Sharn Davies from Marlborough Aero Club in Marlborough NZ

Sharn Davies - Chief Flying Instructor

Sharn is a B Cat instructor with over 6,000hrs flying experience. Gaining his instructor rating in 2006 and has been instructing at various organisations and clubs since.

He has amassed a wealth of tailwheel experience and has been involved in general aviation since 2003. He made the move to Marlborough Aero Club in 2014 to put his tailwheel and airstrip experience to good use.

“I have a passion and drive to teach and pass on my knowledge to others. I enjoy seeing people reach their goals and being part of their journey. The Marlborough Aero Club already had a name in the industry for providing real stick and rudder flying skills – this was perfect for my skill set. In my spare time I enjoy pushing my own limits and boundaries in endurance mountain bike races. Marlborough is the perfect training ground for this.”

Dan Coleman from Marlborough Aero Club in Marlborough NZ

Dan Coleman - B–CAT Instructor

I'm originally from Tauranga, which is also where I learnt to fly, during my training I was fortunate enough to do some Cub flying with Sharn funnily enough. Upon gaining my CPL I found myself in a full-time parachute dropping role flying a 172.

During my time in Tauranga, I was able to get a vast range of experience including glider towing, some banner towing and aerobatics in various planes like RV's and Pitts Specials.  I was able to fly a variety of tail wheel aircraft in Tauranga, everything's from Cessna 180s to a monowheel Europa with some time in a Harvard thrown in there as well.  Some of my favourite flying was displaying a scale replica FW 190 at several of the North Island Air shows.

After a few amazing years at Tauranga, I moved to Queenstown to take on another full time skydive role this time around the mountains flying Cessna Caravans, Cresco’s, Fletcher Walter and a few hours skydiving with a Cessna 185.  While in Queenstown I joined the local fire brigade as a volunteer.  I spent a lot of time hiking a lot of the local mountains.

Ben Morris from Marlborough Aero Club in Marlborough NZ

Ben Morris - B-CAT Instructor

Ben has been involved with M.A.C. since he joined up in 2007 at the age of 10! His aviation journey started as a part of Young Eagles.

He progressed to gain his PPL, CPL and Instructor rating with us and is now one of our talented instructors within the team. He has really come full circle - from a Young Eagle to an Aero Club Instructor. Ben is originally from Wellington but grew up in Picton (Marlborough Sounds) working for a shipping company to pay for his pilot licenses.

Outside of work he enjoys being a firefighter in Picton, walking the local tracks, researching ship designs and coming in to catch up with other members over a coffee.

Nancy Lagunowitsch from Marlborough Aero Club in Marlborough NZ

Nancy Lagunowitsch - Office Administrator

I am a naturalized Kiwi (Kiwi by choice I like to say) and have lived in Blenheim since 2017.  I originally worked as a commercial lawyer in the USA, and then moved into business process analysis and program management in the IT and Telecoms industry throughout the Asia Pacific region.  Outside of working as the Office Administrator, I am a qualified Yoga instructor and teach classes here at the Marlborough Aero Club.  I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with my husband and dogs.  I am also a student pilot, and hope to (eventually) finish my PPL.

Paula Holdaway from Marlborough Aero Club in Marlborough NZ

Paula Holdaway - Accounts Administrator

I was born and bred in beautiful Blenheim.  My work history involves working full-time within an accountancy firm for 12 years, and then various part-time roles as sole office administrator in-between having 3 boys.