Instructors

Dave Naude
I started flying in 1987 at the Defence Flying Club where I completed my PPL in approximately one year. Whist training for my PPL I had various instructors of which the most prominent was Mich du Toit. I later completed my Commercial licence and instructors rating flying part time, flying mostly on weekends. Once I completed my CPL I helped many students with conversions onto various type of aircraft. I was also involved in High School Waterkloof’s Flying Academy, which was operated by Aerosud. I am really passionate about instruction and love to help people to learn to fly at a affordable rate.LSAT was started by Theo Jordaan and Myself at Rhino Park Airfield, where affordable flying is our main concern. At the time of writing this I have a total time of 5800 hours with more than 4000 of those hours being accumulated on Jabiru aircraft. We also specialize in owner training on most GA aircraft.

Andrew Duncan
I started flying in the middle 2006 after I graduated high school, at Wonderboom airport. I completed my PPL at the end of that year and went on to finish my Commercial Pilot License in the beginning of 2009 and two weeks later also tested for my Grade 3 instructors rating. I instructed at Wonderboom airport for more than 2 years before I started the Zwartkop Highschool Flight Academy and stared working at Light Sport Aviation Training in 2012. I am passionate about flying and love to see the satisfaction on a student’s face when they succeed in the art of flying. currently I hold a Grade 2 instructors rating and have over 2000 hours of which 1800 has been gained by instructing. As my passion for teaching I still run and own together with Theo and Dave as partners, the Zwartkop Flight Academy and Light Sport Aviation Training and recently got the go ahead start and run the new flight school opening soon at Bundu Flyinn.

Shane Smith
I started flying in 2003 at Swartkops air force base under Mig du Toit and Dave Naude. I completed my PPL at Swartkops and thereafter I did my night rating at Learn to Fly. I completed most my hour building at Wonderboom airport and obtained my Twin Commercial Pilots License at Eagle Air on the airfield. I then went on to complete my Instructors rating with Centre Flight Academy at Grand Central. After I had completed my training I started working as an instructor at Swartkops. In February 2012 I moved over LSAT at Rhino Park where I started flying Jabiru’s. It took me a while to really start getting to know the Jabirus but soon I was flying them like a pro.At the time of writing this I have accumulated over 2000 hours on Jabiru’s, much of this flying has been up into Africa on adventures like the annual Jabiru Jaunt. This year I won the spot landing competition at the Jabbie Jaunt.Overall Light Sport Aviation Training has been the most fun and relaxed atmosphere to work and fly in and with help of the awesome team here at LSAT I have become a much better pilot over the years.

Werner Nel
I grew up with aviation in that my dad worked as an airline pilot for as long as I can remember. I have many memories of flying everything from Cessna 172’s to big Boeing’s with my father and always remember the feeling I got when we were ready to take off. I always knew that I would become a pilot myself because flying has never been just a passion to me but a way of life. In 2009 I was involved in a motorcycle accident that almost cost me my life, luckily I survived, but the accident cost me my right leg. From the moment I woke up in ICU, I started making plans on how I would return to aviation once again. After nearly 20 operations and 3 years of physical therapy I got back in the cockpit and trained to get my commercial licence back.After I attained my commercial licence I started flying at Wonderboom Airport for the first two years of my flying career. I got to a point in my life where I longed for a new experience and decided to come and join the Light Sport Aviation Training family and have not looked back.