My adventure at the Seychelles Air Force (SAF) all started on Monday 5th December. I reached Pointe Larue at about 7:30am not knowing where SAF really was. Luckily I saw one of the SAF officers going into a shop and so I asked him to show me where the base was. He kindly gave me a ride in his car to the air force base. As I reached there I was amazed by the size of their light grey aircraft hangar and I had no doubt that they had some really cool aircrafts inside.
Even with that expectation I was blown away as I stepped in.
The beautiful wings of the Twin otter aircraft, ‘’way bigger than I had previously imagined’’ greeted me right at the door along with 2 SAF officers. After doing the necessary procedures I met my supervisor Cadet Officer Kory Delpeche. He guided us to the conference room where we were supposed to be meeting with the officer 2nd in command, Captain Rodney Zarine. As we waited for him to join us, I was surprised to discover that my supervisor was a newly graduated pilot. He had just come back from The 43 Air School in South Africa and was just the right supervisor for me since I’ve always wanted to be a pilot since childhood. He shared a bit of his experience and soon Captain Rodney Zarine arrived and introduced himself. To my surprise he was also a pilot and an aviation enthusiast. He gave us a briefing about what he expects us to be doing during the week.
Leaving the conference room I was sure that an amazing week was ahead of me and this was proved very quickly when I knew there was an engine test going to be conducted. AWESOME!!! Just my lucky day!
Written by: Daryl Onezime, 16 years old