RPA instructors have years of experience and are motivated to help you achieve your goals in aviation.

Meet the Team

With our accredited pilot training, any hours you spend having fun in the air count towards your Private Pilot’s Licence (General Aviation) and towards a Commercial Pilot Licence. We also offer additional endorsements (including passenger, cross country, Advanced Pilot Award (APA), tail dragger and more) and can conduct your Biennial Flight Review (BFR) or conversion from GA to RA (Recreational Aviation).

James Hubbard


James Hubbard CFI – James has a background in mechanical engineering and has taken his hobby of flying to new heights. He started flying over fifteen years ago with Adelaide Ultralight Flying School (now RPA) in a Thruster T500 and the Lightwing, all good grounding to be an instructor. He soon moved on to bigger aircraft obtaining a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and progressing to Constant Speed, Retractable, Formation Flying and an Aerobatic Endorsement spending lots of fun hours upside-down and high in the sky. With thousands of hours of flying experience and extensive instructing in light aircraft, he loves to pass on as much as he can to his student pilots.

Michael Young


Michael Young SI – Michael began flying Gliders when he was 15 and now holds a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) with Constant Speed, Retract, LAHSO and Formation endorsements. He is a registered Angel Flight Pilot, transporting people to and from Adelaide for medical treatment. After owning his own Tobago TB10 aircraft, Michael appreciates the cost benefit of flying Recreational Aircraft and enjoys the time spent in the air with his students. His favourite aircraft is the Lightwing tail dragger although now, he is the proud owner of a Stintson.

David Searle


David Searle SI – David has an extensive flying career spanning 40 years. For many years David flew as Captain for the Flying Doctor Service around South Australia. David also spent many teaching at Parafield TAFE as a senior lecturer for PPL & CPL. He also flies for fun in his home built Jodel d11 out of Truro Air Park.

Jordan Portlock


Jordan Portlock – Jordan has a Degree in Aviation from the University of South Australia and has flown shark patrol for several seasons. He is also one of the formation team for SKYTXT located at Parafield Airport. His CPL experience has led him to pass on his knowledge to others through instructing at RPA.