our exceptional team

Meet The Team

Clarisse Coetzee

Clarisse Coetzee

CEO & Chief Flight Instructor

I was Born in Tzaneen and grew up in the small town Hartbeesfontein North West. Matriculated at Klerksdorp High School and studied Bsc Science at University of Pretoria. I then went to Aptrac Aviation in Port Elizabeth and completed my flight training in 2014.

I started working for and running Flight Schools in Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom and surrounding areas until I opened up Parys Flying Academy in 2017 and bought Apex Flight Academy in 2018 and Potch Flight Academy in 2019. I chose Aviation because I always had a passion for machines and how they operate, flying and aerodynamics is truly fascinating to me. Being a pilot fits my personality so I am lucky to have chosen this career. I fly 18 different aircraft including the King Air F90. Instruction is a way of life!

Vaughn Botha

Vaughn Botha

Flight Instructor

I was born and bred in Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape, where I’ve lived for most of my life. I went to Summerwood Primary school and Pearson High school. I always wanted to be a fighter pilot since I can remember, so I started my flight training at Algoa Flying Club in Grade 11 part-time. As I got older I still had the passion to fly aeroplanes and when I needed to make a career choice my dad suggested it and the rest is history. I started flying Cessna 152’s and 172’s, then started flying a Mooney and still do to this day needless to say I’m a Mooney fan boy. I fly a piper Cherokees and arrows for training which are awesome trainers in my opinion. I joined Bucephalus Air in September 2019

Frans Botha

Frans Botha

Safety & Quality Officer, Flight Instructor

Career: qualified as an aircraft instrument mechanical in 1971.

Flight training: started in 1979, commercial pilot’s licence obtained in 1992,
o various aircraft types ranging from Cessna 150, caravan 208b,
Beechcraft 36 , be 55, be 58, piper Cherokee as well as Seneca.

Joined the air force reserve in 1983 and currently holds the rank of major with the south African air force, with a total of 5200 military and civilian hours.

Currently acting as safety officer for apex air, and assists with ground school training. Instructor – grade ii obtained 21 June 2008. Special permission to remain active with the south African air force voluntary air squadron as a pilot. Designated examiner for general radio licence

Member of the south African air force association.

J P M Kasselman

J P M Kasselman (Kassie)

Flight Instructor

J P M Kasselman (Kassie) for short and as known to fellow aviators. My aviation career started in 1962 as pupil pilot selected as part of Course 1/62 Central Flying School Dunnotter. My first instructor was the one and famous Mannetjies Roux Springbok rugby player.

My SAAF career was as Pilot GD on Harvards and DC 3 and Impalas. I qualified as Instructor on Harvards and DC 3. In 1968 I did my commercial licence and Instructor rating and got involved in Civilian Flying. My first HP aircraft was the Beechcraft A60 more known as the Duke as Corporate pilot for at that time for Rondalia and Saambou Nasionaal, from Wonderboom airport and in 1978 for Senwes in Klerksdorp.

I studied through Unisa and completed my B Com in 1981. In 1981 I went to the USA and bought a King Air E90 for the company. This is how my Turbo Prop flying started. Just for interest sake. The Rand exchange rate was $1.33 for a Rand. The price the King Air E90 was R773 000. In 1988 I established Wes Transvaal Flying School, which I operated until 2009 when I sold it.

In between I also did a lot of Freelance flying on Beechcraft 90, 200 and Beechcraft 99 and 1900. I also flew various light twins. I am privilege to have 76 types on my File copy as Pilot and instructor and a total of 28 400 hours to date of wnich 16000 as Flight instruction.

During my aviation career I am fortunate with only one accidant on a Cessna 411 with a double failure of turbo charges during take off. I have an still is enjoying my aviation career. It is a privelege to be able to give back to fellow Aviators where ever it is possible.

I also wish to continue this PRIVILEGE to be part of Bucephalus. Once a pilot is LIFE, not always for the money but for the PRIVILEGE

Yone Strydom

Yonè Strydom

Marketing & HR

Donovan Jersich

Donovan Jersich


When I was 8 years old, I flew on board a Nationwide Airlines B737-200. I remember being fascinated by the flaps, spoilers and control surfaces on the wings, and the bucket reverse doors on the JT8D engines as they deployed on touch down. This is when my passion for aviation started!

Aviation is what I live for and the only thing I ever aspire to be part of! Someone told me once “it is sad to think nothing will make you as happy as flying does”.

I started at Bucephalus Air as a cadet doing administration work. It is a joy to work for a renowned institution, and my colloquies make every day even better! We’re not just a team at Bucephalus-air, but an Aviation family!

My advice to all is to chase your dreams because attainment is better than regret!

Dr Glynis Parker

Dr Glynis Parker

Language Proficiency

I joined this fabulous team in March 2019. I am here to help you with your English Language Proficiency Test and help you on your journey to becoming a qualified pilot!