Our Team

Atman

Attie Niemann

CEO

Started a career as Operational Air Force Fighter Pilot, flying various Operational Combat Missions in the Mirage F1CZ, Mirage 111CZ and Impala Mk1& 11 in the then SAAF premier Air Combat 2 and 3 Squadrons.

After leaving the Air Force he then in 1991 started his own aviation business and in five years sold this start up “Streamline Aviation” with 24 Aircraft to Imperial, a JSE listed Company.

Following out of this he then joined National Airways & Finance Corporation as a significant shareholder and appointed Group Executive Director Operations at age 36.

Under this leadership NAC expanded its Aviation Operations becoming the largest African Aviation Operation and remains today a highly respected and successful operation with Operations all over the globe.

At 43 Airschool a world leading Aviation Training School he now as the CEO continuous to live and direct his business acumen and passion for aviation.


43 Air School

Shaun Musson

Director: Finance

Shaun joined the 43 Air school team in 2004. Having been promoted from a management position at NAC he gave up the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and relocated to the tranquil Port Alfred where he met and married Claire. They became the proud parents of their daughter Kayleigh in 2011. Shaun's career started in the banking sector where he gained valuable experience in mortgage and commercial lending as well as divisional management. Having graduated with a B Comp from Unisa, Shaun seized an opportunity to further his financial career in the aviation industry and joined NAC as the accountant of their helicopter division in 1997. Shaun's love for all things flying is matched by his keen interest in most forms of motor sport. He is well traveled and shares his love of the outdoors and nature, which is abundant in the Eastern Cape, with his family.


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Des Lynch

Director: Flight Training

Brig Gen (Rtd) Des Lynch was a Cat A1 Flying Instructor in the SA Air Force. He served on 27 Squadron as a maritime pilot and later headed the SAAF Aviation Safety Programme. in 1991, while serving as Officer Commanding AFB Ysteplaat, he completed the UNISA MBL degree in 1991. After retiring from the SAAF he worked in the IT Industry as a Business Consultant. Des joined 43 Air School in 2008. He lectures Human Performance and heads up the Flying Training Team.


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Ockert Smit

Director: Maintenance

Ockert joined the 43 Air School team in 2009.

Ockert’s career started in the aviation sector in 1994 where he Completed he’s apprenticeship with Denel aviation on Dassault Mirage F1 and Airmacchi MB-326. He then moved on to the airline and private aviation sector. Qualified as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Ockert applied he’s knowledge in the Unmanned and Manned aircraft industry and traveled the world in doing so. 

Ockert's key focus is to ensure that we have the safest fleet of aircraft and helicopters in the industry. Backed by a team of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and industry Specialists is what makes his role in Aircraft maintenance at 43 Air School AMO 046 so rewarding.

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