Leigh Le Gonidec
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.