Avionics News March 2017 - 24
Hangar M1- M3
Lanseria Gauteng 1748
South Africa's Century Avionics
enjoys steady growth
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C H R I S T I N E
outh Africa's Century Avionics has ambitious
goals this year, from continuing to expand
its business to enhancing operator training
to supporting the conservation of endangered wildlife.
Located at Lanseria International Airport, the service
center specializes in general aviation avionics for fixedand rotary-wing aircraft. With nearly 40 years in business,
Century Avionics is the largest and oldest privately owned
Century Avionics co-owner Carin van Zyl and Ron Lassing, sales manager
Europe and Africa for David Clark Company, hand over the donated
David Clark DC One-X headset to Flying for Rhino, a South Africa-based
nonprofit organization that supports the fight against wildlife poaching.
K N A U E R
avionics facility in Southern Africa, according to coowner Carin van Zyl.
"We're a one-stop avionics facility to the general
aviation community in South Africa and further abroad
into Africa," van Zyl said. "We have grown in all
departments through dedication, reputation, knowledge
With a management buyout in 2002, new owners
Morné Cilliers, Marc Robinson and van Zyl concentrated
on growing the company by adding staff, autopilot and
instrument capabilities, and Century NAVCOM, the
service center's SACAA-approved design organization. In
2017, they plan to add more capabilities.
"Our AMO and DO is approved for South Africa,
Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, which
makes the approval of avionics installations hassle-free,"
said van Zyl, who holds a National Diploma Electrical
Engineering in Avionics and heads sales and marketing
for the service center. She joined Century Avionics in
1999 and has 26 years of avionics experience. "We
are in the process of obtaining Kenyan and Tanzanian
The service center provides avionics retrofit and
new installations, repair, maintenance and support, as
well as avionics STC development and assistance with