Pete Townsend is the Chief Pilot and Chief Flying Instructor at the Australian Aerobatic Academy. He has many hours of experience flying all sorts of aircraft from Cessna Citation jets to Pitts Special biplanes and gliders.
His passion for flying began at an early age while living under the "downwind leg" of Bankstown airport and attending school on the Western edge of the airport. He would spend many hours watching the aircraft flying overhead so it is no surprise that at the age of 12 that he took his first lesson.
Since then, Pete has spent many hours gaining a gliding certificate, air transport pilot licence, multi-engine command instrument rating, aerobatic, tailwheel and low level endorsements and Grade 1 instructor rating. On top of this experience he holds a Bachelor of Aviation (Operations Management) from UNSW.
His enthusiasm for flight is infectious and once you start flying under his guidance, you will never look back.
In his spare time, you will find Pete enjoying time at the beach near his house and riding dirt bikes in the Watagan forest.