Meet our team ... a visit into our hangars

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Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes” Freeman Dyson. The AMS Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) maintains the AMS aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. This team of dedicated individuals ensures that our aircraft are safe, serviceable and flying. Today we take a look inside the AMS hangars… we chatted to Ismail Kabley, one our Aviation Maintenance Engineers who has been with the organisation for nine years. Here’s a look into the life of an engineer with a sense of humour …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Cape Town, grew up and completed my formal schooling in Salt River. In 2006 I left Cape Town to join the South African Airways (SAA) apprenticeship programme as an aircraft radiotrician in Gauteng.”

Did you always wanted to be an engineer? Yes I have always been interested in electronics and how things work.”

Were you in any other trade other than aviation before? I was in the retail industry for a while.”

How did your career start in aviation? In1996 when I was selected to become an apprentice with SAA as an aircraft radiotrician.”

What's the best/worst thing to happen to you since you started at AMS? Best thing is working with an awesome team (most times lol).”

What do you do in your spare time? “I spend time with my family and indulge in motor racing.”

What’s the one thing about you few people know? I have a knack for cooking, hairdressing and I love music.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Getting challenged with problems on the aircraft that baffle other people.”

What is on your bedside table? “My phone and pictures of my family.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Ghandi; Hitler, Heath Ledger, Prince and George Michael.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “Oh dear here we go again.”

What has been the happiest day of your life?The days my sons were born.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Be the President of South Africa.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate and women.”

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

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? “I want to stop driving so fast (but that will never happen).”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  Be careful on whose toes you step on as you climb the ladder of success as they may be the a.. you have to kiss on your way back down.”

Any motto you live by? Trust your instincts.”