Fly for Us
By giving policy makers, conservationists, scientists, media representatives, community leaders and activists a bird’s eye view of our portion of the planet, The Bateleurs contributes greatly to its protection. Our membership is comprised mostly of volunteer pilots as well as volunteers (ground members) who are willing to assist with a number of non-flying activities. Clearly we cannot function at all without a necessary cadre of volunteer licensed pilots.
Requirements for volunteer pilots
If you would like to become a member of the volunteer pilot corps, in order to fly missions on behalf of The Bateleurs, the following minimum requirements must be satisfied:
Fixed Wing, Helicopter and LSA pilots must have logged at least 400 hours of flying time, at least 250 hours of which must have been as pilot in command;
Weight Shift Microlight pilots must have logged at least 120 hours of flying time;
All pilots must own or have the use of a suitable aircraft;
Pilots must execute and return a Volunteer Pilot Agreement to The Bateleurs; and
Pilots must be willing, if requested, to submit to a pilot evaluation.
How to join as a volunteer pilot
Please note that The Bateleurs is under no obligation to contribute in any way to the aviation fuel or other costs incurred in respect of flights approved by The Bateleurs. We will, however, in respect of each approved flight and subject to the availability of funds, consider making an ex gratia payment in respect of the aviation fuel costs incurred, upon receipt of a written request after the flight has taken place, and against receipt of acceptable evidence of the aviation fuel costs incurred. Please remember also that it may take some time before you are asked to fly a mission as these depend on demand and locality. A joining fee of R300.00 is payable.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer pilot, kindly complete and return all relevant membership forms by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.