Why you should learn to fly with PathFinder Aviation
PathFinder Aviation started with the idea that if the instructors are friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and the students aren’t mucked around, we could create a flying school that would turn ordinary but motivated people into great pilots.
We offer flight lessons for beginners, looking to fly for the first time, right up to flying enthusiasts who are wanting to take professional flying lessons to get a Pilot Certificate or Pilot Licence.
Value, Safety and Fun are our core values here at PathFinder Aviation.
Located at Archerfield Airport, PathFinder Aviation is the best place to start your journey.
If you want to find out more call us on (07) 3255 5734 to book in your first lesson!
PathFinder Aviation - the flying school at Archerfield that provides the best value, real safety, serious fun.
What we do...
We provide the best Value flying training in Brisbane
We provide the lowest cost pathway to RA-Aus Pilot Certificate (PC), Navigation (NAV), Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) at Archerfield.
Our price includes everything and we don’t charge extra for GST, landing fees, Air Services charges, fuel surcharges, credit card surcharges, headset hire, map hire, exam fees, student services fees, or consumables.
You don't have to pay upfront for your flying training.
You are provided with all the briefing materials up front so that when you come in for your lesson, you can be better prepared.
We have a great location, with the shortest taxi times for every flight. Less time taxiing means more time flying.
We record every flight on a GoPro so that you can review your flights. If you take the time to review your lessons and then refresh your memory again prior to the next flying lesson you will pick it up quicker, be safer and save money.
You will learn in modern, comfortable and reliable aircraft that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to take your family in.
Flying lessons at times that suit you. We’re available when you want to fly, this includes early mornings and weekends.
We focus on real Safety
Real safety is the direct outcome of standards you accept in the things you do and will not do. We will give you the knowledge and tools to make safe decisions about:-
- flight planning,
- fuel planning,
- assessing the weather and forecasts,
- pre-flight inspection of the aircraft,
- aircraft knowledge,
- radio and communication procedures,
- threat and error management,
- recency and skill level, and
- your preparedness and suitability for each flight.
Sometimes the best decision you can make is to not fly. Take-offs are optional, landings are mandatory.
After every flight we will take the time to talk about what worked well and what needs to be worked on. Open communication about safety occurrences, incidents and accidents is critical to the safe operation of all aircraft. This applies to all pilots and Instructors, no matter their skills or experience. If you have trouble admitting your faults and failures, then flying lessons may not be for you.
You will have serious Fun!
Flying is fun. But only if it done safely, see above.
Our Instructors are hand-picked for their relaxed, easy going manner which will keep you in the best headspace to learn. At PathFinder you won’t find cranky old Air Force instructors still living in the 60’s or frustrated airline wannabes who are never going to make it. Our Instructors are good at what they do and they do it for the love of flying. You will get more from your flying lessons if you are relaxed.
We host regular social events where you can spend time with other pilots, relaxing, swapping stories and learning from each other. You will meet other like-minded pilots, develop friendships and even fly together.
Who We Are....
David Stehbens – Chief Executive Officer
Dave has been flying since 2005 and founded PathFinder Aviation in 2011. Dave is an active RAAus and GA Instructor with thousands of hours of instructing experience. He has trained hundreds of pilots and regularly flies with all of our instructors to standardise the instructing procedures, techniques and to ensure their proficiency. He will fly with you during your flying lessons to check on your progress or send you solo.
When not at work – Family, soccer referee.
Favourite flight so far – Over western Queensland channel country after rain.
His bucket list flight – A PC-6 Porter on a one way strip in Papua.
Marcelo Genta – Chief Flying Instructor
Marcelo has been an Instructor with PathFinder Aviation since 2015. He has been flying since 1998 when he started gliding in Brazil, and holds both US and Australian Licences. He is an active RAAus and GA instructor and he enjoys training and developing new Instructors. He will fly with you during your flying lessons to check on your progress, send you solo and to conduct your Flight Test at the end of your training.
When not at work – Family, riding his BMW F700GS
Favourite flight so far – To Dauphin Island, off the Gulf coast of Alabama.
His bucket list flight – 1 on 1 ACM in a fast jet.
Chris McLaren - GA & RA Instructor
Chris has been flying since 2007 and joined PathFinder in September 2018. He is the third generation of pilots in his family and has been fascinated with flying since a very young age. He enjoys ‘stick and rudder’ flying and is an experienced tailwheel and aerobatic instructor.
When not at work – Performing as a musician at local venues.
Favourite flight so far – Flying across the Great Australian Bight and seeing pods of whales with their calves close to the shoreline.
His bucket list flight – Flying in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.
Jaerus "El Gwapo" Limpin – Senior Instructor
Jaerus started flying in 2013 and has been an instructor at PathFinder Aviation since 2017. He has achieved both a Bachelor of Aviation and Graduate Diploma of Flight Management from Griffith University. Jaerus spends the extra effort to ensure your lesson is up to our standard but also create a fun and safe experience to benefit your training.
When not at work – Hitting the gym or long drives.
Favourite flight so far – Longreach to the QANTAS museum.
His bucket list flight – Formation Aerobatics.
Nipuna Edirisinghe – Instructor
Nipuna has been flying since 2012 and an Instructor with PathFinder Aviation since 2017. Nipuna inspires many students into pursuing aviation from his love of flying. Nipuna has been working in operations with Pathfinder since 2012 and plans to complete his commercial pilot licence over the coming months.
When not at work – Playing video games and socialising with friends.
Favourite flight so far – RV8 aerobatics at Archer Falls.
His bucket list flight – Flying around Australia in a C206.
Ian Lambert – Instructor
Ian has been flying since 2009 and started with PathFinder in 2017. He is currently completing ATPL theory and Griffith Aviation degree. Ian has completed his Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi Engine Class Rating and Instrument Rating.
When not at work – Completing his ATPL studies, playing poker and outdoor adventures.
Favourite flight so far – Trip over King's Canyon and Uluru.
His bucket list flight – King Air or Pilatus PC-12 flying.
Chris Rackl – Instructor
The "German" amongst our flight instructors - so don't show up late or unprepared!
Looking back at a 22 year of flying fast jets in the German Air Force as WSO, instructor and fighter weapons instructor with almost 3000 military flying hours. Started flying "lawnmowers" again in Australia in 2015 and has been an instructor with PathFinder since 2019. Bachelor of Aeronautical Science, Aviation Consultant (Quality & Safety) and a true maths and physics nerd... don't start a conversation, he won't stop until you are proficient in Einstein's theory of relativity!
When not at work – flying privately, talking about flying, maths and physics.
Favourite flight so far – sorry, that's a national secret... he could tell you, but then...
His bucket list flight – flying as a crop duster and water bomber.
Owera Janlongsin (OJ) – Instructor
OJ started flying in 2013 as a glider pilot, and received her "C" certificate.She started flying as a student with PathFinder in 2013, and commenced as an Instructor in 2019.
When not at work – completing CPL studies, playing musical instruments, car and motorcycle cruises.
Favourite flight so far – Red Bull air race aerobatics in an Extra 300L
Her bucket list flight – Flying in a Supermarine Spitfire.