We are passionate about aviation.

Our instructors are not only pilots in their own right, but have thousands of hours as practiced flight instructors. We are committed to the ideals of seamless helecopter and pilot training to provide you with the skills that airlines recognise and give you the competitive edge. Our team is with you every step of the way to help you achieve your pilot license.

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Ian Calvert

Chief Executive Officer

Ian is the CEO at AFS with a focus on managing the day to day operations of the school and ensuring our students receive an outstanding experience at AFS. Ian is an ‘A’ Cat Instructor and GA Examiner with 30 years flying experience. He initially trained up to his PPL here at Ardmore. Ian has been a CFI and senior manager for a large international flight school, and has extensive experience in international markets having visited and worked with many international airlines and Regulators.

Ben Langley

Head of Training

Ben started flight training following five years at university and some years managing his own business and supermarkets. He completed his PPL/CPL/IR and C Cat in 12 months, and B Cat a year later then instructed for three years. Ben flew charter for Ridge Air and then Sounds Air and worked as a line pilot for four years on the C-208 Caravan and Pilatus PC-12 flying single pilot IFR. Ben moved to Auckland in 2017 to take a role as the Dep. Head of Training at AFS and most recently as the Head of Training.

Warren Sattler

Contract Examiner

With more than 30,000 hours of flight instruction experience and as an A Cat Instructor with General Aviation flight testing privileges, Warren's experience and assessments benefit all Ardmore Flying School’s students. This is combined with commitment and dedication to young trainee pilots, to see them succeed into their airline careers.

Shitong Liu

Chief Flying Instructor (CFI)

Shitong joined Ardmore Flying School in 2010 as a student pilot and completed his PPL/CPL/MEIR/C-Cat within 2 years. He joined the Ardmore Flying School instructor team in 2013, passed his B-Cat instructor rating in 2015 with all B-Cat privileges. He has been with Ardmore Flying School over 9 years. Shitong (or Tiger as he is commonly known) has a very strong passion in flight instruction. As the CFI, he looks after all students and instructors, helping them to achieve their aviation goals.

Glenn Drower

Head of Flight Instructor Training

Glenn has been part of the instructor team for over 10 years, holds a Commercial Pilot License and a B-Cat Instructor Rating with over 5000 flying hours. This busy instructor loves the culture and the friendly atmosphere at Ardmore Flying School which makes his job as the Head of Instructor training easy when teaching students and mentoring trainee instructors. When he’s not busy organizing everyone else, he loves to travel and expand his mind by reading. But when he’s on the job, his organization skills ensure the smooth running of the courses for the students to get them flying sooner.

Geoff Paterson

Head of Multi-crew Training

On leaving High School Geoff went through a 5-year Avionics apprenticeship with Air New Zealand. During this time, he followed his real passion of flying by obtaining a PPL, CPL, Instrument Rating and "C" Cat Instructors rating through the Canterbury Aero Club while completing ATPL subjects. Having completed his apprenticeship Geoff spent 2 years in Flight Simulator Maintenance before being accepted for Air New Zealand Pilot training. After 25 years as an Airline Pilot with the company, including 14 years Jet Command, an 18 month secondment with Gulf Air operating B737 based out of Bahrain, he brings over 13,000 hours of Multi Crew flying into the Ardmore Flying Schools "Multi Crew Integration Course" where he enjoys passing on that experience to the young pilots of today.

Tony Graham

Pastoral Care/Accommodation/Transport Manager

Tony is the Accommodation and Transport Manager. Tony comes with an aviation and management background including 15 years with Air New Zealand Link and Air NZ National airlines. He has managed various management positions over the years also including his own business’s. His love of aviation has drawn him to Ardmore flying school. His proudest moment was when his daughter (Mikayla) achieved a double diploma through AFS and is now flying in Australia.

Anu Gandhi

Academic Manager

After spending 15 years in hospitality industry Anu switched career into a job she found meaningful everyday. Considering herself as a ‘forever student’made this transition easy for her. Anu is fueled by her passion for making a positive difference in student’s life. She brings with her a wealth of experience in education industry and background in TEC and NZQA reporting. Anu joined AFS in March 2020 as Academic Manager. She welcomes students to contact her for any NZQA/Academic related queries.

Tom Parker

International Sales Director

Tom has more than 12 years of experience in the education and training industry. He is the director of the College's International Affairs Department, responsible for the recruitment and management of international students.

Fay Dowling

Safety Manager

Fay has a passion for Aviation. With a Bachelor of Aviation Management (BAvMan) at Massey University, Fay went on to sell Helicopters at a MRO where she also contributed to a successful implementation of a Part 145 SMS. Fay then accepted a role as GM at an Auckland based FBO where she oversaw Private Jet, VVIP and cargo movements and managed a team of Operation Controllers across 47 locations. As Safety Manager, Fay has the responsibility to develop, execute and monitor all Company SMS related policies, procedures and activities; using her Operational expertise to ensure Ardmore Flying School achieve the highest levels of safety standards throughout the company.

Stephen Calvert

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen joined Ardmore Flying School in 2017, bringing a wealth of aviation maintenance knowledge he’d acquired during his 10 year career in general aviation.

Stephen’s extensive knowledge of the industry, attention to detail and ‘get it done’ attitude serves him well in his role as Chief Operating Officer.

Kim Jenkins

Finance Manager

Kim joined the Ardmore Flying School team as Finance Manager in 2012. Kim has had a wide range of finance rolls during her career ranging from Small Business to Corporate across different aspects of NZ industry.

Kim likes to have an open door policy so all students feel free to discuss any financial concerns they may have. Ardmore Flying School takes pride in making all financial transactions as simple and transparent as possible.