PICS | SAA Captain does the exceptional after spotting little boy boarding with pilot's hat

2019-12-13 04:45 - Selene Brophy
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When one little boy boarded a flight at OR Tambo wearing a pilot's hat, gifted to him by his grandparents, he had no idea he'd get to play pilot-pilot in an actual cockpit.  

His mom Anli Vosloo shared how they were on their way back home to Cape Town, after a weekend visit to attend a wedding in Pretoria - when the captain of the plane spotted him wearing the hat.

"His grandparents gave him the pilot's hat. He loves hats and it’s like a tradition as his grandfather and father always have a hat on when they go out," explains Anli.

"It's not the first time young Jacques-Louis has flown, but soon after we sat down the pilot, Captain Gari Coussins, came to us to give him his pilot's badge. He told him he hoped that the badge would inspire him to live his dreams," says Anli. 

According to Anli, her son "couldn't believe his eyes and was utterly amazed" at the gift. She says, "He realized from the start that it was a very special gift and is looking after it like gold."

When the plane landed, Captain Coussins waited for them and then did the exceptional by showing the children the cockpit.

"When my son and daughter Elizabeth were allowed into the cockpit they stared in wonder and asked a lot of questions about how to manage the aircraft and what all the various buttons were for. I could see the pilots have a passion for their work as they handled them with such patience and I could see they were doing it from their hearts.

"It was one special experience we will not forget and I'd like to say thank you so much to Captain Coussins!" 


Anli Vosloo shares how her son was given an opport

Anli Vosloo shares how her son was given an opportAnli Vosloo shares how her son was given an opport

Anli Vosloo shares how her son was given an opportAnli Vosloo shares how her son was given an opport


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