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Willie Cruickshank is the Race Series Director of the World Championship Air Race. Formerly Red Bull Air Race, the new WCAR series gets underway next year. Willie and his core team have been hard at work over the past 18 months, setting up and making arrangements to bring Air Racing back where it belongs, in the skies! Willie spent 3 decades servin…
 
Heybrech van Niekerk was the first lady to represent the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team, the national display team of the South African Air Force. She was selected to fly in the number 2 position in 2011 and later moved to the number 4 position. During her time, Heybrech has completed 75 public airshows. The Silver Falcons selected Heybrech, celebra…
 
The Springbok Nude Girls are arguably South Africa's best rock band. They burst onto the scene in the mid 1990's with and energy and sound never before seen in SA. They have influenced other great South African bands such as the Parlotones and Fokofpolisiekar. Springbok Nude Girls frontman Arno Carstens and guitarist Theo Crous, join me live on Thu…
 
Richard is a world-class athlete, global speaker and author. He has survived brain cancer on three occasions and continues to fight on, compete and inspire others. We will be talking about resilience, in a time when we all need to up our game. Richard's story will inspire you to get back up, after the year of 2020's setbacks! Watch this interview o…
 
Mandy Hickson. She was only the second woman to fly a Tornado GR4 on the front line, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq. She became the Squadron’s Combat Survival and Rescue Officer, working closely with the US, instructing Squadron members on Escape and Evasion tactics. Throughout her time, Mandy was the only female aircrew a…
 
Freek has been a pilot for more than 2 decades. He has recently left South African Airways and I thought this would be an open and honest conversation, about the emotions wrapped up in this life change. Freek has also had a major medical issue. He was grounded for the better part of a year, had major cranial surgery and got back to full aviation he…
 
Owner of Madiba Bay School of Flight, Gerry is an interesting guest, with a rich background. We will be talking about training, learning, challenging the norms and getting a start in life. Watch this interview on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI_deTIBkV0 Get in touch with Alex to improve the performance of your team: alex@alexmacphail.co…
 
Jeff Hoffman is the chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Jeff is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award-winning television show. In his career, he has been the founder of multipl…
 
Simanta is a Human Resources professional and an expert in Public Policy. His focus is on talent management, communication, branding and sustainability. Simanta shares his views publicly on various social platforms, thus gaining a significant voice on LinkedIn and Twitter. Employee engagement and Communication has been a world-wide focus for nearly…
 
What got my attention is when Mark posted about managing Springbok Nude Girls being not too dissimilar to managing Venture Capital. Already I felt I knew Mark. As the CEO of Neu Capital Africa, Mark runs an online platform which works with boutique corporate finance advisors to connect African companies to facilitate capital raising from $5m to $50…
 
Daniel Perry was the co-pilot on the Nationwide Flight 723, which departed Cape Town International and shortly after lift-off had the right hand engine separated from the aircraft. Engine failure after take off is a manoeuvre that is well versed and trained specifically for all airline pilots, twice per year. This however, was no ordinary engine fa…
 
Dr Bronwyn King (Order of Australia) is an oncologist who made the realisation that her pension fund was investing tobacco. While fighting cancer in the ward, she was financing tobacco with her pension fund. Tobacco Free Portfolios was born to change the fight and stop her pension fund from investing in tobacco. The Tobacco industry is big business…
 
Stewart Samkange is a wonderful man full of energy and great ideas! His mission is to make the working-world a better place, once HR Director at a time. Stewart was the first LinkedIn Live streamer from Africa. He has lived in many different countries, experienced different cultures and been a part of many large corporates. Stewart is a holds regul…
 
Successful entrepreneur and speaker passionate about doing better business, better. Juanita Vorster is a successful entrepreneur who also holds the designations of Certified Director (SA) and certified Ethics Officer. Because of this she is uniquely positioned to give practical guidance on how to do better business better in a world that keeps chan…
 
I am privileged to bring you Capt Dennis Dolan, former president of the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Association. This organisation is the global voice for airline pilots and represents more than 100 000 pilots in more than 100 countries, on matters primarily related to aviation safety. Dennis has had a distinguished career in the US…
 
My guest on this week has played 25 tests for the Springboks. He spent more than a decade playing professional rugby for Sharks, Lions, Cheetahs and Western Province. Throughout his career, AJ completed courses to upskill and get ready for a life of business after rugby. Within a few years of retirement, AJ suffered a major emotional setback. He to…
 
In this episode I am joined by a special guest and friend of mine, Buti Tsebe. He was the pilot I trained to become a Silver Falcon. It is customary to train your replacement in the team and Buti became the number 3 when I departed in 2008. Before being trained as number 3, Buti replaced me as the Ground Liaison Officer (GLO) for the Silver Falcons…
 
Mike and James flew around the world in 40 days! They did this in a Sling two-seater aircraft, which they built and was the prototype. They have flown to Oshkosh and now totalled two and a half times around the world, with crazy adventures in between. Mike Blyth, adventurer, aviator and founder of Sling Aircraft, having earned his wings on trikes, …
 
Juan Velarde is currently one of Spain’s top aviators. He has competed in the Red Bull Air Race series since 2014. He is also the Spanish National Aerobatic Champion and competed in the World Aerobatic Championships many times, earning several medals along the way. Juan is also Captain for Iberia Airlines, flying the Airbus A330 on international ro…
 
Doug Ryder is the Principal of NTT Pro Cycling, a UCI top flight professional cycling team that competes in all the top cycling events, including: Tour de France, Giro d'italia, Veulta a Espana. Doug was an Olympic cyclist and has worked in IT with Microsoft for many years. He founded and build up this team, to compete at the highest level, with gr…
 
Doug Ryder is the Principal of NTT Pro Cycling, a UCI top flight professional cycling team that competes in all the top cycling events, including: Tour de France, Giro d'italia, Veulta a Espana. Doug was an Olympic cyclist, competing with Lance Armstrong at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. He later won the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, training between a full t…
 
My Guest is Major General Des Barker, retired from the SA Air Force after 40+ years of service. His last posting was Chief of Air Staff Operations. Prior to Air Command, General Barker served as the Chief Test Pilot and later Officer Commanding for the Test Flight & Development Centre for 10 years. General Barker has been involved in Test flying fo…
 
My guest today is Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, a formidable player on the rugby field and a key part in the 2019 World Cup winning Springbok team. He is the most capped prop in South African history and the third most capped Springbok of all time. Originally from Zimbabwe, Tendai moved to South Africa with the goal of playing for the Springboks. It is…
 
David Southwood started flying military jets 40 years ago. He has been a test pilot for many decades. He has taught test pilots for many decades. He is one of those legends of aviation… the story goes: "if Dave Southwood can’t fly it, it can’t be flown!” I don’t think there is anything more to say. Get in touch with Alex to improve the performance …
 
My guest, Dr Adriana Marais is a Theoretical Physicist and Founder of Proudly Human, a project that is exploring resilient life, off earth. She is a Director at Foundation for Space Development and an astronaut candidate at Mars One. Adriana and her team are exploring the questions needed to be asked, should we live on a different planet. She has c…
 
My guest is a hard working, educated and community driven professional. Fatima Jakoet has been a professional airline pilot for 18 years. She is soon going to be celebrating 10 years since she started Sakhikmava Foundation, a non-profit organisation involved in aviation and skills development for the aerospace industry. This STEM based NGO identifi…
 
My guest today has a distinguished aviation career. He was an operational RAF Harrier pilot in Afghanistan. He joined the Red Arrows in 2006 and later became the Red 1, the Leader and one of the most prestigious flying positions in the world. After his RAF career, Ben joined The Blades aerobatic team, and later became the leader of the 4 ship team …
 
Gary Kirsten is one of the greatest batsmen South Africa has ever produced. He was the first cricketer to play 100 tests and scored 21 test centuries, with a high score of 275. He played 185 ODI, achieved 13 centuries and held the record for highest ODI score of 188 not out. As a batsman he had the ability to concentrate for long periods. He was on…
 
My guest today has been providing your virtual game drive experience during Lockdown, all around the globe. Graham Wallington first started providing online LIVE safaris more than two decades ago. The technology today has made the job a little easier for the team at WildEarth, but the lessons learned over 20+ years of production, has made all the d…
 
My guest has a great story to tell. He set himself a goal of flying in the Red Bull Air Race series. Then he threw himself headfirst and worked until he got there. Dario Costa know how to set a goal and work like crazy until you reach it. He also knows that in flying, as in life, things don’t just come easy. He is a part of the Flying Bulls and is …
 
In this episode, I have the privilege of chatting with the most famous and accomplished pilot in South Africa, Captain Scully Levin. Scully has been the Leader of his aerobatic team for more than 3 decades, he has had an airline career of more than 4 decades and has been flying for more than 5 decades! He was recently awarded Master Air Pilot, only…
 
Charl Schwartzel is the 2011 US Masters Champion. He is also a fixed wing and helicopter pilot, licensed both in South Africa and in the United States. Our conversation will be about the discipline and preparation required to maintain focus, not only on the golf course, but in the cockpit. Are there commonalities with handling a Bell 407 or Cessna …
 
On this episode I am joined by Springbok number 636, the formidable Centre - André Snyman. André played 38 tests for the Springboks and scored 10 tries. He has a very high win percentage throughout his Bok career, averaging 68%. He was a Springbok during that record equally run of 17 unbeaten tests in a row. During his first three years with the Bo…
 
Annabel Vundla was President Nelson Mandela’s pilot. She was also the first black female pilot and flying instructor in the Air Force. But more than that, she is a good friend of mine. We learned to fly together, she earned her wings before she could drive a car. After a distinguished career flying for the 21 Squadron, the VIP Transport squadron of…
 
John Vlismas is one of South Africa’s most prolific international comics. He recently retired as a professional comedian after a successful 25 year career. He now uses his creativity at Henley Business School in marketing designing course work and lecturing to innovative leaders. John won SA Stand Up comedian of the year in 2007 and was a finalist …
 
Captain Brad Bennetts is a specialist instructor at South African Airways. With his aerobatics and airshow experience, Brad was selected to head up the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training program nearly a decade ago. He attended Advanced training in Arizona, with Aviation Performance Solutions, together with 2 other South African Airways pilots.…
 
I’m joined by Kevin Ellis, a current freelance helicopter pilot flying Medevac operations in Kenya. In August 2014 while on a Medevac contract in Somalia, he went swimming at the beach in Mogadishu. After body surfing he made his way in and was bashed around by the incoming wave. He felt his leg bump a rock with a sharp pain on his right calf. Kevi…
 
My guest grew up on an Air Force Base, his father was the Officer Commanding of a Supersonic Jet Squadron. He started his flying training in the Royal Air Force, transitioned to the University Air Squadron then left to pursue other interests. He settled down again in his late twenties and qualified as a flying instructor. His love for aerobatics co…
 
My guest has achieved great success in aviation. He is a hard working, well respected individual that has managed to reach the top position in a few different organisations. Captain Colin Jordaan (FRAeS), a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, currently sits on the Board of Comair Pty (Ltd). Previously he was the Director of the SA Civil Aviat…
 
Have you ever wondered how Air Traffic Control works in a busy European airspace? My conversation with Tobias Arndt, an approach controller with Deutsche Flugsicherung, based in Munich, covered flying, sky diving, airspace control and mandatory stress leave. Upper airspace control feeds into the approach sector where he is positioned, to line the a…
 
In this episode I'm joined by André Coetzee, Chief Executive of Henley Air. He is not only a grade 1 Helicopter Instructor, with nearly 15000 hours on helicopters, André is also a Professional Mechanical Engineer and holds a PhD in Aviation Management. He is a reservist Lieutenant Colonel in SA Police Services Flying Squadron. André is also a membe…
 
I’m joined by Terry Pappas, Managing Director at Bat Hawk aircraft. He is a very interesting and well travelled gentleman. Bat Hawk have developed their own Light Sport Aircraft which has proved highly successful. They are sold all over the world and are particularly able as visual reconnaissance and game viewing aircraft. Bat Hawk and South Africa…
 
In this episode I’m joined by the Leader of the Silver Falcons, Major Sivu Tangana. Sivu was trained as a helicopter pilot, flying Agusta A109 and Denel Oryx helicopters before becoming a flying instructor. Sivu, originally from Grahamstown, has been stationed at many places, usually involving the ocean nearby. He has operated as the spare pilot, n…
 
You have seen his work. He brought you this great image. Now meet him in person. Today my guest is Justin De Reuck, one of the top air photographers in South Africa. He has been involved in photography since he was 12. For the past decade, Justin has been the go-to guy for all aerial photo shoots. We are going to discuss what it takes to create tha…
 
On this podcast I’m very excited to be interviewing someone I respect a great deal. My sister, Nicola, has accomplished some amazing feats. She is hard working, diligent, intelligent and easy to get along with. After earning her Honours in Business Science she embarked on a journey to Scotland working as an investment banker. She moved to London an…
 
I’m joined by Senior Training Captain Nigel Hopkins. Nigel is a World Champion in precision flying. He's is also National Champion 13 times over. He was Head of Training Airbus A320 at South African Airways. He was instrumental in forming Team Xtreme, the 4-ship formation aerobatic team that operates globally. Our conversation will cover topics inc…
 
In this episode my guest is Red Bull Air Race pilot, Patrick Davidson. Patrick grew up in Port Elizabeth in and around flying. His father Stewart is also a world-class pilot, and exposed Patrick to flying from a very young age. At 12 years old, Patrick won his first contest, flying with a safety pilot. He later competed solo on his 17th birthday. P…
 
The Patrouille de France is the oldest formation aerobatic team in the world! Today I am joined by Athos 1, the Leader of the Patrouille de France, Major Samuel Lanos. The Patrouille de France has a mesmerising show with 9 Alpha jets and coloured smoke, representing the National Flag. They are made up of highly experienced Fast Jet pilots, who have…
 
I am super excited to have my great friend and ‘big brother” on the show. Gideon Langeveld is one of those gems, who has impacted so many lives, through giving of himself. As a leader, an instructor, a colleague and a friend. He is a talented pilot, with a wealth of knowledge in Military, civilian, airline, instruction, airshow, filming and amphibi…
 
I have a wonderful gentleman on the show, Colonel (Ret) Cobus Toerien, a man who has recently retired from South African Airways after an illustrious 44 years in aviation. Cobus qualified as a fighter pilot on Aermacchi MB326 and served on the front lines. He later qualified as a Mirage F1 pilot and continued to serve his country. With more than 16…
 
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