Jacobus Francois Naude’
6 August 1961
ATPL/Grade I
South African Airways
Training Captain on Boeing 737-800

Born in Vanderbijl Park and grew up in Sasolburg in the Vaal Triangle.
Matriculated in 1979 at Hoërskool Vereeniging.
Joined the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1982.
Graduated with SAAF wings in July 1984 after completing pilots’ course on Harvard’s’ and Cessna 185’s.

Served as line pilot at 41 Squadron on Kudu aircraft for two years.
Worked for two years part time at Kentron (now Denel) as a flight evaluator on the Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) project, commonly known as “Drones”.
Flew RPV’s at 10 Squadron, Potchefstroom, for two years.
Completed jet conversion and tactical course on Impala’s in 1988.
Completed SAAF Instructors’ Course in 1989 on Harvard’s.
Serve as Instructor and Flight Commander at 83 Jet Flying School, Langebaanweg, on Impala aircraft till 1993 during which time I obtained a SAAF Category A1 Instructors Rating
Flew in the Number 2 position of the Silver Falcons formation aerobatic team between 1990 and 1993.
Served as Instructor at 41 Squadron on Cessna Caravan, Pilatus PC12, King Air 200 and 300 between 1993 and 1995.
Started career as Airline pilot with SAA in 1995.
Fly as First Officer and Pilot Instructor on Airbus A300, Boeing 737-200, 737-800 and 747- 400. Served as Inflight Relief pilot on Boeing 747 Classic.
Obtain Grade I instructors Rating in 1998.
Appointed as CAA Designated Flight Examiner in 1999.
Actively involved in Flight Instruction as Citizen Force Pilot in SAAF on Cessna Caravan, Pilatus PC12, King Air 200 and 300, Casa 212, Casa 235, Cessna Citation, Falcon 50, Falcon 900 and Boeing 737 BBJ between 1995 and 2013.
Actively involved as Flight Instructor and Testing Officer with Rossair, Fugro Airborne Surveys and several flight schools since 1997.
Appointed as Training Captain on Boeing 737-800 by SAA as from May 2004 till present.

Flying Experience
Grand Total:
Multi Engine:
Instructor rated on 225 types of aircraft.

23 100 hrs (Accident free) 15 500 hrs
8 800 hrs

I am a passionate aviator who made my career choice by the age of 5. I have been blessed with an exciting flying career and have met many wonderful people in aviation. There were several people whom acted as mentors and supporters throughout my aviation career and therefore I would like to make a difference in the life of other young people who look up into the sky, dreaming of having wings to fly!