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.”
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, some banner towing and 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 moved 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.
Ben has been involved with MAC since he joined up in 2007 at the age of 10! His aviation journey started as a part of Young Eagles.
He progressed to gain his PPL, CPL and Instructor rating with us and is now one of our talented instructors within the team. He has really come full circle - from a Young Ealge to an Aero Club Instructor. Ben is originally from Wellington but grew up in Picton (Marlborough Sounds) working for a shipping company to pay for his pilot licenses.
When not instructing Ben is also the Club’s Captain organising flying competitions and running the social side of things. Outside of work he enjoys being a firefighter in Picton, walking the local tracks, researching ship designs and coming in to catch up with other members over a coffee.