Head of Training / Grade 1 Flight Instructor / Charter Pilot
Trace has worked in the aviation industry for more than 13 years. He is the Head of Training, and is passionate about providing quality training to students and supporting new pilots into the aviation industry.
Trace holds design feature training endorsement, and multi engine instrument rating with multi engine training approval. Previously, Trace worked as an instructor and skydive pilot in New Zealand, where he gained experience mountain flying, low flying and operating tail wheel aircraft.
Prior to fulfilling his life ambition of becoming a pilot, Trace worked in logistics and heavy industry in Australia and New Zealand.
He has experience flying the following aircraft:
- Single engine
- Cessna 152, 172, 182, 180, 185
- Piper PA 18, PA 28
- Alpha 160
- Multi engine
- Partenavia (P68B)
- Piper Seneca (PA34)
- Piper Navajo (PA31)
Hello, my name is David Jensen, and I'm a new recruit to the TFT fixed wing instructing team. I'm currently working out of the Cairns Flight Training Centre.
My aviation experience includes gaining my PPL in my home country of New Zealand, moving to Australia in 2006 and doing my night VFR at Parafield, South Australia. I self studied all my CPL theory subjects, then moved to Melbourne and did my CPL and Instrument Rating in three and a half months. I acquired my Flight Instructor Rating a few years later at Mareeba QLD. My first aviation job was instructing RAAus and G.A. in Moruya NSW. Since then I've also worked as an instructor for Bob Harris in Innisfail, QLD. I am now a Grade 1 GA instructor, and a Senior RAAus instructor. I have nearly 2000 hours instructing experience. All in G.A.
A couple of things I have learned about aviation from instructing: 1) Every day you can learn something new about flying. In that regard I am still very much a student of aviation myself. 2) Just when you think you've seen it all, a student will surprise you with something new.
I am also a lecturer for Central Queensland University in their Aviation Dept. Teaching theory courses dovetails nicely with flight instructing. It's great to teach students in the classroom, and then grab the keys to an aeroplane and teach them in the air.
My passion and dream, even in my previous career - High School teaching - was always to be a pilot. I'm still a teacher. As an instructor it's a privilege to be able to encourage others on their aviation journey.
Flight Instructor / Charter Pilot
Luke has always been an aviation enthusiast and states that he wanted to fly since he was a kid.
Like most ‘AvGeeks’ Luke spent a fair amount of my time plane spotting and flying in home simulators. Luke worked in IT as a software and network engineer for a while with his feet firmly on the ground, but eventually took the giant leap to become a pilot which led to him becoming a flight instructor and says he “has never looked back.”
“Flying allows me to see the world from a whole new and exciting perspective and now that I'm an instructor it allows me to help others also realise that dream.”
After a full day at work of flying, Luke is fairly active and keep himself busy by hiking, cycling, or running on a daily basis and spends time with friends and family over the weekends.
Theory Teacher / Flight Instructor
Chad started his flight training out of Camden Airport in Sydney before moving to Townsville to complete his CPL and MECIR with Townsville Flight Training in 2022.
He then returned to Sydney to complete his Instructor Rating before joining National Aviation Academy as a Grade 3 Flight Instructor and Charter Pilot. Chad currently teaches the 7 CPL subjects to students whilst instructing
students in the air and conducting charter flights.
Chad has experience in the following aircraft:
- Single engine
- Cessna 172 and 182
- Piper PA-28
- Piper PA-38 Tomahawk
- American Champion Citabria
- Multi engine
Beechcraft Baron BE58
Piper Navajo PA-31
Student Liaison Officer / Receptionist
Laura joined our team September 2022 as our Student Liaison Officer/ Receptionist.
She is the bright and bubbly smile you will see to welcome you in at the front desk or the lovely voice you will hear on the phone to help you with all your bookings and enquiries. As well as working as our receptionist she is also our Student Liaison Officer taking care of all our student pilots, communicating information between the professionals and the students, and organising them for their course intakes. Laura is a great personality to have in our office and will often be seen having a giggle. Outside of work Laura enjoys fitness, staying active and hanging with friends.
Georgie Arnold is our creative Social Media Marketing Manager and looks after all things online at National Aviation Academy.
She has two years experience as a Marketing Manager and a whole lifetime of experience in aviation as she has been born and raised in the industry.
Georgie is a Commercial Helicopter and operates scenic flights for our sister brand Townsville Helicopters. Whilst we haven't convinced her to join the fixed wing side (yet) she loves finding new and trending ways to promote the NAA brand to our audience. She is very passionate about educating everyone about the enormous amount of career pathways in aviation and also manages our other sister brand - Aviatrix Australia, a platform encouraging aviation for all, especially women.
If you're looking for a brand sponsorship or wanting to pitch an exciting collaboration idea then Georgie is your girl! She also does freelance work if your brand / business is looking for short term contract work.