On 24 October, Ultimate Heli was born with him and partner Shaun Roseveare as co-founders and directors. They incorporated their previous staff of five people and grew their staff compliment to 20 staff members.
Since then he has flown dignitaries, movie stars, billionaires and presidents, but one of his fondest memories is his very first flight as Ultimate Heli. "I flew the Top Gear guys to the Magaliesberg. Jeremy Clarkson is a fantastic guy and I have since flown him and his son as well."
So what does the future hold? "Shaun and I are currently exploiting opportunities north of the Limpopo. There is massive growth in Africa for our industry and that is where our expansion vision lies as well as laying the foundation for the company to operate independently of us eventually - shouldn’t that be the goal for all company owners?" Right now Ultimate Heli is developing their very own heliport in the Waterval area of Midrand, to be completed this year. "I want to be ready for whatever comes. Ours is a volatile industry and the best I can do is try to adapt to any situation. Who knows what the future holds? As long as we have a strong foundation, I’m sure we can weather any storm." And the most satisfying part of his job? "Being able to pay my staff properly and see them thrive..."
Grand Central Airport New Road Midrand, Gauteng Johannesburg