Mr Gawie Bestbier

Executive: Aviation Infrastructure at the South African Civil Aviation Authority, responsible for Airports, Airspace, CNS, Procedure Design and Cartography and AIS.

  • Has a degree in Electronic Engineering Degree, obtained from the University of Stellenbosch in 1988.
  • Have been with the SA Department of Transport since 1989 with experience as Avionics Instructor in the SA Air Force. Was responsible engineer for Radar and Display systems in the Department of Transport and became the Chief Engineer responsible for Ground Navaids. Worked with a small team to set up the SA CAA since 1996 and joined the SACAA at inception in 1998 as Project Manager responsible for airport safety oversight and progressed to current position as Executive responsible for Aviation Infrastructure since 2007. Under his leadership all policies, procedures and regulations was developed to enable the CAA to function as a regulator of airports and all commercial airports was licensed in accordance with Annex 14 requirements.
  • He has obtained a wealth of additional experience by also acting in various diverse positions in the SACAA including as the Executive responsible for Air Safety Operations as well as Accident Investigations.