All of our instructors at the Phoenix Aero Club are passionate and knowledgeable, and strive to provide an exceptional level of training. When you first meet any of our instructors you will notice their friendliness and approachable demeanour that is conducive to a strong student-teacher bond.
Ben Holloway – Head of Operations, Chief Pilot
Ben was appointed to the position of Head of Operation, as well as Chief Pilot at the beginning of 2017. He has extensive knowledge of flight training and teaching, also operating a pilot training private tuition business, Sydney Aviation Theory. Ben was previously the Chief Flying Instructor of the Scouts Association of Australia’s Camden based Air Activity Centre until 2016. We are very grateful to have Ben leading the flight training arm of the Phoenix Aero Club.
John Hoore – Grade 1 Instructor
John is a very experienced Grade 1 Instructor, starting his instructing career over 35 years ago. Also from the Scouts Association of Australia’s flying Air Activity Centre in Camden, John was their Chief Flying Instructor and Chief Pilot from 1985 until 2013. Besides holding a Grade 1 Instructor rating in fixed wing aircraft, John has learned how to fly seaplanes in Alaska, and has even obtained his rotary wing PPL!
Korey Barbary – Grade 1 Instructor
Korey is a grade 1 instructor with over 10 years of flight instructing experience. Previously he has worked with domestic and international students, namely from India, Malaysia, and Japan. He has taught how to fly a large range of aircraft including including Cessna (152, 172, 182) and Piper (Tomahawk, Warrior, Arrow), and others including Liberty XL2, Jabiru (J160, J230) and Tobago TB10. Korey also has experience teaching other fun things such as spinning and spin recovery, aerobatics (loops, barrel rolls and stall turns).
Shane Aul – Grade 3 Instructor
Shane is the newest addition of our four instructors, having only recently completed his Flight Instructor Rating. Whilst he is the youngest instructor, Shane has been taught to an extremely high standard, completing his FIR study under Ben Holloway and John Hoore. In the long-term, Shane hopes to be able to progress his aviation career and move to the airlines and fly big jet aircraft around the world. He is a welcome addition to the Phoenix Aero Club and Flying School stable of instructors, and we are pleased to have him onboard as it allows our members and students even more flexibility and availability with their flying training!