Hendrik Louw

Chief Financial Officer

Hendrik qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Chartered Financial Analyst in 2001. He holds a Masters Degree in Financial Management from the University of Johannesburg and is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research. He started a career in corporate finance in 2002 at PSG Investment Bank after which he joined Charles Orbach Corporate Finance as Managing Director. He was the CEO and co-founder of Rock Morphus Investments and founder of niche advisory firm Suez Capital.

Hendrik has extensive executive, corporate advisory and strategic management-consulting experience. He joined Henley Air in April 2017 as freelance CFO and assumes responsibility for the group’s finances and financial reporting.

Boeta Dippenaar

Chief Executive Officer

Boeta is a qualified ATPL (H) pilot with an Instrument Rating. He also holds various ratings including: Game/Cull Capture, Grade II Instructors rating, NVG rating (including NVG instructor), Winch/Sling Rating. While representing South Africa in cricket for 9 years and playing professional cricket for 17 years, Boeta completed his PPL (H) at Henley Air in 2005. After completing his CPL (H) license in 2009 , Boeta continued to work for Westline Aviation for 9 years managing various international training contracts, including Botswana Police Force and Nigerian Defence Force students. His continued relationship with Henley Air was extended in 2019 when he was appointed as permanent staff member and Chief Pilot of Henley Air. He duly took over as Chief Executive Officer in July 2021.

Ané du Preez

Chief Operations Officer

After completing her BA (ED) degree at the University of Pretoria, Ané started her secondary school teaching career in Vanderbijlpark, at which time she also taught Saturday School at Springfield Primary until 1998. From 1994 – 2000 she lectured at the private Vaal Career College (Industrial Orientation N1-N3 and Cognitive Development N1-N3), and from 2001 at Riverside High School (Guidance and Afrikaans).

Ané joined at Henley Air in February 2002 as an Administrator, Operations Controller, Bookkeeper, Flight Training School & Charter Administrator.
In 2004 she became one of the Directors and a Shareholder of Henley Air, as well as the responsible person for Flight Operations and was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Henley in 2020. In her current portfolio Ané is responsible for managing the entire Henley Air fleet, which include the Charter division. Areas of responsibility include:

Key Account Management
Operations Director & daily line-flying duties
Responsible Person: Charter operations
Staff Management – Permanent & Contract Staff

Ané has 8 years of experience in education and training and 18 years of experience in Helicopter Management.

André Coetzee

Executive Chairman

André was raised and attended school in Henley-on-Klip, a village south of Johannesburg. Having started flying helicopters at the age of 15, he completed a B. Eng (Mechanical) degree at the (then) Rand Afrikaans University and elected to become a helicopter maintenance apprentice after graduation. Henley Air was started in 1998 with his father, Johann, and the business grew incrementally from its base at Rand Airport. André is a registered Professional Engineer (ECSA) and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Henley Air, holds a PhD in Aviation Management (Da Vinci Institute of Technology), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence, Airline Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopter) and acts as Designated Flight Examiner (Class I) on behalf of the SACAA. He is an avid cricket lover and married to Lonell with three daughters.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

William Rooken-Smith

Chief Flight Instructor

William is a senior training captain at South African Airways, with a wealth of experience, knowledge and extensive management experience. Henley Air is privileged to have him at the helm of our Flight School operation.

Abie Bezuidenhoudt

Chief Pilot: HEMS

Abie joined the South African Airforce in 1988 where he completed pilot training and flew Oryx and Alouette III helicopters. During this time he further obtained a Certificate in Military management from Unisa and qualified as safety officer and accident investigator through Sun Safety in California. On completion of his Military contract, he joined Heliquip as a line pilot flying charter and surveys. In 2000 he joined Eurocopter (now Airbus) as Marketing manager, display - and delivery Test pilot. In 2002 he returned to fulltime commercial flying with Helibip and later Aeronautical Solutions as Chief Pilot and CFI specialising in geophysical survey operations. He has been involved with HEMS since 2006 with Helimax (Chief Pilot and CFI) and with Henley Air since 2015 as HEMS team leader. He holds a helicopter ATPL/IF and Grade II instructors rating, as well as an MSc in Aviation Innovation and Technology (Da Vinci Institute of Technology).

Sonia Shiel

Person Responsible: Flight Operations

Sonia was born in Cagua, Venezuela and emigrated with her family to South Africa at a young age. She found her love for flying helicopters through her father’s love of aviation and often flew with him in his very own microlight.

She joined Henley Air in 2006 as a PPL(H) student and assisted at Henley Air’s reception, which unexpectedly became a permanent position, all the whilst completing her Private Pilot License (PPL) training and building her hours towards her Commercial Pilot License (CPL). Once she obtained her CPL(H), she flew a variety of helicopter charter operations, such as: Aerial Photography & Filming, Cargo, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), Scenic, Stolen Vehicle Tracking & Recovery, and Vehicle Surveillance operations to name a few. At the same time, she worked her way up and became the Operations Controller of Henley Air. She takes pride in her work and is well-recognised for her attention to detail and efficiency.

Sonia lived in the United Arab Emirates for a short while but has returned to Henley Air as the Operations Controller once again and now has an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) with an Instrument Rating. She flies on the various Henley Air charters, including her favourite: Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations.

She has a great passion for flying HEMS operations - so much so that she fell in love and married a paramedic...talk about irony!

Ané du Preez

Chief Operations Officer

After completing her BA (ED) degree at the University of Pretoria, Ané started her secondary school teaching career in Vanderbijlpark, at which time she also taught Saturday School at Springfield Primary until 1998. From 1994 – 2000 she lectured at the private Vaal Career College (Industrial Orientation N1-N3 and Cognitive Development N1-N3), and from 2001 at Riverside High School (Guidance and Afrikaans).

Ané joined at Henley Air in February 2002 as an Administrator, Operations Controller, Bookkeeper, Flight Training School & Charter Administrator.
In 2004 she became one of the Directors and a Shareholder of Henley Air, as well as the responsible person for Flight Operations and was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Henley in 2020. In her current portfolio Ané is responsible for managing the entire Henley Air fleet, which include the Charter division. Areas of responsibility include:

Key Account Management
Operations Director & daily line-flying duties
Responsible Person: Charter operations
Staff Management – Permanent & Contract Staff

Ané has 8 years of experience in education and training and 18 years of experience in Helicopter Management.

OPERATIONS TEAM

Louise Rall

Team Leader: Vehicle Tracking

Louise is a qualified Commercial Helicopter Pilot and Grade 2 Flight Instructor. She obtained her CPL(H) at BAC Helicopters and joined Henley Air shortly after in 2017. She has a great passion for instruction and is currently team leader of the Vehicle Tracking division at Henley Air. She is also a firm believer in continuous learning and currently studying a Psychology degree through UNISA. She takes great pride in being a part of Henley Air.

Sammy Filand

Driver

Sammy has been with Henley Air since 2003. The undisputed flipping king, Sammy is everybody's right-hand-man and a much-loved, trusted and unmissable part of the Henley Air family.

Ian Webster

Group Financial Manager

Ina Ras

Accountant

Montez von Holtzhauzen

Accountant

FINANCE TEAM

William Rooken-Smith

Chief Flight Instructor

Michelle Bebbington

Flight Instructor

Frans Wessels

Flight Instructor

Jason Stimson

Flight Instructor

FLIGHT SCHOOL TEAM

Charmaine Matthee

Flight School Administrator

Louise Rall

Flight Instructor

Craig Coleman

Flight Instructor

Vic Röttcher

Flight Intsructor

Nicholas Mason

Flight Instructor

Corné van Heerden

Logistics Manager

Fritz de Jager

Person Responsible: Aircraft

Chané Taylor

Receptionist

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Lynn Louw

Head: Human Resources

Darrel Blake

Coaching Consultant

Kevin van Zyl

Consultant

Candice Teubes

Safety Officer

Rethea Mitchell

Safety Manager

SAFETY TEAM

Dan Drew

Quality Assurance Manager

Thomas Mofokeng

Hangar Staff

Yvonne Mokone

Cleaning Staff

Jan Makafane

Hangar Staff

Pamela Dhlamini

Cleaning Staff

Patrick Nxumalo

Hangar Staff

Mandla Mngoma

Stores Administrator

HANGAR AND CLEANING TEAM

Sammy Filand

Driver

Bernard Mhlongo

Hangar Staff

Thembani Skosana

Cleaning Staff

Mangaliso Ngwenya

General Worker

Solomon Mashilo

Hangar Staff

Sphamandla Kubheka

General Worker

Craig Coleman

Flight Crew

Vic Röttcher

Flight Crew

Michele Bebbington

Flight Crew

Pierre Gouws

Freelance Flight Crew

Werner Venter

Freelance Flight Crew

Abie Bezuidenhoudt

Chief Pilot: HEMS

HEMS TEAM

Sonia Shiel

Flight Crew

Justin Cook

Flight Crew

Paul Doxey

Flight Crew

Louise Rall

Flight Crew

Jaco Botha

Freelance Flight Crew

Michelle Bebbington

Flight Crew

Frans Wessels

Flight Crew

Conrad Mouton

Flight Crew

Van Niekerk Joubert

Flight Crew

Byron Benson

Freelance Flight Crew

Tewie Wessels

Freelance Flight Crew

Louise Rall

Team Leader: Vehicle Tracking

VEHICLE TRACKING TEAM

Jason Stimson

Flight Crew

Nicholas Mason

Flight Crew

Stephano Roodt

Flight Crew

Francois Joubert

Flight Crew

Lonell Coetzee

Freelance Flight Crew

Hennie van Rensburg

Freelance Flight Crew

Justin Cook

RPAS Team Leader

RPAS TEAM

Nicholas Mason

BVLOS RPAS Operator

Pierre Gouws

Freelance Flight Crew

Jaco Botha

Freelance Flight Crew

FREELANCE CHARTER CREW

Peet Erasmus

Freelance Flight Crew

Werner Venter

Freelance Flight Crew