Progress Flight Academy

Meet The Team

John English

CEO & Owner

With more than 60 years of experience, John is the CEO and owner of Progress.

John is rated on more than 50 types of aircraft and having ferried light aircraft around the world he has plenty of knowledge to share.

License Type: ATPL/IR (ME)

Industry Experience: More than 60 years

Favorite Aircraft: DaHavilland Dragon Rapide

Hennie Schoeman

Chief Flight Instructor (CFI)

Whilst flying Corporate Jets most of his life, Hennie retained his passion for General Aviation and Training future Aviators. After retiring from Corporate Flying and settling down Hennie decided to join our Team at Progress.

Hennie will be responsible for all your check flights and most of your advanced training.

License Type: ATPL/IR(ME)

Industry Experience: 37 years

Favorite Aircraft: Hawker 4000


Tom Moolenschot

Grade 2 Flight Instructor

Tom is a born and bred Progress Aviator. He completed his CPL in 2014 and since then have continued training towards his Instructor Rating and joined The Team. Tom works on a part time basis and will assist in training you from the initial stage of your training to advanced instrument training. License Type: CPL/IR(ME) Industry Experience: 10 years Favorite Aircraft: Harvard

Richard Tyson

Grade 3 Flight Instructor

Richard started at Progress on the Cadet Program and completed his CPL in 2020. Shortly afterwards he completed his Instructor Rating and joined The Team.

Besides being a dedicated Instructor. Richard is our Simulator Manager.

Richard will be guiding you through your initial and night rating training.

License Type: CPL/IR(SE)

Industry experience: 8 years

Favorite Aircraft: Pilatus PC12

Junaid Futloo

Grade 3 Flight Instructor

My passion for aviation started growing bigger and bigger during the 3 years I was working as Aircraft Maintenance Assistant in the Air Mauritius Hangars on the ATRs, A319s, A330s, A340s and the newest A350s. Every day, I would be in the front row to admire those big jets landing on Runway 14 in Mauritius, the hangars giving the best view over the threshold.

I followed the dream and came to Progress through the Air Mauritius Institute-Flying Academy and completed my CPL/IR-ME in October 2021 after approximately 18 months training excluding COVID times. Having gathered some technical experience in the hangars as well as flying experience during my training, it is with great pleasure that I am now giving groundschool lectures to new prospects since January 2023.

During this period, I completed the MCC (Multi-Crew Coorperation Certificate) at ComAir Ltd which is now Alt. Academy in Johannesburg and afterwards my Grade 3 Flight Instructor Rating here at Progress. I would like to share and transmit all my experience learning and training with some of the most dedicated, inspiring and skilled instructors.

I would recommend the Progress Standard to anyone wishing to start their training to become a Commercial/Airline Pilot.

License Type: CPL/IR-ME + MCC (Frozen ATPL)

Industry experience: 7 years

Favorite Aircraft: A350 & A380

Haashim Bhugalee

Ground Flight Instructor

Haashim did his CPL training at Progress and graduated in December 2022. He will soon be joining the flying team upon completion of his flight instructor training.

License Type: CPL/IR(ME)

Industry experience: 4 years

Favorite Aircraft: A320

Khaya Mabulu


Being one of 2 cadets, Khaya is like the workhouse of the team, always running around, up and down, but that’s not without the support of his team. He joined the Cadet team in July 2023, continuing his studies towards CPL.

License Type: PPL

Industry experience: 1.5 years

Favorite Aircraft: AG600 Kunlong

Wade Foster


Being one of 2 cadets Wade is the like the Oleos (legs) of the aircraft supporting the team in anyways he can. He joined the Cadet team in March 2023 while continuing his studies towards CPL.

License Type: SPLIC

Industry experience: 3 years

Favorite Aircraft: Cessna 208

Leriska Heydenreich

Grade 2 Flight Instructor

Leriska is a go getter and a very dedicated instructor, she has experience in a variety of aircrafts.

Leriska will be responsible for all your check flights and most of your advanced training.

License Type: CPL/IR(ME)

Industry experience: 10 years

Favorite Aircraft: Boeing 777

Lauren Pienaar


Lauren is the glue that holds operations together. She started her PPL training in January 2022 and joined us as a Cadet in July.

She is a dedicated individual and always ready to assist you in Ops when needed.

License Type: SPL

Industry experience: 1 year

Favorite Aircraft: Van’s RV-7