Our Mission

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 Facilities

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 - Emiel Engelbrecht

In addition to his general administration duties, he is the Responsible Person for our Simulators. He also operates our front desk and is responsible for student bookings, student progress mapping (student files).

Social Administrator - Jonathen Stols 

Jonathen held a CPL/IF and is passionate about flying. He is responsible for website updates and management as well as maintaining the facebook social media.

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. 


Our Instructors

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



South Africa

Our Physical Addresss:

Hanger 3, Stellenbosch Airfield

Off the R44


South Africa


Location Map:


Source Map



Facility Bookings

We use an online booking system for all our facility bookings such as:

  • Simulators
  • Aircraft
  • Briefing Rooms
  • Lecture Hall
  • Exam Stations

This system is only available to selected instructors and administrators of our partner schools. For students wishing to make a booking contact your school administrator or instructor, or make a direct booking through contacting our Front Desk


Ground School Bookings

We do not currently have any ground school courses schedule but watch this space for updates for 2018. Herewith some links that provides information regarding our Ground School Courses:

For all course bookings, contact our SFA Front Desk


Language Proficiency Evaluation Bookings

We are only doing Language Proficiency evaluations on certain days and prior arrangements and bookings are required. Kindly contact our SFA Front Desk to make a booking


Exam Bookings

(Our exam system is currently off-line for an upgrade)

We are offering SA-CAA Online Exams for the following subjects:

  • PPL theoretical Subjects (Five subjects)
  • Flight Instructor Theoretical Subjects (Two Subjects)
  • Foreign Validation Air Law Exam

Kindly contact our SFA Front Desk to make a booking

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)

We offer regular ground training courses to prepare students for their theoretical exams towards obtaining a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These courses are usually run twice a year with an average duration of nine weeks. (Our classes are conducted in the early evenings to suit working students) Click here to download more information regarding our CPL ground school. Also watch our website for published course dates and rosters.