A Family - Not Just A Flying School

About Us

The Sunshine Coast Aero Club is the focal point for recreational flying in SE Queensland and is the only ‘not for profit’ RAAus and CASA approved Flight Training Facility on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.  The Club was first established in 1959.  Since then both the airport and the club have grown substantially.

The Sunshine Coast Aero Club is now one of the leading flight training facilities on the Sunshine Coast.  We focus on providing top quality, affordable training courses in Light Sport Aircraft and advanced skills flight training in General Aviation, from Aerobatics and Spinning to Formation. Members have access to a number of club aircraft for private hire and with a very active membership, social activities occur on a regular basis.  The Club is also a big supporter of the local community and frequently hosts events in aid of local causes etc.

Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jameson, is the Club’s Patron

Our Facilities

  • Licensed Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Air-side Viewing + Beer Garden
  • Private Car Park
  • Pool Table
  • 3x Briefing Rooms
  • Student Computer
  • Open 7 Days

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Learning To Fly
Thomas Petersen

Thomas Petersen

Chief Flying Instructor

Tom is our Chief Flying Instructor (CFI). He started his aviation career as a student with us in 2013. Since then he has worked extremely hard, gaining his Instructor and Senior Instructor rating plus CASA Aerobatics and Spinning Endorsements. It was a logical step for Tom to become our CFI when the opportunity arose in October 2015. He is passionate about flying and instructing. and will always go that ‘extra yard’ to help his students reach the highest standards while having fun too!
Peter Koller

Peter Koller

Flying Instructor

Colin Appleton

Colin Appleton

Senior Flying Instructor & Aerobatics Instructor

Our resident aerobatics expert! Colin is one of Australia’s most experienced aerobatics instructors. He has a strong competition aerobatics background, winning and placing in numerous state and national championships over the past 15+ years. Colin, therefore, provides his RPC students with superior aircraft handling skills and confidence. He is co-owner of our Robin R2160 aircraft in which he offers ‘unusual attitude recovery’, aerobatics and spinning endorsement training to our RPL graduates. He also owns an Extra 300 and the “Ultimate Thrill Ride”, an extreme aerobatics adventure flight business.

He always has time for a coffee or two, loves a chat, and also doesn’t mind a beer – as long as you shout ?

Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Senior Flying Instructor

Nathan started his flight training with the Australian Air Force Cadets during school holidays throughout highschool. After enrolling in a Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University, Nathan completed most of his flight training at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane.
Nathan has worked as a flight instructor for most of his aviation career, with a small gig as a skydive pilot in between lessons. After moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2016, he started working at SCAC.

Ivan Tyson

Ivan Tyson

Senior Flying Instructor

Our gentle giant. Ivan is very passionate about his flying, so much so he only does it twice a week. Yes that’s right twice a week – on his weekends after working 5 days managing his company. Ivan brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table not just in flying, but in interpersonal skills. Flying weekends has not prevented Ivan from accumulating considerable instructing and flying skills, including aerobatics and spinning endorsements. His ability to help his students develop, learn and establish their personal limitations is evident in their ability to make good decisions. His warm person makes someone that has never flown before at ease.