Flight Safety Africa
Delideck Certification Africa

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Colin Weir (CEO)

Colin, the CEO and owner of Flight Safety Pty Ltd/Flight Safety Helideck Certification Pty Ltd & Flight Safety Training (Australian based companies), has 50 years experience in the aviation industry, including serving as a military pilot for the South African Air force and Military intelligence for 16 years.


His involvement in civilian corporate flying spanned 30 years. For the final ten years he was employed by the Anglo Alpha group of Companies. Colin was owner and Chief Pilot of a corporate charter company for seven years and has logged 7300 hours on 35 different aircraft types

This flying background enabled Colin to set up a successful aviation consultancy business, involving a broad spectrum of aviation work and the production of 250 Flight Operations and related manuals.

Projects included many successful Air Service Licencing Council AOC licence applications, including SAA Historic Flight and the application and granting of the AOC for a proposed second National carrier airline in South Africa.

He was appointed as the Director of Regulatory Compliance, and served on the Board.

Colin has been involved in flight safety auditing/accident investigation and aviation training for the past 20 years. He was approved as an auditor for the Billiton Group and later became the designated BHP Billiton aviation adviser based in Melbourne. He was a member of the Ansett Airlines' specialised Regulatory Compliance and Auditing Department prior to starting the Flight Safety Pty Ltd group of companies.

Colin's expertise in offshore operations extend into onshore Helicopter Landing Site (HLS) design and development and FSHC has designed the leading onshore HLS sites in Australia. 

Colin is a certified International ISO Lead Auditor. His expertise has now been carried over into the African environment with the formation of Helideck Certification-Africa.

Wendy Richards (Managing Director)

Starting her career in the Fine Arts industry, Wendy then completed a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership and spent many years in the hi-tech development and manufacturing sector, being nominated as Business Woman of the Year and winning numerous awards, including several SABS awards, Technology Top 100 and President’s Export Award.


The combination of a creative background with business management and the technology industries provides her with all the skills required to administer the company and promote Helideck Certification-Africa to ensure that all customers, legal entities and relevant bodies perceive HC-A in the positive light it deserves and recognise the important role it has to play in the aviation industry.

Andre Kok (Operations Manager)

Andre joined the South African Airforce (SAAF) in 1968, directly after school. He qualified as a SAAF pilot and flew both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, initially as a permanent force member, but later also as a civilian force pilot. In 1979 he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree, specialising in Aeronautical Engineering, from WITS. In the same year he started working at the Atlas Aircraft Corporation (Denel Aviation) as a development engineer.


With the expansion of the South African aviation industry, Andre joined Armscor in 1984 where he was program manager on various major aircraft acquisition programs for the SAAF. His responsibilities included contracting and oversight of development, manufacturing and delivery, implementation and support within strict financial constraints of both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft systems. Flight Safety and Total Quality were imperatives to be achieved and maintained on these programs. During this period he developed a keen understanding of the environmental requirements for safe aircraft operations.

In 2009 he joined BAE Systems where he worked as Program Manager on military projects.

Andre is a qualified International ISO9001 Lead Auditor.

He has considerable experience in helideck inspection and certification and consequent report writing and follow-up, working both in Australia, working with Flight Safety Helideck Certification, and in South Africa.


Buks qualified as a pilot in the South African Air Force (SAAF) during 1969 and had the opportunity to fly both fixed wing fighter aircraft as well as helicopters. He was awarded a military sponsorship enabling him to graduate with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosh in 1982.


After pursuing his career in the SAAF further in an engineering capacity at the Test Flight Centre and later as Project Manager for a cardinal helicopter acquisition, he resigned from the Air Force in 1986 and joined the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR).

Buks was initially appointed in ARMSCOR as Project Manager for a number of acquisition projects (fixed wing as well as helicopters). His responsibilities were expanded during 1989 when he was appointed Divisional Manager for all fixed wing projects and soon after that as Senior Manager Aircraft, responsible for both fixed wing aircraft as well as helicopter acquisition programs. Overall co-ordination and oversight with respect to the acquisition of SAAF Gripen and Hawk fighters as well as the Agusta helicopter fleet formed part of his management portfolio from 1998 until 2003.

Buks is a qualified International ISO9001 Lead Auditor.