Captain Flippie Vermeulen – CEO of SAS

Captain Vermeulen has been flying since 1967 and was in the employment of South African Airways from 1970 till 2011. He ended his career in the airways as a flight instructor on the Airbus A340's on the international service.

Captain Vermeulen founded private propliner flying safaris in Africa. He founded the South African Airways Historic Flight in 1990 and Springbok Classic Air in 2001, and since then has proved that a team of highly skilled personnel can operate classic propliners in remote areas and on trans-ocean flights with perfect safety. He is rated on more than a 100 different aircraft types, from antique biplanes to the latest Boeing 747 and Airbus airliners. His aviation milestones include numerous propliner voyages from Cape to Cairo and beyond, as far as the North Cape of Norway and the United States of America.

He is now CEO of Springbok Classic Air as well as a Designated Examiner and instructor at the school. He takes part in many of our courses and is constantly in and around the school imparting knowledge on our students. 

Peet Vermeulen

Captain Peet Vermeulen is currently flying for S.A Airlink and is a big part of the school. He is not only an instructor at the school, but he single-handedly designed the system the school runs on. The computer-based system allows student files, progress reports, flight authorizations and so much more to be all recorded in a faster, more efficient manner making the school run in a smooth and professional way at all times. He is a Qualified Aircraft technician - South African Airways, Bing Industrial Engineer – University of Pretoria, currently a Captain of a Boeing 737-800 at Mango Airlines and a Flight Instructor.

André Swanepoel

André is our Operations Manager and he is responsible for keeping everyone in check. He is the backbone of the academy and ensures that we run a well maintained operation.

André Lourens

André is the newest addition to our team. He is a flight instructor as well as our Chief Ground-school instructor. André is the holder of a SACAA Commercial Pilot’s license with Multi IF rating as well as a GR III instructor’s rating. He has also completed all of his ATP Theoretical exams.

Ben Vermeulen

Hangar and Maintenance Manager, Pilot and Aircraft Technician.  

Ronell Myburgh

Daily run the office operations (taking calls for all the business units), purchases required, emails. Social network (FB and web) to market our Beech 18 flights – scenic flights, day and weekend trips. Operations around flights, from booking, invoice, check payments, tickets. Office administration of files to ensure we comply with CAA requirements. Assist with the run of the A320 training (offered by Springbok Air Academy) – from initial contact, quote, invoice, programme, in contact with students, instructors and SAA for simulator bookings.

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