Sunrise Aviation, a Nelspruit based company, was established in 1997 by Mike Pingo, providing a service for all helicopter operations in the

Lowveld, Northern Province and Mozambique. Mike has been involved in the Helicopter Charter Industry in South Africa since 1984 and

locally in the Mpumalanga area since 1987.


The South African Civil Aviation Authority, has authorised Sunrise Aviation to operate in accordance with the approved provisions as set out

by the “Air Services Licensing Act” (Operating Certificate No: N555D / G556D).


The helicopters used by Sunrise Aviation are maintained and operated in accordance with the detailed Air Worthiness Code as dictated by

the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

Mike has already clocked over 14000 hrs accident free flying hours in helicopters ranging from piston 2 seaters to twin engine Mil 8’s

(Commercial Pilot License: CR16608). He is experienced and certified in the following specialised areas:


  • Under-Sling / Winching Operations,
  • Game / Livestock Cull Rating,
  • Night Flight


This experience was gained both in the Military and Civil Aviation fields. He is however most experienced with Bell 206 Jetranger and

Longrangers (known as the safest mode of air transport in the world). Sunrise Aviation operates a Bell 206B and has access to other

helicopters as well.


The area of operations of the Company is not only restricted to South Africa, but includes neighbouring states. Operations outside the

borders of South Africa, as far as the Central Africa Republic, have been successfully undertaken.

Sunrise Aviation provides a personalised service to its clients in all the avenues of its flying, be it:

  • Tourist Sightseeing
  • Corporate Charter Flights
  • Game Census
  • Specialised Aerial Photography

Sunrise Aviation is BEE compliant as a level four contributor.



Sunrise Aviation is proud to present the names of some of its satisfied clients. You are welcome to contact them should you require a reference

as to the service received.


:: Going Africa : Ethne Cameron : (013) 751 1638

:: Range and Forage Institute  - Dr Mike Peel – 082 446 2735

:: Klasserie Pvt Nature Reserve - Colin Rowles - 015 793 3051

:: Balule Nature Reserve - Mario Cesare - 015 769 6671

:: International  Conservation Services - Marc Stalmans - 082 561 4598