Our Staff

Morne Kleinhans

Morné Kleinhans
(Accountable Manager)

Morné started his PPL training at the Cape Town Flying Club in 1995 and completed his CPL in 2000. He has held various positions at the Club over the years including Duty Pilot, Office Manager, Safety Officer, Responsible Person Aircraft, Chief Flying Instructor and Accountable Manager. He represented General Aviation on behalf of the South African Powered Flight Association at the General Aviation Safety Initiative chaired by the Director of Civil Aviation.

His qualifications include CPL Aeroplane, CPL Helicopter, Instrument Rating, Grade II Instructor Aeroplane, Grade III Instructor Helicopter, Remote Pilot Licence, Remote Pilot Instructor, Safety Management System Manager, Aviation Auditing, Web Designer and Life Coach. Away from flying he enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors.

Paul van Tellingen

Paul van Tellingen
(Business Manager)

Paul started his flying career in the Air Force and was a pilot with the SAAF from 1977 to 1983, with a rank of Captain. He held a Senior Commercial Pilot’s License and is an amateur Radio Operator. In 1996 he joined the Cape Town Flying Club. He was the Club’s Flight Safety Manager from 1998 – 2002 and owned a Baron which he regularly flew Charter flights with.

He was the Lead Negotiator in a voluntary position for General Aviation (AWAC, AWSA, AOPA, AeroClub SA and CAASA) in challenging the implementation of proposed ATNS fees which would have crippled General Aviation. He also led a successful challenge against the implementation of SACAA’s 12 year overhaul ruling.

Paul returned to the Club in 2019 as Business Manager. His other love is sailing, and he holds a Yacht Masters Offshore skipper’s license. Apart from flying and sailing, his hobbies are reading, rock climbing, hiking, chess and surfing.

Jaco van Zyl

Jaco van Zyl
(Safety and Quality Manager)

Jaco took his first flying lesson on ZS-NCG a Cessna 152 back in November 1994. After completion of training he became a Gr III instructor at the Cape Town Flying Club and progressed to Chief Flying Instructor.

He has held several positions during his career, including CFI Cape Town Flying Club, CFI Stellenbosch Flying Club, Charter pilot on King Air 90,200 and PC12, Chief pilot at SA Redcross Air Mercy Services, and MS Aviation charter company, as well as First officer at Skywise Airlines.

He is currently training Captain on the Boeing 737-300 freighter fleet for Star Air Cargo and was recently appointed as Safety and Quality Officer at the Cape Town Flying Club. Besides aviation Jaco enjoys his family, walking his border collies and the outdoors.

Liesl King

Liesl King
(Financial Manager)

Liesl is a Chartered Accountant with a legal degree and a post grad in writing and editing. She started her working career for KPMG in the Forensic accounting department. A stint at an accounting firm in Paarl followed, before she accepted a position as Marketing Manager for Racing South Africa. She was elected as Chair of the Cape Breeders Association, as well as being a director of Gold Circle Horse Racing & Gambling’s Western Cape Board.

After ten years on the international horseracing circuit working as a photographer and journalist for a number of international racing authorities, she joined the Cape Town Flying Club as Financial and Marketing Manager in 2020. Her interests include flying (in A380s as passenger), riding, skiing, dancing, camping, hiking and reading.

Hilda Kallis

Hilda Kallis
(SACAA Examination Invigilator)

Matt Giliomee

Matt Giliomee
(Head of Training)

Matt started his PPL in 1990 at the Algoa Flying Club and got his CPL and Instructor’s rating in 1995, followed by his ATPL in 2000. He flew a DC3 Turbo Prop for Speed Services and an ATR42 for Solenta in West Africa before joining SA Express for 14 years.

He is a Grade 2 instructor with over 2000 instruction hours and around 11200 flying hours. Matt joined the Cape Flying Club in 2021 as Head of Training. His hobbies include tinkering on all manner of projects, spending time outdoors and a good braai with good friends.

Eben Oosthuizen

Eben Oosthuizen
(Chief Flight Instructor)

Eben joined the Cape Town Flying Club in 2013. He completed his PPL, CPL with IF and his instructor rating. He has been an instructor at the Club since 2018 and is currently the Chief Flying Instructor. Not only was he the Student of the Year in 2013, but he was also awarded the Dedication to Aviation Award in 2020. When not flying his interests include camping, rock climbing and scuba diving, as well as a good braai.

Riaan van Zyl

Riaan van Zyl
(Chief Ground Instructor)

Riaan started flying in 1977 during his military service and completed his PPL. After a stint as an Independent corporate financial adviser, he returned to flying as a fleet captain for Airlink. He holds an ATPL license and is a Gr II instructor, twin and turbine. He retired as Airlink’s Training Captain in 2020 and joined the Air Mercy Service as a volunteer  on the Pilatus PC12NG.

Riaan joined the Cape Town Flying Club as Ground Instructor in 2019 and has over 22,000 flight hours and 3000 instruction hours. He is also the Commanding Officer of the Reserve Squadron and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  His hobbies include caravanning and the outdoors.

Franciska Gavin

Franciska Gavin
(Senior Flight & Ground Instructor)

Franciska completed her CPL in 2008. From 2008-2011 she worked at 43 Air School where she obtained her Gr III  instructor rating and later upgraded to a Gr II instructor folowed by completing  her ATPL. She worked at various flight schools in the UAE  from 2012-2018 as a flight and ground instructor. During this period she worked for Etihad Airways Ab-initio Flight School for 3 years.  In 2021 Franciska joined the Cape Town Flying Club as a Senior Grd II flight and ground instructor.

She enjoy to spend time outdoors hiking with her family as well as running, swimming, cycling. She also enjoys baking and a good cup of coffee.

Erich Britz

Erich Britz
(Flight Instructor)

Erich completed his PPL in 2008 and obtained his ATPL in 2009. He was an instructor at Wonderboom for three years, followed by a stint flying for Wilderness-Air in Botswana. From 2017 to 2021 he flew a Beechcraft 1900 for Solenta in Algeria and the Sahara Desert and for the Kibali Gold Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He joined the Cape Town Flying Club as a Grade II instructor in 2021. His hobbies include playing golf and spending time with his fiancé Melissa.

Leigh Le Gonidec

Leigh Le Gonidec
(Flight Instructor)

In 1991 Leigh started his PPL at what has become the Cape Town Flying Club and completed his CPL, Grade 2 Instructors, Multi Engine, Aerobatics and ATPL between 1995 and 1998. He flew charters before joining Sun Air in 1998.  A stint at Nationwide followed, before a move to SAA flying the 747 classic in 2001. An overseas move was next with Leigh joining Cathay Pacific, where he flew the A340, A330 and B747-400 / 747-8 before gaining command on A330 in 2013. In 2016 he moved to Qatar Airways as A330 Captain and later as a Type Rating Instructor.

Passionate about aerobatics, Leigh started flying a 1995 Pitts Special, followed by a Christen Eagle, an Extra 300/ 330 and a XA42/41. He represented South Africa at the World Intermediate Champs in 2015 and the World Advanced Champs in 2018. With about 15000 hours behind his name, he is highly experienced.

He joined Cape Town Flying Club in 2021 as an aerobatic and upset training instructor.  Hobbies include aerobatics, aerobatics, formation aerobatics, formation aerobatics and in case you missed it aerobatics! And on the off chance that he is not in an aerobatic plane, he can be found doing a bit of hiking or surfing.

Iain Ferguson

Iain Ferguson
(Flight Instructor)

Iain started his flying career  in SAAF, flying Harvards, Impalas and Alo3 helicopters from 1973 to 1979. He acquired his ATP license in 1983  and is a Grade 2 instructor.  After leaving the SAAF, he joined SAA in 1979, where he flew the B727, B737-200 and all the B747 series from 747-200 to 747-400. Iain was also a SAA Training Captain on the A300. At the same time he flew Hawker Hunter jets at Thunder City and had Hunter display rating.

In 1996 he left SAA to pursue an overseas flying career, joining Korean Air as a B747-400 Captain and Training line check pilot.  In 2009 he moved to Abu Dhabi, as President Flight’s B747-400 Type Rating Instructor/Type Rating Examiner. A further change followed in 2016 when he joined Etihad Airways flying the B777/787 up to his retirement in 2019.

Iain joined Cape Town Flying Club in 2021 as an aerobatic and upset training instructor.

His interests include Aerobatics, Golf, dabbling in Bowls, and he owns a number of motorcycles.

Jehann Allie

Jehann Allie
(Flight Instructor)

Jehann joined the Cape Town Flying Club in 2010 and obtained his PPL in 2012.  He is a Gr III instructor with the Club and holds a CPL license with multi engine and night rating. Jehann has over 800 flight hours and 500 plus instruction hours. In 2020 Jehann was the Cape Town Flying Club’s Instructor of the Year.  His hobbies include running and cycling competitively and he has completed multiple 2 Oceans marathons.

Marco Joos

Marco Joos
(Flight Instructor)

Marco started his training at 43 Air School in Jan 2017. He completed his CPL in April 2018, followed by his instructors rating. He joined the Cape Town Flying Club October 2019 as a Grade III instructor with a multi, IF and 737 type rating. When not flying his hobbies include cycling, gym, gaming and watching sport.

Tony Haralambous

Tony Haralambous
(Flight Instructor)

Tony is a graduate of the Stellenbosch Flying Club. He has a Multi engine commercial license, over 600 flight hours and joined he Cape Town Flying Club in 2020 as GrIII instructor. He is working towards his ATP license and his interests include mountain biking, water skiing and fishing.

Carl Scholtz

Carl Scholtz
(Flight Instructor)

Carl, who has a Masters in Civil Engineering, joined the Cape Town Flying Club in 2019 and recently obtained his CPL with instrument rating. He was awarded Student Pilot of the year in 2019 and the Spirit of Adventure award in 2020. He is currently a flight instructor as well as working for the Club in a marketing capacity. His interests include bush flying, flying a sea plane, love fly aways, soccer and socialising.

Petras Phamena

Petras Phamena
(Ramp Supervisor)

Bukelwa Piyo

Bukelwa Piyo
(CAVOK Barista)

Peter Zonke

Peter Zonke
(Cleaner)

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