Aerohire - Whakatane Flying School. (New Zealand)
Approachable, Informal, yet Professional Flight Training!

Meet your Chief Instructor

Meet your Chief Instructor

Peter Rutledge
Commercial Pilot / Instructor

Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)

Few Aviation Mile Stones
First Solo : 28 Jun 1980 (Age 16)
Private Pilot Licence : 6 May 1981
Commercial Pilot Licence : 25 July 1983
Instructor Rating : 21 April 1986.
Setup Aerohire : 25 Mar 2008
Back Ground
Born and bred in Whakatane, brought up on a dairy farm in Awakeri. Went to Awakeri Primary School and then Whakatane High School. Started work stacking shelves in a grocery store and then milked cows for a few years. Followed by pruning a few pine trees before getting my first flying job.
Which was as an Instructor for the Tauranga Club in the late eighties, by the nineties was in the IT Industry writing software and only flying part-time.
In the late 2000's I decided I needed to let the aviation bug take over again and got back into aviation setting up Aerohire which I own and run.
Thoughts
Amazed looking back as a 17-18 year old with a Private Pilots Licence with number of people who were prepared to come flying with me. Now today in my 50s I drive out to the airport to run the Flying School with the same enthusiasm I had as a 16 year old driving to the airport to Learn to Fly. Learning to Fly is a great challenge in Adventure what makes aviation really intoxicating is the combination of freedom and responsibility.
Aviation Objectives
Now my main objective is to see as many people as possible get the same benefits out of aviation that I have been privileged to have.

I do this by helping you where ever you would like to go in aviation,
  • whether it is just a trial flight to find out what it's like to fly
  • to do a first solo so you can say that I have flown an aircraft by myself
  • or carry on to a Private Pilots Licence so you can take your friends and family flying
  • make a career out of it and do a Commercial Pilot Licence and / or Instructor Ttraining
At the end of the day it is your choice and I'm here to help you achieve your objectives in aviation