Dear Bateleurs members and subscribers
It has been while since you have received news from us but rest assured this by no means implies a lack of activity. As you are aware, The Bateleurs has gone through a transition period. I replaced Joan Cameron in September 2013 and we have a new office in the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s building in Modderfontein, Johannesburg.
This newsletter provides an update on all the missions flown from April 2013 up to the middle of January 2014. Links are provided for each mission that will route you to our website to read more about a mission. Please note that our website only provides basic information as it is in the process of being revamped.
We have flown 47 missions consisting of 52 flights from January 2013 to the middle of January 2014. The generosity of our pilot members and sponsors has enabled us to fly these missions and to do what we do best namely to provide an aerial perspective on environmental issues. Judging from the number of flight requests that we have received during 2014 and are still receiving, the need for the service that we provide is growing substantially.
To all our pilot members and beneficiaries who have been sending their flight reports without fail, I want to assure you that these reports are read and kept on file to go into our newsletters and Annual Report.
We have exciting plans in the pipeline for The Bateleurs. I am not going to reveal more except that you will all receive a “Save the Date” for 2015 shortly. This event will not just be for our Gauteng members but for everybody that has been part of The Bateleurs nationally. I would just like to say a special thank you to Shannon Weber and her team from The District as well as to Lantz Mattinson for making this possible.
We also have quite a few new Bateleur pilot members. Welcome to all of you and I hope that you will spend many gratifying hours in the sky flying for us.
Our next newsletter will be published during the first two weeks of December and will provide you with an update on missions flown during the first six months of 2014.