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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 3000 hours of purely 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”

Celine Bennison

Flight Instructor - C Category

Celine is a true South Canterbury Aero Club product. Celine started flying with the club with the intention of achieving her commercial pilot's license, after catching the flying bug flying back and forward from Bahrain, Samoa, and the Cook Islands as a teenager.

Celine was raised in Auckland and went to school in Samoa and Bahrain before returning when her parents moved back to Timaru where her Father is from.

Celine completed her Private, Commercial, and Instructors rating with South Canterbury Aero Club all while being a Mum at the same time to her children Yasmeen and Ameer.

While learning to fly and completing her exams and training, Celine also jumped in and became the Club's Captian and the Young Eagles camp Mum/co-ordinator.

In October 2020 she achieved her C-Category instructor's rating and immediately jumped into the instructing team and start inspiring and sharing her passion and knowledge with the next generation of club students and pilots. 

The students seem to truly love flying with Celine, as she has a great way of encouraging and supporting the students at the same time as maintaining high standards and levels of safety.

Her time away from the club and flying is spent with her children encouraging and supporting them from the sports field sidelines and the end of the Karate Dojo. 

Cameron Garner

Flight Instructor - C Category

Cameron has been available ‘on-call’ as an instructor at SCAC since February 2020. He is originally from Christchurch and earned his commercial pilot license and instructor rating at the International Aviation Academy (Canterbury Aero Club) in 2006.

 

Cameron worked at small flight schools in Palmerston North and Tauranga and a big flight school in Hamilton between 2007 and 2010 before the Global Financial Crisis put and end to his full-time flying career. He subsequently qualified as an Air Traffic Controller, working the towers at Palmerston North, Hamilton, and Rotorua.

 

In 2019 Cameron won the General Aviation Design Competition hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society with the fastest simulated design for an electric racing aircraft suitable for the Air Race E series. He recorded a presentation on his design that was shown to the Royal Aeronautical Society’s conference in London in November of that year where the winner was announced (he was unable to attend in person).

 

Presently Cameron works primarily in his own business developing flight dynamics for flight simulator aircraft, which are used in downloadable add-ons for the X-plane simulator as well as in professional flight simulators capable of official certification for pilot training.

He is also a part-time a flight instructor with SCAC and is a contractor assisting with flight test of the Cora E-VTOL in Tekapo.

 

Cameron is passionate about aerospace and enjoys instructing students seeking to fly for any reason from weekend fun to serious professional careers flying the big iron. He has taught in environments ranging from clubs to big flight schools training direct-entry airline pilots. He is also building his own aircraft from scratch in his ‘spare time’.