Chief Flight Instructor:
Chief Flight Instructor: Nathan Slee
I have always dreamt of flying, for as long as I can remember. When I was much younger, I didn’t think it would be a possibility.
My dad is an aircraft engineer, so naturally I’ve been around planes and airshows my entire life. I did all my training in New Zealand and then moved to QLD where I completed my Instructor Rating with GoFly. It has been the best decision I’ve made so far.
SAFETY OFFICER: MIKE SMITH
Mike learnt to fly at the Royal Queensland Aero Club in 1974 and over the next 30 years he has flown many different types of aircraft. Mike joined RAAus in 1997, expanding his experience on the range of aircraft.
Mike is a hands on enthusiastic team player and his involvement in aviation is proof of that. Since he joined Qld Ultralight Association (now Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club) he has held every executive position.
Mike was further on the Board of RAAus from 2012 to 2015.
He joined GCSFC (Gold Coast Sports Flying Club) in 1997, and has been President of the club since 2016.
Errol van Rensburg
INSTRUCTOR: ERROL VAN RENSBURG
Errol’s extensive experience in aviation, especially Sling Aircraft, spans over a period of 40 years. Errol’s career started as an aviation technician, which progressed to founding and managing an aviation design and manufacturing company in South Africa. After imigrating to Australia, he established the Sling Aircraft brand as the official distributor for Australia.
Errol qualified as an instructor for Recreational Aviation Australia as well as a L2 technician, servicing his fleet of Sling Aircraft used in flying schools over Queensland. He joined GCSFC in 2012.
Senior INSTRUCTOR: Chris Moroney
Senior INSTRUCTOR: Chris Moroney
Chris got hooked on aviation after a friend introduced him to a Microsoft Flight Simulator. He grew up in a small Central Queensland town and relocated to Brisbane to fulfill his dream. However, it is not the 11 years of experience and a CPL qualification that impress the students, but rather his calm way of instructing, broad aviation knowledge and enthusiasm.
He loves his life as an instructor in the scenic South East Queensland, but his biggest reward is the ability to introduce people to flying for the first time.
INSTRUCTOR: Michel Vuilleumier
Michel Vuilleumier grew up in South Africa but refer to himself as the “Swiss-South African”.
As a third generation aviation enthusiast he started on microlights but excelled through the ranks to qualify as an ATPL pilot in Australia. Michel and his dad build their Sling 4 aircraft, giving him a broad background in every aspect of aviation.
Mariette van Rensburg
ADMINISTRATION: MARIETTE VAN RENSBURG
Mariette is from an aviation family and a keen aviator.
Her extensive experience in marketing and administration compliments the team.
what They're Saying
"Being one of the first students for the GCSFC flight school, I wasn't able to get any feedback on what the instructor was like. I knew Chris Howarth to say hello to but not much more. Being an instructor for some time, and a teacher, Chris has something vital for training students - great communication skills. A great pilot won't always make a great instructor and students definitely need the latter. Chris delivers instruction patiently and calmly which helped me overcome my nervousness & tension... the guy even reminds me to breathe when I'm taking off and landing, which I keep forgetting to do. In addition to that, Chris readily commends you when you've done well - it helps a lot if you're like me and keep beating yourself up. To those wanting to learn to fly 3-axis aircraft, I highly recommend GCSFC flying school... the instructor, the aircraft, the location, the price - it's terrific."
"Once you have flown you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards,
for there you have been,and there you long to return."
Leonardo da Vinci.
What an experience I had! The training was excellent and very professional.
I will most definitely in the future make use of your training again and would suggest and promote your courses to my friends and colleagues.
My son and I both enrolled in our flight training a while ago. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The pre-flight lessons were interesting and easy to grasp. Errol is very passionate, friendly and knowledgeable.
Getting my Pilot certificate has been one of my greatest achievements.
At age 65, I’m finally realizing my dream to fly planes. I looked all over the Gold Coast area for a group that would meet my needs and finally found Chris and Gold Coast Sports Flying Club. I like Chris as a teacher – he is a wealth of information, teaching in a relaxed, low-pressure manner and making technical nuances easily understandable. I expected to be stressed and anxious as I learned high banks and how to deal with stalls. Instead, Chris has me following the curves of the inland waterways with a smile on my face that he says “not even a plastic surgeon would be able to get rid of”! An added benefit is the experienced fliers I’m meeting at the club between lessons. Fantastic experiences and conversations!