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In recent media reports, the Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA) finds itself embroiled in controversy due to a proposed bill introduced to the Congress of the United States. The bill, put forward by US Congressmen John James and Jared Moskowitz, accuses TFASA of undermining democracy in South Africa and straining diplomatic relations between the United States and South Africa. However, TFASA vehemently rejects these allegations as baseless and unfounded.

This development is the latest in a series of attempts by the United States to disrupt TFASA’s operations, stemming from the academy’s refusal in 2013 to disclose information about its clients to US government agencies. Despite facing ongoing harassment, TFASA remains steadfast in its commitment to providing high-quality aviation training services within the bounds of international law and South Africa’s foreign policy principles of non-alignment.

TFASA offers several key points to clarify its position:

International Standards: TFASA operates as one of many aviation training providers globally, adhering to the same rigorous standards as its counterparts in the US, Canada, and Europe. Despite this, TFASA faces disproportionate scrutiny from US authorities.

Compliance and Oversight: TFASA operates under the oversight of South African regulatory bodies such as the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). All training activities are conducted in accordance with legal requirements and international norms.

Ethical Standards: TFASA maintains a strict Code of Conduct and Ethics Protocol, ensuring that all personnel adhere to legal and ethical obligations regarding classified information. The academy does not engage in activities involving US nationals or businesses.

Personnel and Membership: TFASA does not employ US nationals and does not recruit military personnel from NATO countries. The academy remains a proud member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, demonstrating its commitment to professional standards and impartiality.

TFASA’s stance underscores its dedication to ethical business practices and adherence to international regulations. The academy urges a fair and objective assessment of its operations, free from unwarranted interference. As the aviation industry continues to evolve, TFASA remains focused on delivering excellence in training while upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

In conclusion, TFASA stands firm in its commitment to serving its clients and contributing positively to the aviation community, both in South Africa and internationally.

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