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At AMS we believe in investing in the future by developing skilled specialists and making a significant contribution to our industry. The organisation actively pursues programmes that addresses the shortage of skills within the aero-medical field and thus offers programmes such as trade apprenticeships in the engineering field and the Fixed Wing Pilatus PC12 Cadet Development Programme. The programme was established to develop young pilots and in so doing boost the African Aviation industry. Today we met up with Ikageng Ramphomane, also known as Ike to his colleagues. Ike has been with the organisation for two years.

Tell us about yourself? “I was born and bred in Johannesburg and also completed my pilot training in Johannesburg.”

What motivated you to become a pilot? “The love of aeroplanes.”

How has your journey been thus far? “I started my pilot training in Heidelberg, Gauteng in 2009. I did my training part-time while I did the occasional odd job. After some hard work and patience I finally obtained my Commercial Pilot Licence in 2012. I then got accepted into the SAA Cadet Pilot Development Programme. I was sent to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape to do further training. I graduated from this programme in 2014. In 2015 I began my first flying job with AMS. I was based in Durban for a year and then was transferred to Cape Town, where I am currently based.” 

Which part of the programme do you enjoy the most? “Helping the community. Saving lives, changing lives.”

What is the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started working for AMS? “Working with an amazing group of people every day.”

What are the three words your colleagues would use to describe you? “Relaxed. Calm. Focused”.

What do you do in your spare time? “Sleep.”

What is on your bedside table? “A study lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Bob Hoover and Richard Pryor.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “What is the time?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “My first solo flight.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “A professional sportsman.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Music.”

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

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking? “Not praying every day.’ 

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Never give up.”

Any motto you live by? “Try…”