Flying team

Our flying team have years of accumulated aviation experience.  All our staff are volunteers dedicated to providing you with the most professional recreational aviation training available.

Flying team

Our team are available to you to answer any questions you may have and we are only too pleased to take your call on 0800-001-931.  Give us a call today or contact us through our web site.

Pete Turnbull

Chief Pilot and Operations Advisor

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With years of commercial flying experience in both fixed wing and helicopters, Pete brings a wealth of knowledge and support to our organisation.  He is the current Chief pilot for the Northland Emergency Services Trust (Rescue helicopters in Northland.) and is actively involved in many other aspects of aviation.

Shaun Sutherland

CEO, ATO, Safety Officer and Chief flying Instructor.

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Shaun has been involved with various flight training organisations for many years now.  He started flying 26 years ago and has served in senior roles in a number of flying training organisations in New Zealand and Australia.   He is a current Authorised Testing Officer with the Sports Aviation Corporation and a Senior Instructor and Flight Examiner with Flying NZ (Royal new Zealand Aero Club.) and serves as our Chief Flying Instructor and Safety Officer.

Bob Foster

ATO and senior instructor.

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Bob has been involved with both GA and microlight flying for many years now.  He has an intimate knowledge of our local area and is very experienced in grass strip flying.  Bob is also a current Authorised testing officer with the Sports Aviation Council and a Senior Instructor and Flight Examiner with Flying NZ. (Royal New Zealand Aero Club.)

Patrick Cotter


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Patrick has been involved in General Aviation within New Zealand for the last six years. He caught the flying bug at a young age and has since gained valuable commercial flying experience in the Aerial Photography and Surveying sectors, as well as within the Skydiving industry. He is also currently a Parachute Drop Pilot for the local Whangarei parachute drop zone.

 Joel Stevenson


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Joel has been involved in aviation since 2011 after changing career from hospitality. He did his commercial pilot training in Nelson and currently works as a drop pilot for Ballistic Blondes skydiving.

John Shaw

Maintenance Manager.

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John brings a wealth of mechanical knowledge to our organisation.  he is an A Grade motor engineer and serves as our Maintenance Manager.  He has also flown for many years and has a lot of experience with aero-clubs in both GA and microlight environments.

Colin Alexander – Solo Wings

Maintenance Provider

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Colin is our aircraft maintenance provider and ensures our aircraft is maintained to the highest standard.  Many microlight organisations use club members to maintain their aircraft however this often leaves a lot to be desired and the aircraft is often not maintained to the correct standards.  Colin operates a licensed Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer facility in Tauranga (L.A.M.E.) and ensures our aircraft is maintained to Civil Aviation Authority’s and manufacturers requirements.

Recreational flight training to a GA standard. Call 0800-001-931.

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