Ray Burns (CFI)


Ray has been flying since 1991 and the holder of a Gold-C. He bought is much loved vintage Ka6CR in 1995 and flies it whenever he can.
Ray is a A-Cat instructor, Instructor Trainer, Tow Pilot and the CFI of the club. Ray is also the YouthGlide treasurer.



Lionel Page (Deputy CFI)


Lionel is easily recognised by his South African accent and is a popular A-cat instructor. He is also an experienced skydiver. Lionel , the proud owner of a Mosquito is establishing himself as a cross country pilot. Lionel’s accountancy skills are a great asset to the club having been the Treasurer and still assisting in this aspect.



Peter Thorpe


Peter has been gliding since the early 70’s and instructing for almost as long.

Vastly experienced Peter provides a strong focus on club safety without stilting adventure. Peter is an A-Cat Instructor and Aerobatics instructor and Chief Tow Pilot.



Andrew Fletcher


Andrew has been flying gliders for 20 years. With many hundred parachute drops and a working career as an Air New Zealand Captain, Andrew brings a wealth of flying experience and knowledge to our team.



Steve Wallace


Steve commenced gliding in 1989 and is one of our club’s more experienced cross country and competition pilots.
He currently owns a Mosquito 15m glider. Steve’s awards include a Gold C,
Diamond Height, Diamond Goal and he has been both a Regional and two time National Champion flying in the Club Class.
Steve represented New Zealand at the World Championships in Lesno, Poland in 2014.


Ivor Woodfield


Ivor has been flying gliders in NZ since late 2004, and prior to that also flew hang-gliders and paragliders in Europe and the UK.

He is currently part owner of a Libelle glider (GIV), which is based at Whenuapai and gets flown regularly. Ivor is a B-cat instructor.



Isabelle Burr

Isabelle Burr

Isabelle is Warrant Officer in No. 3 Squadron Air Training Corps. She has been flying gliders for 5 years and has recently also started flying solo in power aircraft. She has gliding Silver C and is currently a B-Cat gliding instructor.