Pilots

PAST AND PRESENT PILOTS
Pilots in red have passed away

This page is dedicated to the late Don Ussher who died in an aircraft accident during a fire fighting operation on the 30th August 2008 in the Inland Area.

1995

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Bobby Tasker(finest fire fighting machine in the world) and Mike Dewar(Rocky)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(Nyosi - Bee)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Brian Masters(Thebe - Beard)

Spotter - Terry Lincoln(Flange magnet)

Maputaland

Bomber - Leon Leufenink(Live and drink)

Spotter - Brian Larkin(Lover boy)

1996

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Bobby Tasker(finest fire fighting machine in the world) and Kelvin Cameron(Kelvie)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(Nyosi - Bee)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Brian Masters(Thebe - Beard)

Spotter - Terry Lincoln(Flange magnet)

Maputaland

Bomber - Leon Leufenink(Live and drink)

Spotter - Brian Plumpton(I want to fly big planes!)

1997

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Ivan Rautenbach(69) and Kelvin Cameron(Kelvie)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(Nyosi - Bee)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Nick de la Rouviere(up the river)

Spotter - Doug Gous -Tragically died in a non fire related aircraft crash on the last day of fire season

Maputaland

Bomber - Leon Leufenink(Live and drink)

Spotter -(Spikes)

1998

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Bobby Tasker (finest fire fighting machine in the world) and Jan Human(John Peoples)

Spotter - Telo Steyn(put the wind to your back...)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Nick de la Rouviere(up the river)

Spotter - Warren Waldeck(gloves)

Maputaland

Bomber - Leon Leufenink(Live and drink)

Spotter - Vaun Todd(squatter 1)

1999

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Bobby Tasker,  Deon Verwey, and Francois Olivier ( Francois tragically died in a non fire related aircraft accident the following year)

Spotter - Vaun Todd(Spud Muffin)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Nick de la Rouviere(up the river)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(ndlebe ndlovo - ears of an elephant)

Maputaland

Bomber - Leon Leufenink(Live and drink)

Spotter - Mark Rothwell(can I go home now?)

2000

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Bobby Tasker(finest fire fighting machine in the world) and Ben Kruger(Boots)

Spotter - Vaun Todd(Spud Muffin)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Nick de la Rouviere(up the river)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(ndlebe ndlovo - ears of an elephant)

Maputaland

Bomber - Ivan Rautenbach(69 - Tubby)

Spotter - Greg Howard(Sir Howard)

2001

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Fanie Van Loggerenburg(Fok Fanie) and Ben Kruger(Boots)

Spotter - Vaun Todd(Spud Muffin)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Peter Crouch(Captain Crouch)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(ndlebe ndlovo - ears of an elephant)

Maputaland

Bomber - Ivan Rautenbach(69)

Spotter - Justin Rautenbach(96)(Evil Father and Son team!)

2002

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Bobby Tasker(finest fire fighting machine in the world)and Peter Crouch(Captain Grouch)

Spotter - Stefan Veldman(oh shit)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - James Hopwood(Hoppie) and Mitch Spall(Mitchly)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(ndlebe ndlovo - ears of an elephant)

Maputaland

Bomber - Toby Dunn(baby face)

Spotter - Greg Sutton(have you got internet?)

2003

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Rob Taylor(Dad)and Hylton Taylor(Lighty)Father and son team

Spotter - Etienne Gerber(Obi Gonobi)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - Martin du Plooy(Boere seun) and Nick de la Rouviere(up the river)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(ndlebe ndlovo - ears of an elephant)

Maputaland

Spotter - Stephanus Bouwer(spotter only)

2004

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Jan Human, Ashley Robertson, Ivan Rautenbach, Brent Hanson, Nick de la Rouviere, Kyle Forrester (Phew!!!)

Spotter - Liam Durham, Shaun Richardson, Etienne Gerber, Ludi Heystek(Spotter Sputnik)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - Martin du Plooy,Nick de la Rouviere,  Kelvin Cameron (Kelvin sadly died after a long battle with cancer in 2006)

Spotter - Etienne Gerber(Obi Gonobi)

Maputaland

Spotter - Stephanus Bouwer(spotter only)

2005

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Martin du Plooy (Boere seun), Ivan Rautenbach (69) and Kyle Forester (give me that chicken and i will show you what to do with it!)

Spotter - Stephanus Bouwer(spotter only)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - Brian Masters (Gandalf the Grey)

Spotter - Tony Froneman (Where did that STOP sign come from?) and Trevor Wilson(Where did that bloody tie down go?)

Maputaland

Spotter - Wikus Strydon (Been there - done that)

2006

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Brian Masters(Gandolf the Grey), Kyle Forester(Lets go diving instead)

Spotter - Etienne Gerber(Obi Gonobi on honeymoon)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - Christo van Den Berg(stille water)

Chopper - Grant Morrison(Blue Boy)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(Pooh Boy)

2007

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Brian Masters(Gandolf the Grey), Kyle Forester(Lets go diving instead), Tony Pratt(This is a load of@#$@$%)

Spotter -Dale Grove (Gobbie)

Zululand Coastal

Chopper - Derek Pratt(lie - deny - demand proof!)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(Hey Girl)

2008

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Don Ussher(No problems mate) - Don tragically died in an aircraft accident on the way back to a fire on 30th August2008, Ashley Robertson(Ash...hope the tyre marks come off the floor!)

Spotter - Quinton Waddell(where did that gust of wind come from?)

Zululand Coastal

Bomber - James Hopwood(Sir James on holiday)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(who needs a helicopter?)

2009

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Jan Human(John Peoples on holiday), Telo Steyn(Wine, Woman, Song and Machines)

Spotter - Alexander Hammerschmidt(are you sure this is a flying job?)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers -Brian Masters(Gandolf the Grey on honeymoon), Mark Zank(Gobbie in a hot ship...playing chicken with the giraffe)

Spotter - Trevor Wilson(seriously...turn left at the giraffes and aim for the green roof...!)

2010

Zululand Inland

Bombers - Jan Human (John Peoples on recovery), Telo Steyn (toys rule)

Spotter - Justine Minne (arrivederci), Ivan Rautenbach (Ivan the Terrible Tamed)

Zululand Coastal

Bombers - Ashley Robertson(sheep farmer on tour / eating machine), Patrick Clough(Gobbie with toys), Juan Van Ginkel (Zulu in Zululand)

2011

Spotter - Rowan Hannoway

Bombers - Ashley Robertson, Hennie Viviers and Pattrick Clough

2012

Spotter - Simon Gower

Bombers - Ashley Robertson, Martin du Plooy and Pattrick Clough

2013

Spotter - Simon Gower

Bombers - Ashley Robertson and Pattrick Clough

2015 - April 2015 to October 2015

Spotter Pilot - Louis Hoffmann

Bomber 1 Pilot - Louis Hoffmann

Bomber 2 Pilots - Kyle Forrester(2 weeks) / Herman Bosman(2 months) / Vivian Sheaby(2 months) Ashley Robertson, Bobby Tasker, Jannie Greef, Patrick Clough and Russell Marratt

2015 - Extended Season November 2015

Spotter Pilot - Peter Lang / Louis Hoffmann

Bomber Pilots - Ashley Robertson, Bobby Tasker, Jannie Greef, Patrick Clough and Russell Marratt

2016 - April 2015 to October 2015

Spotter Pilot - Louis Hoffmann

Bomber 1 Pilot - Ashley Robertson

Bomber 2 Pilots - Vivian Sheaby(2 months) / Ralph Barratt(2 months)

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Tel. 035 580 4220
Tel. 035 580 4713
Fax. 086 624 4021
Fire Protection Officer 
Cell. 082 821 7779
zfpa@kwn.co.za

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