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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by C Africa » Tue May 28, 2019 3:26 pm

Can some-one tell me why Notams are still written in shorthand that was developed for telex transmission? No-one has seen a telex machine outside of a museum for 20 years but they still persist with this nonsense? In typical government department drowned in their own bureaucracy, CAA will only wake up once they are held liable for the safety risk they create!!!! I.e. some-one needs to sue them for having issued an unreadable NOTAM which caused an incident. NOTHING wakes up a department as quickly as making them responsible!!!!




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Unread post by GLF4 » Tue May 28, 2019 6:44 pm

ATNS AIM issue NOTAM's for RSA.
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Richard Smit » Tue May 28, 2019 11:22 pm

C Africa wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 3:26 pm
Can some-one tell me why Notams are still written in shorthand that was developed for telex transmission? No-one has seen a telex machine outside of a museum for 20 years but they still persist with this nonsense? In typical government department drowned in their own bureaucracy, CAA will only wake up once they are held liable for the safety risk they create!!!! I.e. some-one needs to sue them for having issued an unreadable NOTAM which caused an incident. NOTHING wakes up a department as quickly as making them responsible!!!!




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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by tansg » Wed May 29, 2019 6:24 am

C Africa wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 3:26 pm
Can some-one tell me why Notams are still written in shorthand that was developed for telex transmission? No-one has seen a telex machine outside of a museum for 20 years but they still persist with this nonsense? In typical government department drowned in their own bureaucracy, CAA will only wake up once they are held liable for the safety risk they create!!!! I.e. some-one needs to sue them for having issued an unreadable NOTAM which caused an incident. NOTHING wakes up a department as quickly as making them responsible!!!!




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The NOTAM system in its present form is antiquated and unfortunately is still an international standard promulgated by ICAO and so cannot be changed by states as it promotes commonality. The project to bring NOTAMs into the digital age has been going for a long time already with the ICAO AIM Panel having a workgroup running on this for many years. I have included a link to a presentation done by an Italian company IDS that explains the concepts better than I could and also obviously touts their system CRONOS. Note this was presented in 2013 and so a lot has moved on since then.

https://www.icao.int/APAC/Meetings/2013 ... 20Tech.pdf
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Unread post by paulw » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:47 pm

Tshwane’s ‘unlawful’ reappointment of airport managers threatens to ground Wonderboom
Still reeling from a damning R5bn irregular expenditure finding from the Auditor General, the City of Tshwane has reappointed a service provider to run the Wonderboom National Airport (WNA) in spite of warnings by its legal and supply chain management departments that the appointment could be unlawful. But the City says the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will shut down the airport without a manager, and it could not appoint someone internally to do the job.

“The airport manager position was not filled due to an incorrect and non-compliant job specification and minimum qualifications required,” the City’s roads and transport department argued in support of the reappointment of a private airport management company.

It made the argument despite the City previously having had an in-house airport manager and a team of staff under its roads department which ran the airport, until it was taken over by the mayor’s, and later, the city manager’s offices.

The CAA, which regulates aviation in South Africa, threatened to close down the airport two years ago after four inspections found that it was endangering the lives of those who used it.

WNA is not only supposed to be an income stream for the municipality, but it should provide ease of access to it for the high flyers who regularly need to travel to the capital. Tshwane is the administrative hub of the country, housing many foreign embassies, business headquarters and the national government.

But problems with the management of the airport, going back to 2014, caused the CAA to threaten to shut it down.

The airport also suffered a major blow when SA Airlink suspended its Pretoria-Cape Town flights last year, citing a lack of profitability. A group of concerned employees asked the Public Protector to investigate the management of the airport earlier this year.

The Auditor General slapped the City with a R5bn irregular expenditure finding in its most recent report. The vast majority of this expenditure was because of non-compliance with procurement processes.

A document seen by News24 shows that on August 1, 2019, the City’s bid adjudication committee (BAC) recommended that Professional Aviation Services (PAS) be reappointed on a month-to-month basis for six months to manage the airport, at a monthly rate of R828 000. PAS was first appointed in late 2017.

In a report to the BAC, the City’s roads and transport department wrote a request to deviate from normal procurement processes to appoint PAS. Deviations are allowed in terms of National Treasury regulations, but only under specific circumstances, such as in emergencies or in exceptional cases where there is no other service provider to bid for the contract.

The report shows just how close Tshwane came to losing its licence to operate the airport. The City Aerodrome Licence from the CAA is valid from August 2018 to the end of July 2019.

In justifying the request to appoint PAS on a deviation, the roads and transport department said CAA inspections in 2017 resulted in the City receiving 89 findings of non-compliance. Some of these could have resulted in loss of life or damage of property, the report states.

A number of the CAA’s concerns have now been addressed, according to the report, but the airport has still not conducted a full-scale emergency exercise as required by law. One is scheduled for November. CCTV systems, runway X-ray machines, and the runway lighting systems must also be repaired.

The roads and transport department said the airport licence would be revoked by the CAA if an airport manager is not appointed. But an internal process to hire one could not be finalised “due to the responses received from the market”, officials from the department wrote.

An alternative appointment process will take six months to finalise, so the BAC needed to approve the deviation so that PAS could be appointed again, they argued. In the meantime, the department would try to source a manager from the market or approach the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) to do the job.

The BAC resolved to approve the deviation, but not before the City’s most senior legal advisors and finance staff put up a fight.

The chief financial officer wrote that it was not clear how the amount of R828 000 would be determined.

An invoice from PAS seen by News24 shows that it invoices for “service provided in terms of (the) letter”. No other details of the work it does are provided.

Officials from the City’s Group Legal and Secretariat, which includes its head of corporate legal compliance, said the report to the BAC was “not legally in order”. They said the request to deviate from procurement processes did not comply with the City’s own supply chain management policy and the accompanying legal framework.

The City’s divisional head for supply chain management wrote that a previous payment to PAS would have to be declared irregular expenditure because the City paid them without having a contract in place, although a contract was later signed.

The SCM department also said it could not support the recommendation to appoint PAS on a deviation, because the City was not following the correct policies in expanding the scope of the contract without council approval.

But the BAC recommended the reappointment of PAS regardless. DM
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by paulw » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:03 pm

https://maroelamedia.co.za/nuus/in-diep ... d-bestuur/

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12 Oktober 2019
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Terwyl standaarde by die Wonderboom-lughawe in die noorde van Pretoria aanhou versleg, het die Tshwane-metro ʼn maatskappy wat lugvaartveiligheidsopleiding doen, heraangestel om die stad se eens trotse bate te bestuur.

Dit is dieselfde maatskappy onder wie se bestuur die lughawe sedert November 2017 na bewering stelselmatig in die grond in bestuur is. Terselfdertyd het hulle maandelikse tarief met 300% verhoog sonder dat enige verandering aan die oorspronklike diensooreenkoms aangebring is.

Die tydskrif Noseweek berig in sy Oktoberuitgawe dat die munisipaliteit se lughawediensafdeling nog altyd in staat was om Wonderboom te bestuur, maar die amptenary is feitlik oornag vervang deur ʼn privaat maatskappy PAS, Professional Aviation Services (Edms.) Bpk.

Die maatskappy is bekend in lugvaartkringe en spesialiseer in, onder meer, lugvragveiligheid, opleiding en vliegtuigverkope, maar het nog nooit ‘n lughawe bestuur nie. En dit wys. Wat veronderstel was om ‘n sogenaamde omkeerstrategie vir Wonderboom te wees, het skynbaar klaaglik misluk.

Die eens besige aanloopbaan is nou meestal verlate, die huurders ontnugter en die lughawe se munisipale personeelstruktuur aan flarde. Belangrike poste is gedupliseer en selfs oortollig gemaak, wat tot ‘n lae moraal by die personeel gelei het – ‘n senior amptenaar het selfs sy eie lewe geneem.

Huurders sê ook hulle wag al meer as twee jaar om hul huurooreenkomste onderteken te kry, daar is selde vliegtuigbrandstof beskikbaar en vliegtuie moet by Brits in Noordwes gaan volmaak.

Die amptenary kla dat daar geen stabiliteit is nie en dat die reëls en regulasies voortdurend verander soos dit die PAS-maatskappy pas.

In Mei 2018 het SA Airlink sy diens op die roete tussen Pretoria en Kaapstad opgeskort, glo omdat vliegtuie nie altyd vol was nie. Maar daar kon ook ‘n botsing van belange gewees het, omdat PAS Airlink se sekuriteitskontrakteur was terwyl die maatskappy terselfdertyd ook die lughawe bestuur het.

Die lughawe se afwaartse spiraal het in November 2017 begin toe die magtige en oënskynlik onaantasbare hoof van die metro se sogenaamde Rapid Intervention Team, Nava Pillay, die lughawe se lynfunksie van die departement van paaie en vervoer eers na die kantoor van die uitvoerende burgemeester en toe, binne enkele maande, na die kantoor van die stadsbestuurder geskuif het.


Nava Pillay

Dit is nie die eerste keer dat Pillay se naam met wanbestuur in die metro verbind word nie. Maroela Media het onlangs berig oor grondtransaksies wat die oë laat rek het en waar Pillay se naam ook ter sprake was.

Die brand-en-reddingseenheid van die munisipaliteit is na noodhulpdienste oorgeplaas sonder om die korrekte prosedures te volg. Ná die verskuiwings was Pillay instrumenteel in PAS se aanstelling wat as ʼn noodsituasie beskryf is.

Maar ten spyte van die sogenaamde noodsituasie wat die aanstelling regverdig het, is die diensooreenkoms tussen Tshwane en PAS eers in Junie 2018 afgehandel, vyf maande nadat PAS op die lughawe begin werk het.

Toe hul twaalf maande-kontrak verstryk, het die maatskappy eenvoudig voortgegaan sonder dat ‘n amptelike ooreenkoms opgestel is. Tshwane se departement van finansies weier steeds om PAS vir daardie tydperk te betaal uit vrees dat die ouditeur-generaal dit as verkwisting sal sien.

PAS is later vir ʼn verdere agt maande aangestel en weer op 1 Augustus vanjaar op ʼn maand-tot-maand-grondslag.

Elkeen van hierdie aanstellings is gemaak deur af te wyk van die bestaande regulasies wat deur die Wet op Munisipale Finansiële Bestuur (WMFB) voorgeskryf word. ‘n Munisipaliteit mag slegs in uitsonderlike gevalle afwyk soos met noodgevalle of waar dit onprakties of onmoontlik is om amptelike prosesse na te kom.

Kort ná hul aankoms op die lughawe het PAS Waheed Mohamed as die nuwe lughawebestuurder en David Alexander as die nuwe uitvoerende bestuurder aangestel.Alexander se seun, Brett, is aangestel om na sekuriteit en veiligheid om te sien en later het Alexander se vrou, Lynn, beheer oor die skoonmaakdienste geneem. Albei is intussen weg by die lughawe.
Die maatskappy het ook hul eie permit en opleidingsbeamptes asook administratiewe klerke ingebring wat bloot die kantore van sommige munisipale werknemers by Wonderboom oorgeneem het.
’n Bekommerde senior munisipale amptenaar sê wat gebeur het, is totaal ongehoord.
“In minder as twee jaar is PAS toegelaat om die daaglikse funksionering van die lughawe heeltemal oor te neem deur die plek gelyktydig te beman en te bestuur.”

Verskeie PAS-posbeskrywings is dieselfde as dié wat deur munisipale amptenare beklee word en hulle is eenvoudig uitgestoot, maar ontvang steeds salarisse.
“Hoe is dit moontlik,” vra die Onafhanklike Munisipale en Verwante Vakbond (Imatu) in ‘n brief wat aan die burgemeester van Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa, gestuur is. Die ander groot vakbond, Samwu, het ook reeds so vroeg as Mei vanjaar die senior bestuur van Tshwane teen die aanstelling van PAS gewaarsku.
Die vakbonde beweer PAS volg nie die munisipale werwingsprosesse nie en verieer ook nie kwalikasies en ervaring nie. Daar word ook beweer dat Waheed Mohamed aansoek gedoen het, maar nie eers die kortlys gehaal het toe die munisipaliteit verlede jaar onderhoude gevoer het om die pos van lughawebestuurder te probeer vul nie.

“Hy het eenvoudig nie die vereiste kwalikasies vir die pos soos wat in die advertensie vermeld is nie, maar hy is tóg toegelaat om sedert November 2017 die werk teen enorme betaling te doen. Dit is nie in ooreenstemming met die standaarde en aanvaarde praktyke van die Internasionale Burgerlugvaartorganisasie (IBLO) nie.”
Die vakbonde het verder daarop gewys dat PAS nie die gedragskode of diensvoorwaardes van die munisipaliteit nakom nie en onkundig is oor plaaslike regering en die voorskrifte van die Wet op Munisipale Finansiële Bestuur (WMFB). Nogtans het hulle toegang tot die munisipaliteit se interne stelsels en gebruik hulle Tshwane se voertuie, briefhoofde en e-posadresse.
Die munisipaliteit is gewaarsku dat hulle, as die lughawelisensiehouer, direk aanspreeklik gehou sal word as PAS se personeel verkeerde besluite neem.

“Ons plaas dit op rekord dat die huidige situasie by die lughawe lewensgevaarlik kan wees vir die Tshwane-amptenare, die lughawehuurders, die vliegtuigoperateurs en hul passasiers.”
Die metro se uitvoerende departementshoofde, waaronder die hoof van regsdienste, het die stad se politieke leiers reeds by talle geleenthede gewaarsku dat hulle onregmatig optree deur PAS herhaaldelik aan te stel asof daar nie ander opsies is nie.
Maar dit lyk asof die politici tot op die laaste oomblik nie aandag aan die klagtes gegee het nie; PAS se tweede kontrak het in Julie verval en die Burgerlugvaartowerheid (BLO) het glo gedreig om die lughawe se bedryfslisensie te kanselleer as die pos van lughawebestuurder nie gevul is nie.
PAS is dus heraangestel en hulle tarief van R252 000 is tot ‘n allemintige R828 000 per maand verhoog.
Elmarie Linde, die DA-voorsitter van die staande komitee vir paaie en vervoer in die Tshwane-raad, het later verduidelik dat die nuwe “kontrak” voorsiening maak vir funksies wat nie deur die vorige een gedek is nie.

Sheila-Lyn Senkubuge Die Burgemeesterskomiteelid vir paaie en vervoer, Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge, het kortliks laat weet dat PAS ook bykomend vir veiligheid, kwaliteitsbestuur, operasionele aktiwiteite en sekere administratiewe take by die lughawe verantwoordelik is.
Daar is egter steeds geen diensooreenkoms opgestel nie en die motivering vir die heraanstelling wat die waarnemende stadsbestuurder, Lorette Tredoux, aan die begin van Augustus goedgekeur het, verwys ook nie na die ekstra verantwoordelikhede nie.
Die munisipaliteit se hoof van voorraadaankope het in sy kommentaar beswaar teen die verhoogde tariewe gemaak en gesê dat die aanvaarbare verhoging 15% is, wat op ‘n bedrag van R303 000 per maand neerkom.
Die hoof van nansies het gevra dat die bedrag van R828 000 breedvoerig uiteengesit moet word.
Uit die dokumente is dit duidelik dat daar nie vir die verhoogde uitgawe begroot is nie en dat die betaling uit die kostesentrum vir lugverkeernavigasiedienste (ATNS) kom.
Beide Waheed Mohamed en Rob Garbett, PAS se besturende direkteur, wou nie vrae beantwoord nie omdat Tshwane glo nie toelaat dat kontrakteurs munisipale sake met die media bespreek nie. Dis eintlik ironies, want Waheed Mohamed het tog talle onderhoude oor die Wonderboom-lughawe aan ʼn plaaslike koerant toegestaan.
Senkubuge, die raadslid vir paaie en vervoer, het ook nie op dieselfde vrae reageer nie.
PAS het ʼn vlak 4 swart bemagtiging-gradering wat beteken die maatskappy is minder as 51% in swart besit en dat hul inkomste nie meer as R10 miljoen per jaar is nie.

Volgens hul LinkedIn-proel is Professional Aviation Services SuidAfrika se voorste lugvrag-sekuriteitskonsultant en spesialis. Dit is moeilik om te glo dat die maatskappy se inkomste nie R10 miljoen per jaar oorskry nie.
Garbett sê PAS het kennis gegee en dat hy persoonlik hul bedankingsbrief aan Tshwane se burgemeester oorhandig het. Hy sê hy wil graag op die aantygings in die media antwoord en wag dat die Tshwane-metro hom daarvoor toestemming gee.
En terwyl Garbett wag, het Senkubuge geen tyd verspeel om aan te kondig dat Wonderboom gekommersialiseer gaan word nie. Sy het onlangs aan Rekord Noord gesê dat dit die langtermynplan vir die lughawe is. Die munisipaliteit gaan glo ʼn adviseur aanstel wat die transaksie gaan bestuur.


Dis beslis nie ʼn nuwe idee nie, sê Lex Middelberg, voormalige DA-raadslid en tans voorsitter van Tshwane Geldsake Koukus.
Hy sê dit was reeds in 2004 genoem in die goedgekeurde Lughawe-ontwikkelingsplan. Daarna is ‘n maatskappy aangestel, maar na hulle in 2006 hul verslag ingedien het, was die projek nie langer op die agenda nie.
Later is ʼn ander maatskappy aangestel om ʼn studie te doen volgens die voorskrifte van die Wet op Plaaslike Regering: Munisipale Stelsels
In 2013 is die Universiteit van Pretoria aangestel as transaksie-adviseur om die raadsbesluit van drie jaar vroeër te implementeer.
Daarvoor is R10 miljoen begroot, maar die universiteit is gestop na hulle reeds R8 miljoen se werk gedoen het en betaal is. Hulle is toe vervang deur City Insight om glo die proses voort te sit, sê Middelberg.
Sowel Tshwane se woordvoerder as die burgemeesterskomiteelid en die voorsitter van die oorsigkomitee het nie op skriftelike navrae oor die vorige studies en die toekoms van die lughawe gereageer nie.

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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Ray W » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:08 pm

I think there's more to this that meets the eye.
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Unread post by Iceberg » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:40 am

At least the VOR,DME and both NDBs are working again?. First time in more than a year.

I have not received bills for landing fees for 3 months now. Not a good sign. The lady who did these promptly e-mailed me the bill every month for many years.
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Unread post by markus_m2 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:44 am

Yep, also haven't received any invoices in 3 months #-o
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Unread post by pietmeyer » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:52 am

We do receive monthly statements for landing fees and so far no problem. A big concern that I have is that a year and a half ago I got allocated one of the city counsel T-hangars, filled out the contract, spent a weekend sweeping it out and cleaning out the birds nest etc. That Monday when I got back to the hangar there was a lock on it and another aircraft parked there. On questioning the new tenant, seems like he got allocated the same hangar.

I was then told to wait and they will try an allocate another hangar. I noticed another empty hangar and when asked about that one was told "There is no hangar with that number" . Seems like they then did an investigation and it was found that there were about 9 hangars not paying rent and some seemingly never on the books. These hangers were then cleared out and yellow tape over the doors. They have been standing empty for more than a year now and when asking about you are told they are working on it. This means that they are losing rent money that could have been used for maintenance or whatever.

Last week I noticed two traffic department vehicles and a private bakkie at one of the empty hangars. Seems like they were moving furniture etc into the hangar and the hangar is being used as a storage for household goods for either a traffic cop or some other counsel employee.


Also another worry is security at the airport. The access control at this stage seems to be a joke. I did the police clearance and "induction", paid the R500 or something for an access card only to see that drivers license are still accepted. Some days when I have a pax, they require to see their id, some days not :roll: On a number of occasions I have had somebody stop by the hangar and ask for directions etc. What prevents those guys from just driving down a taxiway. Should visitors not be escorted in by their hosts? What is the purpose of the access cards if drivers license is acceptable? I will not renew my access card at a cost if I can enter for free with drivers license. :evil:

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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Zucas » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:49 pm

We used to be based at wonderboom , until oneday when a character with a big fancy car came screaming down the taxi way and not using her big googly eyes almost drove straight into us , company decided then and their that this is nonsense , so we relocated .

Then a few weekends back , I had to pop over to the boom to collect something, I jumped out of the plane with a ton of stuff on my mind and running late and in so forgot my yellow jacket .... naughty me I know . Then on my return to the plane had to go through security and there were no less than seven of them in that room doing nothing as it was a Sunday . I was denied access to the plane and after asking very nicely if one would please accompany me to the plane ( parked 30 meters from the door ) they looked at each other and laughed , followed by a " we are very thirsty" I almost lost all my marbels at that point !
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Unread post by JohnnyJet » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:31 pm

Spent many glorious years at this airport where my aviation dream took off. Now FAWB is just another sad failure of local government involvement where it is ok to milk the cow dry and then leave it to the incompetent to kill it off.
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by pietmeyer » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:43 am

The airport itself is not in bad shape. At least all the grass that used to grow between the concrete slabs at the municipal hangars have been cut. It just amazes me how many TMPD members as well as security is still left there. These guys were brought in in the time of Airlink being there. Since that deal went south, all the TMPD guys remained. Not sure what their function is as you just need a drivers license to go anywhere :roll:
Fire and emergency services on site are very good and the people very friendly.
As for the fuel guys, they have been getting paid for about two years now and there is no fuel available. Must be either very boring to come to work or very nice just to sit and wait the whole day and chill. At one stage they did use the truck to fill planes but even that has been dry and without diesel for a long time.
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by paulw » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:23 pm

Do the guys from Skeerpoort still supply fuel?
I bought some AVGAS from them at some stage when Wonderboom was without fuel.

Also carted in jerry cans from Kitty Hawk
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Don't believe what I post, research what I post....
They have a book on how to take my money away? When did this happen......
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by African Flyer » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:49 pm

With all this going on at Boom, is it worth joining a flight school that is based there or not?
Positive rate! :D

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