Welcome to the Air Tractor® Dealership for Africa.

SINCE
1978

Accelerating aerial application in Africa.

IMPACT

Billions of dollars in beneficiary value generated through successful aerial application deployments

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Aircraft Sold in Africa

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Aircraft Sold Globally

MILLIONS

of lives changed for the better

Aerial Application, Enabling Nations, Communities & Individuals to prosper

Sales territory

Africa & the Middle East

OFFICES

Mauritius HQ – United Arab Emirates – South Africa – Ivory Coast – Ethiopia – Nigeria

SECTORS

Agriculture

Apply herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and growth regulators with speed and efficiency at scale

FIRE FIGHTING

Successfully Battle Wildfires with Agility and Precision on a Cost Effective Platform

VECTOR CONTROL

Versatile & Cost Effective Solution for Comprehensive Pest Management at Scale

MINING

Find Hidden Minerals with Advanced Exploration Technology Cost Effectively at Scale

Fuel Logistics Supply

Excellent Solution for Remote Long Range Fuel Supply to vital Areas in Desperate Need

Oil & Gas

Respond to Oil Spills with Speed and Responsibility keeping our Oceans Clean

Surveillance

Cutting edge pipeline, game and criminal surveillance technology, Fire detection (NVG option)

HOW we do IT for you

Leverage our 40+ years of experience to achieve your goals.

Unrivalled Sales & Support

In-depth product knowledge, dedicated post-sale support, and specialised services in aircraft imports, exports, and navigating aviation regulatory landscapes.

Parts Distribution

Expert support, rapid Africa deliveries, genuine Air Tractor® parts, with strategic locations.

World-Class Pilot & Engineering Placement & Training

Global Flight Safety® & SACAA Approved, FNPT II simulator programs, & expert-led pilot & PT-6 turbine & Air Tractor® airframe engineering courses.

Dependable Maintenance across Africa

Reliable Air Tractor® & Pratt & Whitney turbine maintenance, Africa-wide coverage, certified technicians, & prompt service—all under one roof.

Financial, Insurance, & Leasing Solutions

Custom financing, personalised insurance, flexible leasing, & expert financial guidance for your Air Tractor purchase.

Cutting-Edge Technology Integration

Seamless hardware & software integration, precision AG tools, Digital Aerial Application Management & expert support for optimised operations.

Largest Aerial Applicator Network and Conference on the continent

Africa's premier Air Tractor® network, a hub for industry thought leadership, exceptional networking, and access to cutting-edge trends and tech.

Successful Government Tenders

Proven success in multiple government tenders, a trusted partner for governments and regional bodies, and a team committed to delivering value.

Market Opportunity Insight per Country

Digital database, linking available aircraft resources with opportunities, facilitating strategic partnerships and guidance on local market conditions.

Visionary Leadership Team

Forward-thinking leadership, proven industry success, commitment to innovation, and an empowering culture—all in one organisation.

Flight Safety Solutions

Aircraft inspections & operational safety audits, with risk assessment, incident response plans, and regulatory compliance.

THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

A professional team of specialists helping you adopt and benefit from aerial application technology through a one-stop-shop approach.

Matt Kritzinger

Matt Kritzinger

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Kritzinger is the CEO of AG AVIATION GROUP Ltd and AG4 GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS (CY) Ltd, carrying forward a family history in agricultural aviation dating back to 1978. His leadership at AG Aviation Group has been instrumental in accelerating the adoption of aerial application in Africa, while his vision for AG4 Global Technology Solutions is reshaping the way in which humans, aircraft, and systems engage facilitating greater efficiency gains for customers. Matt's stewardship, together with his esteemed team, is highly respected in the industry, charting an impressive course of innovation, progress, and service excellence.

Graham Wells

Graham Wells

Chief Operating Officer

Graham Wells is a highly accomplished, results-driven executive with an exceptional 20-year track record in the aviation industry. With a solid foundation in both finance and business management, Graham brings a unique blend of expertise to his leadership position. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ag Aviation Africa LTD, Graham plays a pivotal role in the company's strategic planning, operational efficiency, and overall growth. Graham is known for his ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders, customers, and industry partners, and his extensive experience in the industry has provided him with a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges that the agricultural aviation sector faces.

Anthon Botha

Anthon Botha

Chief Strategic Officer

Dr Anthon Botha is a physicist, strategist, and future thinker. Anthon consults in the realms of science, engineering, technology, and innovation. He spends a lot of time imagining the future, creating images for his clients of what is to be. His approach is to make strategy practical, not by simplifying the world, but by finding means to think in very complex environments. He sees knowledge as the new currency and constantly seeks to understand how we will live, work, play, and transact in future

Ted Whitton

Ted Whitton

Chief Technical Officer

Edward Whitton is CTO and founder of AG4 GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS (CY) Ltd, and CEO of NOVADESIGN FZE, with over 40 years of Industrial and Safety related software and systems design experience. Developing and implementing systems ranging from Ruggedised PCs in Fire Engines and command and control systems in the UK, to Industrial strength Toyota parts e-commerce systems in Saudi Arabia. Edward has a proven track record of delivering innovative systems around the globe and is now focused on bringing innovation to AG by revolutionizing safety in the Aerial Application Industry.

Stephane Durandiere

Stephane Durandiere

West & North Africa Rep

Eshetu Astatkie

Eshetu Astatkie

East Africa Rep

Helga Amami

Helga Amami

HoD Finance

Helga Amami is the Financial Manager at AG AVIATION GROUP Ltd, with an impressive track record of over 12 years of accounting experience. Helga is a member of the South African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) and holds an affiliation with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to ongoing learning, Helga consistently enhances her skills to maximise efficacy, all while prioritizing integrity and upholding professionalism in every facet of her responsibilities. Collaborating closely with the AG Aviation team, her efforts are dedicated to realising the organisation's vision of expediting the adoption of aerial application throughout Africa.

Elsabe Carstens

Elsabe Carstens

HoD Sales & Training

Elsabé started her career in aviation 17 years ago. She found a true love and passion for the industry and worked in different sectors of aviation. Elsabé is a career-driven woman and is a perfectionist when it comes to her quality of work. With her bubbly personality and great sense of humour, she builds long-lasting relationships with the clients she works with. She joined Ag Aviation Africa in 2021 and assisted our COO with Sales Logistics and set up the Flight Academy.  Now she is the Office and Flight School Manager at our Cape Town base and shows great leadership qualities and creates a professional working environment.

Rhett Shillaw

Rhett Shillaw

HoD Spares

Rhett’s career includes an impressive track record of over 12 years of flying experience. Demonstrating his versatile skillset, Rhett is also a qualified Grade II flight instructor and possesses a degree in Finance from Stellenbosch University. His previous work experience includes a tenure as a Flight Instructor with Cirrus South Africa and roles as a seaplane pilot in both Australia and the Maldives. These diverse experiences have imbued him with a global perspective and a wealth of practical knowledge. Rhett currently heads up Ag Aviation Africa LTD’s spares and parts division, ensuring the timely delivery of yellow metal spares, building relationships with clients, and constantly working to meet and beat customers’ expectations. Rhett also supports Ag Aviation Flight Academy as a certified Air Tractor Ground Instructor. This multifaceted engagement exemplifies his dedication to the advancement of aviation education and his unwavering passion for the aviation industry at large.

Henry Nel

Henry Nel

HoD Maintenance

Henry currently holds the position of Operations Manager at Ag Aviation Africa LTD. With a strong foundation in the South African Air Force (SAAF), Henry commenced his journey as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer. His professional career spans over 22 years and encompasses a diverse range of roles, including positions as a Field Services Engineer, Chief Engineer, and of AME Inspector. Specializing in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Flight Engineering across both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, Henry's expertise is both comprehensive and versatile. Henry is passionate about knowledge sharing and training. He has successfully completed his instructor's rating, allowing him to pass on some of his knowledge and expertise through Ag Aviation’s Flight Academy.  Henry's dedication to fostering relationships, meeting customer requirements, and nurturing aspiring engineers underscores his passion for propelling the aviation industry forward.

Nicola de Jager

Nicola de Jager

HoD Human Capital Management

Nicola currently serves as the HR Manager at Ag Aviation Africa LTD. Nicola is a seasoned Recruitment and HR professional, with an extensive career spanning over 14 years, both in the UK and South Africa. Educated at the University of Cape Town, Nicola holds a degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations Management, as well as a Postgraduate degree in Marketing and Management. Throughout her diverse career, Nicola has effectively navigated a spectrum of industries, including Finance and Banking, Non-profit, academia, and most recently, the aviation sector. Her experience and skill set span full-cycle recruitment, employee engagement, performance management, compensation analysis, and strategic workforce planning. Nicola’s journey as an HR professional is a testament to her unwavering dedication to enriching workplaces, nurturing talent, and driving team success.

Charlie Marais

Charlie Marais

HoD Chief Flight Instructor

Charlie Marais is the Chief Flight Instructor at Ag Aviation Flight Academy. Charlie is a South African aviation legend with a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in aerial application. As an ex-military commander and test pilot, Charlie is one of the top instructors in South Africa with more than 6000 hours of instruction. In addition, he also holds the position of Grade I Designated Flight Examiner on both Fixed Wing Aircraft and Helicopters. Charlie also specializes in Aviation Safety Courses, providing training in Dangerous Goods, Crew Resource Management, Safety Management Systems, and Aircraft Investigation, amongst others. In his role as Chief Flight Instructor Charlie is now dedicated to sharing his experiences and lessons accumulated from a lifetime in aviation with every student, ultimately aiming to improve the quality and safety of Ag pilot training in the industry.

Kobus Hartman

Kobus Hartman

HoD Chemical Science

Valentin Villanueva

Valentin Villanueva

Chief Pilot/Flight Instructor

Estelle Jordaan

Estelle Jordaan

HoD Executive Administration

Presently, Estelle holds the position of Executive Assistant to Ag Aviation Group's CEO, Matt Kritzinger. With more than 20 years of experience in administrative and executive support roles spanning various industries, including property, real estate, and aviation, Estelle boasts a wealth of expertise. Her strength lies in seamlessly merging project management principles with administrative functions. This skillset, coupled with her unwavering commitment to precision and organisational excellence, paves the way for the successful execution of complex projects. Leveraging her project management acumen, Estelle lends her support to the CEO and other Senior Executives in diverse and multifaceted endeavours. Throughout these initiatives, she ensures the timeous completion of tasks, optimal utilisation of resources, and comprehensive stakeholder communication at all times.

Over four decades of experience working with the most talented people in the business.

Our HISTORY

1978

First commercial aerial application operation.

2005

Adoption of Air Tractor aircraft.

2011

Official Air Tractor® dealership for the whole of Africa.

2014

International expansion drive.

2023

Global multinational headquarters established in Mauritius.

Our PARTNERS

WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

“The Air Tractor® AT-802 is built for battling fires large and small—not only as an initial attack firefighter, but also for extended duties supporting ground crews. It combines agility, performance, high reliability, and pinpoint accuracy with a versatility that allows it to operate where other firefighting aircraft can’t.”

Emile Grobbelaar

CEO of Kishugu Aviation

“The Air Tractor® solutions have transformed our farm, enabling us to generate higher crop yields and creating new jobs for our community. We are grateful for the positive impact of the product and solutions offered by the African dealer.”

CASPER BOTHA

Owner and CEO, Castello Boerdery

Training facilities and parts dispatch for Africa