Kapiti Aero Club

Staff

Kapiti Aero Club is staffed by a professional and committed team of instructors and administrators. We are available 7 days a week to help you achieve your flying. The club is governed by a diverse executive committee.

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Chief Flying Instructor

Scott McPake

Scott has had an interest in aviation ever since his Dad gave him a trial flight voucher with Kapiti Aeroclub as a teenager.

Since then he has done some flying with Air Cadets before completing his CPL/MEIR with Nelson Aviation College. In 2016 he came back to KDAC to complete his C Cat instructor rating and join the instructing team here at the club.

Since starting with the club Scott has gained his B-Cat instructor rating, night instructor endorsement and has been signed off to instruct on the three strips we have available to us.

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ATPL (H) CPL (A) B Cat (H)

Grant Twaddle

Grant is a recent addition to the team at KDAC. He has a wide range of experience ranging from strip flying in the Marlborough Sounds through to IFR multi engine offshore (H) operations. His flying has provided him with wonderful opportunities to see many parts of the world and and fly with some very talented and capable pilots. This extensive flying background will ensure any helicopter student receives comprehensive practicable flight training.

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C-CAT(A) Instructor

Ben Gesterkamp

Ben is a recent addition to the team here at KDAC. He completed his MEIR & CPL at the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand in Christchurch and a further C-Category Instructor Rating at the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy in Whanganui, so he has experience flying all over New Zealand.

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C-CAT(A) Instructor

Nikita Cox

Nikita began her aviation journey at Kapiti Aero Club with a trial flight some years ago. She completed her PPL, CPL and MEIR at Nelson Aviation College, followed by her C-Cat Instructor Rating at Learn to Fly in Wanaka. She spent some time instructing and flying 135 operations in Wanaka, before relocating back up North closer to home. Outside of aviation, she has a keen interest in sport and the outdoors, enjoying getting out on her paddle board and keeping a close eye on the rugby.

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C-CAT(A) INSTRUCTOR

Andrew Cardno

Since a very young age Andy has had a keen interest in aviation, having grown up next to the Wigram Airforce base in Christchurch.
Andy has a big passion for aviation, completing his Private Pilot’s Licence with the Wellington Aeroclub and Commercial Pilots Licence at Kapiti in 2008, he has his C Cat instructor rating with a Multi IFR. Andy works in Wellington looking after the property and facilities for Weta Digital out in Miramar and in his spare time has a young family and lifestyle block in Makara Wellington. He feels privileged to be part of the Instructing team here at Kapiti and is looking forward to continuing to work with all the great pilots and members that we have come through the doors.

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A-CAT(A) Instructor / Examiner

Paul Kearney

Paul is a Senior Flight Instructor with an A-Cat Instructor rating and a Bachelor of Aviation. He has had extensive experience in General Aviation, having flown in General Aviation for some years. He has flown charter operations as well as photography, parachute, and low level operations. He was CFI of a flying school before returning to Massey University School of Aviation in 1999.

In 2008 Paul received the Director of New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Flight Instructor Award.

In 2017 he received the Greg Vujcich Memorial Award for Flight Instruction from NZALPA (New Zealand Airline Pilots Association).

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Administration

Liz Jackson

Liz is our Office Manager / SMS Manager who joined us in early 2012 and is the first point of contact when you come into the office. She thoroughly enjoys working with the club's friendly, enthusiastic and passionate instructors and strives to make club members feel welcome especially those new to flying.

Liz likes joining in club activities and weekends away and in her spare time enjoys walking, biking, backgammon and reading. Liz lives locally and feels that the Kapiti Aero Club is a great asset to the region. She puts in extra effort to promote the club and is proud to see it going from strength to strength.

Recently appointed as the SMS manager, Liz is committed to making the club a safe and enjoyable flying establishment.

Kapiti Aero Club is open 7 days a week, 8am-5pm. Call us on 04 902 6536 or drop into our clubrooms to discuss your aviation requirements.