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.


Frank Peronace


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


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.

Jacob Gardiner


Jacob Gardiner comes from a career working in senior leadership positions in the technology industry, having worked throughout Australia and Europe providing services to Government, Education and Finance sectors. Jacob saw the light in aviation and decided to make the switch, now holding a commercial pilot license and has most recently completed his Flight Instructor Rating.

Cam Jobbins

Director & RTO Manager

Cam has spent his career in hospitality having worked for five-star hotels around the globe, and also in aviation completing his Commercial Pilot’s Licence and in 1983.  More recently Cam has worked in vocational education and training at TAFE NSW as a teacher, head teacher and finally as Director National Business. His 28 years of VET experience contributes to the club’s governance of the flying college, and he also brings experience at the board level of non-for-profit sporting organisations as a director of North Shore Rowing Club.

Scott Pringle


Scott operates NP Aviation Aircraft Maintenance and Equipment at Bankstown Aerodrome, and maintains some of the SFC fleet. He also provides maintenance advice to the board and management team.

Daniel Casuscelli

Company Secretary

Daniel comes to SFC with an extensive background in hospitality management, University and Human Research Ethics Committee administration and compliance, business recruitment and most recently, forms part of the Marketing team within SFC. Daniel started his aviation journey in 2008, flying tailwheel aircraft out of Camden airport on weekends, until in 2016, he successfully gained his CPL and MECIR through SFC’s Diploma of Aviation course. Daniel subsequently achieved his Flight Instructor Rating, and now splits his duties between recruiting, advising and placing new students onto SFC’s advanced training courses, teaching students from nil experience up to their CPL, and supporting the Board of Directors as Company Secretary.


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.

David Lake

Operations Manager

David joined SFC in 2015 from a background in the global assistance industry, coordinating aero-medical evacuation operations and remote medical solutions. Completing his flight instructor training at SFC, David now divides his time between the management of flight operations, flight instruction and charter flying. Outside SFC David also undertakes contract flying including charter and aerial work. David’s breadth of experience in the industry helps ensure that SFC’s training and resources are constantly developing to meet industry demands. David holds a commercial pilot license, multi-engine command instrument rating and flight instructor rating. 

Matthew Piers

Chief Marketing Officer

Matthew started his flying in the UK Royal Air Force as an Officer Cadet, and throughout his life has flown paragliders, microlights and fixed wing aircraft. After graduating with an honours degree in Earth Sciences from Hatfield College, Durham University (UK) 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. He also holds flight instructor rating training approval.

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.

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