The perfect choice for your operational solutions.

Cairn Aviation was founded in 2010 with a vision of an efficient, paperless environment. Our team is passionate about reducing waste and improving efficiency.

We are strong proponents of paperless systems due to their reduced workload and potential for efficiency. Our software offerings are designed to minimise workload, streamline process flows and provide effective oversight.

We pride ourselves on

Customer Service


Attention to Detail

Our Team

With decades of experience in the aviation industry, our team understand that your requirements are not quite like anyone else’s.  Our experience in many facets of the aviation industry allows us to tailor solutions for your specific use-case.

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 promote 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.

Ilette Pienaar
Application Support Analyst

Ilette began her career in the aviation industry in 2006 when she obtained her SACAA CPL (A). She has worked in a variety of organisations with experience in training, operations, safety, and quality roles.

Ilette joined Cairn Aviation in March 2021 as an Application Support Analyst. She has a keen interest in data and database management which, together with her managerial experience, makes her a great fit for this appointment. Ilette is responsible for the implementation, training, support, and optimisation of Cairn's offerings throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Nikki Engelbrecht
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.


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