South Canterbury Aero Club

Richard Pearse Airport Timaru

PO Box 2134 Washdyke Timaru

Phone: +64 03 688 2355

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Our Instructing Team

Aaron Pearce

Chief Flight Instructor & Club Manager

Aaron has been SCAC's Chief Flying Instructor and Manager since Jan 2016, originally from Invercargill where he completed his commercial pilots license and instructors rating.


Aaron’s a career instructor, and currently sits as a member of the Flying New Zealand Instructors Council. He enjoys nothing more than seeing students progress and develop as safe, capable, competent pilots.

In 2019 Aaron was awarded the Grand Masters medal from The Honorable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators formerly known as the Guild of Air Pilots, for outstanding achievement in aviation.

He claims the earliest memory he has of holding onto the controls of an aircraft was when he was about seven, when his uncle introduced him to the wonder of flight in a Piper Tomahawk. He now continues to blame his uncle for his flying addiction on a regular basis.

Aaron has many hours of experience having accumulated over 2000 hours purely of flight instruction, in mostly general aviation aircraft including most common training aircraft found in New Zeland along with other aircraft like the Nanchang Cj6 warbird, Pipistrel Motor Gliders, microlights, Lightsports, Midget Mustangs, and Piper Cubs.

He is qualified to instruct aerobatics, mountain flying, terrain and weather awareness, night flying, spin avoidance and recovery and tailwheel. This means he can take you from 0 hours to a commercial license with an instructors rating and beyond.

Aaron is also a microlight flight examiner for Flying New Zealand.

“I’m as happy in the cockpit as I am in the briefing room, I just can’t get enough, sharing the magic of aviation, the experience and reward it gives to all pilots and students”