Cape Aerospace Technologies
Cape Aerospace Technologies was established due to a lack of high precision micro – to small gas turbine design, manufacture and testing capabilities in South Africa. The Company was started between two colleagues namely Andre Baird, the designer and manufacturer of the BMT 120 KS gas turbine with more than 30 years aero-modelling experience and over 20 years experience in the micro gas turbine industry; and David Krige, a qualified mechanical engineer with a Cum Laude Master’s degree in micro gas turbines, with over 10 years experience in the field.
CAT was founded with the purpose to develop high performance micro gas turbines and associated electronic control systems. Since conception, investment in infrastructure and skills have continued to earn CAT a reputation for innovation and technical excellence extending into the aerospace arena.
Gas turbines represent a specialized, extremely fine tolerance niche in the science of manufacturing, particularly at this scale. It is therefore critical to the Company to maintain the highest degree of precision manufacturing, making use of cutting-edge technology; accompanied with innovative ideas and groundbreaking vision.
Situated in Cape Town, South Africa, the CAT factory occupies industrial real estate equipped with in-house CNC CAD/CAM workstations.
To date CAT has assisted a number of under- and post-graduate students at the University of Stellenbosch during their studies on micro gas turbines and turbine-related projects. The interest in micro gas turbines has grown ever-since. In addition, CAT embarked on a mission to assist the Sakhikamva foundation. Sakhikamva is a NPO involved in aviation awareness and skills development for young and upcoming aviators and aerospace engineers.
To be the leading propulsion system supplier through innovation, ground-breaking vision and cutting-edge technology. Supplying an exceptional product accompanied with great service.
To sustain and build strong relationships with clients, both locally and internationally, by delivering a product of superior class.
Passion. Precision. Perfection