Maartin SteenkampAscend Aviation was established by Maartin Steenkamp in early 2014.

Maartin holds a B.Proc law degree and has logged 20 years of experience in aircraft sales, during which time he also held a commercial pilot’s license.

For the past several years he has been Sales Director of the Cessna agent for Southern Africa. He has sold a wide variety of new and pre-owned aircraft types to private and corporate clients. These have ranged from Cessna piston aircraft and all makes of turbine aircraft, to the full range of business jets, worldwide.

Ascend Aviation is the product of its founder’s passionate belief in the personal attention, relationship-building and integrity required for service excellence in this specialised field.




Christian Nellus graduated with a degree in Business Economics from the University of Dalarna, Sweden. For the past five years, he has worked in corporate, dealing with Fortune 500 companies and global emerging markets.

In addition, he holds a commercial pilot’s license and is passionate about the aviation industry.

His role at Ascend Aviation is to assist clients in making the most profitable investments, maximising their return and guiding clients through the sales process while upholding the ethos of the company: delivering the finest service excellence, industry expertise, personal attention to detail, and integrity.