Sharn is a B Cat instructor with over 5,000hrs flying experience. Gaining his instructor rating in 2006 and has been instructing at various organisations and clubs since. He has amassed a wealth of tailwheel experience and has been involved in general aviation since 2004. He made the move to Marlborough Aero Club in 2014 to put his tailwheel and airstrip experience to good use.
In their own words.. “I have a passion and drive to teach and pass on my knowledge to others. I enjoy seeing people reach their goals and being part of their journey. The Marlborough Aero Club already had a name in the industry for providing real stick and rudder flying skills – this was perfect for my skill set. In my spare time I enjoy pushing my own limits and boundaries in endurance mountain bike races. Marlborough is the perfect training ground for this.”
Raylene is our Office Manager / Secretary, joining us in early 2015, and is the first point of contact when you come in to the office.
Having worked at MAC for the past 4 years Raylene has enjoyed meeting the "people" of aviation. Putting in the extra miles within the club, Mac's membership is constantly growing and the Social scene is alive and well.
Raylene has now has gone "First Solo" and also enjoys filling in her other "log book" with passenger flights in different planes around the air field!!! Most pilots would be jealous!!
In their own words.. "I am very lucky to be surrounded by such enthusiastic, passionate people who love what they do... With the best view in town out of my office window MAC is a great place to be."
I'm originally from Tauranga which is also where I learnt to fly, during my training I was fortunate enough to do some Cub flying with Sharn funnily enough. Upon gaining my CPL I found myself in a full time parachute dropping role flying a 172.
During my time in Tauranga I was able to get a vast range of experience including glider towing with Piper Cubs and Piper Pawnees, some banner towing along with a heap of aerobatics in various planes like RV's and Pitts Specials. I was able to fly a variety of tail wheel aircraft in Tauranga, everything's from Cessna 180s to a monowheel Europa with some time in a Harvard thrown in there as well. Some of my favourite flying was displaying a scale replica FW 190 at several of the North Island Airshows.
After a few amazing years at Tauranga I shifted to Queenstown to take on another full time skydive role this time around the mountains flying Cessna Caravans, Cresco’s, Fletcher Walter and a few hours skydiving with a Cessna 185. While in Queenstown I joined the local fire brigade as a volunteer. I spent a lot of time hiking a lot of the local mountains.