AAA Pilots & Instructors

At the Australian Aerobatic Academy, we don’t believe in the concept of producing masses of minimum-standard pilots in the minimum possible time or budget with instructors of minimum experience requirements. Accordingly our small team of dedicated, experienced instructors guarantee to provide you with personalised, high quality tuition.

Some of our instructors and pilots backgrounds are listed below:

The AAA TeamPeter Townsend is the Chief Flying Instructor, Chief Pilot and co-director of the Academy. Peter has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, having learned and applied his skills at the Sydney Aerobatic School, where he was an aerobatic charter pilot and flight instructor for a number of years. He has held positions in flight operations for both General Aviation businesses and airlines. Peter has flown aircraft ranging from gliders to corporate jets and holds a Bachelor of Aviation (Operations Management) from UNSW.

Cass Moeller is a commercial aerobatic joy flight pilot and co-director of the Academy. Cass has a broad range of experience in General Aviation and airline flight operations and holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering & Commerce from the University of Sydney. Cass is also a qualified formation pilot and is currently the only female Australian aerobatic competitor in the Advanced category in Australian Aerobatic Club competitions for the past 20 years. In 2013 Cass won the AAC Matt Hall Racing Scholarship for exemplary sportsmanship and airmanship in Australian competition aerobatics.

Pete & Cass started the Australian Aerobatic Academy in 2010 with the aim of continuing the proud traditions of the Sydney Aerobatic School, where they had both previously worked and trained, in providing high quality aerobatic, advanced handling and primary flight training with exceptional customer service. They regularly fly their own Extra 330SC and routinely compete in and provide coaching for Australian aerobatic competitions at both the State & National levels.

Doug Nidzovic is a career flight instructor with over 20 years instructional experience as a Grade 1 flying instructor. As a graduate of the Sydney Aerobatic School’s first flying instructor course, Doug has a wealth of experience in the training methods and techniques employed by the Academy. As proof of his training standards, Doug has a career flight test first-time pass rate of 99%! Joining the AAA team in 2013, Doug is also an independent ATO for RPL & PPL flight tests.


Dan Tomic is an experienced Grade 1 flying instructor, having joined the AAA Team in 2017. Dan is an active competitor in the Australian Aerobatic Club and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skill of the art of aerobatic flight with others.