Team Xtreme (ZA)

Formation Aerobatic Championships

Team Xtreme is a dynamic 4-ship formation display team flown by South African aerobatic pilots.

The team was started in 2010 by Mark Hensman &  Nigel Hopkins with Mark Sampson and Jason Beamish joining the ranks in later years.  

Formation Aerobatic Championships

 

Nigel Hopkins
Date of birth: 12 February 1973
Team Position: #1 Flight Leader, Solo and display narator
Day Job: Training Captain for South African Airways (Airbus A320)
Total Flying hours: 18,000
Number of aircraft rated on: 123
Age when he started flying: Officially at the age of 18!
Flying achievements: World Rally Flying Champion (2003), Vice World Advanced Aerobatic Champion (2010), 7 time SA Rally Flying Champion, 5 time SA Precision Flying Champion and was SA Aerobatic Champion for 2 consecutive years.
Mark Sampson
Date of birth: 24 July 1968
Team Position: #2 Wingman, Team Media
Day Job: Captain B744 /B748F Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong)
Total Flying hours: 10,500
Number of aircraft rated on: 23 plus 6 Helicopters
Age when he started flying: 20
Flying achievements: Advanced World Aerobatics 2010 Poland - 11th place overall, silver medal for Team South Africa. Represented South Africa at Unlimited World Aerobatics 2011 in Italy.
Jason Beamish
Team Position:#3 (LH Wing) & Aircraft Engineer
Day Job: Aircraft Engineer with Absolute Aviation, Southern Africa.
Total Flying hours: 2,100
Number of aircraft rated on: 65
Age when he started flying: Age 9 in a J3 Cub, Solo on 17th Birthday.
Mark Hensman
Date of birth: 15 October 1965
Team Position: #4 (box) and solo freestyle pilot.
Day Job: Team Manager. Retired Training Captain B747 MK Airlines.
Total Flying hours: 15,000
Number of aircraft rated on: 35
Age when he started flying: Solo in a glider at the age of 15.
Flying achievements: SA Aerobatic Champion 2006 and 2009. Silver medal for the South African team at both 2007 and 2010 Advanced World Championships. 5th at the 2010 China International Air Sports Fiesta and 4th in the World Air Masters, China 2011.