What a few pilots and former students have said about
Tony Gibson as an instructor.
I have known Tony in many different ways to fly, and so different locations, Flying over the great wall of China, thermalling in Frogland, or making aerobatic demos in a stadium in Dubai….Paramotor, gyrocopter, paragliding….
Flying, teaching, exhibition performing... I can’t wait to visit the combination of the guy and the country of South Africa, as i guess it will be a bomb!
Tony is a kind and respectful guy and easy to deal with. Helpful and knowledgeable instructor has good skills to teach and the ability to explain the subject in different ways for better understanding. Friendly and easy to work with him in a team.
Best regards Abdulla
I am pleased to right this testimonial about a great professional , friend and instructor.
I have been flying for over 20 years and for the last 2 decided to start my paramotor training.
It was really a great pleasure to have Tony as one of my instructors.
Very professional, displaying his skills implementing a great training atmosphere always focusing on flight safety , standard operating procedures and always adding value for the trainee.
One of my best instructors during my aviation carrier.
Captain Rodrigo Frederico.
Here is how I felt:
Tony is a professional and knowledge pilot, his attention to detail, instruction technique, enthusiasm, and openness were all contributing factors to progressing smoothly and safely whilst embedding good fundamentals in the ppg world. In my view, he has the right balance, as an instructor to keep you safe, and help you develop. If something isn't working he was well able to tailor training. I felt a very personal connection with him throughout our time flying in the desert. Passionate aviator through and through. Was always a pleasure.
Tony Gibson is one of the founding fathers of powered paragliding in South Africa, setting numerous records and helping turn paramotoring into an official and registered sport in the country. Tony is a gifted pilot who has trained thousands of pilots, including myself, over the years. He takes a considered approach to training pilots, and makes sure the basics, such as ground handling, controlling the wing etc., are mastered before sending a pilot up into the air. I never felt rushed and only soloed when I felt comfortable and ready. ‘Two Step Tony,’ as he is fondly nicknamed due to his expert takeoffs and landings, is a fountain of knowledge and happy to assist with any flying related query, and in promoting a better understanding of the sport. He always has time to give advice on flying. Tony is one of the friendliest and most sociable people I know – so much so that sometimes flying was delayed because we were so deep in conversation! Tony’s affable nature and sociability made him the centre of the Grasslands flying club and helped tremendously to grow powered paragliding in South Africa.
I have known Tony, for what seems like decades. Firstly by reputation and secondly once I moved up to Gauteng with my paragliding School. He is a man of consummate skill when it comes to flying a powered paraglider and is a natural instructor. During my time as the chair of Sahpa and as the General Manager of the Aero Club of South Africa, Tony never hesitated to assist to try and develop his chosen aviation sport and was always full of passion and drive when it came to anybody wishing to get involved in our Freedom of flight with an aircraft in our car boot. He is wealth of knowledge and I consider to be one of the real godfathers of powered paragliding in South AFRICA. It is good that he is back in South Africa to once again give of his knowledge and his expertise to all in the sport and I for one, look forward to following him regarding his new ventures as they begin. We need more adventures. I believe the sport has few really good instructors and Tony is one of them.
Tony Gibson, the core of YNOT FLY is, in my opinion, synonymous with experience, knowledge, skill, courtesy and mostly, safety. I have been flying with Tony for the better part of 13 years, shared social and competition scenes and enjoyed it thoroughly. Being a superb instructor and pilot, with a keen eye for conditions, good or bad, and a natural ability to preempt possible problems, his hosting of tours and group flying ensures much safer, more relaxed and enjoyable events. YNOT FLY tours are backed by a network of capable individuals dedicated to the success of the African flying safari, making this outfit and its tours a definite bucket list item.
“I learnt to fly paramotors about two years ago and Tony was one of my instructors. He ran the classroom sessions and made even the most complex issues seem delightfully simple. His keen eye for detail meant I felt like I received a personal touch when being instructed, whether that was ground handling or in the air. He was always very calm and collected and there was not much he had not seen or witnessed in his flying career, so I always valued hearing his carefully considered ‘top tips’, advice and general feedback on my performance. A first class instructor, great character and a true professional who loves what he does and he receives my highest recommendation to anyone wishing to learn the basics or do more advanced training”.
Business Development Manager
S ATKINSON (Lt Col Retired)
I have been an avid aviation enthusiast since a child, and have fulfilled that dream by having an airline career. But by far the most exciting part of flying for me is powered paragliding, which I have been involved in for almost ten years. And from the early days of the sport, I have come to know and respect Tony as an afficinado and lover of this great sport. From those early days at Grasslands, Tony was always a calming influence and great Help to the novice that I was. He had such a great and easy manner of getting his students to have confidence in their ability. He was always willing to offer advice and help out, to make the sport fun and safe for people like me. It was always an absolute pleasure dealing with Tony, and drawing on his vast wealth of knowledge and experience. It was mainly due to his efforts that this great sport grew in South Africa, and I was very sad to see him leave for Dubai a few years ago. It was a huge loss to this sport to see him leave, so to have him back on the scene here again is such a welcome bonus, which will be a huge benefit to our beloved sport.
At the time, 2004, I was actively involved with RC Helicopters and one day met Tony at a children charity day at Grasslands, it seems like yesterday! I started with -in a week and got hooked on the sport. Tony not only become a friend but is more like a brother. Over the last 14years we been involved in businesses, from Flying Unlimited, development of various PPG and PPT’s including the well-known Spider PPG. Tony was my instructor, well still is.. Every day I still learn from him. I still believe that Tony is one of the best instructors in the world. Tony help me to become an instructor on all aspects of Powered Paragliding and today myself and Tony are both Grade A instructors, assisting and training students over SA. I fully support Tony in his new venture, YNOT FLY & Tours, specialised training and fly-away’s. I do hope to be soon on one of these great tours.
Regards, Riaan Struwig
FILM & AERIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
1st November 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
From: Alan C. Gayton, CEO & General Manager Prime Productions AMG FZ-ˇLLC
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
To who it may concern, This letter is to certify that Mr. Anthony D Gibson worked as a pilot and instructor for Skyhub Paramotors LLC from September 2014 until September 2017, and collaborated closely with Skydive Dubai, where my former role was General Manager and Director of 'Special Projects'. In this time Mr. Gibson excelled not only as an instructor but also as the leading team member of the Paramotor Exhibition Team. His attention to detail, as well as his will to always prioritise safety, are second to none and I am pleased to recommend him as either a paramotor instructor, Gyrocopter introductory flight pilot due to his high skills, standards and will to go that extra mile. Mr. Gibson departure is a big a loss to the aviation industry in Dubai.
Regards Alan C. Gayton
CEO & General Manager