About Us

Our Pilot Team

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Sue Kronfeld

CEO/CFI/ B Category Flight Instructor

Sue has been flying for 30 years with extensive mountain flying experience, accumulated right here in the Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook and Fiordland National Parks. She has flown for Aspiring Air, Mt Cook Airlines and Queenstown Flightseeing (now Real Journeys) to Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook and is also rated in the Cessna 207, Cessna 206, Britten Norman Islander, Twin Otter and the Nomad. Sue has lived in Wanaka since 1989, is married with 2 teenage daughters and when not out flying enjoys hiking, biking and skiing in the local area

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Austin Jones

B Category Flight Instructor

Flying began at a young age seeing planes fly over his house before finally getting his first chance to be in the front seat when he was 16. Since then Austin completed his private license, commercial license, competed in Flying NZ competitions, flown vintage aircraft and have become a flight instructor! Austin likes to spend time on the ground when he can to be in the outdoors hiking, skiing and biking but flying is what he enjoys the most and will continue it for the rest of his career.

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Hillary Thayer

B Category Flight Instructor

Originally from Southland, Hillary moved to Central Otago in 2018. Hillary completed her B Cat in 2016 and has worked as an instructor and survey pilot since this time. Hillary loves living in Central Otago and enjoys being close to her family. Outside of aviation, she is involved in singing and theatre. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, swimming and sewing.

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Clive Su

C Category Flight Instructor

Clive has always dreamt about flying, so one day he gravitated to New Zealand. Clive enjoys animals, music, and light hikes whenever he can. Clive is confident flying the scenics routes around the Southern Alps and teaching students. He is very diligent to contribute high-quality service to everyone who walks through the door and will continue to supply the best possible service he is capable of to make your experience an incredible one.

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Tom Rae

C Category Flight Instructor

Tom was born in the UK and has lived in New Zealand for 10 years. He gained his commercial licence at Massey University and his instructor rating at Mainland Air. Tom enjoys spending time outdoors walking, snowboarding and practising archery.

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Chris Wood

C Category Flight Instructor

Christopher is originally from the UK. He emigrated to New Zealand back in 2007. He completed our Mount Aspiring College flying programme when he was at high school. Chris recently returned from Nelson Aviation College after completing his commercial training. On returning  Chris achieved his flight instructing rating with us. When Christopher isn't at work you can find him heavily volunteering his time with Scouting.

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Matt Trent

C Category Flight Instructor

Matt is originally from South Africa and has lived in New Zealand since he was 4. Matt has been flying since 2012 and has lived in Wanaka since 2019. Matt is very active and enjoys outdoors and sport.

Our Administator Team

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Chris Lee

Office Manager

Chris came in Classic Flight’s door to do an aerobatic trial flight years ago and was hooked on flying
since. Having previously worked extensively in the educational and publishing fields, Chris is here to
assist with the administration of students’/ pilots’ training and development. She has a PPL and is working towards her CPL. She rated in all our training aircraft as well as a Citabria and DHC-2. When not working, Chris
loves taking her dogs out on adventures around the area.

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Emma Stuart

Office Administrator

Emma has been in the aviation industry for over seven years, previously working in airline operations at Solomon Airport on a mine site in Western Australia. Raised on a farm in South Otago, Emma
enjoys boating, water-skiing and yoga when she’s not at work.

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Rose Mirza

Quality Assurance & Safety Manager

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Dave Hockey

Maintenance Controller

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Jamie Smith

Maintenance Controller

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Office Hours

Monday - Sunday

Winter:  08:15 am - 5:00 pm

Summer:  07:45 am - 5:00 pm 

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