OUR TEAM

Who we are

Our talented team of engineers is behind everything we do at ASTRA Aerospace Design and Engineering. Our team consists of a mixture of young engineers, technicians and technical staff led by experienced senior professional engineers. The team has many decades of industrial and research expertise. We take pride in our technological culture, which enables us to achieve great things together every day. Whether we’re undertaking new projects or working in new sectors, we adhere to the highest industry and environmental standards.

CHRISTO EBERSOHN

Chief Executive Officer
Director, Founder

Founder and CEO of ASTRA - a former SA Air Force combat and instructor pilot who studied mechanical engineering and later followed a career as an entrepreneur in manufacturing and CEO of a number of aviation companies ranging from a listed airline to a super large international flight training academy. 

The company’s  founder Christo Ebersöhn is a retired ex-military fighter pilot instructor from the Airforce. Christo specialised in Ab-Initio flying training as well as advanced combat pilot training of wingmen and flight leaders. He studied engineering while in the military and have done numerous military and civilian projects involving prototype development for flight testing and certification. The disciplined and very pragmatic processes of complete flight vehicle systems engineering requires many years of team development and refinement. Over the past ten years we have developed an operational team of engineers and designers who have a combined experience of high-technology product development exceeding 600 years. 

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PIET BUYS

AME
Production Engineer

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TOMAS PRISTACH

Quality & Safety Certification Manager

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WILLIAM HADDAD

Head of Independent Monitoring

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Dr. CORRIE UNGERER

Chief Systems

Engineer

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MARTIN MARSHALL

Aero Structural

Engineer

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HANRI POTGIETER

Airworthiness

Engineer

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FRANS JOOSTE

Industrial Process

Engineer

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RIA AUGUSTYN

Configuration

Manager

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ZELDA FEKKEN

Administrator
Reception

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ARNOUX EBERSOHN

Program Planner,
Finance, IT

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LANZ EBERSOHN

Designer

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JOHANN DE WET

Mechanical Design Engineer

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THINUS ERWEE

Materials & Procurement

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PIETER OOSTHUIZEN

Mechanical Design Engineer

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WIMPIE OLIVIER

Structural Design

Engineer

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RUDI BUIRSKI

Avionics & Simulator System Engineer

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JAMES O'CONNELL

Experimental Class 1 Test Pilot

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BARRY ZAAYMAN

Test Flight Engineer

MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERING HEROES

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FRIKKIE BOLTMAN

Industrial Engineer in training