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  • Lee Jacobs

Today we introduce Lee Jacobs, co-pilot based at our Cape Town operation. Lee joined the organisation as a cadet pilot in our pilot development programme. He is now full time employed and has just recently reached his milestone of 1 000 flying hours! Here’s a look into his world …

How long have you been with AMS? “I started with AMS in January 2015 at the Durban base. Towards the end of 2015, myself Ikageng Ramphomane and Danie Laubscher were transferred to Cape Town - and I have been here ever since.”

Tell us about yourself: “I was born at Vincent Pallotti Hospital (not that I know much about that) and grew up in Bellville. I attended Holy Cross Primary School, thereafter the Settlers High School for two years and then moved onto Chesterhouse for my final three years of high school. I started flying at the end of 2011 and have never looked back.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Nothing at all.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working at AMS? “The best thing happened just this week - which was attaining 1 000 flying hours, a very close second is every time I get to aviate with Capt Danie Laubscher. The worst thing I can think of was on one of my night shifts. I was called out for a flight at 01.30 in the morning, got out of bed, into the shower and as I was getting dressed (into our wonderful red jumpsuits), my phone decided to ring again just for me to find out that the flight had been postponed to the day shift!”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Speaking fluent Xhosa, Zulu and Sesotho.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Well, besides doing admin work on my non-flying days, I spend a lot of time with friends, taking drives, and definitely time on my flight simulator at home which I am still in the long process of building up (money money money).”

What is the one thing about you few people know? “I used to play cricket at club level, provincial invitational as well as first team. I also played a lot of football (not soccer!!!) at club level and I used to sing.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Helping people, especially young patients, working with wonderful colleagues in a really close community and getting to have the best office view under the sun (pun excused).”

What is on your bedside table? “My lamp, a scarf …I knitted when I was eight (don’t ask me why) and there will always be some kind of beverage (I get thirsty when I sleep).”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Tupac and the Wright Brothers (hope I can count them both).”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Am I still dreaming? (it was a very nice dream).”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “That is a difficult one, there have been quite a few, but probably to this point, it would be the day I phoned home after attaining my CPL licence, hearing my father’s response after he picked up the house phone and found out I passed my CPL test and then hearing my mother and sister screaming in the background as if they were watching a winning goal in a world cup final.” 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I wouldn’t do any other job unless I was forced to.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Besides flying, probably watching the best football team in the world - Arsenal.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Oxygen.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Rather be quiet and thought to be a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

What animal best represents you and why? “I would not know, but I do love killer whales.”

Any motto you live by? “Rather stand out, than fit in.”