The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 33



PILOTS
Brian Huna (1995F)
Mandla Brian Huna’s interest in flying started in 1997, during a trip
to the Nancy Jazz Festival in France, where he and his friends played
in a marimba band. He was invited to view the flight deck of the
747-400 on that first flight – and the rest is history.
“I was selected for the SAA cadet programme in 2002, and was part
of the first group to complete training at 43 Air School in Port Alfred
in 2004 with a commercial licence and ‘frozen’ ATPL – that’s an Airline
Transport Pilot Licence you get for passing theoretical exams, which
is ‘unfrozen’ once you have the required flight experience.
“After air school, I joined Solenta Aviation, flying DHL freight
in a Cessna Caravan between Johannesburg, Harare, Gaborone
and Maputo. I joined the South African Civil Aviation Authority
in 2005 as a flight operations inspector and part of the flight
calibration unit, flying a Cessna Citation.
programme in the first place. Back
then, we’d go overseas for 10 days
at a time: to Osaka, Dallas, Taipei,
as well as many of the ‘dark places’
where, because of sanctions and
apartheid, we weren’t officially
supposed to fly. It was an
opportunity not only to visit
incredible cities and meet terrific
people, but also to see some of my
musical heroes in action – artists
such as Billy Joel, the Electric Light
Orchestra, Joe Bonamassa and Dave
Matthews (who’s a really nice guy!).
“When I hung up my wings last
year, the first thing on my wish list
was sleep. Now I dedicate my time
to my hobbies: videography, making
“Between 2007 and 2009 I flew a Cessna Caravan and a King Air
for King Air Charter, doing contract work for the UN in countries such
as the Sudan, the DRC and Chad. In March 2009, I joined SA Express
as a first officer on Canadair Regional Jets CRJ200 and CRJ700. Seven
years later, I was upgraded to a Dash 8 Q400 Captain, and have since
accumulated about 7,500 flying hours.
“My wife Thobeka is a cabin crew member at SAA. I guess you could
say our fate was written in the skies…”
music (playing guitar) and travel.”
Gavin Allderman
(above left) took
this photograph
of appropriately
moody skies over
an SAA Airbus
at OR Tambo
International.
This is your captain speaking:
Brian Huna in charge.
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