FlyKaroo is the product of Marco Van Jaarsveld’s passion for both flying and the Karoo. What started as a dream of Marco’s, is now a pioneering business with a professional and experienced aviation team on standby to show you the Karoo as you’ve never seen it before.
With its powerful engine and lightweight body, our Robinson R66, Rolls Royce turbine engine helicopter, is both safe and comfortable – offering up to 4 passengers an unforgettable Karoo experience. Safety is our priority. Both our aircraft and crew comply to all rules and regulations as set by the CAA.
Our Tourism Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the South African National Parks, allows us to fly over the Camdeboo National Park at reduced altitudes because a percentage of every scenic flight ticket sold is donated to the park.
Franscois Fitzgerald is a qualified Electronic Engineer whose passion for flying helicopters began as a hobby in 2003 and became a career when he started flying commercially in 2012. Holding both fixed-wing and rotor-wing IF-rated commercial licenses has over 2500 hours of flying experience of which 2000 hours were earned on Robinson helicopters. Today, Franscois is an advanced flight instructor and charter pilot with extensive experience in security and anti-poaching missions.
OUR AIR SAFETY OFFICER
John Cole holds a commercial helicopter license with Night and Class II Test Pilot Rating. He has considerable experience across numerous facts in aviation operations throughout the world including Airport Management, AOC Post holder, Air Traffic Control, Flight Operations, Aircraft Technical and Safety and Quality Management
Though John is passionate about “whirlybirds”, his core focus is safety and ensuring that we comply with all rules and regulations of the Civil Aviation Authority.
OUR FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Annarie Fitzgerald has almost 20yrs experience in marketing and has managed the development of numerous brands nationwide. Her experience includes direct selling, editorials and project management. Annarie is dedicated to giving Fly Karoo customers world-class service.