meet the aircraft sales team
Our success is attributable to our ability to consistently meet customer needs and expectations with passion and experience across a range of disciplines from within and outside of the aviation industry.
Our Sales Team makeup and background:
Sizwe Buthelezi - Director - Sales and Marketing
Sizwe Buthelezi is the Sales & Marketing Director at Absolute Aviation
Born and raised in Gauteng, South Africa, Sizwe fostered a deep love for aviation throughout his early years. Multilingual with a grasp of five languages, Sizwe has travelled extensively and lived in various countries across the globe. This worldliness is not restricted to travel; Sizwe also expanded his horizons by building experience in multiple fields before coming home to the aviation industry.
After completing an internship at an energy organisation in the United Kingdom, Sizwe emigrated to Australia where he drove forward with his commercial pilot licence in 2012. Sizwe grew from strength to strength, forging a successful career in aviation. He has developed specialised knowledge in many areas of aviation, having gained experience from positions at South African airlines and training organisations as well as from roles in aircraft company business development and marketing.
Sizwe’s multi-dimensional background in the aircraft arena and proven ability to build networks combine beautifully with his worldly outlook, multilingualism and natural charisma, making him an extraordinary member of Absolute Aviation. He joined the Sales Executive team in 2021 and looks forward to new and exciting challenges.
Justin van Tonder - Director - Aircraft Sales
Justin van Tonder is the Aircraft Sales Director at Absolute Aviation
From the beginning, Justin had a connection with the sky and the outdoors. His interest and desire for adventure and aviation never waned as he completed schooling in Kwa-Zulu Natal and later, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Entrepreneurial Studies in Pretoria. With a strong educational background behind him and three character-building years as a business owner, Justin then turned towards his passion.
He completed his fixed-wing commercial pilot licence in 2018 and followed this up by gaining valuable flight experience at Wilderness Air Namibia up until 2020. Justin continues to demonstrate his passion for learning as he is currently finishing his fixed-wing instructor rating and aims to achieve his helicopter licence soon. Justin joined the Absolute Aviation Sales Executive team in 2021. Although a recent addition, he is already showing huge merit.
In 2000, Lisa moved into Aircraft Sales and this is where she discovered her calling. She realised her drive was fuelled by working with clients and skilfully guiding them to find aircraft solutions that meet their needs and price expectations. Client happiness and satisfaction is what gives Lisa her purpose. She provides extensive assistance from the beginning of the aircraft search, through to the key handover and aftersales support.
Lisa started with Absolute Aviation as an Aircraft Sales Executive in 2014. She takes huge pride in her reputation for repeat business with both local and international clients. Whether her clients want to upgrade their current aircraft or purchase another one, she embraces the opportunity to experience that second rush of excitement with them.
From two-seater light aircraft and piston engines to turboprops and corporate jets, Lisa walks the path of purchase alongside her clients. She displays a wide range of aviation knowledge, extending across Beechcraft, Piper, Jabiru, Mooney, and other big brands. That said, Lisa has an intense fondness for the Cessna range, which led to her renowned reputation as the Cessna Queen. A well-earned title considering how many of these she sells.
Her large database and network allow her to efficiently source stock for clients. She’s a go-to for aircraft sales and well known in the aviation industry.
After completing his schooling, it was only natural for Adam to enrol at 43 Air School. He obtained his commercial pilot licence and then immediately headed to Johannesburg to join the Aircraft Sales industry, where he has been ever since. Adam has been involved in numerous turboprop and jet sales both locally and internationally over the years. In 2020, Adam joined the Absolute Aviation Executive Sales team. He has become an invaluable asset to the team, contributing his experience, knowledge, and dedication to the company.
Deal Delivery and Facilitation:
The purchase or sale of an aircraft can be a daunting process to the unpractised given the bureaucracy and regulation involved in transferring title and making the aircraft serviceable with authorities. Consistent with our promise to make the transaction a pleasurable experience and to stay with you for the journey, quite unique to Absolute Aviation we have a Team of experts specifically tasked to oversee this process from start to delivery.
Our Deal Delivery and Facilitation Team are engaged in a sale from the point of establishing the sales contract. Their function includes the drafting of contract-related documentation in partnership with our in-house legal counsel, contract management, dealing with the logistics of aircraft deliveries, ferrying, or crating and shipping, overseeing the SARS import/exports as well as the SACAA aircraft registration and de-registration processes. In addition, the team has oversight of the parties tasked with carrying out the Import and Export Certificate of Airworthiness processes. Most importantly, from the point at which you make the decision to buy or sell, this Team is entirely dedicated to making the process the painless and hassle-free experience it should be.
We promise to be with you for the journey – we mean it.
Don’t just take our word for it…
“I must congratulate you on the way you assisted me in purchasing an aircraft. From deciding which aircraft to buy to connecting me with experienced pilots, including contracts and insurance. The whole process sounded complicated, but you assisted me without hesitation and made everything effortless. You understand that helping me find solutions is the way to “sell” me the aircraft.”
– Absolute Aircraft Sales Customer