Our Team

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Gary

Having started his career by acquiring his Commercial Fixed-Wing pilot’s license, Gary was later chosen to become a cadet pilot for Court Helicopters. From there, he received training in order to acquire his Commercial Helicopter license, and was later successfully employed by Court Helicopters based in George. While in George he flew the Sikorsky 61…

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Having started his career by acquiring his Commercial Fixed-Wing pilot’s license, Gary was later chosen to become a cadet pilot for Court Helicopters. From there, he received training in order to acquire his Commercial Helicopter license, and was later successfully employed by Court Helicopters based in George. While in George he flew the Sikorsky 61 (S61), which involved flying oil rig support for four years. Later, being transferred to Cape Town, he once again found himself flying the S61, providing ship service off the Cape coast in various weather conditions.

Along with flying the S61, Gary flew on the John Rolfe surf rescue and the radio show, Good Hope FM, as their traffic report helicopter pilot. A dedicated medical rescue helicopter operated by NAC Helicopters was his next flying job, where he flew air rescue missions for approximately five years. After flying helicopters for some time, Gary went back to flying fixed wing where he flew a King Air 200 on scheduled flights for National Airlines up the West Coast. During this period, he completed training on a Citation 2 jet at the training facility of Flight Safety International, Wichita Kansas. After completing his factory approved training Gary flew the Citation on private chartered flights, both within South Africa’s borders and to neighbouring states.

After seven years of flying aircraft, Gary returned to flying helicopters where he worked in a freelance capacity until he was approached by NAC Helicopters to manage their new joint venture company. Gary was appointed as the chief pilot and General Manager of NAC Helicopters in 2004. Gary has been part of the company for over seven years and has a combined total flying time of approximately 9000 hours in numerous aircrafts and helicopters, along with over 25 years of experience within the industry.

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Anthony

Anthony started his flying career having completed his training for a Commercial Fixed-Wing license with an Instrument Rating and multi-engine rating at 43 Air School in Port Alfred. After a while, he realised that helicopters was in actual fact his calling, and found himself training at Cape Town International Airport in 1998. In 2002 he…

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Anthony started his flying career having completed his training for a Commercial Fixed-Wing license with an Instrument Rating and multi-engine rating at 43 Air School in Port Alfred. After a while, he realised that helicopters was in actual fact his calling, and found himself training at Cape Town International Airport in 1998. In 2002 he began training for his Commercial Helicopter license, where after he was recruited by NAC Helicopters. Anthony has begun this story with us, and specialises in media flying which often requires that a camera be mounted onto the helicopter. An experienced pilot, he has accumulated approximately 3 500 hours of flying time over the years.

Pilot Q & A with Anthony

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Kim

Having made her way from the Eastern Cape, Kim completed a Marketing degree before she decided to learn how to fly. Her training began in the stunning city of East London before the beauty of Table Mountain began to call her name. After making her way to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, she…

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Having made her way from the Eastern Cape, Kim completed a Marketing degree before she decided to learn how to fly. Her training began in the stunning city of East London before the beauty of Table Mountain began to call her name. After making her way to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, she completed her Commercial License with NAC Helicopters in 2004. Shortly after acquiring her Commercial helicopter license Kim was employed by NAC Helicopters, where she has stayed put for 7 years. Apart from being our senior pilot, Kim is also our Safety Manager, making her responsible for the numerous inspections from the Civil Aviation Authority and the requirements for our ISO 9001:008 accreditation. Since she began flying Kim has accumulated approximately 2500 flying hours.

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Sebastiaan

Sebastiaan hails originally from Kimberly, but grew up in Cape Town. He started his flying career at Cape Town International Airport. He finished his training at Henley Air, in Johannesburg, and obtained his commercial license in 2010. Sebastiaan joined the NAC Helicopters team in 2014, and is an enthusiastic and talented pilot who has a huge…

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Sebastiaan hails originally from Kimberly, but grew up in Cape Town. He started his flying career at Cape Town International Airport. He finished his training at Henley Air, in Johannesburg, and obtained his commercial license in 2010. Sebastiaan joined the NAC Helicopters team in 2014, and is an enthusiastic and talented pilot who has a huge passion for aviation. Before working for NAC Helicopters, he started out with NetStar in Johannesburg to build up his flying hours, and then did some helicopter charter work in Namibia. He is also a qualified helicopter instructor, and worked in Bloemfontein training up-and-coming pilots. Sebastiaan is our most recent pilot to join the team, and has accumulated approximately 800 hours.

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Philip

Philip grew up on a game farm in the Waterberg region of the Northern Province in South Africa. After completing high school, he joined the British army, and served 7 seven years over various postings and operations. He then spent 2 years working as a Maritime Security Officer, which was an anti-Piracy unit, off the…

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Philip grew up on a game farm in the Waterberg region of the Northern Province in South Africa. After completing high school, he joined the British army, and served 7 seven years over various postings and operations. He then spent 2 years working as a Maritime Security Officer, which was an anti-Piracy unit, off the East Coast of Africa. As a change of scenery, he also did some horseback guiding in the bushveld while obtaining his license at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. Philip obtained his license in January 2014, and began freelancing for NAC Helicopters in December 2014 before becoming a permanent staff member shortly thereafter. He is an extremely passionate pilot and loves the freedom of being able to explore different places, as well as interacting with our clients and hearing about their stories. Apart from flying, Philip has a number of hobbies which he enjoys, namely horse riding on Noordhoek Beach, playing the jazz flute and snowboarding holidays in Europe.

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Lisa

Lisa was born in Hermanus, but grew up in the coastal town of Melkbosstrand. Her passion for flying started at the age of 7 when she visited her first air show. After seeing helicopters for the first time, she knew immediately that that’s what she wanted to do. In 2012, she went on her first…

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Lisa was born in Hermanus, but grew up in the coastal town of Melkbosstrand. Her passion for flying started at the age of 7 when she visited her first air show. After seeing helicopters for the first time, she knew immediately that that’s what she wanted to do. In 2012, she went on her first helicopter flight in the V&A Waterfront, and very shortly afterwards she signed up at Base 4 Aviation to start her training. It took her approximately 2 and a half years to obtain her pilot’s license. Lisa started working for NAC Helicopters Cape Town in 2014, and started out by working in the operations department. As soon as she obtained her pilot’s license, she joined the NAC Helicopters Cape Town team as a pilot.

Lisa is a passionate artist and enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Apart from being a pilot, she is also a fully qualified nurse, and worked in a hospital for 2 years before she started her pilot training. Although she loved her previous nursing job, her true passion lies in flying. Her favourite thing about being a pilot is the freedom of the sky and exploring places that no one else has been to.

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Jandré

Jandré is a born Capetonian, but grew up in Durban for most of his life. He has always had a passion for exploring new places, and decided that becoming a pilot would naturally allow him to travel. He trained at Starlite Aviation in Durban in 2007, and then moved over to Afghanistan where he worked…

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Jandré is a born Capetonian, but grew up in Durban for most of his life. He has always had a passion for exploring new places, and decided that becoming a pilot would naturally allow him to travel. He trained at Starlite Aviation in Durban in 2007, and then moved over to Afghanistan where he worked as a helicopter maintenance planner for Evergreen Helicopters for about two years. His job was to ensure that the helicopters were serviced in time and to ensure that spare parts were available when maintenance was due. Jandré then moved to Limpopo, and became a helicopter flight instructor. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hiking Cape Town’s rugged terrain and of course, exploring the many sights that Cape Town offers. He joined the NAC Helicopters Cape Town team in October 2016.

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Craig

Craig hails from Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal and then grew up in Kloof, which is about 40km out of Durban. From a young age, Craig has always wanted to become a pilot, and he started his training at JNC Helicopters at Virginia Airport. He also did some flying at NAC Durban and finished up his training…

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Craig hails from Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal and then grew up in Kloof, which is about 40km out of Durban. From a young age, Craig has always wanted to become a pilot, and he started his training at JNC Helicopters at Virginia Airport. He also did some flying at NAC Durban and finished up his training at Starlite Aviation, where after he joined Starlite as a full-time pilot. Craig then went on to do flights for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, Namibia and Angola.. Apart from being a pilot, Craig is also a qualified tooth fairy and studied dental technology for four years at Natal Technikon. He is an avid biker, and enjoys surfing, mountain biking and sculpture. Craig started flying for NAC Helicopters Cape Town in October 2016, and has approximately 6000 hours of flying time.

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