The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 37



PILOTS
Michael Böttger (1990S)
As far back as he can recall, Mike
Böttger – above, photographed in
a Quest Kodiak 100 by Jean Tresfon
– has been crazy about flying. Now
based in Swakopmund, he is the
MD of Scenic Air, a private charter
company that flies to tourist
destinations in Namibia.
Kyle flying an Oryx, with Rooivalk combat support helicopters as escorts,
during UN peace enforcement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“I started flying radio-controlled
aircraft at the age of 10. As a boarder
at Bishops, I’d go to the rugby fields
or the Rondebosch Common to fly
them. But my passion didn’t become
more concrete until 2004, when
I completed my PPL and started
flying for the law firm at which I was
a partner. In 2009, I decided to study
for a commercial pilot’s licence.
“I bought into Scenic Air in late
2010, quit formal legal practice, and
now function as the company’s MD
and line pilot rated on all the aircraft
Scenic Air operates – Cessna Grand
Caravans and Centurions, Quest
Kodiaks and Pilatus PC12s. Our
main focus is tourism, so we operate
daily lodge transfers, scenic flights
and fly-in safaris all over Namibia
and Botswana from our two bases
in Windhoek and Swakopmund.
“In my free time I fly my RV-8
aerobatic aircraft, and regularly take
part in pylon and air races. I also drop
skydivers over Swakopmund and
patrol the desert and shoreline in my
BushCat on behalf of conservation
groups. Next I would like to progress
to an unlimited aerobatic aircraft like
an EXTRA or MX2.”
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