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.

André Coetzee

Chief Executive Officer

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.

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.

Boeta Dippenaar

Chief Pilot

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.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Stefan Fouché

Chief Flying Instructor

Stefan grew up in the Northern part of South Africa and after school completed his B.Comm degree at Tuks and Honours degree in business management from Unisa. After spending almost 10 years in the Tourism industry, Stefan decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot. With his CPL and having been a scuba diving instructor, the natural path to follow was to become a flying instructor. Stefan qualified and started working as a pilot and instructor in Johannesburg, then spent 5 years of varied flying in Cape Town and another 5 years of doing contract military training based out of Mossel Bay, while completing his ATPL(H) and DFE III. Stefan joined the Henley Air team in 2019 as CFI and operational line pilot. He is ultimately in charge of all training at Henley Air, including in house training, instructor standards and CAA Part 141 compliance. He is a family man that enjoys everything adventurous and outdoors.

Abie Bezuidenhoudt

National HEMS Manager

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

Operations Controller

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!

Rynhart Bosch

Team Leader: Contracts

Rynhart has been affiliated with Henley Air since 2005 and obtained his PPL (H) whilst a scholar. Rynhart worked as a hanger attendant during holidays and obtained his CPL (H) qualification during 2009. His commercial flying career progress and he is now the holder of an ICAO ATPL (H) IF license. He has to date logged in-excess of 5500 rotary-wing hours and with more than 1500 hours as PIC dual turbine helicopters. Rynhart ‘s experience extends to not only local charters and contracts but has flown on behalf of Henley Air throughout Africa in countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Ethiopia and more frequently and his favorite African country, Mozambique. At date Rynhart continues to fly for Henley Air on a permanent basis.

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

Team Leader: Hangar Staff

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.

Tracy Zeni

Finance Manager

Ina Ras

Finance Assistant

Montez von Holthauzen

Finance Assistant

FINANCE TEAM

Stefan Fouché

Chief Flying Instructor

Michelle Bebbington

Flight Instructor

Frans Wessels

Flight Instructor

FLIGHT SCHOOL TEAM

Louise Rall

Flight Instructor

William Rooken-Smith

Freelance Flight Instructor

Dewalt Kleynhans

Administrator

Corné van Heerden

Logistics Manager

Fritz de Jager

Responsible Person: Aircraft

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Elzahn van Wyk

Receptionist

Candice Teubes

Safety Officer

Rethea Mitchell

Safety Manager

SAFETY TEAM

Dan Drew

Quality Assurance Manager

Thomas Mofokeng

Hangar Staff

Bonakele Nene

Cleaning Staff

Jan Mafakane

Hangar Staff

Theresia Hintsho

Cleaning Staff

Patrick Nxumalo

Hangar Staff

HANGAR AND CLEANING TEAM

Sammy Filand

Team Leader: Hangar Staff

Motlatsi Sebete

Hangar Staff

Thembani Skosana

Cleaning Staff

Veli Mhlanga

Hangar Staff

Avuya Buda

Hangar Staff

Philip Merrick

Base Manager: Cape Town HEMS

Pieter Burger

Flight Crew

Lisa Burger

Flight Crew

David Stokes

Flight Crew

Dekker Esterhuyse

Freelance Flight Crew

Carlo Machiné

Freelance Flight Crew

Abie Bezuidenhoudt

National HEMS Manager

HEMS TEAM

Craig Coleman

Flight Crew

Vic Rottcher

Flight Crew

Rynhart Boshoff

Flight Crew

Justin Cook

Flight Crew

Sonia Shiel

Flight Crew

CJ van Aswegen

Freelance Flight Crew

Paul Doxey

Base Manager: Durban HEMS

Neville Christie

Flight Crew

Charmaine van Wyk

Flight Crew

Mark van Sorgenfrei

Flight Crew

Ryan White

Flight Crew

Bruce Daniels

Freelance Flight Crew

Joshua Jancovich-Bésan

Flight Crew

Michelle Bebbington

Flight Crew

Frans Wessels

Flight Crew

Conrad Mouton

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

Rochelle Odendaal

Flight Crew

Nicholas Mason

Flight Crew

Stephano Roodt

Flight Crew

Lonell Coetzee

Freelance Flight Crew

Hennie van Rensburg

Freelance Flight Crew

Justin Cook

BVLOS RPAS Operator

RPAS TEAM

Nicholas Mason

BVLOS RPAS Operator