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  • Theo Schilder


Today we visit our base situated in a town known for its Ostrich farms, located south of the Outeniqua Mountains – Oudtshoorn. We introduce our Base Supervisor/Emergency Care Technician (ECT) & External Load Operator (ELO) Theo Schilder. Here’s a look into his world …


How long have you been with AMS? “Three years, two months, 22 days, two hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in District 6 and grew up in and around the Athlone area in Cape Town. I completed by tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).”

Were you in any other trade before? “I have dabbled in a few areas. I was a gopher in the construction industry during high school, solving paper jams in the IT sector, sold athletic gear for nearly a decade, did market research and sold pet products at a farmers’ market during varsity. Several experiences short of my goal to be a modern renaissance man.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “Best…working in the aero-medical sector and discovering Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo…. Worst…balancing the medicine and aviation challenges when they cross each other.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Plumbing…oh and the feminine mystique.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Gaming, infinite admin, reading, tinkering, outdoor things. When home (in Cape Town) add teasing my sister and rolling in the grass with my dog.”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I am fascinated by the humility and work ethic of donkeys. I would like to own a donkey - like girls want a horse.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “The teamwork and interaction between the different cadres of our industry (medical & aviation). Knowing that we are making a difference no matter how small a contribution we make (to each other and our patients).”

What is on your bedside table? “On my bedside sans table…. My phone and a book with a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?  “Nikola Tesla, Craig Ferguson, Rick and Morty, Marcus Aurelius and Minka Kelly.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Do I have to exercise?”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I’d be Batman. It’s the only other job right now that could top this one.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Saturday supper T-bones with smarties mini eggs for dessert.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Peanut butter and the internet.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

What animal best represents you and why? “Anything in the badger family. I’m stocky, resilient, unrelenting, unassuming and always scavenging.”

Any motto you live by? “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”


“Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.”  Sun Tzu.