Our staff

Flying training is a specialised field that requires professionalism and a real emphasis on safety. Our training staff are dedicated career instructors with a wealth of experience in all aspects of general aviation. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality training together with the highest safety standards. Our friendly staff are available for you 7 days a week and you’re welcome to contact them to discuss your needs.

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Ralph Schwertner

Chief Flight Instructor (CFI)

Experience (as at July 2017:

  • Fixed wing aircraft 16500+ hours
  • Instructing 12,000+ hours
  • Teaching for 30+ years

Qualifications:

  • Cert. IV Training and Assessment
  • Cert. IV Aviation Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Instructor Rating)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Instrument Rating Multi Engine
  • Grade 1 Flight Instructor Rating, with training endorsements for:
    • Instrument Rating
    • Instructor Rating
    • Low Level Rating
    • Aerobatics
    • Formation
    • Design Feature
  • Low level rating
  • Aerobatics
  • Formation
  • CASA approved Aviation Testing Officer for:
    • RPL
    • PPL
    • CPL
    • Night VFR
    • Instrument rating
    • Instructor rating
    • MEACR
    • MEACR instructor rating training
    • Instrument rating training endorsement
    • Low level rating

Roles with the company:

  • Chief Flight Instructor
  • Instructing and testing students (as per list above)
  • Vocational education trainer and assessor

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David Wise

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at July 2017):

  • Fixed wing aircraft 3000+ hours
  • Instructing 1600+ hours
  • Rotary aircraft 240+ hours

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Economics (Finance)
  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Farm Management)
  • Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations)
  • Fixed wing aircraft:
    • Commercial Pilot Licence
    • Multi engine command instrument rating
    • Grade 1 Flight Instructor Rating
    • Flight instructor multi engine training approval
    • Flight instructor instrument training approval
    • Low level approval
    • Tail Wheel
    • Glider towing endorsement
  • Rotary aircraft:
    • CPL
    • Schweizer 300
    • Robinson 44
    • Low level approval

Roles with the company:

  • Instructing students in VFR, IFR, multi-engine
  • Instructing cadets
  • Tourism flights line pilot (Par Avion)
  • IFR charter line pilot (Par Avion)
  • Schedule passenger services (Airlines of Tasmania)
  • Rotary Charter (Par Avion Helicopters)

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Dain Cairns

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at August 2018):

  • Fixed wing aircraft 2700+ hours
  • Instructing 2000+ hours

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Technology (Aviation)
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
  • Diploma of Management
  • IV Training and Assessment
  • IV Frontline Management
  • III Investigative Services
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Grade 1 Flight Instructor Rating, with training endorsements for:
    • Instructor Rating
    • Instrument Ratings
    • Multi-engine Ratings
    • CSU/MPPC & Retractable Undercarriage Design Features
    • Spin training
    • Night VFR
  • CASA approved Flight Examiner for:
    • RPL
    • PPL
  • Command Instrument Rating Multi Engine Aeroplane – IAP2D/3D
  • Night VFR Rating
  • Aerobatics

Roles with the company:

  • Instructing RPL, PPL, CPL, & multi-engine IFR students
  • Instructing cadets
  • Diploma courses – trainer and assessor
  • Testing for RPL and PPL
  • Tourism flights line pilot (Par Avion)
  • Charter line pilot (Par Avion)

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Jesse Hawtree

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at August 2018):

  • Fixed wing aircraft 1,900+ hours
  • Instructing 1,200+ hours

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma of Aviation and Business
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating – IAP2D/3D
  • Grade 1 Instructor Rating with the following training endorsements;
    • Multi Engine Aeroplane Class Rating
    • Instrument Rating
    • Low Level
    • Night VFR
    • Design Feature
    • Spin Training

Roles with the company:

  • Instructing students in VFR, IFR, multi-engine
  • Instructing cadets
  • Diploma courses – trainer and assessor
  • Tourism flights line pilot (Par Avion)
  • Charter line pilot (Par Avion)

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Kayle Overton

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at August 2018):

  • Fixed wing aircraft 1400+ hours
  • Instructing 800+ hours

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Aviation and Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating – IAP2D/3D
  • Grade 1 Instructor Rating with the following training endorsements;
    • Multi-Engine Class Rating
    • Instrument Rating
    • Night VFR
    • Spin Training
    • Design Feature
  • BE-90 Type Rating
  • Aerobatics rating
  • Tail wheel
  • Coxswain NC

Roles with the company:

  • Instructing students in VFR, IFR, multi-engine courses
  • Instructing cadets
  • Diploma courses – trainer and assessor
  • Tourism flights line pilot (Par Avion)
  • Charter line pilot (Par Avion)

Gavin Groombridge

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at August 2018)

  • Fixed wing aircraft 550+ hours
  • Instructing 200+ hours

Qualifications

  • Enterprise Trainer skill set
  • NC Coxswain
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Grade 3 Instructor Rating
  • Low Level Rating
  • Multi Engine class rating
  • Design Feature Training Endorsement

Roles within the company

  • Instructing RPL, PPL, CPL Students
  • Diploma courses – Trainer and assessor
  • Tourism Flights line pilot (Par Avion)
  • Charter line pilot (Par Avion)

Remy Harmon

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at October 2018):

  • Fixed wing aircraft 1000+ hours
  • Instructing 640+ hours
  • Gliders 70+ hours

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations)
  • Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor Rating)
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • Fixed wing aircraft:
    • Commercial Pilots Licence
    • Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating
    • Grade 2 flight instructor Rating
    • Glider Towing Endorsement
    • Level 1 Glider instructor
    • Multi-Engine Training Approval

Roles with the company:

  • Instructing RPL, PPL, CPL and Multi-Engine students
  • Instructing cadets
  • Diploma courses – trainer and assessor

Blake Mallowes

Flight Instructor

Experience (as at August 2018):

  • Fixed wing aircraft 600+ hours
  • Instructing 200+ hours

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Aviation, Air Transport Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating – IAP2D/3D
  • Grade 3 Instructor Rating
  • Flight instructor Design Feature endorsement

Roles with the company:

  • Instructing RPL, PPL and CPL students
  • Diploma courses – trainer and assessor

Nic D’Alessandro

Manager, Education & ICT

Experience:

  • 25+ years experience in education:
    • teacher/lecturer/staff-developer/assessor in vocational and higher education sectors
    • senior educational designer, e-learning consultant and facilitator
    • simulation in learning specialist
    • education leader and manager in higher education and the public sector
  • aviation:
    • private pilot
    • flight simulator designer and operator

Qualifications:

  • Cert. IV Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (UTas)
  • Master of Education (USQ)
  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Multi Engine Aircraft Class Rating

Roles with the company:

  • Education and Registered Training Organisation Manager
  • Student Support Officer
  • Flight simulator development and operations
  • ICT coordinator