AFRICA’S LEADING GENERAL AVIATION COMPANY
National Airways Corporation (NAC) is the largest general aviation company in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world.
NAC offers a full range of aviation products and services to the aircraft and helicopter markets, including new and pre-owned sales, maintenance, parts, charter, international operations, air ambulance services, aircraft leasing and pilot, technical and ATC training.
Established in 1946, NAC’s strength lies in the relationships it has built over seven decades with both clients and suppliers. These robust partnerships enable NAC’s experienced and professional staff to provide market leading, cost effective solutions customised to our clients specific requirements.
NAC is an ISO 9001:2015 accredited company and is the world’s first Flight Safety Foundation BARS Gold Standard operator.
NAC is based at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg and operates a South African network of offices at Grand Central and Rand Airports in Johannesburg, Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Virginia Airport in Durban and Port Alfred Airport in the Eastern Cape.
Our international operations business has offices in Johannesburg and Malta and our asset ownership and leasing businesses, Awesome Flight Logistics and Awesome Asset Securities are based in Johannesburg and Perth. Specialized Aircraft Services is in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
NAC’s businesses and divisions work in close co-operation and are all supported by central finance, human capital and IT services.
On a combined basis, the NAC group operates more than 150 aircraft.
NAC is recognized as one of the most professional and experienced aircraft sales organisations in the world.
We are authorised representatives and distributors for Piper Aircraft, Quest Kodiak, Daher and Eclipse Aerospace. Our relationship with Dassault allows us to sell its technologically superior Falcon jets to selected prospects across the African continent.
Our pre-owned aircraft sales business focusses on stocking and finding the best pre-owned aircraft to meet our clients precise and exacting needs. We have resale agreements with several sales organisations around the world, giving us a continuous source of the finest aircraft available. NAC is the leading global specialist in Beech 1900 sales, having transacted on over 270 of these exceptional aircraft.
Our highly competent aircraft sales team works with clients across the globe, offering the best new and pre-owned products in the industry. This team has over 200 years of experience, bearing testimony to their commitment, passion and integrity.
NAC Parts Division
The NAC Parts Division offers a wide spectrum of products and services to the general aviation community from outlets at Lanseria and Rand Airports in Johannesburg, as well as Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. Our extensive inventories are distributed from various warehouses and through Specialized Aircraft Services in the USA. This division distributes parts for many leading OEMs and manufacturers, including Goodyear, Lycoming, Rapco, David Clark, Rocol/LPS and Champion.
Specialized Aircraft Services
Specialized Aircraft Services, NAC’s wholly owned US subsidiary, is located at the heart of the aircraft industry in Wichita, Kansas, and manages the sales administration, registration and export of all aircraft sourced or sold in the USA for NAC and its clients. Parts sourcing and sales are also a key component of the suite of services.
NAC’s Helicopter Sales division is the independent representative for Bell Helicopters in 13 African countries and a dealer for Robinson Helicopters. We also offer a wide range of pre-owned helicopters and have been the leading helicopter sales company on the African continent for decades.
Helicopter Pilot Training
NAC’s helicopter pilot training is conducted at Rand and Grand Central Airports. The school has extensive experience in training from ab-initio to advanced commercial qualifications and our graduates have gone on to become captains with helicopter operators across Africa and the world. Our programmes include Instrument Rating, Instructors Rating, Conversion Training, Game Capture and Cull Ratings, External Load Rating, and all types of advanced pilot training.
NAC Helicopters Cape Town
Based at the V&A Waterfront, NAC Helicopters Cape Town is the market leader in coastal sightseeing tours. Our team offers personal, tailor-made helicopter charters for tourists, aviation enthusiasts and business executives, departing from either the iconic V&A Waterfront, Cape Town International Airport or other bespoke areas. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular wonders of the fairest Cape in a safe and professional environment.
Helicopter Operations and Charter
The helicopter operations division is based at Grand Central Airport in Midrand. NAC operates an extensive fleet of executive helicopters for corporate and other VIP charters.
Charters can be arranged to VIP and corporate venues, game lodges or out-of-reach destinations. If you are not sure where to go, NAC’s expert Helicopter Operations team can make some excellent recommendations.
NAC provides specialist assistance in applications such as fire-fighting, construction hoisting and cargo slinging. Our pilots have significant slinging and lifting experience in both the military and civilian sectors and our Helicopter Operations division has the equipment needed for a variety of slinging operations.
Our crews also offer extensive expertise in game capture and counting, high value cargo delivery, geological surveys and mine and powerline inspections.
The photographic and film production sector need look no further than NAC. We have worked with the industry’s top professionals for many years and can assist with the hiring of equipment designed for specific use on helicopters.
Aero-medical emergency services can mean the difference between life and death. NAC operates several helicopters equipped with state-of-the-art EMS equipment that can be hired for patient transport or as standby for sporting and other events.
On the security front, NAC works exclusively for Netstar, the premier vehicle tracking specialist that uses helicopters to track and recover stolen vehicles.
NAC’s helicopter maintenance facility at Rand Airport undertakes complete factory authorised maintenance and overhaul services for Bell and Robinson helicopters. This is the only Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility in Sub Saharan Africa and the only Rolls Royce Model 250 engine Authorised Maintenance Centre in Africa, positioning NAC to provide a full range of world class overhaul, repair and maintenance services with parts support, at competitive prices.
NAC has an exclusive supply agreement for Lord Corporation’s range of helicopter Elastomeric products and distributes the Aeronautical Accessories range of products.
NAC’s technical training facility at Rand Airport offers a first year theoretical and practical syllabus for the Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic trade, demonstrating the group’s dedication to the aviation industry and to the development of essential skills in South Africa. On successful completion of the first year’s basic training, students must complete a further 18 months to two years of on-the-job training in line with requirements from both TETA and the SACAA.
NAC is a highly versatile aviation services company providing tailored solutions to our clients. We specialise in global special mission contracts, operating and managing numerous air support assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australasia and the Far East.
Our expertise encompasses away-from-base flight operations, aircraft maintenance, management and support services. We operate primarily in the NGO, oil and gas, defense, mining and resources, telecoms, power, regional airline and government sectors, specializing in hot and hostile regions.
We are able to satisfy operational and safety standards required in relation to clients’ needs, and we have the required expertise and experience to provide efficient, cost-effective operations in an ever-changing and challenging environment.
From its base at Lanseria International Airport, the executive Aircraft Charter business delivers bespoke air travel solutions in a private, discreet, personalised and safe environment. We pride ourselves on offering our guests one-stop VIP travel solutions tailored to their individual requirements with the utmost attention to detail.
NAC’s extensive modern aircraft fleet includes turboprop aircraft; light, mid-size, super-midsize and heavy corporate jets; as well as various airliners. Aircraft flight efficiency, flexibility and comfort are maximised, whether you charter for private or business travel.
Charters are provided for every eventuality from presidential, diplomatic and corporate jet charter flights, to incentive travel, lodge transfers and scenic flights.
Fixed Base Operation
NAC’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Lanseria International Airport (ICAO: FALA) offers clients a comprehensive suite of services on a 24/7 basis. We ensure that clients and crews enjoy the ultimate in service and attention, with highly experienced staff on hand to deal with special requests and individually tailored solutions. From hangarage, aircraft care and management to arrival, departure and beyond, all private or business travel needs are met with dedication and personalised care in our world class facilities. Enthusiasm, commitment and scrupulous attention to detail are assured at our state-of-the-art FBO
Aircraft Maintenance provides domestic and away-from-base maintenance for the company’s operational aircraft wherever they are deployed around the world. Our capabilities encompass full airframe, engine, electrical and avionics support including managing overhaul of engines, propellers, landing gear and auxiliary power units. NAC also provides maintenance planning services such as aircraft inspection scheduling, monthly maintenance status reporting and aircraft configuration management.
Our flight operations businesses are accredited by the South African CAA, the FAA, Shell, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Hart Aviation Services, the United Nations, the World Food Programme, BARS and the Wyvern Standard, amongst others.
Awesome Air Evac
As the premier African based air ambulance operator, Awesome Air Evac has completed thousands of air ambulance missions in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
With more than 30 000 flight hours of combined air ambulance experience, the team at Awesome Air Evac provides doctor-based, ICU, aircraft air ambulance services to the highest quality standards, including BARS Gold and ISO 9001: 2008.
The Awesome Air Evac fleet comprises dedicated Learjet air ambulances, complemented by turboprop options in some regions. The global operations are coordinated from its Lanseria-based 24/7 call centre.
Awesome Flight Logistics and Awesome Asset Securities are joint ventures with Awesome Aviation in the asset leasing and ownership business. Leasing is a popular preference, enabling the operation of aircraft without the financial burden of ownership and providing a profitable increase in capacity.
The value derived from leasing includes freeing up capital, flexibility as requirements change and mitigation of risk, all of which frequently result in the development of long-term partnerships with leasing clients. Our aircraft undergo comprehensive pre-delivery checks and are delivered fully compliant and ready to work.
Monthly lease payments commence upon delivery, with engine HSI and engine, propeller and landing gear overhauls covered via hourly provisions to avoid costly interventions for the operator. Our operators are placed in direct contact with our network of suppliers, OEM and factory support, ensuring cost-effective "at source" parts procurement.
43 Air School
43 Air School, wholly owned by NAC, is the largest pilot, ATC and technical training school in the southern hemisphere. Fully residential private, commercial and airline pilot, ATC and technical training is carried out at a dedicated airfield in Port Alfred on the south-east coast of South Africa.
At PTC in Port Elizabeth, advanced jet training is offered in state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320 simulators, thereby allowing students to enter the airline industry with appropriate qualifications and type ratings.
43 Advanced Training is located at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg, where experienced pilots may carry out concurrent training and type conversions on Embraer 120, King Air 200 and Beech 1900 simulators.
43 Air School holds Boeing accreditation and is an approved Piper Aircraft Sales Centre, offering sales, parts and maintenance support on Piper aircraft.
NAC is also a proud partner of the South African Air Force’s Silver Falcons aerobatic team.