LISTEN: No need for alarm, says pilot who flew 'Mavericks plane' in stormy skies
A commercial pilot in Cape Town insists that he was not pressured into flying a well-known aircraft advertising for Mavericks Gentlemen's Club.
On Wednesday afternoon, Chris Arnott flew the small airplane, carrying the Mavericks banner, in what appeared to be stormy weather conditions.
Footage of the turbulent flight emerged on social media, raising concerns for many locals and online users.
However, Arnott is adamant that his life was not at all in danger during the routine flight. The 30-year-old commercial pilot says he has had hundreds of hours of experience.
He maintains that the airplane was merely "being guided by the wind in a natural direction".
Arnott adds that the weather planning for the flight in question began last week and continued right up until take off.
I've been flying since 2006.Chris Arnott, Pilot at Sky Messaging
It was a completely routine flight. Yes, there were some strong winds, but... I was not at all concerned.Chris Arnott, Pilot at Sky Messaging
The rain came in a little bit quicker than I had anticipated, but it wasn't a problem.Chris Arnott, Pilot at Sky Messaging
I made the decision to route back to Fisantekraal fairly early on. I made it without any hassles or issues.Chris Arnott, Pilot at Sky Messaging
For myself, it was business as usual. It was just another flight. We were able to navigate back safely.Chris Arnott, Pilot at Sky Messaging
Arnott's employers and sky advertising company Sky Messaging released a statement following the incident.
The response comes after accusations of negligence against the company were made by a CapeTalk listener.
All Sky Messaging pilots are fully qualified, commercial pilots who are subjected to Sky Messaging's in-depth and approved training programme.Extract from Sky Messaging statement
Take a listen to the follow up and feedback.
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