With the lack of sufficient crop spraying helicopter pilots or instructors in South Africa, essential agricultural services, including crop spraying and game management, are being seriously hampered.
Safomar Aviation Enterprises (Hangar 3, Outside S5) was established to remedy this situation, and to provide suitable platforms, approved crop spraying equipment and affordable agricultural GPS.
The company initially embarked on utilising the Enstrom 280FX, a high-powered, manoeuvrable, low maintenance and reliable turbocharged piston-engine helicopter. It has three helicopters already equipped with Isolair crop spraying system integrated with the DynaNav crop spraying GPS system. One of these is on display at AAD 2014.
Safomar Aviation Enterprises (SAE) provides customers with tailor-made solutions, including lease or lease to purchase, and operations such as spraying or flight services by way of contracting to customers.
According to SAE, it is set to soon expand its operations and platforms to include the Enstrom 480B turbine and the MD 500 helicopters to cater for different requirements. It is in final negotiations to partner with a training organisation and applying for an AOC (air operator’s certificate) for crop spraying. This will train pilots specifically for agricultural services and offer AOC in sub-Saharan Africa.