THE FLYING NZ TEAMProviding Sport and Recreational Flying at its best!

Rob George 


PPL  since the early 2000s with over 600 logged hours. Committee member moving on to President of the Auckland Aero Club.  I have competed at Nationals including in the Wings team and flown in Australia and the USA. I have been heavily involved with growing Young Eagles and Flying New Zealand’s Part 149 Microlight certificate. I have owned shares in three aircraft,  Now resident in Christchurch. I am married to Beverly and work in the finance sector.

  Hm: 03 344 5250
Mob: 022 175 3230

Paul Drake

Vice President

CPL and C-Cat having flown for over 40 years. Chairman of the CAA Aviation Community Advisory Group (ACAG). Past President and current member of the Canterbury Aero Club. I have been involved in the Aviation industry for 40 years firstly as an Air traffic controller and more recently in Aviation security. I am passionate about Sport and Recreational flying and actively promote  flying as a leisure activity, to young and old at both Club and Flying NZ level.

  Hm: 03 358 7313
Mob: 027 292 5872

Lisa Macdonald

Executive Secretary

I have been in aviation for most of my working life, both in management and as a pilot. I hold an ATPL with over 4000 hours of total flying time, flying in New Zealand and overseas. I am rated in most aircraft found in our aero clubs as well as commercial twins including the Beech 1900 and Metroliners. I also hold a C Cat instructor rating. I am enjoying being more involved in and fostering Sport and Recreational flying, especially to our younger members.

  0800 422 635

Daryl Gillett

Instructor Council Chairman

I am an A-Category Flight Instructor, General Aviation Flight Examiner and I am currently the CFI at North Shore Aero Club, having taken on the role in October 2008. I also carryout flight testing on behalf of Flight Test New Zealand. I have been associated with Flying NZ in some way or another for the past 14 years or so – particularly at FNZ events as either a competitor, air judge, chief air judge or OIC flying. I have also been an Instructor Council member for three years. 

   Mob: 021 060 2899

David Saunders 

Northern Region Representative

I obtained my PPL in 2008. I have been on the committee of the North Shore Aero Club for the last seven years. I am currently Vice President and have been running the Young Eagles programme for the last six years. Became the Northern Region Rep in 2016 and the National Young Eagles coordinator. In the past two years FNZ has grown the YE programme to 19 clubs. I strongly believe in making flying safe, friendly and fun for everyone who wishes to enjoy the skies of our fabulous country. 

  Mob: 021 115 4696

Aidan Campbell

Central Region Representative

Hello, my name is Aidan Campbell. I have been the Central Area Representative since 2017.
The aero club scene is something I have been involved in since a young age.
I have been a member of the Tauranga Aero Club since 2004, where I learnt to fly and later worked as a flying instructor.
In recent years I have been flying for Eagle Airways and currently work for Mt Cook Airlines but I am also still keenly involved with Sport and Recreational flying.

  Mob: 027 463 2443

Rodney Maas

Cook Strait Region Representative

Flying regularly since obtaining my PPL in 1999, initially with Auckland Aero Club and now with Wellington and Wanganui Aero Clubs. I'm passionate about promoting recreational flying and really enjoy flying around Wellington, the Wairarapa and Marlborough regions now I'm based in Wellington. I have competed in local, regional and national competitions and reckon there's little better than getting an aircraft and heading out to one of the local strips, or going to visit one of the many beautiful parts of the country.

  Mob: 021 182 9222

Darryn Franklin

Alpine Region Representative

I started flying model planes and helicopters in 2000 and have moved to full size aircraft. I've been involved with Mid Canterbury Aero Club, their committee and safety group for a number of years. My first immersion into competitions was just after going solo with attending the regionals at West Melton. I have moved on with an aerobatics rating, formation flying and being on the Trans-Tasman Wings team and a Young Eagles Flight Commander. I enjoy the freedom and the hearty atmosphere that flying in a club environment offers.

  Mob: 021 275 8501

Tony Page 

Lakes Region Representative

You will have seen me around Flying NZ for a number of years as Lakes regional rep on the Executive. I am passionate about competition flying and chair the competition advisory group. I support the long term goal of Flying NZ becoming the representative for all sport and recreational flying. I developed an interest in learning to fly in my mid 30’s. On completion of my PPL, I had no other aviation challenges in mind until I was actively encouraged to take up competing by my mentor Graeme McCleary. I have not looked back

  Hm: 03 648 4986
Mob: 027 333 6611

Liz King

FAI Representative - New Zealand

I have been involved in the Aero Club movement for 30 plus years. Have a keen interest in supporting club members in competition flying as this leads to better piloting confidence and skills. Helped with organising the 2010 & 2013, and the canceled 2016, Air Safari. Served on the Flying NZ Executive as Northern Region Rep for eight years. FAI representative in New Zealand for six years. Tewntyeight years’ experience in governance holding an Institute of Directors qualification in Board Governance.

  Hm: 09 444 5733
Mob: 027 220 6038

Rex Kenny

Quality Assurance Manager

I served most of my 21 years in the RNZAF at Woodbourne on heavy maintenance of C130 and Bristol Freighter aircraft. I was also an engineering instructor at the technical training school at Woodbourne. I left the RNZAF in 1990 and joined the Ministry of Transport Air Transport Division as an LAME examiner. After a short period with ASL I returned to CAA as the Sports & Recreation Coordinator and later manager. I hold an aircraft engineer license, a microlight inspection authority, a PPL and RPL and have built and operate a two seat Sonex aircraft.

  Hm: 06 379 7303