Meet the team

Our Philosophy: Quality Aircraft, Quality Facilities and Quality People

At the Redcliffe Aero Club, we’re proud to have a highly trained, professional and long-term team of Pilots and Support Staff who excel in all things aviation.

With around 8 Instructors on staff we are one of Queenslands largest flying schools, able to support your training needs with a vast level of experience but still with that INDIVIDUAL level of detail. Our Instructors are friendly, supportive and experienced, and the quality of our people reflects in the quality of our Students.

Please take a look below and get to know our team!

Our Team

Stephen White

Stephen White

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen joined the Team at Redcliffe Aero Club in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. He previously served on the Board at RAC for eight years holding the positions of Company Secretary, Vice President and President.

Stephen completed his training at RAC including PPL, CPL, Multi-engine Command Instrument Rating and Instructor Rating. He has owned and operated three aircraft including two Cessna twin engine aircraft.

Before joining RAC Stephen was Managing Director of a national planning and design company for five years and a Director of that company for 12 years.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Chief Pilot and Head of Operations

Dan started flying in 2000 and has held a Commercial Pilot Licence since 2005. In 2008 made the typical ‘sea change’, leaving a senior position in the insurance industry to pursue a passion for flying.

Dan holds a Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating and has gained his Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

Dan was appointed as Chief Pilot and Head of Operations in 2015

Mal McAdam

Mal McAdam

Grade 1 Flight Instructor

Mal has been flying since 1999 and conducted all his training at the Redcliffe Aero Club. This was preceded by a successful career as a senior technician with Telstra, before deciding to pursue his long term passion of flying.

After obtaining his CPL, Mal gained aerial survey experience in both Cessna 320 and Cessna 402 twin engine aircraft, before deciding to become a Flight Instructor. Mal also teaches tailwheel and aerobatics.

Adrian Bartholomeusz

Adrian Bartholomeusz

Grade 1 Flight Instructor

Adrian began his flying career with the Australian Air Force Cadets in 2003. He has previously instructed at Archerfield and Amberley and holds an ATPL, Multi-Engine Instrument Rating and Multi-engine Aeroplane Training Endorsement.

Tom Hayter

Tom Hayter

Grade 1 Flight Instructor

Tom started flight training in 2009 at Archerfield, completing CPL in 2011. In 2012, he also graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Aviation.

Tom joined Redcliffe Aero Club as a casual instructor in 2014 and now works as a full time Grade 1 instructor

Joseph Jenner

Joseph Jenner

Grade 2 Flight Instructor

Joe joined our team in late 2012 to assist with the Administration tasks and Operations Desk.

In 2013, he gained a Commercial Pilot Licence and a Grade 3 Instructor Rating, conducted through the club. In 2014 he achieved his Grade 2 Instructor Rating.

Joe now works for Redcliffe Aero Club as a full time Grade 2 Instructor.

Naythan Screaton

Naythan Screaton

Grade 2 Flight Instructor

Naythan started flying with the Peninsula Aero Club before continuing his training with RMIT. He has previously instructed at Peninsula Aero Club and ST Aerospace Academy. He has experience flying a range of aircraft from Cessna 152’s to Piper Chieftans.

Naythan currently holds a CPL, Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating and Instrument Flight Teaching Approval. He has a passion for all things aviation particularly aerobatics.

Mark McCann

Mark McCann

Grade 3 Flight Instructor

Marks path into aviation began seven years ago here in Redcliffe, where he had his first introductory flight. Shortly after that, he began studying at Griffith University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Aviation, and a Graduate Diploma of Flight Management.

Mark completed his flight training at Archerfield Airport, achieving his commercial licence and multi-engine instrument rating in 2014. After graduating in early 2015, he worked for a year and a half in a warehousing role before making a move to the north side of Brisbane. He then completed a flight instructor rating here at RAC.

Callum Taggart

Callum Taggart

Grade 2 Flight Instructor

Callum has always been passionate about Aviation. Whilst studying Aviation at Griffith University he took on a mentoring role leading him towards a career of flight instructing. Callum enjoys instructing and he finds great satisfaction in getting the best out of his students. Callum started at Redcliffe as a member back in 2014, completing his instructor rating in 2015, before going on the help with the HKFTC. Callum is committed to continual professional development having just completed his G2 upgrade, he is now focussed on completing his ATPL theory subjects.

Mary Treglown

Mary Treglown

Office Administrator

Mary joined Redcliffe Aero Club in 2015 as a full time office administrator. She has a backround in Admin, Sales and Customer Service.

Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Club President and Social Coordinator

Mike works tirelessly to co-ordinate the majority of our monthly Club social flyaway events. Email Mike if you’re interested in participating in a club social as a pilot or passenger.

The Board

Mike Cahill

President

Mike first started to learn to fly at RAC in 1982 when he completed 12 hours flying and then put flying on hold due to family and business commitments. He restarted flight training again in 1996 and completed his PPL in 2000. He currently holds a NVFR and PIFR rating and is working towards being able to fly Angel Flights. Mike has been a member of RAC since 2004 and is heavily involved with the social side of the Aero Club organizing monthly flyaways and activities. Mike was made a Life Member of the Aero Club in 2013

Sam Keenan

Vice President

Sam is a procurement and logistics professional, with a banking and contracts management background. He is an active pilot, training and flying with RAC since 2007 and holds a private pilot license as well as a NVFR. Sam operates a private company providing procurement and logistics management services to a number of major Australian mining and retail brands.

Mark Roberts-Thomson

Secretary

Mark has been involved in aviation for the last 40 years. He has been a member of the Aero Club for the last IO years, and is an aircraft owner. He has previously worked for three airlines both in Australia and overseas. During this time, he has kept an interest in general aviation and flown regularly as a private pilot.

Margot Logan

Treasurer

Margot is a project management professional with a background in construction, mining, education and hospitals. She commenced her flying with RAC in 2006 however due to extended work commitments throughout Australia and then being based regionally in Queensland to project manage a large 4 year mining project, she was unable to complete the final requirements to achieve GFPT prior to putting flying activities on hold. Margot looks forward to returning to flying training and also participates in the monthly fly-away.

Bryan Galvin

General Committee

Bryan is a lawyer by occupation having been admitted as a solicitor 38 years ago. He has practiced as a lawyer for 25 years and was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of a large Queensland local government council for 13 years. Bryan also has a Masters in Urban and Town Planning. Bryan currently manages a specialist law firm employing eight lawyers across two offices. He commenced his flying career in 2009 and holds a PPL licence.

Ray Vuillermin

General Committee

Ray stared flying as ATC cadet in 1956. 40 years with two major airlines. 6 years with CASA. ATO and consultant instructor after that. Now retired.
Has always maintained interest in vintage /warbird aircraft. Maintained instructor rating since 1959. Has Two vintage aircraft.

Tom Hassall

General Committee

Thomas works within the Queensland Department of Health. Tom has been a member of emergency response teams in several countries and is currently working on interoperability and improved communications between the 3 major public safety agencies in Queensland. Tom joined the Redcliffe Aero Club in 2008 and holds a commercial pilots license with passes in all ATPL subjects.