Harrison Burns

Flight Instructor
C-Category

Harry completed all his flight training here at the Tauranga Aero Club, from his PPL in 2021 to his C-cat instructor rating in 2023. Harry loves to spend his days outdoors when he isn’t flying.

Tommy Smith

Flight Instructor
C-Category

Tommy started flying in 2021 and has completed all of his training here at the club, he gained his C-Cat in 2023 and has since joined the TAC instructing team. When he’s not flying he enjoys getting outdoors.

Arman Gill

Flight Instructor
C-Category

Arman completed his training at the Massey University School of Aviation in Palmerston North, graduating in 2023. Returning to Tauranga, he joined the Aero Club to gain his instructor rating. Arman is now the IFR flight instructor at the club. 

Sam Inskeep

Flight Instructor
C-Category

Sam started his flying at the Tauranga Aero Club as a Young Eagle back in 2015. Since then, he has completed his PPL, CPL, aerobatics, and C-Cat training with us. Sam joined the instructing team in September 2023, and has more recently stepped into the role of Young Eagles coordinator.

Laura Wagstaff

Club Captain
C-Category

Laura started gliding back in 2016 and then started her PPL at Tauranga Aero Club in 2019. She then moved down to Nelson Aviation College where she received her Diploma in General Aviation. She then moved back up to Tauranga to work towards her C-Cat early 2023.

Jeremy Guernier

Flight Instructor
C-Category

Jeremy completed all his flight training here at the Tauranga Aero Club. From PPL flight training in 2019, to C-Cat instructors rating in 2023.
Jeremy was inspired to become a pilot by his grandad, who was a founding member of the Te Aroha Aero Club. Jeremy enjoys spending time outdoors when he isn’t flying.

Ally Cooper

Flight Instructor
C-Category

Moving up from the south, Ally joined us for her CPL in early 2020. She then continued on to gain her C-Cat in December 2021. Ally has done a lot of her flying in the South Island and brings with her a passion for mountains, wilderness and clouds.

Sean Prentice

Flight Instructor
B-Category

Sean started out at the Tauranga Aero Club as a Young Eagle, going on to do some initial training towards his PPL. He left in 2018 to Massey University where he achieved his PPL, CPL and MEIR under the Bachelor Degree pathway. Returning to the club in 2022 he completed his C-Category instructor rating later joining the team in early 2023.

Zach Judge

Flight Instructor
B-Category

Zach started flying at the Walsh Memorial Scout flying School then completed his CPL in Christchurch and grew to love mountain flying. He moved back to the North Island and to Tauranga for his B-Cat training with the Aeroclub before joining the instructing team.

Lachlan Farron

Flight Instructor
B-Category

Lachlan started at the club as a Young Eagle. He moved to Hamilton in 2018 and completed his training at L3 Airline Academy before returning to Tauranga in 2020. Lachlan became a regular ferry pilot for the club before completing his instructor renewal in 2022 and joined the team.