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Our People

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Mike Russell - Chief Flying Instructor 

Mike started his flying career here at the Club in the late 1990’s and worked as a B Cat before heading to the airlines on the regional route based out of Napier, working for both Air NZ and Jetstar, including as training captain on the Dash 8.  Mike has over 11,000 hours total time and several tailwheel ratings and is interested in all the diverse types we have on the airfield.

Dominik Box-Wilson - Flying  Instructor  

Dom has been passionate about flying since he was a teenager starting in the Club's Young Eagles program and Hastings #11 Air Training Corps cadet squadron. Following on from there he completed his commercial and instructor qualifications. If the weather is good, he wants to get airborne.

Jerry Chisum  - Microlight Instructor  

Jerry brings over 40 years experience to his instructing with a varied background ranging from international airline and freight flying, to warbirds,  GA and vintage aircraft and RC aircraft. He has a keen interest in fostering the next generations interest in flying. When not at the Aero Club or hangar flying he can been seen piloting vintage De havilland Tiger and Gipsy Moth biplanes or working on his next aircraft restoration.


Hamish Ross - Microlight Instructor

Hamish has been a pilot for over 30 years and when not instructing in the Club microlight likes to enjoy flying his Cessna 182 and Stinson Voyager taildragger or chipping away on his Piper Cub restoration project. A past President of AOPA NZ he can also help you with ideas for fly aways and trips around NZ.

Club Patron

John Holland


Joe Faram

Vice President

Pete Steers


Steve Shepherd

​​Club Captain

Thomas Hornblow



Committee Members

Reuben Hansen

Terry Longley

Steve Shepherd

Hamish Ross

Trent Barton


Aerodrome Manager

Amanda Nicholson


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