OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Colin Appleton

COLIN APPLETON (CFI) Colin is one of Australia’s most experienced aerobatics instructors.  He holds a CASA Part 61 Instructor Rating, with Flight Activity and Design Feature Training Endorsements and specialises in teaching Basic Aerobatics, Competition Aerobatics, Spin Recovery and Emergency Manoeuvre (EMT) training. Over the last few years Colin has trained more State and National Aerobatics Champions than any other flying school in Queensland.  He is also a highly skilled and experienced Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA) CFI and Senior Instructor.

LEWIS (LAWRIE) STEVENS – Lawrie has been flying for over 30 years.  He holds a CASA CPL with many endorsements including spinning and low level (500′) aerobatics.  He loves competition aerobatics and was the 2018 Australian National Aerobatics Graduate Category Champion flying our fantastic Robin R2160 aircraft.  However, Lawrie is equally at home teaching our student pilots to become safe, skilled and confident pilots.  With a teaching degree he knows how to really engage with his students and make the learning process effective and fun.  Lawrie and Colin are co-owners of the flying school.

Colin Appleton
Colin Appleton

CHRIS BEVES – Chris just loves ‘flying’ and that passion rubs off on his students! He holds an RAAus Instructor Rating and a CASA PPL with many endorsements including spinning and low level (500′) aerobatics (see a pattern here?).  Still in his 20’s, Chris was the 2018 Australian National Sportsman Category Champion flying our awesome Extra 300 with incredible skill and accuracy.  He is keen to teach our students, young or old (but young at heart!), to be the best pilots they can be.

BRENDON LE CLERC – Brendon is one of Colin’s former students.  He holds an RAAus Instructor Rating and as you have probably guessed, like all SCFS Flying Instructors, he has been trained in advanced handling skills by CFI Colin Appleton and holds CASA spinning and aerobatics endorsements.  Brendon is therefore an experienced pilot and highly skilled and safety conscious instructor for his age.  He is great with our younger student pilots who are typically more relaxed and learn quicker with an instructor that does not have grey hair and an intimidating deep voice!!

Colin Appleton

All SCFS Flying Instructors are professionals, hand picked by Colin Appleton.  They are all highly skilled and experienced RAAus Instructors and experienced competition aerobatics pilots so you can rest assured that you are in very safe hands.

If you have any questions regarding flight training at the Sunshine Coast Flying School, contact Colin to arrange an informal one-on-one chat with him or one of his Instructors.