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 3 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 is enjoying filling in her "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."
Coming from a flying family Bianca loved to see her parents take to the skies and would always hear them talk about flying. This sparked a huge interest for her and she jumped at the chance to learn at the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School where she flew her first solo.
Before flying, Bianca spent many years sailing on the International stage representing New Zealand with great success in a number of different classes. Competing in over 11 sailing world championships in the double-handed Olympic classes, she holds 3 world titles.
Her sailing and aviation interests led her to study at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), following which she had the opportunity to work with Air New Zealand as an Aeronautical Engineering Intern.
Continuing to pursue her career as a pilot, she gained her licences, including her ‘C’ Category Instructor Rating endorsed with Night and Aerobatic Privileges at the Auckland Aero Club and Southern Wings.
In their own words.. “I have spent a lot of time in Blenheim since a young age, so I was very excited about the opportunity to live and work here. In more recent times, I’ve enjoyed flying extensive cross countries from one end of the country to the other. My stopover in Omaka was always a highlight and quickly I got to know the team at M.A.C! As a flying instructor I take great pleasure in sharing my love of flying with all our members and the opportunity to meet those very important people who are helping to support their dream – whether it be for commercial, private, co-pilot or solo aspirations.”
Vince is a 'C' Cat instructor who grew up locally, attending Woodbourne Air Scouts, Walsh Flying School & Marlborough Aero Club in highschool.
Since then he has flown skydivers & taught at Aeroclubs, built microlights, restored & flown tigermoths & helps fly a vintage Beech 18 twin radial (even to Fiji & back).
Vince is enjoying being home & brings a variety of knowledge to the club along with interesting stories & passion for Aviation.
In their own words.. “I love being back in marlborough, reconnecting with old friends & family, making new friends & helping spread the aviation passion. I like to help people with their aviation goals, careers & interests at every level”.