Our Instructing Team
Chief Flight Instructor & Club Manager
Aaron has been SCAC's Chief Instructor and Manager since Jan 2016, originally from Invercargill where he completed his commercial and instructors rating.
Aaron’s a career instructor, and currently sits as member of the Flying New Zealand Instructors Council, he enjoys nothing more than seeing students progress and develop as safe capable pilots.
He claims the earliest memory he has of holding onto the controls of an aircraft was about seven when his uncle introduced him to the wonder of flight in an old 172, he now continues to blame his uncle for his flying addiction on a regular basis.
Aaron has many hours experience teaching, from Lightsport and Microlights, Aerobatics, Mountain and terrain flying & Tailwheel ranging from Cubs & Rans's, to 152 Sparrowhawk Texans.
“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”
Deputy Chief Instructor
John D has been involved in the South Canterbury Aero Club for many years. He has been a fill-in CFI, full time and a part time instructor as well as an active member. John has many hours flying around the South Canterbury area and loves every moment of it.
John has been involved in the practical aviation world since 1995 when he gained his PPL. John decided to carry on with his licencing after enjoying it so much that he got his CPL in 2001 and his instructor rating in 2003 before becoming a B Cat in 2009, John also likes to get out into the mountains and he is our other mountain flying instuctor. John really enjoys seeing the sense of achievement on his students faces.
Flight and Ground Instructor
Jonathan "Jono" is the teams newest addition.
A Canterbury Native, Jono started learning to fly whilst still in High school, after leaving school Jono immediately went into the aviation academy and completed his Commercial License and instructors rating.
Jono has also become an aerobatic instructor since being with South Canterbury Aero Club and is rated in all club aircraft including the cub and the 172RG.