About Us

BIRD Aviation is located at Vereeniging airport. The airport boasts multiple runways, fuel and night flying facilities. Additionally the addition of an Aerobatic Box at the field enables us to do aerobatic training at the airport.

Our close proximity to the general flying area and navigational aids means minimal time wasted getting to and from training areas and as a result the maximum time can be spent on teaching the lesson at hand.

Vereeniging is situated in Gauteng South Africa. The area is known for good flying weather for a large part of the year which is a stark contrast to many coastal airports that lose a lot of training time owing to poor weather.

With an on airport maintenance organisation, downtime due to aircraft servicability problems is minimised. 


Bird Aviation has a team of highly experienced Grade II flight instructors. Our instructors are hand picked to ensure the best quality training available.

Chief flight instructor and owner:

Derek Bird

Airline transport pilot licence

Radio examiner

Aerobatic instructor

over 4000 instruction hours

Class 2 Test pilot

Gerhard Burger Grade II

Commercial pilot licence


Ahmed Elnakib Grade II

Commercial pilot licence, Multi engine instructor


Keuler Breed Grade III

Commercial pilot licence