Springbok Aviation Services (SAS) is a South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA CAA) Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), number 878 and currently maintains a C47/DC-3 ZS-NTE for Springbok Classic Air.
Although SAS is a relatively new company of four years, the people involved have extensive experience in the maintenance and operation of propliners. Its personnel have been responsible for and or involved with the complete restoration of various DC-4’s, DC-3's and a PBY Catalina. These restorations included complete major maintenance on all of the aircraft involved.
Each restoration project is undertaken under the experienced eye of Captain Flippie Vermeulen - CEO of SAS:
Captain Vermeulen has been flying since 1967 and was in the employment of South African Airways from 1970 till 2011.During the late eighties and nineties he was responsible for the formation of the SAA Historic Flight of which he remained the CEO until October 2000.As CEO of the South African Airways Historic Flight, he was the project leader of the complete restoration process of the following aircraft:
a) DC-4 ZS-BMH - 1993
ZS-BMH Mokuti Namibia 2000
b) DC-4 ZS-AUA - 1996
ZS-AUA MONCHELADBACH - GERMANY 2002
c) DC-4 ZS-AUB - 1997
ZS-AUB Cape Town 2000
d) DC-3 ZS-BXF - 1995
ZS-BXF Kalahari 2002
e) ZS-GPL - 2000
f) ZS-NTE - 2009
Numerous international awards were won with some of these aircraft. ZS-BMH won the award for the best Classic aircraft in the Transport category at Oshkosh in 1994.
g) Consolidated PBY Catalina, N427CV - 2011
As many DC-3’s and DC-4’s had been operated in South Africa until recently, many experienced technicians on type are still available and will be employed for the project.
SAS’s AMO is based in its own hangar, Hangar 5 at Rand Airport, Germiston. This hangar is big enough to accommodate aircraft as big as a B737, and restorations are performed in this hangar.