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South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by wysiwyg » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:19 am

I have been hearing South African voices on UN flight ATC calls in Baghdad.

Does anybody know how one can get a job with the UN via a SA operator or direct etc.
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Re: South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by Swartbok » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:23 am

I believe it’s Companies like Safair and Solenta that have contracts with the UN. So if you work for them they’ll put you on their contracts for whom ever their clients are. Also lots of 1900’s flying in Kabul, UN, WFP type stuff.
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Re: South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by Burner » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:17 pm

The UN doesn't employ air crew directly, much the same as the ICRC and MSF. They rely on ACMI operators like Solenta, Air Tec, KAS, and NAC/Awesome to supply aircraft to them.

I'm not sure who has the Iraq contract for UNHAS at the moment. I do know that King Air Services has dramatically scaled back a lot of the their UN flying recently due to to UN budget cuts.

Air Tec still have a lot of UN and NGO contracts in Africa though.

So the short answer is no, you need to apply directly to the various contract companies, who may or may not deploy you on the aid contracts.
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Re: South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by Flybynite » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:41 pm

One of the South African pilot voices you are hearing in Baghdad is my son.
He is on Avcom and should respond within a day or two.....
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Re: South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by Larry vd Merwe » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:09 pm

I’m up here at the moment based out of Baghdad. Both NAC and Balmoral have the UN Contracts up here. Like Burner said if you apply to those or other Contract operators they operate on a variety of Contracts ie UN,WFP etc.

You will however go where they would need to fit you in.

I greeted someone in Afrikaans Monday night flying for Fly Dubai if memory has it. Some of the ATC up here are also South Africans. Nice to hear a familiar accent from time to time.

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Re: South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by rare bird » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:56 pm

is this for yourself, Trevor? or for a friend?
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Re: South Africans operating UN flights in the middle east

Unread post by wysiwyg » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:03 pm

Hi

Thanks for replies. I am flying for an airline in Baghdad but I am keeping an eye open up here on the lighter types for a friend.
Any more info will be appreciated.
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