Our People

Our People



Our front desk staff manage aircraft bookings and all of the necessary administrative matters to ensure that your flying or training runs smoothly.

Reception is manned full-time by our rostered instructors, seven days/week.  They are welcoming and knowledgeable and ready to help with any query.

Accounts and administration matters are managed by our finance and office staff, adjacent to Reception. They too are happy to answer a member’s queries.

"administration helping to keep you flying"




Alan Booth -  CEO

Coming from a commercial background in technical sales and business development, my skills are ideally suited for the next phase of our growth. 

Fortunately we have some professional and enthusiastic people employed and a huge range of smart, entrepreneurial members who volunteer their time to help make this whole venture fun and a place you want to be each day. 

My job is easy….I am just the conductor of a whole bunch of really smart folks doing what they are good at.





Lyn Stead Head Of Engineering

Our engineering team is headed by Lyn Stead, a NZCAA licensed aircraft mechanical engineer (LAME).

Lyn has been overseeing the maintenance of our aircraft fleet since 1989 and has assembled several of our aircraft from new when they have arrived, in a shipping container direct from the manufacturer.

All aircraft have scheduled 50, 100 and 500 hour maintenance checks. All of this work is done in house.

The Engineers also undertake major overhaul work on all of our aircraft, as necessary, including reskinning and engine replacement.

"engineering... the vital force that keeps you flying"




Nathan Clarke - Chief Flying Instructor, Head of Training

Our Chief Flying Instructor and Head of Training, Nathan Clarke, welcomes you to the Canterbury Aero Club. As an A Cat Flight Instructor and NZCAA approved flight examiner, Nathan heads a team of flight instructors whose aim is to deliver flight training, supervision and advice of the highest standard to student and current pilots alike.

With a background of both flying and business experience, Nathan combines the two in driving the successful operation of the Canterbury Aero Club and its subsidiary professional flight training company, the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand (IAANZ).

He enjoys getting flyers to a level that is above average, “getting inside their heads,” all the while conscious of the need for thoroughness and safety. 

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