About Fly Now Redcliffe
Recreational Flight Training
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Fly Now Redcliffe has been operating since 2012 and offers Recreational Flight Training.
We operate 7 days a week, weather permitting, from Redcliffe Airport which has easy access to all of the Brisbane area.
We teach in our 2 x Tecnam Eaglet aircraft.
These aircraft have very precise control, making them a real pleasure to fly.
We are high time instructors who have lots of real life flying experience.
Our emphasis is on teaching you the basics while transferring good disciplines and aircraft handling skills on to you.
You will have fun learning to fly here!
Mahl Oakes - Instructor CFi & owner
Mahl Oakes is the owner and CFI of Fly Now Redcliffe which he opened in 2012. He has over 6,500 flying hours total time with 6,000 hours of instructing.
Mahl learnt to fly in a Cessna 172 at Caloundra in 1986 and attained his Private Pilots Licence, and in 1991 he achieved his Recreational Instructors Rating.
He started teaching at Redcliffe in 1993 flying in Sky Foxes.
Some of his students have gone on to become commercial and military pilots, but many are pilots who fly just for the fun of it!
Mahl has a down to earth no-nonsense approach to both flying and life, with a big emphasis on having fun!
Peter Lefrancke - senior instructor
Peter Lefrancke got his Private Pilots Licence at the age of 16, learning to fly with Rex Aviation at Archerfield. He continued to fly GA (General Aviation) aircraft on and off for many years.
In the early 2000’s Peter discovered the RA-AUS aircraft (Recreational Aircraft) and came back to flying, converting to RA-AUS Pilots Certificate.
He loved the category so much that he decided to become an Instructor and achieved his Flight Instructor Rating in 2007.
About 2014 he was introduced to Mahl Oakes. He was very impressed with Mahl’s attitude to flight training and the emphasis he had on FUN and ENJOYMENT whilst giving the best tutorial possible to new students.
Peter joined Fly Now Redcliffe as a full time Senior Instructor in 2015, and now has 900 hours of Dual Instruction.
Tim Thorn - instructor
Tim Thorn started his aviation career in the 1990's at the age of 19. His first job was as a flying mailman around the indigenous communities of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia.
Since then he has worked as a corporate and charter pilot, for Boeing as an engineer, and in recent years for the major airlines as a technical consultant (designing and testing instrument flight procedures around the world).
Not wanting to ever lose sight of the pure FUN of flying, Tim has been flying recreational aircraft alongside his professional career for years. He was hooked by hang gliding and paragliding at a young age, so a progression into the amazing realm of sport aviation was always inevitable.
It's not hard to love the performance, safety, fun and affordability of our modern Tecnam aircraft! Flying training should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience!
Whether you dream of flying for work or pleasure, or as a stepping stone into a professional flying career - Tim will ensure the highest standard of training while ensuring you have a good time!
come & Join us - LEARN To Fly!
If you would like to learn to fly, come and join us. Learn to fly with dedicated professionals! We look forward to meeting you! Have fun and enjoyment while you learn to fly.