Hein Cronje has a long history of achievement in aviation maintenance and management and was appointed as the Acting General Manager of Wilderness Air Namibia in August 2017. His first involvement with aircraft took place in 1994 when he began his apprenticeship with South African state-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel.
Having qualified as an Aircraft Engineer in June 1996, Hein went on to have a long and distinguished career with both the South African Airforce and the national carrier, in South African Airways Technical. “My focus has always been on the technical side of aviation, with a strong interest in general management. This new role with Wilderness Air Namibia is the ideal opportunity for me to pursue my passion for both of these aspects of the flying business, and I’m excited to be a member of the Wilderness Air team”, commented Hein.
Hein moved to Namibia in 2007, and joined Wilderness Air Namibia in October 2014 when he was appointed as Person Responsible Aircraft – that is, as the manager with overall responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft. More recently, Hein has filled the role of Accountable Manager for Wilderness Air Namibia. During this time, he has developed a comprehensive knowledge of Wilderness Air Namibia’s flying business and is well known to the local flying fraternity, as well as to the regulatory bodies in Namibia. With his experience in aviation and passion for Wilderness Safaris’ commitment to its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation, the Wilderness Air Namibia team is confident that Hein is well placed to drive the business forwards.