Schofields Flying Club Limited is a Public Company limited by Guarantee.  The club is managed by the CEO who is directed by the club board. The club board is elected from the membership and serve 3 year terms.

Full Members, Alumni Members and Life Members of Schofields Flying Club Limited have the right to vote on club matters at the club’s Annual General Meeting, typically held in May.

On this page, you’ll find financial reports, the constitution, minutes from general meetings, and other relevant material as it becomes available.

With respect to financial reporting, please bear in mind that the club operates on a Jan-Dec financial year, rather than the typical July-June one.

BOARD

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Frank Peronace

President & Secretary

Starting as an apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Hawker DeHavilland in Bankstown, Frank completed his apprenticeship and went on to obtain several licenses before he was convinced by his family to join the family business in 1983. He went on to undertake training in a number of areas including Business Management, Accounting, Engineering and IT, eventually becoming the Managing Director of his family’s group of companies, directly managing IT, HR and corporate compliance. Frank later obtained his PPL flying Citabria’s and Cessna 182’s, and later went onto obtain a Private Instrument Rating with at SFC under the excellent tutelage of our current Head of Operations, Chris Koort. A member of the club since 2011, he was quickly drafted into service on the SFC board where he’s served since, sharing his expertise in IT, Accounting, Human Resources and Compliance.

Steve Kastanias

Treasurer

Steve Kastanias has a strong background in corporate finance and commercial negotiations, most recently holding an executive level role with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. As a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he contributes his knowledge of the governance complexities associated with not for profits, as well as larger organisations.

Paul Summers

Director

Paul brings a passion for aviation, extensive experience in our industry, and has had an active role in the day to day running and growth of our SFC as a club and reputable flight school. Over the past 10 years Paul has been an integral part of SFC, working closely with the management team to drive and support its evolution into a successful and well-established training college. Paul has been the key to our significant 142 AOC registration through his mentorship of the current Head of Operations (Chris Koort) which has subsequently led to contracts, opportunities and prosperity never previously achieved in SFC’s history.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Joseph Pilo

Chief Executive Officer

After 15 years as a business entrepreneur in hospitality, Joseph decided to embark on his long held dream of becoming a pilot. After graduating from SFC as a flight instructor he also took on his first role as Operations Manager.  In 2014, Joseph’s passion for customer service and quality training led him to the position of CEO which was the beginning of the now strong relationship between Tafe NSW and SFC’s delivery of the integrated Diploma of Aviation.  His intention and vision to grow SFC into one of the largest flying clubs and training providers in Australia has become a reality. With knowledge of the pace at which the aviation sector is growing and its global demands, Joseph has placed SFC in a position to continue to expand for generations to come.

Chris Koort

Head of Operations

Christopher is SFC’s Head of Operations (HoO) and Chief Pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Aviation, in Aviation (flying) UNSW, an Air Transport Pilot License, a Commercial Pilot’s license, a Multi-engine command instrument rating, a Grade One Flight instructor rating, a Flight Examiner Rating and type ratings on Dassault Falcon jets.  Chris’s vast experience ranges from flight instructing, through to multi-crew VIP charter and Medevac operations both domestically and internationally as a captain. This experience has given him the tools to lead Sydney Flight College in the direction of preparing students and instructors to meet the high demands of the aviation industry.

Matthew Piers

Chief Marketing Officer

Matthew started his flying in the Royal Air Force in the UK, and throughout his life has flown paragliders, microlights and fixed wing aircraft. After graduating Matthew spent 15 years in a number of marketing management roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, before gaining his Commercial Pilot Licence and Flight Instructor Rating through Sydney Flight College. Matthew now splits his duties at SFC between driving the strategic marketing direction for the club and college, and teaching students through the RPL, PPL and CPL flight training syllabi.

Barry Ellis

Safety Manager

Barry has a lengthy business management background in design, marketing, manufacturing and logistics. For the past sixteen years Barry has been involved in the general aviation industry in several roles including flight instructor, charter pilot, lecturer, systems and manuals author and project management. As Safety Manager Barry brings an independent and safety centric consideration to all aspects of SFC’s flying activities.

Please note that a photo and bio for Operations Manager David Lake will be available soon.

General Resources

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