Safe Systems in Aviation

Cairn specialises in the design and optimisation of aviation management systems. With Air Maestro, we will help you streamline your processes, increase productivity and reduce risk.

Our Services

Cairn’s advisors work closely with clients to implement and optimise Air Maestro.
Our services include technical support, training for basic and advanced users, domain optimisation and business intelligence solutions.

Air Maestro

Air Maestro is a cloud-based aviation management application. Its purpose is to reduce risk and increase efficiency. Air Maestro integrates management functions and automates compliance checks, ensuring comprehensive operational control.


Once our clients have implemented Air Maestro, we help to elevate the functionality of the system to new levels. Cairn’s approach focusses on function before automation. Our advisors help to streamline existing workflows before automating them through Air Maestro.

Business Intelligence

Using advanced data warehousing and processing techniques, we integrate Air Maestro with world-class BI solutions. Our clients enjoy real-time access to custom dashboards and reports which they require for performance-based management.

Our Team

Rob Daneel

Rob served the South African military for 16 years as a naval diver and combat officer, and senior operational Air Force helicopter pilot and instructor.
In the commercial sector of aviation, he flew for and held various managerial positions in operations throughout Africa and the Middle East.
Rob founded Cairn Aviation in 2010, seeking to develop more intelligent and sustainable practices in aviation management.

Michael Thomson
Application Support Analyst

Michael began his career in aviation in 2011 and holds an SACAA CPL (A) with frozen ATPL. He has flown and worked for a number of fixed and rotor wing operations during his career.
Michael joined Cairn Aviation in May 2018 as an Applications Support Analyst.
He has a natural affinity for IT which, together with his flight and managerial experience, means he is perfectly suited to this appointment. Michael is responsible for Air Maestro implementation, training, support and optimisation throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Nikki Coetzee
Office Administrator

Nikki is a qualified game ranger and rescue diver. With a love for animals, people and the outdoors, she started her career in the tourism industry, working as a tour guide and in the hospitality industry throughout Southern Africa and in the UK. Nikki was appointed as Office Administrator of Cairn Aviation in January 2016. She is the glue that holds Cairn’s operations together, cheerfully and competently taking care of our administration, logistics and accounts. Our clients and staff know Nikki for her enduring willingness and efficiency.


Our Client Base

Cairn Aviation is proud to work with a variety of operators across Africa to implement effective aviation management systems. Our clients range from small training schools to multi-national humanitarian, OGP, and NGO contractors to regional airlines.

World Class Support

Our advisors are available to assist clients with technical support, customisation, training and optimisation. We communicate directly and personally with our clients via their preferred medium.

We Are Aviators

With first-hand experience as pilots and managers, our advisors understand all elements of the aviation environment. We offer practical and economical solutions to the issues faced by aircraft operators.

Go Paperless

As the global economy grows, resources are becoming increasingly precious. The team at Cairn are strong proponents of paperless systems and can assist organisations striving to move to digital processes.