Our People


The club is staffed by a professional, vibrant team of instructors and office personel. 

North Shore Aero Club is governed by an executive committee.






   John Punshon, General Manager

John is the General Manager of NSAC. He manages the club, airport and flying activities and is the CEO of our Part 141 certificated operations. In his own right, he is also an A-Cat Instructor and Flight Examiner.




Daryl Gillett, CFI  

Daryl is an A-Cat Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner. He has been CFI at the club since 2008.






Flight Office


   Georgia Mitchell

Georgia has been with the club since 2016, and runs the reception four days a week. She is the editor of the bi-monthly Prop Talk magazine and a budding PPL student. Any contributions to Prop Talk or questions about the PPL can be emailed to her at georgia@nsac.co.nz 


Claudine Allen  

Claudine joine the team in 2017 and runs the reception four days a week.



Full time instructors


   Tim Marshall, Deputy CFI

From a passionate aviation background, Tim claims he could land an aircraft before he could walk. Proudly fullfilling the role of primary IFR instructor and NSAC's deputy CFI. Tim is also working towards his A-Cat instructor rating. In his spare time you can catch Tim either flying his Piper Cub, hanging up-side-down in a Pitt Special with a half filled coffee, or in some exotic, far-off destination where he works as a certified PADI dive instructor/examiner. 


Chantel Strooh, B-CAT  

Chantel is a B-Cat instructor. She has been instructing with the club since 2015. She's rated to teach aerobatics and Terrain and Weather Awareness.



   David Pauw, B-CAT

David is a B-Cat instructor who's been involved with club since 2007. He has been an instructor at North Shore since 2014. 



Nicole Harris, B-CAT  

Raised in the USA, Nicole moved to New Zealand in 1998, growing up in Pukekohe. In between achieving her B-Cat instructor rating, Nicole has studied part time for her Bachelor of Business at Massey University. 


  Matthew Stephens, C-CAT

A local boy through and through, Matt has completed his PPL, CPL, C-CAT and MEIR at NSAC.



Dominic Gundry, C-CAT  

Dom has been around the Aero Club for the past 8 years studying for his PPL, CPL and C-Cat Instructor rating all at NSAC. In his spare time he enjoys a bit of guitar and in his words “the more challenging form of aviation”, flying his remote control plane at the local park.




   Simon Jonassen, C-CAT

Before taking on the more permanent, grounding, role as a C-Cat flight instructor, Simon has toured the world as a drummer with the 'Night Gaunts'.  Simon is currently studying towards his MEIR.



Matthew Walls, C-CAT  

Born in the Hawkes Bay, raised in Auckland, trained in Manawatu, Matt has been with NSAC since 2016. In his spare time he enjoys bass guitar and saxophone solos.  



Part time instructors



  Laurence Pope, B-CAT

Laurence is a B-Cat flight instructor and microlight instructor. He is rated to teach at night and IFR as well as being rated for multi-engine aircraft. Laurence is also the Club Captain.



Dawson Boles, B-CAT  

Dawson is a part time B-CAT instructor. With a wealth of experience under his belt, Dawson has a lot to offer those with an appetite to learn.



  Adam Mcleely, C-CAT

Adam is a C-Cat flight instructor. He is rated accross all the training aircraft we have here at NSAC.



Ming Zhang, C-CAT  

Ming is a C-Cat flight instructor. He is rated across our Robin Fleet as well as in C172's and the Piper Warrior

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