currently stationed at AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town. Roy and every flying member of his family have also been awarded the honoury SAAF ‘A 1’ Category Instructors ratings for excellence in instruction.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS – Flying Silver Falcon displays at the Presidential Inauguration in 2009 and displaying overhead Soccer City during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Having flown formation on almost every large aircraft in the SAA fleet. Attending the 50th Anniversary of the Italian Air Force Display Team, the biggest get-together of Military Aerobatic Teams in history (2010). Being selected to lead the elite Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team.
AIRCRAFT FLOWN – Pilatus PC-7, PC-7 Mkll, PC-9, Douglas DC-3,
L-29 Delfin, Commander 500, Beech Baron 55, RV-7, Yak 52, Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Hawk XP, Cessna 210 and Mooney M-20.
EDUCATION – Attended the South African College School (SACS) in Cape Town where he matriculated with distinction in 1995. After school he began his BComm degree through UNISA whilst working as an Operations Manager in his fathers’ restaurant.
CAREER – Joined the South African Air Force in 1997. After flying training, Roy was selected to do the military Flight Instructors Course in 1999. After qualifying as a flight instructor, Roy went on to complete his Operational Test and Evaluation Course at the SAAF Test Flight and Development Centre. In January 2002, he was selected for the Silver Falcons Team at the age of 24 and flew as the number 3 (Left Wing) for two years participating in 34 displays across the country. After his tour with the team he was posted to Cape Town to fly the C- 47 Dakota for Maritime Patrol missions. After a short tour, he joined BAE Systems where he flew PC-9s out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , training pilots for the Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force. In 2008 , he returned to the SAAF and was appointed as Chief of Testing, Assessing and Evaluation at Central Flying School and in the same year was selected for a second tour with the Aerobatic Team. He went on to fly a further 55 displays for the Team in the number 2 (Right Wing) position. In January 2010, Roy was promoted to Chief Flying Instructor at the SAAF Central Flying School and in December 2010, was appointed as the new Team Leader of the Silver Falcons. Roy has amassed more than 3200 military flying hours, 1700 hours instruction and has represented the Silver Falcons in more than 100 official displays, becoming one of the most capped pilots in the history of the Team.
BACKGROUND – Married to Helma, the couple have a son, Robert(8) and a daughter, Nicole (6). In what little spare time he has, Roy enjoys time at Shark Bay with his kids, photography and water sports.
GOOD TO KNOW – Roy is a Third Generation SAAF pilot; His Grandfather, Brig General John Nortje, was the second most highly decorated fighter pilot in the Korean War . His father, Lt Col Rob Sproul, is a legendary Helicopter Test Pilot now retired and living in Langebaan, and his uncle Major Greg Sproul, is one of the most experienced senior helicopter pilots serving in the SAAF and is