COLIN APPLETON – Colin is co-owner of the Sunshine Coast Flying School (SCFS) and its Chief Flying Instructor (CFI). He is one of Australia’s most experienced aerobatics instructors and specialises in teaching Basic Aerobatics, Competition Aerobatics, Spin Recovery and Emergency Manoeuvre (EMT) training. Under Colin’s training and coaching the Sunshine Coast Flying School has produced more State and National Aerobatics Champions than any other flying school in Queensland. He is also a highly skilled and experienced Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) and Instructor Trainer (IT).
LEWIS (LAWRIE) STEVENS – Lawrie has been flying for over 30 years. He holds a CASA CPL and RAAus Senior Instructor Rating 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.
JASON MATTHISON – Jason joined our team in late December 2021. He is an experienced RAAus Senior Instructor and also holds a CASA Grade 3 Instructor Rating so is equally at home teaching in both RA and in GA aircraft types. Jason is in charge of instructing at our Gympie (Kybong) Airfield based flying school. With many hours instructing, in a broad rage of aircraft, Jason has a wealth of experience to offer our students. His students soon realise he is passionate about flying and teaching them to a very high standard.
CHRIS BEVES – Chris just loves ‘flying’ and that passion rubs off on his students! Chris completed his Instructor Rating and aerobatics training / coaching at SCFS with our CFI, Colin Appleton. 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 also 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!!
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.