Instructors and Staff

Instructors and Staff

Peter Edwards - Head of Operations

Peter has been flying privately and commercially since 1974 and holds a commercial pilot licence, Grade 1 Flying Instructor rating with Multi Engine and IFR training approvals. Flying experience includes DC3 and Cessna Citation class rated aircraft. Also Peter has experience in international ferry flights. An ex teacher he enjoys teaching and flying.

Tim Gavin - Grade 1 Instructor (part time)

Tim holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and Grade 1 Flying Instructor rating with Multi Engine and IFR training approvals. He holds a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and has international airline experience. He is passionate about training and enjoys the human factors elements of learning to fly. He is interested in all things Aviation and the social activities surrounding it.

Ben Ryan

Ben started flying in 2011 after a holding a keen interest in flying since he was a boy. Since then he has gained a commercial licence and has been instructing for over 7 years. He also has experience in aerobatics, tailwheel flying and can offer spin recovery training. Prior to his flying career Ben worked as an engineer, employed in the design and verification of high tech optical communication systems.

Wes Brown

Wes has been flying since 1987 and holds a Grade 2 instructor rating with IFR and Multi Engine training approvals, tail wheel, night VFR, constant speed and retractable undercarriage training endorsements. Wes is passionate about teaching people how to fly and helping students achieve their aviation goals. He brings a wealth of experience as well as enthusiasm to instructing.

Rashiqa Ahmed

Graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and a Graduate Diploma in Aviation Flying. Rashiqa is a grade 3 flying instructor with approvals for Night Visual Flight Rules Rating (NVFR) and Design Feature training. She also holds the theory examination credit for Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL). She enjoys instructing and the ability to share her knowledge with others. In her spare time, she volunteers for Scouts Air Activities.

Richard Ure - Grade 3 Flying Instructor (part time)

Richard has been flying since 1985. He has a Commercial Pilot Licence and more recently achieved his Grade 3 Instructor Rating. He has 30 years experience as an Air Traffic Controller and currently holds ratings in the Sydney Terminal Control Unit and Bankstown Tower. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of aviation with others.

Mark Kelly - Grade 2 Flying Instructor (part time)

Mark has over 40 years flying experience as an Airline Captain, Trainer, Flight Examiner and Simulator Instructor. His career has spanned flying and instructing in the Military (RAAF) on Jet and transport aircraft, for a major Airline and Corporate Aviation. He has now returned to his General Aviation roots where he is a Grade 2 Flying Instructor with Multi Engine and IFR training approval. Mark holds Airline Transport Pilot Licences issued by Australia, FAA and the Middle East. He is passionate about passing on his extensive aviation knowledge to the current and next generation of pilots. Mark volunteers at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society where he flies as a DHC4 Caribou pilot and instructor.

George Katopodis - Grade 2 Flying Instructor (part time)

George has had a passion for aviation for as long as he can remember. His first aviation job was as a flight instructor from 1999-2004. During that time period he also flew Piper Chieftains and a Cessna 402 transporting freight from Bankstown to regional towns and cities for various aviation companies. In 2004 he commenced employment with Airtex Aviation flying various types of twin-engine aircraft on passenger charters, air safaris, aeromedical patient transfers and occasional freight flights. In January 2007 he commenced his airline career at Regional Express Airlines. In May 2018, he commenced his employment with Tigerair Australia flying the Airbus A320. In 2020, Tigerair ceased its operations and George became redundant. He has now returned to General Aviation as a Grade 2 flight instructor with a vast amount of experience to help students who will be undertaking commercial pilot training or training on advanced aircraft types.

John Young CEO

John has been flying privately since 1976 and has been involved with numerous flying organisations in non-flying and governance roles.

Richard Ure - Grade 3 Flying Instructor (part time)

Keith has been flying privately since 2007 In both Recreational and General Aviation Aircraft and has experience in teaching and management roles.

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