SFA About Us
Our mission is to promote affordable aviation and safety through offering high quality advanced training training to the general aviation sector with a special focus on training professional pilots that want to pursue careers in the Part 141 or Part 135 sectors of aviation. (Instructors, Charter Pilots, Contract Pilots and Company Pilots) as well as aspirant Part 121 (Airline) pilots.
Our purpose-built facility at Stellenbosch Airfield includes:
- Two simulators (Certified FNPT II and non-certified FNPT I)
- Instructor briefing rooms
- Large lecture room with multi-media equipment
- Computer Based Training (CBT) with multi-media PC's
- CAA exam Centre
- Student waiting room with relaxation facilities
Our partner training school also operates a Seneca II for multi-engine training. (The FNPT II simulator flight model and panel layout are based on the Seneca for better harmonised cross-training between simulator and aircraft)
Our Management Team
Our entire management team and staff consist of staff that is or was involved in aviation and has a passionate interest for the industry.
Managing Director & QA - Francois Stols
Francois has been flying for 35 years and holds a CPL/IF rating and is a Grade II instructor. He also has 30 years experience in managing large companies and international businesses. He is also the CI responsible for the generation and maintenance of training and operations manuals,course plans and quality assurance
CFI - Captain Paul Lewin
Paul has over 23 000 hours experience and flew for SAA for more than 30 years as a Senior Training Captain. He holds an ATP and he has thousands of hours instructing on various Boeing and Airbus types. Paul is also an approved DFE1
General Manager - Jonathen Stols
Jonathen held a CPL/IF and is passionate about flying. In addition to his general administration duties, he is the Responsible Person for our Simulators and Aircraft. He also operates our front desk and is responsible for student bookings, student progress mapping (student files).
Accounts - Kay Joslyn
Kay has many years experience managing several flying schools in the Western Cape. Although no longer holding a valid pilot licence, Kay has several hundred hours flying experience and understand the needs of the industry well.
We pride ourselves in employing top-class instructors that has many years airline and/or airforce experience. In addition to the full-time specialist instructors listed below, we also have several part-time and specialist instructors on our books that provides both ground lectures and flight training.
Our full-time specialist instructors includes:
- Paul Lewin, an ex-airline (SAA) Airbus Training Captain with over 20 000 hours experience, including thousands of hours on Boeing and Airbus simulators. Paul is also a CAA Designated Examiner (DFE1) and is also the Chief Flying and Simulator Instructor at SFA.
- Adrian Woodley, ex-airline Captain and South African Airforce Instructor on Harvards, heavy transport aircraft (C130), jets (Impala) and Helicopters. After his time in SAAF, he flew business jest (such as Falcon and Learjets) airliners (such as Airbus) in the Middle East, including Training Captain at Gulf Air.
Our Postal Address:
PO Box 5345
Our Physical Addresss:
Hanger 3, Stellenbosch Airfield
Off the R44
Welcome to the Academy...
The Stellenbosch Flight Academy (SFA) is a specialist flight training institution focusing on advanced flight and ground training for General Aviation Professional and Private pilots. At the heart of our training facility is our modern Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD or Simulator) that is certified to the JAR and SA-CAA-FSTD A for Flight Navigation and Procedural Training Level II (FNPT II) standard. This accreditation allows us to offer many advanced training courses, including various licence and rating annual renewals. (For a full accreditation list, click here)
Most of our flight training is focussed on Instrument Flight (IF) training and therefore allmost all of our flight training is done on our FSTD's. Where aircraft training is also required to complete a course, such flight training will typically be done by one of our partner schools and only in some exceptional cases, we also offer certain aircraft training. We also use in-house or external SA-CAA appoved DE's to conduct Skills Tests on our FSTD (Go to our Flight School to learn more about our flight training)
Due to the very high costs associated to acquire and operate a certified FSTD, our academy has partnered with most of the flying schools in the Western Cape to make our simulator facilities available to them under our Partner Program. This allows them to advertise, book and operate our FSTD as if it is their own. Under this program, our Partner Schools may use their own Instructors, provided they are rated and approved on our FSTD