfield in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, under the theme: ‘Working together to ensure no country is left behind’. The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, addressed the people at ICAD. The ICAD official commemoration was preceded by a career expo attended by 1 600 learners from neighbouring schools around Nelspruit, especially previously disadvantaged communities. The ICAD and Career Expo was organised by the Department of Transport in partnership with the Mpumalanga provincial Government and key stakeholders in aviation, academia and the youth, organised under the banner of the Joint Aviation Awareness Programme (JAAP).
ICAD is an annual event initiated by the United Nations (UN) and is aimed at raising awareness regarding the importance of civil aviation and the role the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) plays in international air transport. ICAO is a United Nations specialised agency, responsible for administering and standardising the world’s civil aviation activities.
The Flying Lions and The Cows Aerobatic Team were sadly forced to turn around on route to ICAD due to bad weather. The Kishugu team put a lot of help and effort into ICAD 2018 and despite the huge impact the weather had on ICAD, the Kishugu team managed to pull off a spectacular show. The show was shortened and had no repeat performances. Short but amazing. The team managing the show was Rikus Erasmus, Johan Heine and Werner Terblanche and what a great job they did!
Commentary was done by Capital Sounds and the voice of Thamsanqa Elvis Manene was enjoyed by the crowd.
The CAA of South Africa and partners put a lot of effort into ICAD 2018 and it was a huge success and one to be remembered. The CAA utilised a lot of facilities and made use of large marquee tents to brief the learners who were bussed in and were received in a very organised manner. Every learner received a complimentary backpack and gift pack, thereafter they were taken to a large marquee hosting about 1 000 learners where they were treated to good food and soft drinks. Two hangars with career expo info of high standard were available for the learners to explore different careers within the aviation industry. Capital sounds covered the entire spectator area and about 300m of crowd line. Elvis Manene host broadcaster excelled in his task informing the learners in aircraft and manoeuvres and provided them with well researched information.
Friday also saw lots of busses bringing learners to the career expo and seeing the validation flights for aircraft getting ready for Saturdays ICAD Airshow. Saturday saw a large public crowd who came to see the ICAD 2018 Airshow. The Minister and deputy Minister of Transport and many more dignitaries also attended ICAD 2018.
At 11h30, bad weather and extreme lighting made the director of safety delay the show until it was safe to continue. The minister and his entourage then sat down to enjoy a meal in a marquee that was set out stunningly beautifully. As lunch was completed the Airshow continued. The pilots and elves had the crowd cheering!
The Aircraft participating included; a three ship Goodyear Eagles, RV7 flown by Pierre Gouws, the high energy Team Xtreme with Nigel Hopkins, Mark Hensman and Mark Sampson who kept the crowd thrilled. Ivan van der Schaar in the Boeing Stearman demonstrated some majestic and classic aerobatics, while the Jet action was provided by Glen warden in the L29 giving his best display ever.
“Little Annie”, an Antonov AN-2 was up with the four skydivers followed up closely with an SAPS Pilatus PC-6 and three Task Force skydivers. One of the skydivers was carrying a huge South African Flag and with Capital Sounds playing the national anthem, the scholars joined in singing along to the National anthem, which gave all a memorable goose bump and hair-raising moment.
Disaster management team with the professional guidance Jacques Benadie proved why they are one of the finest DM teams in Southern Africa. CEO Johan Du Plessis was specially kitted out in a quad and the VOC was well equipped and ready for anything that can go wrong. Roanda and Sean England providing the ATC, which was brilliantly handled with exceptional aircraft handling. Just after 16h00 a huge storm was expected and the organisers had everything cleared and removed before the storm arrived.
Source: Aviation Centra